Pluto is known as the villain of the zodiac, and in many ways that reputation is deserved. And when we discover an upcoming Pluto transit, it’s incredibly common to feel fear and wonder what might happen to us and how we’ll survive. While it’s not possible to predict exactly what will happen, it IS possible to prepare. Here are a few strategies to make sure you’re ready when Pluto arrives.
- Identify the area in your life that will be affected. You can do this by looking at what planet(s) Pluto will be in aspect to. Invariably, there’s something in this part of our life that simply isn’t working, no matter how much we would like it to. Try to get a sense of what that might be. If you’re struggling, look to your intuition. Chances are you already know, but may very much prefer not to. As you read this, the thing that came to your mind and created a little thrill of fear in your stomach before you buried it back down? The thing that has you reassuring yourself, “Surely not THAT?” It is probably that.
- Be prepared to go deep. Pluto asks us to look deeply into ourselves, into the darkest recesses where our waking mind fears to tread. It asks us to discover the very root of our thoughts and behaviors, and to ruthlessly cut out anything that no longer serves. And if we resist, Pluto will do the cutting for us. It is far better to work with Pluto and be willing to be taken down into the depths step by step, rather than find the earth giving way beneath you. As a willing participant, you will have far more ability to control or at least acclimate to the process.
- Get your butt in therapy. If you haven’t already, find yourself an excellent therapist who you feel truly comfortable with. Pluto’s depth can be dark and perilous, and a qualified guide who knows the terrain and can keep you from falling will be invaluable. A therapist can work with you to ensure that you can navigate the darkness without letting it swallow you, as well as help you face your own shadow and integrate its lessons.
- Build support. Shore up the support systems in your life, be that family, friends, a partner, a pet, a community, whatever. Make sure you have someone or something to fall back on. But make sure you prize quality over quantity. With Pluto transits, you’ll see anything superficial fall away, and only those connections with deep roots survive. Even if you only have one person, as long as they really see you and can go bravely into the chasm with you, it will be more than enough.
- Find your hideout. When I was in college, I went through a killer Pluto transit. After I was done for the day, having managed the grueling work of smiling, working, and functioning through the pain, I would go home, turn off the lights, watch episode after episode of Snapped, and read Shirley Jackson novels until I felt sane again. Pluto transits are deep and dark and slimy. Sometimes you just need a space to be as repulsive as you feel. A place where no one can see you, where no one can judge you or ask if you’re okay or try to cheer you up. You just need to be gross. Carve out your spot now so you don’t have to fight for it later.
- Remember your strength. While Pluto is slow-moving enough that any Pluto transit we encounter will be new to us, the Pluto experience isn’t. You’ve undoubtedly had times in your life in which everything you’ve counted on disappears and you’ve been left to find your way. Think of all the times you’ve died. Honor those lives you’ve led. And then think about how many times you’ve risen like a phoenix, reborn. You’ve had times when you didn’t know how you’d go on. You’ve had times when the sun seemed to be cruel and mocking, almost blasphemous, shining happily upon your pain. You’ve had times when you didn’t know how you’d face another day. And then you did it. You got up the next morning and kept on living. And you’ll do it again.
- If all else fails, step away. If, after reading this, you find yourself feeling more dread than inspiration, step away from the astrology. Astrology is a tool that is meant to help us navigate life. Knowing about upcoming transits is useful in that it helps us prepare and position ourselves so that we can get the most out of where we’re going. The moment astrology stops being useful and starts being terrifying, it’s lost its purpose. Don’t be afraid to take a break from looking at your chart and tracking the planets. Just live the beautiful, crazy, difficult, wonderful live you’ve been given.
Pluto transits are difficult by their very nature. No one likes to lose anything or have change forced upon them. But with a little preparation and willingness to work with the energy, you can be sure to get the most out of it so that you can emerge on the other side stringer, wiser, and ready to build something better than you can even dream of.
Have you ever prepared for a transit ahead of time? Share your tips!