This article will focus on the effects Pluto has when in the sixth house, not only in a person’s natal chart but also in a solar return chart and by transit.
The sixth house is the house of common everyday routines, daily work (not career), health and eating habits, maintenance tasks and other such things that are necessary for normal daily function. It also is the house of skills. It isn’t usually all that exciting or glamorous. Pluto here, however, does bring a darker and more complex pathology and there are no “ordinary” routines here.
Pluto can breed obsession and control issues and for people with Pluto in the 6th house of the natal chart, it is common to find unhealthy control issues related to the care of their bodies. Anorexia, bulimia, too intense workout routines, restrictive diets, and cutting are some of the manifestations of this. Pluto is a planet of extremes, so it can be hard for these individuals to maintain a healthy perspective on health issues. It is common to start a simple diet and/or exercise routine with the intention of improving health, and instead destroy health by taking it too far. A person may think they are controlling their body when in fact they are being controlled by their own insecurities regarding their bodies.
If the health of the individual with this placement doesn’t suffer as a result of unnecessary and/or extreme diet and health routines, it may suffer from the work environment. Mental and emotional stress related to the job may manifest physically. There is a tendency to overwork and do more than a person is capable of. This happens just as often in jobs they don’t even like as it does in jobs they enjoy. Jobs can create an intense anxiety that the person can’t quite trace the root of.
Power struggles at the workplace are common with this transit or solar return placement. Backstabbing and gossip are likely, as well as manipulation. In extreme cases sexual harassment may be involved. There may be threats (sometimes very subtle ones) that a person will lose their job if they do not go along with the way things are.
Sometimes the nature of their work involves death. This can include hospice care, nursing homes or funeral homes. Or, there is an experience of death involving a coworker that affects them. During this transit or solar return placement, a person may become the primary or sole caretaker of a terminally or mentally ill relative.
One of the strongest points of this position of Pluto is the ability to get details others might miss. Pluto is a natural investigator, it digs and digs relentlessly until it finds what it is looking for. The sixth house is a detail oriented house and analytical; Pluto here can give an intense single-minded focus on just about any subject the person applies themselves to. In negative circumstances there may be an preoccupation with something to the exclusion of something else. Minor details may seem much more important than they really are. This focus of energy can produce tremendous results, though; understanding pathos can come quite easily with Pluto here.
Even though Pluto can bring incredible turmoil to everyday routines, it does not necessarily mean it is out of a persons control. There is considerable energy here to transform health, lifestyle and environment. There is a strong ability here to regenerate a person’s everyday life into a force of nature.