Herbs of Pluto
Reproductive Organs and Sexual Energy
K E Y E L E M E N T S on P L U T O
A little history on Pluto
Pluto, once considered the ninth and most distant planet from the sun, is now the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system.
Pluto’s natural rotation is retrograde compared to the other planets — it spins backward, from east to west! “Since the dwarf planet’s orbit is so eccentric, or far from circular, Pluto’s distance from the sun can vary considerably. The dwarf planet actually gets closer to the sun than Neptune is for 20 years out of Pluto’s 248-Earth-years-long orbit, providing astronomers a rare chance to study this small, cold, distant world. As a result of that orbit, after 20 years as the eighth planet (in order going out from the sun), in 1999, Pluto crossed Neptune’s orbit to become the farthest planet from the sun.”
Due to being a planet that lives most of its cycle in darkness (to our naked human eye), it was named after the Roman God of the Underworld.
P L U T O ‘ S A R C H E T Y P E
Brilliantly put by one of my dear astrological teachers, Rick Tarnas, “Pluto is the archetype of primordial energy, the universal life force which impels all evolution and transformation. Pluto represents the principle of power itself, of elemental force, of primal libido and aggression, and is essentially identical to Freud’s notion of the id. It is the Dionysian energy of life, the Serpent power, the Kundalini. It compels, empowers, overwhelms, transforms; it destroys and resurrects. Pluto governs the instincts and the forces of nature. It rules the biological processes of birth, sex, and death, and at its deepest level it involves the mystery of death and rebirth.”
“Pluto rules upheaval, breakdown, and decay, but also regeneration and the purifying fire of catharsis. It reflects the archetypal Underworld–the dark, mysterious, and often terrifying reality which lurks beneath the surface of things, beneath our ego and societal conventions and the veneer of civilization, and which is periodically unleashed with great destructive and transformative force.”
M E D I C A L A S T R O L O G Y
P L U T O R U L E S :
Various organs of the reproductive system, among them the uterus, vagina, testicles, penis, related reproductive organs, the bowels, and excretory system.
Common symptomologies: genital diseases, sexual dysfunction, impotence, general afflictions that may affect these organs, infertility, bowel issues,
Pluto also rules Scorpio, which is also directly linked to these associated organs. Sexual dysfunction, impotency, and chemical imbalances that overall affect behavior/mood can be associated with Pluto’s aspects.
According to Chinese Medicine
S M A L L I N T E S T I N E
The small intestine is the transformer, it transforms food and drink into nourishment. It received partially decomposed food from the Stomach, and further digests and absorbs it by separating the pure part from the waste. The useful part is sent to the Spleen, which in turn transports and distributes it throughout the body. The waste is sent to the Large Intestine where it is further separated into pure and impure portions before being excreted as waste.
“Psychologically the Small Intestine receives things, eliminates those that are not relevant, and makes those that thrive. Thus it is said to influence mental clarity and judgment, demonstrating its link with the Heart and Mind. It also aids in decision making by giving the powers of discernment and clarity. (This is different than the Gall Bladder’s role in decision making, as the small intestine gives the ability to discriminate and differentiate what is relevant from what isn’t (separating the pure from the unpure).”
L A R G E I N T E S T I N E
The main function is to discharge the waste and excess water from the body, much like Pluto. Thus the large intestine is the officer in charge of passing and removing things. Dysfunctions have to do with disturbances in bowel movements, including substances, diet and amount of feces generated.
Psychologically it represents our ability to let go of things, material and emotional. Our ability to dispose, surrender and allow change to happen on a material and emotional level. Many have theorized that the actual flow and function of the bowels, is greatly dictated by our emotional landscape. Our “gut feelings” is a direct gateway to our subtle body. Within our bowel, we can locate many of our emotional chords, in particular, our ability to trust and surrender.
Now moving onto a big player within Pluto’s manifestation, our vital energy
S E X U A L E N E R G Y + E M O T I O N A L I N T I M A C Y
Sexual energy is a vital force, a force that cannot be completely understood, yet deeply felt. In eastern traditions, sexual energy is interpreted as a sacred energy, that of which connects us to other worlds. It’s one of the primary conductors that allows us to feel beyond the veil and come into close proximity to our divine nature. Sexual energy is an expression of our vital essence, that which represents our source, and our origin, far beyond a simple tool to receive pleasure.
It is unfortunate that we live in a world where the mismanagement and misunderstanding of this sacred essence are too common. Where it is abused, shamed, ridiculed, abused, etc. Nature has cleverly wired us with this energy to be rewarded with bliss consciousness, along with an essence that attunes us back to our origin. It is a birthright to live in a state of bliss and freedom — to live in a culture that is not open to cultivating this sacred energy and protecting it, is limiting a huge part of the gifts and mysticism from our origin.
Pluto is symbolic to shattering the confines of an inhibited sexual energy and transmuting the potential the dormant potential. It is transfigured all that detriments that which is authentic to the soul and elevates it to its next cycle of evolution. Anything that is not authentic and true to our spirit’s ultimate anima (animating force), will be destroyed. This is why this beloved planet is favored and oftentimes disliked, due to the cathartic transformation it brings.
H E R B S O F P L U T O
The herbs of Pluto are moist, potent, procreative in their energy. Most of them have a strength to them, from the way they grow, or the way they smell, or the impact they give when intaking them.
Herbs that cause deep transformation in the body, from powerful healers that abolish dis-ease, like anti-cancerous herbs, to those that emotionally shift the body into a higher frequency. These herbs are excellent to easing folks through a long-term transition. On a more magical note, they are those that help us touch the abyss of our emotional body, and help us evolve into the reality of our desires.
Pairings with other Planets
Pluto herbs can be combined with Sun herbs when one is seeking to create a new self-image in pursuit of the ideal of one’s dreams. Lunar herbs can be combined with those of Pluto to help one become more sensitive to one’s deepest desires. Combined with herbs of Mercury, when seeking to powerfully heal our ways of communication and finding outlets to express the mind. Herbs of Pluto with herbs of Mars and Venus, make great aphrodisiacs, tend to also be good pairings to raise fertility levels.
H E R B S
Aphrodisiac + Euphoric:
Damiana, Muira Puama, Guarana.
Reproductive Health + Associated:
Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Chaste Tree, False Unicorn Root, Yohimbe, Saw Palmetto, Nettle Root.
Intestinal Cleansers + Beyond:
For fungus: Pau D’Arco, Black Walnut, Burdock (also Jupiter), Wormwood,
Culinary / Food:
Buckwheat, Corn, Oats, Turnip, Rye, Potato, Wheat, Yucca.
Kava Kava, Skullcap, Hops.
Agaric (recommended as an essence), Dragons Blood (D. draco, + C. lecheri), Foxglove, Patchouli, Redwood (Sequoia spp.)