©1-25-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Bullying is a hot topic these past few years, and seems to be hotter still since Pluto went into Capricorn. It’s hard to say if it’s a growing problem under these aspects or if our awareness is just growing as more people speak out—perhaps a little of both.
The rates of domestic abuse and violence have long been known to rise during economic downswings. So have hate crimes, which often start off as group intimidation and escalate to violence. I also read one article about how this recession has been tied to increased incidence of workplace bullying.
Tough Pluto aspects are connected with abuses of power of one kind or another at any level from international to personal. Bullying is most definitely an abuse of power, whether it occurs at home, in school, at work, or in online communities, and so I’d classify it as a Pluto-related problem. Today I want to look at bullying indicators in the astrology chart and then at some resources you can turn to if you or one of your loved ones is being bullied.
An Astrological Who’s Who of Bullies
The best place to look for bullies in the astrology chart would be the house Pluto is placed in. A house that actually has some Scorpio planets in it MIGHT be an indication of bullying if they were tough planets like Saturn or Mars, but Scorpio alone on the cusp of a house would probably not apply.
Here are a few suspects, but don’t conclude that everyone has faced or will face bullying in the house their Pluto is placed in, because the aspects would have to be pretty tough for that to be true:
Pluto in the 3rd: Brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors, and maybe mean aunts or uncles.
Pluto in the 4th: People you live with. Parents. Sometimes grandparents.
Pluto in the 5th: Bullying is not romantic, not a turn on. And don’t take it from your kids.
Pluto in the 6th: Coworkers, fellow employees. Possibly rich, powerful clients.
Pluto in the 7th: Sweetie, do you need to talk to someone about your marriage?
Pluto in the 8th: Do NOT allow a “benefactor” or sexual partner to abuse you!
Pluto in the 9th: Don’t get me started on mean-spirited preachers and teachers.
Pluto in the 10th: Parents, bosses, and other authority figures who abuse power.
Pluto in the 11th: Bullying by peers in school. Cyber-bullying on Social networking sites.
Pluto in the 12th: Don’t keep bullying a secret—don’t become a chronic victim.
Oh, did I leave out the 1st house? The person who bullies you the most might just be yourself. If you have an Inner Bully, speak back sharply and tell it to SHUT THE F#/*& UP every time it happens. It will stop, believe me, and the sudden silence will be a blessed relief.
As for the planets, some Pluto aspects can correspond with a bullying experience. Tough Moon/Pluto aspects might indicate a verbally or emotionally abusive mother; with the Sun, self-esteem may take a beating from a father who dismisses or demeans the person’s abilities; and with Mercury/Pluto aspects, sibling rivalry can turn into a caustic sort of one-upmanship.
Again, not all such aspects go along with being bullied, nor do they indicate for certain who’s the bully and who’s the bullied party. People with these aspects in their chart do sometimes wind up being bullies themselves. It’s known that many bullies or abusers started off being bullied when they were smaller and weaker, then took on the more aggressive role in order to protect themselves and to vent their rage.
Transiting Bluto comes to the Workplace
Remember Bluto? He was that bully that was always harassing Popeye the sailor man. Once I began studying astrology, I quickly figured out that BLUTO was a typo, and that the bad guy’s name was really PLUTO. So look for a Bluto character in the house occupied by natal Pluto and you’ll probably know exactly who we’re talking about here…and you’ll stock up on spinach to be able to face him down. You should also be watching out for the house that holds transiting Bluto, because you might want to stash a case of spinach there too.
Let me spin you a tale about transiting Bluto in the 6th house. It’s just a made-up example, but I’ve worked with many, many clients who were having this transit, so at least one of you out there is going to have the eerie feeling that I’m reading your mind and seeing exactly what’s going on. Let’s say that you’ve always gotten on well with coworkers, but the economy has everybody on edge, and tension is mounting. Bluto is a newly arrived transfer into your department. He hated the move, but Personnel gave him a choice of either a piddling severance package or a downgrade to your level.
So now Bluto’s got an edge to him, and he’s dying to take it out on somebody who won’t fight back. For some reason–maybe a nasty chart contact–he’s singled you out to pick on. He’s also a bit touchy feely in places on your bod that creep you out.
That’s transiting Bluto for you, and, no, I wouldn’t venture to advise you on a delicate situation like that, even if I did have your chart in front of me. You probably need a good career advisor who’s familiar with marketplace realities in your industry. One bit of advice, though. I’d bet good money this guy is connected to someone high up in your company, and if you don’t watch how you handle this one, you might wind up the target of office politics.
More Astrology-Related Articles to Help: I’ll be giving you some excellent self-help and psychology links for information and resources in the section below, but first here are a few more articles on this site that you might want to read:
- People who Misuse Pluto and Saturn—Don’t be Fooled by Scare Tactics!
- Battling the Bully – Standing Up For Yourself With Confidence and Assertiveness
- How to Recognize and Deal with an Abusive Person
- What Makes a Person Controlling? How Can It Stop?
- Libra Alert: Personal Power & What It Looks Like in a Friendship
- Libra Alert: How to Stop Being a People Pleaser
- Saturn in Libra: How to Set Healthy Boundaries
Information and Resources for those Who’ve Been Bullied
I’m quite a fisherwoman, though I’ve never once handled a rod and reel. Google is my main watering hole when I’m up for a session of what I call fishing, and what you probably call research. I’m forever enthralled by the wealth of sites dedicated to common issues like these—information libraries, support groups, blogs, and services I would never have found without the internet.
This ayem, this figurative fisherwoman donned her figuerative hip-high waders and raincoat, grabbed her tackle box, and ventured out into the grey Pacific Northwest dawn to fish for information about bullying. Here are some excellent sources of information I found.
Bullies2Buddies.com is dedicated to reducing bullying and aggression by teaching wisdom, for wisdom is the solution to life’s problems. Israel C. “Izzy” Kalman has been working as a school psychologist and psychotherapist since 1978 intensively helping victims of teasing and bullying. For years, the modern world has been trying to reduce bullying through a legal/law enforcement approach. This requires society to protect us from, apprehend, and punish those who bully us. Unfortunately, as research and plain experience have been showing, this approach hasn’t been working and is even leading to an intensification of the bullying problem.
Informational articles about bullying: links below all come from an extensive series on the Blogger News Network:
Bullying at Work:
- Workplace Bullies are Costly
- Workplace Bullying Not Stopped by Employee Satisfaction Programs
- Women Bullying Women at Work
- The Evils of Peer Abuse at Work
- Recession Stimulates Bullying and Negative Self-Talk at Work
- Workplace Harassment and Bullying: Recognize Common MethodsWorkplace Harassment and Bullying: Recognize Common Methods
Bullying in the Family:
- Stop Family Bullies: The Favorite Child
- Stop Bullying by a 4-Year Old
- How to Raise a Bullying Teenager: Don’t Stop Their Temper Tantrums
- Stop Frustration, Shouting, Bullying and Spanking Your Kids
- Stop Bullying by Toxic Parents
Bullying at School:
- Anti-Bullying Programs Can Stop Bullies in School
- Stop School Bullies: Parents are the Number One Risk Factor
- Teaching Empathy at a Privileged Middle School
- (Side Note: You might also want to see an astrology article by Lynne Hayes here: Saturn/Pluto and teenage violence and depression.)
More from Blogger News Network:
Bullying in Dating and Relationships:
- Abusive, Controlling Husbands
- Controlling Boyfriend Bullies a Willing Victim
- Stop Bullying Boyfriends, Controlling Girlfriends and Domineering Dates
How to Stop a Bully:
- Want to Stop Bullies?
- Stop Bullies: Moments of Choice for Bystanders/Witnesses
- Bystanders are Beneficial
- Stop Bullies: Why Do Bullies Keep Abusing Us?
- Mean Behavior is Contagious
- Relentless Bullies and Psychopaths Aren’t Stopped by Politeness
- Bullies Do Not Grow Up: They Grow Worse
- Adult Survivors of Peer Abuse: Facing Demons on Social Sites
- High-Tech Harassment in Social Media
- Cyber bullying Lawsuit: Facebook versus Teenager
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About the Author: Donna Cunningham is an internationally-respected author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Her insights reflect her dual background in astrology and psychotherapy. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 40 years of experience in working with people. Her ebooks can be found at Moon Maven Publications (http://www.moonmavenpublications.com) Visit her blog at https://skywriter.wordpress.com.