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While there are surely major differences between the GenX and the GenY attitude, they share a surprising number of traits. I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, I ran across this entry at Raph Koster’s blog:

Recently I had a discussion with a management and leadership consultant, and we were discussing the generational characteristics of Millenials versus Gen X in the workforce, and we were talking about how a gamer mentality may have affected the way Gen Y behaves in the workplace: more likely to follow the rules, more likely to work in teams, more needful of reassurance, less creative and risk-taking, less likely to see the full scope of irreversible consequences of a choice, and less likely to see things in shades of gray. In a way, these sound like thinking trained by games.

I don’t know Raph, and I have no idea what he does or doesn’t know about astrology, but his observation is a spot-on description of Pluto in Libra. Libra values fairness and structure, hence the teamwork and rule-abiding. Pluto in Virgo is too fickle and independent to work well in teams. Virgo types can follow rules, but they have a tendency to create their own elaborate set of rules that probably only applies to them individually (if you pardon the ham-grammared sentence).

The gaming, too is very Libran. Like all air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), Libra types like games and puzzles. They like intellectual challenges.

As Raph points out, they can be insecure – wishy-washiness is a classic Libra trait. Of course, neither Pluto in Virgo nor Pluto in Libra is particularly inventive or risk-taking. That’s the Pluto in Leo generation – the Boomers, the Me generation. But what Virgo is good at that Libra isn’t is taking something existent and making it more efficient. Efficiency is a hallmark of Virgo. Leo trailblazes, Virgo cleans up the mess and Libra evaluates the results.

Coming soon: Virgo and Libra in Harmony

Boomers vs. GenX

Why is there such an inordinate amount of angst between GenX and our parents? Well, I’m not sure why, exactly, but in astrological terms the problem can be described by the Pluto cycle. Most Boomers have Pluto in Leo, Most GenXer’s have Pluto in Virgo. So let’s check out the differences…

  • Leo is pushy and aggressive where Virgo is polite and accomodating.
  • Leo is impulsive and careless, Virgo is methodical and careful

    A Stately Leo

  • Leo charges through the trees, Virgo reads the map
  • Leo is extravagant, Virgo moderate
  • Leo values loyalty, Virgo values frugality
  • Leo jumps to conclusions, Virgo seeks answers
  • Leo is passive-aggressive and manipulative, Virgo straightforward and earnest
  • Leo is vain, Virgo practical
  • Leo is gullible and easily impressed, Virgo wary and sophisticated
  • Leo gambles, Virgo assesses
  • Leo is gladitorial, Virgo
  • Leo is dictatorial, Virgo egalitarian
  • Leo is selfish, Virgo sensible
  • Leo is demanding, Virgo reasonable
  • Leo is lazy, Virgo industrious
  • Leo is prideful, Virgo modest

    A Virgo in Leo clothing

Keep in mind all you Sun-Sign Leos and Virgos, this is not about Sun in Leo/Virgo. This is about Pluto in Leo/Virgo. These are generational, societal attitudes, not personal ones.

And anyway, we threw out the whole “I am a [insert sign here]. No, you’re not. You’re just human.

I’ll break these down in the next post.

Astrology is a coded language that can help us learn about ourselves.

Okay, that sounds like some New Age fairy gobbledegook, right? And inevitably, the question arises: Isn’t astrology just a pointlessly coded language? Doesn’t this just equate astrology with religion? Why talk in this code at all? Why not just speak frankly about whatever it is the code represents?

Astrology has three main purposes:

  • Psychology and Behavior
  • Character and Story Generation
  • Self-Reflection

What do all three of these points have in common? They’re really about learning. People are not rational, they are emotional. They are hard to teach. In order for someone to truly learn, they must buy what you’re teaching – we often use the phrase “buy into” to describe this. So really, learning is really just special type of selling, and people buy on emotion.

Astrology is a way to engage that emotion.

Another piece of the answer can be found in Dan Pink’s observations about autonomy, mastery and purpose, three elements critical to understanding yourself.

While astrology cannot predict events, when deployed as a psychological tool, it can predict behavior. Sort of like psychology with mascots.

Comments, questions, cookie recipies? More to come.

Copernicus’s discovery of the earth going around the sun blows astrology out of the water as a divination tool.

Below are three charts, all from today. The first shows Northern California, the second, Equatorial Guinea and the third, the North Pole.See how the first two are rotated versions of each other but the North Pole chart is a mess?

Northern California

Equatoria Guinea

North Pole

This is a graphic demonstration of how astrology as a divination tool stresses apparent motion. Of course, rational people know that the positions of the planets in reality is no different no matter where on the earth you are.

Astrology is useless for divination or fortune-telling or trend prediction. So what good is it?

The answer in Part 2.

See how the first two are rotated versions of each other but the North Pole chart is a mess?

Pluto: Generational Angst

Pluto – the transformational plow coming up behind you and forcing you to move. Pluto moves slowly, so we use it to represent generational concepts. Pluto’s elliptical orbit means that it spends considerably less time in some signs than others. We’re on the short side of the cycle at the moment, meaning that Pluto is passing rapidly¬† through signs. Right now, in fact, is a very unusual time in history, as we have five generations in the workforce at the same time, roughly represented by Pluto in Cancer (people in their 70s), Leo (Boomers), Virgo/Libra (Generation X), and Libra/Scorpio (Generation Y). Those with born Pluto in Sagittarius are still teenagers or younger. Pluto just entered Capricorn. There’s some overlap with the so-called lettered generations (an artifact of Neptune in Sagittarius, 1970 – 1984, which neatly includes the second half of GenX and all of GenY – Pluto and Neptune both changed signs in 1983/4).

The transformative power represented by Pluto accurately describes some major generation angst occurring between Boomers and GenXers as the Boomers start to hit their sixties, retire and finally slow down a bit and the GenXers finally start taking positions power now that we are in our forties.

Rational Astrology?!?

Yes, rational astrology is indeed possible. The system of astrology was originally devised not to divine the future or tell people what they should be doing, but to help people understand themselves.

The purpose of astrology is the codification of cultural mythologies and their application to everyday life. I find nothing mysterious or supernatural about this. The apparent positions of celestial bodies in the sky has no bearing on the outcome of any single life. However, the constructs of astrology are useful for engaging in a dialogue with yourself about yourself.

Partially reprinted from my blog triloci’s cosmic vortex. Read the full post here.

By way of introducing myself, here’s my chart.

triloci's Cosmic Origin

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