From October 2009 to October 2012, Saturn transits Libra. During that time period, all members of the Pluto in Libra generation will experience the Saturn conjunct Pluto transit.
I won't go into all this transit indicates, as it's complex, but in basic terms, the people who have natal Pluto in Libra (roughly from 1971 into 1984) come into their authority within the structures as they exist through this transit, and this relates in particular to social authority. A big part of the Pluto in Libras' generational authority is leadership into new social/relational standards. These involve the development of a more honest, just, and power-balanced framework from which to relate, along with more mutually supportive, freely loving and workable relationship constructs.
Libra is a cardinal sign. It starts things in a new direction. As the Pluto in Cancer generation passes off the Earth, the Pluto in Libras will be the only cardinal Pluto generation in the works until the Pluto in Capricorns being born now become adults. The youngest members of the Pluto in Libra generation are soon to be heading into their Saturn returns, and this generation as a whole comes of age under the Saturn in Libra transit.
The "deferring to others" quality of Libra gets a big check here by Saturn as the Pluto in Libras are challenged to own their authority on this front. As the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn squares and cardinal Grand Crosses continue to form in the cosmos over the next years, this generation is going to have to step up.
That said, since Saturn began its transit of Gemini in August 2000, all Pluto generations currently alive on Earth have been, in succession, experiencing transiting Saturn conjunct natal Pluto. The upcoming transits of Saturn through Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn until December 2020 pretty much bring everyone on the planet into the mix. Astrological Aquarian era egalitarianism. From March 26, 2010: Pluto in Capricorn: All Hands on Deck.
The new millenium brought us into some serious, tipping point times on Planet Earth, and Saturn is attempting to make us aware of our responsibilities, generation by generation. Saturn is ensuring that anyone with the ability to do so stays right at the white-hot, Plutonic cutting edge, keenly aware of what we're meant to morph and change generationally through personal efforts.
The mutable Pluto in Virgos (born roughly 1957 into 1972) came into their own authority in this way as Saturn transited their natal Plutos September 2007 into October 2009.
This recent transit of Saturn through Virgo coincided with a Saturn in Virgo - Uranus in Pisces opposition series that was last experienced in the mid-1960s when Saturn and Uranus were in opposite signs (Saturn in Pisces, Uranus in Virgo). Many Pluto in Virgos were young children or were being born at that time, and the energy and impetus of the radical 60s permeates a lot of the generation. Working with the oppositional tension between security and structure (Saturn) and revolutionary freedom (Uranus) as well as coming up with just the right mix along the polarity is part of the challenge and authority of the Pluto in Virgo generation.
The most recent Saturn transit of Virgo brings the energy and impetus of those times to the forefront as the Pluto in Virgos find ingenious ways to practically and effectively apply their ideals from new positions of authority. This Pluto generation is currently working with a necessarily radical and expedited shift, from the ground up, out of collapsed economies, hierarchical, corporate work structures, and dysfunctional systems, making the transition out of Pluto in Leo-heavy structures (the huge Pluto generation born between 1937 and 1958 that is now heading into retirement en masse).
Pluto relates, in part, to what you find intolerable. Maybe more specifically - what your soul finds intolerable.
In the case of many Pluto in Libras, what they find intolerable, among other things, is the way relationships have been constructed up to this point. This includes power inequalities, abusiveness, and social injustice as well as underlying coercion, underhandedness and dishonesty in relationship.
If you look at the planet as a whole, human relations are wayyyy fucked up.
A lot of people love to live in delusion and denial as far as the relationship arena goes, but the old, deadened husks of relationship constructs past have no life left for those who would experience soul death remaining within them. So we're blazing a trail through them, confronting and eliminating the dirty little interactions that have been swept under the rug up to this point, and building something more legitimate.
Part of the pain here comes from being at the tail-end astrological Piscean era with an old guard trying to hold onto the old relationship constructs, stereotypes, and values as more and more people do not fit them. I've noticed a lot of women over the past few years glorifying a 1950s relational ideal that never even existed. It's that toxic, Pluto in Capricorn nostalgia being stirred for a past that never was. (They need to read a little more Friedan and Plath and watch a little less Oprah and Martha.)
I just have to smile and nod when I run into people still holding to bizarrely antiquated ideas about single women (or men). The old tsk tsks about the woman who can't find a man, the man who can't keep a woman, and all the versions in between are so overly simplistic. They come from the mouths of dinosaurs. It actually blows my mind to hear the stuff. A shocking reality check from the mainstream culture. Story of life.
But here's a little tip from the Pluto in Libras: If people think the way things have been done up to this point is going to even remotely cut the mustard in future, they're mistaken.
From Pluto in Capricorn: All Hands on Deck:
"In basic terms, the Pluto in Libras are here to experience, examine, break down, and process out stultifying, abusive and "just not right" relationship and partnership dynamics, attracting many relationships (especially before we are conscious of this) designed as vehicles to do so.
We're here to create right human relations on the planet, and it's a big job.
We experience many nasty tricks through our relations with others. All the denied realities of relationship held in the collective come up for us to deal with. Pluto doesn't leave any stone unturned.
We're also here for justice, especially social justice, and equality. Many Pluto in Libras make human rights their life's work.
We're here to create a new balance of masculine and feminine energetic exchange within ourselves and within partnership, as well as a new balance on the planet, in general.
It's our job to find a point of harmony and balance even in the most tumultuous of times (these). To uncover and display the beauty in the ugliest of circumstances.
The end result of this Plutonic processing will be a more free and true exchange of love. Creating deeply satisfying, soul-nourishing relationships - the most beautiful, deeply loving and meaningful relationships this planet has ever seen collectively. And not just the romantic ones."
The Pluto in Libras have done a lot of heavy processing as far as not-quite-right relational dynamics. Many are late coming into relationship for very good reason - they'll be damned if they're going to repeat the mistakes of previous generations.
It's not that the Pluto in Libras don't want a mate. It's that they don't want just any mate. They don't want to trap themselves in the hell of karmic relationship structures past, falling for the same old tricks and repeating the same old cycles they've seen those around them living - and this is a distinct possiblity if one has natal Pluto in Libra.
In a lot of cases, when Pluto in Libras (and others) aren't in relationships, it's because they've a) decided it's in their best interests to strengthen, develop, and love themselves as individuals before they get into a relationship or b) they've worked stuff out through the vehicle of relationship up to a certain point and are taking a well-deserved breather.
Being outside relationship, especially these days, is far from a pitiable offense.
These dynamics aren't limited to this Pluto generation, nor is it the case that all Pluto in Libras are working on improving the social condition. There are relatively few who really dig into Plutonic work and a lot who prefer to turn a blind eye - or who use the Plutonic dynamics to maintain status quo dominance. Same as it was, same as it is, same as it likely always will be.
Saturn is activating Neptune generations just as it is doing with Pluto generations.
At the same time as Saturn in Libra is conjuncting the natal Plutos of the Pluto in Libra generation, it is conjuncting the natal Neptunes of the Neptune in Libra generation (born roughly 1942 into 1957), which happens to include many of the parents of the Pluto in Libras.
The rosy, glowy, false Neptunian gloss over the Standard Romantic Love Relationship (and resulting disillusionment/divorce) that came about through the manipulation of the Neptune in Libra generation is now thoroughly examined by the Pluto in Libras who attempt to get at what relationships really are and how they really work.
As the Pluto in Libras are challenged to bring to the table and apply their cut-the-crap Plutonic X-Ray insight into relationships of all forms, the Neptune in Libra generation is working through a Saturnine reality check on any remaining illusions, delusions, and self-sabotaging blind spots related to relationships, especially involving media-driven concepts of love that have been absorbed by that generation.
Multi-generational teamwork. How very Libran.
The Pluto in Libras as a generation pose some interesting questions:
How would our choices in relationship change if co-dependence and emotional neediness were taken out of the equation?
How would things change if people felt safe, loved, and socially acceptable on their own, with or without a partner, from birth on? If social constructs allowed people to have their needs met fully, inside a standard relationship or out?
How would the removal of rigid social norms and stigmas, the alleviating of those pressures, change people's courses?
How would a woman's choice in mate or in how to construct her relationship change if she were completely financially independent and secure? How would relationships change if living on a single income were not so difficult?
How would relationships change if emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and coercion and the attraction to those things were removed from interactions between men and women? How would things change if women were not fearful of violence - physical, sexual, emotional? And if they were not conditioned to believe that violence and coercion were things that had to be tolerated on some level?
How would relationships change if people were respected and free to express themselves sexually how they wish to?
How would relationships change if they operated on a basis of full equality, respect, and power sharing? If all people involved counted equally?
How would things change if previously allowed bad behaviours by both men and women in relationship were outed, confronted, and no longer tolerated?
What the Pluto in Libras (cardinal) start, the Pluto in Scorpios (fixed) will finish. Let's recall that Saturn has just re-entered the Via Combusta or burning path, activating Via Combusta Pluto placements until November 2013.
- New Moon at 4 Degrees Libra September 27 -
We have a massively potent Libra New Moon exactly square Pluto in Capricorn coming up September 27. There will be a large stellium in Libra at the time of the New Moon with six bodies in the sign of the scales (Mercury, the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Saturn and Juno) permeating the scene with new but oh-so-serious Venusian vibes. This New Moon square Pluto indicates a very deep line in the sand as far as what we can no longer tolerate carrying forward in relationship. We leave a lot behind here...or suffer the consequences. A new balance is coming into play - a no-nonsense, time's up, get it together version.
As we continue to tip the scales further into the astrological Aquarian era, what is valued in a mate and in a relationship starts to change dramatically.
There are those who are meant to take things further, and we're the ones.
On we go, friends.