Pluto Transits to the Sun

The Great Purge

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Note:  Cardinal Sun signs (Aries - Cancer - Libra - Capricorn) at or around 12 degrees are experiencing this transit now (mid-July, 2014).

Pluto is synonymous with transformation in astrology.  And it's often met with trepidation, since transits of Pluto tend to reach into our own fathomless depths.

The tracking aspect of Pluto goes down personal rabbit holes, until we're face-to-face with a reality or penetrating insight that changes everything.


In the Dark

I've been locked in with Pluto, with an exact opposition to my (Cancer) Sun, and that got me looking around the 'net for solace, suggestions and a higher perspective. 

I feel that Plutonian rage that comes in with all kinds of unraveling and realizations.  And at times, I feel the powerlessness that is often exacerbated by Pluto transits.  Something is changing deep inside, and with it, comes an intimacy with the unknown, and all that it brings up.  It's making me feel more isolated, and a bit fierce, and strangely hopeful, because I know energy is being released.  Bottom line -- I'm in it. 

During her own Pluto transit, Cancerian Jessica Shepherd of Moonkissd dropped this pearl of wisdom, "Trying to meaningfully interpret one’s own Pluto transit is like reading hieroglyphics -before the Rosetta Stone. With Pluto we are often in the dark."

Here's some of what I know about Pluto transits to the Sun, with more insights from astrologers.

Process of Elimination

I read somewhere that we come to know ourselves through the process of eliminating who and what we're not.  And this comes from getting in there, taking a chance, experimenting with this line of work, or committing to that relationship.

Pluto quickens that process, and that sounds like a good thing.

  But so often, we're deeply embedded in these choices we've made -- they are part of who we are (or so we think!)   

Pluto's transit to the Sun is a purge of all that's excess baggage.  And Pluto gets your instincts into the game.  If you've followed something other than your natural instincts, it's a time of paying for it, and sometimes pay back is hell.   

What's eclipsing your ability to live out your identity in a vital way?  Pluto is there to get to the bottom of it.  And if you're life is top heavy with a structure that's an outgrowth of a hobbled, inhibited or overly socially conditioned psyche, that's when the ordeal of loss begins. 

That ordeal can be long and drawn out, if we hold on to what we've got. 

Truth of Being

Robert Wilkinson of Aquarius Papers writes that "when Pluto approaches a planet, it is as though something of extraordinary importance, even ominous, feels like it's coming."  And the impact reverberates even after Pluto has begun separating (moving on) from the exact degree of the contact. 

So relax into the hard aspects when you're dealing with them, and remember that the outer planets help us reshape our response to our "Truth of Being," our Higher Self, and the eternal process of transformation.

A Pluto transit can bring a death, but it can also bring us radical transformation into our Highest Self.

A Great New Leap Forward

In her Survival Tips for the Pluto Transit, Lynn Koiner suggests moving the intense energies with physical exercise and purposeful letting go.  That Pluto transits bring on a feeling of powerlessness, that we can meet with actions that are within our power.  Like getting rid of what's superfluous.

Lynn writes, "Pluto transits occur when one is about to make a great new leap forward, to leave the past behind and embrace a new beginning."

Sunny Side of Pluto

Looking on the bright side, a transit of Pluto to the Sun is like a crash (remedial) course in the true Self.  It potentially unlocks personal power and creativity, that's been going into your life before.  Here are some ways the aspects can play out.

Transiting Pluto conjunct the Sun

Identity crisis, and/or metamorphosis of self-image.  Dramatic changes that strike at the heart of the sense of self.  The process of purging social conditioning, in favor of natural instincts.  The unearthing of creative potential and vitality.  If you're just finding yourself in life, it can be a time of tuning out the outside world, in the quest for your inner wealth and guidance.

Transiting Pluto trine the Sun

A surge of personal power, and urge to put the whole self into work and life.  The Pluto touch can increase ability to magnetize your desires, and be mesmerizing to others.  It's wise to seek one or more healthy obsessions, for all the energy available.  You enormous drive now can make you more ambitious. 

Transiting Pluto opposite the Sun  

With the opposition, people and situations can make one feel powerless.  Be cautious when dealing with authority, as it's a transit of "getting into it" with oppositional forces. On the other hand, facing a mighty foe because you have no choice can show you what you're really made of.  Circumstances inspire you to dig deep, and persevere and even achieve success against all odds. 

Transiting Pluto square the Sun

Intense one, when lots of raw energy is released.  Events or people can provoke you more easily now.  What's festering from the past rises up and can be overwhelming.  Lynn Koiner was experiencing this when she recommended exercise, and getting busy with what's in your control (your immediate environment).  Some compulsions can come to the surface, making it a time to find more wholeness in the psyche (after the being crazy part is over).  Be alert to fears, as they can become drivers of events, and even cause the feared outcome.