The Pluto through the Generations

I finally understand why all of my Gen X girlfriends call their Boomer parents narcissists. The gaps between generations and the societal tensions we feel between Millennials, Gen Z’s, Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers are well-explained through understanding the Pluto Generations in astrology.

I have not yet found a more spot-on description of this phenomenon than Daljeet Peterson’s series of articles on this topic. While his series goes more in depth into each generation with many more examples than I will outline here, I will attempt to provide a summary, while pulling from a few other sources.

Pluto’s active principle is transformation and transmutation. Pluto represents a collective soul purpose for a generation according to evolutionary astrologers. Each Pluto generation has come along at the perfect time and with the perfect gifts to transform some aspect of society on a collective level.

While there are some Pluto in Cancer Generation still alive, (born 1913-1938) the youngest of them are nearing their 90’s now. These are the children of the Depression era, the WW2/Korean War era veterans. Cancer as a zodiacal sign, is concerned with nourishment and the security of home. This generation gave us Social Security because they felt the effects on their parents during the devastation of the Depression. I know one such native, born in 1933. His biggest observation about the world that we live in now is how greed-infested and selfish our world has become. As on astrologer noted,

When they’re all gone, family values and domestic security will greatly suffer(as is already happening).

Behind the Pluto in Cancer folks were the Pluto in Leos, the BabyBoomers.

The Pluto in Leo Generation were born 1937-1956, and represent our oldest generation currently alive. Leo as a sign represents the SELF, and so we could say this generation took hold of transforming the self through a flurry of creativity and regeneration. The Pluto in Leos are known to be leaders and to be concerned with following strong leaders, and we see this in the radical changes of the 1960’s, the civil rights movements, and the dramatic changes in music and popular culture. But Leos also can be quite arrogant. Daljeet Peterson states,

“They can be annoyingly arrogant in declaring theirs the “best” generation that produced the best music, the best art, the best movies, the best everything. As a generation raised on Father Knows Best, it’s like they are collectively taunting: “Who’s your daddy now?” They’re also quick to dismiss the creative output of any other generation as sub par. They jumped at the opportunity to shit all over their successors, that “slacker” Generation X that dared try and follow them. And they held similarly dismissive views of the “overly-coddled” Millennials who came after.”,comprised%20mostly%20of%20Baby%20Boomers.

Pluto in Virgo generation (1956-1972), is obsessed with self-help books, New Age enlightenment and living a different, more conscious kind of life than its elder Leos. Pluto in Virgo saw a jump forward in the purification of the body, but also a shift toward eco-consciousness which one could say was a bent toward purification of the earth body. We could also think of Pluto in Virgo in terms of the personal fitness crazes and holistic healthcare industries. In a separate article as part of his series, Peterson aptly describes each generation in turn with many more examples, and as such he describes Gen X’ers as having a chip on our shoulders.

GenXers are a generation with a giant chip on our shoulders. And of course, we have set it up for ourselves this way. Why else would a collective of souls choose to incarnate under the Pluto in Virgo signature? We have all come into this life to learn Virgo-inspired lessons of humility, service, duty, criticism, analysis and improvement. This is our generational cross to bear, so perhaps the “X” designation is symbolically more appropriate than we might think.

Peterson also states:

the transition from the Pluto in Leo generation to the Pluto in Virgo generation marks one of the most jarring and difficult periods in the entire 248-year cycle.

This is because in moving from Leo to Virgo we learn the lesson of serving others, not only serving ourselves. Speaking as a cuspy (Pluto in/Pluto in Virgo) representative of the Gen X club, I agree that this shift in consciousness has been a difficult one and has represented part of the “dark night of the soul” that our culture has been experiencing. I think at least from an American perspective, Babyboomers were post-WW2 era “kids” who believed they were the best, and came of age when America was “on top of the world.” Except that, there was on problem, the world was under threat of nuclear war. Peterson calls BabyBoomers the apex predators “on top of the world,” just like the Lion Apex predator symbol.

While books like Silent Spring were beginning to be published in the 60’s, by 1971 books like Diet for a Small Planet were published and movies like Soylent Green were released in 1973, where in the dystopian film the year is 2022 and only the rich can afford to eat healthy food. The Virgo push toward health and purification really hits mass consciousness in a bigger way during the adulthoods of Gen Xers who continued with movements like Earth Day and pushed for recycling and more awareness of the depletion of earth resources. The recycle symbol, for example began to be used in 1970 and has become universally used since then.

Progress forward and we move into the Pluto in Libra generation, (of which this writer is a member). This generation is often thought of as the “lost generation” because many of us were latch key kids, and there were huge spikes in the divorce rate when we were growing up. This generation does “the commitment thing in powerfully re-imagined ways,” as Molly Hall puts it in her article. Libra is all about relationship, as a sign ruled by Venus. This generation was not going to abandon the kids. Even if we divorced, we would attempt to co-parent.

Beyond Libra we have the Pluto in Scorpio Generation, which began in 1983 and lasted until 1995. Pluto is at home in Scorpio and is considered the modern ruler of Scorpio. This Pluto Generation represents the Millennials born during this time, who are comfortable diving deep into anything taboo or secret. Exposing secrets is a well-known Scorpionic trait and here we have Edward Snowden, who was born in 1983, for example. This generation has also famously explored their sexuality and all taboos associated with sexuality. It was a time impacted by the the AIDS epidemic, but these natives also put legs on the acceptance of all forms of sexuality. Times truly began to speed up, continuing to require kids to grow up faster and faster.  In 1982 the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released, echoing what was experienced as the “times” we lived in were speeding up faster and faster.

Young adults represent the Pluto in Sagittarius Generation, born between 1995 and 2008, also known as Generation Z, and they have become truth-tellers in the era of FAKE NEWS. All three of my children were born between 1995 and 2005 and I can attest to their dislike for fakeness on social media. This generation was too young to remember 911, unlike Millennials, they do not remember a time before the creation of Homeland Security. I also attribute the popularity of unicorns to this horse-fascinated generation of Sagittarians. They will form the philosophical foundation for what the Pluto in Capricorn generation will recreate in institutions. (See also, Mountain Astrologer’s Pluto in Sag Article, written by a Pluto in Sag native, for a more true to life representation.)

The Pluto in Capricorn Generation began in 2008 and will carry forward until 2024. I began to see how different this generation was when they started arriving in my first grade classroom around 2014. They are markedly different from Pluto in Sag kids in their stubbornnes and refusal to accept the status quo. This generation was born one year after the release of the first iphone and may be known as the Post iPhone generation. They have been challenged by growing up in the midst of the pandemic and school shutdowns.  They have seen more mass shootings than any other generation.  They have witnessed the effects of the pandemic on mental health, and the dissension and strife in society and our institutions as we have tried to adjust to the demands of the Pandemic.  They have also now witnessed the hostile, January 6th Capitol riot/take-over. They are witnessing the devastating effects of climate change at every turn. They are quite intolerant of the antiquated institutions they find themselves subjected to, though I am speaking merely as an observer.   Here I am mostly referring to their rejection of our current school system and their unwillingness to cooperate with school authorities. Never before have I seen more students of a younger age throw desks and chairs. I have never seen a group of students more unwilling to cooperate.  It has gotten to the point that teachers are required to train in restraint techniques. I predict that when they arrive at adulthood they will promptly make changes to  our educational system and perhaps to healthcare, law enforcement, the prison system, and government, since Capricorn is the sign associated with institutions and Pluto is the transformer. It is my opinion that HIGH SCHOOL teachers and college professors SHOULD TAKE NOTE of this Pluto in Capricorn generation, though I am not sure that there is anything that will adequately prepare us for the changes that this group will eventually make.

By the time we make it through the end of Pluto in Capricorn in 2024, we will see the beginning of a generation born with Pluto in Aquarius, and I think this generation will be who we might think of as “The Jetsons.” If I make it to see them arrive into adulthood I will be quite old. Perhaps they will yield a truly technologically- advanced society based on the foundation laid by Pluto in Capricorn, embracing AI and carrying forward in new ways. This could go wrong in many ways of course as one generation’s shortcomings build upon another’s as each generation parents the next one. We are in this together, like one big dysfunctional multi-generational family, trying to over-compensate for each other’s downfalls. Whether we like it or not, folks we are in this together weaving the complex story of humanity and human evolution. There is no “they” and “them”, only the story of “us.”

Mercury’s Cazimi

Mercury forms its interior conjunction with the Sun in our geographic location of Tomball, TX at 9:01 am on August 1, 2021, which as I write this, will be tomorrow. I plan to be sitting in front of the sunrise again tomorrow morning, just sitting, sun bathing and meditating on life and love. I hope to keep doing this as often as my schedule allows. This free act act of meditating is empowering to me. I use the practice of heart rhythm meditation.

Since all of my children are currently at home, my house has been quite full this summer. It feels abundant and happy and yet there have been fewer times and spaces for the alone time which I thrive so much on. I am not complaining though. I will gladly give up my alone time for my three any day. We are all so seldom together in one place anymore so I am taking it in eagerly, knowing the alone time will come soon enough with as much heartache as it will with that essence of peace and quiet. Each of my children are in quite temporary states. One is visiting only for a few weeks, the other is staying temporarily for year or so to get on his feet, and the third who is still in high school has not yet polished her wings enough to leave home.

Meditating in the sunrise, I sit down on the park bench and it takes me a few minutes to trust my surroundings enough to close my eyes. Once I do I am still connected to the sounds around me, the birds and the cicadas. Then as the sun rises above the horizon and crests above the trees and the building which block its immediate view, the sunlight hits my closed eyelids. It lights up a dark orange-red color through the curtain of my closed eyelid skin. After one or two minutes, I adjust to the red curtain of sunlight on my eyes. The relaxation helps me board a kind of inner transporter. I am taken from the mundane and transported somewhere else in my being entirely. I began with 5 minutes the first day or two, then increased to 10 minutes, and by today I was up to 30 minutes. I skipped one day in the past ten days or so even in that short of time I missed it.

Mercury’s movements make me think of the story of Quetzcoatyl or the Egyptian God, Thoth, or the Greek Hermes. These have been filling my imagiantion as Mercury makes its cazimi tomorrow. Thoth is believed to be the original author of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the first inventor or writing, magic, and all the Hermetic arts. Messenger of the Gods, Hermes was the wing-footed Greek version of the Mercury figure. Then there is Loki, the cunning and infamous Norse God! In western astrology, Mercury represents mental processing and communication by any means, speaking and writing. As Mercury crosses the heart of the sun, we might imagine him gathering up all the messages he is to deliver to all of us back here on this side of the veil. Be brave, stand in your truth and be ready to accept change and blessing.

By August 8th, we have the ignition of the “Lion’s Gate” Portal, “an annual cosmic alignment of Sirius, the brightest star in our sky, aligning perfectly with Orion’s Belt and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Sirius is the star of abundance, creativity, and devotion. When it joins forces with the sun in Leo, for whom the portal is named, the energy to manifest, transform, and bring balance is increased exponentially.” I plan to dwell on my bigger creative dreams. It is Leo Season afterall; and the manifestation of good for myself and others whose lives I have had the privelege to touch matters. I think that any positive thoughts which bring abundance and peace are good. These positive energies are so dearly needed in these times of materialism and greed. Whatever the question, love is the answer. Growing the energy of the heart will create transformation for good.

Solar Eclipse to Occur Thursday, June 10th

The moon passes between the Earth and sun coming up on June 10, 2021. It is “eclipse season” at this time each year. The solar eclipse follows the lunar eclipse after two weeks.

This eclipse will be visible in Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean and Siberia. To see a Nasa video model and maps of how this eclipse will unfold, visit this link. It will be partially visible for much of the rest of northeastern North America, Greenland, Northern Europe and northern Asia.

It is expected to last 3 minutes 51 seconds,” according to EarthSky.

The event will conclude around 6:29 a.m. ET.

Sun gazers are reminded to wear special solar eclipse glasses to protect your eyes while viewing the celestial phenomenon.

This is just one of two solar eclipses in 2021. A total solar eclipse will be visible on December 4.

A person should speak only of what he knows and  not make statements about something he does not know

With this quote, it is sort like…..”I know that I do not know.” I continue to feel certain that we just have to keep asking lots of questions and keep an open mind.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

The opinion that there are limits to human cognition that cannot be overstepped, compelling man to stop short before an invisible world, must be replied to by saying that there can be no doubt about the impossibility of finding access to the invisible world with the kind of cognition referred to here. Whoever considers that form of cognition to be the only possible one cannot come to any other opinion than that the human being is denied access to a possibly existent higher world. 

Yet the following may also be stated. If it is possible to develop another kind of cognition, this then may well lead into the supersensible world. If this kind of cognition is considered to be impossible, then we reach a point of view from which all talk about a supersensible world appears as pure nonsense. From an impartial viewpoint, however, the only reason for such an…

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Realizing our Calling and Re-Humanizing our Education System

If you are a teacher, and you get a chance, pick up and read James Hillman’s On Soul, Character and Calling. In it he explains his “Acorn theory.”

In one interview Hillman commented, “It’s important to ask yourself, ‘How am I useful to others? What do people want from me?’ That may very well reveal what you are here for.”

For teachers, Hillman gives a reminder for why we may have gotten into the profession in the first place, namely, to place ourselves in the path of young people to help them develop their potential. It is a reminder to get down to what is real and have more humility. “We need to get back to trusting our emotional rapport with children, to seeing a child’s beauty and singling that child out. That’s how the mentor system works — you’re caught up in the fantasy of another person. Your imagination and theirs come together.” The image is of lighting fires.

Hillman in an interview: I think the first step is the realization that each of us has such a thing. (a calling) And then we must look back over our lives and look at some of the accidents and curiosities and oddities and troubles and sicknesses and begin to see more in those things than we saw before. It raises questions, so that when peculiar little accidents happen, you ask whether there is something else at work in your life. It doesn’t necessarily have to involve an out-of-body experience during surgery, or the sort of high-level magic that the new age hopes to press on us. It’s more a sensitivity, such as a person living in a tribal culture would have: the concept that there are other forces at work. A more reverential way of living.

That life of reverence is so closely tied to the work of teaching. I could not describe that better than Hillman and it makes me feel at peace about being a teacher who is studies the destiny question, or what Hillman calls the acorn theory. Teaching really is all about paying attention to the other human being, and developing a deep respect, love and curiosity for the mystery of another human being and the potential of their calling, helping them uncover that despite anything else, including: what your own picture of them might be as their teacher, or what you would wish to mold them into, or even what you might have them believe.

I would like to see our educational system become more reverential of the mystery of each person, and less rigid, prescriptive and injurious to the outliers who don’t fit the mold. Perhaps this can’t be implemented in a structural way, perhaps it is just something which must be shared from person to person. Either way – we should try to do it more in whatever ways we can.

It all leads to many more questions, like how do we teach in a way that is respectful to another person’s divine blueprint? We can’t cast or stamp out each person from the same mold, in a one-size-fits-all approach. We need to leave a certain part in freedom. This is where when it comes to standardized testing or standardized anything I have bones to pick. Our society is in its infancy in terms of our ability to develop human potential respectfully. This is where and why I wonder whether and how astrology and education intersect in fruitful ways.