In Roman myth, Pluto is the god of death. His domain is the shadowy underworld, through which the souls of the deceased endlessly wander. Pluto is not a pleasant character in these stories. He is the Dark Man who kidnaps the maiden Persephone, then rapes and holds her prisoner in his underground realm.
Discovered in 1930, the emergence of Pluto into our conscious awareness parallels the development of psychology and the exploration of the unconscious as a driving force in human behavior. The phrase “dark night of the soul” describes a psychological journey through Pluto’s realm. These periods are challenging but also necessary, providing opportunities for deep transformation and change.
In the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Pluto is aligned with Osiris, the Lord of Regeneration. Modern astrologers have shifted the definition of Pluto from the traditional association with death to an analogous focus on birth. Out of death comes birth. Out of birth comes death. This is the essential dance of creation.
Pluto’s energy has been strong during 2020 and this year has brought a deep dive into our collective unconscious. We are going through a shared death process, one that shows up in our individual lives in a variety of ways. Even if we intellectually accept and welcome this experience – also known as change – it can still be challenging.
This station of Pluto/Osiris marks a turning point. To move into regeneration, we must befriend Death. When we accept the reality of death, we create space for something new to emerge from the ruins of the old. Remember this in the days and weeks ahead. It is only when something fully dies that something new can emerge.
Pluto/Osiris turns direct on October 4 and remains stationary through October 9.
October 2, 2020 by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.