Pluto Says It’s Time to Enter Into the Cave

The very cave you are afraid to enter
Turns out to be the source of
What you are looking for.
The damned thing in the cave
That was so dreaded
Has become the center

-Joseph Campbell

(The last word refers to the center as in “Live from your own center”, which is another one of Campbell’s sayings.)

The above metaphor describes the psychological region symbolized by Pluto, and will resonate with anyone who has gone through (or is currently going through) the process of Plutonian transformation.

Memories, emotions and impressions stored in the Plutonian region of our psyche tend to arouse primal fear within us: thus we’re afraid to approach this area during normal daily life.  It’s only during crisis when we’re reminded of these uncomfortable feelings within us.

Everyone has a different “cave” inside of them.   For some, it’s a traumatic experience associated with childhood abuse or divorce.  For others, it’s a chronic feeling of not being lovable or attractive.  Confronting difficult emotions and fears that we’ve been carrying for our entire lives could definitely feel like entering a dark cave.

As an abandonment survivor, my own cave has to do with the fear of being (left) alone:  When my relationships aren’t going well, it would trigger strong abandonment anxiety.  Over the years I’ve learned to embrace such feelings as they come up, and not run away from it.  By proactively creating time for nourishing solitude, I was able to prove to myself that being alone does not always mean loneliness, and that it could actually be quite fulfilling to have time to pursue my own interest.

Transit of Pluto, especially to the natal Sun or the Moon, could signal the time to “enter the cave” – which could mean confronting your fears and taking the necessary actions you may have been avoiding for a long time.

Do you know what your caves are?  Does your horoscope reflect it?  Feel free to share through email or comments.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Timothy Neilson says:


    The topic of anything Campbell is always alluring for me. It was a magnificent few years when Bradshaw, Keen, and Bly all joined forces with Joseph Campbell to deliver wonderful soliloquies on Public television that were at once profound; yet accessible. As luck would have it I recently met Stephen and Robin Larsen who together wrote the authorized biography of Joseph Campbell. It’s on my desk to tackle. Thanks for sharing a bit of your cave journey. The impression I take away is that you would make a fine guide.

    Tim Neilson

  2. Wendy Chapnab says:

    Hi Hiroki,

    What an amazing gift you have for astrology….your writing is so impassioned and fresh it JUMPS right off the page!
    As Fate would have it,I just finished reading The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell only this morning,so this quote really struck me. Regarding Pluto, the word ‘cave’ is so perfect…..I have Scorpio on the cusp of my 4th house,so it is my preferred style of real estate! I like that you offer specific solutions as to how to heal and deal with Scorpionic
    energies. (Funny,I am house-sitting at the moment,and it makes me CRAZY how much ‘STUFF’ they have!! It feels to me like DEAD energy,clothes and possessions that are being carted around from place to place,but not really IN USE on a day-to-day basis,you know? Anyway,your comment about wardrobe has sparked me to do the ‘feeling’ litmus test on my own,and see if it is up-to-date with who I currently am. Bless you and thank-you!

  3. Hello,

    I’ve been studying astrology for 2 years, looking to find answers from it and have recently been experiencing a rush of profound self illumination. My Midheaven is in Scorpio conjunct Pluto and just today I realized all my life I have been so intently focused on delving into the dark regions of the world, from aspiring to be a deep sea diving Marine biologist, to experiencing shamanic states of consciousness, astral projection, to depth psychology, the occult, secret military projects, conspiracy theory, the complexities of human sexuality, you get the idea. I’d always sought to make a career out of so many similar things but I had never made the connection to my Midheaven’s conjunction with Pluto in Scorpio, or that all those interests were profoundly connected energetically.

    I got involved with a nice cooperative project to build a Buddhist oriented retreat center on a farm in Vermont and from the day I’d been there, I was convinced there were caves in the hills. Dreaming about it constantly. The cave I have yet to find is connected to an old well in the hills.

    I googled Pluto and Caves and this was the first article that grabbed my attention. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having written and placed this online. I now understand with a brilliant clarity what I am looking for in a career and why I have always avoided taking the plunge in any one direction. It is fear. Pluto is going to transit across my Ascendant very soon and I will likely be presented with an opportunity to explore a cave, real or metaphorical and hope discovery awaits.

    P.S. my 8th house cusp rests in Leo (I am a Leo) but the house is wide, swallowing the Virgo/Pisces axis whole if you’re using Placidus. Mercury rests in Virgo, completely consumed by the 8th house, so do you think it may be that the cave most needing deep exploration is my own mind?

    • Pluto-MC conjunction sometimes indicates “research” – which is along the same idea of “depth”. From what you wrote, 8th house exploration of your psyche might be just the thing to help your mind work effectively.

  4. Thank you for this article.

    I have Pluto conjunct Saturn in Libra in my first house.

    I’m not sure if this is my cave but I love to know more about myself. The thing I want to do most is to dive into the deepest part of myself and see what’s in store for me.

    Is there a hidden treasure in deepest and darkest part of me?

    I feel that there is.

    So I explore as much as I can.

    However, currently I noticed that I seem to be… stuck… I just could not go deeper.

    And reading this article, I guess, enlightened me.

    I am truly afraid to go deeper still. I am frozen at a certain spot where I could go no further.

    And this is the cave that I needed to enter.

    I just need to stop stalling and just go for it.

    Many thanks!

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