Pluto entering into Capricorn this year is certainly a big deal (Pluto was traveling through Sagittarius since 1995). This entry is especially significant since it involves the Aries Point , a high point of externalization, i.e. visible events.
This has deep implications for those of us who have Angles, planets or significant midpoints at the Aries Point (AP) – Pluto will most likely externalize the potential of the natal point/planet.
I have a friend of mine (“Mary”) who is going through a dramatic example of this. With her permission I’m going to share the chart activity:
On December 30th 2007, Mary received unexpected news that her sister passed away. This was a total blow to her, as no one in the family knew that her sister was sick (the sister lived alone in a different state and was being treated for cancer, but has hidden the fact from the family.)
The chart shows transiting Pluto exactly square her natal Saturn ruling the 8th house (death matters, inheritance). This transit has started earlier in 2007, but we note the tr Mars opposing Pluto at the AP (hence square natal Saturn) at the time of sister’s death, acting as a trigger to bring out the background Pluto transit.
We note tr Neptune about to cross the MC (an “ego wipeout”) during 2008: Mary’s father is very sick (her mother has passed away several years ago), and Mary has to be responsible for the funeral, as well as taking care of the aftermath – her belongings, estates, etc. Since the sister didn’t leave a will, there is bound to be a complex legal situation surrounding the sister’s assets as well as her medical debts.
Shouldering such responsibility definitely sounds like a major challenge, in which she may feel wiped out. Pluto transit to Saturn is active for the rest of 2008, suggesting prolonged stress related to the handling of estate and inheritance (with a looming threat of her father’s failing health.) Tough.
The 8th house also has to do with healing: prior to her sister’s death, Mary was working hard at deep processing of psychological materials and making great progress in emotional healing. Pluto-Saturn transit also has such dimension of hard, transformative work in one life area or another (in Mary’s case it was psychological – Saturn ruling 8th). There is no doubt that this work will continue once things calm down a bit regarding the death of her sister. And the grieving process for her sister will be a part of that.
Earlier in 2007 I told my friend that there is a threat of loss suggested that could cause a big stress – at the time we thought it was about her father’s failing health (we’re still not ruling it out.) It is really tough for an astrologer to say stuff like this either in consultation or with friends, because we don’t want to sound all “doom and gloom.” But what we know from experience, we can’t ignore.
All I could tell her was that there is going to be a major stress and a threat of loss, and she needs to take really good care of herself during this time period so that the stress doesn’t destroy her health (Pluto-Saturn is also associated with health problems.)
What I can say from my consultation experience is that everybody goes through these transits, and just about all of them survive in one piece – it might even make them stronger in some way (“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger,” the saying goes.) In other words, it’s hard – but it’s not the end of the world*.
I’m compiling more case examples of this formidable transit, hopefully to come up with meaningful theses – to be posted later.
*For the benefit of those who are new to astrology, it’s probably important to point out that Pluto-Saturn transit doesn’t imply that someone is going to die. But if someone I’m consulting is facing the transit, I will ask them if there are anybody in his family that is very sick.
In other words, it’s all based on the context of the client’s life (and his natal chart) where the stress/threat of loss will manifest. In some cases there may not be a loss at all, but a very hard work that leads to major transformation (such as new career responsibility, finishing MBA course, etc.)