The last Saturn Pluto conjunction in Capricorn was in January 1518 when the
Reformation happened which changed the Western world in ways still reverberating
to this day. It was the time of Martin Luther and the beginning of the
The Saturn Pluto conjunction and Gemini Full Moon
The most important feature of these astrological times we are in right now is the Saturn Pluto conjunction, which takes place from January 6th to 13th 2020, and in exact conjunction on January 11th at 22º Capricorn.
We have been feeling the effects of this on a global scale for several years. Most agree that the world as we know it is unravelling, and has especially been showing up in established fiscal and political organisations falling down, starting with Enron (which was formed a few years after the last Saturn Pluto conjunction in1982) and crashed in November 2002 with the last Saturn Pluto opposition in Gemini/Sagittarius.
In Australia currently, our oldest bank, Westpac is being scrutinised for corruption and corporate crime.
The Saturn Pluto cycle is between thirty-seven and thirty-eight years, and when you trace its path through global events you will find that it so often has to do with re-alignments of power and who holds the keys to resources.
I recommend this article by Maurice Fernandez if you would like more details.
Fundamentally Saturn and Pluto together in any formation are going to be about a profound transformation of the structures and frameworks of our civilisation.
The Capricorn element just amplifies the fact that these structures which were built for the conservation, safety and longevity of societies, and are showing signs of being out-of-date with the big shifts of values we’ve been experiencing as Uranus enters Taurus and the dissolving of belief systems, from Neptune in Pisces.
The full moon chart below is Melbourne, Australia and applies to the South East of Australia (AUEST)
The Full Moon axis takes place in the second and eighth houses, the houses of values, resources, outer material and inner security as well as transformation. These issues happen on an individual level as well as a mundane or global level. The Saturn Pluto conjunction is in the ninth house and with the South Node (aka Dragon’s Tail) Venus, Ceres and Jupiter. I have written quite a lot about the fact that this important conjunction is so close to the South Node.
The South Node is the repository for lessons learnt in previous life-times, the pathways in our DNA well beaten into the habitual behaviours and responses we have to our current environment. In the past we have very quickly drawn our swords on each other if our territory, resources or communities were under threat. This is still happening on a very large scale, but what is different now is that we have two trajectories which could threaten all life on Earth, if we blind ourselves to the realities of our times as they are now by allowing our primal instincts to rule. The threat of nuclear war which could also annihilate life on Earth, and is a major possibility if we just follow these old instincts of our reptile brains.
We need to attend to our home, planet Earth, as the Climate Change emergency unfolds much more quickly than even scientists had predicted. Our survival on both fronts is at stake, so it is not business as usual, which is what the enduring steady and tenacious qualities of Capricorn have delivered to us, enabling us to build our current societal and political infrastructures so expeditiously.
The Saturn Pluto cycle often shows up with natural disasters and there seem to have been many , more than usual in the last ten years. And now we are witnesses to the White Island Volcano event still being revealed to us in the news, as I write. The massive devastation of fires happening all over the planet in places and at times in the year unprecedented.
These are all signs of these huge and transformational changes happening, confronting all of us with not only our survival but all life on Earth.
In this Full Moon chart the hardness of the Saturn Pluto conjunction is softened a little by the presence of Ceres and Venus. Two strong feminine elements, those of reconciliation, aesthetics, love and nourishment. In the breaking down of patriarchal infrastructures perhaps we are being given a brief respite. Important also for the month of December is that Jupiter has also just entered Capricorn after spending the last year in its home sign Sagittarius where we could dream big and expand our ideals, and now in Capricorn a time to get practical and implement those ideals. Jupiter is expansive and always truth-seeking, so bringing light into the closed structures within the power systems which have become secretive, corrupt and self-serving.
We have the opportunity with Jupiter arriving into the conjunction to build a better, more sustainable and long lasting world where long term solutions to today's big challenges will deliver a world of more equality and grace.
Uranus is inconjunct or quincunx Mercury which gives us the ability to adjust to new and innovative ways of thinking about things, also helpful.
And on another personal level the Saturn/Pluto/Venus conjunction in Capricorn is an opportunity for you to question some of the ways you operate in relation to others. Are you following a formula, or are you considering your own way of bringing yourself forward that suits who you are truly, and not how you’ve been programmed to fit in to the status quo. Are you bringing your real values to your relationships?
'That which does not kill us makes us stronger. '
Wishing for Peace on Earth and Good Will to all Beings.
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The New Moon on Sunday January 6th (AEST) is an important Solar Eclipse. It draws our attention to the need for a realistic and down-to-earth approach regarding the waves of disruption that have been taking place to the status quo of the world as we have known it over the last ten years.
This Capricorn Solar Eclipse represents the harbinger of the up-and-coming conjunction between Saturn and Pluto,
in early 2020.
Culminating near the Mid-Heaven of the Solar Eclipse chart is the eclipsing New Moon with Saturn closing in on its conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, which will be a major feature for 2020 and 2021, and one we can already feel as the powerful forces of demagogues and dictatorships, with their growing right-wing followers infiltrate what is left of democracies after the shifts of power which have been changing hands from communities and individuals to large corporations with their lobbyists and vested interests have been taking place especially in the last five years.
The oppressive corporate infrastructures are rendering many of us powerless in a world becoming increasingly automated and dehumanised.
‘Capricorn, the cardinal earth sign attributed to the Devil, represents manifestation and the attempt to scale peaks. As such, it is a very spiritual sign of the Earth Mother. But with the patriarchal competitive ideal, and the creation of a mountain of status, Capricorn’s ambition turns to physical gratification, power, and wealth. This winter earth sign represents the longest night of the year, Winter Solstice, and is known for its negativity. Without connection to what is spiritual, the human ego becomes immersed in the unreal; and since it pays attention to nothing else, the ego dismisses any other way of thinking as “unrealistic.” Just as the ego dominate the heart, the rational mind dominates the irrational, intuitive forces, and lives by the slogan, “if you can’t see it, you don’t have to believe it.”-‘
From: ‘Motherpeace ~ A way to the Goddess through Myth, Art and Tarot’ by Vicki Noble
Those in some of the most powerful roles on the planet are in denial of the biggest threat to life on Earth we have any records of as a species. Climate Change. Everything is fine in their backyards, and they don’t want that view to be ruined by looking at the Science and very obvious extreme weather patterns as well as life-threatening changes already occurring for many of us.
And yet in amongst this seemingly impenetrable wall of self-deceit is the fragmentation of the old world with its systems falling apart in front of us. Uranus is still squaring the Nodal Axis, breaking up old programs and soul memories, allowing the possibility of awakening into the New World. We must trust that we are being shown the ugliness of a domain imploding, with all its power structures falling apart for the new to emerge out of it.
Uranus is also semi-square Chiron and quincunx Venus, changing and healing old relationship paradigms, and clearing new pathways for the Goddess (Venus) to manifest.
Mars and Chiron are conjunct the Ascendant, and square to Mercury, which brings motivation and action to this process of clearing and healing.
The possibility of dreaming in the Utopian world of Oneness, Peace, Spirituality, equity and justice is one we’ve already had glimpses of, and is also an energetic part of this Eclipse map with the square between Jupiter and Neptune.
The culminating stellium in Capricorn of Mercury, Saturn, Sun, Moon, Pluto with the South Node of the Nodal Axis reflects that a collective soul shift is in the works, and that we need to all take responsibility for how to enable a balanced and sustainable re-structuring (Saturn in Capricorn) to occur within the transformational forces of a revolution in progress for our very survival and continuing relationship to our home: Gaia or Mother Earth.
Annular Solar Eclipse on April 29th at 4:17pm (AEST)
So how are you faring in the midst of this group of powerful planetary, and lunar aspects? (see my last article)
The Solar Eclipse tomorrow marks a brief end to an intensive regrouping, letting go, opening up and staying true to yourself, courtesy of the Cardinal Grand Cross we had last week, and the ongoing relationship between Uranus and Pluto (until March next year).
It brings with it the possibility to shift your consciousness. Eclipses usually bring disruption, so use this time to interrupt your usual ways of operating and dealing with situations, which perhaps haven't been as effective as you would like. Allow for other possibilities to unfold. Always with the intention for the best outcome for all concerned ofcourse.
Surrender to the force of change which is in the air and stay conscious.
The emphasis of the Annular Solar Eclipse does seem to be on relationships and how we experience what we call love. Stand back for a moment and ask yourself about the nature of love. Is the love you share with your significant other and your close friends governed by attachment and fear? Or is it a blending of great souls who bring more than the sum of each into the picture in an overflowing of inclusive humanitarian and compassionate love?
The eclipse, which is a new moon, is in Taurus. And Venus the ruler of Taurus is in Pisces. Enquire into the nature of your love. Is it about indulging in the senses, reveling in sensual bliss and delights. Or is it about a bigger picture and a sense of belonging to the whole? Either way, and with an unconditional heart allow your curiosity to linger on these questions.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).