When things change ... drastically
Pluto. If the idea of this planet and all its metaphorical meanings, all the things it symbolizes out in the real world, don't cause the hair to ripple on the back of your neck and an inward shudder to pass through the core of your body like a sudden gust of frigid wind, well, then you don't know it like I do.
People fuss about Saturn ... with its limitations, delays, disappointments, denials, and requirements for "structure." But, I promise you, Saturn is a mild pothole on life's highway compared to the head-on collision Pluto often represents.
The process of death and resurrection
Even the good aspects of this planet can send significant tremors of change and adjustment through your world. The challenging aspects can represent those heart-stopping moments when life shifts on its axis, and from that moment on, nothing is -- or can be -- the same.
In mythology, Pluto (known as Hades to the Greeks) was the Lord of the Underworld, the dark ruler in the kingdom of the dead. They say that even in the midst of life we are in death, that from the moment of conception and birth ... all paths are leading to the moment of ending, closure, collapse, dissolution, decay. Death. If there is a more sobering thought or concept ... I haven't found it yet.
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