When we meet Gillian, she is working in her shop on Christmas Eve, and hapless building neighbor Shep Henderson, a book publisher, wanders into her shop to use the telephone. Gillian admires him from afar, so as she chats him up, she is disappointed to learn that he is engaged to be married. Worse yet, as she later finds out, he is engaged to an old college adversary. For spite, revenge and just because she can, she decides to cast a spell so that Shep would fall in love with her. What she does not anticipate is the rebound effect of the spell, and she finds herself falling in love with Shep.
Gillian struggles with the unintended consequences of her sloppy spellcraft, and finds to her dismay that she was not an unwilling victim of her own spell. As her powers fade, the events of her and Shep’s life slide out of control. While the whole of New York’s underground of witches and warlocks faces exposure, Gillian and Shep experience the highs and lows of love. Gillian must make a choice. Should she submit to her feelings for Shep or should she forswear them and regain her powers?
Natives with Pluto in the Fifth House share with Gillian the themes of power and control in the matters of romance. Like the witches and warlocks of Bell, Book and Candle, love for these folks is an emotion that must be locked down rather than expressed. Feelings of love and affection have a frightening intensity and threaten to spin the lives of these natives out of control. Yet, Pluto is a planet that will not be denied. Suppressing the urge to love is like depriving these natives of light and air.
As many of us know, control is an illusion, and anything we attempt to control may consume us in the effort to do so. In any matter relating to Pluto you are not so much offered choices as to what to do, but choices as to what you submit to. The life mission of Pluto in the Fifth individuals is to decide whether to submit to love or submit to their inner demand to control their feelings.
Yet Pluto doesn’t ask, it demands that we transform the area it rules for a productive expression of its energies. Like the nuclear process that Pluto rules, it will nuke us over and over again until we come to a pure expression of Pluto’s intent. The mission of Pluto in the Fifth is to live pure and universal love without games, without control, without conditions. It is a deep and abiding alchemy that shakes the roots of self and soul if we submit to the process.
Does Gillian submit to the process the alchemy of love, or does she reject it? If you have Pluto in the Fifth, you know the intensity of this struggle.
About the Author
Beth Turnage is a professional astrologer with over twenty years experience counseling clients in career and relationship issues. She writes an astrology column for a weekly newspaper along the Connecticut shoreline and blogs about astrology at Astrology Media Press.