In conventional and evolutional astrology, Pluto is often looked upon as the ‘bad boy’, ‘the cosmic 2×4’ and not infrequently, phrases inappropriate for a blog post. Why is this? When Pluto is ‘transiting’ (hitting) a sensitive point in our charts, such as our Natal Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, (and there are others depending on the blue print of one’s individual birth chart), Pluto will ‘clean out’ that which is no longer useful. As human beings, change can be difficult filled with unknowns and risks which is why we resist… ‘better the devil you know’, etc., etc.
But when we hang on, we aren’t growing. The phrase, “change or be changed” is very Plutonian and whether we like it or not, the energy of Pluto’s outcomes are necessary for our soul growth. Plutonian energy asks the hard questions: What needs to go? What price are you paying for hanging on? What do you no longer need to defend or be defensive about?
And, because Pluto is one of the slow moving planets, its energy gives us plenty of time to ‘get the message’ and adjust. “Wake me when it’s over,” is a phrase that readily comes to mind. But ideally during a Pluto transit, it’s much better if we’re awake and aware of what we need to change or what shifts we need to make in our selves, in our lives…letting go rather than resisting which invites Pluto’s 2×4! Such needed changes can manifest materially, emotionally or both; it all depends on the evolutional message reflected in the birth chart.
Edward Bach’s Chicory remedy is one of his original ‘Twelve Healers’ which I identified as deep soul type remedies in Igniting Soul Fire-Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies. Thus, like Pluto’s action, Chicory can affect us at our deepest levels.
From an emotional perspective, Chicory is a good bedfellow for those times when Pluto’s energy cranks up the heat in our lives. As a flower, Chicory is that blue flower that grows alongside the highway. Entrenched, it miraculously emerges out of concrete and gravel. Mimicking the signature of the flower, the energy and behavior of the negative Chicory state is also entrenched.
Typically narcissistic, negative Chicory uses emotional manipulation to get what it wants; “I’ll love you more if you…” or “how can you do this to me after everything I’ve done for you,” are common attitudes in the negative Chicory state. In other words, control and neediness are the motivators which predictably have the potential to drive others away, leaving the individual in a state of lonely isolation.
On the other side, the action of the Chicory flower remedy helps us let go of our fear-driven controlling behaviors so that we can receive and embrace what we need for our soul’s evolution. During a period of ramped up Plutonian energy in our charts, this remedy can shift our perspective to an awareness that supports recognition of what’s holding us back and what needs to go in order to pursue the positive.
In the coming months I’ll be revisiting the dynamics of Pluto’s energy with other flower remedy considerations as June will bring in the first exact Pluto square to the disruptive energy of Uranus…the planet of rebellion and vision of future strategies. The forthcoming series of these tight and highly charged squares will affect everyone internally and externally as well as on the global stage. While change should not be viewed as negative from an evolutionary perspective, we will need to fasten our seat belts and have our remedies within reach!
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It was a nice surprise to read astrological interinterpretations in response to my request search for a flower essence to help Narcissistic issues.Ironicly it’s about my mother who has moon in Scorpio & lost her mother @ 11 yrs.
I concluded my mom’s ego was broken…she’d had 3 traumas in less than 3 years.
Are there Astro interps for many or all of the flower essences? I have considered doing FES w/astrology & would love to receive more info. My mom (84) is an astrohobbyist too. Due to both our early lives being traumatic & not knowingwas theemot’l communication,astrology talk was our bond. Cov-19 is our oppty to heal therefore I’m ordering for our healing now. Have a bless d say,Fawndi
P.S. the borders on either side of your pagehide some of wording…
Thank you for your comments, Fawndi…I don’t know of any specific books connecting astrology to the flower remedies although I do mention this connection in my book, Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies as Bach himself did study astrology. Years ago I used to recommend remedies for my astrological clients based on their natal and transit charts but I no longer do this. You might google to see if there are current books out there…one of the issues is that anyone who is on the International Register of Bach Practitioners as I used to be, are not allowed to promote astrology with the remedies as the Centre feels this violates the commitment to keeping Dr. Bach’s work ‘pure and simple’. If you’re interested in the philosophy of Evolutionary Astrology which I practice, there is further information on this website.
There is a book by Peter Damian linking the 12 Healers to the 12 Zodiac signs. It’s hard to get now though I managed to find a copy years ago. It’s not bad but I think it needs expanding on to include or reference the other essences.
Hello Colm…thanks for your comment! Yes I remember this book from years ago…actually when I was still actively practicing and giving workshops on both sides of the Atlantic I seem to recall there were a few books out there matching the zodiac to The Twelve Healers…in fact when I was still on the Bach Centre International Register of Practitioners there was a practitioner in NY(think it was NY) who was a retail educator for NelsonBach USA like myself, who wrote an astrology book re: the remedies…the Centre took a dim view of this and she was removed from the Register or she resigned, I don’t remember exactly. Moving along, my latest book, Edward Bach and Your Evolutionary Purpose, was released by Polair Publishing both in the UK & US last fall(German translation to be released at the end of this month, October 2022)…in it I discuss not only the material I wrote about in Igniting Soul Fire-Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies(2004) but taking it further I discuss the remedies in relationship to the karmic lunar nodes in one’s natal chart and also my belief that given the emotional complexities below the surface of the remedies AND the complexities of astrology, especially through the Evolutionary Lens, in my view, any attempt to ‘match’ the 12 healers to the zodiacal signs is pointless and way too misleading in its simplicity…and I believe this is exactly why Bach himself didn’t publicly carry the concept further…he realized that to do so was going down a rabbit hole that clearly would derail keeping the focus where he wanted it and his intention regarding his work. If you’re interested, EBEP is readily available on Amazon(of course!) Thanks again.
Only seeing this now and is timely as this month has been extremely challenging for me on many levels. Chicory states are rising. I’ll check out your new book for sure, actually found your other one while tidying up but my weary brain isn’t firing on all cylinders at the moment
Hi Colm…I hope you feel better soon…. there are days when my brain isn’t firing on all cylinders either!
I’m coming around but it will take time. I’m getting stuck into your aforementioned book now (the latest one) and really enjoying it.
Hello Colm….well often the shifts with the remedies can take time depending on how deep the imbalance is…remember, its like peeling the layers of an onion! So glad you’re enjoying the new book :-)….Hopefully you’ll find it of some help! Be well, Gaye