You are worthless and deserve to be hated for it…

Neil Degrasse Tyson

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No, not you, I wasn’t speaking to you about you.

You’re fine, you’re worthy and deserve to be loved for it and for everything else about you.

I wasn’t speaking to the narcissists in my life either, to my narcissistic parents who often seemed to be saying these words to me.

I wasn’t speaking to myself… although… I have said this to myself on many occasions in many different ways, so much so that these words belong to me even though they’re not mine.

I didn’t actually speak these words, I found them while looking for something else, and I’m rather glad I strayed in my search.

These words come from an intriguing post on an astrology blog –  An Open Letter to Pluto in Virgo by Tom Jacobs, Evolutionary Astrology.

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Dear Pluto in Virgo,
We, the rest of the world, understand that you are dissatisfied with your choices and behavior. We acknowledge that you believe that you are not good enough and, in fact, may never be, no matter what you do.
Your assumption that any problems or imbalances in the world around you must be due to the fact that you are a failure seems central to who you think you are. We do not agree, yet we try many things to attempt to help you feel better about yourself. We like you, but we are sometimes hesitant to interrupt your self-pity and emotional self-flagellation party. Often we tell you to be easy on yourself and let things go, and that you don’t have do anything to be loved. We can see that you’re not really hearing us, and that you’d rather look around the room to see what’s out of place because it being out of place surely means that you are worthless and deserve to be hated for it.
What we’d like you to know is that all that is wrong in the world is not your responsibility.

(for the rest of this letter, follow this LINK – he has also written letters to other Pluto placements)

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Pluto in astrology represents a variety of things, as all planets (it’s still a planet in astrology) do.

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Pluto in Virgo

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For more about Pluto, please check this awesome resource out – All about Pluto.

When I first started exploring astrology, Pluto was relegated to being a ‘generational influence’ and most books on the subject only had one paragraph about it somewhere at the back of the book, as though it wasn’t really relevant. As though the generation into which we are born is irrelevant to who we are, what we do with who we are and how we experience who we are within the collective. Or at least that’s the impression I got from what I perceived astrologers’ attitudes to be towards it at the time (ties have changed and Pluto is now very relevant). So I was dismissive about it too.

But… I have Pluto in the 1st house in my natal chart. The first of the ‘personal’ houses and the section of the chart which represents personality and the self.

I have often been dismissive about my self.

Growing up with narcissists as parents will influence you to do that.

However it seems that this tendency is perhaps innate, nature rather than nurture – or a lack of nurture, nurture subverted to feed those who are supposed to be doing the nurturing.

But you do have to give some credence to astrology and your natal chart to go down that path. Or something along those lines.

Virgo often gets a bad rap as the hyper-critical bitch of the zodiac.

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I have the sign as my Ascendant (rising sign). And yes, I can be that – it’s most noticeable when I’m talking about myself (although I wouldn’t recommend watching TV or films in my company).

My partner (who is ultra Virgo) recently called me out on my self-criticism. I looked at him in shock. WTF, Dude!?! Pot/kettle!!! After some banter, I got where he was coming from…

When we’re critical about ourselves in front of other people, we can inadvertently end up criticising other people for loving us. Our self-flagellation hits them in their love for us – if we’re so awful, then what are they for loving us? We’re sort of turning their love for us into something awful, and they’re awful for loving us.

Something like that.

I promised to tone it down, I didn’t want to insult him just because I have a habit of insulting myself. His love for me taught me how to love myself and not just as a rebel yell, and it has saved my life by challenging me to learn to love myself with gentleness (which was frigging hard to do).

But.

Toning down the external expression of it tends to ramp up the volume on the inside. I have a Virgo Moon too, so I tend to keep everything to myself as it is, which can overload my system – when someone with Pluto in the 1st has a system overload, things can get rather destructive, especially internally.

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luna-werner ingendahlLuna by Werner Ingendahl

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Yet.

Sometimes that’s exactly what needs to happen. The old order needs to be destroyed so something new can be born. Pluto can also be very creative – but that kind of creativity is a bit like a Phoenix.

I always thought that my feeling of ‘not being good enough’ came from my natal Saturn square Sun, as that’s what that aspect pretty much means.

Since my Sun sign is Capricorn (another sign which gets a bad rap), whose ambition comes from never feeling good enough and striving to climb out of that pit, and Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn… it made sense. But astrology is as complex as being human. Just when you think you’ve sussed it out… something comes along and lets you know that you know nothing.

My natal Pluto connects to my Sun by a trine. The Sun basically is the ego, so my ego is in a ‘You’re not good enough’ sandwich.

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Austin Osman SpareShould have known such a ‘nutter’ was a Capricorn!

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However, this isn’t as bad as it can sometimes seem.

Those words “…you are worthless and deserve to be hated for it.” can be as good as they sound bad, for everything bad has good in it, just as everything good has bad in it. Duality makes up the whole. They can inspire the best and the worst, and once you’ve experienced the best and the worst, a middle ground, an in between, a blending of the two, can be found.

Some of the aspects of my being myself which people tend to love the most about me, come from the struggle inside with the worst of me, and the need to find the best in the worst by going through the worst to find it. The gift in the curse. The positive in the negative of… even being a narcissist, or whatever you want to call it.

Do you know why narcissists are the way that they are… the answer lies within the wounds they pass on.

Those wounds tell a story, just as our wounds do.

Sometimes the wounds they pass on… belong to us too, which is perhaps why we accept them. Sometimes nature and nurture are on the same page. What we do with wounds, ours, theirs, or both, is up to us.

What I’ve done with them… is a mess. Embracing that mess has been tough, but worth it. Maybe. Not sure. Never will be…

And to think this all started because I was exploring how I got here from there… and there is a memory which is fading, but a feeling which will never completely fade away because it is part of the here and now.

If that makes sense…

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damaged-people-are-dangerous-they-know-they-can-survive-josephine-hart Hmmmm….

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “You are worthless and deserve to be hated for it…

  1. Was having some of those intensely self critical Pluto in Virgo in the first moments this week…and reading this made me realise where it comes from. For me its a very strong inner voice someone recommended telling this partof me it was being heard rather than having it reduce the other part of me to tears…this seemed creative and a better response….but it was great to read this and realise im not unusual in having this going on…so thank you. (-)

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    1. Thank you 🙂

      The letters this astrologer wrote to the other recent Pluto placements is also interesting. He did say it was tongue in cheek, but sometimes that’s the best way to hit the nail on the head and get information across. I found it rather liberating to read the Pluto in Virgo entry. When working with Pluto the personal and generational meet, and need to be blended. The letter to Pluto in Libra was very interesting too.

      Sometimes our inner critic needs confronting gently, sometimes less gently, sometimes outright harshly, depends on what it is saying and why it is saying it.

      I like your friend’s advice. Wise friend!

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      1. Its an interesting and insightful way to get at deeper truths and tapping to the unconscious writing a letter to/from. I get bit sick of the inner critic at times but it does have this way of wanting things to be streamlined so that life can function more smoothly with less drama and confusion. I guess that is one view point and there can be others. I have been thanking my inner critic lately and it seems to be working though sometimes I feel like hitting it on the head with a hammer 🙂

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        1. The important thing is to keep the dialogue open between the different parts of ourselves, because then we’re in communication, communing, with what’s going on rather than incommunicado.

          Sometimes we like ourselves, sometimes we don’t, both sides, plus all the in between make up the whole. And helps us to understand others too – we’re all dealing with duality and more. It’s part of being human.

          Our inner critic teaches us about others, about their inner critic and the ways it expresses itself in everyone’s lives. 🙂

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      1. I had upteen issues after the last operation affecting typing, writing – all sorts. It’s transpired my arms were not the issue, but my spine and I found out yesterday I need a disk removed in my neck and have the vertebrae fused… All this time and pain and two unnecessary surgeries and now another waiting list for something that’ll need eight months of rehab!
        However, spiritually – I’ve never been more at peace. I’ve thought of you often and your concerns. You’re like old boots! Toughtoughtough! 😊

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        1. Haha! I like the old boots comparison. My favourite kind of footwear. I have a pair which is two sizes too big, one zip is broken, the skin is very worn, but they’re tough and they protect my rather sensitive feet. When I wear them it’s a bit like going barefoot, but keeping the bareness in a protective zone.

          You’re very tough too, which is why you see it in me. What you see in you, that’s you!

          There is nothing harder than having to deal with the kind of pain which you’ve described, it makes us feel how vulnerable we are, even more so when we have to rely on others to help us figure out what is wrong and how to heal it.

          One of the advantages of physical pain, particularly the kind which blocks us from doing things, is that it pushes us inside of ourselves. Our body becomes Alcatraz, and we have to find freedom within. It tends to put all other types of pain into perspective, and that can lead to a release. 🙂

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    1. It’s easier to know things intellectually, knowing them on other levels and applying them to life is the tricky part. It can get confusing and sometimes we don’t have time to sort the confusion out so we go with our dominant reaction. Our most favoured reaction is to shy away from bad and go with good – and whatever version of those which are most preferable at the time. Usually it’s only later that we see the good in the bad and the bad in the good. Really hate hindsight sometimes, such a smug bug! 😉

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      1. Hahaha! 🙂 Hindsight – yup. Why didn’t I SEE that?? I’ve really whacked myself over that at times.

        So true that we tend to ignore the reactions that we have on other levels. We do need to recognise and honour them more.

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