The main energy of Pluto in the 2nd House, is a subconscious fear of death. Most people with this placement of Pluto would probably argue that they don't particularly fear death - however, once you dig a little bit in the layers of the subconscious, you often find the following fears: Fears of being homeless, fears of lacking food, fears of lacking money, fears of not being good enough, fears of being abandoned, fears of not being able to handle change.
All of these fears can all be regrouped under the umbrella of "death", or otherwise put - the compulsive instinct of survival.
The axis 2nd / 8th House is an interesting one for sure and represents the questions of worth and values. The 2nd House in particular represents one's self-esteem, self-worth, and how one's own values and sense of worth is going to determine how they go about surviving, living, possessing, owning - and whether or not they're limiting themselves in these areas.
The 2nd House represents your self-esteem, your relationship to money, and your relationship to your self-worth - and how it all ties up together. You can't make more money than what you believe you deserve, and in the odd chance you do - you won't be able to enjoy it - another 2nd House feature.
With Pluto in the 2nd House, there is a very common path: Someone who pursues a career that feels underwhelming in terms of values and enjoyment, but one that is deemed safe - for the survival. As the 2nd house abhors change, in its imbalanced expression, there is a risk of repeatedly making choices meant to keep things "as is", preventing growth, and preventing the self-esteem from growing stronger.
The person is eventually forced to face itself and face its inner motivation, which can come as an emotional shock. Pluto in the 2nd House is asking to re-evaluate yourself, who are you, what are your values, what do you want out of life? Why do you desire what you desire?
Once this work is done, you have an entirely new definition of yourself; you see yourself and the world from a complete different angle. Your new value system allows you to grow and to become self-reliant; you can separate yourself from your subconscious fears and stop being guided by them. Sex is central in the person’s life. Pluto in the 2nd House has a very strong instinct of survival as we saw, and sex is an impulse of life. Sometimes sex can be used as a bargaining or manipulative tool, until the person encounters the “shock” and starts uncovering their motivations and adjusting their attitudes.
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