Pluto was in Leo from 1939 to 1957. As Pluto spends around thirteen to thirty years in a sign depending on the sign it’s passing through, it mostly denotes collective activities of a generation. The passage of Pluto through Leo saw an unprecedented rise and fall of governments throughout the world. This was a bad time for kings, as power plays toppled them from thrones they were never to regain. The backlash from Leo's opposite sign Aquarius raised the issue of the use of atomic energy in maintaining the uneasy balance of power among the various countries. The founding of the United Nations gave substance to humanity's dream of a central governing agency which might keep peace throughout the world. While Pluto in Cancer emphasized the needs of children, its transit through Leo turned the spotlight on young people. Teenagers became more self-aware and began to feel and act like a race apart. The creative arts also blossomed as more money began to flow into the hands of artists. The generation born with Pluto in Leo will be called upon to solve the problem of creating a central world government. The generation that was born when Pluto in Leo introduced the era of the pleasure principle; there is also strong emphasis on mass hero-worship of personalities in the media. For individuals, Pluto in Cancer gives one a impetuous and passionate disposition and they will follow their desires wherever they lead them. They tend to exaggerate the importance of their love affairs until they become intensely involved. The personal influence is to emphasize love of power, a domineering ego, and self-aggrandizement, but it also confers on its native’s strong pride and a will to prevail despite obstacles. Their strong points include a strong artistic bent, feeling responsibility to loved ones. Their weak points are harboring resentment against a past love, tendency toward arrogance, selfishness, and sensual pleasures.
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