On yesterdays show, I riffed on the “Hunger Games” which is dominating youth lit and is being made into a feature film. “Hunger Games” is set in the future in a post-apocalyptic U.S. which is named “Panem.” Panem is divided up into 13 districts. Thirteen is the Death card in the major arcana. Death and sacrifice and is exactly what the Hunger Games are–ritual sacrifice. Before we get into the Hunger Games, let’s look at how generations are influenced and even programmed via Pluto.
On yesterdays show, I explored generational programming via modern fairy tales, myth, TV and cinema. Each generation has psychic driving memes that deeply influence their thinking, attitudes and cultural ingress.
I started with the Pluto in Leo generation (1938 to 1956) and their cultural myth-matrix; “The Wizard of Oz.” Frank Baum’s tale of displacement, discovery, exploration, self-actualization and ultimately dis-enchantment is the collective narrative for the boomers, a generation in search of itself, navigating through a surreal landscape in place of the once familiar heartland they had been used to.
But ultimately, the goal is to arrive at Nirvana, aka The Emerald Kingdom, and once they arrive there, they pull the curtain back on the emperor and have achieved completion . . . sort of. The unmasking of the emperor is the core of the boomer’s fairy tale. The emperor is “the man,” “the system,” and authority in general. The emperor is parents, the dean of the campus, the president. Leo is the sign of monarchs (Project Monarch/Leo anyone?) and dictators. Pluto is the relentless force of transformation that wears down the opposition to change with power.
During the turbulence of the sixties, especially from 61 to 64 when Saturn in Aquarius was in opposition to their Pluto, we see the social turbulence of the decade kicked off by the death/ritual assassination of the Sun King, America’s Apollo/Arthur, JFK, quickly followed by the rapid rise of Rockefeller funded feminism and the civil rights movement which would yield another sacrificial lamb, the death of a literal and figurative King (Martin Luther).
The death of Kennedy and the rise of the Vietnam war were the psychic accelerants for the boomers to take Oz by storm and pull back the curtain on the man over and over and over again, finally culminating in the impeachment of the Capricornian sacrificial goat, Richard Nixon.
Once Nixon was de-throned, in a symbolic victory, the boomers retreated to the soft contours of the human potential movement, free sex, and buying real estate, firmly entrenched in their anointed golden status as the generation that had the most wealth at its disposal, maybe ever. They even managed to hoist their own emperor onto the throne in the guise of Leo/Sun King, Bill Clinton.
Its “The Wizard of Oz” that drives their legacy and tale.
The Pluto in Virgo generation from 1957 to 1971 are the far less glamorous second sib to the children of the sun. Their astro-mythos? Its really two stories/movies that have in some ways, the same underlying themes. The first is Mary Poppins.
Here we see an average woman that dwells in the realm of service/servants as the nurse maid to children. Its a very non-glamorous job (Virgo) and yet, lo and behold, beneath the surface, Mary Poppins is no mere nanny. Oh no. She’s magical! She’s a freaking witch! And just in case the boys don’t get it, well there’s a chimney sweep (again Virgo, doing all that dirty work) who is a warlock! Menial jobs aren’t drudgery. Oh nooooo, they’re magical! A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. Yep. Open wide and swallow.
Just in case the late Pluto in Virgo kids, circa 1968 to 1971 missed it, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory tells a similar tale in some ways. Here again, we see a boy of humble means say and do the right things, while his peers gorge on media, sweets and instant gratification. Charlie’s a good boy and is rewarded by inheriting the chocolate factory, getting to manage all that slave Oompa labor, making him wealthy beyond his status and dreams.
Willy Wonka is a bridge work between the Pluto Virgo/Pluto Libra generations as Charlie demonstrates Libran courtesy and manners, every step of the way. Charlie is charmed.
Pluto in Virgo have been hypnotized and indoctrinated into the lesser octave of their outer planet assignation; be okay with more is less and find a way to be of service, because service is the most noble thing imaginable. Just ask Pluto in Leo.
Pluto in Libra’s cultural ciphers are not as literary but much more cinematic and television driven. This generation suffered from the greatest divorce rate in history and much of their “programming” can be seen in shows like “Different Strokes” where kids that aren’t even related wind up with a new parent and wouldn’t you know it, a better way of life.
My ex-wife and her sister, both born during Pluto in Libra are very drawn to “The Sound Of Music” made in 1965, which finds a group of children with no mother, finding a new mom and re-stitching the family unit. Guess who plays their future mom? Julie Andrews, who also played Mary Poppins.
But the real cultural meme, the psychic driver, the matrix mind implanted archetypal template for Pluto in Libra is Star Wars.
You might ask yourself the following; How does Star Wars fit into a generation that has had the family separated and cleaved like the swipe of a light saber right through its nuclear core? Well here it is.
Luke and his twin Leia represent the balance of the male/female polarity that is Libra. That’s for starters. Then we have to reconcile the light and the dark. Again, Libra. Social justice is a big theme in Star Wars. Again, Libran. But Luke and Leia are without parents. Or shall I say, they are without birth parents. Now this wasn’t your normal, Kramer vs Kramer style break up, and in fact people won’t know about Anakin and Padme for well over another decade, but their parents were in essence separated and divorced.
Luke plays the Moses motif raised down river by his aunt and uncle. Leia, raised by royalty. Luke is in search of his father. Let’s face it. Luke Skywalker is from a broken home. And the irony upon irony is that the woman he falls in love with is actually his sister!
I know that Lucas read Campbell, aped Kurosawa, etc, but Star Wars is it, straight down to the relationship fail of Luke and Leia to parents that are lost. The best relationship sinks, even if its due to not wanting to indulge in incest. But keep looking. Keep searching. Fight the right fight, the good cause, bring polarity into balance and voila!
Star Wars is also the departure into space, both physical and transpersonal. Libra is the gateway to the archetypal, transpersonal houses and signs; from cupid to psyche. Which brings us to the next station on our way to the Hunger Games. Harry Potter.
Pluto in Scorpio has two, very dominant works driving its collective identity and programming; Harry Potter and Twilight. Harry Potter was released in June of 1987. By that time, the oldest of the Pluto in Scorp generation would have been around 12-13 years, perhaps slightly older than the young Harry Potter, but not by too much. Potter would wind up influencing the bulk of Pluto in Scorp and even some Pluto in Sag kids. The scorpionic themes in Potter are hardly hidden. Its filled to the sorcerers brim with occult magic, dark spells, demons, life and death. Potter even takes his place amongst “The Order of The Phoenix” in the fifth book, the phoenix being symbolic of Scorpio.
The Potter books are the codex magica for Pluto in Scorpio. They initiated them into the temples of their dark imaginations and now they’re wearing the eye of Horus on baseball caps thanks to Jay-Z.
“Twilight” the other book that I associate most with Pluto in Scorp was released in 2005. By this time, the millenials were in their teens and needed something saltier than Potter and his sexless escapades in other realms. “Twilight” took care of all that, providing romance tales that exalted the taboo and dangerous realms of love and sex with the dead. Right on time for those kickin’ hormones.
“Twilight” also serves as a cipher for the Pluto in Libra generation, Relationships, traditional relationships, are dead. Get over it. Twilight paves the way for any type of relationship. Between Potter and Twilight, the occult formula is complete. A generation can now go gaga over the lurid, despised and debased. If you can love the dead, you can love anything.
Staying with the literary theme here, the final chapter on this group is far from written, but they are about to be asked to step aside for the next installment in the shaping of collective imagination. The Hunger Games.
Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the Hunger Games trilogy lives in District 12 (The Hanged Man), Panem’s poorest district out of the 13. Panem, the former U.S. is ruled by a sadistic dictator named “Snow.” Each year, every district must pay tribute to Panem by sending a boy and a girl as they engage one another in a fight to the death in the “Hunger Games.” These games are broadcast throughout Panem and everyone is forced to watch. This is done as a form of social trauma and sacrifice, keeping the disparate factions of Panem psychically wounded and disempowered.
The games take part in nature and the bow and arrow is one of the main weapons. In fact the arrow is a key symbol on the cover of the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy. The arrow of course is symbolic of the archer and speaks directly to the Pluto in Sag generation. The message of the Hunger Games is brutal. Its a coming of age novel in a post U.S. totalitarian state. In essence, the bad guys won and are now taking it out on the populace, year-in, year-out.
Hunger Games author, Suzanne Collins was raised in an air force family and moved a lot according to her bio page. She worked for Scholastic Books, which publishes “The Hunger Games” and is funneling it directly into schools. She also worked for Nickelodeon which is notoriously famous for its illuminating childrens programming. Here we see a direct access into the hearts and minds of an athletically inclined, nature loving, philosophical generation that hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. The grab for their mindshare is on.
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14 thoughts on “Decoding Pluto Through Generations Of Programming And The Onset Of The Hunger Games”
One of my favorite topics, Plutonian generational cohorts. The Hunger Game makes no pretense about “panem et circenses” (bread and circuses).
The book cover art is freaky.
Scholastic also published Harry Potter.
WOW that!! and me too, love this topic.
Parents Pluto in Cancer, Step-mother P in Leo, me Virgo, Son Scorp, Daughter Sag.
The difference between my son’s scorp P and my daughter’s sag P is profound. He’s out there, reckless with the substances, hooking up all over the place – meets his dreamgirl every other night, but that’s it. LOVES music. No concept of respect for authority and uncanny how many times authority figures display their loopholes – porous, untrustable, insubstantial….where authority rests on ‘being more clever’ without instinct and intuition. Abstract logic without natural reasoning. With my daughter on the other hand, it will be a miracle if she ever has sex. 1st grade, without consent from parents, the first sex education lesson was about child abuse and rape – great – and with each following year sex is shoved down their throats, but all sex is, is STD’s and AIDS. So, very out there these girls – flying bows – but without the base chakra – fascinating to watch it all play out especially the dynamics between the 2 ‘generations’ and of course, the sub-plots of cancer-leo-virgo powerplays.
First grade? I’m sorry to hear that. In just three short years, my kid will get to learn all about butt sex in public schools. Since California has legalized same sex marriages, the rush is on to have same sex education taught here. I think the Pluto in Sag kids will be much more puritanical in some ways than Pluto in Scorp.
The Hunger Games took me by surprise. It’s not the sort of material I read. I found it gripping. Now I’ve got to go hunt down the other two books – didn’t realise it was a trilogy. Wonderfully written, Robert; how can anyone fail to get the essence of Pluto Leo through Sag via your rendition. Genius.
I’m halfway through your Jan 4th podcast and was a little disappointed when you mentioned at the time you couldn’t find a literary/film association with Pluto in Libra. Glad I checked back in and saw Star Wars \m/ !!!!! Yeeeahhhhh! (But don’t ruin it by associating “Dog” with Boba Fett). So true and Star Wars ties into the altruism of Pluto in Libra you mentioned on the Ast. Matx with the rebels sacrificing their lives to save the universe from the Empire (insert UN). Unfortunately, we Pluto in Librans (<–????) have found ourselves in a much darker world where it appears that the individual or groups of individuals do not seem to make a difference. I was so excited by the Occupy movement. I live in Philadelphia- one of the last Occupy strongholds and even UPenn (where I work) professors were taking the time to organize public forums discussing the economy and social issues on campus and at City Hall. What disturbed me was the labeling of OWS persons as dirty, lazy hippies instead of persons standing up for everyone's rights. We were painted not as progressives but bums looking for a handout. Many of us were f'ed over by Obama, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, only to have our freedoms ripped away. I feel like such a sucker. So, where does this leave our generation other than disenchanted and broken? I'm not an astrologer, but Robert, I hope you see something in the stars because we don't even know where to go from here.
Joanna. I see pockets of timing in what we call “time.” The overall arc of the outer planets is dominated by the ongoing square between Pluto and Uranus over the next decade. But there will be key, minor aspects that are vital. For instance, I “believe” that the early degrees of Saturn in Scorpio are very important as it takes place in August of 2012, trining Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. There is an urgent and determined fixity in Sat/Scorp that will want to ground the psychic idealism inherent in Neptune. The Pluto in Scorp generation will get its first taste of Saturn and they will experience their first collective morning after. Its also the final months before the US election. Something breaks. My sense is, is that a major piece of corruption is exposed. It will be vital to not let it get sucked into the vacuum of the 24 hour news cycle. That close trine to Neptune and Chiron, sextiling Pluto is an opening. It won’t be the only one in the next 2-3 years, but it comes at a key time, pre-election, pre, 12/21/12 or 12/12/12.
You basically summed up my life (Pluto in Virgo) damn that was good!
As a Pluto in Scorp, I have a fair knowledge of what was produced and released for children (and otherwise) under this influence. In Pluto-Scorp, big fears related to all types of control in a transpersonal (transdimensional) reality were manifest in film (via the sextile to Neptune in Capricorn). Significant themes were the effects of unconstrained technology, genetic/psychic/time manipulation, sex, power, death, illusion/delusion.
Genetic manipulation/transformation-mutation of energy was a typical Pluto in Scorp theme as in:
Superman IV – 1987 [Lex Luthor the ultimate illuminist steals Superman’s hair and creates a Sun God]
Super Mario Bros – 1993 [Dennis Hopper’s King Koopa possesses a machine that will literally de-volve you]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I+II – 1990-91 [Industrial ooze creates kick-ass turtles]
Terminator 2 – 1991 [What if water suddenly lacked empathy?]
Honey I Blew Up the Kid – 1992 [Kid gets zapped gets out of control]
The Mask – 1994 [Also a film clearly influenced by the Uranus-Neptune conjunction 1993-94]
The Neverending Story II – 1990 [Pluto in Scorp everychild must make the choice between reality & delusion. Lots of occult stuff in this one – “Everytime the Earthling uses Auran to make a wish, my new invention makes him lose a memory!”]
Exploration of alternative/transdimensional realities where police state is a possibility (see also Super Mario Bros):
Back to the Future series – 1985-90
The Odyssey (Canadian TV Series) 1992-95
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – 1991 [Future police state uses Bill & Ted robotic terrorist doppelgangers in false flag]
Return to Oz – 1985
Darkwing Duck TV Series – 1991-92 [mutation & transfiguration]
Disney Films [magical transfiguration]
Harry Potter is more Pluto-Sag I think. More powerful than occult magic in Potter is the power of faith, friendship, courage, virtue – that’s what wins the day. Plus it’s set at a school.
Koopa is a reptillian as well. Nice list. Thanks for adding.
Exceptional Post— You’ve got me thinking ahead what the mind-conditioning media will be for the Pluto Capricorns…
I haven’t watched the “baby shows”; sesame street and the like, lately… betcha there’s already hints there .
Peppa Pig gets my early vote. Peppa and her brother George are naughty little pigs that talk back to their Piggy parents. George’s refrain when always asked what he wants for breakfast is, “I want chocolate cake!” We’re talking de-coupling from parents earlier and earlier. Thomas The Tank Engine told kids over and over again to be a nice little train, do good things, be polite and help out. If you do that, then the rich old man in the very tall hat that runs the island will take very good care of you. Its no longer about subtle indoctrination.
The other thing to pay attention to is the child sex memes, which are very dangerous. See the popularity of shows like “Pageant Mom” etc. This is more for conditioning young mothers than children themselves.
love this RP!