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
(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.