Pluto Square Moon Transit

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Pluto Square MoonPluto square Moon transit represents a year or so of intense psychological and emotional purging. As you delve deeper and deeper into your subconscious, you will most likely experience a degree of emotional pain and suffering. This trauma will be reflected your outer world as emotional power struggles with your family, partners and women in general.

Once you are on the other side of this transit, your domestic life and emotional nature will have transformed remarkably, and you will feel stronger and wiser. However, this journey may lead to periods of dark and depressing moods which will require great resilience and courage to get through. Deeply buried subconscious patterns of behavior will be exposed, leaving you feeling naked and very vulnerable. Any compulsions, addictions, jealousy and guilt, will come to the surface playing havoc with your life in general, and particularly with your intimate relationships.

It is possible that during this time, your close relationships will come under such pressure that your partner may find it too difficult to hang around. If this were to happen, your grief would be felt intensely, made worse by the lack of emotional support and nurturing available to you. You may feel a strong compulsion then, to enter into a relationship you may not otherwise, as your judgement and intuition is not so helpful. These relationships may be very special and karmic in nature, but could also turn out to be rather destructive. These types of relationships will however, be beneficial in hind-sight. Some one may teach you many things about life, holding your hand on the journey into the underworld.

Other domestic conditions such as family dynamics and your actual home may be transformed. All these possible scenarios are manifestations of the tremendous psychological change you are going through. All this is aimed at stripping you of a lifetime of emotional baggage. You will come out of this transit hardened, emotionally tougher and independent, better able to face future challenges in your higher state of emotional and spiritual evolution.

82 thoughts on “Pluto Square Moon Transit

  1. I have a friend who has Pluto squaring his natal moon also he is a venus/Chiron conjunct in Pisces conjunct Mars to exact degree. And Venus Chiron is transiting in Pisces right now. How will this affect him or me? Does anyone know? I stumbled upon this by accident trying to learn how to read transits. He hasn’t been very open and I can feel his intense thoughts and feelings. He has shut me out completely but having a soul connect to him I can feel it and knew he was struggling with past hurts and emotional baggage. So this is why? How long does it last?

    • Jess, it will affect you as you represent the Moon to him – a woman. This transit usually last a year.

  2. Pluto is currently squaring my moon in Aries. There’s definitely been a lot of power struggles with my sister, as she likes to be incharge and very bossy! She has Sun Square Pluto – natal. She’s also been behaving very jealous towards me! It’s definitely been a trip to the underworld! Hopefully I will come out of this stronger and wiser! Jealousy is one of the most ugly, poisonous traits! I think it’s as bad as insolence!

    • I think jealousy is common. I see it between my daughters. Worse I think would be betrayal, especially within a family.

  3. I became a different person and devastated my life under this transit. Pluto was also squaring my natal pluto and my ascendant. The moon square ended 3 years ago and I’m still recovering

    • I’m in the middle of the transit for the time being,and my struggle is with my mother,my aunts(all widows!) and my sister.Following some old patterns from childhood .It seems that they are all inconsiderate to my needs,to my old wounds,to my real pain.Deaf and blind.We are speaking different languages We all always did..But this time I am tougher and determined to solve my problems.Besides,at the end of 2016 ,I will be experiencing transiting Saturn squaring my natal Venus.Could be this upcoming transit the side effect of Pluto squaring my Moon.Any thoughts about that?

      • The Pluto square is making you tougher and with Saturn square Venus at the same time you will either feel defeated and depressed, or may have to get emotionally cold and distant to deal with your relatives. Perhaps a bit of both but don’t expect too much love or empathy from then during the Saturn transit.

        • Thank you,Jamie! I think somehow, the naked truth was that my relatives they never cared about me,and this is their problem.We were always different(I am too sensitive for them).My lesson to be is to take distance from them(if I can),forgive them and practise self-love.

    • Jeni,from my experience , transits to Ascendant ,especially from transpersonal planets,are about shedding old skins,old patterns.This is important. Pluto squaring your Pluto is a generational transit.

  4. I’m scared what will happen to me. This transit is coming up for me and will be exact in March. Every story I have read about this transit is depressing and hopeless. I hope i make it through and still remain human. I really don’t know what to expect.

    • It’s not hopeless. I am finding it hard – my third hit is 1 degree separating, exact again in November/December and within 1 degree orb again next year. It started about 18 months ago. The first six months were very difficult as Uranus was also conjunct my Moon while Pluto squared my Moon.

      The interpretations of Pluto square Moon began to make sense as I started to feel the impact. Painful events have caused me to look deeply into my childhood and family patterns (Pluto is passing through my fourth house), once I began to try to work with the transit I started to understand what it was all about.

      Gradually, little by little, I’m beginning to feel the transformative effects. Still not easy, and emotionally tiring, but I’m subtly different from the person I was eighteen months ago as Pluto started to approach my Moon. It’s been hard but I am beginning to feel the gift although it’s not been achieved without pain. The worst part was when the two transits hit at the same time.

      So take heart, if you can get in touch with what Pluto is asking of you, positive transformation can be made.

      • Thank you for that Janet. Uranus has also been conjunct my moon and going to go back over it soon. That has been a big eye opener already. My nerves were so out of control the first hit and I had the classic case of insomnia that comes from a Uranus transit. Not to mention some very unexpected and shocking events that have taken place to me. My own behavior has shocked me immensely. I am not the same person at all. It has made me ask myself often if I am really going crazy in the head because of how drastic and sudden I have changed on the inside. It will be interesting to see what Pluto will do along side Uranus already transforming me, and it’s not even close to being over yet! I can’t imagine it getting any crazier than it already has, but I”m expecting more shock of course.

    • I think if you know about transit to your Moon well before hand then self awareness kicks in and can lessen some of the negative, subconscious behaviors and reactions. Conscious awareness prevents some subconscious or bad habits. It can also depend on your level of psychological or spiritual development and any natal aspects to your Moon.

      • Hi Jamie,
        I’m expecting something really shocking to take place. I have already gone through some very shocking things this past year and don’t feel like it is close to being over. My natal aspects to my moon are 8th house moon trine 12th house mercury rx, less than 1 degree. I also have moon quincunx saturn in the 3rd house, less than 1 degree.
        I am changing rapidly on the inside but the outside is changing at a way slower pace and it’s very frustrating.

        • For really shocking I think of Uranus transits. Pluto transits can also be shocking I suppose but when it sinks in you probably half expected it. Moon trine Mercury should give you an accurate intuition. However, Saturn may flavor that with worst case scenarios.

  5. Thanks for the delineation, Jamie. Clearly an angel tapped me on the mouse, sending me here to see this. 🙂

    Transiting Pluto hit my natal Moon today. You reading helps explain a dark, moody year when the inner landscape got wrenched around. My Moon is in the 9th house, so it’s essentially a transformation of world view, of spirituality. Applying Pluto in the 5th house brought these changes from my “fun” house, from romantic relationships – which have intensified lately, but with teacher-goddesses, not with long term partners.

    Saturn has trined toward my Moon for the past 6 degrees, so there as a harmonious :schooling.”

    The great value of astrology, i feel, is that it lets us knows which archetypal patterns are shifting, so we don’f freak out, and we can learn rather than smash things.

  6. I must leave a new comment(thought) as I am in the middle of this transit. Studying myself I noticed to become a sort of despot(tyrant) and if someone, especially family is stepping on my toes, I react immediately.My will .

  7. Oh no, here it comes again! I have 16 Aries moon and IC 15 Capricorn, I know others on here have similar.
    This is the last hit, will my IC be affected as it is one out and will the exact square to my 16 moon be harder to cope with than the previous ones?

    03/09/1966 9.20am

    • Me too Sian, my moon is 15.57 Aries. It’s been a long and difficult journey since 2015 – I’m wondering if the 1 degree orb later this year is going to extend it. I’ve learnt a lot in that time through self investigation, but … could this be consolidation of the painful lessons or even more painful?

      Any comments would be much appreciated Jamie. 🙂

  8. I am feeling stronger but stuff is still happening! Pluto is relentless, you get one step forward and he drags you back two, or more if he possibly can!
    Are Janet and I going to get more with this last hit?

    …………. Pluto has turned retrograde now, I am actually strangely calm now. What will be will be!

    • As the final conjunction approaches I’m finding it’s getting intense but in a different area of my life – so far. Classic Moon female crises, all about best friend for 40 years – classic dark Plutonian stuff, control and power. But it also links with the issues raised during the last hits, although they were with men. All hits have required me to delve into past family patterns (Pluto is transiting fourth) and ways of relating: the changes I’ve made in myself are resented by friend. Interesting, but I hope it doesn’t get too scorching. Had enough of that!

      • Would appreciate any comment Jamie as the final Pluto square to my Moon approaches, although it’s not quite exact this time. My moon is 15.58 Aries.

        The past squares have brought up classic issues: the way I relate with family and the men in my life and I’ve done a lot of work on this, although the issues are not quite resolved. But I have acquired insight.

        This approaching square has foreshadowed severance of my closest friendship of 40 years, this because I’ve changed. Another close female friend is dying from cancer, it started in February and she will die within the next few days.

        Is it usual for the emphasis of the Pluto/Moon square to change on the last hit? Has anyone else experienced this? It feels never ending.

  9. My partner has pluto sq moon at the moment.. He is freaking me out .. I don’t seem to be able to do anything right the way he wants.. feel like giving up 🙁

  10. Pluto will station direct square my aries 16 moon. This is the final time, I thought I could deal with it, I have been battered beyond belief these last few years! Pluto, Neptune Saturn all gunning for me!
    I’m now feeling a glimmer of nerves in the background.
    Is Jamie around?

    • Sympathies Sian, I’m having a hard time too. Head up, it’s got to be gone through. Are you feeling exhausted by the trauma/drama of the past two years? I am. When will there good times?

  11. I’ve been so focussed on my 2nd Saturn (11th house) return exact Oct. 18th – so went looking today for something to mitigate it…. and found Pluto exactly square moon on the same day. Yikes! But sort of explains the loss of two good girlfriends (one of 25 years) in the last six months.

  12. I seem to be making small steps forward, still have intense situations occuring though. Sometimes I am utterly exhausted but I think there is a tiiiiny light at the end of the tunnel!
    Could Jamie maybe shed some light on this final square for us?

  13. Hello everyone, I’m posting an update of my experiences of my Pluto square Moon transit, hoping that it may help some of you.

    Firstly, I can’t sugar it: it’s been the most difficult time of my life. Also, I think the affecting orb is probably about 2.5.

    My story: My Moon is 15.53 Aries so Pluto has been squaring it for a long time. I felt the effects in early 2014, through now. It was almost unbearable when Uranus was conjunct my Moon at the same time, in 2015. At present Pluto has just gone direct and is moving away from the square, still within one orb and I’m still feeling the effects.

    As Pluto approached my moon in early 2014 I became involved with a man who has BPD. I later found out that being involved with a BPD is very hard and difficult to free oneself from. The hooks are strong and difficult to break. The reasons for the hooks are buried in childhood. So, the classic interpretation of Pluto square Moon applied to me as I struggled to break free by delving into childhood patterns.

    I was doing okay until the exact square earlier this year when he charmed me into a recycle. I hope the recent almost exact square signals that within a year or so I will have recovered.

    There’s more though. I’ve read that the consecutive squares, five in my case, also bring up other issues. I’ve noticed that as I have changed I have moved away from people I previously liked. I became more aware of personal aspects of my female friends that I dislike. These all involve control. Another Plutonian issue. Also, a married male friend began unwelcome sexual innuendo, also Plutonian. Also jealousy, on my part and also from other women to me. Also Plutonian. Power struggles too, Pluto again.

    I find that I have more insight into people, and myself. It has been a dark night of the soul. A shock to me, it felt like an emotional tsunami and I’m hoping to reap the rewards next year. Meanwhile it’s not quite over yet.

    The encouraging words I can offer is that if you undertake honest self-examination during these squares you will come out stronger and wiser, albeit bruised. But bruises heal even though they may feel unbearable at the time.

    And soon Pluto moves on to oppose my Sun at 24 degrees Cancer…I think of it as karmic lessons.

    • I should also add that a close female friend died of cancer during the hit earlier this year, death, also Plutonian, and another female friend was recently diagnosed with cancer during the last hit. People say Pluto has been demoted, and it may be that I have a Plutonian chart with Pluto conjunct Venus, trining my Moon which may emphasise the importance of Pluto for me, I don’t know enough to tell. Tracking the events of the last few years has been eerie though when I read the traditional interpretations of Pluto square Moon.

      • As I said, tracking the events and the effects of transiting Pluto is interesting me. I have just realised (I’m not an expert on astrology), that while Pluto has been squaring my Moon, it has also been inconjunct (or quincunx) my Pluto/Venus conjunction. Going back and forth across it for the whole period, and will continue to be inconjunct Venus on and off for the next year. This might have contributed to the hell that the Pluto/Moon square has been.

        Apologies if I seem to be blathering on but I had not considered inconjuncts, they aren’t mentioned that much although it seems they generate difficult and twitchy energy.

        So, if you are experiencing the difficulties of hard Pluto/Moon transits, it might be worth checking your chart to see if Pluto is also inconjunct another planet at the same time.

        Please correct me if I’m wrong Jamie and if you have any free time, I’d be very interested if you have any comments to make about this.

  14. I’m noticing this in my new relationships; my insecurities come up and then all the plutonian behaviors rear their ugly heads. Ugh. How long will this last pluto square moon transit last? also, i think it’s squaring my ascendant, as well, so will I be hit double-whammy?

  15. I am in the transit of moon square pluto to my libra moon and the sun conjunct neptun in pisces at the same time its so hard , like real hell , i just wait for it to over alredy it makes you feel like youre dead and you get scared over every little noise and you think everyone is evil around you and get so untrusting and start to hate the world and people will say that you are crazy , its like your moon sign , the thing the moon really crave and need will vanish and get destroyed it gets real bad in the end you feel like nothing is left of you and you feel like crap about yourself but it makes you thugh and it fix you in the ways that you needed to be fixed , i will never go back to who i was befor the transit , im a libra moon so its about friends , all i had was fake friends i never really liked them or felt close to them beacuse we werent matching personallitis and it gets so much worst when i kept henging out with those people it gets unberble for you like for me i had a friend who talked like a radio she just wouldnt stop and i started getting really angry about it but i kept henging out with her just not to be alone so it gotten worst until i couldnt bear it anymore, also i used to be fake nice to everybody just to please them until i got to a point where i seid to myself why am i doing this at all i really dont wanna be sitting and listening and now i will never do that again beacause i learned the hard way , also people stalk you like 24/7 its crazy i have a neighbor who his scurety camera allways on me and its like your whole privecy goes away

  16. I am just starting to get hit with this transit (my aries moon is at 21degrees aries) Transit Pluto will be squaring my moon and will be conjunct my descendant (22 degrees caoricorn) over the next three years. Over the past several years, I have had pluto oppose my sun, the oppose my mars. Needless to say, I have been hit with harsh pluto transits. Saturn currently going through Capricorn has not helped. The past year it has been opposing my sun (5 degrees cancer), which marked a time of depression. That has finally lifted as i now get hit with pluto again. Makes me wonder if I am going from the pot to the frying pan. At the end of 2019 and beginning if 2020, I will have saturn and pluto conjunct my descendant and squaring my moon, which makes me nervous. Janet, I have found your posts very insightful and I want to thank you for sharing. I am going to your take your advice about documenting my experiences in hope that it helps me learn and understand myself on a deeper subconscious level. I have gone through so much in the past 10 years and have not had much of a reprieve. Over the next few years, i am wondering how much pluto will destroy and what the rebuilding of my life will look like. I am really trying to keep some optimism that this transit will help me be a better version of myself in the end. Having my moon natally square my asc/dsc axis, I am trying to be optimistic and have faith that this will give me the push to change the part of myself that has struggled with expressing my emotions and living my life for me without worrying about the expectations of those around me.

    • Hi Tracey, thanks for your comments and sorry to hear you are having a hard Plutonic time. They say he’s demoted but his effects are still very powerful. Pluto has been opposing or squaring my natal planets for ten years, starting with opposition to Mars in 2008, moving on to Uranus, my descendent, squaring Neptune and then my Moon.

      I can now see how the aspects have affected my life but was unaware of Pluto and his power until the square to the Moon. I knew I was having hard times but that aspect floored me. I don’t think Moon in Aries is a good placement for a Cancerian, I’ve always found it difficult, the energy contradicts our Cancer sun and I too struggled with expressing my emotions and living my life for me, I was easily influenced and a people pleaser.

      I hope I am less so now. During the Pluto Moon square I read all the interpretations, I went to a very good hypnotherapist for regression – exploring my childhood, it’s difficulties and mixed messages, the dysfunctional nature of my family and my upbringing. And I learned to accept my part in it all too! Once I accepted responsibility for some of my actions which had caused me problems, whilst also seeing what behaviour of others I had accepted as normal, then things began to balance out and I was able to see more clearly. Jamie also gave me some helpful comments on this thread – thanks Jamie! I also started to read about Ceres (Pluto’s mother-in-law) and watch her movements in my chart. You might find this useful as both are considered of equal importance nowadays.

      I tread carefully nowadays, I know the power of Pluto. I hope you find a trusted mentor or therapist to help you through this. I never mentioned Pluto to my therapist but I knew what was happening. A lot of people do not believe in astrology, I used his help in conjunction with what was happening in my chart. If you do the work Pluto demands you should come out of this transit wiser and changed subtly. More insight, more understanding, more tolerance of others and yourself. I now understand and rein in emotions that were rooted in childhood and which are destructive. They are still there, although muted now and I understand why they were coping mechanisms and why they were counter productive. These are the sort of things I learned when I followed the traditional advice to delve deep into your family patterns, your childhood and your subconscious.

      I hope this helps you Tracey and is not disheartening. Now, you can help me please. Pluto opposes my Cancer Sun later this year and so here I go again. Can you tell me what the opposition was like for you, I’d be really interested in your feelings and experiences and how you dealt with it.

      Chin up, Pluto square Moon doesn’t last forever and walking through the pain you discover strength and understanding for the future.

      • Thank you, Janet. You have given me some more food for thought so to speak. I can give you some insight as to my experience when Pluto opposed my Sun which began around 2011/2012 It was a time that marked the beginning of many stressers in my life, especially with my husband. In the beginning it was subtle, but it got worse as time went on, especially after the passing of his mom. He was not only dealing with his grief, but had many unresolved issues stemming from his own childhood that had come back to the surface. It put a huge strain on our marriage and I didn’t handle it well either. I had put up with a lot that I shouldn’t have and did not stand up for myself or confront him on things that I didn’t like. Instead, I made a lot of excuses for both him and for myself. My self esteem hit bottom and I confided in no one. As a result, I became lonely and slowly isolated myself, which was a big mistake on my part. I would put on a mask for outsiders when inside I was screaming. That same year my oldest son had gone through a major knee surgery, which he required a lot of care to recover. It was a stressful time as I tried to juggle work and caring for him while my marriage was slowly falling apart. My husband was not much help as he was going through his own meltdown and there was no family that lived close by that could give me support. Eventually I reached a point where I couldn’t take it anymore and I stopped tolerating the things I didn’t like but the arguments were awful at times. People closer to us knew that things were not good and it became harder hiding my pain. But strangely enough, there was always a love between us that was worth trying to fight for. By the end of 2013, we were working on trying to put the pieces back together. In early 2014, he passed away unexpectedly in a tragic accident and I was left with nothing but grief. This was when Pluto squared my natal Chiron and Uranus was conjunct it.

        I agree that moon in Aries is hard for us Cancer suns but it is what got me through the worst of the grief. It was out in the open for all to see, and I certainly didn’t hide it and nor did I care to. It didn’t matter what anyone thought and I guess that was something else that came out of the Pluto opposition to my Sun. But the Aries fire was also a good outlet to get out the pain in a healthy way. I did a lot of physical activity to get out the emotion, exercise, boxing classes, walking in nature, eating healthier. I started journaling and meditating too. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have done those same things earlier on when Pluto began to oppose my sun. I am sure that I would have dealt with things much differently but I needed to hit bottom first I guess. All of these transits, as hard as they have been, did make me become a stronger person than I ever thought I was or even could be. There is still so much more work I have to do on myself but I guess that is my next set of lessons from Pluto, dealing with the subconscious emotions that I still have buried.

    • That is what you are learning. Never good enough for others. BUT. Who is or should be the most important person in your life??? You know the answer to that. It’s YOU. That is what the outer planets do. Stop serving others first, you are first. Always… I’m over 60 now and I wish someone had drilled that in my psyche. I have wasted my whole life making others lives better and putting mine last. If I could only turn back the clock. I would not do that again.

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