The Astrological Age of Anxiety

If you follow astrology news, you often see stories about full moons, eclipses and intense aspects between transiting planets (like Pluto and Uranus right now) with lots of write up about what it means in your life and for society as a whole.

Don’t forget, though, that every five seconds or so an individual is born into this world. Those individuals are born under these energies – the energies don’t merely affect their weekend plans, but become embedded in their astrological DNA.

So when you read this month that Venus is in sexual Scorpio sextile (60 degrees apart) intense Pluto in Capricorn and your love life will be both intense and serious, remember that someone born today will carry this serious and intense romantic nature as part of his/her fundamental personality.

If that person was born with this aspect while the sun was still in Scorpio, overall seriousness is strong in the personality. However, if that person was born when the sun entered Sagittarius, then there may be a conflict in the personality between the gregarious and adventuresome Sagittarius with the cautious and controlling Scorpio and Capricorn.

When masses of people are worrying about their jobs, investments and disintegrating home values during this Pluto-in-Capricorn tear-down-the-entire-structure-of-society transit, that worry and anxiety is part of what children being born breathe into their unformed consciousness, just as they would breathe in second-hand smoke.

The generation born from 2008 to present may become a frugal, penny-pinching generation like those born during the Great Depression. They may keep money close for fear of great loss of work, home and property. There may be some control issues around money embedded in their cultural coding.

The Age of Anxiety

W. H. Auden’s poem “The Age of Anxiety” was published in 1947 as Pluto was in Leo, Neptune in Libra and Uranus in Gemini.

The outer planets – Uranus, Pluto and Neptune, describe generational energies.

The Age of Anxiety was published as a generation of hippies was being born. About 20 years later, some of these children sat in Golden Gate Park naked, in drug-induced states of alternate realities.

The Pluto in Leo generation is more commonly called The Me Generation. Most the Me Generation dates listed in Wikipedia (1946 – 1964) find Pluto transiting Leo.

Dropping out of society might be considered a self-absorbed delusion, but don’t forget that leaving your family and society and emerging as an individual creates what today is called “separation anxiety.”

Would you sit naked in a park today and take a pill given to you by a stranger?

Who would drop out of society today and give up healthcare insurance?

Those children born in the late 1940s when Auden wrote “Age of Anxiety” produced children of their own who were born during a time of social upheaval in the late 1950s through the late 1960s. Those children have Pluto in Virgo. Some even have Pluto conjunct Uranus in Virgo opposite Saturn in Pisces (1964 – 1967).

The external world in the 1960s was challenging authority, fighting for civil rights and protesting against wars abroad – questioning the “establishment.”

And children were being born every five seconds, breathing it in.

The New Anxiety

Today’s world is being run by the tail-end of the Pluto in Leo generation and the next-in-line Pluto-and-Uranus in Virgo folks.

Virgo is the sign of work, health and service. While Leo is a strong, self-centered ego structure, Virgo is a more flexible, adaptable ego that looks to others for the perfection it seeks. I think Virgo is associated with service because to truly serve others, you must put aside your own ego. The behind-the-scenes person (Virgo) doesn’t get the same attention as the front-and-center-stage person (Leo).

The change of generational leadership from Leo to Virgo brings an entire change of focus to culture. Instead of focus on self expression (Leo), the focus is now on work and health (Virgo).

Today there is an extreme and increasing focus on health and healthcare from drug marketing on television and increased use of pharmaceuticals to corporate wellness programs that insist on participation for reduced premium costs. To participate in healthcare, you must be tied to a corporate or government entity otherwise it is not affordable for anyone but the extremely wealthy.

Healthcare has descended on us so even if you feel healthy, you might find yourself forced into a health “issue” in order for a company to feel satisfied that it has provided you with health information.

Recently I heard someone sneeze and another person ask if a cold was involved. When the response was affirmative, the next question came – what kind of cold do you have?

The sneezer wasn’t interested in analyzing her cold but I find today that you are expected to identify each and every sneeze that you have or others will analyze it for you. It’s no longer good enough to have “a cold.”

Analysis is in the realm of Virgo, the discriminating mind. I believe that’s why Virgo tends toward hypochondria-not because Virgos aren’t truly ill but because every moment is analyzed, nothing is simply left to “be.” A bad night’s sleep must be analyzed, labeled and remedied while more relaxed personalities simply accept the night was bad and move on, never giving it a mention or a second thought.

The over-concern with health and every fluctuating physical state in a fluctuating universe represents to me a form of anxiety. While germs are real, the excessive fear of germs which seems to exist in my country today (probably one of the cleanest and healthiest times and places in history) to me represents a fear of the unknown because however real germs are, we can’t see them. We don’t really know if that door handle contains the Swine Flu Virus or just remnants of paper towels from a hundred women who refuse to touch the door handle with their bare hands.

When we are afraid to touch the bathroom door handle, what is it we truly fear?

Virgo’s opposite sign is Pisces, which likes to merge with others. When you merge with others you do take on the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the pathogens and the antibodies.

Is the fear of germs a fear of intimacy?

What is the underlying anxiety in the excessive fear of germs?

Generational Learning

Each generation has something to learn and teach. I don’t know what this collective fear of germs represents, but I do wonder if the hypersensitive Virgos and Pisces of this generation are the canaries-in-the-mine in terms of being affected first by impurities in the environment.

Maybe this collective fear of germs is the first warning that our environment contains too many impurities which will at some time create a collective health issue.

Way back when I began studying astrology a local astrologer commented that the Pluto-and-Uranus in Virgo generation would “clean up the planet.”

Maybe then this anxiety about germs is an anxiety about living on a dirty planet? That’s a good reason to be anxious.

The Pluto-and-Uranus-in-Virgo generation will be doing its work through the mid-twenty first century. Hopefully by then we will have a cleaner, healthier planet.

And hopefully less anxiety.

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About ohioastrology

I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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