Perhaps you are dealing with the transit Pluto square Pluto yourself, you heard about it and now you are informing yourself on what it means for you. I first deal with the technical details. What is an aspect and what is Pluto, that kind of thing. The second part is about what Pluto square Pluto can do in the natal chart of people like you and me. If you already know that you are having this transit, you can skip the first part. The third part is an invitation to share your Pluto square Pluto story.
To understand Pluto square Pluto we first need to look at what is a square aspect? Apparently a square is an aspect. But what is an aspect? An aspect is the distance measured between two planets when they are in a circle. The circle holds 360 degrees. A square is the aspect of 90 degrees. Often referred to as a hard aspect, since there is friction between two planets at this angle. Friction can be solved by using the energy wisely. Use it, work it and deal with it until it is over and done with.
The planet Pluto square Pluto taken literally is Pluto 90 degrees apart from Pluto. When does that happen? Suppose you have your natal chart before you. First look for Pluto’s glyphs or symbols. There is two different symbols that you might have in your chart. The first symbol is a monogram of the letters P and L. The other one looks like a human. Now you need to find out what sign Pluto is in. Look at the outermost circle of your natal chart and look for the symbols of the signs of the zodiac, the Sun Signs as they are also called. Pluto will probably be in Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio or Sagittarius, for people born in the last 100 years or so. Look for the other info that is with the symbol, some information that looks like 28 (Virgo symbol) 24.
If your transit of Pluto square Natal Pluto is about to happen, it needs to be 90 degrees apart or almost 90 degrees apart from the position it had at the time of birth. How do you measure this? Find out what the position for Pluto is today [January 28th 2006 it is almost 28 degrees Sagittarius]. You can look it up at the front page of http://www.astro.com under the heading Current planets. For Pluto to make a square you diminish it with 90 degrees, and you will come back to the position of Pluto at your time of birth. So in this case that would have to be around 29 degrees Virgo to make an exact aspect of 90 degrees.
When is Your Pluto Square Pluto?
If you are born in a certain year we can tell when the transit Pluto square Pluto is about to happen. Here is an outline of the approximate time:
Born 1920, transit around 1974
Born 1930, transit 1974
Born 1940, transit 1984
Born 1950, transit 1990
Born 1960, transit 1996
Born 1970, transit 2006
Born 1980, transit 2009
Born 1990, transit 2033
Born 2000, transit 2051
What is Pluto? It is one of several planets that you can find in your birth chart. It is a planet that is relatively far away from planet Earth and it takes 248 years for Pluto to make one turn around the 12 signs of the zodiac. It is a slow planet, and it might even be the slowest that astrologers use.
Interpretations of Pluto are several. Most well known are Steven Forrest and Jeff Green, also sometimes lovingly called the Pluto-brothers. They both wrote a book about the planet Pluto. Jeff Green says: ‘ I would agree that Pluto represents the biggest wound, in the sense that the soul has been wounded ever since it had a patriarchal transition and experienced the progressive suppression of Natural Law. Any time we have anything natural which is suppressed, it’s going to become the basis of distortion and rage and wounds, because now the soul is being asked to live in violation of Natural Law. So, of course, Pluto’s going to connect with a deep wound. But then the question becomes: “What is that wound connected to?” And my answer would be “the soul.” This quote is from an interview that originally appeared in the mountain astrologer. You can read it here on the internet.
What does Pluto square Pluto mean to you? In general this planet is also called the great transformer. Or the shadow part of you. It is a symbol for many different things. It breaks down structures, removes the old to make room for the new. It could entail drastic changes, inner turmoil, anything to do with dreams, fears, or leftovers from our past. When it appears in an aspect of 90 degrees with itself in the natal chart, all of these things might happen. How that will happen depends on the sign and the house Pluto is in your natal chart. And all the other aspects that it involves. I wrote a post on Pluto in the houses and transiting in the houses.
It could be an intense time where emotions get out that you have not noticed before. It is hard to ignore that something out of the ordinary is happening to you. The messages that you get can hardly go by unnoticed. The solution to Pluto square Pluto, and anything else that seems to ‘oppose’ you and the life you are living is to look it in the eye! Deal with it, don’t avoid it. It is a time to reconnect with your inner being, the not so visible you, the you that is not so much in the mind but in the unconscious part of you.
How to Handle Pluto Square Pluto?
Bodywork, workshops to express the inner you through art, meditation, writing classes, tarot, music. Another way is to listen careful to the insights that you get. What do your dreams tell you or your intuition? Time to listen carefully here and with an open mind. Don’t discard ideas, listen to the ideas and don’t let the mind interfere. Suppose your Pluto is in your fifth house: deal with your self expression, be proud of how you can express yourself and do it. You no longer have to hide in the crowd, get in the spot light and do your thing. I also wrote an article on five ways to use Pluto square Pluto positively.
How does Pluto Square Pluto appear in one’s life?
In the transit of Pluto square Pluto everyone has their own particular experiences. Pluto is in a different sign and in a different house. To give you an idea I will tell you my story of Pluto.
My natal Pluto is in Virgo, 9th house and when the transit happened Pluto had moved on to Sagittarius, 12th house. 9th house is all about freedom, travel and finding one’s own truth or religion. No where to look but inside of myself. The 12th house is about finding a connection with intuition or the higher self. Nicely connecting the 9th and the 12th house since Sagittarius is the sign of the 9th house!.
At that time I was running a very successful business with my partner, I was happy, enjoying life and care free. My work involved travel and sharing my knowledge with others. In March 2000 I gave birth to my daughter. 6 months later the very successful business I had with my partners (also in the last stage of his Pluto square Pluto) collapsed. It all happened slowly and without warning. Clients moved away because of natural causes mostly. There was no where an argument or hassle with clients. Work just stopped. Like that. Since I had always identified with work and not being at home but far away, I felt horrible and useless. It was time to change and leave old ideas about who I was behind me.
Pluto was also in my 12th house and stayed there until the end of October 2008. During this time I was not able to find a lot of work. With all my talents wasted- that is how I felt it- I was a stay at home mum and lost my self confidence. I gave birth to my second child and felt the marriage changed at the same time. Feeling vulnerable, useless, guilty and most of all I had no idea how to fill my days. From a doing person I became a full time being person and I resisted with all that I had inside of me. I was not going to give in and be myself. No way. I was my own enemy and scared to step out or even look outside of the box of beliefs and restrictions that I had placed upon myself.
Over time I got better at “being on holidays”, the guilt dispersed and very slowly I got to appreciate who I had become. The fear left me, joy was not yet there though. In 2007 I made, totally unaware at the time, the transition to another life, as myself. I walked to Santiago de Compostela in 11 weeks. Events during the walk made it possible to come to decisions. When I got home I ended my relationship and found a place to live by myself. I am still working on sharing my truth and living it and speaking it.
If you want to share about your Pluto square Pluto tell us all about it.
If you have questions on Pluto square Pluto, just leave your comments and I will get back to you.
With love, Miriam
P.S. In the questions that people ask I notice the tendency to fear Pluto square Pluto. In my opinion there is no need to be afraid of anything in astrology; bad predictions or bad oppositions do not exist out there. Only I in my mind have the thoughts that make me worry and worry about bad outcomes of events. Life brings me challenges like all of us have them. I try and look at them and listen to my inner voice that is sometimes so hard to hear with all the clutter of worry already in my mind.
p.p.s This is one of my drawings made at the time of my transit Pluto square Pluto. I called it Birth. There is more drawings in another post on this web-log called Drawings Pluto square Pluto.