Pluto. How many of you are experiencing at least one of the following: death of
loved ones, fear, loss, betrayal of trust, deep transformation, ‘opportunities’
to let go, situations leading to rebirth?
This is what Pluto is all about. The caterpillar may not consciously know what will eventually happen to him/her, but it is inevitable that he/she will begin to build a chrysalis around him/herself and go into hibernation.
In modern culture where we are isolated and insulated from the seasonal changes (sure, we might admire the red leaves, or be peeved that the front yard has to be raked), we are not preparing ourselves to go dormant. Many are planning for the holidays already. We actually do everything we can not to go dormant. We call dormancy depression or apathy. And yet, in the northern hemisphere, nature is letting go and dying back. Going underground (realm of Pluto) to rest and be renewed.
When the caterpillar is inside the
chrysalis its entire body completely dissolves and becomes liquefied (talk about letting go). It lets go of its body without dying. Somehow, in the liquid state, it is still alive. Think about it – weird, right? There are no body parts, yet it is still alive. It emerges in a totally different body, but has the same DNA. It goes from being a creature that crawls on the ground and is somewhat ugly, to one that flies and delights with its beauty.
The caterpillar innately trusts. Do you? Can you? Do you desperately hang on to what is? Do you hurry up and start plotting and planning, thinking that by doing so, you are doing something? Do you have an obsessive need ‘to do’ rather than ‘to be’?
With all your doing, can you make yourself into a butterfly? In the end, it is only the effort of your heart that makes anything happen. No matter what, if your heart is not in it, it will not happen. Ultimately, your heart, not your head or your body, will bring your plans and your dreams to fruition.
Because my cousin was running the recent New York Marathon, I was watching the whole thing on TV with my aunt. They kept saying: "they run the first half with their head and the second half with their heart", meaning, the only way to get to your goal is by wanting to. The head will only get you so far, the heart finishes the race.