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structures which were built for the conservation, safety and longevity of societies, and are showing signs of being out-of-date with the big shifts of values we’ve been experiencing as Uranus enters Taurus and the dissolving of belief systems, from Neptune in Pisces.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.
To find out how these important planetary configurations are affection you personally on a deeper level contact me for a chart reading. Or visit the store here.
The Lunar Eclipse-Supermoon today is a perfect opportunity to cleanse and charge your crystal collection.
After clearing them all under running water, I put my whole crystal 'family' out last night, and burnt Palo Santo (sacred South American wood for clearing) around them as a means of protecting them as well. I leave them outside for the full 24 hours around the time of the full moon.
My crystals are my allies in the healing sessions I do, whether it's a tarot reading, Reiki, vibrational healing, spiritual guidance, meditation and guided journeying, or Family Constellation work, I use them as grounding Earthy allies and amplifiers.
I've had some of them for more than thirty years, and they are my companions in the journey.
Greetings fellow travellers, Namasté.
In my last newsletter for the year I think you will agree with me, when I say ‘whew’, what a roller-coaster ride 2014 has been!
The Uranus/Pluto square has certainly shaken us all up, and opened up new possibilities as the old structures no longer viable fall away and new paradigms feed into our collective consciousness, broadening our vision of possibilities and colouring our longing for a world where we can all thrive and evolve, supported by one another with awareness and Heart.
This notion can easily be supported by Mars’ entry into Aquarius on December 5th (AuEST), for the first time in two years. Group action based on humanitarian concepts of brotherhood. ‘We all in this together’, is a typically Aquarian viewpoint and having Mars to motivate this direction could be just what the doctor ordered. This will be supported by Jupiter, which is still in generous and heartful Leo, and could bode well for mass consciousness moving together in a positive trajectory for our future as a species on this beautiful generous planet, our mother Earth.
The full-moon on December the 6th in Gemini/Sagittarius. The Sun is flanked or contained by Mercury and Venus, which gives me the sense that the festivities will be very social and people will enjoy communicating and passing on information. Sagittarius’ ruler, Jupiter is still in Leo and at the time of the full-moon in the first house, (AuEST) which augers well for laughter and optimism.
We end the year with Saturn moving into Sagittarius on Christmas eve, 24th of December.
Most Scorpio’s I know are breathing a sigh of relief, many have had to face their deepest fears and self-criticisms, and some of them are proud of the new levels of discipline and effective action they have been able to achieve with the help of Saturn, the Lord of the material world and ‘father Time’.
Saturn moves into Sagittarius for the first time in thirty years, and will be quite different. Sagittarius, the expansive and courageous adventurer, who brings much positivity and humour to the rest of us when things seem to get stuck.
Now Saturn will influence Saggie’s to cull away the excesses, the hype of living in adventure-land, and possibly even come down to earth and ground some of those ideals and aspirations. There is the possibility of discovering that there is actually more freedom when a structure has been upheld or implemented. Sagittarians probably won’t like to hear this, unless they are mature and willing to take responsibility as they inspire the rest of with their idealist and philanthropic outlook. Its time to walk-the-talk!
In 2015 we are coming to the end of the Uranus/Pluto square, and very often one feels the transits more powerfully as they conclude. The last connection between these to transformers is in February 2015. Things could get a last big shake-up, to bring down the last components of an old world which has kept us from moving forward into what Eckhart Tolle calls ‘The New Earth’.
I will write more about this in January to remind you that everything changes!
Wishing each and everyone of you a marvellous and safe holiday season, and a harmonious and productive 2015.
In April 2014, expect evolutionary breakthroughs and important events.
'Autumn - Sonoma County', 78 x 32", by Janet Windsor
The Virgo/Pisces full moon on March 16th was in a close square to the Galactic Centre at 27˚ Sagittarius, the heart of the Milky Way. Any alignment with the Galactic Centre provides tremendous energetic support for releasing old belief systems which have held us back from being on track with the expression of our essential selves. The opportunity was available for us to detach from our emotional reactions and spinning thoughts, and sit back as the impartial observer noticing that the power of that is so much more sustaining than the transitory dramas and events unfolding in our daily lives. At this stage Jupiter in Cancer is still moving into its square to Uranus in Aries and is giving momentum to the restless impartial and objective awareness that must precede the release of old beliefs and paradigms.
These signs portend that a lot of release could happen, and the unraveling of outmoded behaviors and reactions to our unfolding revolution in consciousness. I have heard from many friends and students that they felt a shift, like the freedom of seeing things in a fresh way has arrived or is at least palpable now.
As I write I can feel the collective emotional sphere growing thick and deep as the Moon enters Scorpio and we are confronted by our need for control, tempered by a watery grand trine with Mercury and Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer, we get a sense of the whole and our part in it, how much can we give and receive. If we allow ourselves to go beyond the rational and into the mystery as a form of reality, we will be able to accept that things are not always as they seem to the logical linear mind. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is reminding us that not everything can be so easily explained.
These were the conditions present as we entered into the new astrological year on Friday morning (AEST), the Sun went into Aries and the Zodiac life cycle starts up again. The dark side of Aries is impatience, selfishness and insensitivity, but Aries is also the initiator, the pioneer who reminds us to be living in the present, free to create a more exciting and relevant future. Mars, the ruler of Aries is retrograde in Libra (until 20th May 2014), and tempers the usual forthright assertiveness of Aries which is already being somewhat softened by the watery trines, and Libra’s love of peace, which may be just as well with the trouble that’s brewing with Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
The New Moon on March 31st ~ 10˚Aries will be the catalyst for the important Grand Square of Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars which occurs between 20-23rd April. (* see reference below)
We will start sensing the upheavals being predicted by many astrologers at present, whether they’re sociological or seismic, there will be more of the shaking up which we’re becoming used to from the powerful square between Uranus and Pluto which started in 2012. The New Moon here is conjunct Uranus, and square Pluto and Jupiter. Mercury, Chiron and the Path of Fortune in Pisces are sitting on the ascendant for the new moon (5:48am AEDT), which I think will mean old issues to do with communications (or the lack thereof) will be brought up, and new information will release previously delicate matters for them to be brought up to the surface and integrated. It is an Aries New Moon afterall, so a good time to initiate new beginnings, allow your vision to cut forward into new territory.
On April 15th there will be a total Lunar Eclipse (5:45pm AEDT), visible along the East Coast of Australia if there is no cloud cover, at 25˚ Libra. Here there are quite a few oppositions amongst the Asteroids Vesta, Ceres and Juno, suggesting there could be issues and or awakenings for women and women’s issues. Also this Full Moon is closely connected to the Moon’s North and South Nodes, which means we could draw on some of our deeper DNA knowling and work within our souls to move forward into the new world.
The day when the big Cardinal Cross (*) will be closest is on April 22, at 13˚ of Cardinals, those people born in Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn at around 3rd or 4th April, July, October and January will be most powerfully affected by this, although we’ll all experience a revolution on some level, as the struggles for power, the breaking down of old world institutions and the status quo, personal and collective breakthroughs, the willingness and courage to try new things continues on its trajectory. This time with Mars and Jupiter involved with the Uranus/Pluto square, and the affects could be direct and expansive. Hold onto your hats!
In the midst of the Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter T-Square on the 29th April, a rare Annular Solar eclipse (A solar eclipse in which the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun.) at 4:17 pm (AEDT) and at 9˚ Taurus, should also be visible depending on how clear the sky is. This Full Moon will keep the energy going of the Uranus/Pluto square, amplifying the effects, as does Jupiter who is still within orb.
April 2014 is a very big month in our cosmic neighbourhood, astrologers have been talking about it for years. The revolution in consciousness is coming to a head, and big events politically, sociologically and/or seismically are being predicted. If you’ve been clearing the decks of outworn beliefs, and debris from you past, you will be able to take on board the possibility of evolutionary awakenings and movements towards our new Earth (if you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The New Earth’, do read it now!)
The Capricorn/Cancer full Moon this year looks like a time when anything that's been hiding away in the crevices of your relationships will be able to come up for a breather and the light-of-day, for the purpose of strengthening long term ties and sorting out what-is-what.
The Sun and Moon opposition are taking place in the ninth and third houses (if you're in the Southern parts of Australia). So its a time to open your mind and allow yourself the sort of curiosity that takes you on adventures of broadened horizons and expanded vistas.
At the time of the full moon (3:53pm EST, Aust) Saturn is in the seventh house (partnerships) , the Sun is in semi-square to Chiron. Capricorn and retrograde Venus, in the eighth house is exactly square Mars in LIbra and in the fifth house.
To me this all looks like an excellent time to work out the nature of relationships in your life. Perhaps you've been treating a short term play relationship like a long term 'in-it-for-life' partnership, or vice-a-versa.
Capricorn and its ruler Saturn always prefers straight talk, and does a reality check to make sure that's what's on the agenda.
Venus and Mars in a square like that is really talking about sexuality. Its a good time to work out whether you feel your sex life is play time, or is does it have the potential for deeper soul experiences, and your universal connection to the Divine?
Chiron shows us where our wounds are, and thus the great jewels of the psyche's potential to be fully aligned with your highest potential.
Take good care, stay safe (and cool if you're in the West and South Eastern part of Australia) and I'll be writing a longer astro report closer to the beginning of next month.
I would love your feed-back about your experience of this full moon, you can respond below on the form.
This month's full Moon in Aquarius/Leo is actually a so-called blue Moon.
Quote: 'Contrary to popular belief, a blue moon is not actually blue in color. Blue moon is a term that is used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons. A year has four seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter - with three months and three full moons each. When one of the seasons in a year has four full moons, instead of the usual three, the third full moon is called a blue moon. The next such blue moon will occur on 21 August, 2013.'
Blue moon's are quite rare, and signify a reminder for us that we are not in control of Nature, and that our calendar is constructed for our convenience. The metaphor here is that our own Nature cannot be boxed up and measured.
Especially not with an Aquarian Full moon!
Added to this we have what is known as a 'kite' pattern as well as a fixed grand square. This full moon is a wake-up call.
The kite, which in this instance consists of a grand trine of Saturn/North Node in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces and Jupiter in Cancer, shows that some extensive healing is taking place of ancient wounds, with the full moon as its trigger, it could easily be like the lancing of a boil, the sort of thing we're seeing in Egypt at present could well be part of this. (cross-fingers that in the bigger picture it is part of an healing process..) On a personal level, if there has been any nagging fear, doubt or pain in your body/mind, now is the time to take it into your heart centre and heal it. (The Sun is in the fifth house, Leo, associated with the heart). Facing up to things you've been putting off which may have been holding you back from experiencing the full joy of your Being can be hard at times, but when you focus on your heart centre and bring the courage and unconditional love to the question, you'll be surprised how miraculously the pain can be dispersed and transformed.
The fixed grand square connects to this kite pattern through Jupiter in Cancer, and is between Venus (in LIbra) Pluto in Capricorn, and Uranus in Aries (part of the important revolutionary square going on until 2015). With the Venusian influence, its time to shape-shift your more significant relationships, especially where you've been feeling that you're caught together in a sort of rut. Give some attention, some energy into refreshing the way you do things together, what parts are outmoded and don't work anymore and need a reality-check (Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Scorpio, mutual reception). You will reap expansion, release and clarity. (Jupiter opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus).
It is an important full Moon, best to dance with the energy consciously rather than avoid it, and find that you are faced with big decisions you'd rather not be making right now.
Take good care..
I welcome your comments and feedback.
The full Moon (Super Moon June 23rd) brought with it the blessings Mercury and Venus conjunction in Cancer, making an harmonious trine aspect to the Moon in Scorpio.
This is a fine time for communication, writings and readings, where the slick messenger Mercury gets to fly with his heart open, Venus at his side. The Scorpio moon deepens the feelings into transformational healing frequencies, any rocks and hard places within your intimate relationships with loved ones and within your family can be gently spoken about, with the grace of Venus and Mercury in Cancer, trine the Scorpio Moon.
Could be that this brings much needed relief after the hectic time in the media, the onslaught and overload of information in the last few days with Jupiter conjunct the Sun in Gemini.
The sweetness of heartfelt feelings emanating from the Mercury and Venus conjunction in Cancer, followed closely by the Sun entering Cancer on the 26th of June, allows us to dwell and even navigate through any density of grievance using our feelings and intuition as a salve, into the smaller watery Grand Trine triggered by the Cancer Sun forming its trines to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio. Mercury will station on that day before its retrograde period in Cancer, giving us the space to go inside, circumnavigating the busi-ness of our minds and paving the way for the larger and rarer Grand Trine forming between Jupiter, & Lilith in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, throughout the 17th & 18th July. We'll have already been feeling our feelings, and hopefully even begun processing them (Lilith, Saturn, Neptune), and so be more available to the possibilities this large Watery Grand Trine can offer us.
Trines are the harmonious relationship which occurs when planets are 'trine' to each other, a so-called soft aspect of 120º (a third of the 360º Zodiac circle). A Grand trine is when the three corners of the triangle (trine) are each inhabited by a planet or point. In a natal chart it reveals where a person may have enormous natural talent that they take for granted.
However, in the so-called mundane chart (which is the configuration that affects all beings and events on Earth) it can be time when resolutions take place, a time of reconciliation. Hopefully, the news about the Taliban coming to the table to talk about peace will lead to better outcomes for Afganistan.
And speaking of hectic times, the revolutionary/evolutionary square of fiery Uranus in Aries and retrograde Pluto in the-status-quo-Capricorn continues to wield its power with not only Turkey in uproar, but the streets of Brazil filled with demonstrators wanting a better deal, equality and justice their governing bodies working for them instead of against them. The civil war in Syria, the people rising up in Greece and revelations about whistle blower Edward Snowden unearthing extensive NSA data mining operations even on citizens of the US, all are about the hugely changing world we're living in. The truth is coming out.
The Full Moon on May 25th (EST 2:27pm) is a partial Lunar Eclipse is the last of a series of Lunar and Solar eclipses which started on April 25th with a Lunar eclipse, and culminated as a Solar eclipse on May 10th.
The earlier eclipses activated the Taurus/Scorpio polarity and opened up doorways to deepen inner values. In some cases disturbing the status quo profoundly enough to require transformational work to take place, and a deep letting go of beliefs, attitudes and principles which may have held us in good stead in the past but no longer have the same credibility.
With the Lunar eclipse on Saturday (here in Australia and New Zealand) in Gemini/Sagittarius we can expect more understanding and expansion to take place as we integrate the changes.
I looked up the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the eclipse (4º Sagittarius)
(from ‘An Astrological Mandala: The cycle of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases” Dane Rudyar)
“A little child learning to walk with the encouragement of his parents.”
Keynote: The natural assistance of superior powers during crises of growth.
At an early stage in its development, every living organism must make and attempt to overcome the power of gravitation, or rather to learn to use it in order to fulfill the purpose of its life. This implies passing through a critical state of growth _ growth in freedom, potency and individuality, inasmuch as “walking” always symbolizes self-induced progress. In such a crisis the individual is not left alone. Some more evolved Power and Intelligence watches, encourages and gives examples to be followed.
To me this is about us integrating the new energy and insights we gained from the previous two eclipses and like a small child has to individuate needs support from those who have been there before. This was echoed by the North and South Nodes (which are to do with the evolution of the Soul) being trine (harmonious) to Chiron (representing those places where healing needs to happen).
Looking further into the chart of the Full Moon/partial Lunar eclipse chart, I see that Neptune in Pisces trines Saturn and forms a square to the Sun and Moon, further implying that through healing wisdom and compassion the fragmented aspects of ourselves dislodged especially by the previous eclipses; the revolutionary energy of the Uranus/Pluto square (which was exact again only a few days before); as well as abrasive Mars being opposite the Moon for several days has brought anxieties and fretful emotions to the surface and can be refined and soothed by the unconditional love of that Piscean Neptune. If there is confusion and disorientation, it serves to look inside, and take some psychic space.
Another important influence is that Mercury, Venus and Lilith (the Dark Moon) are exactly conjunct each other in Gemini as well. There could be some important and productive revelations about women’s equality and rights. Lilith represents the consciousness that women and the female aspect of our consciousness are/is equal to the male side. The breaking down of limiting patriarchal rules (male consciousness) is part of the evolution in consciousness being activated by the Uranus/Pluto square.
May, with its two eclipses has opened with a sense of new possibilities.
After the powerful Scorpio/Taurus Lunar Eclipse on April 25th a passage opened for us to truly own the condition of our inner world as a precursor to outer experiences and situations. The Eclipse was like a bolt of lightening as it must appear from the depths of the ocean (the deep waters of Scorpio shaken and stirred!). This journey continues as we experience two more eclipses this month. The passage rambles on into the depths of the collective psyche, rattling away at outmoded belief systems and ivory towers constructed by our self-importance.
The New Moon in Taurus May 10th, 00:23am (EST, Australia) is an Annular Solar Eclipse.
The Solar Eclipses often bring manifestations into our outer worlds, and if you were affected by the Lunar Eclipse mentioned above, then you could find that things that got shaken loose, and hopefully were met by you in that week, will now show up as resolutions and manifestations. If not examined during that time (25th April), they could arise as issues to still be addressed in your outer world.
And then on May 24th we will have another partial Lunar Eclipse, (btw: which will powerfully affect those Sagittarians born 25-27th November). Remember Sagittarius prefers the truth, and so if there’s anymore tending to your internal landscape that needs doing now is the time to cultivate a broadminded approach to this. The Lunar Eclipses help us weed the gardens of our memories. Pull out any memories which are limiting new growth from happening into the light of your awareness. Acknowledge their existence, allow yourself to feel anything painful, so as to heal it; rejoice in the happiness of rich memories that have brought delight, and then let them go, merging and disappearing into all that is.
On that note about cultivating, I need to mention the Moon’s South Node which has been travelling in Taurus for eight months now and recently with the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Mars all accompanying it, we are reminded to come together in a natural and peaceful way to nurture the garden of our Earth, out Mother, who sustains us and holds us. The Scorpio North Node has certainly been showing many of us the results of our determined materialism and the need to prune excesses, so as to live a bigger and more community orientated shared life here on precious Gaia.
Also this month we have the third Uranus Square to Pluto transit (there are four more coming 2014-15). This great revolutionary cycle we are in (see more about that here) which is shaking up the status quo, allowing us to see through our automated conditioned ways and awakening us to our full potential. Perhaps technology and science are no longer rejecting notions the metaphysical world has accepted as truth for centuries, and are quietly looking into the possibility that we are multi-dimensional beings living in multi-dimensional realities, and that what we eat, breathe, think and share affects everything.
I notice that right wing parties and groups are forming and gaining momentum again here in Australia and UK, and I interpret that as a manifestation of fear.
Is it the fear of freedom and the right for us all to live in an equitable world?
The Taurus/Scorpio full Moon on Friday (EST) is also a partial Lunar eclipse, and the first of three over the next few months. If its not cloudy in Melbourne, you should be able to see it sometime between 4-7am on Friday morning.
Lunar Eclipses are to do with emotional baggage and what to do with it. Especially this one in Scorpio. And ofcourse Saturn in Scorpio means that its old stuff, probably held on a cellular, structural level that needs addressing now.
Scorpio and Taurus are inclined to hoard and hide deeper feelings. But every now and then, Scorpio’s will purge and cull, and out everything comes. (watch out for any resentments or stored anger, which can come out as ‘poison’, thus the famous Scorpio ‘sting’.)
The build-up is augmented by the pre-emptive opposition the Moon is having with Mars, so there’s a lot of physical energy, and anger to be expressed, and Taurus loves everyone to love them, so they generally don’t show their anger until it’s all too much, and then they charge like ‘wounded bulls’. Luckily the trine to Neptune softens and dissipates the potential harshness of Mars and the Moon. The delicacy of Chiron’s softer aspects to Venus and Pluto will allow relationships to gently transmute and change, after the depths have been met and processed.
Lunar Eclipses are disruptive and are seeking to break things up so that there can be movement and evolution. Scorpio is all for looking beneath the surface of things, so it really is a great time to loosen up harbored feelings, allow the process of that to open new deeper connections more grounded in earthy-ness and soul.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).