PART II: PLUTO IN SCORPIO IN THE USA CHART: 1984-1996

May 25, 20113 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker

It may seem to some familiar with astrology that the period when Pluto “came home” to its ruling sign of Scorpio should be a dark and terrifying period—like being caught in a perpetual loop of a Tim Burton film. There certainly were elements of that as we shall see but not as much as one may think. That’s because Pluto in Scorpio is something like one of those paradoxical passages of scripture which if I were writing it—and let’s not expect I’ll be recruited to do that anytime soon—might read something like this: All that is hidden shall be revealed and what is revealed shall remain hidden—sort of. It’s the “sort of” that is important because with Scorpio when something is coming into being it’s already dying, and as something is dying its parts or essences are already dispersing and morphing into something else.

Continuing with our theme of what Pluto reveals to the masses about critical issues and power misuses relative to the sign it’s in, first out of the gate is Pluto in Scorpio at its most mundane level—money. Scorpio is opposite Taurus, the sign of personal possessions and income, and Scorpio represents our having to share those resources, even face their loss, and also reveals the quality of stewardship over other people’s money and resources.

First there was the savings and loan scandal of the 80s. Individual savings (Taurus) were wiped out and the bail out was done with taxpayers’ money (Scorpio). This was the worst bank debacle since the Great Depression. Whereas the bank failures of the Depression were the result of regulatory failure, the S&L crisis was caused by personal greed and duplicity.

Then it gets juicier involving money combined with sex, another hallmark of Scorpio. This brings us to the emergence of the bad boys and girls of the evangelical movement. Who can forget the anguished Jimmy Swaggart sobbing in the public spotlight after getting caught buying sex with a prostitute? How about the mascara tinged river of tears carving channels through the thick makeup of Tammy Faye Bakker after the public revelation of hers and her husband Jim’s infidelities and misuses of their contributors’ donations?

The biological examples I used to explain Scorpio and Taurus in Part I of this post were used as metaphors, but they became actual during the years when Pluto was both in Scorpio and Taurus. Nothing is more biological or personal than our own bodies and who has control over them. The physical body is ruled in astrology by Aries but what happens to it, who controls it, what possessions protect it, what income supports it are the purview of Taurus. Relationships between people are ruled by Aries’ opposite, Libra, but what happens to our physical bodies and our personal and shared resources of our relationships is ruled by Scorpio.

Pluto was in Taurus during the Civil War which was fought because one faction of the nation sought to plug the hole in our nation’s constitution that allowed a person or entity to own another human being. Typical of the coming and going of the Taurus/Scorpio dynamic was that as a result of that war the federal government gave with one hand and took away with the other. It abolished slavery and declared all slaves free persons. However, it also suspended habeas corpus for individuals suspected of and subject for trial for treason or espionage. The government resumed habeas corpus as a legal right following the war but that didn’t take away the damage and heartbreak to those whose rights it had suspended.

When Pluto moved half way around the zodiac to enter Scorpio, biology grabbed more than a few headlines. This was when DNA was first used forensically in the criminal justice system. Biological elements of what is most personal, the identifying code unique to that body (Taurus,) could now be used as a shared resource (Scorpio) for solving crimes. Furthermore in the early 80s, the result of unprotected Aries/Libra “relationships” resulted in the spread of the newly discovered AIDS virus which would explode into the world during the Pluto in Scorpio period.

My favorite example of the death of one thing leading to something new from that period impacted the entire globe when Mikhail Gorbachev rose to leadership in the Soviet Union. His implementation of Glasnost brought about the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the fall of communism, and the thawing of a decades long cold war between the east and the west. To those of us who grew up with the scary monster communism lurking behind the impenetrable Iron Curtain that divided the globe it seemed like an impossible miracle.

In my next post we’ll move into the Pluto in Sagittarius time period for a much more free-wheeling time. Stay tuned.

 (Deborah Smith Parker is the author of Humanus Astrologicus available on this site. To follow her on Twitter and Facebook click to the right of this post)

About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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3 Responses to “PART II: PLUTO IN SCORPIO IN THE USA CHART: 1984-1996”

  1. I love getting your posts. I can proudly think, “I KNOW HER.”

    Thought provoking, indeed.

  2. Jill says:

    Fascinating! I remember those years very well as Scorpio is my ascendant! Death & turmoil experienced personally but also the resurrection of myself that was magnificent. Thank you!

  3. David Peters says:

    Deborah, this is spectacular!

    I can hardly wait for your post for the “present” – Pluto in Sag (Saj?).

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