♋ Pluto in Cancer – (1914 – 1939)
Cancer, the cardinal watery and sensitive sign of the zodiac has a strong reference to our genetic and maternal roots and regulates our domestic and family matters. It’s quite significant if Pluto is found influencing Cancer at birth as the early family life may be dramatically affected by forces beyond one’s immediate control. The water signs of the zodiac like Cancer, are considered to be esoteric in nature and people born under Cancer/Pluto’s influence become altruistic and delve into the deeper aspects of human nature and spirituality. A person born with Pluto in this sector of their horoscope needs to exercise great control over the emotional energies of their nature and this will be the challenge for them in terms of their spiritual Karma.
On a historical note, the outbreak of World War One (1914), the birth of the United Nations and such upheavals as the Bolshevik Revolution heralded a change in attitudes in societies where government structures and security for families etc., started to take precedence.
♌ Pluto in Leo – (1939 – 1957)
The fire sign of Leo, well as reflecting deeply creative and expressive urges, possesses an element of speculation and dare devilishness, which Pluto’s presence will magnify. Those having Pluto here may tempt fate and drive themselves to extreme physical and mental levels. With the positive influence of other planets on the horoscope, some unique or special achievements can be predicted for the individual.
In terms of humanity, the shift of Pluto into Leo saw the emergence of the Second World War (1939). Nations were drawn into the conflict and tested as to whose willpower would prevail. Leo’s affinity with the Sun ruling power, Kings and leadership generally expressed sheer destructive energy, power including the supreme war power of atomic energy. This struggle for supremacy between the East and West gave way to the Cold War.
♍Pluto in Virgo – (1957 – 1972)
On a personal level, this will also be seen to be the case and unless the individual with Pluto influencing the sign of Virgo is not careful, they may become intellectual rationalists who cannot but help only believe what they see and feel. This is the extreme expression of pragmatism.
The scientific precision of Virgo, and the striving for perfection reaches its zenith when Pluto transits that sign of the zodiac. During this period humanity became compulsively obsessed by the scientific attitude. Many great discoveries and medical breakthroughs were developed during Pluto in Virgo – including vaccines to help alleviate the suffering of humanity. This stands to reason as Virgo is the sign of health, diet and selfless service of humanity.
♎ Pluto in Libra – (1972 – 1984)
Libra represents the point in human evolution where the spirit begins to transcend the material, the ego and outwardly projects itself through relationships. If the higher spiritual aspirations are developed, altruism, compassion and other noble human traits will prevail. Having Pluto here or influencing the sign of Libra, relationships will have a marked impact on the individual and may at some point destroy the life of the person, if only to regenerate and heal them. This is not unlike a bushfire burning the forest to stimulate new growth. Unusual personalities are born under this combination and depending on other planetary influences may either uplift humanity or may totally undermine and destroy with the same intensity.
Throughout the period 1972-1984, a relatively recent period in our history, a new generation of people were born and this saw the hippy period and the free love generation blossom in the Western world. Matters related to marriage, sex and other traditional social values were called into question and completely blown apart by this annihilating energy of Pluto.
♏ Pluto in Scorpio – (1984 – 2000)
Those born with Pluto in Scorpio, this generation of youngsters who are now aged 20 and under, will find their psychic and spiritual energies highly developed at this time. As Pluto is in its own sign of Scorpio, the emotional intensity of this group will be most pronounced. Anyone having Pluto aspecting this sign or sensitive points in their horoscope will exhibit these characteristics of Pluto as well.
George Orwell in his book 1984 wrote of the new society, big brother and other intrusive societal control measures that governments would employ between 1984-2000. Perhaps he was resonant with the inherent message and lesson of Pluto during its transition through Scorpio. We have indeed seen civil liberties issues high on the global agenda! It’s also interesting to note that Scorpio rules sex, death, and regeneration. Coincidentally, the shocking rise of AIDS in the early 80’s came to prominence around the entry of Pluto into Scorpio. This highlighted the need for society to somehow reconsider (and balance) the earlier Libran vibration of free love with the deeper, harsher realities and karmic consequences of action on the individual and on a collective level. The emotional speed of Pluto reaches its fastest acceleration through the two signs of Libra and Scorpio which is why the most fundamental aspects of our human nature, i.e. sexual activity and procreation have been affected so dramatically by this planet.
♐ Pluto in Sagittarius – (2000 – 2008)
The higher principle of Sagittarius is law, order, philosophy and travel. Those born after 2000 will indeed develop a deep need to tear apart and renew the existing structures of knowledge, law, and education as we have known them.
During this current cycle the political climate has also been remarkably affected by this same influence and this has seen the recent laws dramatically revised as a result of terrorism and the assault on the western democratic way of life. Civil liberties have come under fire due to the necessity to overhaul and eliminate those laws and customs which may threaten human life or in fact the way of life as we know it. Travel and the transport industry in particular during the last three years have been particularly hard hit by the action of Pluto in Sagittarius. This coincided with the September 11 Disaster. As everyone in the West agrees – nothing will ever be the same again! That’s Pluto at work.
♑ Pluto in Capricorn – (1762 – 1777 & 2008 – 2023)
The ambitious sign of Capricorn is activated dynamically with an obstinate sense of purpose by Pluto when this combination occurs in a horoscope. If the individual is evolved sufficiently he may crack open the conservative and rigid forms of business and commerce to reveal a progressive method of finance and material spirituality as a result. The willpower of an individual with Pluto in Capricorn is immense and unyielding in its desire to achieve what it sets out to acquire.
On the time line of history throughout the period of 1762 to 1777 when Pluto entered Capricorn, we saw new concepts in government come to the fore eg. the American Declaration of Independence and the rise of democracy taking hold as a political ideology. Yet again from 2008 to 2023, a similar pattern will emerge globally and we will likely see the emergence of the One World government that has so often been talked about in novels and alternative subcultures. Due to Pluto’s purgative and relentless effect, it’s absolutely unavoidable that governments will fall and the conservative system of ruling nations will be overhauled at this time.
♒ Pluto in Aquarius – (1777 – 1799 and 2023 – 2042)
Those born with Pluto in Aquarius have an incessant need to reform the culture and society in which they are born. If the aspects aren’t favorable, the individual develops a fanatical and dangerous revolutionary spirit which creates more harm than good.
During the cycle of Pluto in Aquarius the French Revolution and also the American revolutionary wars highlighted the impact of an Aquarian Pluto on human history. Medicine and other scientific pursuits began to take precedence. During the coming phase of Pluto in Aquarius 2023-2042, incredible discoveries for the benefit of humanity will occur and the Age of Aquarius will finally come into its own.