Saturn Conjunct Pluto

Musings on the Coronavirus

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Over the years I have studied a great deal of correlations between historical events and the associated planetary configurations.  Often there are clear connections that are easily described.  The conjunction of Uranus (radical change) to Pluto (destruction and regeneration) in the mid to late 1960s is one example – it’s easy to see how this planetary combination correlated with the dramatic social upheavals during that decade.  Same thing with the square aspect between Uranus and Pluto between 2010 and 2017.

To prepare for this article I wanted to see what other astrologers said about the Coronavirus.  Several astrologers say “this is definitely the result of Uranus in Taurus,” creating sudden changes (Uranus) in the stability of our world (Taurus).  One says “it’s the lunar nodes shifting into Gemini/Sagittarius” (by the way, this doesn’t happen until May 2020).  One says it’s because Mars was in Scorpio when the first case was announced, and Mars rules death in traditional astrology and is in its domicile where it is most powerful.  Frankly, none of these explanations really make sense to me.

For the past year I and many other astrologers have been predicting some sort of crisis to occur when Saturn and Pluto collided in January.  Neptune has been in its own sign of Pisces since 2012, where it is associated with flooding, addiction, conspiracy theories, and mysterious illnesses with no apparent cause or cure.  We are certainly seeing this with the Coronavirus.  Where did it originate? How is it transmitted? There is no known answer to these questions – all very Neptunian.  At the same time, Saturn and Pluto converged in mid-January of this year, on the exact date that the first death from the mysterious new virus was announced (the illness began to appear in Wuhan in December […]

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By |2020-03-14T08:31:52-04:00February 27th, 2020|Featured posts, Health & Healing, Planetary cycles|23 Comments

Planetary news this week: The pressure releases

For me, the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn has felt like a vise of intense energy, putting on the squeeze until I finally let go.  For others, there have been life difficulties and changes such as Meghan Markle, whose chart is personally affected by the eclipse and the conjunction falling right on her ascendant, the need for change has been extreme.

As I have written before, events that occur during a conjunction of Saturn and Pluto usually leave a lasting effect and we may not know what that effect is until much later.  This conjunction has been particularly intense because of last week’s eclipse, and on Monday January 13th the Sun and Ceres line up exactly with Saturn and Pluto.  The presence of Ceres, the goddess of the nourishment of the Earth, suggests that our relationship to the Earth, including issues of population and climate change, is a critical piece of this Saturn/Pluto drama.  The intensity of the pressure of Saturn and Pluto will begin to fade, but the difficult questions and hard choices are likely to linger for at least another week or two.

The presence of the new planet Eris is likely to be significant too.  Eris represents discord – like the golden apple which started the Trojan War, Eris seems to represent the small events which create lasting chaos and transformation.  Eris is currently within a degree from an exact square to Saturn and Pluto, and as the Sun, Mercury and Ceres move through the degrees of that exact square to Eris these planets “translate” the alignment between Eris, Saturn and Pluto.  Continued chaos is likely, and on January 16th the square between Saturn and Eris […]

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By |2020-01-13T08:29:20-05:00January 13th, 2020|Planetary news this week|4 Comments

Sunday inspiration for difficult times under Saturn and Pluto

Today’s post comes on the day when Saturn and Pluto make their exact alignment in the sky.  So far it’s not as bad as I feared – the financial markets haven’t collapsed and it looks like war in the Middle East has been averted, for the time being.  Yes, the Monarchy in Britain is about to break apart along with Brexit, and many of my friends, clients and colleagues are experiencing difficulties in their lives, but somehow the world keeps turning.

Ronnie Grisham, editor of Dell Horoscope magazine which just ceased publication, posted this on Facebook and I wanted to share it with you today.


If you also feel as if a big chapter in your life has closed, know you’re not alone. We’re in this together, along with millions of others who have lost their footholds on old systems and structures they used to be able to count on as we negotiate the threshold of a stark new era.

This path is not for the faint of heart. If you haven’t collapsed, people around you have. The battlefield is strewn with fallen comrades, broken regimes, and deconstructed institutions. But there’s no turning back now. There’s nothing to turn back to. The gateway is here. This is sacred territory. We are doulas to our own deaths and midwives to our new selves; to our awakening. Gone are safety nets, floorboards under our feet, blindfolds to reality; fears surface, shadows are revealed, restrictions become unbearable—this is the breakout/breakthrough moment!

But real life is hard as the king planets Saturn and Pluto meet in super-conjunction under a Cancer Eclipse and trickster Uranus’ shockwave station. In these dark times there’s an inclination to lean into the world’s troubles, to crash against […]

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By |2020-01-12T09:12:44-05:00January 12th, 2020|Inspiration|8 Comments

The astrological importance of the January 10th eclipse

A lunar eclipse in Cancer on January 10th will add a particularly big wallop to the astrological energies that we are facing this week (read more about that here).  On the 12th we have a rare alignment between Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, to Pluto, planet of destruction and regeneration.  This conjunction takes place in the sign of Capricorn – the sign under which we learn to master the material world through hard work, discipline, and achievement.  This is a cycle that only occurs every 30-38 years, and it is associated with challenging circumstances that test us but eventually bring about a seismic change in the foundations upon which we build our lives.

A lunar eclipse occurs at the time of the Full Moon, when the Moon is opposite the Sun and the Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon.  This can only happen when the Moon and Sun are within fifteen degrees from the lunar nodes, the point at which the Moon’s orbit intersects with the orbit of the Sun.  The lunar nodes are considered to be points of fate and destiny, with the North Node representing the future, and the South Node representing the past.  This is why eclipses are often thought to be connected with events that are fated in some way.

This particular eclipse falls on the axis of Cancer and Capricorn, the polarity between the softness and vulnerability of feelings (Cancer) and the hard cold reality of Capricorn. .  Under the influence of this polarity we are often faced with a choice or decision between our emotional world (Cancer) and the practical needs of a life in the world (Capricorn).  Because the Moon is full, emotions are heightened anyway and […]

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By |2020-01-07T17:10:30-05:00January 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Important planetary news this week: The conjunction of Saturn to Pluto, a contraction of major proportions

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The best thing that can be said about the upcoming conjunction of Saturn to Pluto is that the exact alignment only occurs one time.  Saturn is a personal planet and operates in the personal realm, challenging us to face our responsibilities and work diligently towards our goals and often testing us in various ways to increase our emotional and physical endurance.  Pluto is a transpersonal planet; its influence can be more ruthless in its pressure to create and support personal transformation.  Saturn makes things hard, Pluto can break us or make us.  When the two planets come together in a conjunction, every 32-40 years or so, there is a realignment in the very fabric of reality as Pluto destroys and rebuilds the structures for which Saturn is typically responsible.  This particular conjunction is in the sign of Capricorn, Saturn’s own sign and the sign which energizes the building of strong foundations to foster material success.

Income Gains Widely Shared in Early Postwar Decades - But Not Since Then Saturn and Pluto last came together in a conjunction in 1982 in the sign of Libra. Libra is commonly considered the sign concerned with relationship, and that is true, but it is ruled by Venus and Venus is associated with wealth and money, as well as luxury and comfort.  This conjunction of Saturn to Pluto marked the beginning of the vast increase in the wealth of the top 5%, resulting in the concentration of wealth that we see today.

Saturn and Pluto last conjoined at 4 degrees Capricorn in 1518, so you can see that this is not a common occurrence.  Pluto had just finished […]

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By |2020-04-01T08:09:38-04:00January 6th, 2020|Planetary cycles, Planetary news this week|5 Comments