As I was waking up this morning it came to me Pluto either natally or by transit challenges us to face our self-defeating behaviors, the “cut off your nose to spite your face” ones. Those of us with a strong Pluto presence natally start out right out of the gate dealing with these while others have these behaviors brought to their attention by Pluto transits to their personal planets and Ascendant.
Each Pluto generation through the signs have their signature failing. For the Pluto in Cancer folks it was taking their sacrifices for home and hearth to an extreme, for the Pluto in Leo group that I belong to it’s pride in being “right”, Pluto in Virgo people have the possibility of elevating criticism to a fine art (for the other person’s own good of course). The Pluto in Libra generation can go one of two ways . . . taking their idea of justice over the top or being unable to make a decision due to indecisiveness. From what I’ve seen of the Pluto in Scorpio people first you have to get their attention because they can get lost in their current obsession and as for the Pluto in Sagittarius group they may fall prey to righteousness.
My own experience in good Pluto in Leo style lead to me frequently taking a stand for some reason or another and ending up losing out on a treat of some kind because of it. As Pluto gradually moved over my Midheaven and personal planets the awareness began to sink in I was the one causing myself unnecessary grief because of idealistic stances and pride. As a result I have gradually become more and more pragmatic in my general approach to life and it’s challenges. Yes, often I AM in the right but to pursue that course to the end would serve no one’s best interests least of all my own.
As a Libra-Scorpio person it seems the challenge is to find the best compromise available and to realize taking a stand based on pride instead of Scorpio pragmatism won’t allow for a solution benefiting all parties. Almost everyday we see examples of how pride in being right eats up resources when a better alternative would be to let it go and compromise. Politicians of all stripes are extremely good at it!
I know there are a lot of good Plutonians out there and I’m wondering if any of you have had similar experiences or observed others dealing with these issues. Or maybe this is the sort of thing you are learning/have learned through a Pluto transit.