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Pluto transforms when it passes, kind of like weather. Weather transforms seeds into food, water into ice, houses into rubble and shoreline into delta soot.
Unlike weather, Pluto takes about 20 years to pass through the neighborhood.
Pluto is currently passing through the neighborhood of government, banks, state institutions and tectonic plates. When Pluto emerges from the underworld through of steel beams and concrete, it will then pass through your group activities, social organizations and social conventions.
The passage from Capricorn to Aquarius will happen in about ten years.
I know, I know – remind you in about nine and half years. Leave me alone now while I figure out whether to keep my currency or put it into something tangible like houses or metal before the year 2023.
The interesting thing about the future is that is constantly unfolds from the seeds of today which Pluto continually nourishes using manure.
Manure, that’s what it takes.
Manure, accept it.
Manure, you make some every day.
Pluto in Aquarius
When I told an astrological buddy that I didn’t see how the transformation of our economy (if that’s what’s occurring) could finalize in a mere ten years, he intelligently pointed out how in the 1990’s the media empires appeared ready to take over the world and then, poof, they were gone.
What interests me is how the seeds of tomorrow mixed with today’s energy transforms into what we call the future.
Air-sign Aquarius is futuristic, technological, mental, intellectual, idealistic and society-oriented. It’s society-oriented in a different way than Capricorn. Capricorn creates religions, political parties and banks. Capricorn creates structures of hierarchy and order.
Aquarius, on the other hand, creates societies based on ideals such as fraternities, sororities and communes. The structure is supported by the ideals of the entire group, not a specific portion of the group.
Before you sing “The Age of Aquarius” (which was written by Pluto in Leo folks – Leo is the opposite of Aquarius), remember that Aquarius, the water bearer, is not a water sign. This isn’t the expression of a group hug – it’s the expression of a group IDEA.
The water of the water bearers allows the flow of spirit from above to below. For the 21st century, we might re-name the water bearer into the “electricity conductor.”
The first electric power transmission line in North America, according to Wikipedia, occurred on June 3, 1889 when Neptune, Pluto, sun and Mars were in the air sign Gemini. Uranus, ruler of electricity and Aquarius, was hanging out in air-sign Libra.
Imagine today’s world without electricity.
Uranus and Neptune traveling together in Aquarius (late 1998-2003) brought us the Internet and social media. Neptune continued in Aquarius until 2011. That’s an Aquarian done deal, again, brought to you by the Pluto in Leo generation.
Now that Uranus and Neptune did their work on Aquarius, it’s Pluto’s turn. Uranus brought the ideas and Neptune made them a belief, the hydration of our mental system. Now Pluto will destroy the parts that were not meant to last as Pluto eliminates the waste of what you digest.
In other words, we’ll be shitting Capricorn while eating Aquarius.
What will remain?
Seeds of Pluto in Aquarius
Here are some things my friend and I tossed around as the seeds of Pluto in Aquarius. As Capricorn changes into Aquarius, I suspect we’ll have a “new tradition” as Pluto retains from Capricorn (traditional structure) what is strong and fibrous enough not to be destroyed.
A now dormant site defines crowdfunding as bringing together a large number of people to financially support businesses or projects. Rather than the traditional forms of business financing with large sums of money being transmitted from a small number of investors, crowdfunding allows hundreds or even thousands of contributors to fund as little as $1 to support a cause.
“Rather than traditional” is the keyword here. This suggests a movement from today (traditional) to tomorrow (the power of the cause).
In the US, the economic downturn has led to more extended family living. In the US, there is also a trend toward urban living which creates a sense of community – a community where you walk to the store and coffee shop seeing friends and family along the way. Interestingly, it’s those Pluto in Leo baby boomers again driving this trend.
I’m also wondering how the change in preschool child care from home care to daycare has shaped generations. According to a now dormant site, infant care was made available in 1980.
This census site has some historical information (Primary Child Care Arrangements of Preschoolers With Employed Mothers: Selected Years, 1985 to 2011) which shows that organized facility and non-relative care hit a peak in the mid 1990s. Those spending their preschool years in day care facilities before starting elementary school have socialized in institutions their entire lives. Their sense of community may be different from prior generations.
Transformation of gender roles
Aquarius by nature is androgynous. The “hookup” culture screams Aquarius as emotional bonding is optional, not required. While looking for statistics on homosexuality over time, most of the data I found regarded approval or disapproval of various gender issues.
It’s interesting to research a topic and find most of the data focusing on approval or disapproval. This suggests a highly-charged challenge to the social order. Aquarius would do nothing less.
The Perfect Society
An Aquarius speed bump is the need for perfection. For me, Aquarius represents the desire for the perfect society. The drive for perfection, naturally, has quite a few pitfalls. Aquarius is a fixed sign and demanding in its own way that one follows the rules, no matter how weird or unusual those rules.
I’m expecting in the next few years to see more discourses and blueprints on the “future society,” and the “perfect society” with economic and gender components carefully delineated.
Education separate from physical buildings allows education at the remotest points of the globe. I’ve already blogged the negative reaction to the easy access to education.
The more egalitarian education becomes, the more we may see additional levels of degrees as differentiation. Possibly this will be a remnant of Pluto in Capricorn.
Current Pluto generations
In 2023, when Pluto moves into Aquarius, the last of the baby boomers will be retiring. The Pluto in Aquarius transit will be led first by natal Pluto-in-Virgo, then Pluto-in-Libra and Pluto-in-Scorpio generations.
The Pluto-in-Virgo generation (born 1957-1971) living through Pluto in Aquarius will be the most extreme of the perfect-society promoters. Many of the Pluto in Virgo folks also have Uranus in Virgo along for the ride.
Virgo rules work and health so we may see Aquarian ideals focused on these areas of life. The current Affordable Care Act in the US is creating a battle between government and corporation with the Virgo worker in the crossfire. For example, companies may choose to cut employee hours so as not to provide healthcare, an instant downgrade of one’s job.
Countries that make textiles for the richer countries are also beginning to speak up about working conditions, such as the textile workers in Bangladesh.
The Pluto-in-Libra generation (born 1971-1984) living through Pluto in Aquarius will groove with the androgyny as this generation is re-inventing partnership (Libra rules partnership).
Libra’s image is the scales, which is an object and not a person. Libra and Aquarius move to the beat of a different drummer, a drummer with a loving and unusual sidekick. Libra does not walk alone while Aquarius can alienate through rebellion.
Libra and Aquarius combined is the child who brings home the partner from a different age group, ethic group or social group upsetting the parents.
This is the generation in the US that experienced the rise of day care for preschool years as the parent(s) worked outside the home.
The Pluto-in-Scorpio generation (1984-1995) living through Pluto in Aquarius will have a difficult time merging with the perfect society. Scorpio is the fixed water sign that squares Aquarius.
Scorpio deals with issues of sex, death and regeneration. Aquarius, idealistic by nature, might find the Scorpio character a bit too emotionally intense and demand that this generation put aside emotions for the ideal.
This generation is transforming the sexual relationship, sexual politics and rape. Nothing is brushed under the rug with these folks so those that believe the society is perfect (or could ever be perfect) will face the Scorpio interrogation.
This generation experienced the daycare sex abuse hysteria and experienced the discovery and awareness of AIDS. That’s a heavy load. They will naturally challenge Aquarius when it becomes too idealistic.