Part 3 – The Baby Boomers A Generation (1948 – 1955)

The generation commonly referred to as the Baby Boomers actually straddle two generations, the Sagittarius-Sagittarius (February 1948 – July 1955) generation followed by the Sagittarius-Scorpio generation (July 1955 – December 1962).  Generational experts already have decided that the Baby Boomers born up to 1955 (Baby Boomers A) are different to the Baby Boomers born from 1955 onwards (Baby Boomers B).  For a detailed analysis of Baby Boomers, see the introduction to Generational Astrology.  This Part 3 is focused exclusively on the Baby Boomer A generation.

General Characteristics

The characteristics we should expect from a generation focused entirely on Sagittarius is wild optimism with a determination for success in business, strong philosophical or religious leanings and a love of foreign travel.

“The media has portrayed the Baby Boomer Generation in many lights. With increased educational, financial and social opportunities, the Boomer Generation is often portrayed as a generation of optimism, exploration and achievement. Compared with previous generations, more young adults pursued higher education or relocated away from family to pursue career and educational interests. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, post-war optimism inspired a sense of stability, opportunity and prosperity—values commonly held by the middle class. This was the dawn of space exploration, accessible long-distance travel and prosperity for many Americans.

Though the Boomer Generation saw increasing social and economic equality, they also came of age in a period when the country was frequently torn by differing views on politics, war and social justice. The Baby Boomer Generation witnessed and participated in some of the greatest social changes in the country’s history during the 1960s and 1970s with the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Movement. This generation experienced dramatic shifts in educational, economic and social opportunities.”[1]

Opposite Signs

Do Baby Boomer A’s pine for the sign opposite Sagittarius – Gemini in their lives?  Superficial examination of previous generations suggests that famous people from each generation seem to achieve their peak worldly achievement in the period of opposite signs to their birth generation.   For the Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation, this will occur in the Gemini-Gemini period (Jun 2022 – Nov 2029).  Certainly this generation has experienced smart phones, email and the rapid development of all forms of online media that are all associated with Gemini.  However, since 1970, the world has encountered the Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2089) – so it is hard to say if the Gemini focus is just coincidental or not.

Do Baby Boomers seek fiction, such as provided in novels, or somehow seek the opposite of truth?  Gemini is the sign of communication and therefore words, and so it should come as no surprise that words experienced a deficiency in this generation (see table below).   [2]

In the above table, only “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” was published during this generation.  The coming Gemini-Gemini period may produce the greatest western novelists of all time because no similar period with such strength focused upon Gemini has been experienced since around 900 AD at the conclusion of the last Gemini sub-age.

Historical Events

One way to understand the archetypal relationships of this generation is by examining how Sagittarius manifested in world affairs during this time. The most notable technical advance in this time frame is the first flight of a Boeing 707 in 1954 commencing the era of modern mass international travel in 1958, a firm Sagittarius archetype.  The 707 is generally credited with ushering in the Jet Age.[3]  Very few people traveled by air prior to the Boeing 707, but the arrival of the Boeing 707 ushered in the modern era of air travel.  This was a highly significant development.

Another noticeable difference in this time frame is that the western world extracted itself from the harshness and cruelty of the after-effects of the Second World War.  The post–World War II economic expansion, also known as the postwar economic boom and the Golden Age of Capitalism, was a period of economic prosperity and lasted until the early 1970s. Booms in individual countries differed, some starting as early as 1945, and overlapping the rise of the East Asian economies into the 1980s or 1990s.

During this time, there was high worldwide economic growth; Western European and East Asian countries in particular experienced unusually high and sustained growth, together with full employment. Contrary to early predictions, this high growth also included many countries that had been devastated by the war, such as Japan (Japanese post-war economic miracle), West Germany (Wirtschaftswunder – German for “economic miracle”), France (Trente Glorieuses – “The Glorious Thirty” years), Italy (Italian economic miracle), and Greece economic miracle.[4]

Everything associated with the arrival of the Baby Boomer A generation is associated with expanding possibilities, good fortune, increased wealth, the beginning of the international boom in travel and a general sense of optimism and good fortune despite the fact that the first half of the 20th century saw more death, destruction and evil of any known century in history.  This positive sentiment has further propelled the world into the population and consumption overdrive leading to the new climate change reality of the contemporary world in the 21st century.  In this context, it could be said that the Baby Boomers were the last curse of the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970).[5]

House Relationships to Birth Generation

The Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation belongs to the 50% of “pure” generations which occurs with every second generation.  Every person that was born in this generation will work their way through the following periods and activate specific house relationships on the way.  Table 1 display these periods and relationships and will constantly be referred to in the following case studies.

GENERATION: Sagittarius-Sagittarius Houses
Stage Period: Period Signature H1 H2 H3 H4
1 Jul-55 Sagittarius -Scorpio 1 12 1 12
2 Dec-62 Scorpio-Scorpio 12 12 12 12
3 May-70 Scorpio-Virgo 12 10 12 10
4 Oct-77 Virgo-Virgo 10 10 10 10
5 Apr-85 Virgo-Leo 10 9 10 9
6 Sep-92 Leo-Leo 9 9 9 9
7 Feb-00 Leo-Cancer 9 8 9 8
8 Jul-07 Cancer-Cancer 8 8 8 8
9 Dec-14 Cancer-Gemini 8 7 8 7
10 Jun-22 Gemini-Gemini 7 7 7 7
11 Nov-29 Gemini-Taurus 7 6 7 6
12 Apr-37 Taurus-Taurus 6 6 6 6
13 Sep-44 Taurus-Aries 6 5 6 5
14 Mar-52 Aries-Aries 5 5 5 5

Table 1 – House Relationships

The main function for Table 1 is to define the house relationships between each succeeding period to the birth generation.[6]  I am ignoring the birth generation as a period to analyze and so Stage 1 for each person born in this generation commence somewhere in the weeks after birth to up to 7 ½ years of age.  The H1, H2, H3 and H4 columns refer to the following house relationships:

H1 – first period sign to first generational sign

H2 – first period sign to second generational sign

H3 – second period sign to first generational sign

H4 – second period sign to second generational sign

H1 to H4 covers all possible relationships though H1 and H4 may be the most relevant relationships.

Due to the Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation being a “pure” generation, H3 and H4 exactly replicate H1 and H2.

There is a particular quirk encountered by pure generations that cross sub-age borders in their lifetimes.  In the case of Baby Boomer A’s, they cross the sub-age borderline in May 1970, and as a consequence, encounter no Libra period and therefore no Baby Boomer A has an 11th house generational experience.  The 11th house has to do with civic duties and this may explain the anomaly of why this generation has never become president of the USA?  The previous Capricorn-Sagittarius  generation (Aug 1940 – Feb 1948) was above average in producing US presidents with the average at almost one two-term president per generation.  That generation has already produced three presidents: Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Donald Trump .  Perhaps it wasn’t because the Baby Boomer A generation inhaled too much?  Perhaps the Baby Boomer generation is just below par on 11th house civic responsibility?

In addition, the lack of the 11th house stage meant that Baby Boomer A’s arrived at the 10th house stage earlier than most generations (by an average of 7 1/2 years). This may help explain why so many famous Baby Boomer A’s experienced phenomenal success much earlier in life than is the norm?

CASE STUDIES

Al Gore

Born March 31, 1948, at the very beginning of the Baby Boomer A generation, he became a Congressman in 1977 and regardless of the exact month, this period was totally focused upon Stage 4 –  the 10th house of public recognition and career (Oct 1977 – Apr 1985). From 1985 to 1993 he served as one of Tennessee’s Senators which almost exactly coincided with Stage 5 (Apr 1985 – Sep 1992). Stage 5 is equally focused between the 9th and 10th houses.  Gore was vice president to President Clinton from 1993 to 2001 that coincided with Stage 6 (Sep 1992 – Feb 2000) with the focus exclusively on the highly favorable 9th house.  At the end of Clinton’s second term as president, Gore was picked as the Democratic nominee for the 2000 presidential election but lost to George W Bush.  This occurred in Stage 7 (Feb 2000 – Jul 2007) where for the first time, the 8th house of “death” made an appearance.  It certainly killed Gore’s political career!

After leaving office, Gore remained prominent as an author and environmental activist, whose work on climate change earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.[7]  Appropriately this occurred in Stage 7 because, while the 8th house is generally detrimental, it is the house of pollution and environmental work.  In December 2016 he met with Donald and Ivanka Trump due to Ivanka’s interest in environmental issues.  This occurred in Stage 9 with the focus split between the 7th and 8th houses.  The 7th house is the beginning of Baby Boomer A’s fulfillment phase but it also indicates partnership.  This will need to be watched!

Lindy Chamberlain

Born 4 March 1948, she is a New Zealand-born woman who was wrongfully convicted in one of Australia’s most publicized murder trials. Accused of killing her nine-week-old daughter, Azaria, while camping at Uluru (Ayers Rock in the central deserts of Australia) in 1980, she maintained that she saw a dingo (wild dog) leave the tent where Azaria was sleeping. The prosecution case was circumstantial and depended on flimsy forensic evidence.  1980 Occurred in Stage 4 exclusively focused on 10th house public recognition, and while she would have preferred not to be known falsely as a child-murderer, this is what brought her fame.

Lindy Chamberlain upon release from prison

Chamberlain was convicted on 29 October 1982.  After the discovery of new evidence, Chamberlain was released from prison on remission on 7 February 1986. This occurred in Stage 5 with the emphasis split between houses 9 and 10, with the 9th house a favorable house.  Also in this stage, Meryl Streep played the part of Lindy Chamberlain in the 1988 movie “A Cry in the Dark” (and called “Evil Angels” in Australia).  Her conviction was squashed in 1988 and in 1992 the Australian government paid Chamberlain $1.3 million in compensation.  1992 is the beginning of the highly favorable Stage 6 with the focus exclusively on the 9th house.

In 2012, an Australian coroner made a final ruling that a dingo dog took baby Azaria Chamberlain from a campsite in 1980 and caused her death.  The coroner apologized to the Chamberlain family while an amended death certificate was immediately made available to them.[8] This occurred in Stage 8 with the focus exclusively on the 8th house of death.

Tony Blair

Born 6 May 1953, he was a Member of Parliament (UK) from 1983 to 2007 commencing his political career appropriately in Stage 4 exclusively focused upon the 10th house of public office.  He was elected Labour Party leader in July 1994 in Stage 6 with the focus entirely upon the 9th house.  While remaining in Stage 6, in May 1997, the Labour Party won a landslide general election victory, the largest in its history, allowing Blair, at 43 years old, to become the youngest Prime Minister since 1812 and he served as Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007.  This period as prime minister straddled into Stage 7 (Feb 2000 – July 2007) with the focus split between the 8th and 9th houses.

Blair resigned as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007 – almost at the exact end of Stage 7 (July 2007).  On the day that Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, an office which he held until 27 May 2015.  This coincided almost exactly with Stage 8 (Jul 07 – Dec 14) with this stage entirely focused on the 8th house.  In 2016, the Iraq Inquiry strongly criticized his actions and described the invasion of Iraq as unjustified and unnecessary with some calling for Blair to be charged with a crime against humanity.  This occurred in Stage 9 (Dec 14 – Jun 22) with the focus spread between the 8th house of death and destruction and the 7th house of opposition.

Matt Groening

Born February 15, 1954, he is the creator of the television series The Simpsons (1989–present) and Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013). The Simpsons has gone on to become the longest-running U.S. prime-time-television series in history, as well as the longest-running animated series and sitcom.   At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale in 1978 at the beginning of Stage 4 appropriately focused exclusively upon the 10th house of career and recognition.   In 1985, James L. Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation a Fox variety show.  To avoid complications with his existing cartoon series, he came up with the Simpson family which commenced showing in 1989 – in Stage 5 focused upon the 9th & 10th houses.  In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons’ writer David X. Cohen developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999.[9]  This occurred at the end of Stage 6 with the focus exclusively on the 9th house.

Steve Jobs

Born February 24, 1955, he was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Jobs was adopted at birth in San Francisco, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s. Jobs briefly attended Reed College in 1972 before dropping out. He then decided to travel through India in 1974 seeking enlightenment and studying Zen Buddhism.  This occurred in Stage 3 (May 1970 – Oct 1977) with the focus slit between the 10th & 12th houses with the 12th house explaining his drive for spiritual fulfillment and drug use during this time.  He used illegal drugs in college including marijuana and LSD.

Steve Jobs shows off the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference

Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 to sell Steve Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.  The duo gained fame and wealth a year later for the Apple II, one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers.  This conforms to Job’s entry into Stage 4 in October 1977 in the highly favorable 10th house phase – which is also applicable to Steve Wozniak who was born in August 1950 and therefore another member of the Baby Boomer A generation.

Stage 4, with its exclusive focus on the 10th house, saw Steve Jobs go from strength to strength.  He was privy to a private viewing of an experimental mouse developed by Xerox in 1979 which ultimately led to the breakthrough Macintosh computer in 1984. The Macintosh computer instigated the sudden rise of the desktop publishing industry in 1985 with the addition of the Apple LaserWriter, the first laser printer to feature vector graphics. 1985 marks the start of Stage 5 (Apr 1985 – Sep 1992) introducing for the first time the 9th house which is associated with publishing.  However this cycle also saw Jobs forced out of Apple after a long power struggle.

While out in the cold, he founded a new computer platform (NeXT) for higher-education and business markets with higher education associated with the 9th house.  Jobs also helped to initiate the development of the visual effects industry and with the newly formed Pixar would eventually produce the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story in 1995.  This occurred in Stage 6 (Sep 1992 – Feb 2000) with the influence exclusively orientated to the favorable 9th house.

In 1997, Apple acquired and merged NeXT, allowing Jobs to become CEO of Apple once again, reviving the company at the verge of bankruptcy.   Beginning in 1997, Jobs worked closely with designer Jonathan Ive to develop a line of products that would have larger cultural ramifications: the iMac, iTunes and iTunes Store, Apple Store, iPod, iPhone, App Store, and the iPad. Mac OS was also revamped into OS X.

Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2003 in Stage 7 (Feb 2000 – Jul 2007) which first introduced the 8th house of death.  Jobs died on October 5, 2011[10] in Stage 8 with the house focus now exclusively focused on the 8th house of death.

Bill Gates (2015)
Bill Gates (2015)

Note: Bill Gates also belongs to the Baby Boomer A generation as has been analyzed in Generational Astrology – Part 1 Introduction

Terry MacKinnell

I also belong to the Baby Boomer A generation.  While in Stage 1, I had a relatively normal middle class upbringing in Sydney, Australia.  Quickly upon arrival of Stage 2 in December 1962, with its focus now exclusively on the 12th house of inspiration and seclusion, our family moved to California for a little over two years.  In those days the USA was far and away ahead of the rest of the world in numerous areas, and I found the Californian experience very inspirational (12th) but I was secluded from my friends in Australia.  Stage 3, split between the 10th & 12th houses, commencing in 1970 coincided with university, and leaving home and dropping out of university (1971).  Most of the balance of this stage was focused upon my ”spiritual” search and journey but I also achieved my first “success” in becoming second-in-charge of a larger spiritual non-profit organization and became its Chief Financial Officer and a company director.  The confluence of these two aspects of the same thing is in sync with the 10th and 12th houses.

Stage 4 commencing in October 1977 started an entirely new stage in my life and within a year I was no longer with the non-profit “spiritual” organization.  I got married, had three kids and started my first business of owning and managing a health food store that ultimately developed into a chain of three stores.  By Stage 5, commencing in April 1985, with the focus split between the 10th and 9th houses, I was divorced and experienced my first bout of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  I retained my involvement in the health food store (10th) but incorporated lengthy trips to South-East Asia – especially Bali (9th house).  I also began learning Vedic astrology.   I started my second major relationship towards the end of this stage and I made the startling discovery that the Age of Aquarius commenced in the 15th century which commenced the beginning of my life’s work on this project.

Stage 6 starting in September 1992, with the focus exclusively on the 9th house, was a “magic” period of working with my new partner in managing a major outdoor conference center associated with my former “spiritual” group in Stage 3.  It lasted one month short of the end of this stage in January 2000 when I succumbed to a second bout of CFS and we handed over the management of the conference center.  Stage 7 starting in February 2000, now with the first involvement of the 8th house, saw a major transformation in my life both internally and externally, with the external element associated with purchasing a rural property with my partner.  Stage 8 commencing July 2007, with the focus exclusively on the 8th house, had me receiving a small inheritance and some extremely transformative experiences as I rediscovered Bali and South East Asia from 2008 onward.

Stage 9 commencing in December 2014, with the focus split between the 7th and 8th houses, basically aligned with my retirement.  I did step up my lecture and workshop schedule in this stage.  I also broadened my astrological research from the astrological ages and now added whole sign houses to the mix.  Based on the fact that the next Stage 10 commencing in June 2022 is aligned exclusively with Gemini and focused solely upon the 7th house, that I can expect the culmination stage of my life in the worldly sense.   Though the correlation between my life and these generational stages do not include the kind of detail I expect from the various astrological techniques applied to horoscopes, I can certainly detect a clear correlation nevertheless.

Previous Sagittarius-Sagittarius generations

Around every 165 years, another Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation appears (most of the time).  The last Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation was from July 1784 to December 1791.[11]  Three US president came from this generation – Presidents John Tyler (10th president), Zachary Taylor (12th president) and James Buchanan (15th president).  This Sagittarius-Sagittarius generation did not have a fault line on the “missing” 11th house as was the case with the recent Baby Boomer A generation.  Its fault line was with the “missing” 12th house.

Notable people born in this generation were Jacob Grimm (folklorist), Davy Crockett (American adventurer), George Byron (poet) and Michael Faraday (scientist)gftc

Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was a German philologist, jurist, and mythologist. He is known as the discoverer of Grimm’s law (linguistics), the co-author with his brother Wilhelm of the monumental “The German Dictionary”, the author of Deutsche Mythologie (tracing the mythology and beliefs of the ancient Germanic peoples) and, more popularly, as one of the Brothers Grimm and the editor of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.[12]

David “Davy” Crockett was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Texas Revolution.  Crockett became famous in his own lifetime for larger-than-life exploits popularized by stage plays and almanacs. After his death, he continued to be credited with acts of mythical proportion. These led in the 20th century to television and movie portrayals, and he became one of the best-known American folk heroes.[13]  His reincarnated female form has appeared in the Hunger Games, with Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss Everdeen, a thinly disguised female version of Davey Crocket.

Michael Faraday was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. Albert Einstein kept a picture of Faraday on his study wall, alongside pictures of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell. Physicist Ernest Rutherford stated,

“When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honour too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time.” [14]

It is also possible that Charles Babbage, born December 26 1791, may have been born in this generation.  Considered by some to be a “father of the computer”, Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex electronic designs, though all the essential ideas of modern computers are to be found in Babbage’s analytical engine.[15]

In all the above, the sheer energy of Sagittarius is seen from this generation, and this Sagittarian energy, from the end of this generation in 1791, went on and “conquered” the world in the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) – the period basically defining the modern USA, the world population explosion and modern economic “miracle”.  Davey Crocket was one of the key archetypal inspirations for the fledgling USA.

Resources

Generational Astrology – Part 1 Introduction

Generational Astrology – Part 2 Pre-Boomers (1940 – 1948)

Photos

ABC_Lindy_Chamberlain_Free.ogv: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AZARIA CHAMBERLAIN provided by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) derivative work: Nesnad This file was derived from  ABC Lindy Chamberlain Free.ogv

Steve Jobs shows off the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference: I (Matt Yohe (talk)) created this work entirely by myself. (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by fetchcomms.)

References

[1] The Baby Boomer Generation [Born 1946–1964], http://www.valueoptions.com/spotlight_YIW/baby_boomers.htm

[2] CHRISTINA STERBENZ, “These Charts Reveal How Best-Selling Novels Have Changed Over Time”, Business Insider Australia, JUN 3, 2014

[3] Boeing 707. (2017, February 13), Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:58, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boeing_707&oldid=765359528

[4] Post–World War II economic expansion. (2017, January 13), Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:07, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Post%E2%80%93World_War_II_economic_expansion&oldid=759782545

[5] Terry MacKinnell, “Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius”, 3 May 2008, http://wp.me/pcGXY-u

[6] This table will not be identical for preceding and succeeding generation due to a sub-age cusp in 1970 that introduces a minor house relationship anomaly that will appear in a different period for different generations born before 1970.

[7] Al Gore. (2017, February 14), Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:09, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Al_Gore&oldid=765528696

[8] Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. (2017, February 7), Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:28, February 22, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lindy_Chamberlain-Creighton&oldid=764104417

[9] Matt Groening. (2017, February 17), Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:44, February 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Matt_Groening&oldid=765956150

[10] Steve Jobs. (2017, February 18), Wikipedia, Retrieved 03:49, February 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Steve_Jobs&oldid=766137863

[11] I cannot confirm the accuracy of the dates down to the monthly level

[12] Jacob Grimm. (2017, February 8), Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:01, February 22, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jacob_Grimm&oldid=764308498

[13] Davy Crockett. (2017, January 31), Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:06, February 22, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Davy_Crockett&oldid=763004284

[14] Michael Faraday. (2017, January 23), Wikipedia, Retrieved 05:58, February 22, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_Faraday&oldid=761622002

[15] Charles Babbage. (2017, February 21), Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:11, February 22, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Charles_Babbage&oldid=766729041