To understand the concept of Mercury Pluto connections, we first have to go back into the past for a moment.
In the early 80s a "new" approach of assessing major themes in a natal chart saw the light by the "invention" of the so-called "ZIP Code."
It was a method invented by Dr. Zipporah Dobyns (hence the name "ZIP Code") and further propagated by her daughter Maritha Pottenger, that made use of the so-called astrological alphabet.
The concept of the astrological alphabet is that astrology deals with twelve basic ways of being, twelve human drives and modes of operation that are all needed in this world.
These twelve sides of life are mirrored in the natal chart by a planet, a house and a sign.
So it is in the astrological alphabet that Mars, the 1st house and Aries all share the same principles (though they are NOT the same!).
Venus, the 2nd house and Taurus also share the same principles and this goes on for the other planets, signs and houses.
What the theory of the ZIP Code or astrological alphabet presents is that certain groups of planet/house/sign combinations share similar themes.
For example: Pluto in Libra or Pluto in the 7th house share the same principles. The 7th house is in mundane astrology a Libra house (wathever zodiac sign is on the cusp of the 7th house in the natal chart).
This system has been enhanced by German astrologers who developed their own system based on the same principles but they converted the signs and houses to their respective planetary rulers.
For example: Pluto in Libra becomes a Venus/Pluto theme because Venus always rules Libra. Pluto in the 7th house too becomes a Venus/Pluto theme because the 7th house is associated with Libra, which is ruled by Venus in mundane astrology.
Also, the ruler of the 8th house (in mundane astrology ruled by Pluto because Pluto rules Scorpio and Scorpio is always the 8th zodiac sign in the natural order of the zodiac) in the 2nd house (in mundane astrology ruled by Venus as the ruler of Taurus) is another Venus-Pluto analogy.
The more we find such analogies, themes or connections between two planets, the more this planetary combination becomes an important part of the natal chart and the life of the native.
To find out the connections or analogies between planets, we take especially into account:
Planets in houses are more important and powerful than the planets in the signs because they work on a more personal and individual level (we use the Topocentric house system which gives almost the same results as the Placidus house system).
When do we have Mercury Pluto connections, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configurations are used (there are more though (!) but this would lead us too far and make it more complicated than necessary):
When at least three of the above listed analogies or connections can be found in the natal chart, we have a very powerful Mercury Pluto connection or analogy that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Mercury Pluto connections signify?
This connection indicates pondering, deep thinking, doing research or investigative work.
In some instances it's also found in natal horoscopes of translators and/or people who are able to transform language, figures and/or images into a more understandable form (expressed in drawings or cartoons for example).
People with a powerful Mercury Pluto connection tend to feel guilty easily, most often because they were sort of a hero-child in the family or were advantaged, often unwillingly or unintentionally.
One of the downsides of this connection or affinity, revolves around obsessions (sticking to thoughts or images) and/or speech impediment/disorder.
The behavior tends to follow certain ritualistic/fixed processes (not always in a conscious way).
Communication can be used to express power, in which case manipulation or blackmail may thrive but in a more positive expression, there can be persuasion.
This is a very investigative connection overall.
Holding to certain fixed principles is common as well, and most often based on ideologies and/or just imagination.
People with a very powerful Mercury Pluto connection tend to have a brilliant mind in some way but the downside is their mind can work like a laser beam, focusing on one single subject, with nothing that can bring them off from the chosen path, neglecting and even destroying all the rest.
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