Remembering Kurt Cobain on his birthday

For my email readers, this is an older post that hadn’t migrated to the blog when it transferred from Patheos so I’m posting it now for the sake of history. 😃

Kurt Cobain would have been 39 on Monday, February 27 2006. I am a little old for the Nirvana scene, but I was captivated by the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit. ” This haunting song became the anthem of the Uranus/Pluto conjunction generation (1964 through 1968). This generation has also been termed “Generation X” : the generation “who wanted to hop off the merry-go-round of status, money, and social climbing that so often frames modern existence.” Douglas Coupland, Generation X: Tales of an Accelerated Culture.

The period from 1964 through 1968 when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Virgo was marked by cultural revolution. Uranus is the revolutionary – the force that seeks to break up old patterns and create a new way. Pluto is Shiva – the force of destruction and regeneration. During the 1960s we saw the feminist revolution, where women learned to play a completely new role with and without families. We saw the “free love” revolution, where new contraceptives meant that intimate relationships could take place more easily without the ties of marriage. We saw the civil rights revolution, where through civil unrest and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 people of African descent gained new rights and a level of “black power” unseen in this country’s history. We saw the “flower power” revolution, where demonstrations for peace forced the ultimate end to the Vietnam war.

The dawning of the Age of Aquarius as immortalized in the musical “Hair” was short-lived, however; by […]

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