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 Virgo is in a mutable earth sign, empowering, warping, corrupting, deconstructing, transforming the topics of its ruler Mercury, associated with practicality, technicality, modesty, the pursuit of perfection, work ethic and the pride of service. So Pluto in Virgo empowered, warped, distorted, corrupted, deconstructed and transformed these significations. People from this span of time may stand out as prudent and conscientious as a group, potentially leading the way toward Earth’s ecological renewal and sensible management of its resources. Individuals with aspects from Pluto to more personal planets and points may stand out as their transformational stewards and troubleshooters.
People also take on characteristics of the time they come from. Accordingly, the 1956-1972 Pluto in Virgo period transformed the Mercurial notions of calculation, duty, service, stewardship. This particular Pluto in Virgo period was especially dramatic because of Uranus’s concurrent transit through Virgo and its conjunction to Pluto from 1962-1969. In general, the Uranus-Pluto conjunction accounts for the remarkable dynamic of empowered liberation and individualism of the 1960’s, and profound impacts in accord with the nature of the sign.
The period featured a Plutonic focus on several interconnected Virgoan themes and topics. This period featured the invention of the pocket calculator, the first ATM, the first easy-to-use programming language of BASIC, the invention of the first prototype of the Internet, the first email sent, the first hypertext link, the first mouse click, the first supercomputer. Virgo has medical associations, and it was also when Medicare and Medicaid were established, extending subsidized medical care for the elderly and poor.
The modern environmental movement developed in this period through apocalyptic claims in the books “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson and “The Population Bomb” by Paul Ehrlich. They marshaled numbers and facts which supported the likelihood of deadly scenarios of ecological devastation. This increased awareness led to the banning of certain pesticides and the establishment of Greenpeace, the Environmental Protection Agency and Earth Day. Rachel Carson suggested the way to save the environment would be humility before nature and self-control over our appetite for nature’s resources, consistent with the Virgoan penchant for modesty, purity, prudence and practicality.
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