Sayings like “feelings never lie,” or “trust in your gut feelings” reflect the importance of being in touch with our emotions. While it’s true that your feelings can pick up subtle signals that your conscious mind may miss, there are times you must choose not to trust your feelings.
How Feelings are Born and Stored Within
Feelings occur as a result of experience. From the time you were born, your mind began to collect and store all of your experiences in terms of feelings and emotions. Astrologically, Moon symbolizes the inner repository that stores all emotional impressions (hence its association with memory).
The store of emotional impressions can be pictured as a vast ocean within your psyche. This inner ocean has multiple currents and undercurrents to represent your various needs, desires and fears. Moon cycles through all of these emotional currents every month, while other planets such as Pluto tend to stay in one area for a very long time.
Pluto and Repressed Emotions: When Not to Trust Your Feelings
Pluto controls currents in the deepest, darkest part of the psyche, representing particularly intense feelings of shame, hatred and trauma. These feelings tend to be repressed when they are first experienced (typically during childhood, but not always).
Such repression occurred automatically as a defensive measure, because it was not safe for a child (i.e. you) to feel or express these emotions at the time. Left untended, however, these feelings tend to become twisted, and begin to negatively affect your self-image.
Noel Tyl said “We easily turn feelings into facts,” believing things like “because I’ve felt worthless for so long, it must be true!” (Substitute “worthless” with anything that you feel to be true: unlovable, not good enough, etc.)
It’s these types of feelings that you must not trust.