Pluto is alive and well and living in Paris

Painting in the catacombs in Paris - photographs by Steven Alvarez

Cataphiles (people who love the Paris underground) tell me this sort of thing is perfectly normal when you return to the surface; you can’t help it, they say. You picture the cool, still freedom of the underground, with all its possibilities.

Heads down Capricorns!   Go to: National Geographic Article-Paris Catacombs

Since Pluto went into Capricorn in November of 2008 (and is now at exactly at the same degree as my Sun) I’ve been fascinated and listening for stories from ‘down there’.  Plutonian tales. Stories that may shed light on this archetypal power lurking in my ancestral DNA.  I mean he IS Hades — the God of the Underworld which I prefer to call the “other world”.  He is the Lord of where diamonds are forged and darkness reigns, the dead are buried, the unseen is well –dark and invisible, right?

So yes, in addition to watching the financial markets dive below the horizon (Capricorn structures reinventing economies), experiencing fear of the unknown, being a little scared, even starting a blog– life has been — how you say– INTENSE!!

So when I stumble upon articles like this one in National Geographic called Paris Catacombs–the invisible becomes visible.

And that, as my colleague, Carol Ferris said at our first Horizon seminar on Sunday, is one of the jobs of the astrologer–to make the invisible visible.  Yes.

Take a tour through the Parisian catacombs.  What do you see?

They're called cataphiles, people who love the Paris underground.
In an abandoned quarry tunnel under Paris, with the faint rumble of Métro trains far overhead, a painter known as Lone adds the last strokes to his masterpiece: a mural based on Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin's "Isle of the Dead." Entering the quarries is illegal, so cataphiles like Lone prefer nicknames. It took him more than a year to finish the painting. In all, he estimates he has spent 2,500 hours in the quarries.

I see possibilities.  How amazing is that!

I’m going to walk around town as a secret cataphile–

Into the 19th century those caverns and tunnels were mined for building stone. After that farmers raised mushrooms in them, at one point producing hundreds of tons a year. During World War II, French Resistance fighters—the underground—hid in some quarries; the Germans built bunkers in others. Today the tunnels are roamed by a different clandestine group, a loose and leaderless community whose members sometimes spend days and nights below the city.

They’re called cataphiles, people who love the Paris underground.

I’ll get back to you with a report from Pluto later–for now–I’m going to look at the art.


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