Last century, Pluto was in Libra from 1971-1984. Libra is associated with relationships, women, art, balance and the law; therefore, these areas are forced intopublic awareness and transformed when Pluto passes through this sign.
Perhaps most significant of the changes which occurred during this time was the Women’s Movement. Pluto in Libra brought to light the inequities between men and women in American society, and tore down the old, restrictive, outworn attitudes about ‘a woman’s place’. In true Plutonic style, issues of power and control were important, and the movement was plagued by extremism, fear, resistance and turmoil. Pluto’s entry into Libra saw the legalization of abortion in the U.S. (January1973), the publication of Ms. magazine (January 1972) and the expansion of the National Organization of Women (NOW) into a formidable political force. By the time Pluto left this sign, a woman had run for vice president on the Democratic ticket and women’s economic, professional, political and educational opportunities had increased dramatically. Most importantly, women’s self-confidence, and their vision of themselves and their role in society, had been transformed by this Pluto transit. Laws concerning things that affected women’s personal and professional lives, such as credit, ownership of property, equal job opportunities and pay, sexual harassment, divorce and medical care, were brought into the light and changed.