"I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you."
If you've read the books, and who hasn't, you'll remember that it was at this point in time when we knew Harry had become his own person, an adult wizard who was capable of accomplishing the mission that had been set before him. When Dumbledore died, Harry’s final protector was gone and the adult, Harry had proven himself to be, was now to take a stand.
The Millennial Generation
In the Spring of 2009 a University professor wrote to me and said: “Gave my two quizzes today...and I've never felt such tension and stress from students as today. I asked them afterwards...and they confirmed that they are really feeling the bad economy and fear for their future. It's sad....but man, I felt it big time today.” At the same time, a 19 year old facebook friend was thinking about “The dreams you thought you'd never lose that got tossed aside”
In 2009 the world economy was moving deeper and deeper into recession and individuals born into the Millennial Generation, who were just beginning their independent lives, found that the lives and futures they had dreamed for themselves were not to be.
"A recent informal survey by New York magazine found, unsurprisingly, that the biggest plurality of those Occupying Wall Street—and by likely extension Main Streets nationwide—are people in their 20s. In other words, the Millennial Generation, born after 1981. This is key, because this is also the generation told all their lives they are special, and deserve a trophy just for showing up. Well, America, they’ve shown up, and now they want their trophy." - Forbes.com read more
As an astrologer I know that each individual born into this generation has at least two things in common with their entire generation. All were born when Pluto was moving through the sign of Scorpio and all grew up under the magical spell of Harry Potter and his life and death struggles with the powerful dark and evil Lord Voldemont.
Note from Author: The world calls them the Millennials, but astrologers recognize those born between mid 1983 and late 1995 as the Pluto in Scorpio generation. I often refer to them as the Harry Potter generation because the first of the Pluto in Scorpio generation were 14 years old when the first Harry Potter book was published and the youngest of the Pluto in Scorpio generation was 16 when the final movie hit theaters in 2011. Harry Potter and his struggles against evil have always been a part of their young lives.
The Pluto in Scorpio Generation
Pluto is particularly strong in Scorpio. Pluto and Scorpio are both about power, death, destruction, transformation and ultimately about two potentials: seeing the dark and ugly in all areas of life, then realizing and seizing the opportunity this creates for positive change.
Born when Pluto was in Scorpio, the Millennial generation was born to naturally withstand hardships, uncertainty and with the inate ability see the dark and ugly in the world and then to affect magical change. All they needed was to be inspired.
Harry Potter's Generation
“Like early Bob Dylan, the seer who announced to his generation that “the times they are a changin”, the prophet of this generation, the one who spoke to new realities and offered a moral code in facing the hardships of such lighting change was Harry Potter.” Read more
Harry Potter's generation has, from birth, awoke each day to a changed, but not better or safer, world. The changes during this generation's lifetime have been swift and cover the gambit. Traumatic events that once seemed unthinkable and technology that was almost science fiction in the 80's have become reality. And in the words of author Arthur C. Clarke: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Academics and journalists have attributed many different themes to the Harry Potter books. They have used themes such as oppression, survival, power/the abuse of power, overcoming great odds to make one's way in the world, love, prejudice, and free-choice. Rowlings herself has also stated that the books comprise "a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry" and that they also pass on a message to "question authority and... not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth."
However, among all the various themes the Harry Potter books address, perhaps the greatest issue this power generation will have to face in a world of unprecedented and often cataclysmic change is the moral use of the powers they possess.
"Indeed, Harry is tortured by the question of why the Sorting Hat, which searches the souls of incoming students to determine which house or faction they belong in, takes so long to group him with the brave and true of Gryffindor, rather than putting him in Slytherin among the careerists, the manipulators, the power-hungry and the just plain nasty, where he could achieve greatness. Even Hogwarts, the school of witch craft and wizardry attended by Harry and his cohorts, could not be sure their student would use the powers at their disposal wisely, responsibly, and for the common good. The educational quandary for Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts much loved headmaster, “is how to train students not just in the technology of magic but also in the discernment necessary to avoid the continual reproduction of the few great Dark Lords, like Voldemont, and their multitudinous followers.” Read more
While the young people of today question why "the dreams of greatness they thought they'd never lose have been tossed aside", Harry himself questioned why the Sorting Hat took so long to put him with the brave and true rather than where he could achieve greatness.
The author of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, spoke of the crucial importance of imagination during a speech at Harvard University's 2008 spring commencement, saying, "We do not need magic to transform our world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better." (entire article)
While rabbit-out-of-the-hat magic will not transform our world, we do need to gain control of the powerful forces that manipulate the World, and this generation of alchemists is naturally endowed with the powerful focus and imagination, as well as vast knowledge of the magical technology necessary to transform the world.
"In the last volume, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry's intellectually acute friend Hermione tells him that the time has come for them to seize the day and defend against the dark arts directly:
'It's about preparing ourselves ... for what's out there,' she says. 'We've gone past the stage where we can't just learn things out of books. We need a teacher, a proper one, who can show us.'
Harry is the herald who offered a moral code in times of great upheaval that vibrated to this generation the way the early Dylan still echoes in the lives of boomers. He is the prophet and precursor of a new generation." Joel Garreau, The Washington Post
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