Pluto in the 1st house of the natal chart is a very powerful placement and depending on the rest of the chart as always will depict more specifically how this placement plays out.
There is a lower or higher vibration of the use of planet energy, one is positive and one is negative. The rest of the chart must be taken into consideration to know more about how this will likely play out more specifically. In it's positive, this position provides the individual with unbelievable tenacity and willpower to accomplish their goals.
On one hand people with this placement, are cool, luring, seductive and passionate and on the other, they can be brutal, dominating, manipulative, controlling and explosive.
The lower octave often plays out earlier on in youth and later calms down through experience and maturity and why the Progressed Chart can be more helpful after 35, and even earlier depending on how fast the lessons were learnt.
Nonetheless, this placement comes with it's fair share of struggles, hardship, emotional testing, and even loss. It is through these hardships that eventual change comes into play.
Some with this aspect can dominate a room with their presence making others feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed and even fearful. Others with this aspect can be smooth as silk, very charismatic, confident and are capable of great positive feats.
As seen from the keywords, Pluto is quite powerful but its own power is often his own destruction. Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio which is a fixed sign, therefore Pluto in the 1st house can indicate a fixed personality, stubborn and set in their ways.
Typically the person either grew up with a powerful or dominating parent, in some cases there was physical abuse, or they witnessed abuse or manipulative tactics within the early home environment. They grew up learning to exert their will, and to gain personal power by demanding it. They have often seen the darker qualities in human nature and have learned to use their personal power to protect themselves. People with this placement are quite the survivor themselves.
The first house is the house of self (the physical body, personality) the early environment where the personality is formed so many with Pluto here can appear with similar traits as Scorpio.
They have incredible stamina and are able to push their physical bodies to extremes if they wish, they can easily transform their bodies through working out extensively and can develop obsessions with their physical body but can just as easily let go only to push themselves again.
They can recover from extremities or injuries rapidly, Pluto is regeneration and these people can regenerate like nobodies business.
This is often the placement seen of the " comeback" because at some point in their lives they may experience a fall from grace, usually due to compulsive reactions when hurt, which the sudden outbursts or behaviors through rage can leave them feeling ashamed or embarrassed when the dust settles. When they're mad they're very mad, which cause many problems because of lack of self-control. Britney Spears has this placement and she has had her fall, and then her rise or comeback.
There is a strong compulsive energy at play as always with Pluto and often these people have intense reactions to situations.
However, trying to bottle in Pluto forces is no easy task and not a good idea either but rather one should learn to express themselves more readily, and openly to avoid major frustrations or bouts of explosive anger.
Pluto requires a loss in order to gain a perspective and to learn to let go and not let others, circumstances or people bring the worst out of you.
Pluto is not an easy planet to deal with and it is not without very good reason that some of the negative sides of Pluto can easily come into play.
However, as with all things we must learn to let go of the negative things that gain control over us, but not try to control them in exchange, rather use this personal power toward beneficial things for self, having a outlet and staying active will be very beneficial. Embrace Pluto's "creation power" and use it to create the life that you want because if anyone can do it it's you.
Eliminating self-doubt, and realize that the only thing we can control in our lives is our thoughts, then turn them around to self-preservation through positive reinforcement of self, and others by being supportive and encouraging allowing life to ebb and flow. Do NOT let others opinions, behaviors or actions pull at such a "deep destructive cord" bringing about compulsive reactions, or bring out your worst.
The individual with this placement will go through many transformations throughout their life.
There may be an intense fear of being controlled and, therefore, a strong desire to take control of others which instead can alienate themselves. Everything can feel like a life or death matter with Pluto.
Need there always be a fall? or to hit rock bottom? or a psychological death to transform? Not with the help of Astrology, we are then able to see how we are predisposed to behave or react and can consciously choose otherwise.
With this placement, your very identity will be challenged, broken down and rebuilt if you do not learn how to use your personal power in its most positive form. Regardless, there will likely be many transformations much like the caterpillar to butterfly) appearing as completely different people at different stages in their life.