Pluto’s orbit is extremely eccentric, wildly off the ecliptic and sometimes closer to the Sun than Neptune, spending 14-31 years in a sign. It was discovered in 1930 at a time when fascism was ascendant in the world, when humanity gained awareness of fundamental atomic forces which if broken cause apocalyptic explosions. Accordingly, Pluto is a planet of extremes, making big things small and small things big. It’s also associated with tyranny and corruption, absolute control and absolute power, figuring into the charts of people who are movers and shakers in elite systems such as government, banking, corporate boardrooms. The condition of Pluto at the time of our birth shows what role we may play in our 14-31 year generation’s deconstruction and transformation in the topics of its sign and house placement.
Pluto in Libra is in a cardinal air sign, empowering, warping, corrupting, deconstructing, transforming the topics of its ruler Venus, associated with balance, relationships, equality, peace, harmony, beauty, love. So Pluto in Libra empowered, warped, distorted, corrupted, deconstructed and transformed these significations. People from this span of time may stand out as being unbalanced against imbalances, or redefining balances as a group. Individuals with aspects from Pluto to more personal planets and points may stand out as their transformational rebel hearts for harmony, equality, justice.
People also take on characteristics of the time they come from. Accordingly, the 1971-1984 Pluto in Libra period coincided with Uranus’s co-presence in the sign from 1971-1976. This period roughly corresponded to the divorce revolution of the 1970’s generated by the legalization of no-fault divorces, and a transformation in traditional gender roles with the legalization of abortion and the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. This was also when the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment was in full swing, and also when it was defeated by turning women against each other. Feminists were also turned against each other, with the late 70’s and early 80’s featuring the Feminist Sex Wars, as anti-porn feminists squared off against sex-positive feminists on issues such as pornography, prostitution, BDSM, etc. This was also the height of Libran John Lennon’s peace activism, releasing songs such as “Imagine” and “Give Peace a Chance” which became associated with the anti-war movement of this period.
This is especially true if you were born with Libra rising. Whether you experience the better or worse significations of this position depends on the kind of aspects it makes with the other planets.
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