From Cafe Astrology (www.cafeastrology.com), here is a good summary of what a Pluto transit may mean for us personally:
How Pluto affects our lives depends very much on whether we resist its influences or we try to work with the planet of rebirth and destiny.
Transiting Pluto brings intensity and focus to our lives. Pluto breaks through illusions, in search of the utter truth. These are not Saturn truths, when we see things for what they are in a mundane or material sense. Pluto probes much deeper, shining light on our darkness. Transiting Pluto offers us the chance to evolve and to rebirth. Pluto acts to strip away what is unnecessary or superficial in our lives. Pluto wants deep experience, of the transformational kind. Things that are not working for us, whether they are thought processes or lifestyles, undergo a transformation. Pluto transits bring about rebirths of sorts in the areas of life affected. Pluto transits are about letting go of things that are holding us back from deep and meaningful experience.
Fear—sometimes intense fear—can reveal itself at the beginning of a challenging Pluto transit. We confront our "dark" side—those parts of us that are raw, primal, and instinctive. Resisting this process can cause us to externalize or project these parts of ourselves. If we do this, Pluto's energy has to go somewhere, so we end up meeting Pluto in our lives in the guise of events and people. If we are attracting jealous, manipulative, and controlling people or situations, we can ask ourselves why this is happening. Is there something in ourselves that is provoking this kind of behavior or circumstance?
Although transiting Pluto is often associated with such things as separation and deaths, it is important to note that Pluto's action is to revolutionize parts of ourselves, and events that take place at this time can just as easily be new relationships, births, and new beginnings in general. For example, a woman who had decided she would never marry and have children developed a relationship under a heavy Pluto transit that changed her conviction completely. By transit's end, she recognized that her conviction to not "settle down" was actually based on her own fear that she would never find a deep and meaningful relationship.
Possible influences and experiences with transiting Pluto:
- Emotionally and sexually rewarding relationships, intimacy.
- Psychological healing.
- Relationship problems, separation, manipulative behavior, jealousy and possessiveness.
- Resistance to change and holding onto negative attachments.
- Self-destructive behavior, obsessions.
- Looking for truth and meaning.
- Beginning new, intense relationships.
- Psychological insight, intolerance for superficiality.
- Soul-to-soul connections with partners.
- Fateful encounters, timely new relationships and/or separations.
- Discovering one's power.
- Unloading burdens and obligations.