What’s My Purpose? An Exploration of Your Karmic Axis

Posted on August 28, 2018
Updated on December 01, 2020

As Mark Twain once said,

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”

I vividly remember the day when I answered the question, “what is my purpose?” It was during my studies in Evolutionary Astrology as I dove deep into my birth chart and what is known as the Karmic Axis.

What I found was a deep awareness of self and the desires that lead me towards a purpose. These are the ways in which I feel empowered and the path intended to follow.

The Karmic Axis?

The karmic axis is an archetypal imprint within your birth chart, which includes Pluto and the Lunar Nodes, their rulers and the planetary aspects that interact with these points. The combined elements of the karmic axis provide a roadmap of your past-life history and current life intentions for healing and evolution. It tells the story of where your soul has been (South Node), your current life purpose (Pluto), and ultimately where your soul is going (North Node).

You still have free will that dictates your choices, but ultimately, you have a soul purpose to carry out. Your choices might take you on various routes, but they all lead to one purposeful path. When looking at your birth chart, find your karmic axis by locating the following:

  1. Pluto in what sign and in what house.
  2. South Node in what sign and in what house.
  3. North Node in what sign and in what house.

Pluto & Your Purpose

Pluto represents your soul’s purpose. It is the intentions and deep desires of the soul and also the area in which struggle may occur. It is what you are meant to do and also what you might be afraid to do. It is the wounds you carry deep within your subconscious that ask to be resolved by carrying out your purpose.

By looking to the sign and house that Pluto falls in your birth chart, you will find the area of your life that may contain the most wounds but also powerful healing. It is where you will feel empowered to explore and expand.

Pluto in 1st House/Aries

Your soul’s purpose is to develop courage, self-discipline, will, and self-identity. You feel empowered to create boundaries and trust your own instincts.

Pluto in 2nd House/Taurus

Your purpose includes the development of a value system to live by. Your empowerment comes as you align with those values and develop a deep sense of self-worth.

Pluto in 3rd House/Gemini

Your soul’s purpose is to become empowered by what you learn from the world around you, and to develop your style of communication based on your knowledge and experience.

Pluto in 4th House/Taurus

Use of emotional experiences to create a strong inner foundation will the basis for your soul’s purpose. You feel empowered when your sense of self aligns with your emotional expression.

Pluto in 5th House/Leo

Your purpose is to cultivate joy, creativity, and playfulness within yourself and within your relationship to others. You are empowered by creative self-expression.

Pluto in 6th House/Virgo

Your soul wishes to develop a strong skill set with which to serve others. Your purpose is to make the world a better place, one detail at a time.

Pluto in 7th House/Libra

You feel empowered when relating to others and helping to create peace and harmony in the world. Your purpose involves learning about yourself and life through interpersonal relationships.

Pluto in 8th House/Scorpio

Your soul’s purpose is to connect with your true power within. You feel empowered when accessing your self-knowledge and self-control.

Pluto in 9th House/Sagittarius

Your purpose is to seek truth and expand your perspective on other cultures, religions, philosophies, and ways of life. You feel empowered when experiencing life and all it has to offer.

Pluto in 10th House/Capricorn

Your purpose is to create a place in the world where you can shine. You feel empowered by working hard to build a career that enables you to achieve status and respect.

Pluto in 11th House/Aquarius

Your soul’s purpose is to work for the greater good or social change. You feel empowered working in a group setting, such as a community, non-profit organization, etc.

Pluto in 12th House/Pisces

Your purpose is to release egocentric thoughts and align with the deeper meaning of life. You feel empowered when you surrender to that which is greater than yourself and align with your soul.


Finding your purpose is much easier than you might think. All you need to do is look at your birth chart, find your Pluto placement, and feel your way through it. You inherently know your purpose, sometimes you just need to awaken it. Trust what empowers you and release what drains you. That is the basis for your karmic axis.

Related Article: The Ultimate Guide To The Nodes

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Ashley Tracey is a passionate and empathetic soul with the purpose in life to help others live at their highest potential. She works with clients to empower wholistic well-being,… Learn More About The Author »

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