Astrology The New Generation

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Note: I have released the first segment in the Generation: Millennials reading! You can order the full reading here; segments are being published individually.

Dear Friend and Reader:

Sometime in the early 1980s, people started displaying the ‘Baby on Board’ sign in the back windows of their cars. Far from being the Pet Rock of its day, this sign heralded new attitudes in parenting, and the arrival of a new generation — the Millennials.

Millennials on board. Illustration by Lizanne Webb.

These kids were welcomed to the world, and grew up amongst parents who really did their best for them. The cynical attitudes toward parenting of the 1960s and the 1970s were finally being left behind.

The other fact to remember is that new technology is typically first adopted by the youngest generation and then is gradually adopted by the older generations. As an example, 96% of Americans have a smartphone, but Gen Z (the youngest generation) is the highest user. Astrology: The New Generation is an anthology of techniques and insights that will enhance your astrological skills and understanding.

Now, the first arrivals from this generation are at or just beyond their first Saturn return, the astrological gateway into adulthood. Yet they face a world that seems openly hostile to their growth and progress.

For one thing, most of the Millennials who went to college carry a ridiculous amount of student loan debt. And there is a question whether their education even prepared them for life in the 21st century — and if not, how they are going to get that preparation.

Second, they are emerging into an economy where there are not many job opportunities for them. Said more precisely, the concept of a job is changing; some would say it’s evaporating. Millennials are coming of age in a world that is unrecognizable from anything their parents experienced.

Many are struggling to find their way. Many have high ideals that they want to express — but don’t know how or where. They care about the issues they see most other people avoiding, but it’s difficult to find a way to connect.

And it doesn’t build any confidence if they live with their parents at age 23 or 27 or 32. Nobody I know has a clear idea what to do about this. But I think that astrology can help shed light on this generation. And I’ve been preparing a reading for you and your family that will do just that.

Reading the Astrology of the Millennials

In this special reading, I will speak directly to millennials and their families about the basics and the details of the time in which they were born — as told by astrology. This astrology tells the story of a world in constant flux; a world with no solid ground to stand on. A world of conflicting expectations and images. A world where there seems to be no hope, but where being hopeless is not an option.

Barrons, welcoming the Millennials as the next generation of consumers. These are the ‘digital natives’ — who are not a crop of Mark Zuckerbergs. Actual innovation is a special talent.

I am aware this reading may appeal more to parents than to young people themselves. I encourage you to get it, listen, and share it with them. Everyone will benefit.

I will cover the astrology for those born across the two decades of Millennial births — from 1985-1995 (young adults approaching or at Saturn return) and from 1996-2005 (kids and teens who are making their way toward adulthood).

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Then I will add a special section on the very youngest of this generation, which will apply to everyone because we’ve all lived through the same astrology.

For those with some knowledge in the subject, I’ll cover Pluto through Scorpio and Sagittarius; Uranus through Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius; Chiron through the most challenging phase of its orbit; and Earth-shaking aspects such as the Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction, the Chiron-Pluto conjunction, and others. I will give examples of major historical events and how they impacted the lives of young people — including the fall of the USSR and 9/11.

I will make these descriptions clear and easy to understand and apply. That is my specialty — astrology you can put to work and use to help you solve problems and think through questions.

I will also apply Strauss and Howe generational theory, which tells us something exciting. The Millennials are what’s called a ‘civic’ generation. They were born and raised in relatively good times, are now coming of age in hard times, and will soon make a special contribution to the world. They are the ‘Greatest Generation’ of our day, the 21st Century equivalent to those who came of age during the Great Depression and fought in World War II — and built what we think of as “America.”

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Among the topics I will cover in this reading:

How to think of work in a ‘jobless’ economy, and how to make your own way

How ‘digital natives’ think of themselves, and how the technological environment shapes their worldview and self concept

– What are the issues with leadership in the digital age?

– What astrology says about how to develop their talents — and make them useful

Yet another Me Generation — Time can’t seem to get away from this theme. Is this really an accurate description of the Millennials ? It seems to be a bit narrow.

How to deal with debt, both financially and spiritually

How to express idealism in a world that makes little room for it

– What has happened to the concept of an ‘adult’?

– What’s the story with relationships and sexuality?

What special contribution will the Millenninals make?

I consider this reading a family purchase. It’s designed for everyone — people born between about 1981 and 2005 as well as their parents and others who care about them. Therefore, you may share this report with everyone in your family.

It will help you see what you’ve been missing, spot important growth themes, and propose strategies to get everyone on the same page.

This is the first report in a new series of generational readings. It will be available around May 1. You may pre-order now for the get-in-early price of $39.95 (full price will be $49.95). It will be approximately two hours of audio, clearly organized by topic, with a written introduction, as well as instructions and tips for making the most of the reading. Most sections will be suitable for teenagers; one will handle adult topics.

I will also include charts with clear instructions. And best of all, we will have a special Talk To Me session, a teleconference for everyone who is ‘on board’ with this exciting reading.

I am very excited about this reading. I’ve been researching and developing it for months — and I know it will not just be helpful to you. You will love it, and benefit from it, and feel vindicated by it. You will listen many times, getting something new every time you do.

You may sign up here.

PS — This is the first in a series of generational readings that I will be doing. The Millennial reading borrows from the techniques of natal astrology, utilizing both natal placements and transits — and many years’ experience reading for people from this generation and their parents. I am very excited about taking my work to this generation. –efc

by J. Lee Lehman, Ph.D

© J. Lee Lehman -published by The Astrological Journal, 2020 / The Astrological Association of Great Britain / 02.11.2020

“Baby Boomers are creatures of the earthcycle. Millennials are creatures of air. Gen X-ers are transitional,being born of earth, but growing up in air”. As the nextJupiter-Saturn conjunction (21 December 2020) marks an elemental shift (or mutation) from earth to air, what awaits the world next based on past mutations?

Generational shifts are a natural part of human existence. Eachperson who lives a full life grows through dependency to a certain level of autonomy and then to a state of diminished capability, followed bydeath. This process can be interrupted by personal or collective tragedy,but the overall pattern serves to allow generations further along intheir learning curve to teach the younger generations and transmit theirknowledge before passing beyond. All societies have ritualised thisprocess in many ways, but even the massive changes in industrialised andmechanised inventions have not yet destroyed this basic pattern.

If we are to study these patterns, we need to use cycles longerthan the usual yearly processes we apply to our clients or to the politics of the year ahead.

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Traditionally, the major method used for longer forecasts was theJupiter-Saturn cycle. With conjunctions approximately every 20 years, this represented a rather longish generation cycle to a society where peoplewere married and reproducing by their early teens. A 20-year cycle waslong enough to denote changing experience and short enough that asubstantial population would live long enough to experience more than onecycle.

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Nowadays, the tendency of astrologers is to see generations throughthe lens of Pluto’s sign changes. But while this has a satisfactionto it, the sign ingresses do not correspond to the generation boundariesassigned by secular society. Furthermore, the different length ofPluto’s transit through each of the signs also adds complications.That said, there isn’t much evidence that generations before theBaby Boomers were sufficiently self-involved to give themselves permanentnames.

But since 1980, we astrologers face a sea change not observed sincethe early 19th century: a mutation of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle. TheArabic astrologer Abū Ma’šar (787-886), writing about an earliermutation time, had defined it. Astrologers observed that Jupiter-Saturnconjunctions would occur sequentially in the same element, advancing byroughly two trines each successive conjunction. The actual variation caneasily range from 225–258º, but because the advance isn’t precisely240°, the conjunction will slip into another element over time. Thisslippage is called a mutation. Four slippages take the sequence fromfire, to earth, to air, and then to water – and then back to fire. Thereturn to fire marks a ‘great conjunction’. Abū Ma’šarbelieved that this process took 960 years, with each element getting 240years. But it was never neatly divisible by twelve. Retrogrades andelliptical orbits meant that the original estimation of 240 years permutation was significantly wrong.

The most contemporary fire conjunctions are shown in Table1-1.

Viewing Table 1-1, the last of these conjunctions occurred in 1603.There were quite a few well-known astrologers practising then: and theydid consider this conjunction to be a ‘greatmutation’.

Abū Ma’šar discussed the importance of the element of theconjunctions in detail in his work, On the Great Conjunctions. Hespecifies that the sign within each element that is furthest in zodiacalorder from Aries is strongest: thus, Sagittarius is the strongest firesign, and the same for Pisces, Aquarius, and Capricorn in theirrespective elements. This idea of the relative strength of the threesigns within an element is also applied in medical astrology.

Abū Ma’šar was clear in stating that the Jupiter-Saturn cycleconcerned beginnings, because this combination brings order. Themagnitude of the beginning depends on the length of the sequence. Thus, agreat mutation could represent the advent of a new religion; a mutation could represent a new dynasty; and a single Jupiter-Saturn conjunctioncould mean a new reign. But these are theoretical constructs because itwas known that not all reigns literally began every 20 years.

And yet…a new conjunction, at the very least, represented a new setof conditions, even if it didn’t literally mean a new kingcoming to the throne. And as for a mutation? That turns out to be alittle complicated. In all cases since the beginning of the modern era,whenever there is a shift into a new mutation, it is followed by areversal into the ‘old’ element, before the sequence fully establishes itself in the new element. For example, in 1603, the firstconjunction in fire at 8º Sagittarius was followed in 1623 by aconjunction at 6º Leo, but then in 1643, there was a conjunction at 25ºPisces. The fire sequence then reestablished itself in 1663 at 12ºSagittarius.

Notice that the conjunction at 25º Pisces fell just short ofAries. This conversion from water to fire took place during the time ofWilliam Lilly and the other great 17th-century astrologers. And thisperiod featured a new dynasty for sure. Dominating the end of the waterelement in England was the long reign of Elizabeth I (the reign: 1558-1603), when the English navy achieved a level of worlddomination on the seas. The last of the Tudor monarchs, she wassucceeded by James I (reigned 1603-1625), the first of the Stuart kingsof England. Elizabeth’s death perfectly marked the end of an era,and the reign of the new dynasty of James I closely followed the firstfire conjunction.

The reign of his son Charles II (1625-1649) corresponded to thesecond conjunction: this time at 6º Leo. That conjunction was oppositethe Mercury-Sun conjunction for the chart for the beginning of the Houseof Commons in Parliament: precisely the ‘problem’ that CharlesI had: his bad relationship with Parliament resulted in the EnglishCivil War which he lost so badly that he was executed. The brief EnglishRepublic which resulted lasted from 1649 to 1660 – when England returnedto being a monarchy under Charles II, and the fire period had firmlyestablished itself – while also instilling in European monarchs a taste for both conservatism and absolutism.

With so many fine astrologers populating both sides of theEnglish Civil War, there was great contemporary discussion of thesematters as it was unfolding. We have from this period (but not from AbūMa’šar) the observation that this sequence of mutation followed byreturn to the old element represented a fundamental temporary incursion of something odd or erratic. Thus Richard Edlyn, who wrote a book on the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction during this period of instability and upheaval, called this incursion into Pisces “the Retrogression of theConjunction”.(1)

Every mutation, great or otherwise, shares this aura of change.Beginnings, to use Abū Ma’šar’s word, also entail endings. And as a social and political process, change is always accompanied by adrag, as people who adhere to or benefit from the old regime resist thenew one. And so, we can observe this process with the next mutation, whenthe Jupiter-Saturn moved from fire into earth.

The era of the fire mutation included the Industrial Revolutionwhich resulted in a massive increase in the utilisation of power. Thisperiod was also called the Age of Enlightenment, a time when reason wasextolled, like the earlier fire mutation in 769 featured the Arabic translations of Greek science at the House of Wisdom. But even during aperiod when secularisation spread, on a political front, the absolutismof kings was celebrated. However, the waning days of the fire periodincluded the American and French Revolutions – reactions to thisconcentration of power. This struggle between people and monarch reachedits apex with Napoleon who began as a revolutionary (1793) and ended asan emperor (1804). His death in 1821 marked the year of theJupiter-Saturn retrogression back into fire. Then, as the earth elementreasserted itself, massive public works – dams, canals, water systems, transportation infrastructure, utilities – transformed the landscape.These years are shown in Table 1-2.

Table 1-2. Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions in the late Fireperiod.

The first air conjunction occurred in 1980. Contemporary Americanastrologers were most struck by the fact that President Reagan, while attacked, was the first president not to die in office whenassociated with the years of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction: a subjectwhich I have covered in another article. The breaking of the so-calledTecumseh's Curse was the first indication that circumstances had changed.Having examined the series of Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions for WashingtonDC, I am less convinced of a curse than a really hideous series of chartsfrom the standpoint of the 10th house, which represents the president.

Other facets of Reagan’s tenure, as well as the parallel Thatcher government, were far more important for defining the change intoair – and many of these were barely noticed at the time. These trendsaccelerated as computer power increased because much of this airrevolution has been driven by expanded computer processing which allowsthe management of ever larger populations of people, products andlogistics. Among those issues were:

  • The conversion of the USA to a ‘serviceeconomy’.
  • The transformation of business practices by‘objective’ forms of computer-aided analysis of businesstrends, consumer purchasing and statistical modelling.
  • The breaking of trade unionism in the USA and the erosion inthe power of unions elsewhere.
  • The shift to standardised testing and unified professionalcredentials that are based on testing and other objective measures,rather than personal distinction.
  • The shift to depersonalised customer service.
  • The massive increase of computer power, along with massivedata collection which included specialised customerinformation.
  • The erosion of privacy, both through direct surveillance andthrough computerised tracking, strikingly combined with thedevelopment of anonymous trolling.
  • The cross-sectioning of data which allowed sophisticatedclassification of people into subcategories.
  • The simultaneous erosion of personal worth and thecelebration of consumer diversity.
  • The shift toward the value of robotics in manufacture,coupled with the realisation that humans are needed to consume, notto produce.

However, consider the primary rulership of the air element, Mercuryand Saturn, who not only rule two of the three signs, but also the day and night triplicities. Mercury is the planet of youth while Saturn is the planet of age. Many of these changes result in individuals being seen lessas individuals and more as data points or commodities – a viewpoint whichwould seem extremely compatible with these two planets.

Why did I not include Venus since she rules Libra? First, only Libra has a strong Venus rulership: she has no strength in either Geminior Aquarius. Secondly, the air element is diurnal whereas Venus isnocturnal. She isn’t comfortable here, except for her domicilerulership sign.

The financial tendencies of the earth period of Jupiter-Saturn included the development of a number to represent work: work could stillbe seen through the equation of time and wages, or time and productivity.Assets were still physical, tangible, and definable. In the post-Reaganera, the development of such instruments as derivatives and the spreadingof risk produced far more wealth than tangible productivity ever could –and this new wealth rapidly flowed upward.

This is a good example of the kind of beginning and end process socharacteristic of a mutation. Work shifted from making (earth) tomanipulating (air). The very word ‘manipulate’ refersto the hands, ruled by Gemini. New ideas transform old concepts – withrespect to money, this is faster movement (air!) through networks (air).Those who can create within the air world are rewarded, as the oldindustrial jobs have either disappeared or been downgraded in pay scale.

Earth views the purpose of life through work. Work may produce thefood we need or the everyday things that we use. When we consume, we consume things, whether clothes, shoes, food, or cell phones.Work itself is an honoured state.

By contrast, air is almost non-material. It’s hardto envision the attraction of money as cryptocurrency in an earth era,but easy to see the concept in an air era. Air moves things aroundthrough the wind. Air circulates. It can be calm or stormy, but itsuggests motion.

Air includes speech and language which is how we communicate. Earth is cold and thus not so eager to talk about nonfunctional things;air is hot, and so ready to talk about nearly everything. Earth is dry,and thus wanting clear criteria and definitions; air is wet and thus opento sliding scales and evolving goals. The fact that both of theAristotelian qualities of cold and dry going to hot and wet change inthis mutation means that this is one of the two mutational shifts whichare truly major in scope: the other is the transition from water (coldand wet) to fire (hot and dry).

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Oh, and yes – air also rules that which circulates through air.That means flight, at-a-distance communication, weather – but also airborne disease. The latter becomes a much more critical concern in anera when antibiotics have almost ceased to function medically.

To test my thinking, I asked several successful businesspeople whohappen to have high air counts in their charts to predict the next 30 to40 years, indicating what they see as the greatest challenges of theperiod. These are non-astrologers, which was precisely my design: I didnot want them thinking in our language. The lists were actually highlyoverlapping: the effects of climate change; migration; the impact of areduced population on economic factors that assume growth, like pensionsand insurance; and the impact of robotics on the workforce, especiallyas this will result in a breakdown of family structure if/when ‘working’ becomes reduced or obsolete. Yet another idea thatwas mentioned was the probability of the collapse of real estate prices –and that would certainly indicate the lesser value placed upon earth.

Now, let’s examine these ideas individually, because each of them contains a substantial air component.

Climate change

Climate change did not mysteriously appear in 1980. Actually, atthat time, much of the ecological community expected that the effect of burning so much fossil fuel would reduce the global temperature, because burning also produces soot and air pollution which would reduce the amountof the Sun’s energy reaching Earth. Notice that we are actuallytalking here about an earth-to-air shift: a colder Earth ismore earth-like, i.e., cold. A hotter Earth is more air-like,i.e., warm. But also, changes to weather involve a substantialair component and of course the larger storms mean more air circulation!

Population growth and decline

It remains astounding to me that, in all the discussion of climatechange, the net increase in global population has been virtually ignored.But it’s obvious: the more people, the more resource utilisation. Earth is tactile. And even if the spiritual in us manages to think of thebody as a piece of meat, the physicality of earth is the vehicle of thesoul. Part of that physicality is reproduction.

In an era of high resource utilisation, each human being puts muchmore strain on the environment. And each human being potentially puts much more strain on other people, as we jostle each other for space, resourcesand carbon footprint.

The second half of the earth period marked a great technologicalleap forward, beginning around 1890. After this gigantic increase,followed closely by a population explosion, both technological innovationand population growth rates had begun to slow, by fits and starts, in the1970s. While the total population probably won’t peak untilmid-century, the old ‘industrialised’ zone has alreadyshifted to negative population growth – and this will impact programssuch as retirement and insurance. These were government or corporateprograms designed as ‘pay as you go’, a lazy way to be ableto offer instant benefits without any real pay-in by the future recipients. Those in charge thought they could get away with this becauseof population growth; as population growth slowed, this instantaneous gratification of the first beneficiaries began to strangle subsequentpayers, with the result that many economists decried the inevitablepopulation declines, and pretended that rapid growth was normal.

But make no mistake: air will ‘solve’ the problem. As a rational solution, and not an emotional one, the simplest equation isthis: right now, the Baby Boomers have just passed the baton to theMillennials as the largest generation – but Boomers are still more likelyto vote. When the Millennials become the largest voting block, then theonly argument countering cancelling or severely curtailing programs suchas Social Security will be that it would cost more to pay for theimpoverishment of a significant number of Boomers. At the turning pointin that equation, the laws may change significantly, unless Gen X choosesto ally itself with their immediate elders.

But there is a second side to this population equation, for therather simple reason that seniors are not reproducing and so are notadding to the population. We already have seen that population growthrates dropped substantially in the late earth period. With the increasedawareness on infectious disease thanks to covid-19, one of the so farunconsidered possibilities is a still greater decline in fertilitybecause it has been known for a long time that fever can affect sperm.Generally, these changes only affect sperm production for several months,but this can last for longer periods as well.(2)


We are already seeing these kinds of generational fissures whichappear to be greater than usual. Boomers are creatures of the earth cycle. Millennials are creatures of air. Gen X-ers are transitional, beingborn of earth, but growing up in air.

Immigration and its consequences

Wind spreads seeds. From prehistoric times, individuals have lefttheir family homes, whether for food, mates or better conditions. Local tragedies, whether weather, plagues, resource problems or war can resultin mass migrations. Thus, immigration is entwined with the other messesleft for the air period: climate change and overpopulation.

However, immigration leaves its own twists. When groups of peoplefrom the same geographical area migrate together, most studies indicate that full integration into the new society takes multiple generations.That said, when there is no religious or racial change from the old placeto the new, the process is much speedier. But most of the immigrationover the past 20 years has been with significant differences and this hasproduced tensions on both sides.

So. which is going to be better at integration – earth or air? Inthe USA, at least, the drag on immigration appears to be coming from the Boomers, more than the younger generations. How did earth viewimmigration? Through resources. If you think about reasons forimmigration into the USA, the drive during the fire period was forreligious, philosophical as well as economic reasons; the long span inearth marked many nationalities looking for a better life. Air migrationsare occurring for many of the same old reasons of famine and war – andreally, climate change is not entirely new. However, we can expectclimate-driven immigration to increase significantly.

Robotics and family structure

Cast back to 1980. Mainframes were the most significant componentsof computing, followed by minicomputers. The internet existed, but in amuch more primitive form in this era before graphics. Even so, in science fiction and universities, people began to realise that computing power was scarcely harnessed. And at the same time, robots were recognised as asource of future workers. The value of robotics is repetitive motionperfectly executed each time 365/24/7.

However, consider the possibilities of an air period instead of anearth one. With earth, there is a focus on work as an end in itself. But not so in air. The transition into air marked the appearance of financial systems based completely on air: derivatives, margins and all sorts of instruments which began with ‘real’ wealth and then multipliedthe value by selling shares in the profit. Wealth became even moreseparated from bullion than ever before.

So, if wealth is no longer based on real property, what then iswork? The air mutation allowed a re-thinking of this fundamental conceptof work where labor could be re-envisioned as more productive by robots.If robots worked, then what would humans do? Enter the ‘serviceeconomy’.

The economist Robert J. Gordon outlined a very pertinent phenomenon: that the economic growth rate has changed considerably since1890. But as Gordon notes, there was virtually no consistent economicgrowth until 1770; then there was slow growth until 1870; then in about1970 the economic growth rate slowed down markedly where it has remained.His book documents how these changes in growth are largely a result oftechnological change.(3)

But Gordon’s numbers don’t correspond to what we contemporaries may think happened. This he explains – because the growthsince has basically been in a very small number of industrial sectors:computing and personal entertainment. I might add that there now appearsto be at least a boomlet relating to the conversion to sustainableconsumption and adaptations to climate change. Technology is a handmaidenof earth. Earth is always happy to have a better way to do something. Butair? There is no need for a material foundation. Matter is merely astarting point, not the skeleton for everything that happens.

Table 1-3. The transition from earth to air, 1940 –2060

Switzerland has begun to debate a minimum guaranteed income: and thiscould become a major theme for the air mutation. If robots work quicker,more efficiently and more cheaply than humans, then why not let humans just consume? As Gordon notes, it is the entertainment industry that still innovates in the air period: and music or video is just another datastream – another air concept.

As the earth period was coming to an end, there should be no surprise that there was a mad dash to maximise earth-based profits. In the recession of 2008, massive transfers of wealth and real estate occurredbecause the recession itself was associated in the early phase with areal estate crash which was much more severe than the effect on equitieswhich were mostly owned by the upper class. So, a real wealth transfer ofabout 30% occurred. This was earth-based wealth. In one sense, this wasthe point where the two types really diverged: but other economists notedthat the loss to the middleclass actually started in the 1970s –before the earth period ended. Thus, we see that the end of theearth period showed a run-up of wealth at the top in both the wealth ofthe old period and the wealth of the new.

One quite valid interpretation of a mutation is that its elementalshift is like a generational transition on steroids. It has become quitetrite to talk about the different generations and their priorities, but part of how elemental transitions occur is through the collective loss of memory of the older era.

Everyone born in the 20th century until 1980 came into the world ofJupiter-Saturn in earth, and then it changed. Our past history ofexamining these transitional periods – the retrogression – tells us thatthe period from 1980–2020 is a wild ride. But how we are affected by this depends in part on our age, which is shown in Table 1-4.

Age in this yearBorn in 1930Born in 1950Born in 1970Born in 1990Born in 2010
Table 1-4. Agecohorts and their age in particular calendar years

How old do you have to be to remember an eraclearly? As a child, the conditions into which you are born simply are‘what is’. To talk of the beginning or end of an era impliesa sense that there are obvious differences to periods of time. AJupiter-Saturn elemental period, by definition, lasts longer than a humanlife. Daily horoscope. But when the transitions can last 40 years or more, life at theedge of change assumes an intensity that is worth a study by itself,especially since that is where we are right now.

By our astrological reckoning, the air mutation began in 1980. Using our Table 1-4, people born in the 1950s or earlier can still clearly remember time ‘before’. People born after 1970 either were notalive or were young enough to probably not have had enough lifeexperience then to compare old and new. This translates to roughly 65% ofthe US population being too young to remember the earth mutation,depending on exactly what age to choose as the cut-off point. And this isbefore the retrogression is completed! Considering the radicallydifferent life expectancy in the past, it would be fairly safe to saythat the presence of a retrogression guaranteed almost a completediscontinuity of people in the retrogression being able to‘operate’ the old element in the way that people had beenaccustomed to it when it was normative.

This may explain a huge piece of the interpretation of the retrogression. If we presume that each mutation provides a‘new’ challenge of the nature of the incoming element, thenits initial appearance results in the sensation that ‘things havechanged’. And then the old element comes back, and the peopleconfronted with it mostly have no experience with it anymore. The retrogression lacks that newness feel that the mutation had. However, the people who have been fighting the changes of circumstance get the sensethat they were right after all – and that things are actually snappingback to ‘normal’.

Every attempt that we try at newness also means that some will embrace the change, while others won’t. A 20-year period will erasemany of the dissidents – at least, until now. Those who reallydon’t like the change, but who survive until the retrogression maythen experience more than the usual amount of generational nostalgia,believing that things are returning to ‘normal’. Meanwhile,those who embraced the change will be confused by what seems like arepudiation of the last 20 years.

Consider some of these themes as they are playing out in the UnitedStates since 1980. But what actually changed in 1980? The answer cannot be simply the dominant party because actually there were more Republican presidents during the earth period than Democrats, once the RepublicanParty was founded. There had been several paradigm shifts during theearth period. To try to extract the air shift, we need to remember thatthis is a shift from cold and dry (earth) to hot and wet (air) – acomplete change in quality. This is a change from the material to thetheoretical.

The US economy had already experienced one major shift in the earthperiod: from agricultural to manufacturing. Manufacturing employment as a percentage of the population peaked in 1977-1979 (just in time for the mutation) at about 22%; today it is less than 9%. Meanwhile, health carejobs are currently the largest sector, and retail jobs have also grown inthe period in which manufacturing has declined.(4) Thus, quietly, we havebecome the ‘service economy’ Reagan promulgated. One notableshift: manufacturing jobs pay better, and for much of that time, manufacturing jobs paid enough better that a single wage earner per familywas enough.

What got the headline in 2000 with the retrogression wasthe crash of tech stocks: true enough, but hardly the full story. Whathad happened since 1980 was the massive growth of computing resources,which revolutionised smaller businesses and the use of computers becameubiquitous. Combined with the growth of the internet, and the developmentof financial derivatives, air-driven systems challenged earth-basedsystems as generators of wealth. The real crash came in 2008 withPluto’s ingress into Capricorn, not through the Jupiter-Saturncycle: but the Jupiter-Saturn had never been described as being of thenature of wealth.

Meanwhile, a portion of Americans continued to yearn for what theysaw as the real Lost America: that world of high-paying manufacturing jobs: that land of the earth-based period. The service economy broughtcircumstances where wages were often lower – and in the future, roboticsraise the question of whether high paying manufacturing jobs would evermaterialise again. (And is ‘materialise’ a word for the earthseries anyway?) Whatever the politicians say, we are not going back tothe earth period.

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Mutation and the nostalgic yearnings

Nostalgia is a powerful component of a mutation/retrogression combination. During the first conjunction of the mutation, there is anaccurate sensation that things have changed – and thus some will yearnfor the old ways. At the retrogression, the yearning can combine with themirage that the past way truly can be recaptured, leading to the beliefthat the new genie really can be put back into the bottle. But inreality, time has moved on. The retrogression thus becomes a shadow-playof the old values, an uprooted pantomime, an illustration of the adageabout how you can’t really go home again. It evaporates – but ittakes 20 years to do it, which is plenty of time to shipwreck manypeople’s dreams as well as to create a bigger mess that the newersystem has to clean up.

On the positive side, there is the hope that the resurgence of thenew element after a retrogression will create a new consensus or unity –at least for a while. By this stage, the advocates of the old ways arelargely retiring. But the kind of clinging that is currently obvious inthe number of senior citizens running for president in the USA also showsboth the tenacity and the fear of the pre-mutational mindset. At most,they can stem the tide for a few years – but they may feel bound to try.

We can perhaps hope for some healing of our current societalfragmentation – which itself is diagnostic of a mutational time. Whetherthis can occur without yet another crisis remains to be seen.

And astrologically, we should begin to be able to sort out the manymysteries of the sign Aquarius. With the next Jupiter-Saturn there,followed a few years later by Pluto in the same sign, we will be in abetter position to decide whether we are seeing the day sign of Saturn –or the Age of Aquarius. Time really does flow as does the sequence of theelements: fire, earth, air, water.

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Published by: The Astrological Journal, Nov/Dec 2020

Triple Virgo J. Lee Lehman holds M.S. and Ph.D. degreesfrom Rutgers University in Botany. Her astrological interests haveincluded new asteroids, historical methods, heliocentric astrology,horary and homosexuality. Among her many published books are TheUltimate Asteroid Book (1988), Essential Dignities (1989), The Book of Rulerships (1992),Classical Astrology for Modern Living (1996),Traditional Medical Astrology (2011), Classical SolarReturns (2012), The Magic of Electional Astrology (2014)and Learning Classical Horary Astrology: Notes & Workbook(2017). She was the recipient of the 1995 Marc Edmund Jones Award, thefirst horary astrologer so honoured. She has been Research Director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research and involved with the UnitedAstrology Congress. She won the Regulus Award for education in 2008. Sheis currently a tutor for the School of Traditional Astrology. Forinformation on her astrology courses visit her website:

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