In 1972, I obtained the first Transpluto ephemeris which was published in Germany by the highly respected astrologer/scientist, Theodor Landscheidt. Relying upon my respect for this man and his work, I presumed that there was validity for this hypothetical “planet.”

Since the discovery of Pluto, scientists have agreed that Pluto was too small to induce the irregular orbits of Uranus and Neptune. Yet, it was a similar type of calculation that identified the approximate position of Pluto before it was discovered. Because Transpluto moves so slowly— from 1938 to 1993, it has moved only 23 degrees— the verification of this planet through photography will be a tedious and prolonged task.

When I first obtained the Transpluto ephemeris, I decided that this planet would rule either Taurus or Virgo. Both of these signs share a dual rulership— both Taurus and Libra are presently ruled by Venus and both Gemini and Virgo are presently ruled by Mercury. In the past, both Capricorn and Aquarius were ruled by Saturn until the discovery of Uranus, both Sagittarius and Pisces were ruled by Jupiter until the discovery of Neptune, and both Aries and Scorpio were ruled by Mars until the discovery of Pluto. Later astronomical discoveries will resolve the pairing of Gemini/Virgo and Taurus/Libra.


In order to determine the qualities of Transpluto, I selected a large number of horoscopes in which Transpluto was close to the Ascendant. This posed a problem because Transpluto and Pluto were conjunct in the 1930s and 1940s. For most of these charts, I used data of individuals born in the 1950s. Those born in the 1960s were too young for my 1972 research. I also used the horoscopes of individuals with the natal Sun closely conjunct Transpluto. In most of these cases, the Sun was in Leo. I later used Moon-Transpluto aspects in order to determine how the Transplutonian energy and the Transplutonian childhood experience related to feelings of self-worth.

In order to determine the personality traits associated with Transpluto, I did not interview the individual with Transpluto rising— I interviewed that individual’s closest friends whom I felt would be more objective. In every case, the friend described their Transplutonian friend as “critical, analytical, fastidious and very much a perfectionist.” Other descriptions were “an eye for detail and very self-critical and introspective.” These descriptions seemed to identify Virgo as the sign ruled by Transpluto.

In order to verify the Virgo rulership, I worked with the progressed Moon and its progressed aspects to Transpluto. The nature of the event would give further clues as to the nature of Transpluto or how this planet operates in the horoscope. Furthermore, when Transpluto is aspected by the progressed Moon, the House ruled by Transpluto (the House with Virgo on the cusp) should be correspondingly activated. Indeed, this appeared to be the case.

Because Transpluto is a hypothetical planet, the accuracy of the Landscheidt ephemeris had to be determined. In this case, I selected horoscopes with Transpluto in the 4th or 10th Houses. Using solar arc progressions, one degree rqualing one year in the life, I discovered that this ephemeris was as accurate as any ephemeris for the known planets.

In some rare cases, I was able to examine the effects event-wise of the transiting Transpluto. This is rare because of the very slow movement of this planet. In 1973, I was observing the horoscope of an assistant researcher. This chart had Virgo rising, Transpluto in the 11th House sextiling her Gemini Sun in the 9th House. On August 15, Transpluto would transit an exact sextile to the natal Sun. On that date, she received a notice stating that her application had been accepted to teach and conduct research at a local college.

Another example shows the effect of the transiting Transpluto upon the Virgo House cusp. In this chart, Transpluto was transiting an exact conjunction with a Leo Ascendant and Virgo was on the 2nd House cusp. At the time of the exact conjunction, a very materialistic woman became introspective to the point where she re-evaluated her situation and “changed her ways” with regard to her materialistic values.

In researching the influence of transits and progressions involving Transpluto, a group of cooperating individuals were given a list of dates in which Transpluto was active. I requested a description of the event and, in retrospect, what the individual felt was the psychological effect of the event. I asked them to look at all of the events and describe a psychological theme with these occurrences. It was using this type of research that I discovered physiological correspondences with Transpluto.

There are other well-known astrologers who ascribe different sign rulerships to Transpluto. These rulerships have not been given without some facts to back them up. I have often found much validity to their findings. I ask my readers to keep an open mind and test all theories with their own charts.


In my earliest research, I observed a very specific personalty type unfolding with a strongly placed natal Transpluto. Indeed, when Transpluto closely conjuncts the natal Sun, the perfectionist Virgo qualities can frequently dominate over the influence of the Sun sign.

The sign of Gemini, particularly noticeable with the Moon in Gemini, is the most acute conductor of the Transpluto influence. This was observed through the critical, perfectionist parental experiences during the childhood when Transpluto was sextile to Gemini placements.

In surveying the effect of Transpluto upon the ego development, I examined only the hard aspects of Transpluto to the Sun and Transpluto conjunct the 1st, 4th and 10th House cusps. In these cases, the Transplutonian parent had been subjected to much criticism as a child and this, in turn, was projected onto the individual whose chart I was examining.

Specifically with the Sun-Transpluto aspect, the father was experienced as a critical, perfectionist man who punished the child with exacting demands. As the individual matured, the same exacting standards continued to be used in evaluating self and others.

Used constructively, self-criticism and the perpetual alert for imperfections can motivate the individual to continually strive to do better, to achieve a standard of excellence and to make improvements where needed for the betterment of all. If a child has one experience of approval from a perfectionist parent, this will be carried over into adulthood as a pattern for finding contentment. The more experiences of approval from the perfectionist parent, the more contentment the individual will find in life.

Used destructively, perfectionism never allows the individual to be content. Always dissatisfied and troubled by self-recriminations, the ego is diminished by a low self-esteem, an image unfairly projected by the parent. In anticipating failure, the individual painfully procrastinates or gives up before the efforts see fruition. In dogging failure (often found when there are many Mutable placements in the horoscope), the individual may take on an irresponsible attitude, drift from one job or relationship to another, and never really try anything. Such an attitude reinforces the belief that the perfectionist parent is correct -“I am a failure.” It is common to find such extreme cases when the individual never experienced any approval from the perfectionist parent.

The Personality Keywords for Transpluto are: The Perfectionist/Perfectionism, Self-sufficiency, The Reformer Complex, and Alienation.

The House position of Transpluto shows where perfectionist demands were placed upon us as a child and where we place perfectionist demands upon ourselves as adults. According to Karen Horney, M.D., a perfectionist is one who fears criticism. If the person is perfect and always right, there will be no vulnerable areas for criticism to find a foothold1. Perfectionism and its resulting fear of failure and disapproval invariably lead to the next quality, self-sufficiency.

Self-sufficiency is the Transplutonian ideal. Perfection is not a practical ideal since it is impossible to achieve. Self-sufficiency is always possible. The House position of Transpluto shows where we psychologically need to be self-sufficient.

Self-sufficiency is a self-protecting mechanism whereby others can never get so close that they can criticize, try to change us or tell us what to do. If the individual experiences a personal failure, others are never close enough to discover the shortcoming and make recriminations. As a client told me, “If I do it myself, if it is mine, then no one can criticize me, tell me what to do or how to do it!” When self-sufficiency is being lost or undermined, the individual can become quite critical which drives the undermining person away and, thus, re-establishing self-sufficiency.

The Reformer Complex is a mode of creativity for Transpluto because it involves maintaining high standards and continually making improvements.

In Transpluto, there is a Virgo-type idealism in its quest for perfection. However, it is an idealism that is seen through the eyes of a critic. This idealism cannot be satisfied because the individual is always aware of the flaws yet continually seeking perfection. The concern is that the Transplutonian individual will desire to change, reform or reconstruct the world and people in a highly subjective style rather than as would be best for those concerned.

Alienation is an anxiety-avoidance reaction which serves to remove the individual from any painful reminder of a personal image of failure— something that brought about a psychologically painful critical reaction from the Transplutonian parent. Consequently, the individual may avoid working closely with others in order not to be subjected to criticism. Close relationships may be difficult to establish.

I found the Alienation Factor very apparent in my observations of transits and progressions involving Transpluto. When dependency (in one’s self or in others) became a problem in that it allowed another to get so close that they could criticize, try to change or tell the individual what to do, an alienation occurred. Often a critical exchange of words served to effect the alienation.

Through my observations of Transpluto in Leo, I was able to ascertain the Dignity and Exaltation of this planet.

Since the dignity of Transpluto is Virgo, its detriment would be in Pisces. Pisces is a very idealistic sign and the critical tendencies of Transpluto can destroy Piscean dreams and illusions. The Reformer Complex of Transpluto can be used in a positive and supportive manner when directed towards broad social requirements.

For this reason, Transpluto is exalted in Aquarius. When the critical, perfectionist demands of Transpluto are aimed at the individual, it can severely punish and undermine the ego. Therefore, Transpluto is in its Fall in Leo.


In researching the effect of Transpluto upon the development of the emotions, I observed horoscopes with hard aspects from Transpluto to the Moon and Venus. The emotional development is traditionally attributed to the mother. It is through her role that we should be taught to feel good about ourselves, to feel secure and loved. Ideally, the mother should convey the concept that we are loved no matter what happens, that we are accepted just as we are, and that we are loved unconditionally. For most of us, this is an ideal and not a reality!

With hard aspects to the Moon, mother becomes the perfectionist parent who drew critical attention to shortcomings and constantly monitored the child with reprimands and orders. Because of these tendencies in the mother, the individual often creates a form of emotional alienation and self-sufficiency as a subconscious anxiety-avoidance reaction to the pain of her criticizing remarks or demands.

The fear of emotional closeness is pronounced. This can be frustrating for Moon signs that require closeness in order to feel loved and secure. It is a fear that, when others are allowed to get too close, they will criticize, try to change or express disapproval. Always on the alert for such a threat, the individual with a strong Moon-Transpluto placement will criticize first in order to drive others away or, at least, keep them at a safe distance.

Relationships are stressed when the individual over-reacts to anything that sounds like a criticism or an attempt to effect any type of change. In my couple counseling, the Moon-Transpluto individual frequently complains that the partner is “always criticizing.” The use of absolutes such as “always” and “never” is a common Moon-Transpluto habit. A simple comment such as, “Did you take out the trash today?,” is seen as a harsh reprimand. Coming to terms with this hyper-sensitivity is important to establishing positive relating patterns, finding emotional satisfaction with a partner, and cultivating a capacity to share one’s self with others. Self-sufficiency can be very lonely!


Over the years, in working with my clients, I discovered a correlation between the Moon-Transpluto aspect and maternal jealousy. Previously, I associated this pattern of parent-child relating with Moon-Mars (maternal competitiveness) or Moon-Pluto (the projection of maternal resentments and feeling out of control onto the child). Most of my work on this subject has been with females and their relationship with the mother.

While the behavior of the critical, perfectionist mother is usually the projection of the mother’s own fears, failures and shortcomings onto the Moon-Transpluto child, this behavior can also be symptomatic of the mother’s own frustrations and lack of emotional fulfillment. This includes sexual frustration which a lack of emotional fulfillment often entails.

As the young female child begins to develop some autonomy, often observed at the time the child enters grade school, the mother resents the freedom and the talents2 expressed by the child. The mother subsequently uses criticisms and putdowns to sabotage the child’s efforts to be successful in any undertaking deemed threatening to the mother.

In some way, the Transpluto mother sees herself as a failure. Her own perfectionist attitudes hold her down and keep her from trying to succeed, a fear of failure and rejection. As her Moon-Transpluto child begins to achieve personal successes and popularity, it is a painful reminder to the mother of these personal failures and lack of achievement. If the child is successful, the mother can become both critical and angry which the child does not understand.

Mothers are supposed to be proud of the achievements of their children. She may even encourage the success of the child but, out of jealousy, attack the child at every turn. This gives rise to a fear of success in the child. In this case, it is not a fear of failure but a fear of rejection, recrimination and psychological retaliation from the mother that success would engender.

I have a female client of many years whose rising Moon in Taurus aspects the malefic stellium of Mars, Saturn, Pluto and Transpluto in Leo. Transpluto is closest to the I.C. The learned pattern of gaining approval through being of service to others produced a desire to pursue a career in nursing. The mother had once longed for such a career but gave up this notion for marriage. Resenting this sacrifice because of a lack of emotional satisfaction in family life, she resented the daughter attempting to succeed where she had failed. The mother sabotaged the daughter’s attempts to be a nurse by telling her that she was not smart enough and she would not help her financially. The daughter never became a nurse but she did marry a much older man whom she “nursed” for many years.

Transpluto and the Moon signs

I have discovered that a favorable (sextile and trine) or unfavorable (conjunction, square, opposition, semi-square, sesquiquadrate and inconjunct) aspect between the Moon and Transpluto did not necessarily determine whether the perfectionist relationship had a positive or negative influence. The sign in which the Moon is found more often describes how the individual reacts to the Transplutonian energy.

Moon in Aries: There can be a rash or impulsive reaction to unwanted criticism. This can often lead to crises in the life.
It can sharpen the intellect with swift, razor-sharp analyses but this occurs at the expense of the emotional development. In extreme cases, sensitivity to criticism can keep this defensive individual on edge.

Moon in Taurus: The fear of criticism and disapproval causes the individual to internalize feelings and to “swallow one’s words,” blocking both personal creativity and communications. In order not to provoke recrimination, the individual may appear to go along with what another says but go one’s own way in the end. The combination of Taurus and Transpluto can make the individual quietly willful.

Moon in Gemini: Because Gemini absorbs Transpluto readily, the individual can criticize without thinking. Criticism can be expressed indirectly through humor or pranks which often drives others away. All too easily this mercurial sign substitutes the intellect for the emotions. The need to feel chipper divorces the individual from true feelings.

Moon in Cancer: This is an overly sensitive sign that becomes secretive about real feelings and quietly retreats into a protective shell. A conjunction with Transpluto can be quite harsh for this sensitive Moon sign that feels a strong emotional bond with people who criticize and reject.

Moon in Leo: The pride and respect needs of this sign are not compatible with a critical, demanding parent. Much showiness is a manifestation of a need for approval and reassurance. A conjunction with Transpluto often indicates a mother who criticized because her own emotional needs were being neglected. The mother may have been very competitive with the child.

Moon in Virgo: This sign emphasizes the Virgoan need for approval through being of service to others. Fussy habits are developed to establish self-sufficiency in the daily life. The individual becomes difficult to please emotionally. In a male horoscope, the mother could have been a perfectionistic “Super Mom” and other women never seem to measure up to her standards.

Moon in Libra: Transpluto can add discrimination to this sign, allowing the individual to better weigh and assess details. Yet, the fear of criticism can make this Moon even more indecisive. The individual is highly critical of anything which seems unjust and unfair.

Moon in Scorpio: This Moon can harbor deep resentment towards parental demands that make the individual feel powerless. The individual can become highly critical and disapproving of others and control through poor cooperation. A strong element of competitiveness colored the maternal relationship.

Moon in Sagittarius: This Moon can cultivate very high standards, codes and ethics when combined with Transpluto. The liability here is self-righteousness. Criticizing and finding fault with others can be a defensive means by which an insecure individual can appear better than others. A religious upbringing can be a problem.

Moon in Capricorn: This Moon describes a “favorite child” upon whom high expectations were placed yet the individual always feels like a failure who did not measure up to the parental expectations. Trust on an emotional level is difficult to achieve. The need to achieve is a manifestation of the need to be self-sufficient.

Moon in Aquarius: Mother was perceived as unusual in some way. As a child, she felt different, not like other children her age and not accepted as is. As a result, the individual with this Moon opposing or inconjunct Transpluto will feel that there is something wrong with being different because mother was very critical of non-conformity. Being self-sufficient is a means of being free from the disapproval of others.

Moon in Pisces: At times, the individual feels criticized by others for any sensitivity to the downtrodden. If unable to establish emotional self-sufficiency, the tendency to whine and complain about personal dissatisfactions can be emphasized. There can be a vague discontent with life’s imperfections.

A trine from Transpluto can provide the discrimination needed by this empathetic Moon sign to separate the desires of self from others. It is a positive influence for those in the “helping” professions.


In 1974, I placed a notice in the American Federation of Astrologer’s monthly bulletin, requesting research subjects for medical aspects of Transpluto. With the incoming letters, my research was suddenly side-tracked into a new area of investigation.

One of my research subjects wrote in detail about her Venus-Transpluto conjunction in the 5th House. Shortly before the birth of her baby brother, when her Solar Arc Transpluto conjoined her 5th House Venus, her mother decided to tell her all about pregnancy. Shocked by this information, she never realized that men had anything to do with it. “I figured that ‘father’ was just an honorary term for the man who married your mother.” When the transiting Transpluto crossed the 5th House Jupiter (conjunct Venus), the mother “tactlessly and bluntly” informed her about the specifics of sex. Feeling that this was “the most disgusting thing I’d ever heard,” she lost all respect for her mother. This was not an isolated incident. I received many letters describing similar occurrences, especially when there were strong aspects involving Venus-Transpluto.

Confirming my observations of Transpluto, my research subject who had the Moon in Gemini sextiling Venus-Transpluto described her mother, who had no Virgo planets, as “the most critical person I have ever known. I could not even strike a match correctly. I grew up thinking that, whatever I did, it would be wrong.” Her mother further reproached her by saying that “You will never have any friends, especially if they knew you like I do.” Out of this fear, this subject “was afraid to invite anybody to my house or to let them really get to know me.” The fear of closeness was instilled by a mother who warned that, if others got close enough to know her, they would disapprove and reject her. This is clearly negative Transpluto indoctrination.

In evaluating the responses to my inquiries, I determined that the Venus-Transpluto individual experiences conflict in sexuality and relating due to a sense of unlovability, a fear that they are not good enough and guilt associated with sex.

Frequently, there was a strong religious focus in the childhood that instilled a perfectionist moral code that created blocks, inhibitions and frustrations over sexuality. If the Venus-Transpluto aspect has any connection with the 3rd House, the individual may have attended a religious school. I have also found that Saturn connected with the 3rd House rules parochial schooling.
In my own chart, I have Venus at 29 Cancer conjunct Saturn at 20 Cancer and Transpluto at 4 Leo. Libra is on my 3rd House cusp. I attended Catholic schools for 9 years.

Not feeling loved or accepted for one’s self during the formative years, the individual can project the inner unworthiness by attracting people who are underdogs, people who are not up to their potential or people who are socially or economically inferior— people who will make the Transplutonian individual feel superior or needy types who will give some validity to the life.

Rather than remaining hard to please and rather than expecting perfection from others, it is essential that the individual concentrate on what is right about a relationship and not the numerous flaws and inadequacies. Discrimination is a healthier ideal for Transpluto.

With a strong Venus-Transpluto connection, the individual grew up with an emphasis upon being a good boy or a good girl— with the concept of “good” being prudish and unrealistic. This can create an inner battle with sexuality. A man with Venus conjunction Transpluto in Leo can frequently become a “male chauvinist prude”— having sexual relationships while dating but, in the end, wanting to marry a virgin!

I observed another version of sexual conflict when the 8th and 11th Houses were involved with Venus and Transpluto. When a boy is told, “Nice boys don’t sleep with girls!,” he can be programmed that he can only sleep with other boys. Sexual ambivalence was not uncommon. This occurs when the individual is confused about his or her sexuality. The confusion can make the individual asexual or seemingly disinterested in sex. Transpluto in the 5th, 8th or 9th Houses with heavy afflictions to Venus can cause periods of celibacy in the life wherein the individual withdraws in order to sort out the conflicting sexual urges.

A Venus-Transpluto aspect in the horoscope does not necessarily indicate that there will always be sexual blocks and frustrations. The early blocks and feelings of guilt can be overcome with positive sexual experiences that give reassurance and fulfillment.

I tell my clients that they should use guilt as an indicator as to whether or not they are doing something right. If you do something that makes you feel guilty, then you know that you did the correct thing. Guilt means that you did something for yourself and not for others. If you go along for months without feeling guilty, find a good therapist because you are living your life according to the expectations of others. This is a very simplistic approach but it has been very helpful to many of my guilt-ridden clients.

Transpluto, Pregnancy and the 5th House

In my early research, I used the key phrase, “tearing apart,” for Transpluto. I subsequently changed this but it does have a better application to my investigation on pregnancy and the 5th House.

Over the years, I have observed that the 5th House rules our early “play” experiences— how we played as a child, how we entertained ourselves and how we had fun. Spontaneity in childhood play time usually produces a highly creative adult.

This House colors our attitude toward children and child-rearing in general. How we are parented determines how we parent our own children. Transpluto in the 5th House describes a critical, perfectionist parent, usually the mother, who feels that, if she is not constantly monitoring the child, the child is being neglected.

One research subject with Transpluto in the 5th House stated that her “judgment of people in general is pretty critical, especially children. I figure, if I could not get away with it, why the #*&# should I have to be tolerant of them (children)!”

The phrase “tearing apart” relates to the alienation factor in the Transpluto experience by which the perfectionist behavior serves to emotionally drive away or alienate the child. This, in turn, relates to the self-sufficiency ideal of Transpluto. With Transpluto in the 5th House, independence and self-sufficiency in children is essential. The parent does not want a child to be needy, dependent or vulnerable. The child is urged to “do it for yourself” and not rely upon the parent.

The “tearing apart” can produce a miscarriage or abortion. I found miscarriages which were influenced by Transpluto to be psychogenic. That is, there was a strong psychological motivation for the miscarriage. For example, the woman did not really love the man and she did not want to be tied down with his children. Although she may have wanted children, she did not want his. In rejecting the child through miscarriage, she was rejecting the husband’s love. In the horoscopes of women who never had children, they described not wanting to give up their own self-sufficiency. These women felt that they had always taken care of themselves and they did not want to devote the next 21 years taking care of a child.

In 1973, I conducted a small research study on miscarriages. I did find that, if Transpluto was heavily afflicted at conception, a miscarriage was likely to occur.


When Transpluto is strong in the horoscope by House position or aspects to the personal planets, it can create a condition whereby the perfectionist, self-sufficient person cares too much what other people think. This personality type tends to be a “giver” who feels uncomfortable receiving. In Transactional Analysis, this trait is called Heavy Parenting. It describes a person who was only rewarded for perfect conformity, obedience, compliance— doing exactly what he or she was told…blocking out personal nurturing needs3. These people become so fearful of receiving (nurturing) that they cut off others when they try to give and they set themselves up with a bevy of “receivers” or people who enjoy taking and dependency. This “giving” service provides the perfectionist, self-sufficient personality type with a considerable amount of control over others (the receivers) and a valid purpose in the receiver’s life.

This fear of receiving stems from childhood experiences wherein the early environment stressed obedience, compliance and a critical emphasis upon detail so that the individual came to be molded by the parental ideal without regard for the true inner self.4 Such individuals possess a subconscious childhood memory of being quite vulnerable in the position of “receiver” (from the parents, as all children are)— a position in which they were subjected to criticism, the parents trying to change them and being cast into a parental mold. As adults, when in the position of receiving, the Transpluto-afflicted individual does not feel worthy. In receiving, the individual fears that he or she will once again be placed in that position wherein the person giving will try to change them and tell them what to do.

When raised in an environment of conditional love— I love you if…if you do your homework, if you get good grades, if you clean your room, if you choose acceptable friends, if you do this or if you do that— such individuals learn that they can only gain approval though service and that they are only deserving of love and approval when they do something for it. The Moon’s House position and sign will show where approval and acceptance is sought. It is this aspect of Transpluto that directs the individual to employment in the “helping” professions, including astrological counseling, which is an outbranch of the core feeling that the individual is only worthy when doing something for others.

Being sensitive to criticism as a result of the perfectionist childhood environment, the goal and ideal of the Transplutonian individual is to strive for self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is a psychological protective mechanism whereby others are not allowed to get so close that they could criticize, reject, try to change or make demands. The life-direction of service is actually as means of being in control. That is, those on the receiving end of the service are dependent upon the activity of the server.

The Burn-Out dilemma of the perfectionist, self-sufficient, other-directed personality type arises from a pattern of many years of giving energy to others and not allowing the reciprocation of receiving. Usually at the time of strong transiting Saturn afflictions, the Transplutonian individual comes to feel depleted and burned out. Feelings of anger begin to surface under the pressure of fatigue. The “receivers” in the life are resented because it is felt that they have used without returning. While blaming others, the fault actually lies within the Transplutonian individual. These individuals control their relationships through their giving and doing for others, becoming frustrated when the giving starts to control them!

The Transpluto Burn-Out symptoms are physical and emotional exhaustion, feeling unloved and unappreciated by the “receivers” in the life, no sense of purpose or drive since most of the activities are geared towards the needs of others. Caught in this pattern for many years, they have no idea how to change this situation. As perfectionists who fear criticism, they are driven by the projection that people will not love them if they do not continue to give their time and energy, coming to resent the people to whom they give. Yet, the thought of allowing others to do for them gives shutters of horror since their primary memory of receiving is from the critical parents. They see nurturing as dependency and vulnerability. If one cannot get nurturing from others by allowing them to do things for you, at least nurture yourself. This means getting in touch with what you want, what you need and what you feel. The action of Transpluto upon the developing psyche is to detach and intellectualize the emotions. Getting in touch with real feels becomes very difficult. Shop-a-holic compulsions and the Sara Lee Surrogate Mother Syndrome are merely emotional substitutes!

There are entire generations of individuals who are highly susceptible to the perfectionist burn-out of Transpluto. Those born during 1946-48 when Saturn in Leo was conjunct Transpluto, during 1953-55 when Saturn in Scorpio squared Transpluto. For such individuals I developed the following suggestions for dealing with Burn-Out:

1. Learn to ask for what you need and want. When another offers, do not cut them off— SAY YES! Sounds easy? If you wince at this thought, you are a prime candidate for Transpluto Burn-Out.

2. Do not give unless the other person asks. This will eliminate compulsive doing and giving. Put an end to volunteerism!

3. Make yourself less available to others. Wean off the receivers and seek other types of relating. Find activities that are for your pure pleasure alone. If employed in a “helping” profession, decide when you are working. Simply because “problem solving” is easy, you may not consider it work but it is work!

4. Do not do what you do not want to do! You cannot eliminate everything that is unpleasant but you can eliminate those things over which you have control.


As I described in “Research Techniques,” my research subjects were given a list of transits and progressions involving Transpluto. They were asked to describe the nature of the event as well as the psychological theme. From the responses, I developed key phrases to describe the effects of Transpluto event-wise.

In the personal horoscope, Transpluto triggers changes in the nature of a separation, alienation or even a loss in order to re-establish self-sufficiency in the life. Where dependency upon some form of security had undermined self-sufficiency, being one’s own person and doing things for one’s self, an alienation or loss occurred. Changes to remove a dependency situation were often emotionally traumatic but the individual recovered, emotionally stronger and more self-reliant.

A client with a 6th House Transpluto had become very dependent upon a relative to run her business. The relative was a very well-organized and a perfectionist. Where Transpluto falls in the horoscope shows where you must be self-sufficient and not reliant upon others. If you give up your self-sufficiency, Transpluto will bring a crisis to re-establish self-sufficiency in your life.

When the transiting Pluto squared and the progressed Moon crossed her natal Transpluto, there was a relationship crisis and this relative quite the job and moved away. This was traumatic to my client who had become very dependent upon this relative. This separation forced my client to take charge and run the business herself.

I firmly believe that we can appease the planets so that any negative effects are greatly diminished. If a choice for self-sufficiency is made in order to eliminate a dependency situation, it will not be forced upon the individual. One such person, experiencing a progressed Sun-Mercury aspect to her natal 9th House Transpluto, decided that she had become too independent upon her current friendships at work and she transferred to the west coast. She never said what circumstances led up to this decision but it was a very satisfying move.

I often find that a critical (criticism) exchange of words often leads to the removal. Criticism is used by Transpluto to push people away. A woman who had worked for a small organization had always felt that, when someone criticized how she ran the organization, she would know that it was time to leave and start her own business. When her progressed Moon in the 3rd House sextiled her 11th House Transpluto and the transiting Pluto squared it, a new administrator came into the organization and found her way of doing things too “non-traditional.” She diplomatically submitted her resignation and successfully started her own business.

The progressed Moon aspecting Transpluto frequently triggers minor self-sufficiency changes. One woman had a brother who continually called her for advice and to complain about family matters. When her progressed Moon in the 3rd House squared her 11th House Transpluto, she criticized him bluntly, telling him to make his own decisions and to discuss his problems with his wife and not her. For months, the brother never spoke to her but it ended his dependency upon her for “a shoulder to cry on.”

In this respect, I found a strong association with Transpluto and small pets. Transpluto rules a pet upon whom there is a strong emotional dependence, one’s “baby” so to speak. Venus-Transpluto and Moon-Transpluto can trigger the loss of such a pet.

I have observed horoscopes in which the pet became a substitute for emotional companionship. Transpluto can serve a harsh blow when it removes the animal from the life. In the 1970s, I acquired cats as substitutes for people. When Transpluto periodically took one of the cats away, while emotionally traumatic, I felt a sense of relief and freedom from the mutual dependency. I no longer have such a relationship with my pets and Transpluto no longer affects their well-being.

One research subject gave a particularly insightful overview of the effects of Transpluto in his life. With the Sun conjunct Saturn in Cancer and the Moon conjunct Neptune in the 1st House, he described himself as a very dependent man with a strong Mother Complex. With Transpluto conjunct Mercury, the ruler of his Ascendant, in the 11th House, he felt that he was continually attracted to meddlesome Transplutonian individuals upon whom he became dependent for advice and direction.

During progressed and transiting aspects of Transpluto, these meddlesome security figures were removed from his life. This separation was always followed by feelings of loneliness, isolation and alienation but these events always compelled him to cultivate self-sufficiency and a self-determined direction in his life. Since most of the aspects were favorable, he made the decision himself to remove these individuals from his life. However, the decision was made only after the meddlesome associations exerted “unbearable” pressure in trying to change him.

Transpluto can bring positive changes, often career or financial, that liberate the individual into self-sufficiency. Career changes can establish the individual in a position of self-sufficiency— a position wherein others are not so close that they can criticize, try to change or tell the individual what to do and wherein the individual can conduct work routines “their way.”

An actress whose natal 9th House Transpluto trined her 5th House Sun (ruling 10th House cusp) and Mars (ruling Ascendant and 6th House cusp) had been out of work for over a year. When the progressed Moon in Sagittarius (1st House) trined the 9th House Transpluto, she received her first leading role.

Financial gains occurring under a Transpluto event also liberated the individual into a position of self-sufficiency— a position where others were no longer needed financially. From these events, I collected data of lottery winners. Transpluto was active in all of these cases.

Transpluto and the Lottery:

A few years ago I heard Joyce Wehrman state that she had found Transpluto prominent in major lottery wins. I began to examine the horoscopes of lottery winners. I have two friends who each won over $1 million in the Maryland lottery. In the charts of lottery winners, I found that all were experiencing a conjunction or square from the transiting Transpluto to the ruler of the 2nd House cusp, a planet in the 2nd House or Venus, the natural ruler of the 2nd House.

The psychology involved in this transit was to liberate the individual into a state of financial self-sufficiency. One friend was a taxi driver supporting 7 children. He had used creative visualization to manifest the winning numbers. I did not have his exact birth data but the major win was clearly shown in his wife’s chart— the transiting Transpluto squared her natal Venus in Scorpio.

One of my students, who also used creative visualization to manifest the winning numbers, won the lottery when the transiting Transpluto crossed her natal Venus and Mercury, Mercury ruling the 2nd House cusp. Her family had been abandoned by the husband and her personal finances were running out. Her yearly income from the lottery was exactly the amount of her ex-husband’s salary. Now self-sufficient, she no longer needs her husband or his money.

I personally found Transpluto to be active in small wins. In 1991, when the transiting Venus was conjunct the transiting Midheaven and both exactly square my natal Transpluto, I won a door prize, an eyeglass case. Of course, I was not liberated into self-sufficiency but I did need the eyeglass case!


In reviewing the events produced by Transpluto, I found a strong connection with psychosomatic blood sugar disorders (diabetes and hypoglycemia), female problems, and herpes. All of these ailments had a psychological association with love and rejection.

A friend in New York collected many charts of hypoglycemics and diabetics. She found similar patterns through which we developed a hypoglycemia personality profile. Because my friend was not an astrologer, she was not influenced by astrological factors.

First, I found a psychological factor in which the individuals were subjected to “little blows” psychologically from a critical, perfectionist parent. In turn, they became very self-critical, putting themselves down in the same manner as the critical parent. The self-criticizing trait seems to create a vulnerable point in the psychological make-up or stress on the system through the function of the liver. Any shock or trauma that upsets some source of security then triggers a pancreas dysfunction found in hypoglycemia or diabetes.

I found a physiological weak link created by the use of stimulants. This included caffeine from smoking, drinking coffee, tea and sodas. Some of the subjects used diet pills, took drugs or drank alcohol.

The alloplastic factor was an event in the nature of a separation, alienation or loss of some source of love or security in the life. The event may have been a divorce, a broken relationship, a change of residence, or a change of schools. The emotional disruption to the sense of security triggered the psychogenic reaction.

The body, in its attempt to compensate for the loss of love, would shoot a little sugar to itself in the form of glycogen from the stressed liver. The onset of the blood sugar dysfunction— diabetes or hypoglycemia— usually occurred within 6 months of the loss or change.

In the example chart, the young man experienced the perfectionist standards from the Scorpio mother, although he felt closely tied to her. My assistant researcher stated that, “He is a very insecure young man who puts others down so that they are not as good as he is, making himself seem more superior.” He had indulged in all forms of stimulants— amphetamines, LSD and he was a heavy coffee drinker. At 18 years, exactly when the solar arc IC conjuncted the 4th House Transpluto, his mother left with another man. The transiting Mars was crossing Transpluto on the day that she left. Within 6 months, he developed diabetes.

In 1975, I corresponded with one of the leading hypoglycemia research physicians, Harry M. Salzer, M.D., in Ohio. While he was very open-minded about consulting with an astrologer, he did not feel that there was a psychological basis for disease. He did concur with the physiological weak link.

I developed a planetary picture or formula for these blood sugar disorders. For diabetes, I used Transpluto + Jupiter – Venus. For hypoglycemia, I used Transpluto + Jupiter – Mars. Charles Emerson, in his early research, preferred Saturn rather than Jupiter.

It was not until the early 1980s, when I studied esoteric astrology and the Alice A. Bailey material, that I discovered the significance of Jupiter and Saturn. In esoteric psychology, Alice A. Bailey discussed the transfer of energy from the sacral chakra to the throat chakra and from the solar plexus chakra to the heart chakra.

When the Jupiter formula had a strong position in the horoscope, the individual was learning detachment in relationships as energy was being transferred from the solar plexus to the heart chakra. When the Saturn formula had a strong position in the horoscope, the individual was trying to cultivate creativity as energy was being transferred from the sacral to the throat chakra.
Bailey referred to blood sugar disorders as one of the diseases of discipleship, an imbalance that occurs while one is developing spiritually.

My research with female problems, dysfunction with the uterus and ovaries, is limited. One subject made the decision to have a hysterectomy when her progressed Mercury conjuncted her natal Transpluto. The progressed Moon in the 12th House squared Transpluto. Tumors were found in the uterus wall. The psychological factor involved around these surgeries were described as a way of rejecting or removing the “critical, rejecting” mother.

Over the years, I have obtained many charts for herpes in women. I associate it with the sign of Leo but I noticed that the onset occurred at the time of a major Transpluto progression or transit. The women interviewed described a psychological factor in which they rejected love in their lives. One subject was in a relationship with a married man. She could not break away from this emotional tie. Under a progressed Mercury-Transpluto conjunction, she developed herpes. This condition abruptly ended the relationship.

I interviewed several women who described finding real love for the first time in their lives and suddenly developed herpes. They felt that this was a psychological projection of unworthiness and an attempt to drive this type of love away because they did not deserve it. If they could resolve the issue of unworthiness, the herpes outbreak did not reoccur.

LUPUS: Chronic, inflammatory, auto-immune (body attacks itself) disease that affects the connective tissue. Critical, perfectionist environment causes the body to attack itself. TP rising in sample case. Another had a stellium in Virgo in the 6th House. When Saturn crossed Virgo, she was forced to let go of perfectistist work tasks and retire.

EATING DISORDERS: Any compulsive disorder arises from perfectionism. Male chakra imbalances allowing the individual to see self as a victim. Addiction part focuses upon food rather than the real issues. Individual destroys self.

SHINGLES: Sally had Transpluto squaring her 12th House Jupiter in Scorpio— a pattern that it is OK to be generous to others but not to yourself. The outbreak occurred when the progressed Moon crossed her 8th House Transpluto. She had ended a bad relationship but I Iknow she was having second thoughts. Bob said that he did not love her and that he did not want a relationship but he did want her to caretake— shop for him and take care of his family. While her face was a mess and she was in pain, Bob wanted her to buy a gift for his neice— however, he felt that she was not attractive enough to go to her birthday party. She saw him as he is and realized that she really did not love him or even like him!

HARDENING OF THE ARTERIES: The Moon in Pisces is the constant with this problem— the nice person who resents the niceness. Yet, there is also Saturn and/or Transpluto aspects that give a poor sense of self, making them feel guilty if they are not nice and tolerant.

All have poor sense of self due to negative tearing apart of Virgo/Tp.


A Beginning Planet is one that is the earliest by degree in the horoscope. This does not involve the sign, only the degree. However, the planet must be between 0 and 5 degrees of a sign. With a Beginning Planet, the individual is young in the experience of the energy of the planet and, therefore, it is not used effectively. This can cause a block or distortion of which the individual is not aware.

An Ending Planet is one that is the latest by degree in the horoscope. This planet must occur between 25 and 29 degrees of a sign. This is an energy that has been over-developed and the individual must learn to release or let go of the qualities ruled by the planet.

There was a period during the mid to late 1930s when Transpluto was the Ending Planet in almost every chart. At this time, Transpluto was transiting the late degrees of Cancer. By 1938, Transpluto was the Beginning Planet for most people because it entered the sign of Leo and it stayed in 0 to 1 degree Leo for about 4 years.

The Beginning Transpluto is very insecure in new situations. This makes the individual very critical, especially self-critical, wanting to be perfect in the project or endeavor. In order to feel safe, these individuals repeatedly told me, “If it is going to be done right, I must do it myself!” There is a lack of tolerance with ineffectiveness, ineptness, incompetence and poor work habits in others. The fear of failure in a new situation and a sensitivity to any criticism creates a high degree of tension for the individual. This can cause poor cooperation in a work situation.

The Ending Transpluto is in the process of releasing these critical, perfectionist tendencies. The individual is learning to become more tolerant of self and others. They are less inclined to critically analyze every situation. As one student stated, “I have come to realize that I cannot do it all myself and that somebody else might be able to do it a lot better than I can!”


With all that I have written, Transpluto does not appear to be a charitable planet. It makes harsh demands upon us but, when used constructively, it strengthens us with a fortification that allows us to be our own person. It is the “Tough Love” planet. We cannot be influenced by trends, peer pressure or the wave of mass consciousness. We must be steadfastly loyal to our true inner nature.

Transpluto is a loner planet. Through its energy and lessons, we must walk the path towards Self-Mastery. This mastery must not make us feel arrogant or superior to our fellow man. Transpluto rules the act of striving for perfection in a very imperfect world. The virtue of Transpluto is tolerance. In seeing the flaws, we must know that the flaws are in all of us. “I am human, therefore, nothing human is alien to me,” is the spiritual philosophy of this planet.

1 THE NEUROTIC PERSONALITY OF OUR TIME, Karen Horney, M.D., pages 242 and 243


  1. sandra Says:

    Hi, i like very much this article! i have hard aspect Transpluto and Moon (square) , so now i understand, why relationships with my mother are not so good… Thanks a lot! And i have one simple question. My second house cusp is 29.06 degree aquarius, so this house rulers is uranus and saturn ? i am very curious about lottery :)

  2. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Glad you asked! I always use the modern rulers so I would suggest Uranus as the ruler of the 2nd.

    Transpluto aspecting a natal planet usually takes 4 years.
    You can also use Solar Arc Progressions to speed up the movement of the planets as well.

    Good luck!

  3. Michael Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Interesting your connection between Transpluto and lottery winners.

    My wife and I have Transpluto conjunct our Langa (Asc) in Marriage Chart at 3 degrees 31 minutes in Sidereal Leo.

    Marrying was certainly like winning the lottery for me as my wife is a wonderful person and has given me much strength and stability.

    Also good for her and her family as she comes from an impoverished background in the Philippines and has a much better life here in Sydney, Australia with me and she has already secured a permanent position in retail. Also we have helped her family a lot sending money and buying rice fields etc.

    As my mother has recently passed away (God bless her) she left us enough money to clear our credit card debts and have a little left over (thanks mum).

    And the Rudd Federal Labor government is giving new home owners a grant of Au$14,000 towards purchasing a new home (thank you Kevin Rudd) as a result of US financial crisis (thank you Messers Bush and Greenspan).

    We hope to take advantage of all this and secure a roof over our heads. I’m getting plenty of work and we’ve only been married a little over one year.

    Also I sent Indian lady guru Amma of Kerala US$100 to do a marriage puja for me before I met my wife (thank you Amma) and my wife is a devoute Roman Catholic who prays Rosary a lot and regularly goes to Mass (thank you Jesus and Mary).

    Thank you Linda.
    Hope this helps into Transpluto research.

  4. Dirk Says:

    Remarkable that a relatively unknown object can have so much influence. I’ve got an exact (fraction of a degree) conjunction with my Leo-Sun in the Eighth house. The Transpluto process can not be avoided by me. Your article really hit home.

    Should any insights reg. this configuration spring to mind, I would certainly like to hear them!

    Best regards and thanks for your great work!

  5. Lynn Koiner Says:

    TRANSPLUTO IN THE 8th HOUSE: from lecture notes

    EIGHTH HOUSE: This House rules all things totally beyond our control and our attitudes towards being out of control, as well as our indebtedness to others. There is a striving to eliminate such obligations. When one turns over the control of financial and business activities to another, some disruption occurs. That person may be taken out of your life in order to re-establish self-sufficiency and possibly reinforce the feeling that you cannot depend upon others to do what you need to do for yourself.

    NOTE: Years ago, a man’s son and business partner, to whom he was going to turn over the business, was killed in an auto accident just after the “turning over” agreement had been reached. The transiting Pluto was squaring his 8th House Transpluto. Both Pluto and Transpluto in the 8th House were natally squaring his stellium in the 4th House.

    A death in the life brings a great transformation wherein the individual must re-establish self-sufficiency and take control of the life. Where one has been dependent, that individual is removed, death not being uncommon. The relationship can end in others ways as well.

    This House is associated with sex and sexuality. In have frequently observed 8th House people (strong planets here) experiencing a conflict between sex and spirituality. If Transpluto/Venus are associated with this House, there can be a conflict with the sexual identity. Sex can be associated with powerlessness. States or periods of celibacy and out-of-body experiences are associated with this House.

    NOTE: The 8th House and Transpluto are NOT always associated with sexual dysfunction but there can be a conflict at times, especially if the individual was raised Catholic. If afflicted the individual may have to struggle with the issue of being a Good Girl or a Good Boy. Since this article was written, the impact of modern cultural mores has diminished this type of influence.

    Self-Sufficiency versus Powerlessness/Helplessness: One woman with Transpluto in the 8th forming a T-Square was raised by her grandmother who told her from the time that she could walk and talk that she had to learn to do everything herself. She could not depend upon or rely on others to take care of her. Her parents could not take care of her and her grandmother was old. If she died, there would be no one to take care of her. She was driven by a fear that something could happen and, if she was not self-sufficient, she would be powerless. This woman actually appreciated the power that her grandmother gave her. This treatment made her feel whole and complete unto herself. The grandmother gave the child control over her own life and her own decisions. However, as an adult, she is so self-sufficient that she does not share her life with others very easily. When she does, the other person seems dependent upon her. Whenever she gives her power away, especially to men, she gets hurt.
    NOTE: Read article on Transpluto/Virgo Burn-Out on this website. When returned to her parents, they continually criticized her sense of wholeness, preferring a child who was less self-sufficient. This is a form of prejudice, against wholeness in the individual. She bought a fixer-upper house, doing most of the repairs herself. She said that the local country folks were very disapproving. She was an over-achiever in life. She always possessed an innate sense of what was good so that it was ironic that others were so critical of her.

    Healthwise, she has the typical Transpluto health issues, such as hypoglycemia. These health issues are always worse under the crises of a Transpluto aspect. They are associated with fears of abandonment and loss.
    VENUS-TRANSPLUTO triggers: 1) a broken engagement that left her very depressed, 2) rejection by a critical Cancer man, triggering hypoglycemia. At this point, typical of the 8th House, she reached out for spiritual and astrological studies to empower her, evoking her spiritual strength. I also find that studies in reincarnation are also very empowering for the 8th House.

    I have always felt that Transpluto in the 8th creates a psychological pattern that something terrible could happen, someone could die or leave you, if you are not good, perfect and self-sufficient. I consider the 8th House as ruing all matters totally beyond our control and our attitude about not being in control. Death is the ultimate loss of control.

    FEARS: Not being able to support one’s self and being poor; the fear of being alone. They can fear the loss of wholeness and freedom and giving part of themselves away in a relationship. Only when she is truly Whole, usually achieved with later-life Transpluto transits, will she be able to co-related with other. True wholeness bring inner peace. External Approval is not as comforting as the peace that comes from approving of self, being true to yourself.

    WHOLENESS & INTEGRATION: The ideal of Transpluto I find that wholeness is only achieved in 2 ways – 1) doing something that gives you so much joy that you could care less what others think, 2) doing something that you know will be best for the whole.

  6. Dirk Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    Thanks for your speedy and useful reply. Reg. deaths and loss in the 8th house, I can only attest to that. Having not only sun there, but also moon and jupiter conjoining transpluto, I’ve had (way) more than my share. Or probably, exactly my share which just happens to be very large!

    Have read your Transpluto Burnout article as well and that indeed is very useful. Caring less about what other people think, is big lesson for me. Work in progress and getting better at it every day ;-)

    Thanks again.

  7. Erika Says:

    I have referred to this website many times and find it fascinating. I had read a book in the 80s in the Boston Public Library about transpluto and remember only that it mentioned about loss of pets during transits and the lottery win during venus transits (to natal TP). I always glean new info about psychology from this site and new insight into myself and what drives me. Perhaps a little paragraph on Transpluto in the house systems???? I have TP at 12 Leo (12th house) UGH have lost treasured pets during sun transiting natal transpluto and recently the home I lived in since 1972 was ripped from me during an estate battle with a very critical hyper controlling sister who terrifies me (which lead me to avoid the anxiety which led to huge legal bills and all manner of grief/guilt/shame regarding my “self-sufficiency” or lack thereof.
    So big lessons. I have the polarity of both wanting to
    be completely self sufficient, need no one, and being overly dependent on other people’s acceptance and advice.
    I am most affected by transits to natal transpluto and it
    always kicks my ass. Hoping wishing dreaming to
    hit that lottery win and not have to be dependent on
    THEM anymore.
    Thank you for this website
    Erika (Cape Cod, MA USA)

  8. Lynn Koiner Says:

    The book that I wrote with Noel Tyl did have a chapter on the loss of pets and the lottery but it was published in the early 1990s. I am pleasantly surprised that it was in a Boston library.
    Here are my lecture notes on 12th in the House:


    This is the House of fears and energies/personality assets that were intimidating to the parents. Because they were intimidating, they become repressed within the individual.

    The fear are associated with losing self-sufficiency – allowing another to get so close that they can criticize, try to change you or tell you what to do.

    There can be fears associated with actually being self-sufficient. This would be true if there are strong Neptune aspects (allow wide orbs) in the natal chart. This indicates that at least one parent did not want the individual to grow up or grow away, sabotaging self-sufficiency.
    Actual self-sufficiency in a child would have isolated that parent, the parent would not be needed. Yet, that parent did not want the child to be dependent either. In this case, there is much ambivalence in being self-sufficient.

    In being self-sufficient, the individual gives up all of the goodies, perks and securities of dependencies but it also protects the individual from being subjected to criticisms and perfectionist demands.

    Energies and attributes (signified by the planet) become internalized in the 12th House. Self-recriminations play an exacting toll upon the individual. Pulling the critical, perfectionist tendencies inward produces self-criticism, introversion and a strong sense of inferiority through the exacting demands that the individual places upon his or her self. This internalization of energy always sets the individual up for perceiving themselves as a Victim, even wallowing in a victim self-image. This is typical for planets in the 12th House in general, resulting from the internalization of energies.

    A fear of failure can undermine any attempt to be one’s own person, doing exactly what you want to do and being exactly who you want to be – not just self-sufficient but Whole and Integrated.

    Since Virgo frequently rises on the Ascendant, the individual compensates for any underlying weakness through intellectual achievement. A shrewd, cunning intellect can be an armor, protecting the individual against external criticism.

    There can be an inner discontent with one’s self and one’s achievements…or, in extreme cases, not even trying to achieve due to the underlying fear of failure. The individual strives to do better or anticipates failure…then does not strive at all.

    EXAMPLE: One individual had Transpluto conjunct Uranus in Leo. She was constantly rebelling against the mother yet she always sought out older, mother figures who, in the end, criticized and rejected her dependency.

  9. Tina Says:

    What orb do you use with Transpluto?

    What effect does applying or separating have on these aspects?

    Also do you have anything for 4th House natal Transpluto?

    Also how does RX natally affect?

    If I got it right mines natally 14* leo RX in the 4th.

    Looks like we are at 28* leo now which is close to Trine my natal Venus at 29*aries (separating)

    Separating Sextile my 2nd cusp at 26*Gemini
    Applying trine my 8th cusp at 26* Sag

    Tina H

  10. Lynn Koiner Says:

    TINA: For the transit of TP which lasts 4 years, it starts when TP enters the degree of a natal planet (such as 29:00) and it influences until it finally leaves that degree permanently (such as 29:59).

    In the natal chart, I never use applying or separating aspects or treat them differently. Degrees of separation as shown in the aspect grid (I use 15:30 for hard aspects) show when an event happened that embossed the aspect onto the personality. This is the first predictive technique that I teach to students as it is so easy to spot.

    Transpluto in the 4th always denotes a critical, perfectionist childhood environment. It is actually an ancestral pattern of how people treat children and each other. It is part of your destiny to end this pattern.

    TP Retrograde is more self-conscious, more absorbing of criticism, more internalized and insecure than Direct — but both are driven by insecurities, as we all are.

    Transpluto aspecting your Venus is an ENDING cycle, letting go of relationships (and Venus at 29 holds onto relationships years after others would have given them the heave-ho…I have a 29 Venus too) and letting go of these disapproving, dependent-type relationships to re-establish self-sufficiency in your life.
    NOTE: I have a manual on B&E planets that will soon be available on my website ($10) as PDF.

    These are good questions from which many can benefit.

  11. Tina Says:

    Lynn, When you get a moment would you mind a step by step on how to do this:

    In the natal chart, I never use applying or separating aspects or treat them differently. Degrees of separation as shown in the aspect grid (I use 15:30 for hard aspects) show when an event happened that embossed the aspect onto the personality. This is the first predictive technique that I teach to students as it is so easy to spot.

    Thanks again,

  12. Lynn Koiner Says:

    TINA: This is impossible to teach on a website. But, if you obtain a chart with an aspect grid that shows the degrees of separation, just convert these to ages rather than degrees. This is when an event occurred that impacted your personality.

  13. Verica Says:

    As TP Isis is exact on Asc (11.2 Leo) with no major aspects but square with Neptune in 4th (ruler of 8th) I am feeling that the influence of so placed TP must be of huge influence ever since. May I ask you to put some comment on this position in natal?
    Thank you so much for great articles here.

  14. Lynn Koiner Says:

    VERICA: First, Isis is a well known asteroid so I do not use this as a name for Transpluto, although it is not far wrong because, working with the famous myth astrologer, Wendy Ashley, she told me that (after reading my interpretation) SOPHIA would be the closest myth for TP. Unfortuntately, I put this research on the back burner years ago and never developed it further.

    This are some of my lecture notes of TP and the 1st House…


    The Rising Sign and the Gestation Period: It is my theory and contention that the rising sign is determined by the mother’s attitude, feelings and experiences during the gestation period. The rising sign is generally accepted as being conditioned by the environment but I contend that this environment starts during pregnancy.

    The mother’s created environment during this vulnerable period of life conditions the individual to react to certain stimuli. This environment may or may not be in tune with who the individual really is. For example, if Cancer rises and the Sun is in Sagittarius, the mother may have been very emotional, even experiencing morning sickness and moods, during the gestation period. Therefore, the Sagittarian individual will experience emotional responses with which he or she cannot identity.

    I consider a planet in the 1st House to supersede the influence of the rising sign. When Transpluto rises, the mother manifested strong self-sufficiency traits, feeling that she had to be everything herself, and this was incorporated with critical or discriminating tendencies.
    Mother may have complained about doing everything herself with no help from the husband or anybody but this is often a matter of personal choice. Remember, self-sufficiency means that people are not so close that they can criticize, try to change or tell you what to do.

    Mother may have manifested fussy habits while pregnant. She may have watched her diet and took great pains not to harm the child. In several instances, mother had a previous miscarriage and, therefore, took every precaution that this would not happen again.

    FIRST HOUSE: The individual takes on the critical, perfectionist, self-sufficient qualities. Mom’s thoughts and emotions regarding self-sufficiency and doing it all herself become fully integrated into the personality. This position is highly susceptible to diabetes or hypo-glycemia. People-pleasing is diabetic and anger is hypoglycemia.

    Indeed, subjected to a family’s attempt to change and perfect the personality, the individual evolves through a series of identity crises. Working through all of this criticism and people trying to change the individual, this person is to work on discovering exactly who he or she really is and BEING that regardless of what others say.

    TP Direct projects its criticism onto the external environment; TP Retrograde internalizes criticism as self-criticism.

  15. alice Says:

    good lord…84% describes my situation exactly. however, my situation has gotten to the point i am entirely un-functional. i have asperger’s and was already a loner by choice, but now it seems i have been existing in this burn out without ANYONE around for at least 6 months. my very busy sister won’t return my emails (she lives a mile away), my non-empathetic, suspected psychopathic mother outright ditched me on thanksgiving and will not speak to me since i failed out of school due to depression, i was not bothered by anyone over christmas, and this burn out has been made exponentially worse due to my “receiver” being a genuine psychopath. i could not allow myself to believe i have gotten ANOTHER one of those in my life. needless to say i am completely traumatized.

    i have not left my house in ages. i do not even bother to turn my phone on anymore. i have atrophied to the point it is embarrassing and frightening and i am now worried about MAJOR health problems popping up due to only moving if my dog needs to go out. i have kept my mind fully active on various research projects (the asperger’s in me cannot accept television as anything but worthless) but i have completely neglected my body. i hate having to wash it and feed it and most of the time i don’t. i EVEN feel sorry for it sometimes-THAT is how disconnected i am. i no longer WANT to have anything to do with the outside world in ANY way shape or form. i grew up with a psychopath, they are all i attract, and i cannot even try to imagine what it used to feel like when i felt good about myself, or like a person-period, which only started to happen a few years ago despite everything else.

    my biggest nightmare is knowing i am only 35 in 6 days and i have at least 40 more awful years to go. i have all the classic suicide indicators in my natal chart but know this is not an option (even if i had the means) and i know i do not want to die a slow, pitiful, chronic diseased death, either. i have hades in my 6th house so it is a concern, especially with where i am right now physically. i know my only option is to rehabilitate my body, but i do not want to be too healthy and promote a long life since the women in my family already live to be ANCIENT, matter WHAT kind of condition they are in! i can not imagine putting in any effort whatsoever when i will starve for days before i can force myself to go to the damn store and am too embarrassed to take the trash outside because i don’t want anyone to see the weird thing that only comes out at night for food on occasion. i’m afraid spooky tales might be being told to neighborhood kids warning them not to stay out past dark with ME as the incentive to get their butts home… or else. THAT is how un-human i feel.

    i wish i were dead but i cannot kill myself for fear i will screw up only to be institutionalized for life and because i do not want to freak out my nice landlord’s (who already think i’m weird), or leave any of my shitty family who don’t care anyway, feeling guilty, despite them telling me i am NOT ALLOWED to contact them if i am feeling upset because it bums them out and they have lives.

    hearing all of this probably paints a picture of me being a pathetic retch of a retard with nothing going for me in the first place who is nothing but annoying and uncomfortable to be around and also smells. this is not true in actuality, but seeing how my family wants nothing to do with me and men think i’m worthless, i guess “technically” that is my reality. i had a hard time believing it since i am an extrememly gifted artist, highly intelligent, humorous, was once considered very attractive and stylish, and am a genuinely very nice and compassionate person. i have way too much empathy (rare for asperger’s) not to be highly compassionate. unfortunately, it seems my unusually high capacity for it is not only inappropriate but dangerous to my very sense of well being. i do not understand limits on compassion. it seems an oxymoron to me. and how the hell do you know when you are going overboard with it?? “measuring” allotments of a state of being seems like crazy talk to me. and WHY does such an attribute provoke, better yet, ASK FOR, abuse?? why does any non-abusive behavior provoke abuse for that matter? it’s truly a stumper to me.

    i also do not understand how to navigate through the masks and egos of people. i do not think i have either of those. they seem like a lot more trouble than they are worth, frankly. getting through those things is like chipping away at a stone wall with a toothpick, and usually turns out to be a HUGE mistake. i also do not understand how to behave without coming off as conceited or going the other direction and sublimating myself to where i am one of those horrid “victims” people don’t respect and some even enjoy abusing. i seem to be damned as i have been told REPEATEDLY by my mother and psychopathic boyfriends (3 in 10 years) that i think far too much of myself, but am treated like i don’t deserve ANYTHING at ALL, and this CLEARLY makes NO SENSE. i tried toning down my outgoing personality and sense of humor by being especially nice, but that ONLY makes it worse because apparently i give off some kind of “vibe” that sucks the very life out of a room in my silence. i tried not discussing whatever “nerdy” topic i had been researching so i would not sound too smart, but that has only confirmed everyones suspicions that i am not that bright, thus making it much worse as well. i tried standing up and fighting for myself (since trying to reason is terribly annoying to them) but i am NOT taken seriously whatsoever because i am a gentle person by nature and do play it off well, and THAT provokes more. i even tried imitating their behavior to show them i was one of them, but it only segregated me more since i do not understand proper “crappy behavior” protocol, and THAT too, has only made it worse.

    looking back, i now see that i could have just been told i thought too much of myself, for reasons i will never understand understand-because i am not conceited. but now it is way too late because i have developed a major complex to the point of a TOTAL, full blown identity crisis. the LAST thing i want to do is be myself and attract more awfulness into my life, and not being myself does the same thing anyway. how the hell are people supposed to act?

    even though i KNOW i am not a piece of shit, it truly does not matter because apparently i exude “take advantage of me-PLEASE, i deserve it :D”. i would NEVER take advantage of someone. ESPECIALLY as an adult, to me this is what children do. it seems only different from elementary school in that the mind games are far more sophisticated and complex making it as if i am crazy if i were to believe these people were actually behaving this way ONLY TO ME and even more so, that i am nothing but a “thing” and not a person like them. growing up this way and seeing my sister and everyone else around me treated entirely different has all but finally convinced me i do deserve it some how. i know we choose our parents and life lessons before we are born, but this is a life i don’t think i could have possibly thought was a good idea had i been more informed. this world is utterly horrifying. i wish that trans-plutonian beast would fly out of orbit and land right on my house.

    wow. this long. sorry, i have not spoken to anyone in ages. i expect anyone will be reading this anyway since this post could be really old, so i guess i’m not sorry for it being too long, i just needed to get this out. ….i am talking, no, TYPING, to myself…i am starting to get weird. yikes.

  16. Amy Says:


    I have learned so many valuable tools in your material. I’m interested in Transpluto’s ingress into Virgo, October 2011.

    But I’m writing to say thank you for your material on TP and miscarriages. I had one in January 2010. Mars stationed retrograde in Leo on December 21, 2009 and when it backtracked to my natal TP at 18’01 Leo, to the day, the bleeding began.

    It always felt mysterious and secretive. The doctors and nurses that attended to my first and subsequent visits just wouldn’t say the word “miscarriage.” It was charted on the very first visit as a “blighted ovum,” [an empty sac] but I was still led to believe all would be well if I just took to bedrest.

    I realize how emotionally destructive it is for most women, but I had a 6 month old baby boy, a 2-1/2 daughter, and had no desire to carry another child so soon. I made this clear to all medical staff, but throughout the whole ordeal, no one would say “I’m sorry. You’ve had a miscarriage.” It was very weird.

    A thousand thanks for finally giving me something to understand the miscarriage. It feels like closure.

  17. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ALICE (8-2011): Not many people post on this column so I am always hapy hen they do.
    I am still formulating my thoughts on TP entering Virgo. Right now, it is strongly impacted by the Neptune opposition at 29/0 degrees.
    In this shift, people are dissolving their need to mirco-manage, to care take, to look for approval outside of one’s self, tired of the details and perfectionism.

    The New Cycle will not be easy but people will want to be more self-sufficient, not looking for approval from without, no more taking care of others before one’s self.
    When we change like this, we leave a lot of people behind who cannot change with us.

    Because this is a shifting cycle, many feel lost and even floundering but this is actually just fine. This always occurs with a major shift.

  18. Amy Says:

    I wanted to share some additional information about Transpluto with you and your readers. I wrote about my miscarriage in 08-2011. My husband left for a job about a week ago (separation for the purpose of regaining self-sufficiency?). I’ve been ill for the past two weeks (stomach virus, upper respiratory and now flu-like symptoms). I started juicing veggies (1-2 quarts per day), knowing that some of my illness is part of the healing crisis. I have read that some experience their illnesses in retrograde fashion from newest to oldest and from the inside out. I’m getting to the point. I had mono (Epstein-Barr) in the fall of 1992. Transpluto was conjunct Chiron in my 6th house in Leo. The North Node was also in Sagittarius, where my Sun/Merc/Mars/Neptune reside. And now as I write, the NN is there in Sagittarius again and Transpluto in Virgo is opposing Chiron in Pisces. Chiron will cross my AC in April 2013 and Jupiter retrograde is now conjunct my natal Chiron. My achiness feels very much like the mononucleosis I had all those years ago. I’m scared of the healing process but trying to stay optimistic about the possibilities of life unencumbered with fear of criticism and failure and the need for others’ approval. And I’m glad my husband is away while I go through this, so that I have no target for blame and anger. Astrology is amazing!! I can’t believe how sensitive I am to Transpluto. TP in Leo trines Neptune in Sag, squares Uranus in Scorpio and sextiles Pluto in Libra. Thanks again for your valuable information and insights. Take care.

  19. jegs Says:

    thanks for the insights! explains a lot about my drive for perfection, persistent feeling of alienation, preference for giving rather than receiving, failure avoidance, sudden ending of intimate relationships, and (maybe?) sudden ending of work/professional pursuits — all despite my best conscious intentions.

    btw, just for reference: natal Transpluto in 12th house conjunct (1 deg orb) natal AC in Leo and 6 deg orb to Pluto in Leo in 1st house, square Nessus (1 deg orb) conjunct MC, quincux Mercury in Capricorn (33 min orb) which is conjunct (4 deg orb) natal sun in Sadge (natal moon in in Pisces), and sextile Chiron (1 deg orb) which is conjunct (4 deg orb) Neptune.

    plus: Pluto opposite (4 deg orb) Venus, Pluto being the point of a kite with Uranus in Gemini and Chiron/Neptune in Libra.

    cheers & blessings!

  20. Anonymous Please Says:

    I’ve had the booklet “Winning Transits” by Joyce Wehrman for many years, and recently noticed it tucked between some other books on the shelf. That is why I did a search for Transpluto. I’m confused, and hope you can help.

    If Transpluto barely moves, staying (practically) in one place for years at a time, how can you use its transit to time lottery wins? Seems it wouldn’t conjunct or square a “money” planet unless it had been there for quite some time in the first place. Why would that particular moment be any different than the months preceding it? Or for that matter, the months after? It seems to me it’s no different than trying to time a win with most of the other planets.

    I won a nice sum once at the casino, and just looked at the chart with Transpluto inserted and neither the natal nor the transiting Transpluto made any contact to anything at the time. I am clearly not understanding.

    Thank you. You run a very nice blog here. Looks like a LOT of work!

  21. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ANONYMOUS (1-2013): You are asking the wrong person to explain Joyce’s technique but, unfortunately, she passed away years ago.

    Yes, TP moves very slowly but it refers to planets aspecting (hard aspects) the natal Transpluto and, in her Winning System, she used the House cusps aspecting Transpluto.

    There is a company that gives winning times using her technique but I am not sure that it is still in business. Friends used it and it worked.

    I have a Winning Times program by either Solar Fire or WinStar and it does not work for me at all.

    Sorry that I cannot be more helpful. I have looked at the charts of people who won lotteries and TP was involved very strongly.

  22. Maria Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    My TransPluto is conjunct the Moon and NNode, at the Moon/Mars midpoint, square my Scorpio stellium (Nep., Ve, Merc., Sun) and opposite Saturn. I’ve lived in great part by my own dictates – stopped attending school at 11 y.o., began studying astrology at 14 – I see that as much as a fear reaction, as strictly proactive. My self esteem often vacillates between “better than” and seriously dysfunctional.

    Most of my adult life (so far) was spent in an unintentional artists’ community, full of smart people like myself who preferred obscurity to the gauntlet of public recognition. Bunch of underdogs, and scaredy-cats. I was happy to live 3000 miles from my Mom, so I could discover my truth without her “rightness” getting in the way. Back then, the economy supported my doing odd jobs, part time, so I could do astro for friends, sing and act, paint and dance and play. I did enjoy some financial and popular success with those, but was unwilling to make any career or future commitments.

    6 years ago my Stepfather died, leaving my mother in debt, without insurance, dealing with health problems and all alone. Transpluto was on her descendant, opposite her Sun, and square my Sun. So, I came to live with her and 8 cats, who I love. I haven’t the kind of maturity that can financially support, but I’m there for everything else. Yes, I’m proud to be here, but it’s way tricky. The lesson of service without servility is big, now. Also, self-care before other-care. Since I’ve been here, it’s not enough to do what I wish in obscurity – I want to stand up in the world, risk the annihilation I fear, and make my contribution.

    Learning a little about TransPluto has helped me see better, where I shoot myself in the foot! I do feel that I must be without flaw to call myself a practitoner in the world, even though I’m constantly seeing very good astrologers and health-workers demonstrate their “foibles” for all to see. I admit thinking to myself, “how can they call themselves teachers when they haven’t learned their own lessons?”. Then I figure, well, it’s okay for them, but not for me – people believe them, and they are good, but no one will believe me until I’m perfect.

    Although I haven’t navigated these combinations as well as I would like, I feel there’s a strong, positive purpose to them. I suspect this Transpluto placement helps to keep me from indulging in irresponsible Power plays, is helping me dig deep for bridges to self-forgiveness and understanding.

    My radix has Moon opp. Saturn, conjuncting the Nodes. My relocation chart has that formation on the Asc/Dec axis (Moon on Asc.). My Solar Return this year has the same configuration, only switched houses and nodes, and square the original nodes. I feel a very strong purpose connected with my being here, especially in the coming year. I’m grateful for the push of the planets, and the study of Transpluto is going to help, a lot! Thanks very much for your research, and the articles!

  23. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MARIA (10-2013): Thank you for posting. There is an easier, shorter article on Transpluto on this website. It is the notes that I give to clients going through TP transits.

  24. Joe w Says:


    This has been a very useful article for me. I have noticed I have an extremely perfectionist and even a little vicious streak when it comes to a certain area of life shown in my chart, in regards to this planet. Which has allowed me to give that a break.

    I also have type 1 diabetes. My original reading of this article I found that information very interesting although I will have to re- read if I want to properly absorb it.

  25. Fletcher Says:

    Lyn after years of issues with a daughter who constantly feels I am critical, judgmental and non accepting of her I began a thorough astrological search of asteroids to find why, as this was not my reality. I had no reason for these feeling as as she was quite the perfect child and a beautiful young woman, with her Virgo moon. She was with a man for 13 years who had the most horrendous persecution complex and it seems since they split she has one herself, all directed at me.
    With my Moon square Neptune (she has this as well) I had idealised my children and thought highly of them all until my daughter shattered that in 2006 by pointing out my failures as her mother (for the two times I had let her down) and I went down into a Neptunian dumper that lasted for months, feeling such a failure. I was an abused child and not what I wanted for my kids.
    The long and the short of it is nothing has changed, she now treats me with great condescending distain. I understand she feels she is “taking back her power” by speaking out.
    So I find this page and read MATERNAL JEALOUSY IN THE FEMALE HOROSCOPE: and wonder. This sounds like what she is doing to me! Her Transpluto is conjunct my Sun in her first house square to Saturn in the 10th. Mine is conjunct my Sun and Mars in the 10th square her Saturn.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    NOTE FROM LYNN: I have not been receiving notifications of posts since February 1. Sorry for the delay. I do not know what your natal charts look like as these would give the answer. This sounds like something Karmic and she has a lot of answer issues which are projected onto you. There is nothing that you can do. You cannot take this personally anymore but it is difficult with such strong TP energy in your charts. In time - and maybe a long time - she can change but she has to become more aware of her behavior.
  26. Fletcher Says:

    Lyn I posted yesterday re my daughter and I just had a thought “I had always attempted to be the PERFECT Mother”
    This fits with my daughters Moon in Virgo and my Transpluto conjunct my Leo Sun in 10th.
    Your words There is NO PERFECTION helps heaps, thanks.

  27. maya Says:

    Oh, one more thing regarding this-
    It’s accurate the need to achieve with self-suficiency for a capricorn moon. It’s like you provide for yourself and you are not under any demands.
    trans=pluto square pluto is generational, I understand the moon-aspects,
    but what about squares to mercury and venus?
    would this be self-seeking to be perfect in love and to think one is striving to be perfect?

  28. Andreea Says:

    Hi Lyn,

    Thank you very much for this great article and research. I think I’ll reread it several times during the next days, until I learn it by heart. The reason I find it so relevant is because today I realized that I have in my chart a Star of David with TP-Isis as its apex (conjunct the fixed star Dubhe). Here is a picture of it (I hope you can see it).

    I don’t even know yet how to interpret it yet (I just read that you are supposed to find a unified interpretation of all its planets, not just the individual aspects). The fact that my Midheaven is in Virgo now seems more relevant, considering your findings.

    And yes, I am a perfectionist and I get quite irritated when the people I have to work with aren’t doing an equality good job (though I usually swallow my irritation about it). I’m great with detail analysis—aggregating details and finding patterns where everyone else sees only “white noise.” However, if the work is boring, repetitive, and doesn’t challenges me, I’m losing my interest/focus in a matter of hours.

    I’ve never, ever, ever won anything major. In fact, I think the most I won at a lottery was $7. :) I’ve never considered myself lucky and everything I’ve accomplished was through (very) hard work (it seems twice as hard as most others).

    For the last years I’ve been working towards becoming a writer, which validates your conclusion that TP-Isis likes to be self-sufficient. It honestly feels like I’m doing five times the amount of work other aspiring writers are doing AND I’m aware that I could still improve my work. I heard of writers who submit their first draft to literary agents—I didn’t start querying until I completed my draft 7. :)

    I need to read again your article, but I’d love to hear if you have any thoughts on my natal configuration and how to integrate TP-Isis in it.

    Thank you again,

  29. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ANDREA (6-2015): Indeed you do have a Star of David and I do use Transpluto in patterns. I cannot find my article on the Star of David but I remember that it is associated with Problem Solving.

    I did not include everything in the Tyl book as I thought I would write a book myself. Noel did try to help me – a lot!! Read my TP brief for more information. You see, TP is the path towards wholeness and integration – the goal being that you will not internalize external criticism when you are whole and integrated, being your true self and doing what gives you true joy.

  30. Christine Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Gosh, what an enlightening article! I have TP in my 11th house, exactly square my Scorpio Moon, opposite Saturn, trine Venus (within 1 minute), and inconjunct Jupiter.

    My relationship with my mother was EXACTLY as you describe. She was a Virgo, with two other planets in the sign and extremely critical all the time. Nothing I ever did was good enough, and it was my father who pointed out to me as a teenager that she was jealous of me. It was shocking at the time, but later I was able to see he was right. She died when tr. TP conjoined my Mars, and I remember thinking that now I was free to live life on my own terms.

    I’m hypoglycaemic, have been since I was young, and now in menopause those balances have become acute. I’ve had to give up alcohol completely and the only sugar I can eat is fruit. I feel burned out and exhausted all the time, and I’m starting to understand why, now.

    I’m extremely self-sufficient, ridiculously so, but in the last year or two circumstances have forced me to rely on others and have to ask for help. It makes me feel so guilty and useless but I know I’ve been driven to this because it’s something I have to learn. Everything you say about the psychology of this is so spot on there is little I can add!

    I’ve never had any kind of satisfactory relationship with a man, except my teenage son, who, interestingly, I’ve been raising to be self-sufficient. Although he’s a Pisces, so while I’m teaching him independence, he’s teaching me closeness. I’ve also stopped trying to be the perfect mother, but I have to say because of my own upbringing, I’ve never criticised him ever, always encouraged him to be himself and told him I love him. We have the kind of easy, supportive relationship I’d love to have had with my own mother.

    I’m not very clear though, on the significance of TP in the 11th – I wonder if you have anything to offer on this?

    So much more I could say, but anyway! Thank you so much, I’m always stunned at the quantity and quality of your research.

  31. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CHRISTINE (7-2015): Check you chart for planets in Cardinal signs especially. I suspect you have Adrenaline Dominance. There is a book by Dr Michael Platt and you can get the low dose Progesterone cream directly from him.

    Here are my notes from Dr. Platt -

    It is actually caused by something called Adrenaline Dominance – it is a cycle of stress that upsets our hormones.

    ADRENALINE DOMINANCE: First, it seems that I attribute everything to Adrenaline Dominance. This is more common now with Uranus and Pluto in Cardinal signs, triggering stress reactions to personal and global events.

    • Adrenaline/Epinephrine is released when the body feels stressed or is
    confronted with some type of thread.
    • Adrenaline increases the sugar level in the body (it helps make the brain
    feel alert)
    • Excess Adrenaline can produce anger and even rage (think of road rage)
    • Blood flows to the brain and muscles (what we need in a time of
    • Blood flow is reduced in non-essential organs such as the gastrointestinal
    tract and the kidneys

    If the brain is not receiving sufficient fuel (glycogens from carbohydrates such as with the low carb diets), adrenaline is triggered to stimulate the production of glycogens. We feel sleepy without glycogens – coffee triggers adrenaline release and we wake up!
    There is a close relationship between adrenaline and insulin. If we do not exercise sufficiently or burn up the glycogens when they are released, the pancreas/Islets of Langerhans releases insulin.

    “Under the conditions for which adrenaline was originally designed, all or most of the elevated blood sugar would have been burned up during the fight-or-flight response. Insulin was only needed to take care of small levels of residue sugar.”

    “However, nowadays, because of continuous low-level stress, ongoing excess adrenaline, and not enough activity to use up the sugar, much of the sugar is not burned up. So, insulin moves this extra sugar into fat cells, where it is turned into fat (even if you do not eat a lot).” Even worse, the increase of adrenaline makes the individual feel stressed – or more stressed.

    The end result of this process is an increase in Cortisol. The first effect from the Cortisol is an increase in sugar – so the body can have energy to physically fight the dragons. If there are no dragons and only stress, the sugars are driven into the fat cells of the body, which promotes hypoglycemia, which in turn “prompts the body to release adrenaline and cortisol to raise the sugar level again in a cascade of hormones.”

    As indicated, Cortisol leads to osteoporosis, it impacts the heart (rhythm), it increases coronary artery calcification…among other effects listed in this Profile.

    The adrenals and adrenal stress eventually impacts the thyroid gland. “It causes T4 (thyroxin) to convert into T3, a form of thyroid that the body cannot use. The resulting hypothyroid state is not detectable if only the
    T4 level and not the T3 level is tested. Excess Cortisol can promote thyroid resistance at thyroid receptor sites.”

    Eventually, Cortisol impacts the pituitary gland, where it suppresses the production of thyroid-stimulating hormone and growth hormones. Treatment must regulate adrenaline-cortisol-insulin, the 3 major hormones associated with stress.


    First, Dr. Platt feels that the root of AD is a brain hungry for fuel.

    “This is best achieved by following an appropriate meal plan (low glycemic foods), bio-identical hormones (yes, even men need progesterone) and nutritional supplementation needed to support the brain function.” The positive results can occur within 24 hours!

    The brain can be low in sugar for two reasons: 1) the over-production of insulin, which causes the blood sugar to drop;

    2) the individual is not eating correctly.
    Low glycemic carbohydrates are digested more slowly and release sugar more steadily. Most low glycemic foods are green vegetables, which are the perfect food for the brain. People who live on adrenaline usually skip breakfast, except for coffee, and they do not eat regular meals. Adrenaline takes away the appetite.

    The only hormone that helps to control adrenaline/cortisol is Progesterone.

    This should be applied in the form of a bio-identical transdermal cream. It possibly blocks insulin at its receptor sites. Progesterone always the individual to maintain the sedentary lifestyle of working in an office without the negative side effects. In women, Progesterone blocks the negative effects of excess estrogen – cramps, migraine headaches, fibroids, POSD, asthma, gall bladder disease and even certain cancers. MEN NEED PROGESTERONE TOO!

    1. Low GI Foods (55 or less)
    • 100% stone-ground whole wheat or pumpernickel bread.
    • Oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut), oat bran, muesli.
    • Pasta, converted rice, barley, bulgar.
    • Sweet potato, corn, yam, lima/butter beans, peas, legumes and lentils.
    • Most fruits, non-starchy vegetables and carrots.

    Low glycemic foods are those that cause but minor changes in blood sugar levels. Such foods can be grouped into one of two broad classes, according to carbohydrate content:

    1. “No carb” foods that consist entirely or mainly of proteins, fats, and/or water. These mainly include:

    • Meats, poultry, fish
    • Eggs, tofu
    • Cheese
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Many vegetables
    • Oils and Fats

    2. “Good carb” foods that – because of the biochemical properties of the component carbohydrates – result in relatively small increases in blood sugarwhen eaten in “normal” or “average” portion sizes.

    These “good carb” foods are the focus of this website, and should constitute your “go to” carbohydrate sources.

    So, this is the first step in treating AD, preparing low glycemic index meals.

    ► Second and most important, apply bio-identical Progesterone onto the soft part of your skin before each meal. Dr. Platt offers Natural Progesterone Cream (5%) for $42 per bottle or $117 for 3 bottles. or 760-836-3232 (California time)

    ► Adrenal Supportive Supplements – Dr. Platt recommends the following…

    • Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that helps us to be less anxious and less depressed. 5HTP requires that it be taken with B6, Folic Acid, Magnesium and vitamin C. It is easier to take Seriphos before bedtime of when you feel anxious (on an empty stomach though)

    • Taking any one of the following will be a good alternative to 5-HTP

    1. Ashwagandha 200 mgs daily
    2. Holy Basil 500 mgs twice a day
    3. Passion Flower 100 mgs per day
    4. L-Theanine 400 mgs per day (converts to GABA, that cannot be absorbed
    when taken directly)
    5. Use Stevia and not other artificial sweeteners

  32. Christine Says:

    I suspect you’re right Lynn. I do follow a strict diet as described above because if I don’t I suffer. I will investigate the cream and the supplements too and see how that goes. Thank you so much.

  33. Christine Says:

    Forgot to say, the only cardinal planet I have is a Capricorn Sun, although my angles are all 0’ Cardinal. The health problems started as Pluto went into Capricorn and crossed my IC.

  34. Teresa Says:

    Saturn Scorpion 20.32, Transpluto-ISIS Leo 20.20 – Internalizing every emotion/words/thought and my infamous autoimmune disease!!!

    Funny in my Chinese astrology it is stated that I am very prone to circulatory dyfunction and autoimmune disease. Finally I find an Western astrology equivalent which also explains that.

  35. Christine Says:

    Hi there, just checking back in to say thanks for the advice last year. I ‘ve been taking progesterone and 5htp and found a huge improvement in energy levels. The brain fog is gone and my moods have stabilised. Quite astonished at how many physical aches and pains disappeared with the progesterone too. Thanks again!

  36. Barry Hayward Says:

    An interesting essay on Transpluto. I do agree with your initial
    statement that Transpluto is real.

    With my research projects is does “rear its pretty little head”, sometimes/.

    AS we speak,Transit TP is at 1:52 Virgo, and Transit mercury
    is at 1:52 Capricorn. The connection here is that my natal Moon is at 1:52 Leo (6th house).

    At the moment I have being accessing all material on Egyptian
    Pharaoh “AKHENATEN” who only in a short reign , eliminated
    all religions and dieties replacing them with one, ie ATEN the “sun disk”. (note: my natal Transpluto is 5:00 Leo, nearly in conjunction to natal Moon)

    Yes I have won various amount of money with prominent transpluto with good aspect to natal Jupiter (note natal jup is 4/47 scorpio with a square to transpluto)….also “appears” in
    horse racing, ( no guilt here if I use my Astro Tool kit to give me an edge)
    I’ll submit, but I shall have another read of your important work on Transpluto.
    Hope this finds you in good health and humour. Take care and make a wish..
    Barry James Hayward.
    Melbourne Australia.

  37. Lynn Koiner Says:

    BARRY (12-2016): It is difficult to access what the transit of Transpluto is doing until it is about over. It takes 4 years for TP to cross a degree. Hence, it is a Object of Transformation into self-sufficiency.

    I have only just returned from Europe. I would suggest reading the Transpluto Brief so more detailed information.

  38. Linh Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Are they supposed to be related? They are in different houses in my chart.

    Thank you for your knowledge!

  39. Lynn Koiner Says:

    IS IT ISIS? lists an asteroid called Isis Transpluto and a hypothetical planet.

    The Transpluto that I use is hypothetical but I have never called it Isis.

    In your natal chart, unless you were born before 1938, it will be in the sign of Leo. Currently, it is at 1-2 degrees Virgo.

  40. Alex Walker Says:

    Hello, Lynn:

    I recall meeting you at astrology conferences in 2007 & 2008 when I used to attend. I was not aware then you worked with the Transneptunians.

    I’ve not specifically looked yet as to progressions or transits as to Transpluto, as this material you’ve presented is new to me – which I just found in a search result. Transpluto is pretty much absent in Nova Chartwheels and Solar Fire.

    Do you have any books upcoming on research on Transpluto or the other T-Neps with regard to relocation charts; local space, new house placements and aspects to relocated MC/ASC?

    Some of the places for a move that I’m looking at seem good regarding the planets, yet the T-Neps present some complications. Perhaps these do not apply in relocated charts? I have transiting Admetos at my natal IC in CA, yet I still feel the affect of it today where I live in FL.

    This kind of shocking expose repeated in different contexts with other friends, spouses and family. My second wife fortunately left me and our daughter when I became unemployed in early ’94. Over time, things she’s said over the years, odd phone calls and hangups, my daughter getting bruises, strange men seemingly stalking me when I was away from the house, made me realize not only was she a child abuser and a serial adulterer, but she highly likely was trying to have me killed for insurance money.

    All of that is far behind me now. Now retired, today my days are mostly at home, studying the stock market, astrology and correlating news events mundanely with these two subjects. I am virtually a ghost in my community as I only go out for food and errands.

    As for pets, since about 2010 (when I had my last girlfriend) my friends and family have been cats. I’ve had pets off and on through life, but cats came into my life around the time my daughter brought two home in ’93, but more so when she moved out to college in 2003 and I adopted cats of my own since her absence. I just lost an elderly and very dear female cat to cancer on December 28th. I’m still quite despondent. I still have my other elderly male cat and a younger male who are still with me. I’ve volunteered peripherally for a no-kill shelter in WA from ’97 through ’08, then after I moved to Florida, I’d volunteered at a no-kill cat shelter here since mid- 2012 through today.

    FYI as you’re a specialist in health, I’ll offer some data for which I expect no reply, but would enjoy contributing to your database.

    About the only other things health wise, includes Lasik surgery in 2005, the pacemaker in 2011, back surgery in late 2015 (from motorcycle accident in early 2010) and gall bladder surgery in 2016.

    Thanks & Best Regards, & Happy New Year,

  41. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ALEX (1-2018): First, Transpluto is NOT one of the TransNeptunian planets. The TransNeptunians are not even planets.

    Except for Transpluto — and I do not have time to write more on this topic — the other topics are not my specialty. Yes, I use A-C-G is my readings but not local space.

    I see that you are not asked any other questions so I cannot go any further.

  42. Athena R. Landy Says:
    Comment: Wow. Your research is amazingly professional and accurate; I appreciate all of your hard work and effort! I have Transpluto at the samedegree/house/sign as Mars; 24 Leo, in the 12th house. I definitely have displayed the effects of critisizing almost all of my actions. My Moon is 8 Leo, and my ASC is 8 Virgo, and my Chiron is 24 Virgo. I've shown withdrawal from my fear of having my "public image" ruined by not being good enough with my work, which I've realized has totally worked against me rather than for me. It's a hard habit to break- and I have developed addiction, with foods, to suppress the anxiety I feel, mostly rooted in my lack of self-acceptance. I've also had to deal with herpes, so the Leo correlation, and the falling in love but not feeling worthy thing, correlates to challenges I've had as well (also with a Stationed Direct Venus at 28 Scorpio, ruling the 3rd House, and Eros the same degree/sign/house as my Sun at 1 Sagittarius). I have a lot of potential to do great things, but I'm afraid of "messing up" but I've realized I've wasted more time worried about that, when I could have been developing professionally instead, and the regret from that wasted time has exasperated my lack of self-acceptance, but I seriously need to move on! It's difficult. Reading your research and writing this comment, has helped me further realize the severity, so truly I thank you for your efforts
  43. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ATHENA )3-2018): You are still very young and you can eventually outgrow your insecurities, as I did myself — but it took a long time.

    However, you best planets are strong in Europe — almost anywhere in mainland Europe is good for you.

    Most of your planets below the horizon make for a late bloomer and a private person. Relocation can help you flower. There are organizations that allow young people to teach English in foreign countries and you do not have to know that other language. I have friends who have done this.


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