Sunday, 26 June 2016

Why are American teens giving up on sex?

“Teenagers have sex. Deal with it.” That was a dismissive statement by a blogger in 2012 who taught at Yale University’s School of Public Health.Fortunately, teens did deal with it—by not having sex. They seemed to have missed this flippant blog and ignored this careless advice from adults who should know better.On June 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new 2015 data from the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which updates what we know about youth and their engagement in health risk behaviors.The results show that fewer teens are drinking than before, fewer are involved in physical fighting, and teen smoking hit its lowest level since the government began tracking it in 1991.But the big news is the dramatic increase in the percentage of teens who have never had sex. Since 1991 (the first year the CDC began tracking youth risk behaviors), the percent of high school students who have never had sex has increased 28 percent. In real numbers, that means that nearly six in 10 teens are making the healthiest choice by waiting for sex—the highest percent to date.

A chart for the current New Moon at Atlanta, Georgia, the location of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which carried out the survey,  is shown here. The New Moon is placed very appropriately in the 5th house that deals with children. It conjoins Venus and is part of a Cross with  Jupiter-Saturn and Neptune. Saturn opposes Venus in the 5th house. The 5th rules children as well as social attitudes towards sex  and promiscuity [1] so that a Saturn-Venus opposition works to create a mature attitude by denying or delaying sex while a Saturn-Neptune square overcomes all forms of indulgence and weakness.

 The last quarter Jupiter-Saturn square impels movement and expansion away from societal models and constructs in our personal lives that have now become limiting and restricting to new growth. The last quarter of a cycle is about pruning, plowing under the crops and preparing the soil so new growth can emerge in the upcoming cycle. The existing constructs in our lives simply cannot support any further growth, thus we either modify those constructs so they can allow a greater level of growth and expansion, or we dismantle those constructs all together. In addition, Neptune is placed among stars in the waters flowing from Aquarius’ Urn sweeping away all past errors   and the Phoenix Firebird rising from its ashes promises a new life with a changed paradigm.

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