Welcome to a completely different species of human being, who will change the planet for all of us. Yet, never assume all Millennials are alike. According to astrology, there is a huge split in their personalities and priorities, depending on their year of birth.
All Millennials are not all the same. In fact, Generation Capricorn and Generation Aquarius could not be more different. That is worth knowing if you fall in those groups. Gen Cap are in their twenties, born 1988 to 1996 and Gen Aqua are in their teens, born 1998 to 2003.
This is the generation who marched for changes to American gun laws. Emma Gonzalez and her powerful friends and allies are a classic example of Generation Aquarius – born with outer planets in the sign of equality, diversity and people power. Did you see Emma’s famous ‘silence’ speech? She’s channelling her generation – Gen Aqua. Male, female, white, non-white, straight, gay, lesbian – whatever – Gen Aqua is about the human family.
What is the biggest difference between Gen Cap and Gen Aqua? Older Millennials are more ambitious, patient, conservative and cautious than the generation behind them. They believe in suits and status updates. Social media is about social position for them!
Generation Capricorn do not understand punk rock (their parents’ music). They like their music the way they like everything else – organised, quality, controlled, professional and orderly. X Factor is not about creativity. It is about submitting to the professionals – the judges (in ties) – often while wearing one, too. Don’t believe me…? See below.
Younger Millennials, Gen Aqua, are far more interested in friendship for its own sake. When they are older they will start using their apps (and even more radical technology) to harness people power to change the planet. They are not so much interested in love, as friendship. They are the generation who will develop the idea of community housing, especially after Pluto moves into Aquarius from 2023 when they are moving through adulthood. They are not about suits – not unless they are the Teletubby suits! (Another way to think about Gen Aqua is to remember their favourite childhood television show). They have no natural respect for the people at the top (men in suits) or the idea of authority figures who must run the world. Ties don’t really impress them. They’re far more interested in people power. They’re about unions not corporations. Millennials in astrology really do fall into two different camps.
ALL ABOUT GENERATION CAPRICORN – TODAY’S TWENTYSOMETHINGS
These people were born with a one-off alignment in their personal birth horoscopes. Gen Cap, now in their twenties, were all born with Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn. In the Zodiac, Capricorn the mountain goat is associated with the species actually called Capra – wild mountain goats, including the ibex. This symbol in astrology is over 2000 years old and astrologers associate Capricorn the Goat with patience, stamina, sure-footedness, caution – and everything else you might need if you were a small goat going up a big mountain.
Generation Capricorn people, born 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, are instantly recognisable. They use their smart phones to photograph themselves with the people at the top. They literally want to put themselves in the picture with important movers and shakers, framing themselves with popular, well-known, glamorous or successful peers. The real trophy, though, just has to be sharing your face with a possible future President. Like Hillary Clinton.
Other generations would just take a photograph of Hillary. Generation Capricorn wants to be in the picture with Hillary. That is the biggest difference you will see when watching Gen Cap.
ALL ABOUT GENERATION AQUARIUS – TODAY’S TWEENAGERS
In Ancient Rome, where our modern astrology was developed, an Aquarius was actually a water-carrier. Thus, the Zodiac symbol of the water-bearer we have today. Before water supply systems were invented, this person would collect water from a river, well or pump and transport it to residents. The water fed the communal Roman Baths. Aquarius is the sign which ‘pumps’ the community. It is about sharing. All for one and one for all!
Generation Aquarius believe in their friends and they believe in the group – people power – and don’t really fathom what it means to be bottom, top or middle in an organisation. They are less likely to wait patiently for the ultimate promotion in a traditional company, than their older peers – Generation Capricorn. Gen Aqua turn out to protest marches even though they are still in their teens. Gen Cap won’t turn out to a protest march if they worry it will affect their reputation at work!
WHY GENERATION CAPRICORN TWENTYSOMETHINGS TAKE THEIR TIME
Born with two outer planets in Capricorn, the generation who are in their twenties as you read this, is most unusual. These people take their time and are willing to wait, to get what they want. They believe slow and steady wins the race. Like mountain goats, they are nervous about putting a foot wrong, so their style is careful, conservative and cautious. In a competitive job interview market they are frightened of losing their place and so do their utmost to fit in with the system, not only accepting corporate culture but actually embracing it. You are only going to find Generation Capricorn dressed like bohemians if they have been told it is a requirement of their new job. Otherwise it’s suits and ties all the way.
LEADERS, MOVERS, SHAKERS AND INFLUENCERS
People born outside the dates below are tinged by Capricorn culture but are not its leaders. The real movers, shakers and influencers came into the world in these specific time-frames below. If they were also born in December/January then their Sun is likely to be in Capricorn too so we end up with a whole generation of triple Capricorns who are often hard to distinguish from people twice or even three times their age. Why is this so? Capricorn rules seniority and maturity. Thus, the well-known phenomenon of the 20-year-old woman who looks like a Hollywood celebrity in her sixties. Both have access to the same cosmetic surgeons, fashion lines and hairdressers – thus the trademark Gen Cap Look. It’s sometimes been described as twenty going on ‘successful’ (read: cosmetically enhanced) sixty.
Birthdays for Gen Cap – People Born With Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn 1988 to 1996
16th February 1988 to 27th May 1988
3rd December 1988 to April 1st 1995
10th June 1995 to January 12th 1996
Please note – if you are in your twenties but born outside these specific dates, you are more likely to be a blend of different signs, yet the leaders, movers, shakers and influencers in your age group will be setting the trends around you so it may be very hard for you to fit in, unless you also ‘do’ your Capricorn side!
CLASSIC GENERATION CAPRICORN TRADEMARKS
Now 20 to 28 years old, this generation look up to Kate Middleton (a Capricorn, born January 9th 1982) as a kind of fantasy big sister/role model. They used to call her ‘Waity Katie’ in the British media but her staying power paid off and she is now Duchess of Cambridge and future Queen. Climbing one or more classes above your own is typical of ‘extreme Capricorn’ and Kate Middleton has gone from being thoroughly middle-class to the very top of the mountain.
The old social media of genuine friendship has now evolved into Social Climbing Media, thanks to Gen Cap. It is tremendously stressful for them, because every photograph has a coded message about status – and status really matters to those born 1988 to 1996. So much for going to a bar and relaxing, as their parents once did. That was before the age of sneaky mobile phone shots, status updates and Facebook Friendship. It’s hard work having fun if you’re Gen Cap.
Gen Cap also have the difficulty of university or college fees, which their parents may not have had. Thus, they might gain a degree but only with a part-time job at night or on the weekends. Sometimes two part-time jobs become necessary and even then, Gen Cap may have to move back home with their parents, to get through their studies. Chores await them at home too – so typically, this is the plodding, slow, steady generation who don’t get shortcuts or easy breaks.
This illustration from an old edition of Fortune neatly shows the Capricorn skyscraper and corporate mountain. This is what looms in front of Gen Cap and what they seek to conquer … some day. The idea of ‘making it’ and ‘getting to the top’ is entrenched with this generation. They respect older, more successful people – and it is written in their astrological DNA that they will find their own way of embracing success, when the moment comes.
GENERATION STARBUCKS CLIMBS THE CORPORATE LADDER ON COFFEE
Generation Capricorn is Generation Starbucks, too. Why? The coffee keeps them awake through exams, home chores and that demanding second job…probably at Starbucks. It helps them with all that overtime they are required to deliver. This generation are big dreamers in terms of their careers but the little job they must fulfil in their twenties and the far-off vision of some fabulous professional peak, can sometimes be too much. Caffeine keeps them awake!
Gen Cap got their first jobs during the Global Financial Crisis or were hit by recession unemployment. They may have been struggling with low-paid, exploitative work as some companies decided to get through the downturn by turning to the youngest employees on the flimsiest pay structures. No wonder Gen Cap wants coffee to get by.
We associate Gen Cap with waiting in line because this is how mountain goats get up the cliff face. One after the other. Slow and steady. Any mountain-like structure (a corporation, the class system, a major business, government) is a good Capricorn symbol and this generation learn to take their turn.
Gen Cap is also into status. What’s cool? What do other people say is cool? They queue for the privilege. Now – here’s a personal story about Gen Cap you might relate to. I recently walked Boo and Kipper, the resident dogs at my Melbourne work space, past a very chic venue called Lune Croissanterie which had 30 people standing in line for croissants at 7.30am. Neither I or the dogs could quite believe that people would stand in the freezing cold for pastry, but then I realised this was Gen Cap – everyone was in his or her twenties. They wait for the best and actually seem to enjoy the whole Studio 54 vibe of lining up to get through a prestigious door…for a croissant. The New York Times said Lune was the greatest in the world – so Gen Cap queued. And they queued.
GENERATION AQUARIUS – THE ADULTS OF TOMORROW
Born between 1998 and 2003 these are the Harry Potter fans who love the idea of being in a forever gang of friends and are horrified by the thought of betrayed friendship. Losing a friend or having a fake friend is just about the worst thing they can imagine. They love those Hogwarts scarves, too. They like belonging to a tribe, yet standing out within the tribe. Just like Harry Potter himself. The lightning bolt on his forehead is the symbol for Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius (and J.K. Rowling knows her astrology, so perhaps it was not the random scar it first appears to be!)
If you were born between January 30th 1998 and August 23rd 1998; November 29th 1998 and March 10th 2003; September 16th and December 30th 2003 then you are part of Generation Aquarius.
There is a huge gap between these young Millennials, who are not at all driven by success and status – and their older brothers and sisters in their twenties, who care about getting to the top. Gen Aqua feed the needs of the group (as in this beautiful painting, by J.W. Waterhouse, below). They will spend hours at the water-cooler at work hatching group schemes and dreams. Gen Capricorn don’t have time for the water-cooler. They are too busy getting to the top. Gen Aqua jump in the swimming pool together and get lost for hours. Gen Cap would rather buy membership to the ‘best’ health club in town and wait in line if they have to.
BORN WITH URANUS AND NEPTUNE IN AQUARIUS – GENERATION WE!
Aged 13 to 18, Gen Aqua children were born with a rare personal horoscope pattern. Uranus and Neptune were both in Aquarius which is the sign associated with community. In Ancient Rome, the Aquarius fed local water supply at gathering places – for drinking or swimming. In the Zodiac for over 2000+ years this sign has been associated with people who ‘feed’ the group what it needs. That might be conversation, friendship, space, support – whatever the group requires!
Alternative names for this group are Generation We and also the Net Generation. Using the web and emerging new technology, Gen Aqua has a strong sense of civic duty and responsibility. These people are into brotherhood and sisterhood, regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, class, religion and other classifications. Some typical examples of Gen Aqua include: Lorde, Bella Thorne, Jackie Evancho, Cody Simpson, Willow Smith, Elle Fanning, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jaden Smith and Abigail Breslin.
This is the Parkland #MarchForOurLives generation led by Emma Gonzalez.
Generation Aquarius and Musical.ly
Musical.ly is a good example of how this huge Gen Aqu group covers the globe and uses app technology to bond the community across language barriers and other obstacles. 15-year-old @BabyAriel with 13 million followers is the top user on Musical.ly. How many tweenagers use this interactive, hands-on, worldwide share? 90 million of them! If you look closely at the Musical.ly logo you will also see its uncanny resemblance to the Aquarius logo. Astrology works in mysterious ways and Generation Aquarius have made this the number one music/social sharing app in their world.
When you find out how Baby Ariel got started you realise how Gen Aquarius thinks and why Musical.ly is such a hit.
A storm flooded Ariel’s family home. They lived out of suitcases with her grandparents until Ariel discovered Musical.ly on Instagram and escaped from her situation, by disappearing head-first into the new app. This generation escape from the real world by diving into the group – even a group with millions of people. It’s their way out of the real world – together.
Gen Aqua are the target market for social media festivals like DigiTour and VidCon which are all about the new mass escapism of the web, and its sprawling, massive online communities. Gigantic cyber tribes of tweenagers.
Harry Styles and Jennifer Aniston – Generation Aquarius Idols
Just as Kate Middleton is the fantasy big sister of Gen Cap, Harry Styles is the fantasy big brother of Gen Aqua. He also happens to be an Aquarian, and a classic example of the sign – he is all about the group (in his case, One Direction) but he stands out within the group. An ‘Aquarius’ in Rome fed the community with what it needed, but he always stood outside it. This is also true of the mother figure to Gen Aqua, Jennifer Aniston. Gen Aqua actually grew up with her on the television in Friends, as their mother had it on, all the time. Aquarian Jennifer is rather like Harry, in that she is identified with the group but she is also outside it. Other Aquarians who speak the language of Gen Aqua include Justin Blake from Musical.ly. This great T-shirt from Zazzle shows the classic Aquarius logo and its similarity to the Generation Aquarius Musical.ly logo. The Aquarian ‘friendly wave’ is a textbook hand signal for this Zodiac sign.
HOW TELETUBBIES TRAINED GENERATION AQUARIUS
If you really want to get inside the head of the tweenagers born with this unique Aquarius pattern in their personal horoscopes, just watch Teletubbies. First aired in 1997-2001 and on repeat ever since, it has all the group-think and hive-mind that these babies craved, according to their astrological charts. It’s also typically Aquarian in nature – in that Tinky Winky carries a red handbag and at one point, believe it or not, was outed as gay. Generation Aquarius really doesn’t care if you’re gay, straight, lesbian, transgender or (in fact) have an aerial sticking out of your head. They just want to know – can we all be friends? Gen Aqua really need to know that they have a Tinky Winky, a Dipsy, a Laa-Laa and a Po around them. It makes them feel at home in the world.
REACHING GENERATION CAPRICORN AND GENERATION AQUARIUS
Can you reach both generations at the same time? No. There may be shades of similarity with young adults and twentysomethings whose personal charts reveal some Aquarius-Capricorn crossover (for example, a Gen Cap person who has a few planets in Aquarius too) but in general, these two groups are wildly different.
Generation Capricorn likes to stand patiently in line for ‘the best’ as decided by older/senior/establishment figures.
Generation Aquarius cannot wait for anything – they would rather forget the line and have a big group picnic together.
Generation Capricorn wants to make it – in the traditional sense of the word – and prefers suits as a status symbol item.
Generation Aquarius prefers fashion which helps him/her stand out from the group and in fact, may reject it altogether.
Both these age groups will change their own world – and change the world as a whole – when we get to 2019, 2020 and the big Capricorn stellium and corporations and governments transform around us, partly because of their influence. From there, Pluto eventually moves into Aquarius and that may well be the start of a whole new (group led) internet! What do you think? Are you in either group and do you feel your Capricorn/Aquarius chart signature? Are these generations in your circle or family or friends and can you see the difference?
If you are in London on Monday 23rd January 2017 please come along to The Astrological Lodge for a talk I am giving on the South Node in Aquarius in 2017, 2018 – and the special impact on Generation Aquarius.
For a brilliant take on Millennials and astrology continue reading here.