“Enter through the Narrow Gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”
Under Pluto the specific initiatory tests will call in the Will Aspect of the soul and so enable the disciple to demonstrate that the usual conditions of the environment and the material world are no longer controlling factors. Purity of life expression is achieved by sheer force of character and an unfaltering step through the strait gate and along the narrow Path. The tests of Pluto place an extraordinary strain on his or her heroic powers of endurance and tremendous stamina, calling into expression all their special gifts.
The initiate under Pluto has already demonstrated mastery of the first steps towards comprehension of that “isolated unity”, which is distinctive of a Master of Wisdom. Initiation is taken alone, and so they travel alone — spiritually and mentally. The initiate stands alone because there is no-one else with the same quality or grade of spiritual perception. The spiritual life is full of paradoxes: We set out to develop a sense of unity and of oneness with all beings, yet at times we must learn the lessons of loneliness and of isolation. A great “aloneness” is the supreme test of the Fourth Initiation. It is in the last analysis, a question of recognition.
The Plutonian initiate does not fear loneliness. They know soul that cannot stand alone has naught to give. Life is a series of revelations, some of which we recognize in consciousness while others pass by unnoticed. The occult solitariness they have consciously developed rests on soul attainment and upon no spirit of separateness. They have many friends but few, if any, are admitted to the point of sacred peace. Their solitariness shuts none out, yet withholds the secrets of the Ashram from those who would prematurely seek to penetrate them.
The revelation of a certain type of spiritual loneliness is one through which all initiates have to pass; it is a test of that occult detachment which every initiate has to master. The Scorpio initiate’s solitariness has produced two realizations: firstly, a realization of their exact point on the Path of evolution; secondly, an intuitive perception of the point in evolution of those they have contact along the way.
The Pluto initiate has no false humility and is noted for clear assessment and recognition of status — a recognition that necessarily requires intelligence and contains no note of pride. They truly do see co-workers as they really are, with all their virtues and their faults, their pettiness and their grandeurs, and without the fear of a critical spirit because they have become adept at the true practice of loving understanding.
Stephen Pugh, “Pluto”, http://www.aksdp.net/ (The Astrological key to the Secret Doctrine)