©11-12-09 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Almost every major episode in your life story involves other people, and if the Pluto-Saturn square is triggering parts of your birth chart, this is a good time to take a closer look at the folks who’ll be cast in the roles of Pluto and Saturn.
Some players will be brand new; others will have been important figures in your past. Even the new ones are almost certain to be “just like” someone who was important to you before. They’ll stir up old feelings and evoke old issues, needs, dilemmas, and strategies.
So that you’re alert to those familiar feelings and patterns, we’ll take a look at this cast of characters. You’ll examine what role they’re playing in the current episode, what they’re likely to be demanding of you, and what the relationship is about.
What House Positions Reveal about Key Players
In your chart, the houses Pluto and Saturn are transiting—and the areas of life they represent—will show you which players and thus which relationships are likely to bring out those old familiar scenarios.
Each major life arena involves a supporting cast—the 6th, for instance, shows co-workers and employees. Since that’s the house of health as well, it portrays health-care professionals you might be encountering. The 9th might be teachers–whether in formal education institutions or in spiritual studies–or lawyers, publishers, or people from foreign countries.
Who are the cast of characters in the houses Pluto and Saturn are transiting in your own chart? We looked at the houses and their meanings in The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 1, but you may want to review it now. If you haven’t already done so, you can download a chapter about the deeper meanings of the houses here: AGSA ch13-houses. For a detailed list of potential participants in this transit, see A Who’s Who of your Horoscope–the Players in all 12 Houses.
What You Can Learn from Natal Pluto and Saturn
You’ll get important insights from examining NATAL Pluto and Saturn as well, including their houses, signs, and aspects. Through all my years of bearing witness to clients’ lives, I’ve come to this important realization: wherever a transiting planet goes in the chart, it carries the natal placement along.
The natal factors represent key people and past situations–as well as your learned patterns of coping with them. Difficult past circumstances and toxic relationships can evoke knee-jerk responses that determine your current behavior. That history overshadows the situation you’re now facing now. Therefore, if you still have issues to resolve regarding Pluto and Saturn, they’re likely to be stirred up by this transit.
Unless you’re highly conscious, whatever strategies and tactics you employed to deal with the old situations are likely to be your initial response in the new situation—whether it’s the most helpful response or not.
Examine the old tactics to see if they’re at all appropriate now. If you gained strength from those dealings, that’s an asset to call on today. If it didn’t work so well then, it’s not likely to work on the new challenges either. Consider the cast of characters in the current episode. The players may either be the same or have very similar traits and thus may play very similar roles.
What Parts are the Plutonians Playing?
We’ll meet the Saturnians another time. They’re not so tricky—they’ll let you know in no uncertain terms what they want from you and what you need to do to get along with them. They’re really good at setting boundaries. The trick there is in stepping up to the plate so you live up to their expectations. Or, if you’ve already got too much on your plate, setting some limits of your own.You yourself may be taking on the role of the Saturnian in this episode, gaining a new determination and maturity to take on some challenges that move your own importantgoals forward.
The Plutonians, however, are a different story. Negative Plutonians aren’t as straightforward as the Saturnians. Saturnians tend to put their goals ahead of the relationship; for the Plutonians, the relationship is both a goal and the means to other, usually covert goals.
Covert is much harder to deal with—they can be secretive, manipulative, and controlling. They’re just as gifted as the positive Plutonians at spotting your dysfunctional areas. The use they make of that laser vision, however, is to get what they want from you. They’re masterminds at guilt trips and at persuading you to turn over your power and your resources. They can be intense and passionate about what they want–the plays they star in may not be a drama so much as a soap opera.
There’ll be more posts about dealing with their tactics as this series unfolds, but here are two already on tap: People who Misuse Pluto and Saturn—Don’t be Fooled by Scare Tactics! and What Makes a Person Controlling? How Can It Stop? My hardcopy book Healing Pluto Problems has many more insights into the dynamics of the Plutonian personality and the natal and transiting Pluto aspects in your own chart. It’s still available from the publisher at http://redwheelweiser.com/detail.html?id=9780877283980.
Are there Positive Plutonians in the picture as well? Yes, you’re likely to encounter some during this transit. There are healers among them that you can call on to make this era a life-transforming one. People of a deep, abiding strength who see beneath the surface of daily living and can help you identify what’s gone wrong and how to fix it. They aren’t afraid to face intense feelings and to help you face and deal with them as well.
Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Co-Stars
In sorting out this transit and your connection with the people involved in your current situation, here are some productive questions to ask:
- If they’re new connections, who do they most remind you of?
- If they’re familiar faces, what did they represent to you in the past?
- How are these people different now—and how have you yourself changed?
- Is the role they—or people like them—played in your life changing and how?
- What expectations did you have of them—or similar people–in the past? Was that realistic then, and is it realistic now?
- What expectations did such people have of you in the past? Was that realistic then, and is it realistic now?
- What choices did you make in dealing with them or similar people before?
- Were they the right choices then or were they damaging to the two of you or others?
- Are those same choices appropriate today, or do you need to step up and handle the relationship in a more mature, healthy manner?
It helps to write out your thoughts and answers to those questions. If you’re following this series and working with it, keeping a journal of the process and the insights you’re having can help in the months to come, since this transit is in range off and on for about a year. Writing can be both a catharsis and a tool for healing.
More Posts for your Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit:
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—an Overview of the Series
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 1 (Houses and Areas of Life Affected)
- A Who’s Who of your Horoscope–the Players in all 12 Houses
- The Pluto-Saturn Square—Two Examples of How It Works
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 2 (Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios)
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #3: How to Use these Energies Well
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #4–Taking Concrete Action to Change your Life
- People who Misuse Pluto and Saturn—Don’t be Fooled by Scare Tactics!
- From Clutter to Closure–Using the Pluto-Saturn Square
- Pluto-Saturn Kit #6: The Train is Coming. Are You Stalled on the Tracks?
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
Related Posts for Using the Transit to Change Unwanted Patterns:
- Cash in on the Hidden Gold Beneath Your Fears
- Saturn Transits—What do They Mean to your Career?
- Healing Tools For Plutonians: Transforming The Self And Others
- Understanding Healing Reactions or Healing Crises
- Purge Yourself of Pluto’s Negativity—Get Free of Bitterness
- Stuck For What Seems Like Forever? Maybe Areas of Unforgiveness are the Cause
- What Makes a Person Controlling? How Can It Stop?
- In a Crisis? Rescue Remedy Can Help You through It
- Internet Find of the Week: New Resources for Healing Grief and Loss
- More Insights into Healing Grief and Loss
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
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