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structures which were built for the conservation, safety and longevity of societies, and are showing signs of being out-of-date with the big shifts of values we’ve been experiencing as Uranus enters Taurus and the dissolving of belief systems, from Neptune in Pisces.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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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!)
Happy New Year!
May all your dreams be manifested
We’re in for a rapidly shifting and turbulent or exciting 2014, which gets its catalyst to begin the roller coaster ride on 1st January with the Capricorn new moon, the year’s first Supermoon, and a trigger point for the revolutionary Uranus/Pluto trajectory we find ourselves part of until 2015.
The new moon in Capricorn is accompanied by Mercury and Pluto as one of the corners of a Cardinal grand cross of: Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Aries. (very closely associated to each other until January 15th)
The Cardinal signs are about action and moving forward, and Capricorn being the Earth sign in this quadrant is about manifesting. Traditionally depicted as the goat with a fish’s tail, climbing one-step-at-a-time up the mountain, the fish’s tail keeping it immersed in the collective psyche and dreaming, the ‘ocean’ of our collective consciousness. Capricorns are not impulsive like Aries, they act out of their knowing, closely weaving their vision with practical realities.
This new moon is really about resetting your intentions, and following through with actions based on your core values. Venus, which is about our values, relationships to one another, as well as the creative process of bringing things together, went retrograde in Capricorn December 21st, heralding a time for us to go within and examine what our own values are, aside from how we’ve been conditioned or influenced by our peers and times. When re-setting your intentions take into account where you are now in your life, leave behind a self-image you may have constructed for yourself in the past, and look plainly and truthfully at your present life. Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn is in still Scorpio, paring back what is unnecessary or ephemeral.
Saturn austere in his approach to reality, and with this powerful Cardinal grand cross in play for the first two weeks of 2014, when traditionally people are trying to keep to their New Year’s resolutions, is the time to be realistic about what you want, what role you can contribute to the New World which employs your greatest talents and skills. Add to this mix the Mercury and Pluto conjunction to the new moon, and you get the opportunity to get a mental picture of how things can be, when you discard the superfluous or non-functional, those ideas you had which are now maybe obsolete. Keep things simple and straight. Write a list of your priorities, so as to inform your values. Allow Pluto to help you face hidden belief systems you may have been living from which no longer serve you.
Let go to the massive shift in consciousness that is happening to life on Earth. Trust yourself, the voice of your instincts, Capricorn is straight and conservative, and will not suffer fools.
So many of the institutions and established protocols our civilization has relied on for thousands of years to prop up the infra-structure of the way we ‘do business’ are falling apart and losing credibility, we have to be able to trust ourselves, and that’s why an examination of your core values based on instinctive knowledge now, will support your intentions for 2014.
Deep diving in Scorpio with Retrograde Mercury and Saturn
Saturn, North Node, and retrograde Mercury (until 11th November) in Scorpio are taking us into potentially deep transformational possibilities over the next four to six weeks. They join the rare ‘hybrid’ Solar eclipse on November 3rd to assist in the deep work that this configuration with the awakening quality Solar eclipses can bring. Earth will be in Moon’s shadow, a time for feminine, receptive and Soulful aspects of the collective psyche to enquire within.
Solar eclipses interrupt routine natural patterns and have a disruptive effect in most lives, depending where it falls in your chart (people celebrating their birthdays on November 3rd, can expect a powerful year of transformation as an awakening to deeper truths is ‘on the cards’).
This could be a good thing given the depths our thoughts could be plummeting to with the retro Mercury in Scorpio, bringing opportunities to delve deeply into past memories or programs which no longer serve, and shaking up attachments to the very foundation of our ideas about ourselves and where we’ve come from. The softening trine from Chiron in Pisces assures healing is happening.
Scorpio focuses intensely to penetrate layers which maybe protecting deeper truths, and with Saturn and the North Node assisting retrograde Mercury, these are going to be truths and responsibilities or lessons we may not have wanted look at previously. Saturn always works best if we take the challenge and do the work. Times will be harder for those wanting to avoid or deny these changes. Processing fears and negativity will bring clarity and strength. Jupiter goes retrograde on November 7th, internal expansion is supported even though its challenging like any growth crises can be. North node will put us in touch with the most important life-issues, so it’s not really a time to dance on the surface of life.
Scorpio is associated with the Phoenix, that mythological creature who disappeared in flames, only to arise magnificently from the ashes, in all its glory. Scorpio wants to burn away illusions and outmoded structures, it wants renewal and rebirth. It can be ruthless and tenacious, upturning every obstacle until the jewels of truth reveal themselves. These really are jewels honed by the depths to which we have to dive for them…our authentic faces glimmering behind layers and masks which we took on early in our lives to survive or get the things we thought we needed to get from the outside world. Now we can really experience what it feels like to discover that everything we were looking for is already inside of us. But work has to be done! The courage and grit to persist, using the mind for discernment and connection and Saturn to keep things real and visceral.
The Uranus/Pluto square continues throughout November: revolution/evolution as old-world continue to fall away, the big awakening of a new species, a New World as Eckhart Tolle calls it.
'Love your wounds - they reveal what matters most to you, what your deepest soul longing is and what you came to heal in the collective. That is why we chose to incarnate into the families and situations we did, so that we could experience that affliction, and take it on as our own and then rise above it for All...
Love your so-called flaws, they are spiritual jewels that mark our journey and reveal where we let go of the physical to embrace the spiritual fully. It connects us to the deeper soul journey ~ wisdom, maturity, depth and transcendence. We are programmed to see them as flaws, when they are an initiation into the deeper mysteries.
Love your dysfunctions and the things that cause you to lose friends, successes or throw you into life lessons. They help us to find humor, wisdom, liberation and our inner child and this releases us from caring so much about what others think and allows us to find a deeper love of self and rise above the judgements of others.
Love your pain, It teaches forgiveness, tolerance, patience and it gives us the humility we need to unite together in higher consciousness and integrity... It shows us our healing power and how to transform, face our demons and get real with who we truly are and what we need to share and express.
Love your insecurities, they are a part of our genius and higher aspects of self that have just been shut down or unsupported. They show us our gifts and creativity and help us to let go, take risks and be comfortable in our own skin with our own boundaries and standards.
Love your Ego/identity when in crisis, let it be a compass pointed at your higher self, so that all actions, words, decisions and behaviors, reflect the nature of your divine blueprint. It shows us how to remove masks, programmings and ancestral patterns. It teaches us where we abuse free-will and reminds us of how to be authentic, powerful, influential and an example...
Love and honor these things in self and each other and focus on where it can take you and what it truly means, instead of how it makes one look and how it seems. When we see Truth, we see perfection in all things and we know how to find our way home...'
~ Laura Magdalena
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).