Millennials – an astro-generational profile in action

Let’s assume that the generation known as the Millennials (also known as Generation Y) were born between 1982-2004, a period of about twenty-two years.

Let’s also assume that a recent article in The Atlantic (16 January 2018) is correct that not only are the Millennials the most ‘stressed’ generation in recent history, but they also are responsible for an astrological revival. If, as the article purports, stress makes astrology look ‘shinier’, then what might this generation’s stress be all about and how might astrology be helping them to deal with it?

Summary

millennial-cultureGiven that at the moment, the world is characterised by intolerance, lack of discipline, unprincipled behaviour, economic insecurity, and self-serving aggression, we can understand why this generation is feeling stressed. Much of what they hold to be of value (tolerance, freedom, idealism) is being trashed by an older, more experienced generation, a group that the Millennials would love more than anything to be able to respect. We can also understand their interest in astrology. If traditional ways of finding meaning (i.e. religion) are no longer working, being so idealistic, an established, ancient and slightly rebellious wisdom will be naturally appealing. The good news is that in 2025, things should look markedly better for the Millennials. The energy will be freer as well as progressive; much more to their liking.

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Detailed Analysis

 

Year Pluto Neptune Uranus
1982 – 1983 Libra Sagittarius Sagittarius
1984 – 1988 Scorpio Capricorn Sagittarius
1988 – 1995 Scorpio Capricorn Capricorn
1995 – 1996 Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius
1996 – 1998 Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius
1998 – 2003 Sagittarius Aquarius Aquarius
2003 – 2004 Sagittarius Aquarius Pisces

 

A quick look at the above chart suggests that during the period 1982 -2004, the prominent zodiacal energies were in play:

 

Sagittarius Expansion, movement, and broad vision. It is also associated with a tolerant attitude, a passion for life as well as a Pollyanna outlook – ‘tomorrow’ will (somehow) be better. Faith.
Capricorn Patience, determination, reliability, authority, mastery, discipline, tradition, and economic stability. As with fine wine, with Capricorn there’s a tendency to markedly improve with age (and experience).
Aquarius Rebellious spirit, youth, and innocence. Humanitarian outlook, uncompromising, idealistic, principled, technologically savvy.

 

According to Ebertin, the combination of the planets Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus can be summed up as a tendency to feel at the mercy of external conditions, against which one often remains unable to muster a firm stand. This combination also imparts a sympathetic understanding of human nature combined with a progressive spirit.

Astro-profile for Millennials

  • Tolerant
  • Freedom-loving
  • Patient
  • Visionary
  • Hopeful
  • Evolutionary
  • Rebellious
  • Principled
  • Idealistic
  • Respect for wisdom, tradition, age, and authority

In regards to the world in which we currently live, Pluto is in Capricorn, Neptune is in Pisces, Uranus is in Aries (about to move into Taurus). Broadly, this translates into the collapse of traditional authority figures and well as undermined financial security, spirituality is confused and chaotic, the world inspiration is focused on war and aggression. When Uranus enters Taurus in May 2018, expect even more disruption in economic and financial security, although this time it at least it will be both experimental and progressive in nature. New solutions for old problems? Let’s hope so!

thStress is about testing and strain. The focus is on the breaking point. The results are hardship, adversity, and affliction. For a generation who is both idealistic and visionary, the reality of present day hardship and adversity will be all the harder to take. Being both principled and tolerant, the Millennials will have a hard time digesting racism and similar ‘intolerance’. Whilst they keeping hoping that things will get better, by now, they are probably getting impatient yet don’t feel empowered to take action and make a difference. Because of the emphasis of Sagittarius in their makeup, they have a pressing need to discover why this is happening  and with traditional religion (as source of meaning) in its continued demise, they may well turn to astrology (an ancient, if not slightly rebellious wisdom) for answers.

I’m also guessing that as a whole, the Millennials will feel like they’ve come into their own when, in 2025, Pluto finally moves into Aquarius; the energy will not only be more progressive, but also inspired. Uranus will also be shifting into Gemini and with that comes some freedom. Finally, Neptune will shift from Pisces (meltdown) into Aires (action); the waiting is over and time to move forward.

Fire and Fury – as astrological assessment whether it’s more fact or fiction…

The official release date for the Fire and Fury, the book that President Trump apparently does not want us to read, was moved forward. We are told this decision was made by the publisher just hours after Trump’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter, claiming among other things, libel and breach of confidentiality.

release Fire and Fury.jpgWhat might we learn from the chart?

  1. Jupiter/Mars (17 Scorpio) are closely conjunct in the 9th house, traditionally the house of publishing and the legal system. According to Ebertin, the combination of Jupiter and Mars equates with successful creative activity and a fortunate decision, especially for learned people, jurists, writers, and government officials.
  2. Add to this that Pluto at 18 Capricorn sextiles that Jupiter/Mars, and we have a double dose of Pluto/Scorpio in the mix. According to Ebertin this suggests the ‘right’ (or correct) aim or objective as well as unusual successes. Doubtless, the publishers believe that their objective is ‘right’ although it remains whether others will come to agree. Unusual success? Likewise, time will tell but at the moment, it’s looking good.
  3. But what about the book itself? Is it, as some say, more fiction and fantasy than truth or does is have more substance than some might have us believe? Astrologically, I suggest that for this, we look both to the chart ruler (Saturn and Uranus as Aquarius is rising) and to Venus, the ruler of the 3rd house of communications.
  4. Saturn is very strong in Capricorn and is closely trine to the Moon in Virgo. This combination suggests conscientious attention to detail as well fear of compromise as the result of indiscreet actions. Astrologically, this is not what we’d expect if this book were the stuff of fantasy alone. Instead, this astrological signature is one of carefully researched material, which is responsibly presented with a constant eye on the potential repercussions should it contain information that isn’t at least  supportable, if not actually true.
  5. Uranus (24 Aries) is making a trine to Mercury (22 Sagittarius). This combination suggests astute intuition, intellectual pursuits, fortunate ideas, confidence, and optimism, as well as courage, determination, and sudden success. It’s true that the author and publisher of Fire and Fury stand to gain financially especially given all the attendant media hype. But this astrological signature also suggests that the book itself is something of an intellectual innovation and that it will influence others in unconventional and unexpected ways.
  6. Finally, Venus is in Capricorn. Here, she is neither weak nor strong. But in Capricorn, Venus is circumspect, self-controlled, and operating primarily from a sense of duty.  Venus is also closely conjunct the Sun, which suggests that, in the long-run, this book may benefit Trump (Sun = ruler = president) more than he might now believe.Unknown.jpeg

Summary = this astrological chart suggests that Fire and Fury is more fact than fantasy, at least in the sense that it is well-researched and circumspect. It also suggests that releasing the book early was a clever, and fortuitous move. Yes, it was a power play but one carefully thought out. The book can be expected to achieve something greater than mere financial success and in some sense, that was always its purpose. Interestingly, at the end of the day, this book may actually benefit President Trump.

 

As I prepare.

As you might know, in just a few days, I’ll commence my program in narrative coaching. Exciting times. In preparation for this, I’ve been tasked with addressing a series of interesting questions such as the following:

Which assumptions, habits, stories or outdated practices could you let go of in order to free yourself to work more powerfully as a coach?

The first thing that I need to let go of is the assumption that I have all the answers.

No longer am I the legal ‘expert’ imparting advice to my clients.

Fair enough.

But I also suspect that next thing that I need to let go of is the assumption that my coaching clients have all the answers. It would be great if they did, but the reality is that they probably don’t although together, we’re meant to come up with something workable.

The third thing that I need to let go of is the assumption that there is some tried and true, ‘follow the numbers’ coaching methodology that will produce satisfactory results every time. Again, it would be great if there were such a thing but there isn’t although I suspect some would disagree  because there are lots of catchy phrases and acronyms floating about in the profession.

th.jpegMy conclusions, to be fair, are based on limited experience. During my first residential week at Cambridge last autumn, we watched a live demonstration given by a very experienced coach working with the T-GROW model.

Quickly, the ‘client’ (volunteer from class) identified that he was having a career crisis (TOPIC). He needed help to make a choice between three very different options (GOAL).

Naturally, the coach explored whether more than three possibilities (OPTIONS) might exist, but the ‘client’ was adamant; he’d already given much thought to this so all that was required now was to evaluate the options and pick one (WRAP-UP). When he’d done just that, he seemed visibly relieved although he acknowledged there were downsides to his choice.

Just before Christmas we all got an email from that ‘client’ (volunteer from our class) saying that in the end, he’d pursued a completely different option. He didn’t explain why and because as the result of his choice he will no longer be on the program, we’re probably never going to find out.

Now, I can imagine a whole host of reasons why things would change for the ‘client’ over a period of a couple of months. That isn’t my problem. My problem is that the live demonstration we watched as coaching students was so slick, so slam-dunk, that it was so tempting to assume this model was the neatest thing since sliced bread. It might still be but I now have my doubts and so I’ll go into my  narrative coaching program a little more wary.

 

Uranus in Taurus – USA leads disruption in world order from 2018 – 2025

The planet Uranus generally spends 8 or so years in a particular sign and on 15 May 2018, it will enter Taurus, where it has not been since 1934 through 1941.

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If Taurus is about security and stability and Uranus is about revolution (but once in power can be autocratic and totalitarian), then whilst Uranus is in Taurus, we might expect disruption in stability and security on a world-wide level. The last time Uranus was in Taurus, the rise of Nazi Germany and Italian Fascism (not to mention Japan’s invasion of China) most certainly disrupted world security and stability. If you go back further, you’ find it connected with the start of the protestant reformation (Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn in 1517 just like they are right now.

Uranus will remain in Taurus until July 2025 when it enters Gemini.[1]

An ingress chart is used to take the pulse of the period which it covers (2018-2025) for a particular country. This chart is set for the location of government (Washington, DC) of the country (USA) in question at the exact moment of the ingress of Uranus into Taurus.

 

Ingress U into Taurus.jpgLeo is rising in this chart hence the Sun is the chart ruler and its position and aspects are key to the overall situation. Each planet in this chart symbolises a function that binds Americans into the nation- state and with the Sun, that function relates to its political leadership, most importantly, the office of president.

The Sun in this chart is high in the sky in the 10th house, where it is the natural ruler. Clearly during this period, the American presidency – as a political position and function – will be highly visible.

That the Sun in this chart has just formed a lunation (i.e. a new moon) is also key. A new cycle will have just commenced, although just like with any new moon, it’s still too dark to tell yet how it will unfold. Also, because the Moon represents the common people, we know that this new cycle must have to do with how the president and the presidency is perceived by and related to the electorate (common people).

When looking at an ingress chart such as this, we need to concentrate on ‘angular’ planets – i.e. planets which make close aspects to the angles (cusps of 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses). These are the planetary power brokers in question.

In this chart, there are three such planets:

  1. Uranus – (high in the sky at ‘high noon’ at the MC, or 10th house cusp at 29 Aries 20). Clearly the most powerful planet (by placement) in this chart.
  2. Mars – (at 29 Capricorn 47) makes a very, very close square aspect not only to that Uranus (0 Taurus 0) but also to the MC.
  3. Mercury – (at 3 Taurus 19) also in the 10th house and conjunct the MC although out of sign.

Put these all together, and expect some disruptive (Uranus) news (Mercury) about the president and/or presidency (MC and 10th house) that will have something to do with the military (Mars). The overall tone for the next seven years (lunation at ingress) will be disruption in world security and stability (think rise of Nazi Germany) and the United States as a nation state as well as its political leadership will be prominently (as was Hitler and Germany) featured in whatever unfolds.

[1] Note that the ingress of Uranus into Gemini has a long-established link for the US with war – in particular the American Revolution, the Civil War, and WWII. Note also that the ingress of Neptune into Aires in 1861 heralded to the day, the first shot of the America Civil war and Neptune will enter Aries again in March 2025. This suggests that 2025 will be a very significant year for the nation state we know now as the United States of America.

 

Attachment Theory & Narrative Coaching

Recent studies show that the stories we tell ourselves become so enmeshed with our cognitive functions, that they – and not any accurate assessment of actual experience –  underpin 80% of our actions.

images.pngAccording to ‘attachment theory’, the majority of these stories are formed during infancy, when we are first bonding with ‘mother’. Not only are our stories archetypal in nature (i.e. common to all humankind), but they are so deeply imbedded in our psyches that, without us even realising it, they play out over and over again. Worse, these stories are so important to our perceived safety, that they engender a whole host of defence mechanisms.

Narrative coaching provides a safe space for clients to revisit their stories – to understand how they impact their lives. Once this is process is underway, clients can rewrite their stories and/or create alternative stories – stories, which are specifically framed to promote happier, more unified lives.

Astrology can speed up this process.

For example, your rising sign and its rulers, symbolise how you’re most likely to frame your worldview. I have Cancer rising and so I tend to frame my world through emotional experiences.  It would help if I were able to more easily get in touch with my emotions but my Moon (ruler of Cancer) is in Gemini where relates not through feelings but through ideas. Indeed, taken as a whole, my chart suggests that once activated, my emotions are a loose cannon on deck. Worse, this is odds with who I essentially am (i.e. rational and balanced) as shown by my Sun (in Libra).

Frustration and anger (my Moon is in square aspect to Mars) are the result and I will admit that I have a tendency to remain emotionally isolated from others just in case (as I thoroughly expect) all goes wrong. I can further relate that my personal experience with ‘mother’ as an infant was similarly frustrated. It took years for me to understand how deeply frustrated and angry she was with my very existence. There are reasons why I was an only child.

Whenever I’m trying to get emotionally close to someone, my habitual narrative pattern of anger and frustration kicks in. Little surprise (that just as I expected) their reciprocal anger and frustration keeps us from forming a bond. Sadly, I will keep re-enacting my same story again and again until I can gain enough distance and perspective to rewrite it.

For example, I might ask how I’d like my new story to end. Assuming that it is in increased intimacy rather than in a fight, then I’ll ask myself what kind of person would enjoy such a happy ending and how might that person differ from me? The point is that although I will never be able to make my Moon/Mars and Cancer Ascendant go away, once I learn how they are running the show, I can purposefully find healthier and more satisfying ways to express them.

As I prepare…

In just a few days, I’ll commence my program in narrative coaching. Exciting times. To kick things off, I’ve been asked why I want to be a coach and why I’m chosing narrative coaching.

I’ve studied psychological astrology for many years and have come to appreciate how much it can help us navigate our lives. The problem was that if I were going to share my insights on a wider scale, I would need a platform through which to deliver them. I’d toyed with becoming a therapist or counsellor but unfortunately, because I was working full-time as a lawyer, I didn’t have the time.

Finally, I’ve retired from the practice of law and free to pursue other goals. In addition to writing novels I am reconnecting with those ideas of taking astrology to a larger audience and after much research, I have decided that narrative coaching is the best medium for accomplishing just that.

I’ve long been convinced that we are driven more by our perceptions (i.e. the stories we tell ourselves) of reality rather than kind of objective reality. Astrologically, this is because our view of the world is filtered through our rising sign (the zodiac sign on the leading cusp of the 1st astrological house in our charts).

Ariel_disneyFor example, I have Cancer rising and so I view my world through a Cancerian lens. Hence the myths and deities associated with zodiacal Cancer (mermaids and sea-based shape shifters) map my life and define the types of experiences I will encounter along the way.

The more I understand how I see the world differently than do others, the better placed I am to develop this to my advantage. Although I will never be able to change the types of stories defining my life, I can provide them with new and happier endings.

Zen riddles that I like…

Kõ-an – a paradox anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logic and provoke a more direct perception of reality called enlightenment.

Kõ-ans have always exercised an intellectual fascination over those who have come in contact with them. Some have found Kõ-ans profound and intellectually challenging while others have dismissed them as meaningless and absurd. But especially for those living in societies built on Enlightenment principles, the anti-rationalism of Kõ-ans has been a large part of their appeal.  Unknown.png

Although Reason is useful to conceptualize and categorize, it can also trap us in a limited and arbitrary view of the world. Once Reason gets tangled up with our socially conditioned biases, then rather like blinkers on a horse it can do no more than channel us down a predetermined path.

The practical purpose of Kõ-ans is not to rid us of our intellectual capacity but instead to allow it to function in a dispassionate way. This involves breaking down the everyday tyranny of our conditioned intellect by demonstrating the contradictions and absurdities to which it would otherwise necessarily lead.

Unknown.jpegUnlike puzzles and riddles, Kõ-ans do not have pat answers. Indeed, many Kõ-ans are not even in the form of a question. When used properly, Kõ-ans set trains of thought in motion and then derail them. With the continuity of our internal dialogue broken, we are no longer able to maintain our (false) sense of reality.

A properly constructed Kõ-an should contain many layers of personal meaning. It is most certainly not a case of ‘one size fits all’. According to Buddhist teaching, Truth can only be experienced by those who seek Truth for its own sake.  It can never be denied to those who are worthy as equally it can never be imparted to those who are not.

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