Sayings like “feelings never lie,” or “trust in your gut feelings” reflect the importance of being in touch with our emotions. While it’s true that your feelings can pick up subtle signals that your conscious mind may miss, there are times you must choose not to trust your feelings.
How Feelings are Born and Stored Within
Feelings occur as a result of experience. From the time you were born, your mind began to collect and store all of your experiences in terms of feelings and emotions. Astrologically, Moon symbolizes the inner repository that stores all emotional impressions (hence its association with memory).
The store of emotional impressions can be pictured as a vast ocean within your psyche. This inner ocean has multiple currents and undercurrents to represent your various needs, desires and fears. Moon cycles through all of these emotional currents every month, while other planets such as Pluto tend to stay in one area for a very long time.
Pluto and Repressed Emotions: When Not to Trust Your Feelings
Pluto controls currents in the deepest, darkest part of the psyche, representing particularly intense feelings of shame, hatred and trauma. These feelings tend to be repressed when they are first experienced (typically during childhood, but not always).
Such repression occurred automatically as a defensive measure, because it was not safe for a child (i.e. you) to feel or express these emotions at the time. Left untended, however, these feelings tend to become twisted, and begin to negatively affect your self-image.
Noel Tyl said “We easily turn feelings into facts,” believing things like “because I’ve felt worthless for so long, it must be true!” (Substitute “worthless” with anything that you feel to be true: unlovable, not good enough, etc.)
It’s these types of feelings that you must not trust.
Pluto Transit and Emergence of Repressed Feelings
Under a Pluto-related transit, some repressed content from the depth of your psyche may get stirred up and rise to the surface of consciousness. This might trigger an intense healing crisis, bringing up emotions that were felt/repressed during the original traumatic event.
Depending on the severity of the original trauma, the reaction could range from anxiety or rage to even suicidal depression. “Trusting your feelings” during these times would be a particularly bad idea, since your feelings may tell you that you’re a bad person and a worthless human being, etc.
How to Overcome the Deluge of Negative Feelings
When you’re caught up in reliving terrible past experiences and the feelings associated with them, it helps if you can remember to exert your intellect over your feelings by saying “It is not happening now. These feelings belong to the past, I can let them go.”
Many “positive thinking” teachings are based on the fact that what we mentally choose to think can affect how we feel about ourselves. If you like poetic metaphors, picture Mercury with his winged shoes rescuing the Moon when she is about to be sucked into Pluto’s dark undercurrent.
So if you’re suffering from pervasive negative feelings during a Pluto transit, consider how you can change your thought patterns through reading a positive book or listening to a motivational CD, etc. By practicing actions that help take control of your thoughts, you can gradually release yourself from the unconscious thought patterns and repressed feelings, and in turn create positive patterns and feelings based on the new thoughts you choose to cultivate.
Have you had a memorable Pluto transit where you experienced such healing reactions? Are you going through one right now? What was the resulting change? Please feel free to share your thoughts and experience via email or comment below.
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