MOON PLUTO ASPECT OVERVIEW
This article is relevant if you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect, or are going through a transit Pluto Moon aspect. It’s also for mothers who have a child with natal Moon Pluto conjunction, square or opposition.
NATAL MOON CONJUNCT SQUARE OPPOSITION PLUTO
HOW MOON PLUTO ASPECT AFFECTS MOTHER-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
If your natal Moon conjuncts, squares or opposes Pluto, then Plutonian qualities will enter into your lunar bonds (e.g. your relationship with your parents, spouse and children). Let’s look at a few examples, both positive and negative, of how this can look like in a mother-child relationship:
SHADOW: A CONTROLLING MOTHER
Pluto’s lesson is in learning how to wield power and influence over others. During childhood, this lesson often involves seeing a shadow form (a negative expression) of the use of power in your parents (the mother in this case).
A Moon Pluto aspect may suggest that your mother was very controlling, and didn’t honor your emotional needs. The control could have been overt (e.g. a dominant, smothering mother), or subtle (e.g. control through guilt or manipulation).
Growing up with such a mother could be taxing for your confidence, as you may feel powerless against her will.
If this applies to you, it’s possible that your mother still wields a great deal of power over you. Then your lesson might be to start honoring your own emotional needs, despite how your mother may react.
However, it’s important to note that not all Plutonian mothers are like this.
ALTERNATIVE: AN INSIGHTFUL MOTHER
There are many mothers who embody positive Plutonian qualities, such as self awareness and psychological insights.
These mothers learned how to wield their own power without having to control others. They influence their children through sharing of knowledge and insights, rather than through criticism.
If this describes your mother, then you’ve seen the positive potential of your Moon Pluto aspect.
MOON PLUTO ASPECT AND EMOTIONAL INFLUENCE
When someone with a powerful Moon walks into a room, it changes the mood of everyone. This dynamic works in both directions (positive and uplifting, or tense and depressing). If you have Moon conjunct, square or opposition Pluto, you have the potential to wield this kind of emotional influence. The question is, how consciously will you be able to use it?
UNCONSCIOUS EXPRESSION: HIDDEN, TOXIC EMOTIONS
Pluto is a symbol of extremes, and Moon Pluto aspect suggests the extreme power of your emotions. Used consciously, this means your emotions are directed toward a purpose, and will attract support from others.
Wielded unconsciously, you could influence others negatively even without being aware of doing so. An obvious example is that you’d follow the negative patterns of controlling behavior you learned from your mother.
A more subtle expression of this aspect is suppressed resentment. In this scenario, because your needs were strongly suppressed by your mother, you grew up not being aware of your emotional needs, and how much resentment you carried as a result.
In such a case, despite your powerfully emotional nature, you’re unaware of what you’re feeling deep down. As a result, the negative emotions may build up in your unconscious, and seek outlet from any means, usually through other people’s moods.
HOW HIDDEN EMOTIONS AFFECT RELATIONSHIPS
One magical thing about any lunar bond (say, in a marriage) is that we’re emotionally connected with the other person on an unconscious level. It’s like two wells sharing the same water table: Underneath your conscious awareness, yours and your partner’s emotions blend with each other.
What this means is that the toxic emotions repressed in your unconscious may affect your partner’s mood. As a result, your partner may express the negative emotions you’ve been carrying all along. And you may wonder why your partner is acting all angry and causing insane fights to happen.
If you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect (especially conjunction, square or opposition), you’ll need to be aware of your suppressed feelings lest they taint your most important relationships.
Now we’ll discuss a conscious way to express the powerful emotional energy suggested by the Moon Pluto aspect.
CONSCIOUS EXPRESSION: PASSION FOR A PURPOSE
WELL-KNOWN EXAMPLES OF MOON PLUTO ASPECT
When a Moon Pluto person finds a calling or a higher purpose, then her emotions will be 120% committed to it. This kind of zeal (i.e. passion for a cause) is magnetic, and cannot help but influence others.
Your purpose is unique, and cannot be defined by this aspect alone, but here are some examples of Moon Pluto individuals that have wielded enormous influence in their fields through their passion and purpose:
- Oral Roberts had Moon conjunct Pluto in his 3rd house (thoughts, communication). He had a religious epiphany when he was 29 (yes, during his Saturn return) that led him to begin his massively successful healing ministry.
- Another famous evangelist Billy Graham has Moon opposition Pluto. The teaching oriented Sagittarius Moon sits on his Midheaven (Career, purpose).
- Carl Jung, one of the most influential thinkers in 20th century, had Moon conjunct Pluto in his 3rd house (again, thoughts and communication).
- On a political front, Barack Obama has Moon square Pluto, and so did Mohandas Gandhi. Both of these men wielded powerful influence over people’s emotions, each in their own way.
- Angelina Jolie, who is extremely influential on many fronts, has Moon opposition Pluto.
- Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl had Moon opposition Pluto. He lived through the extreme conditions of a concentration camp, and wrote the best-seller Man’s Search for Meaning.
Note how profoundly these people influenced others through their emotional commitment to a cause. Your calling may or may not be so publicly visible, but it should energize you and others around you in a same way.
TRANSIT PLUTO CONJUNCT SQUARE OPPOSITION MOON
THE PROCESS OF EMOTIONAL TRANSFORMATION
Transit from Pluto to your natal Moon will have a profound impact on your emotional makeup.
Here are some possible changes that can take place when you have transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Moon. You may experience some or all of these phases in the course of this long transit (about 1 – 1.5 yrs.)
1) AWAKENING REPRESSED EMOTIONS
Picture a locked cellar within the basement of your psyche. When you were a child, a lot of scary, unsafe emotions (like rage at your parents, grief of early loss, or terror of abandonment) went into that cellar, so you didn’t have to deal with it.
Pluto Moon transit can trigger – through an outer event – the opening of that locked cellar, so that you face these emotions perhaps for the first time since you became an adult. It can be a very intense experience.
2) PROJECTING NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
It’s possible that you experience this transit as an emotional warfare with another person (perhaps especially with a transit Pluto square or opposite Moon). If this is your case, it’s important to consider how many of the negative qualities you see in the other person is a reflection of your own suppressed emotions.
If you’re indeed projecting your shadow qualities into the other person in a relationship, typically the battle will not end until you start to own up to some of these qualities you’re criticizing (e.g. “I can’t believe how easily she flies into rage” or “I hate it when he becomes so cold and withdrawn.”)
3) INTEGRATING REPRESSED FEELINGS
Feeling repressed emotions can be a difficult and exhausting work. If you’ve had a lot of trauma during childhood, it’s advisable to do this with a skilled counselor or therapist you trust (often a successful therapy requires 1-2 years, about the duration of a Pluto transit).
As you begin to accept and feel the repressed feelings, what happens is that the energy you’ve been using to keep them locked up will return to you and give you more energy.
4) EMOTIONAL EMPOWERMENT AND REBIRTH
As you begin to integrate repressed or projected emotions, you also start to benefit from the positive aspects of these feelings:
- Integrating anger often gives you the ability to assert yourself in healthy ways, so you avoid becoming a martyr.
- Accepting grief or pain of abandonment can increase your ability to nurture yourself, making you less emotionally needy.
- Recognizing your fear of death can increase your enjoyment (and appreciation) of everyday life.
- Facing the feeling of powerlessness can give you humility and compassion for others.
IN CLOSING: MOON PLUTO ASPECT AND EMOTIONAL TRANSFORMATION
If you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect, emotional transformation might become a key theme in your life. This is especially so if your horoscope has an emphasis on the 8th house or a prominent Pluto.
Either way, Pluto Moon transit will have a deep emotional impact. Depending on the placement of your natal Moon, how such transformation will affect you will vary. Ideally, you’ll regain your emotional health and begin to influence others in positive ways.
Do you have a natal Moon Pluto aspect? Or are you experiencing a transit Pluto Moon aspect? How was your experience? Feel free to share your insight and example in the comment section.