PLUTO IN LEO—ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

February 28, 20116 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker

Those born in the Pluto in Leo generation (1939-1958) are the greatest contributors to today’s “my way or the highway” partisan political paralysis. Here’s why.

Leo is the sign of kings and all royalty. It’s also the drama queen of the zodiac, since other life areas Leo rules are those of creativity and children, demanding center stage in every splashy production it’s so brilliant at staging. Look at me, Mom! See what I did!

If you haven’t read my previous posts on Pluto’s role in world events, here are some key points. Pluto is a king himself, Lord of the Underworld. He is not the devil of Christianity but he shows us who the devils are. The underworld he shows us is not hell but where we have created hell by not attending to growing inequities that he causes to erupt on massive scales.

Pluto is about power and how it is expressed. He reveals to the masses what they need to know about power imbalance. He works at a global level to show these imbalances at levels so intense that they have to be recognized and addressed.

Three months after Pluto roared into Leo in June of 1939 to stay, not retrograding back into Cancer, Hitler’s armies rolled into Poland launching a world wide conflict unequalled then and now. Likewise the most terrifying exhibition of power the planet had witnessed, the atomic bomb, first exploded during Pluto in Leo finally ending the war.

 This placement of the King of the Underworld in the sign of kings demanded superlatives. There in grand proportion were powerful villains and super heroes clashing for world domination, looking like a casting call for a Cecil B. DeMille film. For every Hitler and Hirohito there was a Churchill and a Roosevelt, for every Rommel there was a Patton.

Defeat for Pluto in Leo is too terrible to contemplate. Victory must be absolute. The king lives or the king dies. His realm expands engulfing his enemy’s territories or it is captured and his subjects sold into slavery. (Pardon the purple prose–Leo seems to demand it.)

Power and its staging are what are important to Pluto in Leo. Compromise and negotiation are not used to find middle ground between warring factions. However, they are used to build alliances that have the power to check another nation’s or faction’s power, like the United Nations and NATO formed during this time.

Power struggles resulting in gross imbalances are always inherent dangers in the dynamics of politics and government. But with Pluto in Leo you don’t just have the bickering of ministers, you have a war of kings. This emerged when the Pluto in Leo generation began to ascend to the thrones of political leadership in the late 80s and into the 90s. This period marked the beginning of the end of the modicum of civility between the two major political parties and commenced the drawing of sharp divisions (the mapping of kingdoms), and the demise (for the time being anyway) of true political negotiations.

Leo is also the sign of the need for self expression. Boldness, bravery, and fun are hallmarks of this Pluto in Leo generation dedicated to designing their own destinies, breaking free from old traditions with style and grandiosity hard to equal.  As astrologer Steve Forrest says, “They want to be datable in their 80s.” They do want to make a better world, but they also want a grandly better life for themselves. (Sort of squirming here writing some of this since I’m one of them.)

So the challenge of this generation is what happens when the king wants what is best for the king and not the kingdom. Since he is not involved with the daily lives and fates of his subjects who live outside the castle walls he is often unaware of how his indulgences can take bread out of their mouths. That’s the purview of Leo’s opposite sign, Aquarius. The realignment of power structures now happening with Pluto in Capricorn (February 4 post) will allow for the needs of the “little people” to be better tended when Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024.

Tune in for more Pluto in a few days.

(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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6 Responses to “PLUTO IN LEO—ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE”

  1. Most interesting …

    Why the let down at the end though? Isn’t there something positive you can say about a more immediate future than 2024?

    I’m so glad you’re doing this, Deborah. You have an amazing insight.

  2. Sharon says:

    Brilliant analysis! After reading your article I wonder if Shakespeare’s King Lear was a Pluto in Leo? I particularly appreciated your comment, “The underworld he shows us is not hell but where we have created hell by not attending to growing inequities that he causes to erupt on massive scales.” Certainly political leaders throughout the world are on the precipice of collective peril due to the Pluto in Leo influence.

  3. Deborah Smith Parker says:

    Mavis, what would you have me say? Right now, circumstances for millions of people continue to worsen while the people who caused this get wealthier. The masses are going to have to do some serious dethroning of existing leaders and Wisconsin seems to be the flash point that is catching on around the nation. I think it will take and 13-14 years before some equity among all people is achieved. Comment?

  4. Before the 21st centruy, yes, But NOTHING takes that long in this new forward mode. jThere’s not time.

    And, it IS Pluto, totally undisciplined, raw, shameless, geared to shock and move on.

  5. Jill says:

    Excellent Deborah! I recently looked at Uranus entering Aries for the first time in 84 years. 1927 – 1935 was the last time. So we will be “shocked” as Mavis says along with the revelations of the coming years. Exciting times indeed!

  6. Darin Baker says:

    Thank you Deborah. I found this very thought provoking. Kings (tyrants and dictators) are toppling all around the globe and the common people are reclaiming their rulership after generations of oppression and poverty. It is the natural result of your wonderful statement about the challenge of this generation. These “kings” have put the welfare of the king before that of the kingdom. I’m sure Arthurian myth holds some wisdom on this topic. Meanwhile the disparity between the monetarily wealthy and the poor in the United States grows larger. I can only imagine that at some point the gulf between these two shifting tectonic plates will result in something earthshaking and rectifying.

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