OK, hope you all didn’t think I was being too hard on the old Pluto in Leo boomers. They have given the world a lot but because of their massive size, and scale have also monopolized the resources, the tenor of the collective psyche, and have been at the steering wheel of power for the past 40 some odd years. Let’s just give everyone my definition of the Pluto in Leo, Me’ers or Boomers, because it doesn’t correspond exactly to the arbitrary lines drawn by anthropologists, sociologists and mathematician’s.
The Boomer (Me’er/Pluto in Leo) generation started back in 1942, although the transitional generation between the Boomers and the “greatest generation ever,” started around 1938 when Pluto began to enter Leo, however Neptune didn’t go into Libra until 1942, hence the official start date of the Boomers. This generation continued until the fall of 1957, again however, there were people born with Pluto in Virgo and Neptune in Scorpio off and on during 1956 and 1957 as these planets retrograded back and forth. So some people born during this period fit neatly into the Gen-X group personality and some into the Boomer personality.
I want to go backwards a bit and talk about the “greatest generation ever,” those born when Neptune was in Virgo and Pluto was in Cancer. These folks went through the Great Depression, WWI, WWII and many of them lost their lives serving the greater good — Neptune=Loss and Virgo=Service to others. It is no surprise among this generation we saw frugality, a great love of home, family and country and a dedication to work, service and sacrifice. This generation truly had these gifts built into their charts. This collectively (of course not everyone will fit this because we are all individuals as well and other things in people’s charts can and do over ride things) was a generation willing to sacrifice everything for their children, and family, in the hopes their kids would have a better life.
When WWII ended, and the start of the Boomer generation began, the fruits of all the sacrifice, and hard work that “the greatest generation” tilled ripened. The Boomers grew up in an era of unprecedented wealth and giant middle-class. Only one person in a family had to work (dad) and that person could work at a gas station as an attendant, save his money and buy a home, and actually support his family. I know this because this is the story of my husband’s father.
It became an unconscious, and expected right to attain the American Dream; home owning, good paying jobs whether they were the “blue collar” factory sort, or the professions that required years of college. Boomers grew up in an era where all things were possible, and had no way to relate to their parents paranoia about the other shoe dropping economically, or the memory of miners murdered for starting unions so they could be paid fairly and treated like human beings.
By the time Boomers came into power really in the 1980s, although they steered the mass consciousness well before that especially culturally in the 60s and 70s, they had all but forgotten the lessons of their parents generation. An unfortunate paranoia about Russia, communism and being frightened to death with thoughts of nuclear obliteration, this group embraced capitalism with a reactive almost religious zeal that spoke of their dark fear of anything “pinko” related. Thus the embrace of Reagan’s war on unions, social programs and those laws protecting us from another depression — regulations! Slowly as this generation held the mantel (and again not all are on this side of the fence, but enough to say it is the majority) of power they allowed the mentally ill to spill onto the streets in overwhelming numbers in the 80s during the Reagan years and unwound all those handy regulations.
I remember going into downtown Los Angeles in the mid 1980s, and being horrified to see literally tens of thousands of people living in boxes like the old Hovervilles of the 1930s. The great majority of these people were the mentally ill. And then later as Reagan continued with his theme of , “Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps,” (now there’s a big assumption, some people are too poor to have bootstraps to pull on) the streets became flooded with families turned out because welfare programs were slashed to nothing, and again I remember walking around the cold foggy streets of San Francisco in the late 1980s and seeing whole families with their tiny children, begging for food, money or anything a stranger like myself could provide. This was the 80s I remember. And Ronald Reagan was a bastard who started this whole mess. We can trace all of our problems back to his selling of “trickle down economics,” and anti-regulation of the stock market, banking institutions (remember the fall of the S & L’s and the Bush brother who went to jail for stealing money from old people?) and the destruction of the social net FDR had built? And making it difficult to get a student loan? Thanks Reagan and your line of bastard children weaned at the teat of the no-hold-bar capitalistic cool-aid.
All this revisionist history about Reagan and Nixon (who was a crook and started what Reagan really cemented, Reagan just sold it to everyone as if it were home made fudge backed by grandpa Ronnie) is a disgrace to the reality of our current situation, and dangerous to our future understanding of how to avert the crisis we are now in, and will be again, if we are not honest about the roots of our problem. We need a bit of cultural psychotherapy that I’m happy to provide, a reality check. It’s vital we are brutally honest with ourselves about our past and our present, look at what happens when the 4th estate (journalists) fail to be critical and look at facts: we end up in a prolonged war in 2 countries where we don’t even know how many innocent civilians have died. And thousands of our young people have given their lives for what turned out to be a lie. It is a disgusting and vile war crime, truly treason on the part of the Bush administration. Throwing away the lives of so many, and shredding the Genova Convention laws all the world agreed to, for their personal agenda.
Ok, enough of my asides, back to generational astrology. Let’s skip forward to Generation Z, the young people who are coming of age during this crisis. This generation officially (according to me) started in January of 1984 when Pluto was in Scorpio and Neptune went into Capricorn. There would also have been some cuspy Generation Z’ers in 1983. These kids were the ones who went nuts for Harry Potter, and grew up exposed to the tiny cultural mantel Generation X held during the 1990s mostly in the way of comedy and music.
They have many similar traits to Generation X. An intense interest in the occult, even more so then Generation X because for them their exposure to this will be and/or has been more trans-formative and in Gen-X’s case it was either confused, fantasy based or remained in the psychic realm. Pluto is also naturally placed in Scorpio making this generation a powerful group of souls who came here to help transform the earth, and the collective consciousness.
There was also a rare configuration of planets during their generation (which was also the case with X’ers and the Uranus/Pluto in Virgo combo which the world hadn’t seen in over 10,000 years, not an aspect most souls could handle which is why there aren’t many X’ers) by March of 1988 Uranus went into Capricorn conjuncting Neptune. This is about when we saw the last banking mess as Capricorn rules the financial sector and Neptune confusion, scams and delusion. This was when the S & L crisis was getting going, not yet public, but when this scam was more then likely hatched.
Anyway, those born during this period, who would now be almost drinking age as of 09, will be very much like Gen-X’ers who came to adulthood during the recession of the early 90s, when people with master’s degrees in psychology were working as Baristas. Unfortunately, this group of people will probably see their high priced educations put on the back burner for any old job they can get. This group will be instrumental in solving the financial crisis, we will see them re-invent business as we have known it. They are a serious bunch, highly ambitious and again a very rare group of souls who choose to come here and sacrifice a lot to help out the greater good and mankind. On the whole they will bring the same kind of innovation to business that Gen-X’ers have brought to health care with their emphasis on alternative healing, health food, yoga, nutrition and organic food (all Virgo obsessions that have brought a lot to the table in the healing professions.)
On the negative side those born with Pluto in Scorpio are also the generation that was prone to intense violence. There was a tremendous rise in school shootings among their generation. Pluto ruling death and naturally placed in Scorpio its no wonder. They were also very over sexualized early on, with stories about them having oral sex in school on buses and having sex parties. This is all that sexual energy in its highly powerful place of Scorpio. The fact that Bill Clinton’s sex life as the number one story of the day while they were growing up didn’t help much. Most of these kids when polled back in the 90s said that oral sex wasn’t sex. I wonder where they heard that from? Also with so much heavy Capricorn in their charts they as a group were placed under tremendous pressure to achieve, and were raised with stuff being given for good grades, often bought instead of nurtured. All of this is in their stars.
Now the generation just after the Z’er’s when Pluto went into Sag, are much different.I’ll get into the why’s of this as I continue on with this generation…
From readers Grace and Wei:
grace43 // December 28, 2008 at 6:08 am (edit)
When is the period of kindness you talked about going to begin? I am seeing a whole lot of just deeply distrubing behavior on the news – a man massacres his ex wife’s family in CA, another man decides to up and shoot a father in a Philadelphia movie theater, a guy in Scotland holding that poor, poor woman hostiage in the trunk of his car for ten days…
It seems like people have lost their dang minds. Thanks in advance. Happy New Years!
Wei // December 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm
I think kindness starts from here… us. There’s too much carelessness and thoughtlessness in the world. If anger and lack of regard for others starts, there’s no need to continue in that kind of vein, otherwise all of us are in trouble. It is true that we are all a community and I hope over time, we will evolve to that kind of thinking.
To Answer Grace first:
I think we are going to see the worst of mankind first before we see the best of it. I am an optimist by nature and generally believe that when given a hard lesson people eventually learn it and open their hearts toward growth. Unfortunately, I’ve seen, as I’m sure we all have, that it takes a lot to break open the hard hearted, greedy and selfish. And the truth is there are a lot of people on this planet (last count over 6 billion) and many of them are young souls who are pretty darn selfish. Which means for all of us, it will take experiencing a lot of bad before we see the light as a group. And it may also mean that there will be a lot of sacrifice in order to learn the lesson of humanitarianism. As we go from the Piscean age to the Aquarian age there will be a time of reckoning and I fear a lot of terrible stuff we will have to endure before we see the light.
Wei is right:
There is so much thoughtlessness and carelessness in the world. We are going to have to learn just as children do, about boundaries. But in our case these lessons will be large scale, very frightening, and come in the form of war, disasters, and economic melt downs before we can begin to band together and truly value each others humanity. It’s sad that we have to learn the hard way but I think we’ve proven we don’t learn any other way.
I’ve been having a lot of nightmares over the past week, broad scale, a lot having to do with elemental energies like water and fire. The news seems full of craziness, more each day. But its not a surprise astrologically. We are in for some tough times in many ways, but there is hope.
The more the enlighten participate, the more those who are kind hearted and empathic step up to support and stand up for those who are down trodden the greater our chances to avert the worst of our potential fate, and the faster those who are ignorant will learn about compassion. We all have to be the best examples we can be. We are all teachers here — something we have either forgotten or not much acknowledged.
Best wishes and many blessings to all of you,