I have been hearing many friends and loved ones talk about their experiences in releasing the old in the days before Sunday's cathartic full moon, and many are still moving through this process now. The release of relationships, ideas, or plans that no longer serve them, and experiencing physical detox by way of colds, flu, and general fatigue have been common factors.
Although some endings we might be moving through now are especially uncomfortable with more loose ends to wrap up than we'd like, it doesn't come as much of a surprise. Pluto's cathartic influence can be long and arduous, impelling us to make permanent changes that come from deep within ourselves. Like Saturn, Pluto takes no shortcuts in bringing about change, and does so in ways that can feel painful or traumatic. Akin to Persephone's abduction into the underworld, Pluto serves the same psychological purpose in our lives. We are plunged into the depths of ourselves - the beautiful, the "ugly," that which we are afraid of, ashamed of, and try our best to bury consciously or unconsciously - and faced with the truth of difficult external situations in our lives, too. Manipulation, toxic relationships, and power struggles are also connected to Pluto's influence. Even so, it is worth keeping in mind that we draw to us that which we are vibrating "in time" with, oftentimes for the purpose of addressing that which needs thorough attention and healing.
If you're feeling under the weather or are struggling to release past ties, treat yourself with love and compassion. The Sun-Pluto conjunction is waning but still effective, and appears to be an aspect that has brought what myself and others have described as a sense of "heaviness" since last week. Honoring our bodies with extra rest and opportunities to explore our feelings and choices free of judgment will bring more grace and ease for healing.
Though letting go is difficult, it is through these life processes that we transform and create an "energetic stature" from which we can embody our gifts and personal empowerment more fully. Much love and many blessings to you at this powerful time.