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Pluto transit square Pluto 

Pluto transit square Pluto forces you to transform and regenerate. Detrimental habits, attitudes, beliefs, and relationships are likely to cause more problems in your life until something happens to force change. It could be some relationship drama or challenging event that makes you realize significant change is needed. Powerful forces are acting in the background, which makes resistance futile. You are being forced to evolve. Many of the changes occurring in these months will be unpleasant because you are probably quite attached to your old ways of doing things. You can have a strong subconscious attachment to things from your past that are not good for you. You may have become used to a job or relationship that is not in your best interests. Under Pluto transit square Pluto, anything from your past that is holding you back from growth may be taken away from you, sometimes ruthlessly or painfully. Some people in your life may resist the changes because they are also comfortable with things the way they were. But some people may help you on your evolutionary journey. You will have arguments and power struggles now, so it is essential to take a cold hard look at your life and sort out the old from the new. You must evolve now and leave the decaying past behind.

The Pluto transit square to your natal Pluto occurs sometime between age 36 and 61. The age range is so large because Pluto travels at different speeds, so it depends on the year you were born and how fast Pluto has been travelling in your life time. Pluto transits to natal Pluto are generational cycles in which one has to face the consequences of all his unconscious desires and everything that he has not managed to change. Therefore, it can be very positive or very negative, since it depends on the level of consciousness and the overcoming that has been achieved. In the case of not having achieved much, there will be confrontations that will force one to make profound internal transformations. Otherwise, transformations can be made in the environment and in the outside world. These are moments in which will arise the unconscious motivations and obsessive and compulsive attitudes marked by natal Pluto and its aspects. It is also the time for these behaviours to be completely eliminated.

Pluto transit square Pluto

When Pluto transits square to you natal Pluto, it’s a period of general regeneration. It’s an uprooting of the past and serves to eliminate all those things that are disagreeable. You have to look within to see how much you have managed to change and overcome. If it has not been done, it is now that you will have to face immense changes indicated by the sign which transiting Pluto squares (this is your natal Pluto sign) and by the house through which it transits. If you have managed to change internally and align yourself with social needs impersonally, then you will have a role to play in setting the guidelines for social changes. If you are not prepared to adopt this role as a social reformer, and you are still dealing with the personal plane, then unconscious forces will reappear that will cause a great crisis of consciousness indicated by other planets that aspect natal Pluto. Power struggles, eliminations and destruction of personal dependencies, all are part of these situations that arise now and that are beyond your control.

When Pluto transit square Pluto, you will feel propelled into a regenerative time period of decay and growth. You will feel catalysed to break through old barriers and restrictions in your life. As a part of this creative process, there will be destructive aspects to deal with. Anything in your life that has become stagnant will need to be shed and released, but in some cases, you may strongly resist the changes taking place due to losing something or someone that has brought you a sense of security. The image of a snake shedding its skin fits, as you will sense you are growing beyond the boundaries of your old identity. It will help to engage in reflective practices to help you become more aware of the influence of your unconscious, which will be strong during this transit. It’s likely you will have to face and overcome power dynamics with others, learning important lessons in how to appropriately claim and assert your personal power. Though difficult experiences will accompany this transit, you will access its higher potential by courageously pushing forward toward your aspirations.

There are some transits of the outer planets, the transpersonal planets, that really define and mark seasons of our life. There are 3 that happen in ‘mid life’ that are very important initiators in our maturation process and spiritual growth. One of them is Pluto transit square Pluto.  Pluto is the slowest moving of the transpersonal planets and has a very eccentric orbit. Because of this different generations of people can experience the Pluto Square Pluto Transit at different ages, typically anywhere from 36 to 60 years of age. When we think about the archetype that Pluto represents we can imagine things like: Alchemy, transmutation, transformation and underworld/Shadow Work. That alone gifts us some idea of what to expect. Each planets archetype can be expressed in a few different ways, so it’s never black and white, it will be experienced uniquely for everyone but with these themes. It is very important to never see these transits as something bad, just because they can be more challenging. It’s through challenges that we mature, when we face our shadows we have an opportunity to transmute, when we face metaphorical fires in life, things are burnt away and there’s an alchemy that happens within us. Pluto transit square Pluto can be an amazing opportunity in surrender, letting go of our ego’s plans and desires, and reclaiming lost parts of ourselves through shadow work.

Pluto transit square Pluto can be a time of great questioning about your role in life

Pluto transit square Pluto can be a great deal of questioning about your role in life, your philosophical assumptions, and your overall purpose in life arising now. You become acutely aware of the ways in which your parents have influenced your life, and how your own lack of self-confidence or fears have affected your decision making. This transit can take an incredible toll on some souls, I won’t lie. We are faced with everything we’ve swept under the rug…or just haven’t been able to figure out how to heal or release, but that sounds so much like a punishment. I mean, we’re always doing the best we can at every moment in time and I find it more helpful to see it as a gift of clarity that we did not have access to before. The initiation of this transit grants access. That sounds mystical because it totally can be like a magic mirror or like you just stepped off the steps of the Fun House where all the mirrors were weird and distorted… yet your new reality will be what feels distorted. It’s can be a loss of equilibrium and our brains can really convince us that it will never feel better or stable again. Pluto doesn’t punish, even though most are pretty scared of him. He ultimately requires us to face what we don’t want to face. We must surrender in order to do this, and in order for most of us to surrender… we have to be brought to our knees utterly exhausted. In this exhaustion, we cannot maintain any facades any longer. We are naked and our souls are bare. We rely on faith or must cultivate it for the first time. You see, depending on YOU and what Pluto is asking of you in this lifetime, the Pluto square Pluto transit will likely have some things falling apart. These are things that are probably not compatible with your most glorious timeline, yet you may really REALLY be attached to them. Relationships, roles you play, and your general belief system are totally up for complete death and rebirth… phoenixing. This process can be utterly exhausting. If may feel like it will never end. You may think giving up is the best thing and only thing available. While it’s true that an invisible hand may be reorganizing your life completely, it’s the inner transformation that is the ultimate gift. Your FAITH is what’s really on the line here. Pluto is the lord of the underworld, the god of death. This transit serves to prepare us for death even though for most of us, angels willing, is a long time off. It prepares us by showing us what we’re really made of when the tsunami slams into our lives and we must face what our belief system is really made of. Now you may see why I call this a sacred initiation. It’s hard for for many of us, so you can go ahead and stop judging yourself if you’re experiencing this transit and are feeling utterly heavy, exhausted, and empty.

Pluto is the planet that represents power and transformation.  It is considered a generational planet as he moves so slowly.  But when and where you experience a transit from Pluto, it can be life-altering. For example, Pluto is a big part in the trio of transits that constitute that mid-life crisis.  Typically, the first one that hits is Transit Neptune square Natal Neptune.  Second is this Transit Pluto square Natal Pluto.  And third is Transit Uranus Oppose Natal Uranus. Somewhere between the ages of 36-60, Pluto moves across the sky to a 90-degree angle and squares the point where your natal Pluto was in your birth chart.  Pluto transit square Pluto is a major aspect that indicates a crisis point.  But it is important to remember that crisis doesn’t always mean breakdown, but can often mean breakthrough.  The symbol for “crisis” in Japanese means danger and opportunity.  This is a window to do something different. Mid-life is the perfect time to evaluate the question:  Is this what I want?  You have enough life experience and perspective to compare it to what you were born into, your roots, and the way your parents way of doing things.  And you have enough independence and gumption to change the path whether it is staying the course or changing your sails and switching direction. Pluto transit square Pluto lasts around 12 – 18 months.  He moves slowly around the zodiac and so this is the BIG drama that he plays out in a lifetime.  He represents the source of your personal power and regeneration.  This is the time to really evaluate if something or someone is limiting your growth.  Typically, it is something from your past that you were comfortable with.  And many times, it can be as simple as an innate belief.


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