One of the very interesting connections between astrology and tarot is that of tarot cards tied to particular planets.
Pluto is the planet of transformation, power, massive accomplishments or events, masses, populations, and digging in deep in order to find truth or value. Its motto is “I empower”.
Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio and the 8th house. The Major Arcana card directly associated with it is The Judgment card, and as ruler of Scorpio it’s also associated with Death.
The Plutonian aspect of The Judgment card involves the ability to dig deep beneath the surface of things in order to find and process deep truths, and then act as a result of that deeper insight. It’s an element present in major crossing points in one’s life, both on an individual and collective level.
The Death card shows the Plutonian aspect of deep and intensive transformation as a natural part of the cycle of life and death of anything and anyone. It’s the great revolutionary change that happens at every significant milestone on a personal and social level.
As ruler of Scorpio, Pluto is connected to a few Minor Arcana cards and we’re going to take a look at each of them.
The Plutonian aspect of Five of Cups (Mars in Scorpio) involves dealing with the loss that is a natural part of any transformational process while keeping in mind all of the positive things coming in as a result of the process.
The Six of Cups (Sun in Scorpio) involves the Plutonian aspect of gaining a new perspective on past events as the present and potential of the future sets in. It’s also the element of gaining deeper understanding of things by looking into the past and learning from those mistakes in order to bring about a better future.
The Plutonian aspect of Seven of Cups (Venus in Scorpio) talks about seeing the potential of growth and improvement when it comes to large-scale changes, but also being aware of the pitfalls of seeing things from such a high vantage point. While the potential is a wonderful thing to try to achieve, it’s important to look deep within and never lose sight over the feasible and its consequences at a wider level (groups, societies).
The Knight of Cups talks about the Plutonian aspect of embarking on spiritual and emotional transformations that lead to decisive action in the physical world. It’s an element of gaining the knowledge and sharing it with larger groups in order to build a better future for the collective, by and large.
Pluto’s influence on tarot cards is subtler than that of the traditional planets, but it plays an important role in the symphony of astrological influences nonetheless.