Uranus-Pluto People

By C.Marguerite Hafeman, © 2004

The last two years have brought a new theme in clients to my door, namely those born in and around the last Uranus-Pluto conjunction, which occurred in Virgo during 1965-66. Currently around 35 to 37 years of age, they seem to be flushed out to find an astrologer by the delightful experience of just finishing transiting Pluto square natal Pluto. Often pasty and wall-eyed from extended bouts of social survival combat, they require a reading on the meaning of it all. Frequently, their charts will have personal planets sprinkled in stellum with the big two, for example Venus and Moon (galloping critical-abusive mother complex) or Mars and Moon (galloping emotional/physical explosiveness) or Mercury (a tendency to rant). Even unadorned by immediate personal influences there is a flavor of galloping anal hairsplitting coupled with a curious lack of compassion for mind-sets other than one’s own (of the moment), coupled with bewilderment at not being flooded with easy companionship on the job, let alone hold a regular job for any extended length of time. If none of these items claim a place in consciousness, the specter of chronic health problems does.

The Uranus-Pluto conjunction occurs about every 127 years, and constitutes one of the major planetary cycles by which sociological change is measured. In the positive sense, it is a major force behind revolutionary developments that alter the modes of life in the generation it affects. Progressive social reform is signaled; however those born under its influence will also feel an urge to do battle with the social and religious structures of the parent society. Those born under the latest conjunction heralded the computer age, the generation who detonated the information technology revolution as befits the sign of Virgo. Uranus-Pluto people can also have a deep interest in the occult; as the current rise of interest in ritual magical working, fantasy gaming and various alternative spiritual paths can attest. This does seem to be the first generation freed sufficiently from the wrath of the Judeo-Christian God to openly embrace alternative expressions in sexuality; however perhaps in reaction to the powerful collective forces churning within their psyches just as many others seek refuge in orthodox religion and a restrictive lifestyle.

The final conjunction of Uranus and Pluto occurred on June 30, 1966. A chart erected for the conjunction is set for the time in Denver, Colorado when the transiting Moon in Sagittarius reached an exact square to the aspect, perhaps forming part of the signature of forces that this powerful cycle would unleash. The Sabian symbol for 17° Virgo around which the conjunction occurred is “a volcano in eruption”. When positive there is creative passion as a rejection of superficiality and a genuine ordering of self; when negative there is petulance and tantrums. The excitable, zealous Moon is also in applying opposition to Mars in Gemini; further reinforcement for a tendency to volatile and even violent communication of needs or beliefs.

The other major feature of this chart is the presence of three other conjunctions besides Uranus-Pluto, all in water signs. Neptune conjuncts the South Node of the past in Scorpio, an indication of idealism and sacrificial mysticism associated with powerful belief systems from past history. The Sun in Cancer in applying conjunction to Jupiter, bespeaks emotive expansionism and a defensive promotion of religious fervor, be it for Science or for Allah. Lastly, Saturn in the last critical degree of Pisces is separating from a conjunction with Chiron the wounded healer also in Pisces. This combination denotes suffering due to a lack of a grounded sense of individuality, coupled with lack of a positive relationship with authority, whether from within or without. The tendency to weld paternalistic judgment compulsively, thus avoiding the work of crafting of one's own redemption in consciousness can be quite powerful. Yet these people are most likely the catalysts for a global transformation in societal ideologies, with the attendant upheaval already making itself apparent in the daily news.

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