The picture above is Lindsay Lohan papped in the middle of her Pluto conjunct Neptune transit. Note the book. The Quarter-Life Crisis Is simple. Blame Pluto.
It does not get as much attention as Saturn Return, but Pluto conjunct Neptune in your mid-20s is hell. Now and then, the Quarter Life Crisis comes back into fashion as an issue to be debated, media-frenzied, and pitch as a book project et al.
But astrologically it happens to everyone at about the age of 24 to 25. It’s as cyclical as Saturn Returns, the Uranus Opposition, Chiron Return and Uranus Return. I.e., it happens to everyone and is a rite of passage.
Like any Pluto transit, it’s relatively more hellish to the degree to which you resist it. It’s the transit that prompted the walk Cheryl Strayed documents in Wild. AKA when you take Pluto into the wilderness with you.
The Quarter-Life Crisis Is Plutonic
Neptune is your dreams, spiritual ideals, and most glowing sense of yourself and associated prospects. And you’re at the age where your Neptunian fantasies have been mostly unchecked. You can fervently believe that any romance you feel strongly about is meant to be. It’s also your ability to consume Space Dust or Blue Devil Hoochie Juice and look fantastic the morning after. High vibe Human Growth Hormone helps you emerge like a hot smooth-legged phoenix from surreal dramas.
Without realizing it consciously, you glide around with youth privilege, Saturn Return and it’s associated tax, dentistry, and heavy responsibilities seem eons away. It’s fantastic.
And then Uncle Pluto hits the town. Your heart, naivety, aspirations, or bank balance feel pulverized. You’re suddenly aware that there are younger people than you and they’re turning up in turf you owned. What are they? Twelve? Whatever happens, it deepens your consciousness. You go through some version of hell – toxic friends, an ugly break-up, having to distance yourself from an abusive family member, a career ground-and-pound – but emerge stronger.
It’s Comeback Astrology – Phoenix Training
So whether you’re doing Pluto-Neptune right now (a transit report will tell you if you don’t know) or recall it, what do you think?
Like every Pluto scenario, the Quarter-Life Crisis is forced growth. But the more you get down with it, the better it goes. How do you get down with it? You surrender your delusions lightly, relinquishing your grip on expired dreams. If your vocational confidence is shaken, you turn the situation into a soon-to-be comeback.
Often it feels as if the character you thought of as “you” is burning up or has no place anywhere. But what if that version of yourself was far more shallow and limiting than the character locked inside? And everything that goes down with your Quarter-Life Crisis is breaking down barriers to liberating that person?
It is Phoenix Training. Even if you are an Outer Planet person by birth and are well acquainted with Plutonic journeys, the Pluto conjunct Neptune trip transforms your scene. You see things as they are as well as where people and dynamics are stifling your authenticity. You can’t tolerate them anymore, and it would be spiritually dangerous to try.
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