Moon-Pluto Aspects in the Horoscope

With Moon-Pluto aspects in the natal chart everything is a struggle, and experienced as dangerous. The transformative intensity makes it impossible to relate blandly or in a superficial manner. Everything becomes loaded with significance, and they make instinctive psychologists from the beginning.

 What's more is the emotions are extremely volatile, stormy, passionate and uncontrollable. The emotional life can be unusually demanding and overtime becoming acutely aware of beginnings and endings.Usually the person feels regenerated and anew after an intense, cathartic release.

The person has a blood-passion kind of feeling, but can often feel an overwhelming sense of paranoia and overbearing neediness that can suffocate others in close relationship. Those with this contact must force themselves to confront their emotions, and it usually demands a meeting with one's dark side otherwise toxic feelings can rise to the surface, perhaps years later, bursting out inappropriately, destroying relationships they hold dear.  Moon/Pluto's difficult emotional moments often involve hateful feelings, jealousy, rage or resentment.  Sometimes experiencing life-threatening betrayals and nursing wrongdoings, personal insults, and grievances.

Some interpretations state that Moon-Pluto means that they have to make a fresh start in life, one that amends past mistakes. According to Paul Mahler Dam the effect of Pluto is to redirect or refocus expereinces, knowledge and relationships, sometimes reaching beyond birth into a previous experience, since Pluto plays a significant role in the course of one's destiny.

The rich emotional rewards of this contact can be amazing, and they usually make wonderful psychotherapists, healers, and function exceptionally well in crisis situations, and can sense what is going on under the surface. They really need to find a subject that feel completely passionate about, something to delve deeply into and there is a sensitivity to which is not seen or spoken. Pluto rules the deepest levels of the unconscious and it can also access parts of the mind that have been shut off from conscious awareness.

Moon-Pluto possesses a a powerful psychic sense and many Pluto people are interested in magic and the invisible realm and what this really refers to is the process of changing something.  The ability to transform and they do well as  artists, actors or writers, anywhere they can bring their depth of emotion and the magical art of bringing new life to any role.
“There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement without emotion. The woman whose fate it is to be a disturbing element is not solely destructive, except in pathological cases. Normally the disturber is herself caught in the disturbance; the worker of change is herself changed, and the glare of fire she ignites both illuminates and enlightens all the victims of the entanglement. What seemed a senseless upheaval becomes a process of purification.”

Liz Greene’s view in Dynamics of the Unconscious: Seminars in Psychological Astrology Volume 2 (Seminars in Psychological Astrology, Vol 2) , takes an unnerving look at Moon-Pluto aspects and its connection to depression as well as the parental influence.

Sometimes it helps to look more honestly at the mother, not in order to blame her, but to see what may have lurked beneath her surface. This can also make a difference. To realize that she may not have been the strong, self-sacrificing person one thought, but that she may have been deeply bitter and despairing, or perhaps even at the edge of a breakdown – that can be a shock, but unless one can perceive this dimension of her life, one will project all kinds of things onto her. I have heard people describe Moon-Pluto as “cold,” but Pluto is never cold. It can be vindictive, and can make the family suffer because the person has been so humiliated by the denial of emotional needs. But the “cold” mother needs a closer look. Depression is not mutually exclusive of love, and to recognise one’s mother may have been deeply unhappy during ones childhood does not automatically mean that she was unloving. But she may have been emotionally starving and turned to her child for solace from her unhappiness- which of course means turning the child into mother, while the mother is secretly the child…Moon-Pluto is not a “rare” aspect. It represents one of several typical family constellations….To use a rather brutal image, it is like drinking poisoned milk. The personal mother is the mediator of the archetypal mother for her child, and of she is wondering blind and despairing in the dark, then she will inadvertently mediate only the Dark Mother – which means, on a more human level, and experience of life which is negative, hopeless, bitter, and bleak. The depression will come out in the child.


Julie O'Mahoney

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