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Pluto Compilation
From Esoteric Astrology, by Alice A. Bailey

See Michael Robbins' Tapestry of the Gods, Volume III


1.       Pluto and the Transmutation of Individual Will into Divine Will:
“Taurus and Pisces, through Vulcan and Pluto, are related to Ray 1. Transmutation of desire into sacrifice and of the individual will into the divine will. The World Saviour(EA 67)

2.       The Function of Pluto at the First Initiation:
“At the first initiation, the disciple has to contend with the crystallising and destroying forces of Vulcan and Pluto. The influence of Vulcan reaches to the very depths of his nature, whilst Pluto drags to the surface and destroys all that hinders in these lower regions.”
(EA 70)

3.       Pluto Functions in Connection with the Solar Plexus:
“Two of the other non-sacred planets—Mars and Pluto—function in connection with the sacral centre (Mars) and the solar plexus (Pluto). This latter planet becomes active in the life of the man who is ‘becoming alive in the higher sense, his lower nature passes into the smoke and darkness of Pluto, who governs the lesser burning ground, in order that man may live in truth in the higher land of light’.”
(EA 78)

4.       Pluto in Relation to the First Ray and Pisces:
“Two major rays express themselves through the rulers of Pisces, orthodox and esoteric: The first Ray of Will or Power, focussed through Pluto, and the second Ray of Love-Wisdom. It is the interplay of these dual potencies which: 1. Produces the duality of this sign; 2. Brings about the major problem of Pisces—psychic sensitivity; 3. Causes the lure of the Path, in the first instance the path of evolution and later the lure of the probationary path with the consequence that transference to the Fixed Cross (which is all that we can intelligently comprehend) begins really in Pisces; though impulsed (if I may use such a word) in Aries it begins and ends in Pisces. 4. Precipitates the process of transmutation and eventual escape through death. 5. Unfolds the significance, activity and beauty of death and of the work of the destroyer.” (EA 125)

5.       Pluto—the Region of Death:
“... Pluto stands for death or the region of death.”
(EA 126)

6.       Pluto in Relation to the Death of Desire and the Death of the Personality:
[The disciple comes] “…through Pluto—under the destroying power of death—death of desire, death of the personality, and of all which hold him between the pairs of opposites, in order to achieve the final liberation. Pluto or death never destroys the consciousness aspect.”
(EA 127)

7.       Pluto—Cutting the Thread:
“…part of the work of Pluto is to ‘cut the thread which binds [in Pisces] the two opposing lives together’.”
(EA 130)

8.       Pluto Felt in a Positive Manner Only upon the Path of Discipleship:
“You will note also that the first ray influence, expressing through Pluto and Vulcan, is only felt in a positive manner upon the Path of Discipleship. This first ray potency has only lately been experienced by humanity as a whole as it neared the stage of being the world disciple, and vast numbers relatively stood upon the Path of Discipleship and Probation. Hence the recent discovery of Pluto and the sensed power of Vulcan, veiled by the potency of Mercury and hidden behind the planet.” (EA 166)

9.       Destructive Power Focussed in Pluto—Change, Darkness and Death:
“The destructive power of the first ray, focussed in Pluto, brings change, darkness and death. To this intensity and potency of Pluto must be added the forceful and dynamic energy of the planet Mars. This brings the entire human family, as well as the individual, under the law of strife, based this time upon sixth ray devotion to an ideal, high or low.”
(EA 187)

10.   Pluto (with Vulcan) Considered an “Esoteric” Planet Related to Spiritual Will:
“Within our solar system, Vulcan and Pluto are expressions or custodians of this first ray energy and are, as I have told you, esoteric planets. The first indication of the true spiritual will only begins to manifest upon the Path of Discipleship—hence the late discovery of these two planets (late in point of time and from the angle of human knowledge) for it is only in this Aryan race period that humanity is to any large extent beginning to manifest evidence (and as yet it is no more) of a reaction or a response to the spiritual will of deity as it comes to our planet and hence to us via Aries, Vulcan and Pluto.” (EA 195)

11.   Vulcan and Pluto Related to the Two Pointers:
Vulcan and Pluto are related to the two Pointers and are only now beginning, in any definite and clear manner, to affect human response. Their effect has been planetary in its nature up to date and has not hitherto been at all effective in either the fourth or the second kingdoms in nature.” (EA 196)

12.   Death in Pisces Through Pluto is Transformation:
“Death in Pisces through the energy of Pluto is transformation—a transformation so vital and so basic that [the] ‘…
Ancient One is no longer seen. He sinks to the depth of the ocean of life; he descends into hell, but the gates of hell hold him not. He, the new and living One leaves below that which has held him down throughout the ages and rises from the depths unto the heights, close to the throne of God’.” (EA 214)

13.   Pluto—One of Two Planets Transmitting the First Ray:
“The other point upon which I might here touch is that certain of the rays express themselves through two planets. For instance, the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict reaches us both through the Moon and through Mercury, whilst the first Ray of Will or Power reaches us through Vulcan and through Pluto. The real reason for this is one of the secrets of initiation…” (EA 269)

14.   Pluto and the Death of the Separative, Isolated Ego:
Pluto, as it affects Gemini, brings about the death or the finish of the separative, instinctual nature, for this is the factor which lies behind all dualism; it is inherent in what The Secret Doctrine calls the principle of ahankara or the awareness of the separative, isolated ego; it is inimical for aeons to the aspirations of the imprisoned soul, focussed within or identified with some aspect of the personality, and, in a later stage, with the personality itself.”
(EA 365)

15.   Pluto and the Death of Hindering Factors the Prevent Synthesis:
“Towards the end of the evolutionary process, the disciple begins to respond consciously to ... Pluto, producing the death of the hindering factors and of all that prevents synthesis.”
(EA 365)

16.   Pluto Dissolving the Separative Relationship Between the Twins in Gemini:
“Gemini rules the arms and the hands, indicating the service which the two brothers must render to each other in producing the dissolution (under Pluto) of the separative relation which exists for so long between them.” (EA 366)

17.   A Major Triangle Between Taurus, Pluto and Earth:
“There is at this time, owing to the influx of the Shamballa force, the establishing of a peculiar relation or alignment between the constellation, Taurus (with its own specific alignment with the Pleiades and Great Bear) the planet, Pluto, and our Earth. This produces much of the present world difficulty and one which the modern astrologer would do well to consider. It constitutes a major cosmic triangle at this time, conditioning much that is now happening.”
(EA 376)

18.   Another Major Triangle Involving Pluto:
“The Great Bear—Aries—Pluto. Shamballa.”
(EA 416)

19.   There is a Triangle Between Vulcan, Pluto and the Earth (cf. EA 482)

20.   The Importance of Leo Today, Renders Pluto and Venus Important:
“Leo, as we have seen, is for instance a most important transmitting agency in the present world crisis. This means, therefore, that Rays I and V are exceedingly active; it means, secondly, that the Sun's influence is potent, both exoterically and esoterically. It means also that the planets which are related to these two rays will be very active and, therefore, that Pluto and Venus are dominant in producing world results.”
(EA 488-489)

21.   Mars is the Alter Ego of Pluto:
“Aries—ruled by Mars; Cancer—ruled by the Moon, veiling a sacred planet; Leo—ruled by the Sun, veiling a sacred planet [Jupiter?]; Scorpio—ruled by Pluto.  You will note that Pluto and not Mars is here mentioned by me as a non-sacred Planet, ruling Scorpio. The reason for this is that there is a relation between Mars and Pluto analogous to that between Venus and the Earth. Esoterically speaking, Mars is the alter ego of Pluto; the activity of Pluto at this time and in this lesser world cycle is very important on account of its esoteric approach to the Earth, impelled thereto by the vivification of its life by a display of Martian energy. The Earth, Mars and Pluto form an interesting triangle with Venus behind the scene acting as the impelling soul acts towards a rapidly integrating personality. This triangle should not be forgotten when casting the horoscope, because it indicates a relation and a possibility which can be (though it often is not) a major determining factor, prior to passing on to the Probationary Path.” (EA 507-508)

22.   Pluto as the “Arrow of Death”—and its Function:
Pluto, transmitting first ray energy, rules Scorpio, the sign of discipleship, of the man ready for the fusion brought about through the influence of the sacred planets, and governs the house of major separations and of death. ‘The arrow of God pierces the heart and death takes place’. But in this connection it must be remembered that death is definitely brought about by the soul. It is the soul which shoots the arrow of death. (The upward pointing arrow is the astrological symbol of Pluto).”
(EA 509)

23.   Pluto Evokes Response from Disciples and Groups:
“At present the mechanism of the majority of the human family is not tuned to the reception of the rays from Vulcan, Uranus or Neptune whilst Pluto at present only evokes response from groups or from those disciples who are enough evolved rightly to respond.” (EA 509)

24.   Pluto Rules the Head Center and Base of the Spine (for the Average Man) and the Base of the Spine for the Disciple (EA 517)

25.   Pluto in Relation to Pisces and Scorpio:
“Pisces.—Ruler: Pluto, governing the eighth House, the house of death, of dissolution, of detachment and ruling Scorpio, the sign of testing and of discipleship.”
(EA  538)

26.   Pisces, Pluto and the Process of Death:
“Pisces, through its ruler, Pluto (ruling both the mass and the disciples esoterically), necessitated the triumph of death—not necessarily physical death—leading to the dissolution of the form of man. It is frequently the death or ending of old forms of civilisations which cyclically come and go; of religious teaching when it does not serve the need of the spiritual nature of the people (as is today the case); of educational processes which fail to educate the developing nature of man and serve only to delude and imprison. When I say this, I mean not the death of religion or of forms of thought. I refer here to death as the Great Releaser, which shatters the forms which are bringing death to that which is embodied.” (EA 545)

27.   Pluto and the Testings of the World Disciple:
Pluto comes into full force and expression in order to stage the testings of the world disciple and to this end brings in the potency of Scorpio, the sign of discipleship. Under these influences, the death of forms must eventuate leaving the disciple free; the dissolution of old group structures of thought, embodying worn-out ideas and ideals must necessarily supervene, crystallised old forms must dissolve and disappear, but in their place the undying spirit—impressed by revelation and sensitive to the emerging new concepts of truth—will create the needed new forms of appropriate expression.”
(EA 547)

28.   Pluto Among the Heavenly Bodies in Communication with the Earth, its Guides and Watchers:
“Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus are the four exoteric planets and three others which must remain nameless (Pluto and the two hidden planets. A.A.B.) were the heavenly bodies in direct astral and psychic communication—morally and physically—with the Earth, its Guides and Watchers. The visible orbs furnish our humanity with its outward and inward characteristics and their Regents or Rectors with our Monads and spiritual faculties.” (SD I 628)

29.   Pluto the Healer:
Pluto is a deity with the attributes of the serpent. He is a healer, a giver of health, spiritual and physical and of enlightement.”
(SD II 30 Note; EA 667)

30.   Pluto, Orpheus and Krishna:
“Under the legend, Orpheus seeks in the kingdom of Pluto, his lost soul. Krishna rescues from Pluto his six principles, (II 30) being the seventh himself ... he is the perfect initiate, the whole of his six principles merging into the seventh.” (SD III 142; EA 667)

31.   Pluto has a Planetary School but its Nature is not Given (cf. EA 695)

32.   The Function of Pluto in Relation to Leo and Pisces Ruling France:
“Esoterically, Pluto, one of the rulers of Pisces, must work, bringing in the death of the personality influence, fostered by Leo; this can be done without any great outer dissolution of the form of the nation through the beneficent influence of Jupiter, the exoteric Ruler of Pisces.” (DN 73)

33.   Pluto in Relation to the Leo Personality of France:
“Ray 1. — Power or Will, via Pluto.  This is also the Destroyer Ray and can bring the death of the Leo influence.” (DN 74)

34.   Pluto, and the Decline of France into Selfishness:
“The recognition of the importance of the rights of humanity, as a whole, came to the world via
France.  It marked a climax and high point in the evolution of the nation.  Since then Capricorn and Pluto have produced crystallisation and the death or obscuration temporarily of the then emerging soul aspect (speaking symbolically) and the note of France has not been a selfless one.” (DN 75-76)

35.   Pluto in Relation to the Personality of Germany and the Soul of Berlin:
“Ray 1. — Will or Power, via Pluto as the ruler of Pisces, governing the personality of the nation in cooperation with the death giving power of Scorpio which it rules and which governs
Berlin.  This tremendous activity of the destroying agent as far as Germany is concerned is offset by the influence of Jupiter.  It is not nevertheless very potent.” (DN 79)

36.   Pluto Contrasted with Vulcan in the Energy System of Great Britain:
“Ray 1.—Will or Power, via the planet Vulcan.  There is in the first ray—as it expresses itself through Vulcan—very little of the Destroyer aspect as there is in the planetary influence of Pluto, another agent of the first ray.  Again you find in this ruler of Great Britain's Taurian personality, a link with the first ray German personality.  It accounts also for the forging of the chains which tie the Empire together, making it a unity through the will of the people.” (DN 84)

37.   Pluto (with Vulcan) Rules the Mineral Kingdom:
“The mineral kingdom—Pluto and Vulcan.”
(EP I  245)

38.   Pluto in Relation to the First Initiation:
“For instance, a disciple who is upon the path is strongly influenced by Mercury and by Saturn, but when he begins his training for the first initiation he has to contend with the influences of Pluto and Vulcan…”
(EP II 246)

39.   The Monad in Relation to Shamballa, Pluto and a Nameless Planet:
“The Monad relates the initiate to the Will of God, to the Council at Shamballa, to forces active on the planet Pluto, and on another planet which must remain nameless, and also to the Central Spiritual Sun.” (R&I 96)

40.   Pluto in Modern Astrology:
“Astrologers must remember also that there are several undiscovered planets which are producing pulls and shifts and focussing streams of energy upon our earth which tend to complicate the problem still further.  Pluto is one of them, and having now emerged into manifestation (or rather into recognition) to it will be assigned all the unexplained conditions.  Pluto will be made the scapegoat for faulty astrology for a long time to come.  This chart failed to work and be true because Pluto must be influential in it and we know little about Pluto.  So the story will run.  Yet Pluto has always been revolving around our sun and producing its effects.  It governs however the death or cessation of old ideas and emotions, and its influence is therefore largely cerebral and in that you have the clue to its late discovery.  Mankind is only on the verge of becoming mental.  Its effects are felt first in the mental body.  The names of the planets are not the result of arbitrary choice but the planets name themselves.” (TWM 438-439)

41.   Pluto in Mythology:
[Pluto] “God of Wealth, King of the Dead, wears the Helmet of Invincibility. He is unpitying, inexorable, just, and terrible.” (Edith Hamilton, Greek Mythology)