There are some posts you almost don’t write because you’re not ready yet to write such things. But you’re in the process of getting there, so you take your The Book of Pluto by Steven Forrest and Predictive Astrology Bernadette Brady and create a DIY post you hope will be helpful to those reading it.
This post is the promised sequel to my February post: Pluto in Libra Generation: Living Happily Ever After. In this post, I’m going to focus specifically on the Pluto square this generation is experiencing since Pluto’s ingress into Capricorn in January, 2008. The mills of God and Pluto grind slow but grind exceedingly small. Pluto stays in Capricorn till March, 2023. And during this period of 15 years, it will have squared itself in the charts of everyone who was born with Pluto in Libra.
Steven Forrest says that a well-lived Pluto in your chart gives you the great gift of feeling your life to be meaningful. But if you do not work with your Pluto, do not honor its call, do not pay its price; the bleakness of life will get you. You will be enfolded by that worst feeling of all: the feeling of your life being without meaning. It’s a great insight and I have found it to be true. He’s a great teacher and you really must get that book I mentioned earlier if you are working with Pluto or trying to understand it in charts.
Steve talks about Pluto’s square to itself by transit as a time when your beliefs are questioned. When things you have always taken for granted come up for examination vis-à-vis their meaningfulness in life. This examination may cause you to change your beliefs. And that is a deep thing because our beliefs are what determine our choices and actions and it is these choices and actions that form our life. So basically, when you’re faced with this square, you’re in the process of transforming your life.
The transformation is going to come whether you like it or not. And since it is a square, you probably aren’t going to like it very much. I see the Pluto square activating when you find yourself face down in the carpet weeping, “Why me?” When you hold on to what is not been working for you, not wanting thing to change and appealing to God saying, “Please help me. Please fix this.”
Pluto goes retrograde many times in its passage through a sign, and hence the square is going to repeat: probably three times for all degrees. The second time it is activated, you’ll know that no one is coming to fix anything for you. You grew up; you have to fix it yourself. If you want, this can be very liberating. Not easy. Probably scary. It is scary to have to change your life, to give up the known that has sustained you so far. But if you accept this energy, you’ll see that by working with it, you can transform your life to one that is going to be more meaningful and eventually bring you real, bone-deep happiness. It’s a re-birth or if you want a more Plutonian image: it is like the Phoenix that rises from its own ashes. Of course, the second pass is like the Phoenix burning down and becoming a pile of ashes.
As you start to change and restructure things (a.k.a. turning into a pile of ashes), if you do it with the knowledge that your life as it was, was because of you, your choices and that things are sometimes no one’s fault, you’ll be able to pass this stage without bitterness. Because when change is needed, we sometimes tend to look around us to find someone to blame. If you look, sure you can find someone to blame and take a tailspin into bitterness. That, in my opinion, is a waste of time. Our outer realities are a creation of our inner selves, and with time, our inner self changes and our outer reality begins to transform. This is our evolution and Pluto, in his cold and distant orbit, marks some of these drastic changes by forming a square in our charts to his natal position.
He will complete this process by forming a third exact square in your chart and by that time, you’ll be well on your way to a new life. A lot of things will be different. Events will have occurred in your life and because of them another part of your life will start to blossom. I’ll talk about this in my third post: it will cover the areas of life where events will occur and the area of life where you will find new growth.
But whether you are in the throes of the square or still waiting for it to begin, I hope you face it with courage and hope and integrity as one of the best things that could have happened to you: a trigger that forces you to change your life into something more meaningful for you.