Astrological Musings

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Barack Obama will be our first president born with Pluto in Virgo.  The past two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, were both from the Pluto in Leo generation, embodying the best and the worst of my generation’s noble ideals and self-centered execution.  Previously we had George Bush I, from the Pluto in Cancer generation, and before him Ronald Reagan represented the Pluto in Gemini generation.  
Pluto was in Virgo from 1956 through 1971, marking a shift from the grandiose dreams and obsessive expression of self that was the hallmark of the Pluto in Leo generation.  Of course those of us IN the Pluto in Leo generation don’t see our generation that way.  To us, we are the greatest generation because we inspired great things.  But Virgo is a very different sign and has a strong dislike for the pretensions of Leo.  

The Leo nature doesn’t have much thought for the future – it is anchored in the present and a need for pleasure and fun. Virgo, on the other hand, has a tendency to worry about the adequacy of available funds and planning for the future. Where Virgo is willing to work long hours toward a goal, Leo is more concerned with doing work that will allow the fullest expression of oneself. Where Leo seeks to express the Ego in the most perfect way, Virgo has an intense dislike of Ego expression, and herein lies the deepest difficulty between the two generations.

Molly Hall has a great article today harvesting the Pluto in Virgo language from Obama’s acceptance speech last night:

A new generation is coming into power with the election of Barack Obama for President. The Pluto in Virgo group (born 1956 to 1971) seeks to transform society through grassroots change, helping others, healing systems that are broken. I heard Pluto Virgo in his acceptance speech, when he talked about a new spirit of sacrifice and a new spirit of service.

It’s also in the sober way he describes what lies ahead”  But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand. The world wants a ‘less arrogant’ America, a perception that reached its pinnacle with the Pluto in Leo era (Clinton, Bush). Obama’s victory speech was full of humility, inclusiveness…and the longed for return of reality-based promises. It’s not going to be easy, as we still face the breakdown of structures and systems. But by electing this Pluto in Virgo President, there’s a chance for America to express her power with the common good of the world in mind.

I am one Pluto in Leo person that is ready to turn over the reins of power to the next generation to see what they will do with it.  Pluto in Virgo is thrifty and cautious and while the Pluto in Virgo folks may not be the most visionary generation in the world, they will be excellent stewards of the planets for the generations to follow.

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