Pluto Says Happiness is Getting Rid of Things

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.

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. Ana Cristina says:

    :) Dear Hiroki, I had to smile reading your post; you know my chart, tr Pl=AS, I get rid of all my material anchors, now to end is get rid of what still persists from the old me :)


  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hey Ana Cristina!

    And it feels soooo good….Especially if you have a good therapist/coach to work with :)

    Warm regards,

  3. Beautiful post!! I am going through T Pluto conj Moon, I can tell you I am feeling your words. I would only add that when you let things go, Pluto gives you the inmense gift of feeling empowered and renewed.

    Now I will go to my closet… :)

    Thank you!!

  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    That's right!

    Thanks Marcela,

  5. when pluto went opposite my sun it was one of the hardest transits of my life..I lost everything I owned(scorpio 2nd house) I was robbed to where I had nothing lost my car lost every possesion i owned…I went to jail for a misdomeanor fight with family…ended up homeless…with nothing..this was between 18-22 the hardest of which was 19-21 really 21 was the hardest..I was forced to move out of my parents house and found independence and freedom though and learned to survive as I was afraid to move out at 18…I also healed from many childhood traumas and a lot of growth occureddid a lot of therepy.After treatment and the realization that my mother had done some horrible things in my childhood I wanted vengence and wanted to sue her..I was able to let that anger go and realize it wouldn't serve me or my goals in life so why should I invest energy into that…I find that I am not materialistic(freed from possesions) at all and pack lightly..and also do not mind not having a car anymore after being a big driver…it was very freeing..and I did a lot of growing up…..

    now pluto is conjuncting neptune and my views on spirituality and the religion I grew up on have changed(saturn is also finishing a transit through the 12th) and opposing mercury and mars(which are all about to get hit by the t-square in cardinal signs soon) what do you think that means

  6. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Dear Quinn,

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Pluto-Neptune transit is indeed significant, and is often accompanied by a sense of connection with paranormal (or spiritual) dimensions.

    It seems that this change of spiritual view you mentioned will have a far reaching effect in your personal life in the upcoming years.

    Best regards,

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Hiroki!

    Having 3 opposition transit from Pluto to my Sun, Mercury and Mars is really really difficult. Plus the conjunct transit from Pluto to Neptune as well. I moved to another country for a new job, meet many new ppl from different culture and background, had a hard time because me and my future husband broke our relationship (while Im still in different country), seriously in a critical depression( i cried too much, seek cure from alcohol and nicotine), have problem with my bosses and work place, etc…

    Whew! That was almost a year back… Now when I read this, I realized how much the 'pain' and 'losses' that Pluto transit give me truly changed everything in my life. Somehow, now I feel slightly better than before. It seems that during that hard time, I feel totally lost and losing my mind. I felt that there's something really BIG bothering me physically, mentally and emotionally. But I dont know and not sure what is it, how to tell/explain to other ppl so they can understand what Im going thru dat time. And above all this, I dont know to whom I should tell/share my feelings with. It's like… after my future husband broke up with me in a HUMILIATING and UNACCEPTABLE way, i guess i cannot trust anyone and always suspicious to the people around me (especially if they're trying to be nice/kind to me. What are the motives anyway??)

    And Hiroki, not only that… Other than all the Pluto transits Ive mentioned before, it also making a trine aspect to my Ascendant. Doest that mean anything?

    Overall, I can say that my ongoing Pluto transit which Im having now are very exhausting. And at the same time, it's really exciting!

    Hiroki, can u suggest me any method to reduce/lessen the negative impact of Pluto transit? Thank you so much for your info.


  8. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Pluto's way is to release emotional wounds through catharsis and deep healing work.

    It's important to find a way to deal with the negative emotions, whether through self introspection or seeking therapeutic counseling.

  9. On Nov. 20th, 2004 Pluto crossed my dsc. and plopped himself in my 7th house for a long time to come! (Try 2016!) At that point in '04 I gave myself a gut and reality check and moved on from a relationship that would never go anywhere (true heartbreak but oh happens whether you are 16 or 42!)

    Nine months later I met the man I truly was meant to spend the rest of my life with and here we are today! There is much transformational growth happening for the both of us as we enter our second marriages. It hasn't always been peachy but it's a slow learning process, isn't it with Pluto! :-)

    Pluto forced me to get rid of things pertaining to how I used to approach and participate in my relationships. Attitudes, motivations etc.. They just weren't doing me any good.

    I don't know what's around the corner but things are going well now and I'm trying to learn all I can and change what I need to change during Pluto's sojourn in my 7th house!

    michele :D

  10. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Michele,

    This is an excellent example! With good endings too :)

    Thank you for sharing your experience,

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  12. I was recently told that I was going thru a pluto transit…I didn’t understand what that meant so I decided to do some reading…I didn’t know what or why things and ppl in my life was being taken away…I am very close to my daughter..or so I thought..last year out of nowhere she left home without finishing school to go move with a boy who was 7 years older than her,I left a relationship that was no longer working for me,I moved in with a friend and his house foreclosed…we then moved to a different place and wound up getting evicted again because he lost his job. I also crashed my car as well….a 6 year friendship that I had ended very badly,and my son was hospitalized for a condition that the Drs. have no idea how or why he has it…I basically ended up homeless and had to go live with my son which I reside now…..I had 2 businesses that no longer exist due to my ex partner…I was forced to file bankruptcy..and currently trying to get back on track…I find myself crying a lot and not knowing where to turn or what to do…I don’t know much about astrology or transits…I do know this feels like hell…..I am told that this transit will make me a better person and this is what I have to go thru…..I was told that it will get better as soon as I stop fighting what’s going on and surrender….like I said earlier I don’t know much about this astrology bday is 12/24/71….so if someone can explain to me more what is going on I would appreciate it

  13. Dear Mr. Niizato,

    I am so glad I found your writing. I’m going through some Pluto transits right now (three squares, conjunction with progressed ascendent, and an opposition to my sun), and your calm, eloquent and humorous way of writing has been so helpful in comparison to the often distressing doomsday advice from other corners. Needless to say, I’ve been a little determined (relentless?) in my Pluto research, and the discovery of your website has a breath of fresh air to my perspective. Thank you!

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