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The Quality of the New

I like the Fire, Earth, Air and Water designations. They’re easy to understand and they’re clearly defined.

I don’t like the qualities. They’re confusing and vague. So I renamed them. Instead of Cardinal, I use Hierarchical. Instead of Fixed, I use Planar. Instead of Mutable, I use Matrix.

Oh, yeah, that’s much less confusing and vague. So what the hell do those mean?

Back off, now, and I’ll break it down.

Imagine a tower, like maybe Stephen King’s Dark Tower.

Hierarchical and Planar signs are both at home in this tower. The hierarchical signs like the linear or pyramidal nature of it. They like things to be put in order and they like someone in charge at the top. They built the elevators and the stairs. Planar signs will ride or climb to their favorite level and stay there, like your cat that climbs to the top of your refrigerator to plot your death from above – like certain Leos, the Planar Fire sign. My wife’s a Leo and she has a great Cheshire Cat face.

Matrix signs don’t care what level they’re on, how to get, or even that they’re in a tower at all. They flit about – Level 12, West! Level 29, South!


Next: The New Combos

The Pluto in Virgo Generation (GenX) – so misunderstood. Often portrayed as overly critical, nerdy, childish control freaks, it’s rankled us as a generation for a long time. Virgos, being mutable (matrix) can also be very passionate when aroused. It’s just that they are often aroused by things that most people don’t even think about at all, let alone let themselves get passionate about. Virgos are also compassionate and they love to work – as long as it’s efficiently. Many Virgos live by a strict code known only to themselves.

So while it’s true that a Virgo’s negative reputation for a childish need to be right and certain amount of intellectual arrogance often precedes her, it’s just that she’s so into the process and the efficiency that it never occurs to her that this mode may alienate others. And frankly, my dear, as a generation, they don’t care. Because they know, in the end, they will be vindicated.


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.

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.

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