Do you ever feel like you’re not typical of “your generation”? Are the classic descriptions of people in your age-group alienating or annoying? Aside from the fact that categories can be infuriating and of course you are unique, there is an explanation.
The actual generational terminology is inadequate. Some of it broadly makes sense: there WAS a baby boom after World War II – hence: Baby Boomers. Millennials were born around the new millennium but wait…that was Generation Z. And if there is a Generation Alpha after Z, do we follow that up with Gen B or Beta? It sounds off.
Astrologically, it makes sense to classify generations by their Pluto sign. Boomers are loosely Pluto in Leo people, Generation X (the term was initially coined by Douglas Coupland, a mordant, witty multiple Capricorn, in his 1991 book of the same title)are Pluto in Virgo and so on.
But as you will see from the table below, each Pluto generation has sub-genres*: early Pluto in Virgo people have Uranus in Leo and are often more boomer-esque in their cinematic or musical preferences, for example. The later Millennials with Uranus and Neptune in Saggo seem boppier (by and large) than the cohort born under Pluto in Libra with Uranus in Scorpio.
You can also see generational similarities if you take the sub-genres into account: The 1989-1995 Sea-Goaty Millennials are energetically similar to the 1961-1969 Plutonic Gen Xers. And the Early Eighties Neon Millennials align with the Rock & Roll Boomer core mid-1950s.
I’m sure there is something to this and that despite vastly different times, generations and their sub-genres with similar elemental mixes share values or come ‘of age’ into similar zeitgeists.
So many questions remain, of course. Are Millennials also Generation Y? Do they encompass Pluto in Libra AND Pluto in Scorpio? Surely not. You may also note that Pluto was in Scorpio, the sign it rules, for a relatively short amount of time
Pluto was in Leo for 17 years, Virgo for just 14, Libra, Scorpio and Sagg for 12 years and Capricorn for 14 years. The Pluto in Aquarius generation will span 20 years (!) and the babies born in the 2nd half of this decade will have Pluto in Aquarius with Uranus in Gemini and Neptune in Aries – more Neons!
You can also see that Pluto in Aquarius is broadly beautifully aligned with the Pluto in Libra generation, elementally at least.
*Outer planets move in and out of a sign before settling in one for several years so the years in this table do not include incremental moves in the changeover years. These are broad dates.
Image: Chloe Sevigny – Harper’s Bazaar 2007