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I often find myself struggling with a word for the kind of empowerment that brings us into complete and total alignment with our best selves – the highest expression of our incarnation, and the person that we most long to be. Pluto is the planet that represents this drive towards empowerment which differs from willfulness and drive as described by Mars. Under Pluto we face a higher form of Will and the elevation of consciousness through a deep connection within.
The word “power” doesn’t speak to this really, and despite the many synonyms for the word “power” there’s not one that accurately describes this kind of authentic reclamation of Self. Maybe we could call it “heart power.” In my own world right now transiting Saturn is opposite my natal Pluto/Moon conjunction and squaring Venus, so these issues are very much at the forefront of my awareness. I found this paragraph from Jeff Brown very clarifying and perhaps you will too. ❤️
We are powerful beyond measure, and so deeply vulnerable at the same time. This may seem like a dichotomy, but it isn’t. We have misunderstood real power. It has been something assertive, non-surrendering, pushing on through. This is not real power. This is simply willfulness. Real power is something else- receptivity, openness, the courage to keep your heart open on the darkest of days, the strength to feel it all even when the odds are stacked against you. Real power is showing up with your heart on your sleeve and absolutely refusing to waste one moment of your life hidden behind edginess and armor.
~ Jeff Brown