Pluto is the planet of transformation. It is a tiny distant body, invisible to the naked eye. Yet, Pluto is incredibly powerful, a force for total transformation. The presence of Pluto in Sagittarius may express itself through religious (Sag) extremism (Pluto). Passions about absolute (Pluto) truth (Sag) can lead to destructive acts and a lack of tolerance for differences.
Both Pluto and Sagittarius can go to extremes. While we think of Sagittarius as good-hearted, it is capable of painting with a broad brush that refuses to see different points of view. Prejudice, therefore, can be a negative expression of this cycle. However, if handled in a positive manner, religious transformation may occur. The divisions of faith that have cost millions of lives in human history could become artifacts of the past. We may learn to look beyond the superficial differences between us to find common elements of belief that can lead humanity into the next century.
On a personal level this transit is about examining the very depths of our beliefs. Each of us may be challenged to question our concepts about life and its meaning. Pluto forces us to strip away the superficial and come face to face with the essence of an issue. Sagittarius has a great deal to do with our hopes for the future, our expectations for tomorrow. Pluto’s role is to make sure that these are rooted in something vital, rather than pinned on the thinnest of desires. Pluto helps us become aware of the price to be paid. In this case it is the price of our beliefs. If we are going to evolve as individuals we can not do it on automatic pilot. The old slogans ring hollow in our ears. New truths must emerge for the future.
Transforming Pluto in the sign of travel presents new dangers and opportunities. Fear of terrorists and technological failures may keep many from visiting foreign lands, but ecotourism and high adventure trips are more than mere diversions—they're ways to change one's life.