Recently I’ve been reorganizing my office space, largely due to reading Getting Things Done by David Allen. Tonight I had to force myself to stop after filing or throwing away tons of files until 10:30PM (you tend to become
quite obsessed focused for a long time if you have a large dose of Scorpio and other fixed signs.)
It may sound strange, but the more old files I threw away, I realized how much energy it has been costing me just to have them around. While the reorganization project is far from complete, I already feel more focused and energized. This process of eliminating the old applies to so many areas of our lives that it’s worth taking a look at.
Pluto As The Archetype of Elimination
We know that Pluto archetype signifies literal and figurative death. A pertinent image here is that of a burial – a dead body that used to contain the live spirit is buried underground, no more to be seen. In the same way, Pluto helps us get rid of things that no longer contain any life for us in the present. What happens when Pluto touches different areas of our lives, either through natal or transit symbolism? Here are some examples:
- Pluto – Sun aspect: There is a continuous sense of “letting go of the past,” since one needs to keep releasing the old self image in order to be empowered.
- Pluto – Moon aspect may necessitate getting rid of old emotional patterns that are at once familiar and toxic.
- Pluto – Mercury aspect suggests letting go of old ideas that no longer work, which entails continuous pursuit of deeper insights.
- Pluto – Venus contact challenges us to let go of outworn relationship patterns that no longer serve to bring happiness.
- Pluto – Mars aspect gives us an opportunity to let go of old anger.
- In general, Pluto transiting within a house will help to clear out old issues we have within the symbolism of that house, i.e. body/self image, self worth, ideas, family, sexuality/creativity, service, partnership, death/healing, education/religion, success/life direction, friends, illness/spirituality etc.
A Wardrobe Metaphor
We know that it’s good to change the content of our wardrobe from time to time. We can usually tell just by feeling the piece of clothing in our hand – after a while it starts to feel “old” for no reason.
According to my Feng Shui expert friend, this is a sign that the clothing has become infused with (my) old energy, which is incompatible with who I am today, since I’m vibrating at a different level now compared to 6~12 months ago. When this happens, it’s time to give some clothes away and make room for new ones.
In the same way, we may have outgrown many of our old patterns without fully realizing, and yet still may be stuck with these tired habits. Pluto transit may bring about a change of our (metaphorical) wardrobe, forcing us to part with the familiar but disempowering thought patterns or relationships.
If you’re undergoing a Pluto transit and experiencing difficulty, consider what you’re being forced to part with: Is it possible that this parting is creating a space for something better in your life? Who will you become as a result of this experience? Please feel free to share your thoughts and experience through emails or comments.