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Return to Balance 60's

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

“As this generation comes into its full stride around the turn of the millennium they begin to contribute their Uranus-Pluto gift of transformative originality to the collective. ~Making the Gods Work for You, Astrologer Caroline Casey

Detailed, precise, organized, and diagnostic, Virgo, is devotional, service oriented, and health conscious. She rules the physical body, especially the digestive organs (stomach, spleen, liver), and governs holistic health and the study of flower essences, homeopathy, and small animals. Her shadow aspects include perfectionism, criticalness, and over-analyzing. In direct opposition to Virgo is Pisces, the water of life and the source of all consciousness.

Pisces encompasses the realms of unity, dreams, vision, psychic intuition, empathy, and compassion while its shadow includes a serious lack of boundaries, addiction, self-sabotage, disillusionment, delusion, and martyrdom. Those of us born with personal planets in challenging aspects to the 60s Generational signature experienced deep spiritual and personal initiations, through severe and shocking traumas leading many of us to the alternative health field and spiritual practices to sooth our highly refined Chironic natures. The souls who walk with the 60’s configuration [and those with Chiron prominent in their natal chart] have highly evolved potentiality. With outer-planets on the Virgo-Pisces axis the ability to enlighten, heal and spiritually transcend any wounds from the current life as well as karmic residue from previous lives is immense. The potentiality to transform their past, become embodied, and align with the light charged within them is part of their collective mission which is coming into form now if they can surrender and stay grounded.

The 1960s brought us the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto which began the call to evolve and revolutionize socially, politically, and spiritually. Now, as Uranus and Pluto form into a 90 degree square aspect, they herald an era of extraordinary social, political, and global transformation once again. The conjunction is the starting point of a cycle. The square is the turning point. These squares challenge us now to manifest the visions that were seeded in the 60s, especially for those with mid-degree planets in the signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces

60's Aftermath

For example, in the planetary pattern of 1962, the year JFK was assassinated, Jupiter transited in Pisces and joined Chiron. The planetary pair opposed Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, emphasizing the expansion of illumination and spiritual enlightenment, which also instilled enormous personalized spiritual wounds, especially for those born with personal planets in aspect to this configuration. Many of the souls carrying this signature are highly psychic, with deep mystical Kundalini light available to channel through them if they are able to surrender to the power of their signatures and ride Chiron’s wave of healing. By 1965, Saturn moved into Pisces and joined in Chiron in Pisces. Conjunct and in retrograde motion, Saturn and Chiron in Pisces opposed Uranus, Pluto and Venus conjunct in Virgo, signifying the split within the collective representing extreme repression doled out by patriarchal authority and its shocking misuse of power, disregarding the deep desire for peace, love, beauty, art and the feminine (Venus) to arise, furthering the spiritual wound of the time to an extreme. The result was the Vietnam War.

The aftermath of the sixties left the collective and the children born then to deal with the intensity of the light which came forward then through the radicalization of women’s sexual freedom, drug experimentation…without a container to channel the vitality and consciousness of the times in a healthy way. Numerous children were raised in boundaryless environments where drug and alcohol use, extreme sexual expression and spiritual disembodiment were the norm. These environments perpetuated into sexual and physical abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, entity attachments and ultimately to the syndrome of ADD and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If your natal chart harkens to the any of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) and/or the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) whatever you have been cooking up all these years is now ready to find its deepest and most unique pathway into the collective.

To gain more insight of the roles Uranus, Pluto and Saturn played in the 1960s and how they will express in current times let’s look deeper.

Chronic Generation

Casey describes the sixties as, a wedding of forces creating a distinctively tumultuous, raucous, crazy, disruptive, experimental, awakening and vibrant time. Although I was born with this highly charged astrological energy, I personally was oblivious to its deeper meaning, and had no sense of the social and political pulse of the times. I was unaware of Vietnam, civil rights, or that sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll were exploding around the country in my early childhood, although I am sure my oldest sister did. Born August 10, 1965, I came in just at the height of huge social, political and spiritual r-evolution. The sixties were wedded into my being. They permeated my life and my psyche and little did my sisters and I now how much so as we followed in the footsteps of the hippie crowd, caught in the aftermath, as the healing power of Virgo and the karmic lessons of Saturn, as transiting Saturn in Virgo traversed our generational planets in mid-seventies. I could have cared a less about politics and history. It wasn’t until I began studying astrology that I discovered a love for linking current events and themes to planetary movements. Back then, anything that had to do with the American government and American politics brought up intense anger within me and a deep feeling of revolt. This was the consistent theme I held about any overly structured patriarchal body. I felt they were dishonest and I was right, damn it! I was an angry girl back then. It was 1979 and I was beside myself attempting to survive the lessons of my soul.

It bridges our more physical selves with our more subtle selves… initiates us to help pay attention to our continual transformation (Uranus), our mystical feelings (Neptune), and our incessant karmic push (Pluto). Chiron initiates us on our path by creating the process (Virgo)…Chiron’s tense bridging of Saturn and Uranus explains the Virgoan structure tension that is able to hold so much consciousness, light, and illumination.

Personal Planets with UP

My father’s see-saw dry-drunk, sweet and violent behavior, and my mother’s depressive personality and her outrageous sexual addictions took hold of all of us and my carefree and seemingly un-tampered life exploded. In sixth grade I was in love with Andy Gibb, still playing with my Barbie dolls, and completely innocent in terms of life experience, aside from not bonding with my mother, having been hit numerous times and sexually abused around age five. By the time I reached seventh grade my life changed significantly and exploded into bizarre and unusual experiences. With the Sun in Leo, the south node in Sagittarius, and Jupiter in Gemini on my ascendant, I was opinionated and head-strong, energetically expansive; light hearted and gorgeous of course. I was also sweet, tender, and highly sensitive with a deep love of small animals and wildlife. With Venus in Virgo conjunct Uranus and Pluto in aspect to so many planets in my chart I had a highly refined nervous system which did not mix well with the sex, drugs and rock n-roll which entered into my life as Saturn transited across the bottom of my chart. I was literally unable to digest the events and my mind nearly exploded while attempting to assimilate the insanity of my environment. Years later, as Saturn transited the upper right quadrant of my chart I reached for sobriety and the healing of childhood wounds, as my mother died, (Uranus Neptune conjunct natal moon) and I embarked on attempting to understand myself spiritually and cognitively attempting to comprehend why I had chosen such a difficult path. After several spiritual awakenings I began to feverishly read about astrology and metaphysics. I found the Mountain Astrologer magazine and bought every new issue. A friend gave me of copy of The Only Astrology Book You Will Ever Need and I began analyzing my chart. As Saturn reached my mid-heaven I experienced numerous spiritual awakenings, with five years of sobriety: communicating with my grandmother and mother on the other side, walking through years of terrifying memories, study of massage therapy, and was deep into family of origin psychotherapy. As Saturn came full circle and moved through my tenth house and opposed my Uranus, Pluto and Venus I reached further and studied shamanic healing, astral travel, metaphysical healing, crystals, flower essences, homeopathy, whole food nutrition, holistic care for animals, and body-centered meditation.

From an evolutionary astrological perspective the polarity of my fourth house Virgo stellium is Saturn in Pisces. Saturn is square to the south node in the 6th house suggesting some sort of abdication of Saturn in the past thus conflict with Saturn in this life while Uranus, Pluto and Venus oppose Saturn and square the north node in the 12th house in Gemini suggests a highly charged momentum towards transmutation, transformation and healing in the current life and to collectively communicate, teach, and be a voice for all things intrinsically hidden to the mundane naked eye regarding the body, alternative health, and the sacred ancient feminine in some nurturing form with Venus as my soul guide.

Now to actually harness all of these aspects is quite a task and considering the oppositional nature of my chart, one can clearly see a natural rebelliousness towards authority, especially any inauthentic, unconscious, dishonest and patriarchal authority, for heaven’s sake anyone born with three outer planets in stressful aspects to Saturn and Venus in hard aspect calls forth for nothing less, especially within the 10th and 4th house arena, and a Capricorn Moon in the 8th house to boot. Consciously being in relationship with of all of these natal aspects has been an arduous, adventurous, and blissful journey and I have spent a great deal of my life refining my understanding and embodiment of its intense, conflicting and dynamic configuration.

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