Pluto: a transit through musical expression
When we think of music, we often think of beauty and creative inspiration. A E S T H E T I C . Astrologically speaking, these things would all be tied into the planet Venus, as she is the planet that represents all things beauty and art (and money, but that’s a whole other topic). She is the Great Muse. This would seem to suggest, then, that all music, as well as poetry – because lyrics are essentially a form of poetry – is influenced by Venus, astrologically. However, that’s not entirely accurate. Venus essentially rules the idea of music, yes, but not necessarily its creation and expression. For that, we turn to Pluto.
Dark, mysterious, and transformative Pluto is, in my opinion, the true drive behind any musical composition. Think about what Pluto represents in astrology (and if you don’t know, here it is): intensity, depth, power, seduction, the inner psyche, transformation. Let’s not forget the mythology our understanding of this astral body is formed from: Hades (Pluto himself), God of the Underworld. Now think about the process through which music is created: a deep and sometimes intense flow of emotion and thought streaming from the hidden mind, or inner psyche, translated into something that has the power to change one’s state of mind. To transform.
Now when you put those two ideas together it’s easy to see how Pluto could be the driving force behind how music affects us all as a collective, as opposed to Venus. Combine that with Pluto’s 12+ year stay in each zodiac sign and you start to recognize the patterns through which Pluto’s influence over an entire generation of world circumstances, as well as on the individual level, the depths of the human mind, expresses itself.
Let’s go deeper, shall we?
Pluto’s function, in evolutionary astrology, is to bring up to the surface the innermost fears and darkness of the human mind for healing. We learn deep and transformative life lessons through Pluto. With his extended stay in each sign, this outermost planet’s influence is generational, meaning a whole generation, worldwide, is being affected and influenced by the particular sign Pluto is transiting through. If we think of this in terms of the effect music can have on such a large scale then we can begin to understand how it is indeed Pluto which truly influences the music of a generation. Let me explain further…
Pluto brings up from the subconscious the lessons to be learned on a worldwide scale. He does this through shedding light into the deepest, darkest corners of human pain and trauma. Crisis and breakthroughs. The lessons Pluto dredges up for the world through the lens of each sign are what the collective have to learn at any given time, and therefore, the themes of that generation are expressed through music. Through the lyrics and even the tonal quality of the music itself. What becomes popular for a generation is actually a manifestation of what the collective consciousness is healing. And music is the universal language.
Let’s take a look at some of the more recent transits of Pluto through the signs, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
(For the sake of this post however, I will only be talking about the influential themes Pluto has over the world at large, not each person individually. For an in-depth look at how Pluto transits affect your own life, you would need to study your birth chart. You can get your personal natal chart free here!)
Pluto in Libra (1971/2 – 1983/4):
Libra – the sign of balance and harmony, a sign ruled by Venus no less. The music that was most popular worldwide during this transit was often soft, easy and melodic, filled with smooth jazzy chord progressions and lyrics about love and relationships. In this time frame, Pluto was teaching the world about building relationships and finding balance. Harmony. Peace. Equality for women and minorities was a major issue fought during this time, as were the breakdown of social “norms” and the reformation of political justice. The lyrics of popular songs reflected this.
Pluto in Scorpio (1983/4 – 1995):
Pluto in Scorpio was a time marked by harsh industrial sounds, often in minor keys, and lyrics about depression and despair, or heightened sexuality. The violence of political revolutions was also vividly depicted to help stir our emotions and open our eyes. Our rosy view of Venus-ruled Libra aesthetic was sharply destroyed, and the deep underbelly of societal taboos was exposed as Pluto made himself comfortable in his own home. During this time there were many mainstream acts who paved the way for acceptance of LGBTQ rights, and a more open view of sexuality in general.
Pluto in Sagittarius (1995 – 2008):
Pluto in Sagittarius presented the world with an energetic and more globalized plethora of music filled with ideas of traveling the world, and of more philosophical life ponderings hidden within the lyrics, and indeed within the structure of the musical expression. We saw the Emo scene take off, challenging us to find meaning in the dark void life can appear to be. We also saw the birth of music streaming services, thanks to the explosion of the internet, that connected us all with music from around the globe. Long-distance travel being another Sagittarius hallmark.
By now I hope you can see the connections between the generational world view brought to the surface by Pluto’s influence, and the role music has in our human experience and connection with each other. Now, of course this doesn’t mean that only these types of music were relevant, or existed during these Pluto transits. I’m simply referring to the fact that these were the types of music made popular in those times due to the lessons being brought up for the collective human consciousness to learn.
At the time of this writing Pluto is transiting through the sign of Capricorn, with a few more years left in his stay. Since 2008 we have all been dealing with the hard lessons of Pluto in this cold, highly-structuralized sign of power, authority and prestige. I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts on how Pluto in Capricorn is influencing the current music scene, and what world happenings are at the forefront of our conscious awareness. Let me know below!
Astrology is truly a fascinating subject, and worth understanding to help us grow as a society. Astrology can also help us understand ourselves, and where we’re headed in this lifetime. If you would like help understanding how astrology can help you in your business and personal growth, I can help! I am an evolutionary astrologer and business mentor to creative millennial women entrepreneurs. Head over to here and see how we can work together!