The Astrology of the Summer of Love

It’s hard to believe for anyone who is old enough to have lived through the summer of 1967 which was called the Summer of Love, but this marks the 50th anniversary of that fertile and creative time when traditional values of love and community were turned on its head and some of the best music ever created was born.

Astrologers have a name for what happened in the 1960s: We call it the “Uranus Pluto conjunction.”  During this time Uranus, planet of revolution and radicalism, conjoined Pluto, planet of transformation through destruction and regeneration, in the conservative sign of Virgo.  This cataclysmic planetary dynamic changed forever the social order (Virgo) and laid the groundwork for the recent upheaval which occurred during the period between 2010 and 2017 when Uranus formed a square (90 degree) aspect to Pluto for the second phase of that revolutionary cycle.

While the first exact conjunction of Uranus and Pluto didn’t occur until October of 1964, the two planets began to align in 1963 and beginning in the early 1960s one could hear the whispers of revolution all over the world.  In 1961 Timothy Leary took his first LSD trip and began researching the effects of psychedelics on mental health.  By 1965 the revolution was in full swing, with the assassination of Malcom X, the Watts riots, the formation of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane and so many other great bands, and with them the emergence of the “hippie” archetype. After the San Francisco Examiner wrote an expose of the migration of young Americans to its city, the swarms of youth increased and by 1967 the Human Be-In in San Francisco brought about all kinds of incredible happenings the likes of which no one had ever seen before.

Much of this was fueled by the rise of psychedelics thanks to the harmonious sextile from Neptune to the revolutionary duo Uranus and Pluto. Neptune rules the expansion of consciousness, and this consciousness expansion was the theme during much of the 1960s.  Consciousness raising was a buzzword that spread from the Black Panthers to the housewives rebelling against the doldrums of their daily life.  While Neptune was and will be sextile Pluto between 1948 and 2032, it was in 1966 that Neptune formed that harmonious sextile to Uranus, stimulating the desire to find new ways (Uranus) to find the divine through spirituality, drugs and art (Neptune).

The Summer of Love was a powerful time for those who lived through it.  But change is frightening and difficult, and the openness of that summer could not last forever.  Light soon turned to darkness as human society began to struggle to come to grips with a changing world, and the world has never been the same since.

By | 2018-06-11T11:52:44+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Life, Planetary cycles, Uncategorized|9 Comments


  1. Dr. Deb July 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Lynn,

    I was too young to realize what was happening, but at least in the 70’s we had great music and cars.
    Today all the new music sounds the same and the cars all look the same, and everyone is checking-out = looking at their smart phone or playing on the computer; the new drug.

    Are we stuck in this slump until 2032?

  2. jame July 11, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    >>Are we stuck in this slump until 2032?

    I sure hope not. I am hard-pressed to imagine still being alive by then, if things keep on going downhill at the rate they’re currently plummeting…

    • July 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Here’s a post I wrote recently about this very question:

      • Dr. Deb July 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        Thanks Lynn.

        “Still, there are always harmonious cycles flowing through the most challenging of planetary alignments that provide support and encouragement.”

        As an optimist, I always look for the silver lining and live a calm content life. Others around me feel the struggles though. Actually, when I think about it, they always have had lots of drama.
        Since we will always have a balance (example infatuation – hate, peace – war, hot – cold, etc.); I spoke to my chiropractor today about creating world peace, he said we can create peace in our personal world, but we can’t control others.

        I was incorrectly looking for world peace, but as your listed article states
        , there will always be challenging planetary cycles, which affect human actions.

        • July 14, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

          We can’t really predict when world peace will come, because that is dependent upon human actions. Just as we can’t predict individual events in people’s personal lives, because that is dependent upon the choices that we make individually.

    • Dr. Deb July 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I sure hope I’m alive in 2032, that’s only 15 years from now.

  3. […] to believe for anyone who is old enough to have lived through the summer of 1967 which was called the Summer of Love, but this marks the 50th anniversary of that fertile and creative time when traditional values of […]

  4. Pluranian September 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    A little Virgo detail….the 1st exact conjunction was Oct 1965.

    • September 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      True, but there is something called an “orb of influence” which strikes a spark when two planets approach the exact alignment. This orb can be anywhere from five to ten degrees.

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