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Moon opposed Pluto




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This is a difficult aspect to get your hands on because both of the planets involved are buried or unconscious and need to be illuminated. The unconscious part of you that you reject in yourself and/or project onto others—Pluto, your "shadow"—becomes activated and illuminated (made more conscious) in your relationships to women and to your mother (the Moon). You may have started out in life by being fairly cut off from your feelings and tending to keep them at arm's length. You nevertheless got into other people's space and personal business, which produced heavy confrontations. Strong evolutionary forces are acting on you, however, to bring about your emotional self-reliance by eliminating external dependencies. Your mother and/or the women you drew to you may have been dominating, controlling individuals who demanded that you conform to a rigid standard of behavior. Then when you refused or failed to meet their expectations, you were either assaulted or else treated with disapproval, silence, or their withholding of feelings.

You may have strong, unresolved needs or problems that you expect others to meet and solve. When this help is not forthcoming, you may act out as you yourself were treated: by rage or withdrawal. Alternately, the women in your life may support your self-sufficiency, and help you understand the convolutions of your emotionality.

In general, your relationships with women are profound, intense, and a source of change and personal growth. You can dominate your environment through the very intensity of the energy you broadcast, whether in action or in silence. You need to periodically withdraw and shut down emotionally, however, to replenish your batteries, and to allow your conscious ego to be "re-seeded" by the source of your being. Become sensitive and responsive to your personal cycle and needs for alternating withdrawal and activity.

Although you are learning to change your instinctive emotional habits and reactions, these patterns are often compulsive. You may know better, but still feel compelled to act in the same manner as before. If you feel powerless to change your patterns even when your intent is to do so, this can repeatedly bring up feelings of anger and self-hatred. It's important, therefore, that you shed light on the hidden workings of your emotional nature.

One way is by learning to fill your emotional needs yourself, giving you the space to breathe and to feel yourself more tenderly and fully. This could be through sex with a partner or by yourself, as sex is a deep and healing release for you. Another is by a sustained commitment to some intense therapy or counseling that will help you to release any emotional monkey on your back and to see yourself more objectively. Once you accomplish this, the wisdom you gain will be a beacon to others, lighting their darkness as it did your own. Where others may once have been repelled by the intensity of your projected inner turmoil, now they will be drawn magnetically to your healing power.

Consider also the quadruplicity (cardinal, fixed or mutable signs) that this opposition is in. Mutable oppositions (between Gemini and Sagittarius, or between Virgo and Pisces) need an adjustment in thinking or attitude and are telling you that you need to change your mind about something. Cardinal oppositions (between Aries and Libra, or between Cancer and Capricorn) can be handled by appropriate action, or by changing or ceasing the way you go after or start things. Fixed oppositions (between Taurus and Scorpio, or between Leo and Aquarius) are the hardest to deal with because they symbolize your will, which is far harder to surrender or to change than thought or action.

My first teacher Isabel Hickey thought that squares or oppositions in mutable signs are just beginning to manifest in this lifetime and are therefore the easiest to handle. Squares or oppositions in cardinal signs, on the other hand, are carried over from our last lifetime. If handled appropriately through constructive action they won't manifest in the next life in fixed signs. And squares or oppositions in fixed signs symbolize lessons we have failed to learn over many lifetimes that are deeply ingrained patterns of behavior. And because they symbolize our will and have become habituated ways of being or responding, they need a great deal of attention, focus, and self-discipline to change.

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