Pluto transits: Transform, or die
11 April 2009 6 Comments
The effect of Pluto is like a stone-grinder, and as its movement through the zodiac is glacially slow, taking 246 years to pass through all 12 signs, its impact on the psyche is to transform it inside out. When it makes exact contact with sensitive points in an individual’s chart, its intensity (if not its effect) can only be described as atomic, or a call to ‘transform, or die’.
I have been conscious of that call since Pluto passed through my 12th house and opposed my Sun-Saturn conjunction in 1999, right through my Saturn return in 2001 (yes, the same Pluto-Saturn opposition that features in the 9/11 chart). Pluto then grinds past my Ascendant at 19+ Sag in 2003, an experience I’ve described here in conversation with a reader. Sometimes the grind goes on for so long, you don’t hear the whine of the machine or feel the vibrations anymore, not consciously anyway, and I was enjoying a momentary reprieve, believing I’d got the hang of this Plutonian trip and could ride the rest of its passage through my 1st house relatively unscathed.
I didn’t pay attention as Pluto approached its impending opposition to my natal retrograded Venus until the current transiting Venus retrograde squared Pluto last week, triggering my own natal Venus-Pluto square, which carries its own intense craziness. A lot of buried stuff is coming to the surface, stuff from my childhood, my relations to my parents (or more accurately, my internalisation of my parents), my relations to others, and my relations to my own values and value system. Pluto’s grinding it all out — but the cloud of dust prevents me from seeing clearly what may be left in its wake.
I have Venus at 4+ Cancer. Pluto is currently retrograde at 3+ Capricorn until 11 September 2009 when it will reach 0+ Capricorn (an Aries Point contact) squaring my natal Pluto at 29+ Virgo. Pluto square Pluto is sorta like trying to take out a nuclear missile with another nuclear missile — you think one will cancel out the other but you really cannot envision the new reality their contact will make. But you will be transformed, no doubt about it. Or die.
If the Saturn return, which unfolds typically between 29 and 33 years old, came with what felt like major changes, restructuring, marriage or divorce, a promotion or a bankruptcy, Pluto square Pluto works in a way that is entirely removed from the human world, but which has effects in the human world. Saturn knows all about life on the planet. Pluto, it seems, could not give a damn what, why or how we do things here, and kudos for that. Pluto just says deal with it. But the question is, deal with what? And another question is, how is this planet, this cycle of nature or of life, so powerful?
Pluto, however, doesn’t stand for any of this. To the extent that we live a corrupted experience of Neptune, Pluto will seem to orbit in and ‘destroy’ our lives. But what’s being destroyed are merely what mystics refer to as illusions — everything we believe that is not true, everything to which we think we are devoted, but to which we are really enslaved. Pluto is a solid, dense and most of all focused element of consciousness that seems to burn through everything unlike itself. If nothing else gets our attention, Pluto will. If Pluto does not, we might not live through the transit.
Pluto transiting my 1st house square my natal Pluto in the 10th is going to compel me to transform myself and self-image (1st house) in relation to the wider world (10th). I can feel it already as I struggle to negotiate my role at work with the work I want to channel into my role in the world. All the musing about invisibility recently is part of this process. But transiting Pluto opposing my natal Venus in the 7th house is also compelling me to address how I relate to partners, personal and professional, in terms of values.
Pluto will oppose my Venus exactly on 26 January 2010, then retrograde back from 5+ Capricorn on 7 April 2010, contact my Venus again on 23 June 2010, station direct at 2+ Capricorn on 14 September 2010, and make the last pass opposite my Venus on 29 November 2010.
I can’t pretend I’m not tired already! And I don’t even want to think about Pluto’s opposition to my natal Mars at 12+ Cancer in February 2014 … My Mars squares my natal Uranus in Libra so that contact should throw up some some sparks. But I get ahead of myself. If there’s one thing I’ve learned with Pluto transits is to take it one transformation at a time. Now if only the Saturn-Uranus opposition will move away from the MC/IC in my chart…
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