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Pluto in 6th House

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         The sixth house, like the sixth sign Virgo, represents the last personal stage in development, and is thus a critical one. The self-adjustment we undergo here determines our ability to relate to others on an equal footing (seventh house), and, by its success or failure, unites us with or separates us from others. This is the house of work and health or the lack of either, hygiene and nutrition, service, servants and servitude, daily routine, employment by others, and small animals and pets. Whereas fifth house activities are done for their own sake, sixth house work is done out of necessity or in support of other, more self-expressive activities. When our work becomes an end in itself, however, or we lose track of its purpose, it becomes pointless, and the result can be physical or psychological illness. The issue with planets in the sixth house is to remember what the purpose of our work is, where is it’s joy? Without this knowledge, life isn’t worth living.

         With Pluto in the sixth house you're learning to purge egocentric patterns of self-grandeur through work and service, sacrificing your personal needs to larger social ones. Lessons in the work place involving humility and self-purification are helping you pierce the balloon of your own self-inflated importance. Through intense self-examination you are learning to identify with larger and larger wholes. Be careful of depriving yourself of life (never feeling ready or good enough) due to unconscious guilt at falling short of your standard of perfection. Pluto in the sixth has dramatically opposed potentials: you have the ability to either breathe new life into your work, or lack the consistency to complete it. You may inspire others in their application to work, or bring about chaos through abusing your responsibility. You can have great powers of recuperation with this placement, but if Pluto is poorly aspected it can be experienced as a continual energy drain.

         If Pluto is within 10° of the descendant (seventh house cusp), then it is conjunct the descendant and much of the foregoing interpretation starts to become weaker. If Pluto is in the sixth house AND within 4° or 5° of the descendant, then it is said to be on the "dark side" of the seventh house, and its influence will be felt in the seventh as well as in the sixth house. The closer a sixth house Pluto is to the descendant, the more it will be interpreted as though it were in the seventh house; when less than 3° from the descendant, a sixth house Pluto expresses itself primarily—and eventually entirely—in the seventh house.

         Astronomically speaking, the sixth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky just below the western horizon (see above picture) occupied by planets in the two hours after they set.

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