Sunday, January 12, 2020

Saturn Pluto Conjunction January 12, 2020

Astro Tips
Saturn/Pluto Conjunction
January 12, 2020

The planetary cycle of Saturn and Pluto

Saturn and Pluto have been together in the sign of Capricorn for two years, since 2018. During the past week the planets have been lining up to form what is called a conjunction. They are sharing the same degree (22 degrees) in the sign of Capricorn.  Today, January 12, the two planets are forming the exact conjunction. Mercury is sitting with them. The impact of the conjunction is indicated by what has been going on during the last year and especially during the past week. However, hindsight is always better than foresight. We won’t know the full impact for some time.

The union of Saturn and Pluto occurs every thirty years. If you want to reflect on how the interaction of Saturn and Pluto affects our planets, here are some dates to research:  Saturn and Pluto united in the sign of Aries in 1851; in the sign of Taurus in 1883; in the sign of Cancer in 1915; in the sign of Leo 1951; in the sign of Libra 1982.

Now we have Saturn and Pluto together in Capricorn.  This same conjunction occurred in 1518!  The Religious Reformation in Europe lead by Martin Luther was underway.  The first printing of the Bible, called the Gutenberg Bible, happened in 1454.  This printed version of the holy text allowed dissemination of Judeo-Christian history into the populace. This in turn led to the questioning of religious authority. Individuals began to realize they could pray directly to God. They did not need a priest to mediate between them and the higher power. Martin Luther stuck his neck out and said the Catholic Church was in error to charge people for forgiveness. The custom was to pay for indulgences that helped with your forgiveness. Martin Luther called attention to the misuse of power and wealth in the church. The Roman Catholic Church did everything possible to maintain its power. Many people sacrificed their lives to bring this Reformation into the world. This is an example of how we look at planetary cycles—in this case, the union of Saturn (planet of structure and the status quo) and Pluto (ruler of secrets and abuse of power) that produces transformation and evolution. These ideas are based on the meanings assigned to deities in Greek mythology.

Saturn -  Pluto conjunction January 2020: As Above, So Below

Here are three areas that show relationships between this planetary cycle and Earth activities.  Astrology does not say that the planets are causing something to happen.  Astrology does say that there is a relationship between planetary activities and life on Earth. As above, so below.


Earthquakes, Fries, Tornadoes, Hurricanes.  Saturn is earthy and heavy. Pluto is the underworld. It seems that the intensity of earth events is greater than we have seen in a long time. The fires in Australia are horrifying. Scientists are saying that human behavior is a primary contributor to these horrific events. Puerto Rico experienced how many earthquakes in a few days? And not long ago Puerto Rico had its devastating hurricane.  These earth catastrophes are deepening (a Plutonian attribute) our awareness of our connection to the earth and to each other. They are also deepening our love and appreciation for animals and all the floral being taken out.  The long term effect of the Saturn/Pluto upheaval experienced as earth changes is hopefully one of elevated consciousness to make changes in our life styles and to overcome our hubris of being the most important thing here on planet earth.


Saturn rules governmental institutions, structures, operations, rules and regulations, the law, etc.  Pluto rules chaos and destruction.  Saturn rules the status quo. Pluto rules the abuse of power by those in leadership. Huge entities are Plutonian.  Corporations are both Saturnian and Plutonian.  Same goes for governments. There are solid structures that help society and there are hidden agendas. Remember, Pluto is Hades! Pluto also rules wealth. How much more abuse of wealth can we tolerate?  On the one hand, Pluto wants to destroy the misuse of energy, wealth and power. On the other hand, those who HAVE the wealth and power want to destroy anything that stands in the way of their holding onto what they have. This is a serious struggle.  Our comprehension of the Saturnian reality of what is going on is greater now. Plutonian secrets are being pulled up from the underworld.  The recent activity in the Middle East is full of historical secrets and manipulations. Do we really have to get involved in a war to show off?  Those who talk about the end of times and the rapture are giving in to leaders full of hubris. They stand in the way of clarity and potential movements towards peace.


What does Saturn/Pluto cycle in Capricorn mean for the individual?  For people living under dictatorships or under the gun of violent crime organizations, this is a time of despair.  Pluto is winning in those locations. People want to get somewhere that assures safety.  The United States and other countries are halting the hospitality. Where do people go for a safer life? For those of us lucky enough to live in relative freedom, our job is to wake up and smell the misuse of power and to do whatever small thing we can do to put a stop to it.  Our job is to grow up and to be responsible in our own lives.  We need the structure, organization and reality that Saturn provides. However, we are challenged to let go of turning over our power to leaders, organizations, churches, or cults that give lip service to the needs of humanity.  Leaders need to be held accountable to their behavior and lies. The old paradigm that the good father, or patriarchal system, will take care of us is over. Humanity is searching for another paradigm to live by.  We are trying to figure out how the distribution of wealth can be different so that people are not suffering so much. There is no need to call it communism or socialism. It doesn’t have a name yet! We are on our way to a different way of living. We are trying to evolve to a consciousness that shows respect for our planet, for all sentient beings and all of life. Is it possible?  This current Saturn/Pluto cycle in Capricorn is shaking our earth cage.  Can we move beyond our arrogance and co-habit this earth space?  Can we grow up and be responsible for this beautiful earth? Can we learn discernment?  Can we learn to share? Capricorn is an earth sign.  This planetary period demands that we pay humble attention to our behavior on Planet Earth.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Astro Tips January 2020 Happy New Year!

Astro Tips by Linda Sprague

Happy New Year!  We welcome in this new decade with anticipation.  The Sun is in Capricorn. Jupiter is in Capricorn.

Saturn is in Capricorn. Pluto is in Capricorn.  If you were born under the sign of Capricorn, you probably know that this energy is earthy and serious. It gravitates to rocks and dark earthy colors.  Capricorn wears a dark suit, is careful and ambitious. Capricorn often gets the promotion and proceeds to get the job done nicely.  Capricorn says, be methodical and preserve. Be like the mountain goat and stand in one place until it is time to climb up a little higher. Of course Capricorn does rule government, corporations, organizations, protocol, rules and regulations, and the Father principle. Planet Saturn rules Capricorn and, again, Saturn is currently transiting Capricorn. This should be good. Saturn is comfortable in the sign it rules. Saturn promotes being realistic and practical.  We must be realistic about how we are managing our lives here in the earth plane. But Pluto is also with Saturn. Not easy.  Saturn is struggling to hold on to its traditional ways of doing things. Saturn relies on precedence to get the job done. Pluto is the destroyer! Pluto is putting our Saturnian ways through a meat grinder. Our legal system seems to crumble under the Joker’s smile. Even our Constitution is ignored while Pluto throws our cherished beliefs into the mud. Out of this drama something new will emerge. Something new will grow from the mud, from the chaos and destruction.

Jupiter has joined Capricorn on the stage. Jupiter is expansive and optimistic. However, Capricorn can be like a wet blanket, so Jupiter is not especially jolly in the sign of Capricorn. Keep in mind that a planet takes on the attributes of the sign it is visiting. Jupiter spends one year in each astrological sign. What can we expect with Jupiter in Capricorn?  Perhaps Jupiter has come along just in time to ensure the preservation of law and order. Jupiter rules THE LAW.  Jupiter belongs to the ninth house of the horoscope.  This house has domain over the higher mind and the beliefs that we live by. If we want to continue believing that greed is the new T-shirt, I guess we can. But Jupiter in Capricorn would frown on that. Jupiter amplifies whatever it touches. If it touches Capricorn it will make Capricorn issues bigger. Issues like being pragmatic, following the rules that work here on planet earth—cause and effect.  Capricorn is the sign that tells us to be responsible and do the right thing.

On January 7, Saturn and Pluto will line up together at 22 degrees of Capricorn. This is called a conjunction.  Everything that has been happening for the past couple of years is in the spotlight. Hopefully the Pluto-Saturn conjunction will bring some reasonable agreements on touchy subjects in the very near future.  Shortly after this conjunction—the reality and tradition of Saturn and the profound transformation of Pluto--we have a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer (the sign opposite Capricorn).  Here’s hoping there will be some resolution to many problems that have been facing us. A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse might uncover information that helps brings solutions to longstanding situations.

Remember, Capricorn is an earth sign. When it comes to climate change, we could be more realistic about what needs to be done to help Mother Earth. Capricorn is the responsible parent. We could be more mature in our understanding and actions.  If we avoid being grown-ups, we remain unconscious and dependent on some authority figure to tell us what is right.  We remain more vulnerable than we should be.

The New Year starts off big with Capricorn. Because earth signs do not move fast, we cannot expect a lot of rapid action.  We might feel frustrated but we need to remember that Capricorn is doing its job.  One step at a time.

Each of us has a life story that is unfolding. Each of us has messy Pluto stuff going on somewhere. All this Capricorn energy requires every ounce of maturity we have.  Remember, we can think it faster than we can do it. Walking through the Earth plane is slower than thinking our way through it.  Patience! Use common sense.  Be the grown-up in the room and you will hopefully get your prize!

Here are words of guidance for a new decade. They come from The Upanishads, wisdom that emerged in India thousands of years ago:

“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Welcome to 2020! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Astro Tips: December Full Moon 2019

Astro Tips
Full Moon in Gemini
December 12, 2019

Full Moon 19 degrees of Gemini
December 12, 2019

A few days ago I was snooping around the web looking at information about the astrology of December and the full moon. I clicked on a short video by astrologist Gregory Scott. He reminded his viewers to avoid getting bombarded and overwhelmed during this full moon in Gemini. Too Much Information. Gemini is the sign of curiosity and data gathering. We are certainly bombarded with information right now. The Sun is in Sagittarius, the sign we associate with the search for truth.  The only truth these days is the variety of interpretations that surrounds the data.  People have different versions of truth. 

Mr. Scott also suggested that we look at the symbol for Gemini and see it as a doorway.  Gemini is associated with the twins, but when you look at the symbol of Gemini (two vertical lines with horizontal lines crossing at the top and bottom, fact is, it could be a doorway.  Thanks to times we live in, we are offered any number of doorways to explore or walk through to gather information and make our truth.  Prior to Cable TV and its smorgasbord of information, the 6 o’clock news was the news.  There were a few doorways to open, but they all had the same information. Now cable news presenters express opinions or interpretations of news. Truth has become relative, at least in the political and social arenas.

The full moon in Gemini on December 12 does give us another doorway to walk through. In December, our Sun, the Star of our Solar System, lines up with the Galactic Center, that is, the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.  We can imagine that we are lining up with the number one energy source from the Milky Way and receive higher truth. Maybe we won’t receive the truth in language. Maybe it will come as light rays, sounds vibrations, or feelings of love.  In northern hemispheres there is a ray of blue light this time of year.  I believe it is associated with this energy pouring out of the Galactic Center. It touches us deeply if we allow it to. The energy is that of love, of course. We have one word for this huge, expansive energy and that word is love.  Whatever we are feeling--grief or happiness--the bigger energy is love. That’s the bottom line truth.  Every December we are invited to connect with Big Love, the glue of life. 

Meanwhile, back on the physical plane of existence………we are stepping through this full moon doorway into 2020.  The study of Astrology suggests that 2019 has been the time of planning and preparation for 2020. Why is 2020 so big?  Well, finally Saturn and Pluto will form their exact conjunction. During 2019 we have been living this energy of chaos and apprehension about the coming changes in civilization. Now we seek resolution to the tension we have been holding for a long time.

On December 2 the planet, Jupiter, moved from optimistic, mind-expanding Sagittarius, to Capricorn—practical, earth-bound, problem solving, grown-up Capricorn. Jupiter prefers the enthusiasm of fire signs to the solid, slow earthy energy of Capricorn. However, Capricorn is a cardinal or moveable sign. Jupiter in Capricorn will help us move along in finding resolutions to the problems we are facing.

Jupiter has joined planets Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.  The south node is also in Capricorn. And during this full moon in December, Venus is also in Capricorn. That is a lot of earth energy.  Earth energy is slow energy, compared to the transmission of energy through air and fire. We go through earth steps - steps that require physical body energy - to get where we need to be. We are seriously looking at what we are committed to and what we are leaving behind.

As Jupiter travels through the sign of Capricorn until December of 2020, we can expect to grow and expand in our understanding of how things work in daily life. Remember, Jupiter tends to make bigger whatever it touches. In Capricorn it touches reality.  Saturn is the planetary ruler of Capricorn.  Together Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn give us the message to grow up.  If there is some area where we are not behaving like a grown-up, then Jupiter will let us know in a very big way. With Capricorn sitting so enormous on the horizon, it is wise to ask yourself if there is some area of life where you could be more responsible and mature. Think about it.  The symbol for Capricorn is the sure-footed mountain goat.  We have our goals, our mountains to climb. All the planets in Capricorn will help us be sure-footed.

For now and for some months ahead, Capricorn is calling the shots. We are asked to be hardworking, confident and sincerely committed to our endeavors. Capricorn is somber. The palette for Capricorn is brown, steel gray, and black.  Capricorn is tradition and it is the book of rules.  Even through the Sun is traveling through Sagittarius until the Winter Solstice on December 21st, we are caught in the seriousness of Capricorn energy. We want to feel safe and secure, but the shadow side of Capricorn is fear and greed.  It’s hard to make changes if we are fearful and it's hard to change without investing some of our resources. We cannot hoard or hold on too tight. Capricorn and its ruler, Saturn, have domain over maturity and aging. With aging hopefully comes wisdom. In the natural order of things, leaders become leaders because they have worked hard, they have the skills and they have earned the respect of peers.  Maybe all the Capricorn energy suggests that we will have a gray haired or white haired candidate for President in 2020.

And by the way, we have a Solar Eclipse the day after Christmas! We just can’t avoid facing practical matters and responsibilities during the next months. The mountain goat makes the climb look easy.  I will study the mountain goat. They pause to rest and regain balance and footing before taking the next step. Sometimes they stay still for long periods of time and then gracefully scramble up the mountain.