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The Neptune in Libra Generation Gets Divorced

A recent article in the New York Times points out that, while instances of divorce for younger people have remained steady for the last twenty years, divorces for couples over the age of 50 have increased at a remarkable rate, from 10 per cent of all divorces in 1990 to 28 per cent in 2010.


A lot of factors are involved here, ranging from longer life spans and better health to Viagra. But what I see is the generation born between around 1943 and 1956 with Neptune in Libra and Pluto in Leo breaking the rules once again.


This is the first wave of the Baby Boomer generation, the generation that brought about so many dramatic changes during the 1960s and 1970s. Neptune in Libra gave this generation a vision of fairness and equality for everyone. At the same time, Pluto in Leo convinced this generation that it was up to them to save the world. This combination of idealism and hubris made this generation of Americans both unique and troublesome.(Click here to see my article "Battle of the Boomers")


So why is this generation getting divorced in alarming numbers? The same reasons that caused divorce rates to climb when they were in their 20s, 30s and 40s. In general, (discussions of generation are, by definition, general) members of this generation seek perfection in their relationship. They are not going to accept a substandard marriage just because it’s economically prudent or socially expedient. It just wouldn’t be fair, to them or their partner.


On top of this, this is a generation that thinks it has the ability to beat the odds. With Pluto in Leo, they assume that the problems of old age are somehow going to pass them by. Somewhere in the back of their minds they may know that this is a bad bet, but they not going surrender their pride and stay with a person they don’t love just to have someone to take care of them later on.


The generation born with Neptune in Libra and Pluto in Leo has done many things that have made the world a better place. They’ve also done a few things that didn’t work out so well. This newest trend could go either way. It could lead a large proportion of this generation to happier, richer lives, or it could result in a lot of lonely old people.


Let me repeat that any remark made about generations, in astrology or otherwise, are general and need not apply to you as an individual. No one is or should be a perfect representation of his or her generation.

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