“Darling, Pluto is transiting through your IC. He’s been there for ages" Benita told me gently, weeks before I ended my relationship.
Besides telling you where the sun, moon, and planets are when you were born, your chart also tells you how these heavenly bodies are currently activating your natal energies as they travel through the skies. Mystic Medusa says that these transits “inspire new dimensions of life or augment what is already strong within.
Pluto—the mythological god of the underworld—takes 248 years to transit an entire chart, meaning that there are parts of our chart that it will never pass through through our lifetime.
Mystic Medusa describes the Pluto-IC transit as a “super-strong, once-in-a-lifetime transit that inspires a deep desire to live more authentically. People can manifest the most amazing energy to deal with legacy family issues and/or score a home base that is totally them." Benita says that people can become homeless or lose their jobs and relationships during this transition. Indeed, I nearly became homeless, but that’s a story for another day.
I realized that Pluto was also traversing my Capricorn (structures and systems), and Mars (willpower and assertion), meaning I was having a triple hit at the same time. So I decided to work with Pluto—purging every single structure, relationship and belief that was no longer serving me. For starters, I left my ex. For good.
Of course, I felt a sense of loss. Our brains are hardwired to avoid loss, so everyday I’d apply and diffuse Doterra’s CONSOLE essential oil blend. It contains rose to invoke unconditional love, ylang ylang, which connects us to our heart for healing, and frankincense, which reunites us with our true selves. Interestingly, these oils are also auspicious for working with the planet Pluto.
Astrology is more than just our sun sign— the stuff we check in magazines and newspapers. The way the planets, houses and signs interact makes up a complex network of insights to ourselves. Self-awareness is the foundation of growth. Just as in therapy or coaching, we often uncover the root of something and discover ourselves in a new way, astrology is another powerful tool.
As Mystic Medusa says, “Our birth chart is a handy way to zoom in on strengths and weaknesses, patterns that flow really well for you and those that need more work to function optimally." It illuminates some of our challenges, which can be polished into our biggest sources of strength.
Today, my life couldn’t be more different.I no longer have panic attacks. I live in a place of beauty, and only have people in my life who love and support me. My career is thriving, and I work with clients passionate about transforming their lives. My body has never looked better. Most importantly, the shame is gone.
I know now that I am not my story, but rather the evolution of my experiences.
Astrology taught me that it’s safe for me to own who I am—to talk about astrology, self-love and plant medicine openly in my work—the pieces of myself I'd been rejecting all my life.