As Uranus, moves through Taurus, the entire Millennial generation will be experiencing Uranus opposing their natal Pluto in Scorpio. This is occurring just as Millennials begin to assume social and political power, and it will undoubtedly prove incredibly consequential for society as a whole. As I looked around the internet, however, most of the information about this transit was generic at best. Since I am an older Millennial, I am experiencing the transit now and thought that I ought to track it so that I can serve as a canary in the coal mine.
One of the strongest effects I’ve noticed so far, in myself and others in my cohort, is an increased tendency toward political radicalization. This is true, by the way, for those on both sides of the aisle. There is far less willingness or incentive to understand or tolerate opposing viewpoints, and there is a strong tendency to dismiss or even dehumanize political opponents.
None of us are spared from this phenomenon, including me. Just the other day I was talking to my partner (a Gen Xer, well past his Uranus/Pluto opposition), and he remarked some of society’s political obsession has made it harder for him to enjoy some of his favorite media, and that he wishes sometimes that he could just go back to enjoying art without thinking about its broader social context. Normally, being a consensus-building type, I would have validated his feelings and sought to understand more of what he meant. But this time I found myself looking at him blankly before saying, “I do not care about that. If the worst thing that comes from people being more aware of the world around them is that you are less able to mindlessly enjoy TV, that seems like an incredibly low cost. So, you know, tough shit.” Of course, we talked it through and were able to find plenty of common ground. But I was shocked at my knee-jerk vitriol.
And this is a growing trend. Among my left-leaning friends, I have seen their rhetoric shift from “Nobody should die because they can’t afford to see a doctor,” to “You know what? Eat the rich.” And I have seen my right-leaning friends move from being concerned about taxation and gun rights to arming themselves to defend against a refugee invasion.
Make no mistake: this stuff is dark. It is chilling. Because Millennials are no longer the angry teenagers on society’s lawn. They are now simply adults under 40. They can’t be easily dismissed. And since Uranus is just starting its trek through Taurus, this is a trend that’s likely to intensify. If you’re concerned about this (as I am), I’m sorry to say, you ain’t seen nothing yet.