Healing Pluto Problems
7 September 2009 7 Comments
I picked up this book on Neith’s recommendation. It is not as heavy-going as Judy Hall’s Hades Moon, which I’ve written about here and also like for different reasons. Rather, Cunningham’s book contextualises Plutonian issues (deep transformation, sex, death, guilt, resentment and so on) in terms of the things one can do to mitigate their effects, whether one is the Plutonian or on the receiving end of one. And it could well be both — Plutonians tend to attract other Plutonians.
Being a Plutonian herself, Cunningham exhibits great empathy for the depth and intensity of Plutonian feelings. If there are ‘problems’ with being Plutonian, it is not the natures of Plutonians that are put on the line, only a lack of understanding (and resources) in wider society to address them. The book does not victimise Plutonian native either — each one is required to take responsibility for their own actions and feelings, and the author is quick to point out that the unevolved can quite easily turn their Plutonian power on others and themselves.
Here is an excerpt from the section on emotional honesty that stayed with me:
It is important that you acknowledge your own feelings, if feelings do come up in the course of working with Plutonians. These people can be quite provocative and controlling, and it is better to say when you think this is going on, if it is making you feel uncomfortable. They would respect you more for not falling for the game. They will also respect and trust you more if you are honest about your feelings: for instance, if they are making you angry. You will recall that one of the reasons Plutonians became secretive is that people around them as they grew up lied about how they were feeling and also tried to stop Plutonians from expressing their own emotions. (192)
It is important to note that the author’s suggestions do not trivialise the issues, even though the solutions are offered as useful and practical tools for easing the transition. Because that’s all one can do with a Pluto aspect or transit — ease the transition with awareness and compassion, with some help from visualization techniques, meditation, flower essences, psychotherapy, and so on. Pretending it isn’t taking place is ultimately futile — indeed, the Borg are probably Plutonian sans compassion, hell-bent on assimilating without awareness (see also this article by Jeffrey Kishner).
Mystic Medusa writes in a subscriber’s post that it is worth considering a Pluto direct ritual, advice I think I can share without transgressing her boundaries (here’s one of her free blog posts). However you choose to perform your ritual, honour what must be shed, face your fears and open yourself to the phoenix that will rise from the ashes.
Here are a few of my earlier posts on Pluto and my own Pluto problems: