Haute Leo Poet Andrea Gibson* is always relevant but this concept is some sort of meta-relevant. It could be fenced off with hazard lights as the top-secret Ground Zero of the Pluto Zone.
My theory is that the “people we once were” become “shadow selves” that exist alongside us, like ghost code in a machine that occasionally inserts itself into the official and contemporary operating system. And with a Pluto Transit, you have to de-frag that code. Or stop running and turn to face your Shadow Selves.
Just as rogue code in a computer context can cause all sorts of havoc – incorrect input makes for crazy algorithms – our Shadow Selves can live whole phantom lives of their own, shopping, eating and zombie-crushing or shadow-dating ghosts. It’s dodgy terrain and Pluto transits force a confrontation with them.
But what do you do? You can’t just go scorched-earth on parts of yourself or you would not exist. But you can’t let them be either. At least, not if you want to be whole. You can’t forget them. You have to integrate and forgive. And, as Gibson says, it’s the hardest task. The process involves accountability, painful self-admissions and the feeling of unpleasant emotions that are noticeably not instagrammable or diminished by rose quartz crystal spray and some airy affirmations.
*If your birth-chart contains a heap of square aspects in the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Libra) you will resonate with Gibson’s work. She has a Jupiter-Uranus-Saturn T-Square. Don’t ever buy into any of the s**t talked about these. Once you know how to ‘drive’ them, they’re all smooth power and momentum.