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- Astrological God of the Underworld
is the Roman god of the underworld - who (for the most part)
was based on the Greek god Hades.
Greek mythology Hades was likewise the mysterious, dark, and
powerful ruler of the underworld.
The Greek god Hades originally got his rulership of the underworld
as part of a "land deal" arrangement with his two brothers,
Zeus (Jupiter) and Poseidon (Neptune).
this unique "real estate deal" - Zeus took control of the
upperworld and heavens... Poseidon got control of the oceans
and waterways... and, for better or for worse, Hades got (stuck
with) the underworld.
Greek mythology, the underworld was a subterranean kingdom
where the shades of dead humans resided. It was also the place
where certain immortals were imprisoned as a consequence of
ticking off Hades' upperworld brother, Zeus!
God of Invisibles
The Greek god Hades was known as the god of the depths,
god of invisibles... and
as the god of the invisibles, Hades had no temples in the
upperworld and no sacrifices or tributes were ever made to
author James Hillman (The Dream and the Underworld)
tells us that in ancient times Hades' name was seldom used
or spoken; as
it was considered extremely bad luck to even mention Hades'
name. According to Hillman, at times the ancients simply referred
to him as "the unseen one," but more often he was called Plutoun that
literally means "riches or treasure." Other times he was called
Trophonius, that literally means "nourishing."
conjectured the reason why there weren't any temples or sacrifices
made to Hades/Pluto was that Pluto was already "the wealthy
one," the "giver of nourishment" to the soul. Thus
Pluto needed no more wealth! Hmmm... that sounds a wee bit
like Sun Sign Scorpio ruled by Pluto, Bill Gates...
Richard Idemon pointed out - in his brillant workshop, "The
Serpent and the Garden (the Scorpio-Taurus polarity)"
- that peoples in ancient times were most often buried with
their most precious and valuable earthly possessions as a
sacrifice to honor the gods of the underworld. This was likely
how Pluto got his riches.
Hades was so completely invisible and
remote that there's no "ideal" Greek/Roman art piece immediately
identifiable as being a portrait of him (as we're used to
with most of the other Greek gods). The few recorded myths
we do have about Hades' contact with the upperworld are generally
associated with themes of violence and violation, like the
story of his kidnapping Persephone
his ruthless assaults on the nymphs, Leuce and Minthe.
tells us that Hades had no representative attributes, except
for an eagle, that (oddly enough) brings out Hades' duality
with his more popular sky brother, Zeus (Jupiter).
mysterious, forbidding Hades left no traces on earth. He wore
a helmet of invisibility that by certain accounts was said
to rightfully belong to the god Hermes (Mercury). According
to Hillman, (The Dream and the Underworld) this unusual
association with Hermes implies that the two gods shared a
certain style of "covering their heads" that served a two-fold
It hid their own thoughts and
(2) it perceived the hidden thoughts of others.
Whoever wore the special helmet was endowed with invisibility.
Athena (Pallas) put the helmet on to defeat Ares (Mars) -
and Perseus wore it to overcome the Gorgon.
and the Pony
In the spirit of Pluto, I've ruthleaaly stolen this
section's subtitle from a small section of Donna Cunningham's
classic book Healing Pluto Problems.
her book Donna retells the all too familiar story of the optimist
that's been sent to Hell, only to discover he's up to his
shoulders in manure.
immediately jumps into the pile of manure and gleefully starts
swimming around. A pessimist walks up (they always do) and
asks the optimist why he's so darned happy.
optimist replies that with all this manure, there's got to
be a pony in there somewhere.
Cunningham then goes on to explain that there are overly optimistic
astrologers that, in their efforts to always remain positive,
focus solely on the more positive and transformational characteristics
metaphysicians don't tell you that sometimes during that
Pluto transit it's going to feel like you're getting a bone
marrow transplant without anesthesia. They don't mention
that you're probably going to be obsessed with people and
events from the past that you hoped you'd never have to
think about again... there may be a pony in there somewhere,
but... you have to move layers and layers of manure to get
What's The Real Skinny On Pluto?
have a date with Destiny... and it looks like she's ordered
the lobster!" The Shoveller - Mystery Men
for astrologers when dealing with those folks who know zilch,
zip, and nada about astrology, Ms. Cunningham is right about
the trap of being too positive.
when it comes to all those folks that do know a little more
about astrology - watching and waiting for a slow moving Pluto
transit to "do it's thing" is typically cause for sheer unmitigated
terror and dread.
seen and heard it a thousand times. You can't kid a kidder.
If Pluto's headed your way, then you're likely terrified and
cowering in the corner.
to all you astrology enthusiasts out there waiting for Pluto
to pound you into the pavement?
as someone that has more Pluto in his chart and has undergone
more Pluto transits than any other three average people combined...
there is a light at the end of the tunnel; and yes, there
is (potentially) a pony in there. It may be one of the wild
and untamed fire-breathing ponies of Greek mythology, called
the "hippoi athanatoi"... but it's a pony, nevertheless.
only bad planet is the planet that isn't honored"...
Comes Bearing Gifts
Archetypal Pluto, as with all the planets, does comes
The problem is that the moment I say the word "gifts," most
folks naturally think about jolly old Santa Claus and joyeous
gifts at Christmas.
explaining the "gifts" of Pluto is not a simple thing to do.
One can potentially expect marvelous things, but as Donna
Cunningham has so brilliantly illustrated they most normally
aren't wrapped in Christmas cheer.
To Better Understand The Gifts of Pluto
Once upon a time... when attempting to better explain
the unusual and fated gifts of Pluto to a client (and friend),
it dawned on me that there just happens to be a marvelously
Pluto themed movie, released in 1991, that perfectly
describes the nature of the gifts bestowed by Pluto.
name of this movie is "Grand Canyon," starring (Sun Sign Scorpio)
Kevin Kline and Danny Glover. I happen to know, since I've
got my own copy, that "Grand Canyon" is readily
available on DVD (and streaming on Netflix). As I recommended
to my client all those years ago (and to all clients since
then) - rent it, buy it, steal it, or borrow it. Much like
this fascinating movie, there can be a happy ending, but you
have to go through a lot of hell (and shit) to get there.
promise I'm not (merely) being lazy recommending you do this.
Trust me... if you don't "get" astrological Pluto and his
potentially painful, but awe-inspiring gifts after watching
this fascinating movie - then you're pretty much hopeless...
4, 2009 Postscript: I swear on a stack of bibles
it just now occurred to me (based on information I've known
forever) that the planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde William
Tombaugh while he was at the Lowell Observatory located
in Flagstaff, AZ - which is (synchronistically) just south
of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Description: "In a deepening of the thinking begun
in The Myth of Analysis and Re-Visioning Psychology,
James Hillman develops the first new view of dreams since
Freud and Jung."
It At Amazon - Grand
It At Amazon - Healing
Donna Cunningham's Classic Book on astrological Pluto.
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