This year, Saturn enters into a square with Chiron, which lasts almost a year and spans 21 to 27º of Mutable signs, affecting those with Sun in Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo everywhere. Chiron is the planet of wounding and healing while Saturn rules authoritarianism and hierarchy. What could this stressful planetary aspect mean? The script below describes one way it could go, but first, how will you know if this even matters to you?
Does this transit affect you?
If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit strongly:
December 11 through 19 of any year
March 10 through 17 of any year
June 10 through 18 of any year
September 13 through 20 of any year
This post may seem like a statement about world events, but it’s also a metaphor for events inside all us human beings. This post is for you if. . .
- You’ve become aware of some deep wounding in your life and don’t know what to do about it
- You face the same (seemingly karmic or fated) situations over and over again, and always you feel like the victim
- You’re ready to heal the wound instead of escaping the responsibility
How Saturn square Chiron works
(this part is technical, but brief)
The connection between Saturn and Chiron is strongest when it’s exact and there are 3 days this year when that happens. I’ll show you images of these connections below but first, please know that if one of those days happens to be your birthday or within a few days on either side of it, then Saturn and Chiron will have powerful lessons expressly for you in this birthday year. A reading of your birthday chart (called a Solar Return) can help you discover what it means for your year and how to use it to the fullest capacity. These are the dates of the exact Saturn-Chiron connections this year: December 28, 2016, April 30, 2017 and November 2, 2017.
The first pass happens on December 28, 2016, while Saturn is direct at 21º Sagittarius and Chiron (also direct) is at 21º Pisces. If you have anything in 21º of a Mutable sign—such as your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, and so on—you will feel this (see diagram for pass 1).
The second pass happens on April 30, 2017, while Saturn is retrograde and Chiron is direct and both are at 27º of their signs. If you have anything in 27º of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo, you will feel this (see diagram for pass 2).
The third pass is where this transit ends, on November 2, 2017 with Saturn direct at 24º Sagittarius while Chiron is still retrograde in 24º Pisces. This will affect you if you have anything in 24º of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo (see diagram for pass 3).
What could this stressful planetary aspect mean?
The following story illustrates one way it could go. . .
On board a large sailing vessel filled with a small city of people, Saturn has arrived at the coastline of the first island in an archipelago. He is the head of a large contingent of missionaries. There is a glow around him as he steps forth from the ship. On dry land, he looks around for who’s in charge.
Saturn: (to a Human Being he finds on the beach): Take me to your leader!
The Human Being is completely in wonder at the strange clothing and strange objects carried by the Boat People who are now crowding onto the beach. They follow Saturn in a straight, organized line to the village, where the Human Being announces the arrival of strangers in their midst. Human leads Saturn straight to Chiron, a religious leader wearing comfortable island garb, tending his fire and minding his own business.
Human Being: Chiron, strangers have come!
Chiron: I’m not terribly interested. I’m in Pisces. I’ve been sitting here in meditation for several months and I can tell you these strangers bring no good with them.
Chiron scowls at Saturn.
Saturn: We’ve brought you a wonderful thing. It’s called religion.
Chiron: We don’t need your religion here.
But from behind Chiron peeps a Young Woman who is looking with interest at a Young Man among the Boat People. She smiles and he smiles back.
Chiron: Can’t you see we already have religion?
Saturn: Our religion is the true one. It’s the only one that has reality. We’re offering to include you in it.
Chiron: Is that an offer or a demand?
Saturn: It’s an offer of course!
Chiron: Not if it comes at the point of a sword.
Saturn: But you are savages! Don’t you want to come into the modern era?
Chiron: What does history say? After the missionaries come the colonists. After the colonists come the traders. After the traders come the businessmen. Before much time has passed as we reckon it, we who have lived on this land for many more generations than we can name will find that our land is seized, owned (an idea foreign to us) and that we are no longer allowed to live on it.
Saturn: Ridiculous! My people believe in one universal truth. Your people have lost their way. We are here to guide you back. Why aren’t you grateful?
Chiron. I am grateful. I am grateful for the green, green forest and the wealth of fish in the sea and the wide blue sky I get to live under. But for you showing up here? No, I’m not grateful.
Saturn (who hasn’t been listening): Yes, a few of us might have to move in, and we might need to make space for them, but is that really a problem? Where’s your generosity?
Chiron: We belong to the land, she does not belong to us. We can not own her, therefore we can not give her away. She is not ours to give. This land sustains us. Without it, we will perish. Is this your gift? That we should perish for your business interests?
Saturn: I’m not a businessman, but if I was, I’d say that your people could use some jobs. And there are some lovely resources around here you could be leveraging more powerfully. Perhaps you should start a tourist industry?
Chiron: So you would enslave us as well.
Chiron: We don’t have guns to fight you. I suppose this will go as it always has. Your arrogance will win and ours will be the ultimate sacrifice.
Chiron walks into his own fire and stands in it, singing as he burns. When there are only ashes left, his people mourn. Ultimately what is left is a story of a martyr who loved his home and his people, and resisted colonization until death.
Saturn: What have I done here?
And the Boat People move in, bringing religion, commerce, property ownership, guns and syphilis with them.
If you are feeling this transit
and want to understand its meaning in your life,
an astrology reading will clarify this and much, much more.
How to find out more
You can read more about Saturn’s activity this year here.
You can read more about Chiron’s activity this year here.
You might also try Are You Currently In Transition?
And to get oriented to the other transits going on this year, check out Transits This Year.
This year, Saturn enters into a square with Neptune, which lasts almost a year and spans 7 to 12 degrees of Mutable signs, affecting those with Sun in Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo everywhere. Neptune is the planet of dreams and visions while Saturn rules constriction and fear. What could this stressful planetary aspect mean? The script at the bottom of this page describes one way it could go, but first, how will you know if this even matters to you?
Does this transit affect you?
If you were born within the following dates, you will feel this transit strongly:
Feb 25 through March 3 of any year
May 28 through June 3 of any year
August 30 through September 5 of any year
November 29 through December 5 of any year
This post is for you if. . .
- You’re trying to get clear on your career vision and put it into practice
- You have difficulty manifesting your dreams because your mind fearfully asks “but how do I get there?” and “but what if things go terribly wrong…?”
- You’re ready to live the dream instead of escaping the responsibility
How the Saturn square Neptune works
(this part is technical, but brief)
If your birthday falls on November 26, 2015, June 17, 2016 or September 10, 2016, then Neptune and Saturn will have powerful lessons expressly for you in this birthday year.
Saturn will square Neptune 3 times this year. The first pass happens on November 26, 2015, while Saturn is direct at 7º Sagittarius and Neptune (also direct) is at 7º Pisces. If you have anything in 7º of a Mutable sign–like your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, etc –you will feel this (see diagram for pass 1).
The second pass happens on June 17, 2016, while Saturn and Neptune are both retrograde and at 12º of their signs. If you have anything in 12º of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or VIrgo, you will feel this (see diagram for pass 2).
The third pass is where this transit ends, on September 10, 2016 with Saturn direct at 10º Sagittarius while Neptune is still retrograde in 10º Pisces. This will affect you if you have anything in 10º of a Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo (see diagram for pass 3).
What could this stressful planetary aspect mean?
The following story illustrates one way it could go. . .
Neptune is floating along on a cloud of dreams, idly making multicolored waterfalls and pretty sparkle patterns in the air. She has just made a very satisfying sky painting when the cloud she’s wafting on encounters Saturn. Saturn is packing 10 suitcases and weeping.
Neptune: What are you doing, Saturn? Why are you crying?
Saturn: (wiping a tear) I have to go on a trip and I’m trying to get organized. I’m SO overwhelmed.
Neptune: I’m really good at envisioning things. Tell me about your trip and I’ll make the mental pictures that can help you get organized.
Saturn: Well I have to visit 3 countries, all of which have different weather and speak 3 different languages. In Sagittarius I have to practice being a world traveler, but to tell you the truth, I’m afraid of heights, big places and going outside.
Neptune: But just imagine the fabulous views you’ll see in an airplane!
Neptune grabs some cloud-stuff in her hands, sprinkles a sparkly dust into it from her sleeve and a vision appears—of distant landscapes viewed from high above.
Saturn: You’re going to make me ill!
Neptune: And imagine all the fun you’ll have meeting people who are new and different!
She conjures an image of a variety of people, dressed in exotic costumes and of many ethnicities.
Saturn: You mean all those strange people with strange customs and places where I’ll be out of my element?
Neptune: And imagine all the amazing sights you’ll see in far-off lands!
She shows him the Sphinx, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. Upon seeing the Grand Canyon, he turns a little green.
Saturn: I really just want to crawl into a hole. A small one. Where I don’t have to go outside at all.
Neptune: That can be arranged.
Suddenly, with a gesture, they are in a dark cave.
Saturn: Wait a minute—I didn’t mean—
Neptune: Remember who you are talking to? I am the goddess of visions, fantasies, imaginings. I make dreams come true.
Saturn: You mean nightmares!
Neptune: Nightmares are dreams too.
Saturn: But this is REALLY dark! What if there’s a bear?
Neptune: A bear, you say?
They hear a growl emanating from a tunnel leading off the cave. There’s a shadow on the wall.
Saturn: What if the walls cave in?
Neptune: Ah, what if they did?
The walls do begin to move. The space is becoming noticeably smaller.
Saturn: I can’t breathe!
Neptune: Why do you need to breathe? You’re an Earth planet.
Saturn: But I’m in Sagittarius—a Fire sign! I need Air!
Neptune: Be careful what you wish for!
Suddenly they are atop a mountain, wind whistling all around. They sit on a craggy peak, with barely enough room for the two of them.
Neptune: Is this enough Air for you? Enough Earth?
He grabs onto her cloak, trying not to fall down the icy mountainside.
Neptune: Haven’t you figured this out yet?
Saturn: What is there to figure out?
Neptune: Don’t get caught up in fear. Fear turns dreams into nightmares.
Saturn: I think you should tell that to those frightened little humans down on Earth.
Neptune: I just did.
If you are feeling this transit
and want to understand its meaning in your life,
an astrology reading will clarify this and much, much more.
How to find out more
You can read more about Neptune’s activity this year here.
You can read more about Saturn’s activity this year here.
You might also try Are You Currently In Transition?
And to get oriented to the many transits going on this year, check out Transits This Year.
It’s March of 2015 and the final pass of this revolutionary transit is happening—Pluto and Uranus are meeting up in a stressful square for the last time. Jupiter stepped in at the end of 2014 to lend a hand and Mars did a little deft diplomacy while retrograde in Libra (check out part 4 of this thread). Jupiter and Mars have now left the field, but the North and South Nodes have arrived to bring a sense of destiny to this story.
Human Being is still in his own dreamscape. The Great Edifice has fallen. The ground is littered with shiny black rubble with a bright red interior showing in its cracks and broken places. Dead bodies are scattered around. People cower and hold each other, crying and confused. Human Being is consoling them. Meanwhile, Pluto (still dressed like a ninja) cocks his head to one side and listens, then calls to Uranus, who (still in his orange coat) is on the other side of the pile of rubble, scanning the sky for lightning bolts.
Pluto: Hey, Uranus—are we networked to other Edifices?
Uranus: Why yes, Pluto, in fact we are! And that brings me of the rest of our work here.
Uranus leaps into the center of the rubble and digs a bit. Then he pulls a lightning rod out of his pocket and sticks it in the ground like a flag.
Uranus: There, that should do it!
Then he crooks his finger at the sky in an inviting way. The thunderclouds above spew forth a giant bolt of lightning, which zaps the lightning rod and sends a jolt of electricity into the pile of rubble and the earth below.
Pluto: Wow, that’s impressive!
From that central point, jagged red lightning bolts travel through the earth’s surface in every direction—bursting forth in a web of red light extending to the horizon. Far off in the distance, another edifice appears, a black tower which suddenly fills with red webbing, cracks apart and crumbles. Then another edifice appears—and another and another, too many to count. One by one they crumble, until the dark landscape is filled with a red glow.
Uranus (with some satisfaction): I specialize in the cascade effect.
Pluto: Spectacular. But what is there left for me to do?
Uranus: You’ve already done it, my friend. My lightning network has carried your transformational death-and-rebirth to other, connected edifices nearby. Change has begun and now there’s no stopping it. In the immortal words of a science fiction character named Kosh, “the avalanche has started; it’s too late for the pebbles to vote.”
Human Being has walked up to Pluto and is tugging on his sleeve.
Human: What are we to do now? Many of us are suffering. Did we deserve this?
In answer, Pluto walks to the nearest corpse and touches the top of its head. The spirit belonging to the corpse rises out of the body and floats before Pluto.
Pluto: There is no death.
Spirit: There is no death. But what am I to learn from this? My involvement with this Edifice has killed me. Does that mean I did wrong?
Pluto: When you take on a physical body and enter the world, it’s possible to create many different kinds of experiences. Good people can die, bad people can go untouched, these things can happen. Events are not always a statement about your goodness. Now that you have passed away from the physical world, take some time to think about what your life was for and what it accomplished. Begin planning the next one. Know that all your experiences will be judged by a loving Universe and that they will all contribute to your understanding. Allow those you leave behind to grieve in peace. Move on into the light of universal love.
Pluto waves his hand and a door opens in the sky with golden light pouring through it. The spirit is drawn to the light and passes through the door. Other spirits follow until all the unquiet dead are released.
Human Being (tugging again, more insistently this time): But what about those who are still living? What does all this mean about our purpose? What’s our destiny?
Just then, a giant bubble appears in the sky, with two angelic figures inside it. The bubble bursts as they touch ground.
Human: Who are you?
Angelic Figures: We are the North and South Nodes. We have vital information about your destiny. Please sit down and listen.
Human Being gathers all the other people in a circle around the Nodes.
South Node: I’m in Aries and I want to stress how important it is that you let go of old, combative ways. You have learned how to be battle-ready, but fighting and arguing are not going to solve your problems right now. Draw on what you already know about how to protect yourself in the world and then disarm yourself. Existing in a state of angry war-preparedness is no way to live.
North Node: I’m in Libra and I’m here to tell you how important it is that you be kind to one another. It’s time to embrace peace, respect, diplomacy, fairness, equality, democracy, relatedness, harmony, symmetry and balance. Connecting with others does not mean dominating them.
South Node: Let go of anger. . .
North Node: . . . and create peace.
Behind the Nodes, where the edifice stood, light breaks through, rays piercing the sky. There is a white shadowy shape, softer and more rounded. It glows warmly. Pluto and Uranus laugh exuberantly, then grab hands with the Nodes for a happy dance.
Pluto: There it is! The beautiful, safe and loving world I knew we could create!
Uranus: There it is! The beautiful, egalitarian society I knew we could create!
South Node: There it is! A world without war.
North Node: There it is! A world where everyone is heard.
Pluto: I guess I can take a break then.
Uranus: I think we can both take a break. Nodes, would you stick around to help people transition?
North Node: Sure!
The South Node is already lighting little fires to burn off the karmic rubble. The North Node turns her attention to blowing little bubbles of rational calmness, which, when they burst above someone’s head, result in an open-hearted dialogue.
Pluto and Uranus walk off, arm in arm, and for quite some time you can still hear the thunder and feel the distant earth-shaking rumble of their footsteps.
They will be back.
The Uranus-Pluto square is only one milestone in the grand cycle of Uranus and Pluto, which lasts for centuries. That cycle began when Uranus and Pluto formed a conjunction in the middle of the 1960’s. Those were revolutionary times and the present global changes are the next phase of it. This square between Uranus and Pluto is like an earthquake with reverberations that will go on for decades until the next Uranus/Pluto connection, which will be an opposition in 2046. Expect the next level of really big change to happen then.
In the meanwhile, Uranus and Pluto will meet again much sooner, and in a more harmonious way. That connection will be a trine and it begins in July 2026, just 11 years from now. As to what it means, let’s see when we get there.
To read the first article in this series, start here:
The world-changing square between Uranus and Pluto in Cardinal signs lasts from June of 2012 to March of 2015, and this month its effects are intensified by the addition of Jupiter and Mars, forming a Cardinal Grand Cross (sometimes called a Grand Square) in the sky. This post is part of a multi-post thread exploring its meanings. Missed the beginning of this thread? Start here.
A true “clash of the titans” is happening in the Dreamscape. The Great Edifice is crumbling (see parts one, two and three of this thread) and Pluto has grappling hooks and rope attached to it. Uranus arrives in a burst of Aries fire.
Pluto: How dare you interrupt me? I was busy bringing down the Great Edifice!
Uranus: I won’t allow you to unveil corruption unless it benefits the people. We can work together only if what we do results in a more liberated populace.
Uranus throws a line up and grapples on from a different angle.
Pluto: Are you telling me that you’re going to try and keep this structure up while I am trying to bring it down?
Uranus: I am the rebel, after all.
Pluto: I need to weed out the corruption in the system.
He digs in his heels and begins pulling. The structure starts to topple.
Uranus: Corruption does need to end, but I don’t agree with all your methods or your agenda.
He begins pulling too. The structure rights itself. Jupiter suddenly appears, in a burst of water like a water balloon exploding.
Jupiter: Hi, everybody!
Pluto (grumpily): Why do you always act as if we’ll naturally be glad to see you?
Uranus: And who invited you to the party anyway?
Jupiter: I don’t need an invitation. I’ve stepped in to play the part of the Good Fairy and soften the blow for some people during the big changes you are causing.
Jupiter has brought more rope and a grappling hook of his own.
Jupiter: This Edifice may fall, but it doesn’t have to crush people.
Pluto: Are you saying your transits are always good? Because that’s not what I heard.
Jupiter: Well, strictly speaking, not exactly. . .
Uranus: Always the exaggerator!
Jupiter: Sometimes what I do is magnify whatever’s already happening.
Uranus: By magnify, do you mean “blow it up?” Because I’m in Aries, and I love explosives!
Pluto: You are such a pyromaniac when you’re in Aries.
Jupiter: I’ve invited a friend who can help us get into agreement about what we’re doing here. He’s an amazing negotiator.
Mars appears, with his own grappling hook in tow. He is dressed in a tuxedo, with immaculate hair and . . . white gloves.
Pluto (sarcastically): Well aren’t YOU looking dapper!
Mars: Sometimes proper manners and a well-turned phrase are all the offense you need in order to win the day.
Jupiter: Are you going to kill us with kindness, just because you’re in Libra?
Mars: Only if I have to. It’s my firm belief that we can find common ground and negotiate an agreement that’s good for everybody. And I won’t stand for less.
While talking, Mars has attached his grappling hook to the Edifice and taken up his position opposite Uranus, while Jupiter stands at the fourth wall, opposite Pluto.
Mars: Now Pluto and Uranus—you don’t easily agree, do you?
Uranus: That’s an understatement!
Pluto: True. But when we do agree, things change rapidly.
Uranus: No doubt.
Mars: But you both want evil rooted out and replaced by good, isn’t that so?
Pluto: Yes, of course.
Mars: Pluto, you’d like to air the dirty laundry, yes?
Pluto: That is my area of expertise.
Mars: Go ahead and do that, because Uranus can help by facilitating some truth-telling on the internet.
Uranus: I rule the internet and I’m in Aries, so that’s a no-brainer. Ok, I can line up with that.
Pluto: I’ve already found the weaknesses in this structure, the fault-lines where the corruption is leaking out—
Uranus: —And I’ve placed explosives in the cracks and we’ve detonated some.
Mars: Then you’re well on your way. Jupiter, how about if you put out some safety nets to catch the people who are sincerely well-intended?
Jupiter: —You mean the casualties caught in the crossfire, the innocents?
Mars: Yes exactly. They need to be protected.
Jupiter: And they need to be rewarded for using their intuition and getting out of a failing situation in time to save themselves.
Jupiter waves his hand and an elaborate structure of nets and inflatable landing pads appears around the Edifice. He then reassumes his station at his side of the Edifice, with his rope in hand.
Mars: Then I’ll just get in position here at my side, with my rope and grapple. (He does so.) I’m going to trigger a lot of angry conversations among people involved in this. Some people are going to have to wake up. Others will need to back down. I’m going to fight for peace and equality.
Pluto: All right then, everyone’s in position?
They all nod.
Pluto: Here we go!
As each deity pulls, the Edifice begins to crumble and break apart. Its bright-red interior glows through cracks in its deep, glossy black exterior. Inside, the faces of human beings can be seen. Windows in the surface of the Edifice open and people begin jumping out of them. Some land safely in Jupiter’s nets or on his inflatable pads. Others hit the ground with a splat and die instantly. Each person that lands safely is greeted by Jupiter.
Jupiter: Congratulations, you used your intuition. You’re safe now.
A small, dazed group of Human Beings is gathering off to the side of the Great Edifice, which is now not so great. What will be their fate? See the final post in this series to find out.
To read this thread from the beginning, start here.
Read about Mars Retrograde in Libra here.
Are you caught in the Uranus/Pluto crossfire?
If a planet in your chart is being transited
by these two change-makers,
contact Jamie for an astrology reading
to find out what it means for you.
You probably know that you go through big transitions at times when the outer planets in our solar system trigger something in your chart. Those planets are Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Chiron, Saturn and Jupiter. As the fastest of the outer planets, Jupiter moves at a speed that brings it into aspect with planetary combinations already in progress. When those planetary combinations are challenging, Jupiter can act as the “good fairy” that blesses where others are cursing.
This Happened in 2009
Let me illustrate this with an example. In 2009, Chiron and Neptune were traveling together in late Aquarius, blending their themes of wounding/healing (Chiron) and spiritual expansion (Neptune). This was a really big deal at the time and I wrote several posts about it:
Neptune Conjunct Chiron: Eighteen Months of Spiritual Healing
Neptune and Chiron Ask You To Bridge Heaven and Earth
By May of 2009, Jupiter had joined the party, and I wrote a 3-part series of posts about “Rejoining the Beautiful and Loving Human Family” because this triple conjunction was in Aquarius: May’s Triple Conjunction of Neptune, Chiron and Jupiter.
In 2009, Chiron and Neptune were causing many people to face a deep, spiritual wound in themselves–with the intent to heal it once and for all. When Jupiter joined Chiron and Neptune, a quality of hope entered the picture and the burden was lightened considerably. If you have anything in your chart in 26 degrees of Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus or Leo, you would definitely have felt this. Jupiter was acting as your Good Fairy.
So What Do I Mean By The “Good Fairy?”
In the story of Sleeping Beauty (which by the way, is a fairly iconic fairy tale with many properties that fairy tales typically have), there is a “bad fairy” and a “good fairy.” Here’s how it goes. . .
At the birth of the baby princess, the King and Queen invite all the fairies to a christening so they can bestow gifts on the child. The fairies show up and shower the princess with many blessings, mostly in the form of personality traits, like Charm, Grace, Wisdom, Wit, Patience, Beauty, and so forth. They are almost done when the bad fairy shows up. In some versions, she’s not actually bad, she’s just angry because they forgot to invite her. In the Walt Disney version, she’s just plain bad. She shows up in her black carriage drawn by bats, sweeps in and curses the baby princess: “When she’s 16, she’ll prick her finger on a spindle and DIE!!!!” After the bad fairy leaves, there’s one final good fairy who hasn’t had a chance to give her blessing. The good fairy says, “I can’t undo the curse completely, but I can soften it. When she’s 16, she will prick her finger on a spindle, but instead of dying, she’ll sleep for 100 years—oh and by the way, everyone else will sleep too, so you won’t even notice—and then she’ll be awakened by true love’s first kiss.”
Naturally, all this comes to pass and the story ends with a royal wedding, as such stories do.
How Does the Good Fairy Affect Transits?
The Good Fairy can’t stop the difficult parts of the transit from happening. After all, that would deprive us of valuable life lessons. But the Good Fairy can fill you with the confidence to get through them. The Good Fairy is a voice within you that says, “It’s going to be ok. I can grow from this. I am bigger than this. I am strong and competent. I can handle it.” You will feel that everything is going to be all right, even if you can’t explain why you feel that.
Your experience of Jupiter as the Good Fairy can differ depending on whether Jupiter appears on the scene early or late.
When Jupiter appears early, and is followed by a crescendo of challenge as the other two, more difficult planets ramp up, it can lead you to bite off more than you can chew, due to overconfidence. You have to deliberately hold back and also allow that confidence to accumulate, so it will carry you through the part after Jupiter has moved on and is no longer buoying you up. Knowing that the challenges will continue beyond the period of hope can let you know to approach with more caution than you may be feeling—and that kind of golden information is one of the best reasons to get an astrology reading.
When Jupiter appears late, it can be like the light at the end of the tunnel. The beginning of the transit is the most difficult part, and you have to get through it yourself, but you’re rewarded in the middle by the arrival of Jupiter, along with a surge of confidence that carries you across the finish line. Jupiter fills you with hope and strength, as you hear him cheer, “I knew you could do it! Now let’s finish this!” Finding out that Jupiter is about to involve himself before he actually does can also give you hope—another excellent reason to find out about your transits for the year before they begin.
Now Jupiter Is Blessing Pluto and Uranus
If you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, of course it’s because it’s happening right now. This year, Pluto and Uranus are traveling in a square to each other, which began in 2012 and lasts until 2015. This is a very challenging combination and many people are experiencing it. It’s putting people through really big changes, some of which are emotional and some of which are intellectual. The Pluto part is an intense, full-scale metamorphosis, bringing up issues of power and control as the part of you its triggering goes through a death-and-rebirth experience. The Uranus part is a paradigm shift—a reframing of everything you thought you knew and understood about the part of you being triggered. You’ll feel this in the area of life covered by the planet in your chart that’s triggered (Venus = relationships, Saturn = career, Sun = identity, and so on).
Uranus and Pluto began their square in 2012 and won’t be done until 2015. These are only the most intense years of a larger patch of time—when we look back on this, it will probably define the teen-decade of the 21st century, much the way Uranus and Pluto’s previous connection defined the 1960s. It’s affecting people with planets in 8 to 15 degrees of all four Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer). You can read about it here: Uranus and Pluto Topple the Great Edifice.
Jupiter catches up with the Uranus/Pluto-square-in-progress and “runs with the big boys” from August of 2013 to June of 2014. The result is that Jupiter blesses all the people who are struggling to transform (Pluto) themselves and revolutionize (Uranus) their lives.
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Our story began with Pluto and Uranus scaling the Great Edifice—and you might want to begin there too. Now in November of 2013, our story continues.
Uranus has finished placing small explosives in the tiny cracks Pluto has found on the surface of the Great Edifice. They are ready for the first explosions that will make way for larger ones to come. Human Being is watching in amazement—they really are going to do this.
Pluto and Uranus stand back. Uranus pushes the button that ignites the first charge. In a cascade effect, first one charge, then several near that one, then several more, go off. A red webbing of fire appears in the Edifice’s shiny black surface. The cracks widen and send fingers out in every direction. In the cracks, now glowing red, Human Being can see faces and bodies squirming and writhing in pain.
Human: Wow, that looks like Rodin’s Gates of Hell.
Pluto: Thank you! I am proud of my handiwork.
Human: I wasn’t exactly praising it. There are people in there!
Uranus: It’s true that this Edifice is made up of people, after all.
Pluto: It’s not just a physical construct. A lot of people had to agree for this structure to come into being.
Human: Ah I see, and some benefit from it—
Pluto: –those will be hit the hardest—
Human: While others have stood by and allowed it to form, because they didn’t know how to do it any differently.
Uranus: Those may be ready to have a voice now, and this experience may give them that voice.
Pluto: But when it comes right down to it, all will have to take responsibility for their interaction with the thing.
Human: Isn’t it possible that it’s not all bad? Does it really deserve total destruction?
Uranus: Of course it isn’t all bad. There are some true humanitarians in here.
Pluto: Some mean well, and some even have integrity.
Uranus: They may not all see the whole picture of the thing.
Pluto: And when disaster strikes, some will come away untouched, will fall through the cracks, while others are destroyed.
Human: Is that a matter of luck? Or fate?
Pluto: It is a matter of being ready for change, of being able to smell it coming.
Human: But the other ones, the ones who don’t make it—do they have to die?
Pluto: No of course not, but they have to change!
Uranus: Change their minds. . .
Pluto: Change their hearts. . .
Uranus: Turn their heads around. . .
Pluto: Find the darkness in their souls and face it. . .
Uranus: And now they’re stuck with what they found there.
Pluto: Are they ready for change? Who knows? But they have no choice about it now.
Are you caught in the Uranus/Pluto crossfire?
Is a planet in your chart being transited by these two change-makers?
Contact Jamie for an astrology reading to find out.
Uranus and Pluto are involved in a momentous, years-long square in the sky right now. This is a really big deal and I want to tell you why.
Every pair of planets in the sky has a cycle they go through together, like the cycle of the Sun and Moon that makes the Moon phases we are familiar with. When the Sun and Moon are conjunct, the Moon appears dark. We call this a new Moon and it’s the beginning of a month-long cycle. As the Moon travels on through the zodiac, the Sun also moves forward a bit, and after about a week, they form a 90-degree angle in the sky. That’s called a square and the Moon appears half-full because the Sun’s light is illuminating it from that 90-degree angle, so we see the half of it that’s nearest the Sun. Have you ever wondered why a “first quarter” Moon appears half-full? This is why.
The Sun and Moon then continue travelling until they are exactly opposite each other in the sky (an ‘opposition’). This is when the Moon appears full, because it’s on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun and we see the sunlight coming from behind us to illuminate its whole face. After the Full Moon comes the Third Quarter Moon, which again appears half-full and is another 90-degree angle between Sun and Moon, a square. Finally, yet another week later (for a total of 4 weeks or about a month), the Moon catches up with the Sun and is again new, ending the old cycle and starting another.
Uranus and Pluto are doing this dance also, except their time-frame is much, much larger. This square is the first time they’ve met up again in the sky since their conjunction (or ‘new’ phase) in the middle of the 1960’s. That conjunction of Uranus and Pluto was the 1960’s—it defined the times. It brought the previous, hundreds-of-years-long cycle to a close and ushered in a new era. Uranus rules revolution and Pluto rules psychological change—these two principles were blended throughout the sixties. There was tremendous social change, racial integration, draft evasion, encounter groups were invented, hemlines went up, and young people listened to music that terrified their elders. And I haven’t even mentioned the sexual revolution. That’s Sexual (Pluto) Revolution (Uranus).
So right now, Uranus and Pluto are in their First Quarter square. This stressful square lasts from 2012 to March of 2015. During these several years it will peak in its intensity several times. When the peaks happen, I’ll try to write blogposts that may give you a feel for this thing and it’s enormity. Unless I’m too busy experiencing it in my own life, of course. The following script shows how it might feel to us here on Earth.
Human Being has wandered from his sleeping body and is roaming the great astral plain. There he spots a sort of dark block, far away at the horizon. He turns towards it and, as often happens in dreams, suddenly he is standing next to it. The edifice is black, shiny, massive, monumental, a tower as huge as an Egyptian pyramid. Human cranes his neck but cannot see the top, which reaches into the sky and blots out the stars. On its face climbs a small figure, hanging from a cord. The figure quickly rappels down the face and greets Human. It is Pluto, dressed in black and masked, like a ninja. He is almost impossible to see against the dark, deep black of the structure behind him.
Pluto: What are you doing here?
Human (shrugs): I’m one of those who can see things others can’t. (points at the edifice) What is it?
Pluto: I don’t know, because I only see the archetypal. What we’re looking at is the dream-world image of the thing. The thing behind the thing. It’s an edifice, a great big one. I don’t know how it actually manifests in the physical world. Maybe it’s a government. Maybe it’s a corporation. It’s an institution of some kind, that’s for sure.
Human: Why are you climbing on it?
Pluto: I’m looking for fault lines.
Human: What will you do when you find them?
Pluto: I’ll press on them until they break open. Then this structure will have to change.
Human: That makes me nervous. And why are you dressed up like a ninja?
Pluto (proudly): I look like a character from Mission Impossible. No—I look like James Bond!
Human: But you’re a god! Aren’t you beyond that?
Pluto: Yeah, sure I’m a god. But I still like looking like James Bond.
Another figure appears at the bottom of the building.
Human: Who’s that?
Pluto cranes his neck to see.
Pluto: Oh that’s Uranus. Who invited him to the party?
Uranus is wearing a fiery orange coat. He’s concealing something inside of it.
Pluto: Hey, Captain Obvious! Go away. Can’t you see that if this tower is to come down, it has to be done by stealth?
Uranus: Ridiculous. If true change is to occur, everyone has to see it happen, or else it won’t stick. Things will just go back to the way they were.
Pluto: Absurd. I’m going for nothing less than a full-on, cellular-level metamorphosis. That can only happen in darkness. Going to transform this puppy into something really useful.
Human: Uh, do you know what that useful thing is yet?
Pluto: Heck no!
Uranus: I have a plan too.
Pluto: Of course. What is it?
Uranus: I plan to break this thing down into its tiniest pieces, then reform them into something better, something bigger, something more all-inclusive.
Pluto: Perhaps we should work together then.
Uranus: Sounds good—how about you find the fault-lines and I’ll plug them with the explosives I brought. Then we’ll blow the thing open and search the rubble for whatever meaningful endures.
Human: Um, guys—have you thought about what this structure is?
Pluto: All I care about is that it’s decrepit, decaying, dying and I must destroy it.
Uranus: All I care about is that it’s forgotten how to remain flexible and I must replace it with something more progressive.
Human: Have you thought about what humans will do without this structure while it finds its new shape?
Uranus and Pluto look at each other in delight.
Uranus: Probably lots of chaos, don’t you figure?
Pluto: Disorder, change, disruption.
Uranus: Sounds good to me!
And back to work they go.
If you think this story bears some resemblance to the events of September 11, 2001, you would be right. But that’s not why I wrote it this way. It’s just a metaphor, not a prediction. The edifice represents institutions of all kinds, and the social structures behind the physical buildings.
What changes will occur as Uranus and Pluto do their work? I don’t know, but chances are good we will look back at this period as interesting times.
The story continues here.
In the first two articles of this series, I looked at what happens when Pluto and Jupiter get together in the sky and form a stressful square:
Jupiter Squares Pluto: Going To Extremes
Jupiter And Pluto Go On A Binge
This month’s square is their final pass, so their influence will be fading quickly after February of 2011 ends.
Today’s story finds them sitting on Mount Olympus, contemplating the landscape.
Jupiter: I love a view from a lofty height like this. I can see forever and I can really get the big picture this way.
Pluto: This is not my favorite view—I prefer to look underneath things.
Jupiter: You always get so dark when you do that. You like to find the darkest, grittiest, ugliest thing at the bottom of something and point it out.
Pluto: And you have a way of overlooking what matters. I put human beings through their own dark places. It’s my job and I’m very good at it.
Jupiter: Yeah, but I’m the king of the gods. I help people see the heights they’re capable of. That’s more important.
Pluto: Not in my world. In the underworld, I’M king. You can’t even get in unless I let you.
Jupiter: Oh, I can get into the underworld anytime. I just don’t usually want to. It’s not the best vacation spot.
Pluto: But important things are going on there!
Jupiter: Stop pleading, Pluto. It doesn’t look good on you. Make your point.
Pluto: I will. People need a place to go when they die. They need a concept of hell to sober them up while they’re alive. They need a way to work off bad behavior. They need a well of souls to rejoin after death and to be reborn out of.
Jupiter: I just don’t get why this stuff matters.
Pluto: It may not matter to you, but it matters to human beings. You’re a god. You live forever. You don’t die, can never be reborn. A human being can become a little bit more like a god by going through death and rebirth. That’s why I’m here. To make it possible for a human being to burn away his mortality and become his finest, greatest self.
Jupiter: Who’s making himself sound important now?
Pluto: Here, I’ll show you what I mean.
Pluto grabs Jupiter’s arm and whisks them both away to the underworld. It is a dark, dreary place. They stand in an empty landscape where everything is in shades of gray. A Human Being trudges along, unaware of the presence of the gods.
Pluto: This human is experiencing what they call a “long, dark night of the soul.” Eventually, he will come out the other side of it and find that he has changed in a very fundamental way. He will be a new person.
Jupiter strikes a light. It flares up brilliantly. The Human Being perks up.
Pluto: (putting the light out) Hey, don’t do that!
Jupiter: Why not?
Pluto: This human hasn’t gotten to the end of his journey yet.
Jupiter: But you just said the journey through the darkness has to end sometime.
Pluto: He has to suffer some more first. Then he will get to the light at the end of the tunnel. It will happen naturally in the time that’s right for him.
Jupiter: Who are you to say that I didn’t just provide the light at the end of the tunnel?
Pluto: I’m the Lord of the Underworld, that’s who!
Jupiter strikes another light and illuminates it even more.
Pluto: Cut that out!
Jupiter: (moving away from Pluto and turning the light up. The Human Being reaches for the light with a look of hope on his face.) No, I won’t.
Pluto (roaring) You’re RUINING IT! This is supposed to be scary!
Jupiter laughs and runs around with the light, totally confusing the Human Being and keeping just ahead of Pluto.
Jupiter: Thought I’d shed a little light on the subject.
Pluto: You bring humor into the most inappropriate places. This is a serious matter. This Human is experiencing real tragedy and you’re making fun of it. False hope only adds to the anguish.
Jupiter: Can’t take a joke, can you? There’s nothing so serious in life that a little lightening-up won’t help. Humor is the best way.
Pluto: You’re going to leave this Human with the idea that the gods are laughing at his troubles.
Jupiter: Aren’t they?
Jupiter: Maybe this Human will learn to laugh at his own pain and not take himself so seriously. Laughter and tears are sometimes very close to each other. You should take yourself less seriously too. Oh, and the joke’s on you—told you I could get into the underworld whenever I wanted to. Nah-nahhhhh!
Pluto: You’re insufferable!
Jupiter: I’ve been called that before.
Pluto: You’re nothing but a giant gas—oops, I mean gas giant.
Jupiter: Caught you making a joke!
This is getting ugly, so we’ll draw a curtain over the scene here, Gentle Reader.
Suffice it to say that when Jupiter and Pluto get into conflict, sometimes we find ourselves making fun of a bleak situation, just to find some light—any light at all—in the darkness.
This month is the final pass of the Pluto-Jupiter square. If you have anything at all in 7 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you’re probably feeling it. And if you have Jupiter and Pluto together in your birth chart (in any aspect at all—conjunction, sextile, square, trine, quincunx or opposition), most likely you tend toward extremes and a dark (sometimes inappropriately) sense of humor.
I’m not one of those doom-saying astrologers. I won’t rant about how the world’s going to end in 2012 (or any other year). But Saturn square Pluto is starting this month and going through August of 2010 and it’s serious. It really is heavy. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you know how serious it is and how to cope with it.
Saturn is the archetype of the Wise Old Man, the Mentor, the Father Figure, the Authority. When Saturn comes along, he reminds us of our duties, our obligations and the seriousness of the situation. Saturn brings a reality check, sometimes a harsh one.
Pluto is the Phoenix. He transforms everything he touches, putting it through a metamorphosis, a long dark night of the soul. He brings a symbolic death-and-rebirth experience. He also represents our instincts, that part of us that ferrets out the underlying truths.
These are both heavy archetypes and they are in a square to each other, which astrologers traditionally view as a stressful relationship. A square feels frustrating and obstructive to both parties. They are not coming to the table ready to negotiate, but ready to ‘square off.’ They’re in a fighting mood.
Here’s a snippet of conversation between the two:
Saturn: I’m the ultimate authority figure. I’m strong and solid and I have respect for the wisdom of the elders. I represent the continuity of culture and its rules.
Pluto: I doubt you. I think there’s something fishy behind everything you say and do. I think you have an interest in maintaining your position and you don’t really care about the people you have charge of.
Saturn: I’ve been in charge for a very long time. The people put me here. I do what I do to take care of them. I hold communities together. I provide the rules people live by and the punishments that keep them in line.
Pluto: You have ulterior motives. I won’t be happy until I uncover every last slimy thing you’ve ever done and hold it up to the light of day.
Saturn: Don’t even think about crossing me.
Pluto: You know you can’t win. You have a trail of slime behind you a mile wide. I can smell it.
Saturn: No way—I’ve kept my past clean. I am a person of integrity.
Pluto: I think you’re corrupt. I’ll be watching you. One false move and you’re out.
That was a view of Pluto obstructing Saturn. But one can just as easily see Saturn obstructing Pluto:
Saturn: Pluto, I’ve noticed that you love intense experience.
Pluto: Yes, I do. I like life on the edge. I like passion.
Saturn: You can get pretty compulsive sometimes.
Pluto: I like the sensation of falling. I like life pulling at me and I like pulling at others.
Saturn: You become addicted to things too easily. You get lost in your compulsions and lose your good judgment.
Pluto: Did I ever have good judgment in the first place? I have only my instincts to guide me.
Saturn: But you muddy your instincts when you involve yourself in addictions. How can they guide you when you’re continually pulled back towards a substance or habit that makes the pain go away?
Pluto: I refuse to live in pain. What do you suggest?
Saturn: Discipline. Because addiction, while it promises to relieve pain in the short term, only amplifies it in the long term. Eliminate your addictions. Then we’ll talk.
Pluto: Not till I’m good and ready.
Saturn: You’ll probably have to hit bottom first, maybe alienate everyone around you and ruin your life.
Pluto: If the people around me don’t love me through this, maybe they were worth losing.
Saturn: I see—people are supposed to love you while you are free to abuse them because your life is so hard? You’re such a baby. And a victim.
Pluto: And you’re a hardass. You only pretended to care about me. Go away.
You see? Both archetypes have their weak spots and this transit could well bring those weak spots out.
This transit of Pluto square Saturn lasts from November of 2009 through August of 2010. Today’s post is just a taste of what Saturn and Pluto have in store for us. I’ll write more about it as this transit goes on, but for now I’d like to leave you with a few interesting questions to ponder:
- In what areas of your life have you been using your role as an authority figure to avoid changing?
- In what ways have you become rigid, adhering to rules instead of flexibly responding to life’s challenges on a case-by-case basis?
- In what areas of your life does an addiction rule you and cause you to violate your own integrity—whether with yourself or with others?
- When’s the last time you lied to someone—or to yourself? What were you protecting?
These are heavy questions. But if you’re ready for the very foundation of your life to shift in order to change in truly deep ways for the better, this transit is perfect for you.
This is Part Three of a three-part series of posts describing the planetary influences of 2009 as if they were acted out by characters on a stage. In this post, I talk about ways these characters will be dialoguing with each other in 2009 and show some of the scripts they will be playing out. If you haven’t read Parts One and Two, look here.
The Scripts They Are Playing Out
Characters in a play do not stand about doing monologues. Instead they interact with each other. In the same way, the planets do not operate in isolation and the most interesting parts of the drama of 2009 will be the ways the planets dialogue with each other.
Planets in the sky form specific relationships with each other. When two planets are opposite each other in the sky (for example, one is due east and one is due west from your viewpoint), that is a particular set of roles they are playing out with each other. They assume roles toward each other and play out a script.
Saturn opposes Uranus
The opposition is a script that is essentially a tug-of-war. The two characters involved are pulling in opposite directions. There is a need to make peace and find balance between two polarized principles. If these planets are triggering something in your chart, you will need to balance their principles in your life.
Saturn in Virgo: “I want to get as well-organized and professional as possible, to build something solid that will last for generations. I represent tradition and the old guard.”
Uranus in Pisces: “I’m here to break down the old and initiate the new. And I’ve just gotten a revolutionary idea that will break all your Saturnine structures to pieces!”
For more on this, see: Saturn vs. Uranus–Match of the Decade
Triple Conjunction: Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune
A conjunction is a script where planets are trying to join forces. They are coming into agreement about something, but there may be some friction along the way. They are all wearing the same costume, but not all of them may be comfortable in it. And if you have something in your chart they are triggering, you may feel they are all ganging up on you at once.
Neptune in Aquarius: Community is a laboratory in which I am doing experiments to see how people can experience connectedness to all living beings.
Chiron in Aquarius: Community is a laboratory in which I am experimenting with the healing power of groups.
Jupiter in Aquarius: Community is a laboratory in which I hypothesize that fun, joy and growth can be had.
Saturn squares Pluto at year-end
The square is a script which includes a sense of frustration and obstruction between the two planets. From the point of view of each, the other is an obstruction and an annoyance. Both want their way, but they have to listen to each other before they can get it. If these planets are triggering something in your chart, you’ll have to honor both of them before they will let you pass.
Saturn in Libra: “Elders are wise and deserve respect. The ways that have come before should be continued, or changed only by agreement.”
Pluto in Capricorn: “Sometimes old traditions have to die so they can be reborn, even if social agreements have to rip apart for it to happen. That may seem harsh, but frankly I don’t care, as long as the truth comes out.”
I’ll be posting the further adventures, dialogues and conflicts of these characters throughout 2009. If you feel a strong resonance with one or more of these characters, it may be triggering your own birth chart. To find out more, contact me.
This is part one of a three-part series of posts describing the planetary influences of 2009 as if they were acted out by characters on a stage.
The Play’s The Thing
One great way to understand astrology is by seeing it as the drama of life, being acted on a stage. The planets of our solar system are characters in the play. These characters are universal archetypes, of the sort you have seen a million times in stories for adults and children (The Lover, The Hero, The Innocent, Death, The Magician, The King, Mother Nature, The Healer, The Trickster and so on).
Have you ever been in love and felt like your passion touched the universal? Have you ever won a battle, felt like a hero and known that your battle was won for all humanity? Have you ever been wounded, cut to the quick, and known, for an instant, the suffering of all beings everywhere? This is archetypal experience.
Like every human being, you contain all these universal archetypes. Sometimes they are active and other times they wait in the wings for their moment. The characters are eager to be experienced by human beings. Each one has something it is trying to say, teach or accomplish, using your human experience to do it.
The year of 2009 has an especially interesting set of dramas in it. Now imagine yourself in a darkened theater. There is a spotlight on center stage. You are about to meet the characters.
Meet Pluto. Pluto-type characters might be: Death, Dracula, The Magician or Sorcerer.
Pluto says: “I’m the agent of transformation. Whatever I touch dies and is reborn. Most people find this to be an uncomfortable, even painful process, because they don’t like death. But the butterfly doesn’t care that it once was a caterpillar, does it?”
Here’s Neptune. Think of Neptune as the Fairy Godmother, the Dreamer or the Visionary. Sometimes Neptune appears as a ghost from beyond the grave or the spirit of an ancestor. Neptune says: “I represent the worlds of spirit and the unseen. Things in my realm cannot be measured, yet when people have an experience of me, they know it, even though it cannot be proven. When the spirit leaves the body, everyone agrees the body is dead, but no one can say what has gone.”
Up pops Uranus. Uranus tends to appear as a force for change and progress. He’s the Experimenter, the Revolutionary, the Voice of the People. Uranus says: “I’m the rule-breaker, the radical. I bring revolution and sudden insight. I descend upon you with the Eureka!-Aha!-lightbulb-going-off-over-the-head experience. I alter your perspective so radically that you can no longer see things the old way and you have to change.”
Now Chiron steps forward. He’s limping, because he’s a reminder that everyone has a broken place inside, and that as human beings, we are an uneasy union of the animal and the divine. Chiron is The Broken One, The Walking Wounded, the Healer and every character who has ever touched greatness through suffering.
Chiron says: “I’m the wounded healer. I remind you of old, stuck pain from the past. This may sound painful, but it’s actually an opportunity for healing deep, ancient wounds and recovering your human birthright. My gift is accelerated evolution.”
Now it’s Saturn’s turn. Saturn is the Elder, Judge, the Police, the Old Guard, the Traditionalist. In more modern terms, he’s the CEO, the Corporate Executive. His life is lived in bottom lines. Saturn says: “I’m the heavy. I remind you of all the things you should have done and been. I make you feel guilty, but behind that is a powerful drive to succeed and accomplish great things. I won’t be satisfied until you are the best you can be. Think of me as your own personal drill sergeant.”
And finally, Jupiter takes the spotlight. Jupiter is the Sage, the Storyteller, the Explorer and Adventurer. He’s also the Perennial Student and the Seeker, always on a quest. Jupiter says: “I’m all about growth and expansion. I know what greatness you’re capable of and I fill you with the hope and confidence to begin it. I’m the one who encourages you to make the promises Saturn forces you to keep. I play good cop to his bad cop.”
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll talk about ways these characters will be expressing themselves in 2009, based on the costumes (signs) they are in.