The US Presidential Election this year has been a battle between the Pluto in Cancer generation (John McCain), the Pluto in Leo generation (Hillary and Bill Clinton) and the Pluto in Virgo generation (Barack Obama). Back in February I covered this in an article about the Clinton/Obama contest as a referendum between the early (Pluto in Leo) and late (Pluto in Virgo) boomers. The passion of the feelings in the comments on this earlier article reveal the intensity of the conflict between these two generations. (Note: obviously these are generalizations about a demographic group as a whole. Within these groups individuals find their own exprssion.)
The Clintons were central to a powerful Democratic political machine that was centered on loyalty and a politics of personality – hallmarks of the Pluto in Leo generation. Although I am counted among that generation, I have to admit that there is truth to the blame that the early boomer (Leo) generation gets for being narcissistic and self-absorbed. These are negative traits of Leo, but there are also positive ones: generosity, inspiration, creativity and open-mindedness. The Clinton era has reflected all of the traits of Pluto in Leo, both positive and negative. But the strongest Leonine traits of the politics of both Clintons has been a powerful sense of pride and entitlement, Politico reports:
The former president is disappointed, associates said, because he is eager to speak about the economy and more broadly about Democratic ideas — emphasizing the contrast between the Bush years and his own record in the 1990s.
This is an especially sore point for Bill Clinton, people close to him say, because among many grievances he has about the campaign Obama waged against his wife is a belief that the candidate poor-mouthed the political and policy successes of his two terms.
Pluto in Leo has a hard time turning over the spotlight.
On the other hand, we have Barack and Michelle Obama, Pluto in Virgo types. Virgo tends to shy away from expressions of ego and doesn’t care much for Leo, and the Pluto in Virgo generation bears a fair amount of resentment against the egotism of the Pluto in Leo older brothers and sisters. But often this resentment obscures the understanding that it was the boldness and vision of Pluto in Leo that started the wheels of change turning. As a generation, Pluto in Virgo (1956-1971) has been the beneficiary of many of the changes that the Pluto in Leo generation, with their search for pleasure and freedom, sought to implement.
Then there’s John McCain representing Pluto in Cancer (1913-1939) - the generation that sacrificed everything for family and country, both under Cancer rulership. This generation, as a whole, did not question authority or seek to pursue their own dreams as they lived through two World Wars. Cancer’s main focus is on security and emotional safety, and they may have a greater tendency than other generations to relate best to people that are most like them (Cancer is rooted in tribal affiliations).
With the transition of Pluto into Capricorn, change is afoot. Those who embrace change will vote for the new guy. Those who fear it will retreat to the safety of the past and vote for the old one.