During the seventies, women were on the frontiers of cultural change. It was a heady time, where the definitions of a woman’s role in society were scrutinized, debated and contested. Pluto was in Libra speaking about our fears about our social relationships.
Erica Jong’s work, “Fear of Flying” came out at the time. The protagonist, Isadora Wing, went on quest, though she herself did not see it that way, to face her fears regarding life and her relationships through a sexual romp through Europe. She fantasized about anonymous sexual encounters coining a term that is a little too graphic for this Venus in Capricorn gal. Yet she glorified it for these reasons:
[It} is absolutely pure. It is free of ulterior motives. There is no power game. The man is not "taking" and the woman is not "giving." No one is attempting to cuckold a husband or humiliate a wife. No one is trying to prove anything or get anything out of anyone. [It] is the purest thing there is. And it is rarer than the unicorn. And I have never had one.
Such a declaration was social heresy at the time. The fear was that if women broke from their proscribed roles, were actually free to pursue sexual relationships as they desired, society itself would fail.
That, of course, never happened. Despite the free wheeling sexuality of some notable celebrities, the wedding business is still booming and the divorce lawyers still have lots of business. But this is one aspect of Pluto, to magnify our fears.
Saturn in health conscious Virgo has been in an out of sign square to Pluto in Capricorn since September. During this time we’ve been wrangling with national health care reform and have yet come to a consensus. There is a lot of fear talk centered on this debate, which is a function of Saturn. One of the talking fear points centered on so called “death panels” reflecting a fear of dying of which the Saturn/Pluto square speaks. As Saturn moves into Libra and the challenge to and from Pluto becomes more acute, our fear of dying will be kicked into high gear. From Health Care reform to the U. S. Financial crisis, no matter what happens, we need to remember “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Society is not going to fail and the world is not going to end. As Saturn in Libra tells us, don’t let your fear of dying guide your actions. Act on the facts, not your emotions.
Aries—So you have fantasies about running away. Who doesn’t? Resist the urge to kick up your heels in response to difficulties in your relationships.
Taurus—You like to be cautious, but other people want to move quickly. Don’t allow yourself to be swept away by the enthusiasm of others.
Gemini—Everyone is urging you to do something different. Your friends want you to hang out; authority figures want you to stretch your wings. What do you want to do?
Cancer—Even though you have a major decision to make, you swing so wildly from end of it to another you are confused as to what to do. Ask Virgo what you should do.
Leo—Pushing a relationship too hard can have some harsh consequences. Ease up. You’ll get farther.
Virgo—The more things change, the more they stay the same. Whole chunks of your life are changing now. Striving to remain in control will only make things more difficult for you to get life back to normal.
Libra—This week you get by with a little help from your friends. Aren’t you glad you’ve cultivated such a large group of them?
Scorpio—There is another Alpha dog crossing your turf. You tend to be a might possessive about your and yours, sometimes even claiming things that you definitely do not own. To get along, you need to make due with claiming a little less.
Sagittarius–A variety of outdoor and indoor sports occupy your attention this week. Do I have to draw you a picture? Come up for air to answer your cell phone once in a while.
Capricorn—Someone wants you to act more aggressively, but your instincts tell you to hold back, definitely a “conflict of interest”! Some friends can give you good advice on how to handle the situation.
Aquarius—Like it or not the spotlight is on you this week. People tell you to chill out then fuss at you for not being aggressive enough. Fortunately, you have people that have got your back and who will help out when needed.
Pisces—Money pressures continue to ratchet up the stress. You alternate between being meanly frugal and extraordinarily extravagant. Get a grip and make a plan.
For another forecast, Julie Demboski talks about the upcoming New Moon here.
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