Disclaimer: I need to research this more: re-read Steven Forrest and Jeff Greene’s books on Pluto and go through Dr. Tarnas’ Cosmo and Psyche. And it would help to get data on divorce rates. But I thought I’d just put down a few of my thoughts about my cohort: The Pluto in Libra generation. These are just my thoughts and speculations.
Do you have Pluto in Libra: Pluto moved into Libra on 6 Oct 1971 and stayed there till 5 Nov 1983. But it retrograded into Virgo from 18 April 1972 till 30 July 1972.
Saturn in Libra: The last two years have been, um, interesting for this generation. Saturn moved into Libra on 30 Oct 2009 and has been on a slow and excruciating transit through the sign of marriage. With our Pluto there, this is not an easy transit to ignore. I’m sure we all have stories to tell. And now Saturn is almost gone, almost done but not quite. It stationed on the last degree of Libra and is retrograde again. In an interesting synchronicity, I got a phone call just as I started writing this. It was from a friend who’s into astrology and whose marriage has become intolerable. I told her that the current retrograde is a time of revision and when it stations and goes direct, decisions will be made. Relationships may end or you may decide to not end them: either ways, this is a time for choices.
Pluto in Libra: How’s your experience been? I see only devastation and transformation when it comes to marriages of people my age: divorces and despair. Or separations contemplated but not executed. Or, for a few lucky ones, a second marriage and happiness or a new relationship and happiness or sometimes, just being single after a marriage or just being single. Either ways marriage and intimate relationships are a big issue for this cohort and an area where they face intense trauma. Case in point: I thought of writing this post after reading “Why I’m Not Married” by Melanie Curtin.
It used to be so simple, you know? You got married, had kids, you stayed married. I know there were exceptions, but this was pretty much the model for many, many generations before us. It wasn’t important if you were happy in your marriage or if you needs were met or if you had found your other half. You grew up, you got married and if you were happy, God bless you; and if you weren’t, then, well, that wasn’t the point.
And then were born all the little ones with Pluto in Libra with an intense desire to mate, to know someone, to see and be seen in soul nakedness by the other. These little ones who grew up wanting to matter deeply to someone and wanting someone to matter deeply to them. Born with Pluto’s keen gaze turned on relationship dynamics: on fairness, equality, the truth. Steven Forrest says Pluto’s position talks about the place where we are wounded, where we are silent. But he adds this is also the place where, when we heal, we have a great gift for others and for ourselves.
I think the house position of Pluto in your chart is very important. And if Libra is your seventh house cusp or if you have Pluto in the seventh, the stamp of this planet on your intimate relationships is going to be that much stronger. You’ll see the drama of this energy play our strongly in your life. You’ll also attract Plutonians if you have this chart signature. It won’t be easy but you’ll need and want that intensity and you’ll get it, too.
But this rather brief post is about anyone who has Pluto in Libra. I also noticed an interesting subgroup of people born toward the end of 1982 with Saturn conjunct Pluto to whom this might doubly apply. I’m reminded of Eric Clapton’s Layla: Brought me to my knees… This is how I see us, brought to our knees by our intimate relationships, our need for such relationships, our issues around such relationships.
I don’t know how it’ll end for us and I don’t know how we’ll end up. But just as Pluto is the place of our wounding, this will also be the place where we will bring healing. Where we’ll tell truths others haven’t told, where we’ll face the darkness that lurks in all intimate relationships and then bring that darkness into the open, into the light: to be seen, to be understood, to be worked with and healed. We’ll leave our stamp on the evolution of relationships and how they are understood as we either stand here like Atlas groaning under a heavy weight or march along with a slow but steady pace towards truth, toward healing.