Best quality: The ability to transform
Worst: The ability to destroy
Appearance: Ever changing but the eyes.
Astro-Tip: Stop fearing yourself. Let your feral animal out of the cage and you will find out they are not so dangerous.
What happens when a planet is on your ascendant? It dramatically affects how people perceive you. In the case of Pluto the results are fascinating and sometimes surprising.
Pluto in the first house people are the kind of people who walk into a room- and the air changes. They have a strong presence- both for positive and negative. It is not about how they look but more to do with the way they hold themselves. Pluto is seductive- but also dominating. Pluto holds all the secrets of life and death- it is the key. So imagine a person that represents all these dark secrets in their very being. Pluto rising people are usually not aware they have this type of presence or strong effect on people. They may feel hurt and surprised by the way people sometimes fear them- or worse try and dominate and control them!
Why? It is as if other people feel the power and try to protect against it by being controlling or aggressive towards the Pluto rising person.
When they grow up they learn to either repress or mask their presence or they use it to reach their goals. In my experience, the second option is much healthier. Many amazing artists and performers have this placement- they radiate it and use is as a creative vehicle.
How? Pluto is about transformation, the deep and hidden kind, like that of Scorpio and the 8th house. So they change their look and style every few years- they literally become someone else. If they are more spiritually evolved they would change and shed their personality and not only their look and style. Some Pluto rising people fall into the trap of plastic surgery and obsession with how they look. A happy Pluto rising person is capable of transforming themselves for the better instead- they work on their character and spiritual growth. They can then influence in their environment- changing it for the better.
My tip for them is to stop trying to control and hide who they are- instead use it for the better. Be creative, live dangerously and change society. For example they can live dangerously only to help others- many medical professionals have this placement. They can use their ability to change to be great actors- turning into their very character with ease. A great example is Meryl Streep who is known for transforming herself deeply before each role. Or Charlize Theron who changed her appearance dramatically for “Monster” (2003). The roles both actresses choose reflect Pluto perfectly- dealing with death, sexual trauma, pain and the past.
Some male examples known to do the same that have Pluto rising are Joaquin Phoenix who plays characters in conflict or dealing with mental and emotional issues. In the movie “The master” (2012) he plays a troubled boozy drifter who joins a cult. And who can forget Stephen King? the author known for his horror and supernatural stories who is also mysterious in real life. He also transformed himself greatly from a heavy drug use to a completely sober and successful author.