Chapter 1: The Key Players
Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn back in January of 2008. In December, 2017 Saturn joined it. Since then, they have each been heading at their own pace to an exact meet-up (conjunction) on January 12, 2020, when both will be at approximately 22°of the sign of the mountain goat, creating a spectacular gathering of zodiacal energy. Saturn and Pluto meet in one of the twelve astrological signs every 33-38 years (the wide range is thanks to Pluto’s elliptical orbit), and when that happens it opens the door to significant experiences and events, but to give you an idea of how rare this particular event is, the last time there was a Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn was in January 1518, a couple of months after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg and began the Protestant Revolution.
Throughout 2019, as the energies build and their effects strengthen, I’ll be sharing information about what this all means. For this chapter, it’s the 50,000-foot overview, a look into the nature of these planets and the Capricorn energy they are travelling through.
Capricorn stands for organization, control, ambition, hard work, and determination. It represents the kind of structure that characterizes organizations like government, big business, and banking. Earthy, realistic, goal-oriented Capricorn likes knowing exactly “what’s what.” Its energy is devoted to making things stable and secure, and once strong foundations and structure are established, Capricorn energy will fight to the finish not to lose control.
Saturn’s job is to give us the ground rules for success on our earthly planet. In order to do this, it plays two key roles:
As the Karmic Teacher, it helps us identify goals, create strategic and tactical plans to achieve them, and be accountable for our progress, or lack thereof.
As the archetype of the Authoritarian Parent (the person who, regardless of gender, made sure you did your homework before you watched television and knew when you played hooky and forged the note), Saturn role models how to get the job done.
In either role, Saturn is all about organization and control, and demands discipline, hard work, and the achievement of tangible results. If we pitch in and do our part, we can be rewarded with success and strong, secure foundations.
With the no-nonsense planet that demands discipline, hard work, and progress in its own sign of Capricorn, the sign that strengthens Saturn’s core themes, it’s time to roll up the sleeves and knuckle down to the business at hand.
Pluto is about power, healing and renewal, and transformation. It specializes in shining a spotlight on the hidden, secret, dark and deep issues of life. When it detects abuse, toxicity, corruption, or wounding, it enters the arena prepared to fight to the finish in the name of radical, positive, evolutionary change. Pluto, acting like a karmic bulldozer, starts by demolishing what needs to be healed and transformed in order to create whole, clear, clean space. It then uses its powerful energy for the rebuilding of the new. Pluto operating at full force in this kind of scenario isn’t pretty, but it’s always working for the highest good, and sometimes hard, gritty, dirty work is the only thing that will get the job done. The planet associated with healing, transformation, and empowerment in the sign representing achievement of goals and establishment of secure structures, working hand-in-hand with Saturn, the architect of these very themes, results in an amazing convergence of energy that can accomplish just about anything. Of course, the outcome all depends on how we use it all.
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The outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) influence us not only personally, but societally and globally as well. And Jupiter will be joining the Capricorn convergence in December (though it will not catch up with Saturn and Pluto for the January 12, 2020 conjunction). I’ll be reporting on that when the time is right.
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work!