Healing Pluto problems: Obsidian order, Walnut way
10 September 2009 21 Comments
If you are currently experiencing the Pluto station at a sensitive point on your chart — it is currently square my natal Pluto, and opposite my natal Venus — it’s likely you’re feeling just a bit taut, like waiting for a shoe to fall, but not knowing if it’s going to be made of soft leather or hard concrete.
Pluto issues are deep and transformative (cellular, as I once put it) and healing them requires a genuine and concerted effort at looking inwards, and the courage to square with yourself, your desires and your fears, warts and all. Plutonians who choose to look away often end up projecting their shadow sides onto others, hurting themselves and loved ones in the process. I know a Plutonian (still) undergoing a tough Pluto transit who once asked me what the point of therapy was. He said, ‘What’s wrong with just getting on with life? Won’t therapy just raise things that are better hidden?’ My answer was: ‘Sure, you can just do that and time will pass and you will get older and die. But who do you hurt in the meantime? Do you want to live life awake or asleep?’ My questions were not meant to be rhetorical but he never answered them. As far as I can tell, he’s still sleepwalking.
While nothing substitutes for introspection, there are tools that can aid the process; therapy is one of them. The thing about dealing with Pluto problems is not to be too proud or too afraid to ask for help. That can take the form of speaking to another person (not dumping, which is a different thing); but I also understand that Plutonians can feel alone against the world, so asking for help can take the form of a meditation practice, or the form of learning about astrology and other esoteric arts!; or dance, or music, or all of the above. Basically, the goal is to find an honest route into your psyche. Read books: Donna Cunningham suggests a range of options including flower essences and guided meditations; Judy Hall also suggests using visualisations, flower essences and other vibrational cures, like homeopathy and crystals. I’ll just share two here with you today that I’ve used myself.
Flower essences — Walnut
You can read about the general principle behind flower essences here. The practice originated with Edward Bach in inter-war England, but the technique and concept have been applied to flower essences from other regions, such as the Australian Bush Flower Essences, and the California Flower Essences.
Mystic Medusa recommends Bach’s Walnut essence for Pluto transits, which she calls in her irrepressible way, ‘Pluto Juice’. Walnut is said to be the ‘link breaker’; here’s the text from the Bach Centre website:
Walnut… is the remedy to help to protect against outside influences in general, and against the effects of change in particular.
Walnut types are people who are fulfilling their purpose in life but who under the influence of the opinions, theories or beliefs of others, or of external circumstances in general, may be led to doubt their path. They are not like Cerato people, who actively seek out the opinions of others, but instead may be affected almost despite themselves.
As a remedy against the effects of change, Walnut is useful at all the transitions of life, from being born to teething to going to school to puberty to marriage to childbearing to retirement and beyond. It helps to break links with the past so that the person can move forward with confidence and without undue suffering.
Dr Bach’s description
For those who have definite ideals and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm, convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences.
I’ve taken Walnut on and off for several years (since Pluto transited my 12th house, opposite my Sun-Mercury-Saturn in Gemini), together with Hornbeam. I’ve stopped the Hornbeam now and moved on to Elm. People have claimed that flower essences are merely placebos, but I don’t know. If the ultimate goal is honest self-knowledge, how you get there doesn’t really matter, does it?
Crystal therapy — Obsidian
The principle behind crystal therapy can be found here. I just want to say a little bit about my experience with obsidian, which seems to have helped with my psychic cleansing efforts. Obsidian is probably as Plutonian as you could get with crystals — it’s black; and it’s made of volcanic glass, created when molten lava makes contact with the air and cools too quickly for crystals to form.
… Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth-enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses, and blockages. … it can bring negative emotions and unpleasant truths to the surface. Under skilled guidance, its cathartic qualities are exceedingly valuable. It provides deep soul healing. …
… placing Obsidian by the bed or under the pillow can draw out mental stress and tension, and may have a calming effect, but it can also bring up the reasons for that stress. These reasons then have to be confronted before peace can return; this resolves the problem permanently rather than have a palliative effect.
Psychologically, Obsidian helps you to know who you truly are. It brings you face to face with your shadow side and teaches you how to integrate it. This stone also helps you to identify behavioral patterning that is now outdated. Obsidian dissolves emotional blockages and ancient traumas, bringing a depth and clarity to emotions. It promotes qualities of compassion and strength.
How very Plutonian, don’t you agree?
I tend not to set out to buy crystals for a specific purpose. The ones I own I’ve stumbled upon during a random visit to a new age shop, or in the form of jewellery that I happened to like the look of, or on one occasion even a charity shop selling small pieces for a tiny price. I don’t yet have the courage or confidence to invest in the much larger pieces, but I’m happy with my range of tumbled stones and chip bracelets.
Two small pieces of obsidian found their way into my possession a few months ago, and having read Judy Hall’s entry above, I thought I’d give it a go. I tried sleeping with one of them under my pillow. The effect on my dreams was quite interesting — no, I didn’t have nightmares or wild trips; if anything, the narratives and images were easier to grasp, so I think some buried stuff did surface. Overall, the sense upon waking I can only describe as ‘flushed out’. That said, as Hall cautions above, obsidian dreams probably shouldn’t be attempted unless a lot of soul work has already been done, and you’re prepared to deal with what comes up. And then, to let it go.
Is it the stone, or the intention I had when I used it? Does it matter? Modern science might say there are no bases for such practices, but then again, science has nothing to say about Pluto transits either.
Happy Pluto direct, everyone.