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.
POLITICAL SOCIAL CHAOS
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.