The Uranus-Pluto Generation
by Darby Costello
During the late 1980s students who had been born in the mid-sixties began arriving at the CPA. I had been looking forward to meeting this group with their potent Uranus-Pluto conjunction with Neptune in Scorpio. This configuration had begun to intrigue me since I was now beginning to come across it in the charts of people who came to consult me. They were either in the middle of their Saturn return or approaching it and although over the years I had seen thousands of people through their Saturn returns and remembered my own with its tensions and crystalisations, this generation was expressing a very different order of tensions and developments. There was another reason this group intrigued me; they were born in the sixties, and those were the years when my generation was young, and having a most extraordinary time.
One Sunday, standing around with some students after a seminar, we began talking about the sixties. I was regaling them with tales of that time, when we suddenly realised that the six people I was talking to had all been born in the sixties and they all had the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in opposition to Chiron. It emerged that they were born over a five year span, with Saturn in Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. One of the group said that he had the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the tenth opposite the Saturn-Chiron conjunction in the fourth and both squared Sun in Gemini in the eighth house. He thought it ironic that sex had become so dangerous for his generation, as they had been born into a decade of such sexual freedom. He also said, “You had something to rebel against – your generation spoke out continually. There is so much wrong today, but I think we are afraid to speak out for some reason – though we feel the weight of the world’s sorrow very much.”