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The Generation Gap – or – “Why ‘Xennial’ isn’t a thing”

Hi everyone,

I’ve been seeing things being passed around on social media about a microgeneration between GenX and Millenials. THERE ISN’T ONE, Y’ALL. ‘Xennial’ isn’t a thing. Stop trying to make ‘Xennial’ happen. They used to call that nonsense “GenY,’ but this 2014 Atlantic article explains why that’s not a thing. Three years ago. So what began as an eye roll, here’s a perspective on the generational breakdown through astrology:

First, Pluto is the planet (I know it’s not really a planet, that’s what the bodies are called in astrology) of transformation. It’s the furthest out there, and it has a long orbit. With Uranus and Neptune, it is called one of the generational planets because the length of time it spends in each sign makes its effect more collective than personal. I’m also going to acknowledge that some astrologers are discussing whether or not Pluto still counts sans official planetary status, an false invention of the 20th century. In modern astrology, it’s considered to be the ruler of the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio’s attachment to the 8th Astrological House has to do with shared values and other people’s money; regenerative processes like sleep, sex, and death (think rebirth, like the tarot); and letting go or releasing energy. Wherever Pluto is in our chart, those deep, transformative processes are sure to be working in our lives. Pluto, as archetypical ruler of the underworld, can often show where we get into power struggles as well. Its placement shows where energies can erupt from the subconscious, from the molten core.

NOW. It’s my assertion, and other astrologers have probably touched on it, that our Pluto placement is really the indicator to which generational group we belong. I’m going to use the planetary dates in general, from the years that the planet shifted signs and didn’t go back. Pluto’s irregular orbit means that it spends more or less time in certain signs, and it’s retrograde period of about half a year means that it does spend some months and years going back and forth between signs. As a collective influence, Pluto shows the reaction of each generation to the previous one. As it moves through each sign, it slowly transforms the way the generation responds to the energy of the sign.

Without further ado, here is my exhaustively researched, sublimely eloquent, and ultimately definitive viewpoint on where the generational lines fall, according to astrology:

LOST GENERATION (Pluto in Gemini, 1883-1914, 31 years) Gemini is about communication and information, and this time saw mass media like never before. Newspapers, phonograph, photography, radio, telephone. Airplane and automobile. Industrial revolution, establishment of the fed, monopolies and trustbusters. This generation was decimated by WWI.

G.I. or GREATEST GENERATION (Pluto in Cancer, 1914-1939, 25 years) Cancer is the sign of the home, personal identity, and feeling. WWI followed by the Depression and Dustbowl shook us to the core, American identity had to be reformed. We took to insular politics for awhile, like a crab hiding in its shell. The bulk of those who fought in WWII born during this time.

SILENT GENERATION (Pluto in Leo, 1939-1957, 18 years) Leo is the sign of the King, and larger than life figures dominated their way through WWII. New Deal. United Nations is formed. Abuse of Leo power shown in McCarthyism. Korean War. Pluto’s 10th house placement in Leo meant that public life was changing, it was important to keep up with Joneses especially during this transit-everyone was watching you.

BABY BOOMERS (Pluto in Virgo, 1957-1972, 15 years) I actually think this might be my most controversial point. If you look at actual population growth post WWII, it is in these years that it really spikes. Virgo is a powerfully feminine sign and relates to the Everywoman/man, Kennedy and Johnson’s social programs were popping, time called Era of the Great Society. The bulk of the American civil rights movement happened during this time. In terms of Virgo practicality, we did things never before achieved like the moon landing. This time is also going from Korean War to Vietnam.

GENERATION X (Pluto in Libra, 1972-1984, 12 years) Libra is relationship, balance and harmony, the roots of democracy. This time period saw the end of Vietnam, improving relations with China, as well as the Freedom of Information Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. This is also the Sexual Revolution, people more openly questioning traditional gender roles.

MILLENIALS (Pluto in Scorpio, 1984-1996, 12 years) Pluto is in its domicile or at home in Scorpio: shared values through release and regeneration. Last generation before advent of social media, also last group to recall a pre 9/11 world. Scorpio destruction saw fall of Berlin Wall, dissolution of USSR, Yugoslavia. AIDS crisis during this time, putting sexual health at the forefront, also a Scorpio thing, as well as reproductive changes, test-tube babies, cloning and genetic engineering. Gulf War, Iran Contra, etc. Degeneration of lending practices sets up future Recession. Things get sneakier, more repressed?

PLUTO IN SAGITTARIUS (1996-2009, 14 years, the next one, haven’t been named yet): 9/11, War on Terror, have never seen a world without social media. Internet made borders obsolete, smartphones and social media brought people from foreign places (a Sag thing) together like never before while the Recession limited the resources of young people in ways not seen in almost a century.

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN (2009-2024, 15 years) This transit will transform the way we operate collectively. Capricorn is the sign of public life, legacies, and longevity, as well as moving through fear. This time will challenge all of us on how we operate together.  No pressure though. The war in Iraq, as well as the Syrian refugee crisis, mass shootings, and global increase in terrorism mark the changing nature of war, as Pluto is related to conflict.

Since this endeavor began as a response to the GenX/Millenial gap, here are the exact dates of the transition between these two generations:

  • Pre 10/5/1983 Pluto in Libra (GenX)
  • 10/5/1983-5/17/1984 Pluto in Scorpio (Millenial)
  • 5/18/1984-8/27/1984 Pluto in Libra (GenX)
  • Post 8/28/1984 Pluto in Scorpio (Millenial)

Cheers!

Will

P.S. I used my Pottinger/Michelson Ephemeris for reference, as well as The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk and Astrology: A Cosmic Science by Isabel M. Hickey. I also glanced at some Wikipedia for the traditionally given generation names, and ourworldindata.org had some really useful information about world population growth over time.

P.P.S. I think the reason folks don’t feel like a GenXer or a Millenial is because the transition between the two energies marks a change. Going into 1984 was the end of the GenX Pluto in Libra energy. They might not relate to someone who came at the previous shift from Virgo in 1972. The progression of Pluto in Libra created a new outcome which led to the shift into Scorpio. Maybe the people in the middle of the time period feel more like a “real” GenXer or Millenial? Who knows…that’s the discussion, right?

 

 

New Moon in Gemini 5/25

Hey hey,

So the new moon was just a little while ago at 12.44pm MST, and for us in SLC it was directly on the Midheaven or directly overhead (giving public/10th House importance to the moon energy).

New moon is the time to rest and recharge, to plant seeds and make plans. In the air sign of Gemini, the focus is on communication. We have to think about new ways of expressing ideas. Words used unconsciously during this time will become a stumbling block later on, but since the moon is in its dark phase and not yet illuminated by the light of Sun-consciousness, we might do it impulsively. However, words used with clear intent now can be a bulldozer to clear that block as you go.

The ruler of New Moon Gemini is Mercury, which will be in the sign of Taurus thru June 6. This earth sign is all about creation. It’s about value, how we perceive it in relation to ourselves and our own possessions. Taurus is measured and methodical, and can seem almost languid compared to other, more high energy signs. Nevertheless, they always Tortoise and the Hare everybody by winning it with their steady approach. These qualities will be how communication flows during this moon cycle. Sometimes agonizingly slow and stubborn, but always focused on what is growing and the potential for new life.

We might also be gathering a lot of idea maps now, with all the ideas swirling around, he said, switching metaphors abruptly. The next full moon is in Sagittarius and is all about following your own path to Truth. Now would be the time to talk it out, make sure you really believe what you think you’re saying. You might have to back up your ideas later.

Some interesting things about this new moon is first, that it’s square to Neptune in Pisces. I think during this moon cycle, we will be wont to seek a definition rather than let a thing remain implied. Words will be necessary, even when it feels like trying to hold water in your hands. We won’t feel comfortable with blurring edges, we’ll tend to crave boundaries.

Second, there are two relatively short-lived yet major oppositions happening, sparked off by the new moon vibezzz. The first of which is on the Venus-Aries/Jupiter-Libra axis, which has been getting a lot of attention this year. Aries is the Self-so Venus there is getting us to really love our own dayum self and to go get ours, while Libra is the Other-so Jupiter there is expanding our awareness of our relationships. This opposition can be tough EVEN IF it’s both of the generally ‘benefic’ planets, showering blessings. Are we letting other people’s needs outweigh our own? Are we selfishly indulging our own interests and not considering the needs of others at all? This opposition during New Moon Gemini creates an awareness of these themes through crisis, or a situation that seems to pull you in different directions.

The other opposition is that of the malefic’ planets of Mars-Gemini and Saturn-Sagittarius. Mars is drive in the realm of communication (it’s very likely, and for me definitely true that our mouths have been RUNNING OFF). Other people are necessary for true communication to happen, yet Saturn’s over there grounding our asses in the sign of higher learning and personal truth. There’s a pull between speaking your truth and following your truth. Maybe you need to say some things on your path to Truth but you find it hard. Time to spit ’em out, because by the time the full moon happens you might not have as many options about it.

Lots of interesting stuff always happening in the sky. The long-standing T-square has eased off, so that a bit of a relief.

Thanks for reading! If you’d like to hear more about a particular topic, please use New Moon Gemini to lmk, ok?

Cheers,

Will

Full Moon in Sagittarius Numbah Dos!

Heidy ho!

The SECOND full moon in Sag happens at 5.02am MST on Monday, June 20 (thanks zodiacarts.com for the timezone breakdown!). This is also called the Strawberry Moon, and was known in Europe as the Rose Moon or the Honey Moon (thanks almanac.com!). Much of what applies from my last post is still in effect, but the nuances are nuancier. A couple of key things are different, changing the tone. The last full moon was at 1° Sag, and this one is at 29.33°. The beginning of the sign and the last bit right before it becomes Capricorn. This suggests that we’ve made much headway on those Sag higher truth goals from the last full moon, but there is still work to be done to hone and perfect the energy. We still have to learn what is foreign, what is outside of our experience, we still need to follow our own higher truth. This full moon gives us extra fire to do so.

Last time, we were in Sun Taurus and Mercury was retrograde in that same sign. Mercury is now moving forward, and is even in it’s own sign of Gemini! Communication is flowing freely now, and isn’t so caught up in esteem issues.  The last moon cycle energy started in Taurus, and had to do with self-worth, values, standing on your own ground, and money. Then the first Sag full moon had to do with developing that self-worth into higher consciousness. This moon cycle happens in Gemini (the full moon JUST before the Sun shifts into Cancer), which means that the new moon and the full moon energies are tied into communication rather than what is solely yours. This time, the action taken on the full moon comes from your interactions with the people in your everyday environment. Your everyday exchanges (Gemini Sun) will be opposition your emotional awareness and duty to your higher calling (Sag Moon). Oppositions are either a tug of war or a perfect balance (all full moons are oppositions). Maybe you’ll feel compelled to get away from it all, take a trip or something. Maybe your everyday thing won’t be jiving right. Maybe you’ll feel surrounded by voices and opinions, and think, “None of that feels right.” This is the time to take action, the full moon, the intuitive/emotional nature illuminated by the light of the conscious Sun. What I’m saying is, you gotta do what you gotta do. Are your obligations working for you? Experiencing and hearing about plans falling thru, I’m not taking it personal, I’m conscious of everyone doing what they really need to do, regardless of my expectations. Examining expectations is definitely a Sag ideal, that sign ruling philosophies, religions, knowledge, etc. But! It’s communication that will open up this higher path. Gotta balance the Gemini and Sag energy. What do you engage (Gemini) and what do you let go (Sag, kinda)?

So the Grand Cross that the new moon in Gemini was a part of is reignited with Mercury’s current transit. I feel like maybe things are being talked about right now that happened during the new moon earlier this month? Mercury is opposition Saturn right now, so it’s a balancing act of communication and those grounding trials to that higher truth. This feels like a push/pull to me. We want to talk, but we’re pressed to follow our inner voice. We’re talking about what we felt before, maybe not feeling like we’re being heard? The new moon grand cross post, but put Mercury in for the new moon. Lolz. Do we feel like we can speak, or do we feel restricted by outside forces? Do we have something to say but hold our tongue because those hoes ain’t worth it? Things like this.

Something I’ll add on to this grand cross energy is that Jupiter is conjunct the North Node in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter is blessings and expansion, growing opportunities and the north node is soul destiny. Jupiter is also justice and harmony and all the good things, so there’s a feeling of the Virgo-detail energies being a big deal right now. Those day-to-day routines of service as well as self-care are a part of our destiny, the details are feeling important. Trine Pluto in Cap suggests that those energies will be practical and transformative. This can be huge for the bankroll, Jupiter expanding and Pluto(cracy) collecting those coins. This grand cross might not be fun, but the transformative energies seem to be for our benefit. Go there.

I haven’t done a post on Mars retrograde, but I’ve been sneaking it into these updates. Mars is still backing up through Scorpio until he stations direct again at the end of the month on the 29th. It’s only connection to this grand cross action is a quincunx (not directly across, but one sign over, unpredictable) to Uranus in Aries, and a trine (120°, most harmonious) to Chiron in Pisces. This feels like the will is hidden away, like maybe we’re not wanting to face things directly. With Mars being retrograde, as it’s the ruler of my chart, I’ve felt a distinct lack of motivation, maybe why I never got around to doing a full-fledged post. Like…I don’t wanna. Hahaha. It feels like charging in full force isn’t working, so let’s wait and see what happens. The thing about it right now is, this underground approach is low-key healing because of Chiron, the will and the wounded healer vibing out. And the connection to Uranus gives unpredictable, explosive insight to the will. This could be moments of breakthrough, but also moments of breakdown. With Mars retrograde, the will is redirected inward. In the sign of Scorpio, Mars is subdued by the will of the close, bonded relationships in your life. An uncomfortable element of this could be feeling stifled in your unions (lots of breakups during this Mercury and Mars retro). The will is directed inward, is bound by the needs and desires of others (hint, doesn’t like to be), and all that energy is digging up all the skeletons in all the closets. Mars is going back and digging up at the Scorpio secrets, but right now is given healing by Chiron (though it can hurt) and unpredictable surges of energy by Uranus. Lay low! Heal and vibe out. The craziness of the grand cross is happening around you, you don’t need to approach any of that mess directly. And with the full moon theme, if that mess ain’t working for you, it’s time to clean house. Scorpio is where the secrets get unearthed, Sagittarius is where we look at them, informed, in the bright fiery light of day. This Mars retrograde for me, personally, has felt a bit like the end of my Saturn return last summer: thinking about letting go of what is not mine, etc. It’s been a trip.

The OTHER crazy thing about this full moon is that the summer solstice happens the same day! The Sun moves into Cancer around 4.30pm MST. This is a rare event to have the full moon and the solstice and won’t happen again for decades. It will be the longest day of the year, so we will have extra time to soak up all that fire before we get onto watery Cancer summertime:) This Monday is a big day, lots of energy shifting happening. The Sun is preceded by Venus. This brings our focus to how the world feels. Cancer is the first water sign, it has to do with the ebb and flow of the tide (Cancer rules the moon), and the waves and swells that ensue. Cancer’s keyword is security, moving forward from the Gemini communication. Not just what is mine and how do we exchange, but what is my home, what is my refuge from the changing tides, what is my security? Cancer is the sign of the Mother, it’s glyph suggests breasts or ovaries, or testes in the male. Cancer is a female-aligned energy, as all water and earth signs are. It’s the ancient sea goddess before Apollo at Delphi, suggesting older matriarchal societies. Cancer people feel very deeply, and can feel the currents of other people’s emotions. They are incredibly intuitive, any time a Cancer has a gut feeling, trust them. It’s the feminine source of life, springing from the fountain of youth rather than the next sign of Leo, the authoritarian force of will. So get ready to be all up in your feelings! Venus there is already making us aware of how comfy or home is right now, we’re wanting pleasant surroundings where we live. When the Sun gets there on Monday, all this physical body/practical Taurus, chatty/mental Gemini and fiery/philosophical Sagittarius energy gets washed out in some good old-fashioned feelings!

Thanks for going along with my chatty, chatty swiping finger today, and for your support in general. Hope any of this made sense:)

To write this, I used my trusty empemeris (the same one), and the resources mentioned above.

 

Cheers,

Will

New Moon in Gemini

Hi there,

The new moon in Gemini happens this Saturday the 4th at 8:59 pm Mountain Standard Time. I may or may not have said Sunday in the video, so…my bad.

Decided to do a lil video update since this new moon is in Gemini.

Don’t think I got to it in the video, but also interesting rn is Mars Retrograde, currently in Scorpio. Retrogrades make energy closer, more inward because the planet itself is actually closer. Lots of internalized energy in terms of will and passion. This had been in Scorpio for awhile, was in free Sag for a bit but now we’re back. More skeletons in the dark Scorpio closet, maybe more things to let go of from the past. Issues in expressing will in close, bonded relationships; maybe this internalized Mars energy has you or your close partners acting in different ways? Dunno but in general, lots of scheming, especially in this chatty Gemini weather. All under a grand cross as well, so there are a lot of things coming to a boil right now. Keep an eye out.

I referenced ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ASTROLOGY by Nicholas Devore, THE NEW AMERICAN EPHEMERIS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY by Rique Pottenger based on Michelsen, and THE ONLY ASTROLOGY BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED by Joanna Martine Woolfolk.

Check out this video: New Moon in Gemini and a Grand Cross

And check out goldenbraidbooks.com, where you can purchase an astrological chart or tarot card reading. I’m excited to be working with the fantastic team at the Golden Braid, and I hope you’ll come visit us!

Cheers,

Will

Full Moon in Gemini

Here’s a video I made talking about yesterday’s full moon:

Full Moon in Gemini

Thanks for checking out my stuff, please let me know if there are topics you’d be interesting in hearing about!

Cheers,

Will

Astro Post – Moon into Gemini

Astro Post: Woke up real early this morning! It’s about 5.30am at the time of writing this, woke up really energized. Lately my dreams have been really vivid, maybe because of the waning energy of the Pisces full moon. I’m just glad I’m not waking up feeling like I got hit by a train anymore.

Anyway! Today the moon moves into Gemini, and the T-square that will be hanging around for awhile is briefly a Grand Cross, or a Grand Square, which you can see in the chart of the moment. That dreamy Neptune/Pisces and the practical Sun/Virgo are BOTH going to feel the strain as the Moon (emotions, intuition, inner world) goes into the sign of communication and localized experience. We might be seeing more of our neighborhood or workplace today, moving around a lot and talking to a myriad of people.

As I’m writing this, though, the moon is EXACTLY opposite Saturn/Scorpio. An opposition is either a perfect balance or a tug of war. Are our feelings at odds with our trials in life, or are we able to bridge the connection? Are we able to merge our minds with our intimate relationships at the moment?

As the Moon moves through Gemini today (and tomorrow, mostly today because it’s those early degrees of Gemini), notice if there are tensions that erupt into words. How are we using our words? Are we using them like tools, building our relationships or is it time to use them like weapons to tear some ish down? The Moon’s transit through here will create drama in your everyday environments because of the Grand Cross. This is an opportunity to TAKE ACTION. The ‘negative’ or ‘analytical’ aspects of squares and oppositions (red lines) light a fire under us to actually do something.

So take notice if it seems like people are actively trying to piss you off today. Most likely they aren’t, they’re just dealing with how to use their words, too.

Peace!
Will

Today's grand cross - how are we using the tension in our lives to manifest our will?
Today’s grand cross – how are we using the tension in our lives to manifest our will?

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