Astrological circle contains twelve
zodiac signs and ten planets – more precisely-eight planets and two
luminaries – the Sun (star) and the Moon (satellite of the Earth).
However, to escape unnecessary complicated references to “astrological
dictionary”, for the purposes of astrology, the term “planet” is used to
denote both luminaries and planets.
Each zodiac sign is ruled by one
respective planet, namely two of them, because particular signs have
their ruler and co-ruler. Each planet, therefore, has its seat (the sign
which it rules). In astrology, the seat is also known as domicile and,
additionally, exaltation sign which denotes where a particular planet
expresses its best qualities and strongest influence.
For example, the
Moon, which symbolizes people, is exalted (the strongest
influence) in Taurus (sensitivity,
hedonism, comfort) because people (the Moon) are primarily interested in
a sensual area (Taurus) of life and exclusively tangible things (Taurus)
that can be sensed (Taurus). This is why for a long
time people believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth. It was also
believed that the Earth is a flat surface, although it is almost round.
This is because the Moon (human race) is exalted (the strongest
influence) in Taurus (sensuality)! These people (the Moon) are
hedonistic (Taurus) and want to satisfy (Taurus) their needs (Taurus)
and enjoy (Taurus) life to the fullest – the satisfaction which only
money (Taurus) can provide, which is why they easily slip into
materialistic mentality (Taurus).
On the other hand,
Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius
(represented by Centaurus) when placed in Cancer
(human race) ruled by the Moon, is exalted (the strongest influence,
and thus, it is in human nature (Cancer) to always want more (Jupiter)
i.e. reach farther and farther (Jupiter). In addition, every person
(Cancer) has a certain aggressiveness within i.e. animal instinct
(Centaurus – half man, half horse) which leads us to
Darvin’s Evolution Theory.
Therefore, using astrological practice and logical
symbolic connections it is relatively easy to identify the exaltation
place of each planet (thus, the Sun is exalted in Aries, Moon in Taurus,
Mercury in Aquarius, Venus in Pisces, Mars in Capricorn, Jupiter in
Cancer, Saturn in Libra, Uranus in Scorpio, Neptune in Aquarius).
However, when it comes to the exalted Pluto, astrological literature
provides different information.
The status of Pluto
as a planet has recently been revoked which does not make it less
important in terms of astrology for, as it has already been mentioned,
it is not only the planetary influence that is taken into account but
also other celestial bodies such as the Sun (star) and the Moon
(satellite) and even the non-existing spots in the Universe such as
North and South Node or Fortuna – part of fortune.
Pluto is the
ruler of Scorpio which, in astrology, among other things symbolises
depth, the very core and essence of something, magical and supernatural
power and extremely strong instincts and feelings, sex and death, dying
and rebirth, reincarnation, strong intuition which borders clairvoyance,
the innermost secrets, evil and the Hell itself...
the main symbolic of Pluto and in possession of particular correct facts
and attitudes, we can slowly embark on a path of Pluto’s exaltation,
largely helped by one of the most famous genial minds of the world who,
in his insatiable hunger for knowledge, started a journey into a very
core (Pluto) of human soul, the father of psychoanalysis...
18:30 in Pribor, Czech Republic)
Psychoanalysis is a
branch of psychology focusing on unconscious processes. Namely, Freud
pointed out that a psychological life of a person is comprised of
conscious and unconscious mind (past experiences which can be brought to
consciousness). According to Freud, a large portion of a person’s life
goes on below the threshold of consciousness and belongs to the
unconscious area of psyche. In the mental apparatus of an adult he
singles out three components: Id (it), Ego
(I) and Superego (Uber-ich).
Id is a construct comprised of suppressed
wishes and two impulses: Eros (sexual drive) and Tanatos (death
instinct, i.e. self-destruction impulse). Ego
is a construct developed from Id and its functioning can be conscious,
subconscious and unconscious (in cases when a person resorts to defence
Superego is a modification of Ego which
arises when a person embeds prohibitions in connection to this person’s
instincts. Considering that these instincts are largely of sexual
nature, psychosexual drive takes a special place in Freud’s theory –
development of sexual drive (Scorpio, Pluto).
Namely, Freud feels
that sexual drives are present from the very birth and thus, the
development of a person is connected with the sexual drive development.
He further points out that each development period is characterized by
the development of a particular erogenous zone. Thus, in the oral
period, the erogenous zone is the mouth replaced by anus in the anal
period and then genitals which become the main erogenous zone. In the
falus period, which succeeds the anal period and lasts from four to five
years of age, there is the psychological differentiation of sexes.
Namely, a boy is capable of having erection but, at the same time, he
develops anxiety from castration in connection with the fact that girls
do not have penis. The father becomes a rival in the attempt of the boy
to win the undivided love and attention of the mother. Therefore, this
leads to the Oedipus complex.
With girls, things
are a bit different. Namely, a girl resents the fact that she was not
born as a man and this penis envy turns her toward the father as an
object of love. At the same time, she resents the mother whom she holds
responsible for being born without male genitals.
Freud’s theory was
met with the scathing criticism. In particular, he was accused that in
addition to defining the symptoms of ill persons he also manipulates the
actions and motives of the healthy, without clearly drawing the line
between a sound and a mentally ill person. His theory of the development
of sexual drive (Pluto) has nevertheless intrigued the minds of common
people and until this very day retained the important place in
However, from the astrological perspective, we are
interested in the fact that Pluto’s exaltation (the strongest influence)
can be conveniently placed in Gemini considering the Freud’s thesis that
sexuality (Pluto) is present from the earliest childhood (Gemini)!
The Holy Bible
In addition to
symbolizing children and childhood, Gemini symbolises a word, speech, a
notebook, a pencil, writing and thus books as well as any other type of
a written document. On the other hand, Pluto symbolises all poisonous
and dangerous animals, and thus the serpents.
Let us remember the
role of this ambivalent animal in the most read book (Gemini) of the
passing era of Pisces – the Holy Bible.
Namely, the serpent (Pluto) talked Eve into tasting the apple from the
Tree of the Knowledge (Gemini), for which Adam and Eve were expelled
from the Garden of Eden. The devil (Pluto) managed to excite Eve’s
curiosity (Gemini) through the serpent (Pluto) and encourage her thirst
for knowledge (Gemini)!
Since this serpent
(Pluto) is symbolically linked with knowledge (Gemini), we cam conclude
that the exaltation (the strongest influence) of Pluto is in Gemini.
Gemini in which
Pluto is exalted (the strongest influence) is ruled by Mercury which is
also the lord of Virgo.
Namely, due to the
common ruler of Mercury, sometimes the higher type of Gemini can
resemble to Virgo the same as the higher type of Taurus may remind us of
Libra (the common ruler being Venus), the higher type of Aries may
resemble Scorpio (common ruler Mars), i.e. the higher type of Aquarius
resembles Capricorn (common ruler Saturn).
Since Mercury rules
Virgo, Pluto also feels at ease in this other Mercurian.
We have already
pointed out that Pluto symbolises evil which is associated with the
number 666, which leads us to 18. (6+6+6), known as
the devil’s degree. According to the
degree theory, the 18th degree is the degree of Virgo (ruled by
Mercury), which again indicates to the connection with Pluto (evil) with
Mercurial nature. Similarly, Pisces symbolise humanity and goodness as
well as sacrifice and thus Virgo, as the opposite sign to Pisces,
symbolises evil (18th degree – degree of Virgo).
How an innocent and
nice Virgo can be the symbol of evil?
It’s only natural!?
She, just like Eve, cannot resist the temptation (Pluto) and thus, shee
keeps thinking (Mercury), reading (Merkur) and analysing (Mercury) even
though the Lord said that the apple from the Tree of Knowledge (Mercury)
was not to be touched! She would sell her soul to the devil (Pluto) just
to find out (Mercury)! Doctor Faustus – double Virgo?
This leads us to the
conclusion that the very nature of evil (Pluto) is dual (Gemini) which,
at the same time, supports the exaltation of Pluto in Gemini!
Anyway, Pluto itself symbolises black and white
Pluto, the ruler of
Scorpio, also symbolises death – the biggest evil (Pluto) which can
befall on us, for we all would like to live forever. And what death
really is (Pluto)? If we seek the knowledge of wise (Saturn)
philosophers (Saturn) from the East (Saturn), we come across the term
reincarnation (Pluto). Therefore, the death (Pluto) is only the name
for another life. Namely, after the zodiac sign of Pisces (the end of
astrological circle), Aries comes again (the beginning of astrological
circle). After the 12th degree (the degree of Pisces) there is the 13th
degree (the degree of Aries) and around we go... “This is why death
(Pluto) is not the punishment but just a phase in life following the
principle of duality (Gemini)” – Mihail
Nuaima, “The Book of Mirdad”.
Position of Pluto in Sagittarius
The fact that Pluto
is exalted (the strongest influence) in Gemini would mean that its
weakest influence is expressed in Sagittarius (the sign opposite to
Gemini) - and it was exactly the transit through Sagittarius which
brought about the elimination of its status as a planet!
The exaltation of
Pluto (the strongest influence) in Gemini brings us to the conclusion
that literature (Gemini) is the path leading us to the unfathomable
Let us go back to
Freud again who also had the thesis that a literary work (Gemini) is
created by the sublimation of sexual energy (Pluto). Thus, every fiction
is a kind of catharsis both for a writer and readers.
Analysing famous literary works (Gemini) –
Sofocles’ tragedy (Pluto) Oedipus the King and Shakespeare’s tragedy
(Pluto) Hamlet – Freud points out that the very fact that Oedipus
killed his father and married his mother even though he knew that the
man whom he killed was his father and the queen he married was his
mother implicates, according to Freud, the Oedipus complex (this
psychological state was named by this tragedy). Similarly, the most
prominent place in Shakespeare’s tragedy when Hamlet has a dilemma about
killing his uncle and revenging his father Freud assigns to Oedipus
complex. According to him, Hamlet hesitated to kill the man who only
followed his instincts – killed his father to marry his mother.
Thus, Freud wants to
point out that more important and deeper (Pluto) meaning underlies every
literary work (Gemini)... which can make us wonder (Gemini) where do we
get the inspiration to create a literary work (Gemini). Does any
literary work (Gemini) really have a deeper (Pluto) message? Are
Shakespeare’s heroes Hamlet (from
the tragedy of the same name) and Rosalind
(comedy As You Like It) only the figment of
someone’s imagination? Did Dostoievski,
maybe, find a bit of Raskolnikov and
Ivan Karamazov in all of us?
What was the
Author : Nenad