The presence of Pluto in the house of one’s roots gives a very intense childhood and family. Of course, this is very much depending on Pluto’s condition and on the aspects he receives from other Planets. This is a rather difficult placement for the transformative planet, as it forces the chart holder become strong in his early years, to be able to confront the emotional challenges imposed.
As the 4th house is ruling one’s mother, Pluto makes her very domineering and controlling. She wants to interfere in the native’s life even when he is a grownup, and is constantly putting her nose in his activities. The native’s father might be also of such a nature; nevertheless it is the mother who strives for control. She usually has Scorpio traits, and can even be a dark character person. When Pluto has harsh aspects with Mars or some other malefic, the native may have suffered physical abuse from his parents during his childhood, while the overall home atmosphere can have been very toxic. In some cases, when natal Pluto is adversely aspecting the Sun or the Moon, the native can have lost one or both his parents early in life. This does not mean necessarily that the parent have died, but may also have left the family or otherwise not get involved in it. In any case, Pluto in the 4th house creates a childhood trauma in issues concerning his home and his family.
Pluto is the planet of secrecy, so when he is located in the 4th house he can shed a fog on the native’s past. He might feel a sense of guilt for his ancestors and will not speak a lot about them. His family becomes a private thing that he does not share with the public. The purpose behind such a behavior might be a subconscious need to forget the past, as remembrance can evoke hidden fears and scars that still live inside him. Even when Pluto has good aspects, he can bring a need to hide traces. The family and their story may need to be kept incognito as they might even be under some witness protection program. This placement is frequent in families that have fallen from power during a change of regime.
If Pluto is conjunct the 4th house cusp (also known as Nadir or Imum Coeli), the native will be obsessed not only with the roots of his family, but also with his country. This placement can make someone go deep into patriotism, while unhealthy aspects from other planets will turn him into a nationalist or some other radical ideology. If Pluto has squares, oppositions or conjunctions with Mars it creates the militarist. Such kind of people can become very dangerous if they manage to get into politics or receive an authority role. A difficult aspect with Uranus will also create a violent, unpredictable and destructive character. Such people can easily get involved in secret plots and love to bring havoc through riots, fire and destruction. All these paradigms are showing how the suppressed in childhood Plutonic energy can violently manifest during the adult years of the native. The connection is profane, and shows us how important it is to create healthy surroundings for a young child in order to bring up a healthy adult.
The presence of a benefic planet conjuncting Pluto is softening its powers. In this occasion, the parents might be strong as authority, but help him becoming independent early and show a good amount of love.
As the 4th house rules the person’s home, Pluto may force a person quit his property or even move to another country. This placement is frequent among political or war refugees. If Pluto has good aspects, the native and his family may receive big amounts of money from the sale of such a property, even if they have to become fugitives.
If you have such a natally placed Pluto, you should try to break its cycle. Forgive your parents and your ancestors, and do not become the same like them. This might be difficult, as these subconscious writings started while you were of rather small age and are buried deep in your subconscious as reactions. Nevertheless, by understanding the whole process and how your childhood can affect your behavior towards your own children, you can heal yourself and create a better surrounding for your offsprings. Dig deep in that darkness, embrace it and shade some light in what have scared you in the past. Do not allow yourself create the same shadows in the childhood of your own children.