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Pluto in Cancer



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Pluto was in Cancer, for everyone on Earth, from July 1913 to June 1939, the first time since the 1600s. Individuals born during this 26-year period will go through a lot of changes that affect their sense of security. Many of these souls are learning to supply their own emotional security from within, rather than to depend on external sources such as work, family, parents or lovers. Often this happens by being born into families where one or both parents couldn't (or didn't) see you as an individual. In these cases your emotional needs may have gone unanswered by your family, and you were thrown back on yourself to provide your own security and to minimize external dependency. Compulsive emotional behavior patterns may have to be understood or worked through, where there is often repetitive karmic bonding to parents. Thus home and family is a focus for your growth and evolution, as well as arenas of great sensitivity and vulnerability.

Pluto in Cancer symbolizes exploring and making conscious that which is unconscious, as well as a revolution in our relationship to what we call home, our need for security as a nation and our need to protect ourselves. During this period psychology and psychoanalysis spread. Freud published Totem and Taboo in 1913, Introduction to the Psychoanalysis in 1917, Beyond the Pleasure Principle in 1920, Civilization and its Discontents in 1930, and died in 1939. The world went through the First World War, the great depression, the lead-up to the Second World War, and the rise of Nazism.

Pluto takes 248 years to circle the Sun; that's how long its year is. It therefore resides 21 years on average in a sign, although its orbit is so elliptical that it can stay from 12 (Scorpio) to 32 years (Taurus) in a sign. Pluto's effect by sign position is therefore collective, global or generational, rather than personal. Everyone in a particular generation has Pluto in the same sign, and it therefore effects and characterizes the psyches of entire generations. However Pluto is in a different house every two hours due to the earth’s daily rotation on its axis, so its position by house is very individual (see Pluto in The Houses section of You and the Universe).

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