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The Neptune in Capricorn Generation Needs a Sense of HumorNeptune Symbol

Recently I read another article about how political correctness is stifling comedy, particularly on college campuses. This is not a new issue. Several noted comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Bill Maher and John Cleese have already announced that they will no longer do shows on college campus because students don’t seem to know how to take a joke.


From an astrological point of view, the reason for this is fairly obvious. For the last several years our college campuses have been populated by people born with Neptune in Capricorn. I’ve written about the revolutionary potential of this generation several times. Neptune represents our dreams of a better tomorrow, but when it’s in Capricorn those dreams come with a specific plan of action.


I’ve always had high hopes for the Neptune in Capricorn generation, and the enthusiasm with which they supported the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is proof that I was right. This is a generation that is not content just to sit back and dream about change. They have to work and work to make change happen. I only hope that they continue this work in other elections, especially at the local level.


We see that this generation born with Neptune in Capricorn is serious about political, social and cultural issues. The problem is that sometime their too serious. Capricorn doesn’t do well with irony or sarcasm. Capricorn sets hard and fast boundaries between good and evil, and people who cross those boundaries, regardless of how benign their intent, have to be called out.


Obviously, not every one of the millions of people born between 1984 and 1997 (the years when Neptune was in Capricorn) displays this lack of humor. As I say in all of my articles about generational astrology, no one is, or should be, a perfect representative of his or her generation. Generational influences show themselves in trends. And the stifling political correctness on college campuses during the past few years is such a trend.


We could argue with the Neptune in Capricorn generation about this. We could tell them that comedy is supposed to cross boundaries, that it’s supposed to be subversive and make us feel a little uncomfortable. That’s what makes it funny. However, I don’t know if that’s going to do much good. Even in Capricorn, Neptune functions through emotion and intuition, not rational argument.


There is some good news on this front, however. During the next three or four years the Neptune in Capricorn generation will be replaced on college campuses by a generation born with Neptune in Aquarius. This generation will also be serious about social and political issues, but they will view these matters with more intellectual distance, allowing room for an occasional chuckle. So, you comedians out there might want to start brushing up their material. Very soon, it will again be safe to make jokes on college campus.

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