In Astrology the 8th house rules birth- life-and death issues, painful losses, sex, intimacy, conception, and the unknown. Quite often we are forced to confront something uncomfortable in our relationships, ourselves and in life.
Family baggage, joint partnerships, psychic and sexual bonds are also part of the 8th house experience, and makes us aware of our deepest attachments and losses, and it also highlights how these can be rebuilt and transformed in a positive way.
The 8th house and Pluto represent a time when we must face our demons, and explore unconscious feelings about our own childhood. We have to learn to let go and fully immense ourselves in the feeling of everything that is down there no matter how uncomfortable. According to Carol Rushman the Full Moon in the 8th House and/or aspecting Pluto means:
A Full Moon in the 8th house will have to do with joint finances, investments, legacies, death, rebirth, and sex. With a lunation in this house you could have a death in your environment…It may be the time to take a relationship to a more intimate, physical level.
The Full Moon or Lunar Eclipse on Pluto can mean a loss of power. I saw someone’s entire life crumble with a Lunar Eclipse on his Pluto. He lost all of his power…Many times people will have emotional breakdowns.
Because Pluto rules the hidden and dark undercurrents, I have seen issues come to light like rape and childhood abuse. Skeleton’s come out of the closet…Many times under a hard aspect to Pluto, old, buried, traumatic issues resurface and must be dealt with.
Pluto and the 8th house will always speak about intensive passages throughout our lives, and we might have to call upon some of our deeper resources in order to survive. A lot of emphasis is geared towards the area of transformation, and not enough on the agonizing journey it could entail. An 8th house or Pluto experience is often a night you want to forget about.
Some people say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and a dark night of the soul will change us as people, deepening our connection to life. Pluto experiences take a piece of us away perhaps in exchange for seeing life on a whole new level. It is hard to predict what happens to a person going through such an experience, and whether or not they will rise out of the ashes and rebuild a new life or stay buried, repressed, and never to trust in life again. The Full Moon in the 8th house will trigger a lot of these changes, jarring emotions, and altering experiences lead the way to greater growth in the end.