On my Friday show, I had Ryan Sharkey, on for about ninety-minutes. Sharkey has been traveling around the country since May with no money. If you haven’t heard the interview with him, I highly recommend it. Sharkey’s journey is so compelling, that he’s gained over 60,000 Twitter followers in just five months. His message is reverberating with his Post-Millenial generation, the Pluto in Sag kids, who will be lumped into the Millenial bucket, along with their Pluto in Scorpio predecessors, but they are quite different than the they are and Ryan Sharkey, along with my other teen guest from three weeks ago, Nick Urbansky are indicative of the Pluto in Sag quest. They are not into money, or sex, or power. They are fueled by the call of freedom.
In Nick’s case, it’s philosophical and moral freedom. He’s a sophomore at Bowie High in the positively progressive city of Austin, known as the 3rd Coast, symbolizing the liberal ideals of San Francisco and New York. Nick, a Scorpio has called his school out on a number of issues from advancing the theology of Islam, as they’ve been taught the five-pillars of wisdom, in class on world religions, where Christianity was conspicuously absent. When Nick, a Christian inquired as to why it wasn’t covered, he was told that, “Christianity is too controversial to teach in public schools.”
I am not supporting that Christianity be taught in public schools, but if religion in general is going to be studied then an exploration into Christianity would be an important component in an interdisciplinary dialog on the Abrahamic faiths alone. Young people sniff out hypocrisy like a pig can snortle a buried truffle. It’s an insult to their faculties of discernment.
Either teach them all or none at all.
Nick is asserting his will to keep his mind his own in an environment that clearly wants to shape it into a common form of the group mind. Whether you side with his beliefs or not, in the spirit of Pluto in Sag, he is on a personal quest for truth in exerting and expressing his morals and values. This is a key for this generation.
On the other end of the Pluto in Sag spectrum is Ryan Sharkey, who left his home, a well-to-do-home just after his eighteenth birthday, to walk the Earth without any money. After a frigid baptism is the cold waters of the Wichita Reservoir and three chilling nights in the woods, Sharkey was spit out onto the main highways of Kansas, back pack, fishing pole, hammock , sleeping bag and his long board skateboard, trying to hitch rides from truckers.
In true picaresque fashion, his first trucker/ride wanted more than just a little company to the next greasy spoon. After fighting off his advances, he eventually found a trucker with a horse trailer (Sag symbolism) and offered Sharkey a ride if he shoveled the horseshit out of the trailer. He did and his journey shifted into drive.
Sharkey, an Aquarius had an unusual upbringing, The son of a wealthy family, his father drank heavily, even though they likely had plenty of everything, but his father’s misery seeped into the family’s life and even a $500,000 a year salary couldn’t stave off the suffering. When his mother threw down an ultimatum to his father, that it was either the family or the bottle, his father chose the latter.
Whether it was a way for him to find a way out, or maybe he’s just an avatar incarnate, Sharkey began meditating heavily and studying Buddhism at the age of eleven. Along the way, he began to develop a philosophy about having no money or possessions. Ironically, just after his father left, he too departed, to road test his theory like Siddhartha and St. Francis before him. Nearly six-months, countless stories and 60,000 plus Twitter followers later, Sharkey has given birth to a movement of young people wanting to explore the same philosophical terrain of bring free. Although Sharkey and Urbansky couldn’t be more different, they have two things in common; One is a strong religious or philosophical belief (Buddhism and Christianity) and two, the urge to experience the freedom of the mind, unshackled from institutional dictates. They may be young and somewhat innocent, there’s something inspiring about the courage of their convictions.
The early group of the Pluto in Sag kids are somewhat different than the latter members. When Pluto went into Sag in January 1996 (for it’s duration) Uranus went into Aquarius and Neptune was in Capricorn. Uranus and Pluto were in Sextile until March of 2001. The young people born during that period (like Ryan Sharkey) are the ultimate free spirits, blending the intensity of the early degrees of Uranus in Aquarius (Uranus in ruler ship), which is all about following the beat of it’s own electronic drum and Pluto in Sag, which must directly experience the intensity of freedom as a generational and personal quest. Those born from 1996 to 2001 are circuit breakers, paradigm smashers and philosophers beamed back to the future.
The latter kids born under Pluto in Sag have Neptune and Uranus flip flopped, as Neptune is in the sign of Aquarius and Uranus in Pisces. They have a different wrinkle they’ll bring to the social stage as they’ll be truly iconoclastic and hard to put into any box, religious, social or otherwise, but just like their generational elders, they’ll be invested in the notion and motion of liberty and freedom.
When we look at generational cycles , we can see that Pluto is the dominant marker in generational shifts and it has it’s peak/prominence in the Fixed signs, because the fixed signs are like templates or seals that represent the collectivity of the group soul, their contributions and influences, for better or worse.
• 1885 to 1884 – Pluto in Taurus: While the movers and shakers in the early 20th Century, like Rockefeller, Getty, Edison, and Morgan were born under Pluto in Aries, Pluto in Taurus marked the country in deep way. It was the time of the “Indian Wars” and of course, “The Civil War.” It was the last days of the Gold Rush in California, but signaled latter gold rushes in other parts of the continental US, like Oregon and Washington. Pluto in Taurus was all about resources, both human and Earth. That phase of the darkest planet would not only shape the future of the US but the world as well. The second generation of great American wealth like the Astors and the Guggenheims were born during this era and dream makers like Cecille B. DeMille were as well. But it’s the Civil War and the fragmentation of the country which really marks this Pluto phase.
• 1939 to 1956 – Pluto in Leo; This Pluto phase of course encapsulates part of the 2nd World War, and most of the Korean War. It was also the formal death of royalty and the rise of the “democratic state.” And of course it’s the birth of the Baby Boomers who will ultimately shape the 20th and 21st centuries, for better or worse.
• 1984 to 1996 – Pluto in Scorpio; You know them as “The Millenials.” They started off in Orwell’s year and became the first generation born with personal computers entering into the mainstream as well as crack, Hip Hop, My Little Pony and suckled on sorcery, via the Harry Potter books, which would debut in 1997. Now, they’re color revolutionaries, brogrammers and warlocks in training. They’re Arthur C. Clarke’s, Childhood’s End and Crowley’s kids. I like them. They are intense and unflinchingly honest. They’ll either save the world or burn it down.
• 2023 to 2044 – Pluto in Aquarius; This completes the fixed generational cycle that started back in 1855 with Pluto in Taurus where the entire planet was ensconced in physicality, wars, border clashes, the acquisition (often forced) of resources and material domination. At this phase of Pluto, the transformation will be complete and one hopes that new technologies will be there to liberate and not enslave us (I think it will be a lot of both) and the souls incarnating will no doubt shape our lives in ways that we can’t comprehend from this vantage point. Whether it will be the unleashing of collective psychic powers, new levels of relating without personal boundaries or full on communion with intelligent life forms from other planets and stars, the squared circle becomes complete.
It is always the ensuing generations that work on and modify the changes, the mutable and cardinal Plutos, like Cancer, Gemini, Virgo., Libra, Sag and Capricorn. Down the line it will be Pisces and Aries. By the time we reach the Pluto in Aries phase, we’ll truly be in the cycle of the new human, whoever that is and whatever it means at that point. We could be alien android human hybrids with multiple gene pool parents, born in vats on light ships headed towards Arcturus.
Addendum. It’s ironic that I was interviewing Ryan Sharkey about his dollar free walkabout, while I was engaging my readers with a donation incentivization drive so that I could replace my fallen pony. Here’s a quick update. I called my mechanic and asked him if he knew of anyone selling a car and he told me about a guy in Dripping Springs who was selling get this, a “Mercury Mystique,” as my car refused to start any longer under Mercury Retrograde. I called him and in true Mercury Retrograde fashion, his wife is pregnant and close to delivery. I had arranged a time to meet him and check out the car and his wife started having contractions, so it didn’t happen, and guess what? False alarm. As of this writing I have tried at least three times to see the “Mercury Mystique” and it’s evaded me.
I’ve gotten back to most of you who have reached out and will be back in ten days, where I’ll start to book your readings. Thanks again for participating in this unique energy exchange.
Living Free With Ryan Sharkey