Mar – Apr 2004
A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak.
~Michael Garrett Marino
Perhaps one of the most profound shifts in American Culture was the introduction and acceptance of Divorce into our family system. Prior to the 1950’s it was taboo for a family to breakup as a result of divorce. As we moved into the 70’s it began to become more commonplace and accepted. From an astrological viewpoint, Divorce can best be understood with the planetary cycle of Pluto moving into the Astrological sign Libra which occurred in the 1970’s.
What is Pluto? Why is Pluto so significant?
Pluto moves through an astrological sign every 15-30 years. Its cycle is comparatively long therefore its affects are collective. The god Hades rules Pluto. Hades is associated with the shadow and the underworld. Hades accepts the darkness and shadows he lives in. He knows the importance of embracing what is suppressed and ugly when held in the light. Pluto went into the sign of Libra in 1972. Children born from 1972 through 1984 were all born with Pluto in Libra.
Libra is the astrological sign of relationship. It has to do with the balance between the male and female energies, fairness, social balance and teamwork. With Pluto’s movement into Libra, the shadow work of the imbalance of relationship emerged. In the 70’s, woman felt out of balance. They were trying to understand their place in society and hoping to find a balance in relationships. Would getting into the work place take care of the feeling of powerlessness and imbalance? Perhaps. But, many women who got divorced during that time found new issues emerging. They certainly found a new idea of what freedom was, but the responsibilities of running both a home and a job certainly hold new obstacles. There was still that question of balance.
Children born in the 70’s- Where are they now?
Children who were born in the 70’s through the 80’s who were born with Pluto in Libra are now between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. Perhaps this is why there is such a large percentage of Reality Television Shows related to the issue of relationship, love, marriage and dating. The collective is trying to work out the shadow issues of relationship through the media. These children are trying to resolve the shift that happened in the 70’s. Woman who are now in their 20’s are able to choose between working and raising a family but many are finding that they havedifficulty with so many choices. The lines have become extremely grey between what they should do, and what they want to do. Men in their 20’s are also feeling confused because woman have become much more powerful and these young men are finding it hard to understand just what these woman want.
As an astrologer and working with many young men and women in their 20’s-30’s I have found that these children are the greatest gift to our world right now for helping us understand relationship. This is because they feel the deeper issues associated with the shadow side of relationships being born with Pluto in Libra. They are working really hard to find a balance between their male and female energies. They are certainly struggling but that is what Pluto’s energies help us all to do. They will find the light. Darkness is only the absence of light.