How can we be bearers of light in this world if our ability to carry that light is dimmed?
In 2023, the planet Pluto has entered Aquarius, opening the door to the dynamic interplay of inner and outworld knowing. This time of disruption, dramatic change, and emotion will last for 20 years.
An ancient God of wealth and darkness, Pluto’s namesake gives a being-ness to the odd time in which we find ourselves. Our vision must be as wide as the ocean, as vast as space, and as small as a pomegranate seed.
Pluto’s planetary and symbolic presence beckons toward an Era of New Humanity. It’s an age that offers us illumination against a velvet backdrop of unrest. Still, we are grateful for the hopeful glimmer of light in the darkness of the unknown. Aquarius, the water-bearer magnifies this illumination like a mirror. Scrying into the future, we lean into the mysteries of the inner world and, with conscious awareness, observe what we find there.
When Pluto (as Hades) dragged the maiden Persephone to the Underworld, Demeter’s bright influence on the planet was dramatically disrupted as she processed the loss of her cherished daughter. When Persephone chose to eat six pomegranate seeds, bringing winter for half the year, her mother’s grief and dispair disrupted the patterns of the universe. The fields lay fallow in her wake.
Like Persephone, we have lost our innocence. Our roles have changed. We must adapt and learn to mother ourselves. No amount of anguish or regret will turn back the tides of change.
The myth of Persephone suggests two things that may help us today.
First, in order to adapt to the chaos that marks Pluto’s reign, we must acknowledge Demeter’s example and mourn and grieve as we must, when we must. It follows that we must also tend our energy so that we might also care for one another. Only then can we actively engage in the work of healing, in whatever way is ours to do.
Second, as in the myth, Pluto’s influence marks a time in which our reality and relationships are being deeply re-patterned. It’s almost as if a medicine woman offered us Ayahuasca, and we all drank it down with Electric Acid Kool Aid. Our resulting experience is both surreal and purgative. As we come back to ourselves, we will know what is needed to sustain us individually and collectively, so that we may participate in the work of reorganization that lies ahead.
In this moment, I invite you to revisit the basics: Ground your energy. Clear and cleanse your energetic field, body and home with sage. Declutter and clean. Offer blessings. Build your immune system. Drink nurturing broths and perfectly steeped teas. Sleep and dream as much as you can. Work with crystals. Meditate and remember. Write it down. Attune to the light within and without. Vision quest. Work with healing chants and movement and sound. Gather the women. Speak your heart, show your love.
Before us lie opportunities for evolutionary change and adaptation. If Pluto brings either shroud or cloud, then let us weave the silver lining. Our age and stage in life is less relevant than the thread that we carry. As divine feminine light bearers, we hold the vision, sow the seeds, create and renew.
Here are some questions for your journal to work with the Pluto-Aquarius revolutionary pairing.
Remember, this is a 20-year cycle, so take the long view first, then sketch in the details as they come to you.
How are you adjusting to the growing pains of our personal and collective worlds?
Are you healing, clearing, or purging? Is there ancestor wisdom to receive?
Are you grounding, centering, and protecting your energetic reserves? How?
In what way will you cultivate wisdom and hope? Can you set positive intentions for that?
What opportunities do you see for innovation, renewal?
What potentials are you being called to fulfill in the present time? In the future?
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