Dane Rudhyar: On Pluto

rudyhar-pluto-seedQuestion: Dane Rudhyar is difficult to understand and not very practical. Although the teachings are interesting I find them hard to apply. What are your thoughts?

I haven’t read everything by Dane Rudhyar. However, this is a common response from a lot of people. For the most part, though, he is – somewhat understandable. Most of his work was spoken in a language concerned with seed growth. Other astrologers called him “seed man.” In the main, he was not exactly a psychological astrologer, perhaps more universal or spiritually influenced and he focused on the greater awareness of the individual. On a larger scale, the author often mused on the evolvement of human beings and was credited with lifting astrology out of the dark times, away from fated interpretations to a more humanistic outlook. The hard stuff might allude when he delved into a long universal talk before reaching the point, which could be, I suppose, frustrating to some. I find a lot of value in his work, so no complaints over here. He has made a massive and valuable contribution to the astrological community.

On Pluto – Rudhyar says:  Archival Project Website:

“It was asked at first whether Pluto was to be considered a real planet, largely because of the unusual eccentricity of its orbit. But we might answer this by another question: Is the seed really a part of the plant? Indeed it grows out of the plant; yet its function is not to be understood in terms of this particular plant which bears it and from which it will fall into the dark humus. It is in the plant, yet not of the plant. It is the messenger of the future vegetation. Its allegiance is to the “new life” that is to come. It belongs not to the particular plant, which, if perennial, begins to die the moment the seed reaches the very first stage of maturity, but to the species of which the particular plant is only one of billions of ephemeral manifestations.” PLUTO – Sower of Celestial Seed

Now, I would consider Rudhyar to mean that Pluto is the ultimate seed planet. Obviously indicating where the first inklings of growth take place. They say we sow the seeds of our fate, but that this kind of evolution usually happens in the darkness, underground, and unseen. So, it’s the reverse of the solar part of the personality (Sun) which shines full of light, and everything depends on the Sun for life. Whereas Pluto is the whole cycle taking us through birth, life and death. Seeds lie in a dormant condition awaiting the right conditions for growth and rule over the complex and deep processes happening underneath.

Pluto is the seed, the Earth is our “soil” and the Sun is the great vivifier, the Source of Life and Light: God-in-the-Highest. But to this God-in-the-Highest, that is the Sun, answers the God-in-the-lowest, that is the seed.

Pluto represents the primordial feminine power, processes which are undertaken in the darkness of the unconscious. We are all familiar with the popular metaphor of the dark cocoon; it represents parts of the self that we do not like to see. In astrology, Pluto is the catalytic action for growth and development, ruling the transformative or magical processes; it possesses secret interior powers. It releases power and takes root in the psyche and anyone attempting growth will receive help from this planet. It is the power to push through the hard earth into the sunlight where the soul can blossom.

tumblr_nhput8GdeT1rl1jado1_1280Transformationally speaking, Pluto contains all needs for evolutionary development, and this is a process that always seems to be ruminating in the dark. Sometimes all we need to know when coping with Pluto, psychologically, is that somebody has come through the darkness of hell and come out the other side. Pluto can bring us to our vicarious dark woods and is frequently interpreted as an external violation of the soul, an intrusion of a smoothly flowing life, whether from the acts of others, from the fates, or by our own choices. The soul brings us to a difficult place deep underground to enlarge us, to ask more of us than we planned on giving. Only by attending to the wounding, and through a spiritual enlargement, we can emerge from the dark wood.

“For in the seed rests the power of rebirth. In its concentrated, well-protected mass lies hidden the Mystery of mysteries: the mystery of immortality. Because of the seed, death is overcome. The species remains intact, alive, creative — because the seed carries in its shrine the magic Pattern, the potent nucleus, which defies death and again and again brings birth anew.”

“The seed must descend into the depths.”

“This penetration of one’s depths, and this revelation of oneself to oneself in every remotest part of one’s being, is Pluto’s Great Work. Psychoanalysis is the product of such an urge, especially as it is able to face and interpret the “collective unconscious”. The Ancients spoke of it when they told the tale of the fisherman plunging into the deep to tear from it the “Pearl of Significance” — the pearl that is grown out of suffering; the iridescent sphere hidden in visceras, imprisoned in heavy shell.”

All of this information is useful in understanding Pluto’s root nature.

However, be warned, Rudhyar does get a little dirty on the outer planetary interpretations and into some sexe, as they say in French:

This is a great symbol. Pluto, during eleven years, forces its way as it were inside of the circle or aura of Neptune. Indeed a cosmic fecundation. During these years the Plutonian seeds are deposited within the orb of Neptune: Neptune being the “Sea of Light”, or “astral sea“, which is truly a cosmic womb. The two planets represent the two great magnetic polarities of the solar system as a Sun-centered organism; while Uranus is the electrical result of their polarized intercourse. Pluto is the Father; Neptune the Mother; Uranus the Son. Beyond the sphere of Saturn, the sphere of particular and limited beings, they represent the three hypostases (manifestations) of the cosmic Trinity: the three major “Rays” of the occultists; the three primary colors (red, yellow and blue — Pluto, Neptune, Uranus); the tonic, sub-dominant and dominant of European music; and all similar trinities, whose names are countless.

I love trashy reading, especially when it concerns the cosmos.

Is this not also riveting reading?

Three centuries; three new planets discovered; three totally different rhythms of human living — the Uranian vibration of the eighteenth century which brought the Revolutionary era, democracy (a new principle of social structure) and electricity — the Neptunian vibration of the nineteenth century which brought communism, Bahaism, spiritualism, humanitarianism, and the total change of the substance of human behavior — the Plutonian vibration of the twentieth century which is manifesting through the modern hells of war, but also through the slow birth of a new world-consciousness. The eighteenth century was a period of fecundation; the nineteenth century, of fruition; the twentieth century, of the sowing of seed.

Dane Rudhyar is utter brilliance.