For Boris G. who is a perfect exemplar of the Plutonian artist with Moon in Cancer
Full Moon over Jerusalem
Full Moon over Lebanon
Full Moon over Luxor Temple Avenue of the Sphinxes
Full Moon of Tammuz
In the Tarot the Moon as a zodiacal Body
is represented by the High Priestess (Isis)
My mind goes on,
spinning the infinite thread;
surely, I crossed the threshold,
I passed through the temple-gate,
I crossed a frontier and stepped
on the gold-burning sands of Egypt;
then why do I lie here and wonder,
and try to unravel the tangle
that no man can ever un-knot?
( From Helen in Egypt By H. D.)
Now we come upon the mysteries of the Planet Pluto, the Moon and the sign of Scorpio which is ruled by the mysterious and transformative planet Pluto. Here we enter the underworld; the land of the Lords of Death and Resurrection, Osiris and Hades/Aidoneus; the Kingdom of Persephone and Pale Hecate, the realm of the Black Isis, all dark goddesses of the Moon. Here are to be found the mysteries of sex, of life, death and reincarnation for along the moonlit road we touch a plane of existence that transcends and lies beyond our material world.
Plutonian individuals such as those with strong aspects to the planet Pluto in their birth charts or those having Moon in Scorpio or other prominent Scorpio planets understand this world; they are at home in this place of power. This is the planet and the sign of occult wisdom and psychism. Pluto and Scorpio's process concerns life, death and rebirth, transformation, power and healing. Like a shaman the Plutonian or Scorpio individual can help us enter the realm of the underworld a place most of us are unwilling to go into alone.
The Plutonian or Scorpio individual has an intuitive understanding of and deep insight into the motive and meaning of the emotional and reproductive instincts active in mankind. Pluto and Scorpio represent the urge to root out that which is hidden. Those born with this zodiacal influence have a keen interest in research, psychology and investigative work of all kinds. These individuals want to know all the secrets; yet remain veiled from others. They need a private Island and at the same time need to learn to develop sufficient trust to open up to others. The Plutonian or Scorpio influence brings with it intense emotions therefore it would be wise for those with a strong Pluto or Scorpio influence in their birth charts to take up the practice of meditation and enter a place of stillness. Now there is a private island!
Through the practice of meditation some relief and release can be found for though deeply emotional the Plutonian or Scorpio individual can be blocked. Self-analysis and transformation of these feelings can be quite healing also and such work on the self helps bring healing and light to others. One of the jobs of the Plutonian or Scorpio individual is to aid others to achieve insight and transformation.
To achieve a meditative state of consciousness one can practice slow, deep breathing and focus on the heart or on the area of the body two inches below the navel. This is the location of one of the chakras and is quite important to those who practice the martial arts such as Tai Chi. Counting breaths... breathe deeply into the abdomen...inhale to a count of four or six and exhale to a count of four or six and between each hold the breath for a count of two or four. Focusing in this way can help one to center and is very calming. Lao Tzu, in the sixth century B.C., elaborates upon the meditative mood and I find that his words evoke the meditative state:
"He who knows does not speak.
He who speaks does not know.
Close the mouth.
Shut the door of desire.
Blunt the sharpness.
Untie the tangles.
Soften the light.
Become one with the dusty world."
The astrologer Myrna Lofthus speaking of Moon in Scorpio individuals says:
"Scorpio moon is magnetic, independent, energetic, secretive, aggressive and determined. They are ambitious, but do not necessarily desire the spotlight. Willing to tackle any tasks. Prone to emotional extremes. They are easily hurt and can be vindictive. Must learn to forget and forgive. Should channel pent up emotions into creative endeavors." (1)
The keyword of the Moon is: Emotions. Where you find the Moon in your chart is where you will experience emotional ups and downs. The Moon represents the female principle: The Mother, The Wife, and women in general. Instincts, moods, tides, phases, receptivity, fluctuations, feelings, habit patterns, reflex actions all come under the ruler ship of the Moon. The Moon governs personal interests, desires, needs, magnetism, growth and fertility, the need to touch, impressionability and consciousness, it is the personal subconscious, the place of dreams, and it represents our domestic, nurturing urge. The Moon rules the sign of Cancer and this is therefor the most powerful place for the Moon to be located. This is a sign of dreams and magic, mystery and mysticism and is in great harmony with its fellow water sign Scorpio and the planet Pluto.
Plutonian or Scorpio individuals do not really appreciate being "looked into" by others, they prefer to do the looking. Artists with strong Pluto or Scorpio influences in their charts have a gift that enables them to read human beings and situations on a very profound level. This supports their work in the arts allowing them to act as shamans and psychopomps into worlds within and beyond. Their work and art can be very transformative, healing and enlightening. They fulfill the task of the true artist which is to help "reunite us with our reality". Quite powerful.
The Moon rules memory and Scorpio is the sign of reincarnation and past life memories. People with a strong Pluto influence, Scorpio Moon and Moon in Cancer are powerfully aware of the the deeper tides of life and of the soul. They have powerful psychic experiences, vivid dreams and are easily aware of past life memories.
I would like to close with something that is very Plutonian which I found in a book on reincarnation called the "Search For Omm Sety" by Jonathon Cott. This tiny piece was used by Mr. Cott and taken from something called "Our Story" from Stories That Could Be True by William Stafford.
"Remind me again--together we trace our strange journey, find each other, come on laughing. Some time we'll cross where life ends. We'll both look back as far as forever, that first day. I'll touch you-- a new world then. Stars will move a different way. We'll both end. We'll both begin.
Remind me again."
(1) (from A Spiritual Approach to Astrology by Myrna Lofthus).