©2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
We students of astrology today don’t have a true picture of what the sign Libra is like because most Librans born after 1942 are different from Librans born over the centuries before that. In 1942, the planet Neptune entered Libra and led a parade of the outermost planets—Saturn, Chiron, Uranus and Pluto—through that sign in fairly rapid succession.
We don’t even really have a sense of what Saturn is like in Libra, because each of the last three times it’s been there, it has overlapped with the outer planets. The timeline below will show you what I mean.
- When Saturn was in Libra in 1951-2, so was Neptune.
- When it was in Libra in 1980-3, so was Pluto.
- And now that it’s in Libra again, it will form aspects to Pluto and Uranus.
Librans born in the last 55 years have to be different from Librans born before that because of the interference of the outermost planets. Relationships are the heart and soul of Libra, and yet these transits have radically and permanently changed what relationships are like for us. Before that time, divorce was practically unthinkable and considered a scandal. Now in many places 50% of marriages end in divorce.
Because of this tendency for Saturn in Libra to overlap with the outer planets, we don’t even have a true picture of what it’s like for people born with Saturn in Libra to have their Saturn return, because when Saturn conjuncts their natal Saturn, it will also be forming aspects to the outer planets that were in Libra at the time of their birth. After all, Saturn is supposed to be exalted in Libra, meaning that it’s at its best, but how can you perform up to your best when you’re forced to hang out with the likes of Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto?
To show you more of what’s happened to Librans and how they’ve changed, I’ve written a fable called “It’s Hell Being a Libra Nowadays,” and it’s at Sasstrology, the premier website focusing on relationships and astrology. See it here: It’s Hell Being a Libra Nowadays! | Sasstrology.com
And while you’re at Sasstrology, check out my series of articles about men and their Moon signs on that site:
- Aries, Taurus and Gemini
- Cancer, Leo and Virgo
- Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius
- Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces
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