Virgo - Transpluto burnout

This piece is found in my contribution to the book, ASTROLOGY’S SPECIAL MEASUREMENTS, by Noel Tyl. It was originally written as Virgo Burn-Out. Years ago, Donna Cunningham advised me to put this article in a book. It did, only changing Virgo to Transpluto. These words are interchangeable.


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 needs. 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. 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.

NOTE: From my friend and astrologer, Amanda Owen: With people who cannot receive, it is etched in granite that the only people you will have in your life is people who cannot give!

  1. Jason Says:

    i came across your website in search of retrograde information but happened upon this fascinating subject of transpluto. i have been a student of the stars for about 6 years now and until today, i had no idea of its nature – let alone its mere existence – but find a large part of myself described in it’s properties. i was curious to know where i could find my own personal placement of transpluto in my natal chart. i had seen that when others posted their birth-time you specified their natal transpluto placement so i figured id give that a try!
    i was born may 25, 1983 in Chicago, IL at 1:13 PM.

    thanks, i cant wait to find out more about this astro-anomaly!

  2. Amy Says:

    Jason, here’s a link to a Transpluto empemeris that I just found:

    This is the first time I’ve happened across this term and I find mine is at Leo 8 degrees. The planet it’s closest to is my natal Uranus at 4 degrees.

  3. Cheryl Hopkins Says:

    Great article Lynn. Because of your work I’ve been paying more attention to Transpluto; connecting it to how it has shown up in my personalityto and in my chart. I’m continuing to educate myself on this and look forward to your research in this area.

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Hi Cheryl (7-2011): I know that you are on my Tidbits list so you already received this information.
    A birth time for Casey Anthony was posted (3:10pm) on but I do not know the source or accuracy.

    This chart has Transpluto on the Ascendant, denoting a critical, perfectionistic home environment.
    A reporter who lived with the Anthonys after Casey was released from jail a couple of years ago said that the Anthonys were very critical, unaccepting and judgmental parents.

    Casey Anthony: March 19 1986; 3:10pm; Warren Ohio

  5. Rod Xeryus Says:

    Wow (6/14/67 6:58am Omaha,NE)
    45 yrs of coaching and 35 yrs of home health care with a string of sick spouses, (fine when i met them, but I can easily see how this dynamic cripples me,

    Father- mom died at birth,minister dad died at 8, raised by Gmother, Marines at 15, so MAJOR self sufficiency lectures I can recall as early as 5, fortunate since my Virgo mom, (work 40 hrs, cook, clean, gparent care, church organ for 30 yrs) succumbed to executive stress burnout, saddling me with bill paying, groceries, running a household at 8.

    Critically perfect duty to others was the model. I can now motivate rank strangers to national championship hood, but my intake valve is WELDED SHUT, so at home AND at work, I range from chippy to seething from hrs devoted to others whims, while NEEDS I have go unmet. I also refuse to openly demand help, even when im in charge, I request, then slink away and handle it myself, Led the country in offense doing it alone, but 12 hrs sleep a week cannot last.

    switching careers from coaching(55 seasons), pharmacy, to psychology, went to college to pursue orthopedic surgery, I suspect as a remnant from morning helping my arthritic grandfather out of bed, shaving etc, at age 4

  6. Aeryn Says:

    I, too, arrived here by accident and find myself so perfectly described. I was raised with conditional love and for the first time it is obvious to me how it has affected me. I’m very aware of my thought patterns, can intellectualize anything and always go where I feel needed, because it is oh so essential to me. But I’m drained, so it seems I need to dial down. Having difficulties with that.

    In addition to that I’m 32 and still figuring out who I am. I’ve been blaming that on my Neptune/Sun conjunction since I found out about it, but now I’m thinking Transpluto might have something to do with that. It’s been in my first house all my life. (using whole signs)

    I’m also going through a major income crisis and look at that! Transpluto entering my 2nd house! I have indeed depended on others for my financial security and was beginning to realize that I need to stop with that. Now I got the confirmation. Transiting Pluto in 6th and Saturn in 4th are kicking my butt, too. I’m actually losing my thick Leo hair in parts and am getting checked for a hyper thyroid…

    Dec 17, 1979, 7:17pm, Marl (Germany) if you’re curious. Would greatly welcome and appreciate an exchange.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    AERYN (1-2012): Because I receive over 1500 hits each day, it is impossible to give a personal reading to all who write.
    There is an important alignment occurring since the 2nd half of 2010 through 2012 – the transiting Neptune opposing Transpluto.

    This opposition is causing people to want to end a pattern in their lives.
    Many find themselves saying: “I am tired of being a Good Girl/Boy, I am tired of care-taking, I am tired of menial tasks, I am tired of seeking the approval of others, I am tired of being a perfectionist, I am tired of micro-managing…I want to let go of it all but I do not know what will take its place, especially after years of maintaining the pattern of behavior!”

    This is a great ending cycle but, until the shift occurs, some will feel that they are floundering — like a plane circling the airport waiting for the instructions to land.

    If you are feeling this way, then you are in tune with the planets…Lynn

    PS I travel to Germany every year. We might be able to meet for coffee. In 2012, I will travel there during the 2nd half of October. Usually, I travel to Europe in November.
    I will be writing my Global Gatherings from my recent trip but I am behind in my writings.

  8. Susan Says:

    I was feeling super-crappy about myself today because I realized I have a hard time asking for what I want and what I need. You know I don’t feel that I deserve it. (I am a Virgo, by the way.) I stumbled across this article and it suits me to a T. This makes a lot of sense to me. Now I can learn from it. Thank you Lynn Koiner!!!

  9. Lisa G Says:

    I need to print this out and put it on my mirror to see daily. Everything you describe I have been feeling, and in a place of deep sorrow, anger, etc.—- embodied this dynamic for so long. Transpluto nataly is conjunct my Sun, sextile my Moon. By transit, transpluto in Virgo is exactly conjunct my Mercury, squaring my Moon, transiting Neptune topping off this configuration.

    I am a healer, and while this has supported my own healing and growth, I also see how this has been a big compensatory reaction. As Pluto gets ready to move over my Midheaven, igniting a natal t-square, a well house of emotions are boiling up, to say the least. I have no clue, no clear plans, but I do know I am in a place of not wanting to go backwards, despite not having a clear direction forwards.

    I am very much in a place of contemplation and questioning who, what, how I would be without this. Do I really need or want to be a healer? Who or what should I be/have been, if I were not healing this inner wound.

  10. Trinity Says:

    The transpluto description stabbed my core.
    My birth time was 9/3/70 at 4:40am PST.
    Am I a transplutonian too?

  11. Lynn Koiner Says:

    TRINITY (11-2013): First, an astrologer needs your complete birth data (date-time-place) to calculate your chart.

    But there really is no such thing as a “Transplutonian” but you do have Saturn square Transpluto, impacting your life when you were about 8 years of age.
    And, 4 planets in Virgo would definitely give you those issues.

  12. amanda Says:

    wow! I wasn’t born during the Transpluto generational years mentioned in the article, but I was born 17Sept1968, and I have a Sun-Pluto conjunction in the 1st house.

    Your Transpluto description sounds like you had a front row seat to my childhood & eventual adulthood, it was so spot on.
    Thank you for bringing this information to light—it explains so much, and allows for understanding and healing. Thanks so much for the healing tips you provided.

  13. Lynn Koiner Says:

    AMANDA (7-2016): The mid-1950s is not the only period when Transpluto was afflicting Saturn. Your TP is at 13 Leo. If it is angular in your chart, then you would strongly feel its influence. Read TP Brief as it gives more information and I have the article I wrote for the Tyl book here too.

    Around the age of 13.5, you may have experienced its influence very strongly with some separation, alienation or loss that has impacted your life. As a result, you may feel more comfortable starting things rather than finishing them – I have this as well.


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