Pluto Transits are real – sometimes too real. Your soul gets woke but you don’t have the leisure to contemplate this development. How come? Because one way or another, you’re locked into an evolutionary, existential Nietzschean power struggle scenario. Turns out self-actualizing doesn’t involve you in the lotus position with a gerbera in your teeth being mindful. It’s more likely to involve lawyers, bloodwork, insomnia, and a well-salted threshold. Still, there are rules for thriving through Pluto Transits. Adherence to them is not compulsory, of course, but it helps.
1—Psychically, Pluto transits feel like the very structure beneath you is trembling. The foundations of your belief system, job, marriage or relationship may not be on such firm ground as you think. Your dreams tend to involve tunnels, dark places, and mining. At a time when your usual reference points are wavering or deceptive, look within for answers. Keep a journal, notably a dream diary. Check in with your wisdom first, before assuming that the solution or assurance you seek is outside of yourself. As Joseph Campbell – Pluto in Gemini trine Ascendant trine Saturn – wrote: The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. The word ‘transit’ means a journey, to be going from one place to another. A Pluto transit is a psychological journey and the cave is your subconscious mind.
2— Consider Bach Flower Walnut Essence. I know that there are loads of different flower essences out there but this one is a time-proven: “For Freedom from limiting influences, making healthy transitions in life, the courage to follow one’s own path and destiny.” Reishi – the famed supernatural mushroom – is stronger and has many other benefits but is also a fantastic Pluto tonic for a psyche in morph mode.
3— Anti-Fragile, by Nassim Taleb is the Pluto transit read. You basically assess everything as to whether it is fragile, robust or Anti-Fragile. Robust things, people or relationships can withstand outside shocks but Anti-Fragile anything actually gains from disorder. It’s a totally Pluto concept. Other fantastic books for a Pluto transit include Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Mary Karr’s The Liars Club.
4—Try not to resist change. Collaborating with the Plutonic process makes even difficult changes more desirable but it super-charges beneficial transformations. If your first response to the thought prompt about (for example) moving house, breaking up with someone or being alcohol-free is along the lines of “I can’t” – examine that thought. In some cases, you’re fine with the all of the changes you’re putting yourself through. Like the Phoenix, you instinctively know when it’s time. But other people in your life can be really out of alignment with your warp-speed evolution.
5—Do not adopt a victim mentality – even if you are battling your way through adversity, hostility or harsh terrain. Pluto transits make you stronger, always. You may not be enjoying the process but believe that you are building up strength, magic, wisdom and momentum, day after day.
6—Fortify your borders and personal space against potentially dodgy ‘Lower Pluto’ type people. That is; manipulative, coercive or boundary-trespassing dysfunctional folk. It’s true that Pluto transits often occur in synchrony with such a challenging relationship, as you discover previously unrealized resources. But with certain sorts of people, preventing their access in the first place really is better than the cure. Trust your instincts regarding the energetic dynamic between you. Pluto transits always raise your awareness of Qi and the way others influence it.
7—Embrace transformation themes. Pluto supports radical physical morphs, often attained via fervent adherence to a self-supporting (as opposed to self-negating) health regime that looks “sensible” to outsiders but is actually soul-driven with existential ferocity.
8—Accept the solo dimension of your Pluto transit. Some stories are yours alone. You can take yourself off to a therapist or share significant emotional developments with confidantes. But the signature of a Pluto transit is soul-awareness, the distinct sensation of a timeless and immutable force within.
9—Remember the transformation role models in nature. Caterpillars often hesitate when first heading into their chrysalis. They literally back out a few times when going in there. The struggle to break free of the chrysalis when they wake up is what forces blood into their wings so that they can fly. My other favorite transformation metaphor is the Snake – when they are about to shed a skin, they are low in energy and venom. Sloughing off the skin is a painstaking process but they slither out all shiny, fanged up and with more ferocity. So too will you post-Pluto transit.