The effect of Pluto is to transform and to root out what it is hidden. It is the planet of the underworld and is the ruler of Scorpio. Pluto's orbit of the Sun is irregular. It was in the sign of Taurus from 1852 to 1884, but in Libra only from 1972 to 1984. In this article I propose to look at some of the effects of Pluto starting from when it moved into Gemini in 1884. Some of us will have known people born between 1884 and 1914 which makes this Pluto transit a little more personal, though the people we may have known from this generation will no longer be with us.
Things do not just start happening when a planet moves into a particular sign, just as they do not stop once a transit has ceased. They will have been bubbling under for some time but they become emphasised during a transit.
Gemini is associated with communications, travel, learning. The railways were already in existence when Pluto moved into Gemini, education had started to improve for (nearly) everyone with the Education Act of 1870, London University had been founded in 1836, and a college for higher education had been established in Manchester (soon to become Manchester University) but with Pluto's transit of Gemini things in this area started to move forward more quickly.