Thursday, December 15, 2011

Don't Believe Your Own Astrological Press. (Pluto in Scorpios, This Especially Relates To You Right Now.)

A little astrological prediction: I have a feeling the Pluto in Scorpio generation is going to start getting a disproportionate amount of play by astrologers in the near future. This will coincide with members of the Pluto in Scorpio generation (born roughly November 1983 to November 1995) reaching the ages where they will be taking a stronger interest in astrology and astrological information. It'll be one of those "creating your own mythology" types of things where the reality doesn't quite live up to the hype being outlined astrologically.

This echoes the disproportionate amount of play another Pluto generation has received - the Pluto in Leos. The Pluto placements of these two generations, not coincidentally, square each other, adding to the drama.

We've barely started the long, hard shift in power from Pluto in Leos to Pluto in Virgos, and instead of giving that shift some much needed attention and analysis, astrologers will be (and already are) turning their attention to the Pluto in Scorpio generation: its catalytic power, its transformative potential, how it's going to annihilate social taboos, how it'll absolutely shred every ounce of social facade or personality-level b.s., leaving bloody, raw, yet authentic! souls in its wake.

Personally, I'm not so sure about all that, and I have some issues with any Pluto generation being set up as the all-conquering, mythical generation.

This is how faddish astrology works. It's also how astrology is hijacked so that its energetic force and influence are wasted on things that really don't matter a whole hell of a lot.

Certain events, certain placements, and certain people with those placements are amped up and glamourized, drawing a disproportionate amount of astrological attention, and other events, placements, and people are skipped altogether, creating distortion, imbalance, and a seriously skewed version of reality.

Sorry, Pluto in Scorps. It's nothing personal, but you're not special on this front. As soon as you've been sucked dry as subject matter, as soon as you're not trendy anymore, it'll be onto the Pluto in Sagittarius kids. Or the Pluto in Caps. Or...oh, just WAIT until the Pluto in Aquarius generation comes of age! Then we're really going to see some big things happening on this planet.

Sigh.

It's actually a small minority of people within any generation that takes on the Plutonic work in any truly effective and sustained way. Digging in as deeply and as tenaciously as is required is heavy, frustrating, difficult, enervating, intricate. Often, the energetic commitment is all-consuming. There is no work other than that work. There is no life other than that life.

Committing to the process of letting your soul drive, come what may, committing to really seeing and intuiting the state we're in on this planet and then finding the most meaningful and effective track to address and move through it is a full body, full mind, full spirit endeavour.

Doing the condensed, hard-slog Pluto work - working to change long-ingrained collective dynamics through the personal life - is not all that glamourous. Doing what really needs to be done, what's been neglected by most others, is probably not going to make you famous. It might even get you killed. It doesn't make for a cool digital pic to show off the edgy angles of your post-post-postmodern awareness of it all. There are no guarantees that you'll receive all that much of an earthly reward for it at all, other than the reward of a satisfied soul.

A lot of people go part way. Not many push farther than that. This has been the case with every generation, and I don't see it changing with the Pluto in Scorpios.

So will there be a group of fine and talented individuals within the Pluto in Scorpio generation that really gets it and can really get the job done? Sure. Absolutely. There will be those who see through the pathology of the collective, cutting through it like a hot knife through butter and extricating themselves from it. There will be those who confront head-on the disconnect from and denial of death that run rampant, creating all types of idiocy, superficiality, and distortion. There will be those who see through any form of manipulation, exploitation, or abuse, who can feel out a dirty motive in seconds flat, who confront and head off the unexamined patterns of the collective, refusing to repeat them themselves. But I do think those people will be few.

The glut will fall into the same traps and the same patterns, using the same power plays and the same old Scorpio tricks to maintain the dominant paradigm or some variation therein, however "edgy" it may be.

They've gotten hold of all the "edgy" these days, you see.

Our Pluto placements relate to the ways in which our generation as a whole is manipulated by the powers that be. And the dark, the taboo, the sexy, the forbidden, the occultish and pseudo-occultish, the hidden, the twisted - these are all ways in which the Pluto in Scorpio generation will be manipulated into doing things, swallowing things, and furthering things that are not in its best interests.

Totalitarianism that lets you keep a job even though you have tattoos, pink hair, and are polyamourous is still totalitarianism.

The Pluto in Scorpios have plenty of poison to dig out and many false layers to shed.

Certain members of this generation are going to understand the ways things are oh-so-wrong on this planet because they'll experience the corruption and exploitation first-hand. But so have members of all generations before them. So do members of all generations living now.

The dogma around Pluto generations is ripe for abuse and manipulation - two Plutonic key words. The amping up of this or any other astrological generation is another attempt to create some "super special, super-human" generation of young people, as the "spiritualism" circles of the day love to do. At the tail-end astrological Piscean era, they're begging for an entire saviour generation. This follows in the line of the "indigo" kids, the "crystal" kids, the rainbows, the blue stars, the seventh rays, the Whodads, the Whatzits. (Sorry, got my wires crossed with a little Dr. Seuss there for a minute.)

It's a fairly small and concentrated group of individuals that has the dedication to figure out exactly what is being asked, to harness the power of it in all its extremes, and to develop depth and mastery with it.

The members of the Pluto in Scorpio generation have a lot of power to work with the rise out of the corruption and the to-the-brink-of-human-annihilation situation we have on our hands, but they also have an almost overpowering tendency to get caught up, coerced, distracted, overwhelmed, consumed.

Their power can be misused and abused - or siphoned - quite easily.

Destructive obsessions and misanthropic tendencies can be stoked. Energy can be wasted in the nihilistic narcissism that Pluto and Scorpio do so well.

This generation has a big tendency to be enamoured of its own complexity. There's a tendency to self-absorption that has gone to an extreme I don't think another generation has experienced, facilitated to a great extent by internet, social media, and affordable digital cameras. Distracted by the gratuitous documentation of the absolute minutiae of their personal lives.

With the early Pluto in Scorpios came a sub-generation that was used as a gateway. This sub-generation involved the members who had Chiron in Gemini (1983-1988). The test group. Through this sub-generation's flooded synapses came the initial implementation of constant connection, constant stimulation, constant diversion, constant attention through cellular phones, cheap, accessible internet, iPods, social media, Blackberries, digital cameras, and computer programs designed to manipulate image. Through wounded Gemini circuits came a take-over of minds, bodies, and electrical impulses that has shown no sign of letting up since. And a new, encrypted language has developed within the Pluto in Scorpio generation, reinforcing its insulation.

There are a lot of layers to peel here.

Plutonic/Scorpionic issues of power, corruption, dishonesty, lack of integrity, betrayal, abuse, murder, manipulation, exploitation, oppression, suppression, and intolerable social taboo have been here all along. And there have been people working on this stuff all along, committing their lives, risking their lives, losing their lives.

There's a thread of people throughout time, space, and astrological Pluto generation that has taken on the work of deep, core-level change on the planet and has taken it on body, mind, and soul. They've done dangerous work, and for most, it was not a choice. This is about more than paying lip service to it or throwing some money at it. It's about living it, staying true to the course, even when no one is watching, when no cameras are flashing.

To set one group of people up as the most powerful, the most magical, the most catalytic is - to use Scorpio terminology - complete b.s.

To be at the most relevant point for the astrological Aquarian era, we have to shift out of the incessant desire to find and then exploit the next It Generation. This has become a dominant drive within a mainsteam paradigm - fuelled by the Pluto in Leos - that is enamoured of and obsessed with youth. It's absolute silliness. Anyone who is truly "hip to the now" will not be chasing tween, teen, or twenty-something trends. Aquarius goes beyond age and generation to the common threads that unite us in the struggle toward freedom and improved conditions.

Generation doesn't matter among comrades. It's a team effort. It always has been, and it always will be. The responsibilities, the pain, and the glories are shared.

Scorpio relates to soul lineage, and any member of the Pluto in Scorpios with the benefit of wisdom will understand his or her context within the long line of people working this stuff out. To understand yourself or your generation as something superseding that is to fall for a line that has been used countless times before.

Generational hype is a layer of detritus that inevitably slows the Pluto in Scorpios down, keeping them from their most effective points during this burgeoning astrological Aquarian era as part of the cross-generational, cross-cultural effort, fully aware of their context within that.

We're in a dicey little time on this planet. Those in positions of stolen power are attempting to purposefully replay an extremely nasty historical cycle.

To have any chance of righting this ship, we need all hands on deck. This means all Plutonic types from every Pluto generation, baby to senior citizen.

Through the Pluto in Leo generation, en masse, we had the proliferation of Sun sign and personality-based (Leo) astrology. This was fun enough, but it led, to a certain extent, to an excessive (Pluto) need to celebrate (Leo) certain placements, certain signs, certain personality traits, and certain people as special or important above the others, rather than focusing on how it all works together.

A new, more thoughtful and nuanced astrology has to emerge here, one that works with the real diversity of the astrological system as a symbolic framework of life itself, not just the most sexy or dramatic bits that will get the most web hits or sell the most books.

The astrological idols have to fall.

So Pluto in Scorpios, since you're a group that relates to the death of everything that must die, we might as well start the process with you before it even starts.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

...people in a position of stolen power purposefully trying to replay a nasty historical cycle.
I'd love to hear you say more about that. I think you mean the Great Depression, but also, probably Nazi Germany. Or McCarthyism?

Willow said...

Yeah, Anon, I'd say all of the above and much more. Lucky us. There will probably be more about it on the blog as we get closer to the first Uranus-Pluto square.

Personally, I don't believe the fascists lost the war last time around, though. It's been here all along, but it'll now be unmasked and stoked to fevered pitch.

Anonymous said...

Good pick Willow!!! As a memeber of that 'forgoten' ? generation (the Pluto in Virgo lot). I'm very well aware of how much 'work' there needs to be done in stiping back and annihilating anything with the remotest whiff of b.s. attached to it. Pluto must be strongly aspected in my chart, but only with the 'maxi' planets (exception being Mercury). It seems to work well with Chiron too. Perhaps they have similar energies? From a Pluto in Virgo generation member's perspective, I think that 'rolling up one's sleeves' and 'getting to work' with this type of energy and these types of problems is a very noble cause.

Anonymous said...

Generation doesn't matter among comrades. It's a team effort. It always has been, and it always will be. The responsibilities, the pain, and the glories are shared.

A great peice with some great points - thankyou!
One thing i dont understand is about the Pluto/virgo generation. I have heard that we are being proundly affected by the current cosmic energy as it is kicking off what was in our charts at birth. JessicA murray called this era "the other shoe dropping" (the 1960s being the first metaphorical shoe) in terms of plutonic ernergy,,,,

so isnt it possible that the pluto/virgo gen will be the way showers for pluto/scorps just as pluto/leos made so much of the cultural and actual structure for pluto/virgos to inherit? Isnt it the natural rhythm of life? one kind of plutonic evolution informing the next. What i do see as different is that there is a blending of generations now (socially there is more of an age mix i often go to gigs and partys where there are teens twenttysomethings 40 somethings and 60s somethings all getting down and getton on) The is more marked with the pluto/virgos who wont admit they are too old to party, but you often see a generation-merge socially these days - which was unheard of with the pluto/leo. ( i would have died if my mother turned up at the disco!) Finally Most of those in positions of power now - the ones with new paradigms ready to go are pluto in virgo.
it would be really interetsing to read you on the subject of the merging and blending of all 3 of these pluto archytypes as these in reality are the ones that wil have to work it out and stand shoulder to shoulder as it all falls down. When push comes to shove it doesnt matter what generation youa re from - we are all in this together and we are all being affected by Pluto in Capricon - but i suppose it is our response that is unique.

Anyway many thanks for being so extraordinary,
xx

Jason said...

Yea never quite understood how one generation was comming to save the other, just doesnt make sense. I recall thinking indigo kids were possible, but i think its just jargon to add bells and whistles to an art that has enough symbols to cimmunicate with. Damn chiron in gemini is so true..

Love the closing statement, well why dont we start with you... Lol

:( i need some astrological buddies in my life, not jus online, nobodys getting my journey, my friends...

Willow said...

This is why I'm trying to head off the singled out hype of one Pluto generation over the others with this post. I don't want to see the same dynamics that were bullshit then being replayed now.

Personally, I think the prime timeframe affecting the Pluto in Virgos was Saturn transiting Virgo within the opposition cycle with Uranus in Pisces (2007-2009). This was a practical grounding of the energy and ideals of the 1960s - when Saturn and Uranus last opposed each other in opposite signs (Saturn in Pisces and Uranus in Virgo).

I've written about the Pluto generations quite a lot. The last major article is here:

http://willowsweb.blogspot.com/2011/09/new-social-authority-for-pluto-in-libra.html

Firehorse said...

Loved the piece, especially the paragraph "it's actually a small minority..." - sounds so familiar. I have Pluto conjunct Uranus on my mid-heaven, and am discovering the implications of that on a daily basis. I do know, my life will never be boring, and the work will never end, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Totally agree with the comment that the fascists never lost - hopefully we are finally waking up to that fact.
I do think, regardless of your generation, none of us are going to get away without dealing with our plutonic issues. I have noticed particular things about the Pluto in Scorpio generation - some I like, some are annoying. They are a tough bunch though.

Love the "unaffiliated" status, I may have to borrow that since I seem to get kicked out of every group I try to belong to, as soon as I start breaking "the rules". Keep up the good writing.

Anonymous said...

We do need to focus on what the Pluto in Virgo generation has to bring into to the world before we start skipping too far ahead. Wait until the Scorpios get their trine from Pluto in Pisces in the 2040s. They'll be good and ready to make or break the world by then. Even before that, however, the Pluto in Libra generation should have its time. There is, after all, a time for everything. And for every generation.

Stacey said...

It sounds to me like you're just a very negative, jealous, old cunt. I'm sorry you'll never possess the power and destructive passions my generation inwardly has. I'd be pissed if I were you too hunny. xxxo

Willow said...

haha...I'm a Scorpio stellium with Pluto conjunct the Sun who lived through transiting Pluto in Scorpio conjunct all those bodies. I speak from experience, and I have the skills.

You sound like a bit of a cunt yourself.