Pluto: Your Own Private Underworld

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Picture something innocent.  A child for example, enjoying an ice cream cone, sitting on the front steps to his house in the early evening.  All that is happening is the sounds and sights around him and the wonderful taste of the ice cream.

Then he hears his mother scream so he runs into the house and finds her crying hysterically on the floor holding the telephone.  His older brother was killed overseas.

Now I want you to picture what became of the ice cream, the sounds and sights outside.  30 years later are they still there?  We wouldn’t think twice in agreeing that this event changed this little boy’s life forever.  But what we might not think about quite as readily is HOW.

The planet in focus is Pluto, the lord of the underworld.  In the natal chart he is lord of your own private underworld.  It’s the moment you lost your childlike innocence and descended into a darker place.

 

 

Persephone is a young innocent maiden gathering flowers in a field until the ground opens up and Pluto (aka Hades) abducts her, sending her mother Demeter into unspeakable grief.

What is interesting about Persephone’s character is that she eventually became “pardoned” from hell.  Demeter’s grief was rendering all agriculture dead so Zeus finally caved and insisted that Pluto release her.  But she ends up only being able to live 6 months of the year above the ground.  Why?

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Because while in hell, she ate a few pomegranate seeds.  In other words, she got a “taste” of “hell”.

Of course there can be many ways of interpreting this.  The direction that I like to take it in starts by taking a closer look at a pomegranate.

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This bold and beautiful fruit is so densely packed with seeds, in fact it is ONLY seeds.  The seed IS the fruit.  And what does a seed do?  It regenerates life.

Persephone only lives above ground half of the year to signify the fact that she is no longer only an innocent maiden.  She is also a new and regenerated person because of these seeds from hell (new motivations birthed from the deep subconscious).

In your own private underworld a transformation inevitably takes place.  Something is reborn.  And that reborn something continues to grow.  It is a new motivation.  It is driving you in your newfound desires and directions.  But since it is born from such a deep place you may not be aware of it.

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Citizen Kane is a good example of the power of these hidden motivations.  In the outward world he is a grand success of achievement and wealth.

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But his last words “rosebud” reveal that his deepest motivations (which were tragically unmet) were to get back to a place of emotional wealth that he had as a happy kid with a loving family (even though they had no money).

Back to the example of the little kid eating ice cream.  The traumatic event (aka the ground opening up) is where he meets Pluto.  The seeds that he will eat is the implantation of a new motivation.  This will likely remain unconscious but will still be in the driver seat of many of his future choices.

Pluto is where we look in the birth chart to attempt to shed light on our hidden motivations.

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John Lennon has Pluto in Leo opposed his Moon in Aquarius.

One of the most significant tragedies of his life was the death of his mother, Julia, that occurred when he was 17.  She was hit by a car while crossing the street.  The death of his mother ended up being a powerful common ground he shared with Paul McCartney, who’s mother died when he was 14.

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Innocence lost and a deeper bond.

The car that hit his mother was driven by an off-duty police officer which contributed to Lennon’s distrust in people in authority (Aquarius Moon).  Also the fact that Lennon was not raised by his mother but by her sister Mimi instead further illustrates this Aquarius (themes of abandonment) Moon (mother).

The Leo pomegranate seeds so to speak, eaten from the time Lennon spent in hell continued to grow and motivate him from the depths.  The boys’ friendship turned into the Beatles (Leo 5th house Pluto).

Not to mention that both Pluto and his Moon square his Mercury (thinking processes) in Scorpio (always transforming and evolving).  Lennon could never just be a Beatle, no matter how successful they were.

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To summarize, Pluto is the planet that shows us where we lost our innocence.  This is a repeated process in life so it is not always just one defining event.

Pluto is the underworld where we ate the seeds that started new and hidden motivations within ourselves.  They are likely to be very powerful and it is worthwhile to ponder them.  After all they are  very much in the driver’s seat as we careen down the long and winding road!

Where is your Pluto?

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Venus, with love from Italy

I recently was in the mood for a chic flic type of evening so I settled on Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts.  While I wasn’t wild about the movie as a whole, it did leave me with one eye-opening lesson.  A Venus lesson as it turns out.  Seek Venus (even through a chic flic!) and ye shall find!

So here is a question:  Do you have enough sweetness in your life?  And here is another: Do you do enough of nothing?

Introducing an amazing Italian phrase..

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Translation:  the sweetness of doing nothing

Maybe this is something that already comes naturally to you and if so, great!  But for other people, myself included, doing nothing usually is accompanied by some sense of stress, like I should be DOING something more productive.  If I am on vacation I might let myself “do nothing” but in daily life?  Not without that subliminal stress.

Venus is here to say:  there’s a new kind of sherif in town!

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And he looks like this!

The next thing I know is I am getting SO much more out of my down time.  What used to feel like procrastination now feels like Italian savviness.

Venus in the natal chart can give us clues into personalized ways in which we prefer to “do nothing.”

Not everyone wants to just lay on a hammock.  Some people might to read (Venus in Gemini?) or play sports (Venus in Aries?) or watch old movies (Venus in Cancer?).

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Jane Fonda’s highly enviable motivation might really be more like leisure to her with Venus in fiery and sporty Sagittarius.

I have Venus in Virgo, which might tend toward healthy-minded routines and analytical studying.  I also have Mars in Virgo almost conjunct my Venus.  I realize that I am often trying to relax by reading and contemplating a book, but all too soon my Mars tries to turn the time into something productive.  And the next thing I know I feel like I am not studying/ cleaning/ doing enough.

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My Venus wants this..

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But my Mars turns it into this!

 

Sabotage!  What is nice is that if I let my Venus do it’s thing, like read and highlight a book for fun, my Mars becomes gently coaxed.  The next thing I know is that I am feeling very naturally motivated without force.  “I think I will start that writing piece!” instead of “I should really be writing”.

What sign is your Venus in?  How does it relate to your Mars?  When was the last time you enjoyed IL DOLCE FAR NIENTE? 

 

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