March 10, 20113 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker

To briefly recap from Part I: Virgo rules all those things that assist us: employees, servants, service in general, volunteers, people who work with their hands—you know, the “little people.”

Virgo’s willingness to help has been structured by culture to serve others but on others’ terms. This became so culturally embedded that many except the most oppressed did not see it this way. When Pluto went into Virgo (1958-1971) he generated mass eruptions to free people from unjust servitude.

Virgo is also the archetype of the information analyst but is not an investigator. That’s the purview of Scorpio. However, when Pluto, who is ruler of Scorpio, entered Virgo he added that investigative energy, requiring that we not just look at “what” but that we also ask, “Why?” Pluto makes you dig deep and the deeper you go the more you find. Uncover enough information and eventually critical mass is achieved, ignited and hurled into the center arena like a hydrogen bomb.

The civil rights movement was a massive self-actualizing movement involving millions of people seeking to end second class citizenship. It fully launched during Pluto in Virgo when increasing numbers of people asked “why” about segregation and found the answers intolerable. The old information just didn’t fit anymore when television and newspapers spread visceral images of blatantly unfair policies and savage police beatings that clearly did not serve the greater good.

Remember that Virgo is the sign of the martyr and its opposite sign Pisces is the sign of sacrifice. The Pluto in Virgo years generated the longest list of publicly recognized martyrs. Among them were civil rights leaders, advocates, freedom riders, countless innocent bystanders, a United States senator, and a president. For many, the sacrifice of thousands of American soldiers killed “serving” their country in Viet Nam became an empty one when Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers revealing that four successive presidents had misled the American public about this nation’s true intent in Viet Nam. We have never felt the same about our government since then.

Let’s fast forward and take a look at those born with Pluto in Virgo who are currently occupying increasing numbers of key positions with political power.

Because Virgo is the organizer of information and Pluto bestows a gift for strategy, this is the generation that perfected cherry picking, the strategic use of data to achieve  goals. They are adept at using only data and information that prove their points and not revealing the rest, and can consciously conceal what doesn’t serve their cause or even refutes it. How they use information and for what goal depends upon their individual characters.

The weakness of this placement becomes evident when they get pulled off their talking points—and you have to be darn good to do this to Pluto in Virgo—or their cover gets blown. Then they have to deal with what has been buried and is now being used against them. Their other astrological signatures provide clues for how they respond. For instance, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with Scorpio Sun and Scorpio Moon stubbornly digs in. President Obama with his Aquarius rising and Gemini Moon distances himself from intensely emotional situations and objectifies what is occurring.

Remember that Virgo is about information and its analysis. In politics regardless of protestations to the contrary politicians and others in public positions with this placement I believe are the most influenced by polls. And polls are a measurement (Virgo) of their power (Pluto) and influence. Watch our president when his poll numbers go down and see how he suddenly weighs in strongly on an issue and his numbers go up again. I don’t think anyone expects Walker with his double Scorpio thing operating to voluntarily budge one inch.

I expect good things from this generation. Virgo is also about health and eventually during this lengthy Pluto in Capricorn period (see Feb. 4 post) I believe that we will get to the heart of true health care reform—and it will be because the little people demand it.

My next post will focus specifically on the astrological chart of Scott Walker.

(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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  1. Interesting observation of the combination of cherry picking information you ‘like’ and hiding information you don’t as a media/political strategy at this time. Maybe we’ll get a few Pluto in Libra generations to clear up this muddy mess before we’re done with Pluto in Cap. Nothing like hanging a square (Libra square Capricorn) on a trine (Virgo trine Cap) to stir things up!

  2. As one born during the Uranus and Pluto conjunction in Virgo, I am also watching others of my generation go through a lot. And while Pluto in Capricorn will be trining our natal conjunction, Uranus going into Aries and creating the opening square aspect to transiting Pluto is already being felt deeply by us, I assure you! While the Uranus opposition in Pisces is over, we will be dealing with Chiron and Neptune there at the same time as this square. These are very interesting times for our generation, as well as those born in the early 1990’s with the Uranus and Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, now that Pluto is there. I think many of these teenagers/young adults will be delivering many surprises early in their lives! As an aside – HAPPY SOLAR RETURN Deborah!! Facebook wouldn’t let me post 😉

  3. lisa weems says:

    Loved your examination of Pluto in Virgo. I was born during this period and have felt the ramifications of this aspect, having my pluto in 3rd house, conjunct nn, square sag sun in 5th.

    In terms of perfected cherry picking and the strategic use of data to achieve goals, we are taught, through higher education, to be wary of this approach in terms of applied research–there is a definite awareness that this type of deceptive approach occurs in order to be ‘published.’ Furthermore, I’ve had people in positions of power deliberately cherry pick information to use against me and then try to hide the greater facts that surround the issue. This has made me very aware of power and how it is deliberately distorted and used against people, which infuriates me, having a real sense of social justice and how power is overtly and covertly misused.

    As a generational ‘gift,’ I like this ability to penetrate to the heart of a matter; but this gift needs honed so that we can express the information in terms of its larger meaning, and how that outcome impacts our wellbeing, without feeling the need to hide other competing influences. I also think fear lies at the heart of much of this behavior and wonder why, as a society, we cannot be free from this response as fears fosters further social/moral/spiritual imprisonment. Are we not becoming more spiritually enlightened through these influences?

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