Ted Figura, Looking at Generations Through the Outer Planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto symbolize transformative energies at the personal level but, because of the many years in which they remain in a sign, they can also be viewed as generational planets. In other words, the qualities associated with these planets as they move through the zodiac are reflected in the behavior and experience of whole generations. Individuals can then be understood in the context of their generation and astrology can also help us understand our history beyond looking at astrological correlations to specific events. Ted’s interest in astrology began more than 45 years ago with his discovery of the works of Dane Rudhyar and Alan Leo. In the 1980s, his knowledge of astrology was further informed by the writings of Donna Cunningham, Stephen Arroyo and Liz Greene. Ted has always appreciated astrology as a tool for self-knowledge and personal growth. He believes, while transits may be valuable for understanding the “astrol weather” one is experiencing, it is the natal chart that holds the key to interpreting the drives and motivations, qualities, internal conflics and challenges, and potential of the personality resident in this lifetime. While Ted is not a professional astrologer, his interest has led him to write about astrology, gathering an international audience. Ted writes under the pseudonym, Gargatholil. He has published the four-volume Depth Astrology: an Astrological Handbook: Introduction, Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses, Planets in Aspect and updates his website monthly with a series exploring sign-to-sign dynamics and other articles. He has also published a book of poetry, The Trembling Tear: Songs of the Inner Voice.