Plant of the Moment
Pluto in Capricorn: Power and Control
PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS
The moon is in Cancer, and opposite Pluto in Capricorn.
Pluto is a high-powered planet, and in the sign of Capricorn it can be very authoritative, seeking to control and overpower other energies.
A Cancer moon is more sensitive and meek, but the emotional landscape of Cancer can be a powerful force as well. In this battle between domination and surrender, we need to look to a plant that can confront both.
The prickly pear cactus is an interesting specimen that holds secret liquid inside its spiky exterior.
The flower of the cactus is a fruit that actually helps to lower blood sugar while supporting the heart. The cactus pad is also edible and holds water inside.
The water held inside of the armored body is a good metaphor for the fluid and emotional nature of the Cancer moon in opposition to the more aggressive nature of Pluto in Capricorn.
Finding balance between the two so that it benefits us instead of causing conflict is reflected in the cactus, where the hard exterior works to protect the nourishing interior.
Prickly pear cactus can help us emotionally, to confront pain and trauma while keeping up the protection needed to face that pain, and to remember that we are fighting not to harden completely, but to harden only as needed to still allow fluidity and sweetness inside.
Grounding Elements Pro Tip: Try this prickly pear tincture, with aloe and acai for maximum benefit!