“Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world. This is the most beautiful quality in a revolutionary.”
Ernesto “Che” Guevara –Socialist Revolutionary Leader & Activist
(Pluto in the Fourth House)
Pluto is a transformative planet in any house, but in the fourth, the area of transformation is in the family arena, or what you may call ‘your family’ -deep in your heart. This placement can mean some predicaments, some epiphanies, and all too often some outright nightmares. All kept hidden – as the fourth house is at the bottom of the astrological chart. A visual reminder of something buried or hidden from sight.
It has been said by the astrologer Darna Gerhardt, that the fourth house should be approached in the following manner.
“Close your eyes…who or what is there?”
The images you see behind those eyelids are the arena of the fourth house. Often, when we are in the dark, we turn to our families for comfort, to feel a sense of home. Those close folk, that know us inside out, that we love and care for. Come what may. Hell or high water…or revolution, as in the case of Che Guevara.
Of course, it may be a different nuance for each planet found there..but in the fourth house, the feeling is always that of family and home.
Che Guevara was a captivating leader, known not only for his revolutionary fighting but in his fight for all Latin-American countries. He truly perceived these countries as his family, and with that came the customary battles that ensue when trying to transform, yourself…or even a people.
The fourth house Pluto native can make a person a particularly intense character, with perhaps a devoted element to their personality. This is usually to one parent in particular, even if the parent is what is known in the parenting game as ‘dysfunctional’.
This can then obviously work both ways. If the parent (as in the case of Che Guevara’s father) is attentive, inclusive and involving in the native’s life, then Pluto in the fourth house can make a person incredibly strong from within, a great leader. The idolisation here works positively.
It can work negatively when the parent figure is condescending, capricious and callous. This can make a fourth house Pluto native incredibly forlorn within. They transform into the very image their parent has bestowed on them and invariably blame themselves intensely for not being able to secure the adoration they so desperately need, even though they may be doing their literal utmost to please.
It can be remedied, however – as soon as the native realises they are not in their parent’s image (Kahlil Gibran’s quote of children being born through you, not for you – springs to mind.)
All people need to realise, but especially the holder of Pluto in the fourth house, that they have a right to their own existence… and that is a perfectly acceptable right. A little ‘ME’ time is imperative to keep equilibrium with this placement – to find their inner home, which will and can act as an anchor in stormy familial feuding waters, which so often meet the owners of Pluto in the fourth house.
Referring back to Che Geuvara – it is clear that his strength of character was born from his early childhood experience with his father. To end, a powerful quote which epitomises his will, until the bitter end.
“I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.”