We return to the Mutual Reception, where Saturn and Pluto are off in a corner, eating canapés and hammering out their agreement for how they’ll work together while they occupy each other’s signs this year.
Saturn: This year we are in a harmonious sextile to each other and can easily come to a mutually beneficial agreement.
Pluto: True. It’s wonderful how two such different—and strong—personalities can align during a transit like this. Let’s talk about how you and I can help each other best and what that means.
Saturn: I think it comes down to conditions. What conditions do I need you to adhere to, so I can work with you, and what do you need from me?
Pluto: As long as things are doable and fair, I’m game.
Saturn: Pluto, I need you to take responsibility for the results of the changes you create. Who knows what the repercussions will be? What matters is your integrity, and your ability to respond to those changes in a mature, adult way.
Pluto: I can line up with that. Saturn, I need you to be willing to go deep. I need you to be willing to really, truly change. I’m not talking about something superficial here, but a deep restructuring down to the very bones. I’m talking flatten the building and begin again with a new foundation so it can be truly solid.
Saturn: I like solid of course!
Pluto: Yes, of course you do. But are you willing to submit to big, mysterious changes that you won’t understand while you’re in them, in order that things may become more solid?
Saturn: Sounds like a paradox: change creates solidity?
Pluto: Definitely a paradox. How are we going to do this without becoming a pair of total control freaks?
Saturn: I don’t know.
Pluto: Maybe we shouldn’t try.
Saturn: Control-freaking is rather a strong suit for both of us. It’s one of the few things we naturally agree on.
Pluto: Ok, so it’s going to be ok to be a control freak for the duration. Good—that’s a relief.
Saturn: As long as it works.
Pluto: Yes, exactly. And we may be fundamentally very different, but if we can’t do this together, nobody can. During our mutual reception, all of humanity will feel the willingness to change their old, entrenched ways because we make it easy for them. They’ll be able to make pain-free change to ancient traditions that are deep-rooted. It’s a pretty good offer we’re making them.
Saturn: I agree.
Pluto: Thought you would.
Saturn: Then I can say with confidence that anyone who is willing to—
Pluto: —to look beneath the surface—
Saturn: —yes, and take responsibility, be an adult, be professional, be mature and have integrity. . . will be able to—
Pluto: —change, transform, metamorphose, destroy and rebirth—
Saturn: —anything they want to. No matter how entrenched.
Pluto: No matter.
They shake hands.
Saturn: Can I pour you a nice single malt scotch?
Pluto: I prefer bourbon myself.
Saturn: On the rocks?
Pluto: You know me—cold and rocky. You like it neat, I assume.
Saturn: Yes, sir.
Off they go to the bar, disappearing in the crowd.
This is part 2 of a 3-part thread that began in December of 2012:
Saturn sextiles Pluto at the (Mutual) Reception