After Pluto was discovered in 1930, there was a considerable amount of debate about whether its rulership should be over Scorpio or Aries. While most have now come to accept the former's sign as the more obvious choice, there is no question that the rebirth and renewal associated with this energy lends a favorable nod to Aries. It represents the rebirth of spring after a particularly difficult winter.
With time, the flood of emotion which initially sweeps everything in its path begins to give way to a new appreciation and understanding. The waters part, and one looks at others with new eyes. Things which were taken for granted are reexamined. Life carries a renewed vitality, with an awareness of living in each moment. If not overwhelmed in the process, much of the superficiality of daily living is stripped away. Being able to reach out, to embrace joy and love together with their shadows, experiences a rebirth. This month, I found myself dancing naked with the Full Moon deep in the Virginia woods to music that spoke to my soul. Mortality is both its own tragedy and triumph. Death is precisely what makes life so precious. It is the ultimate template against which all is measured. Pluto focuses the mind, and if one is not pulled into the undertow of its wake, there can be a strength and appreciation which flourishes as a result. Looking back, it was the little things which were given away that became the greatest treasures. Indeed, all of life is a dance with death, but to a greater or lesser extent, we mask these rhythms in an attempt to minimize their pain, but unconsciously also minimizing their fundamental power and beauty.
Break your heart, steal your crown.
So I started out, for God knows where,
I guess I'll know when I get there.
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