by Robert Wilkinson
Yesterday we explored the power struggle (or dance!) between Saturn and Uranus as we deal with their opposition over the next few years. Today we add Pluto to the volatile mix about to engulf the entire world in dynamic transformation. The future stands revealed, and by noting what seeds are sprouting beginning January 2008 we can plan accordingly to reposition ourselves and become conscious participants in the larger changes taking place.
As part of the on-going Grand Irrationality not cutting us any slack for the next decade, Pluto holds the key to which path to take at any given fork in the road. Through our embrace of Divine "Economy of Energy" we can shed ourselves of obsolete physical, emotional, and mental materials and become more "goal fit" for whatever higher potential we have to show our world. Squares to Pluto help this Divine Potential to come forth, much as weeding a garden helps our vegetables to grow unimpeded by other water consuming plants.
As an aside, yes, I know that all "weeds" supposedly have some medicinal value, but if we want our garden to produce what we've planted, we need to selectively remove that which would impede the growth of that which will nourish us in the future. In cultivating our personality, it is more useful to decide what we want to pull up and what to plant in its place rather than simply allow whatever to grow however thinking it all has some "medicinal value." Part of our evolution as humans involves bringing "order out of chaos" so we can see what we should be devoted to, and how that will yield knowledge appropriate to furthering our growth and refining of our personality forms.
Pluto may be "Lord of the Underworld," but it also is that Divine Power that can stand heat and pressure to bring forth seeds of future growth. It symbolizes "seed forms," and so is also the power of self-replication in a new Springtime of growth. It is purifying, intense, and intent on growing despite outer conditions. So what can we expect with the coming squares from Saturn and Uranus to this Divine Purifier?
As I explained yesterday, the struggle symbolized by the opposition of Saturn to Uranus will bring forth challenges to our existing systems from the on-going revolutionary impulse of evolution itself, just as mass deceptions will be busted by practical necessities and failures of the systems to adjust adequately to the needs of our world and its peoples. When an opposition is squared by another planet, it puts the brakes on some things, releasing other things, and integrates the opposing tendencies through forcing the polarized forces to deal with another energy outside its oppositional paradigm.
Since it's Pluto doing the squaring, you can bet that something's going to give, since Pluto's relentless Shivaic power is an Eternal Infinite Tower of impenetrable Fire. As I wrote in Part 1,
We're at the end of a long era (Uranus in Pisces) but the system, Saturn, is focused on rearranging the deck chairs even though the old "ship of forms" is sinking. The systems need to self-correct, but usually are trapped in their own inertias until challenged by something outside of it forcing change. That's what happens when Saturn confronts Uranus.
An opposition brings things to surface, and if polarization is needed or active, shows as that. It definitely brings realizations and a distinct sense of what opposes what. Dr. Jones has written that these planets in affliction show a need to find tasks that can bring forth genius or new and unusual potentials without dissipating energies in useless displays. The strength of these two planets in a dynamic aspect is the ability to ignore older or lesser distractions through knowing what is really relevant in any circumstance. This can show as firmness or ruthlessness, depending.
So we'll be experiencing Saturn opposition Uranus through October 2009, when Saturn moves into Libra and squares Pluto in Capricorn. We are told when these two planets are in affliction we must find a correct discrimination, not lose focus or direction, and find creative ways to make an asset of our sensitivity. As it's the upper (waning) square it shows the culmination of the cycle that began when Saturn conjuncted Pluto in late Libra 11/81 through 11/82, staying conjunct as they both danced back and forth into early Scorpio through late 1983.
So this fulfills whatever started in 1981-1983, in our charts as well as in other larger worldly ways. The coming square begins October 2009 and is very close in early Cardinal signs through April 2010 when Saturn retrogrades back into Virgo, again activating the opposition with Uranus while staying within orb of a square to Pluto the entire time. Saturn reenters Libra July 2010 and squares Pluto exactly August 2010 boosted by the opposition to Jupiter conjunct Uranus in early Aries also square Pluto in Capricorn. The final Saturn square Pluto begins April 2011 and lasts through August 2011.
Prior Saturn-Pluto cycles began with Saturn conjunct Pluto in Cancer from 1914-1916, lower square from Libra late 1921-late 1922 and Apr-Sept 1923, opposition from Capricorn from early 1930-early 1932 and August 1932-Nov 1932 except briefly when out of orb, and upper square from late Aries to late Cancer April through June 1939 and from Saturn in Taurus to Pluto in Leo July-Sept 1939, March-May 1940, and October 1940-Feb 1941.
The next Saturn-Pluto conjunction happened in Leo between August 1946 and July 1948, with the lower square from Scorpio between Nov 1955-Jan 1956 and May 1956-Oct 1956 continuing from early Sag to Virgo through the end of 1956. Saturn opposed Pluto from Pisces to Virgo from Jan 1965-May 1966 and Sept 1966-Feb 1967. The upper square from Saturn in Cancer to Pluto in Libra occurred from Aug 1973-Jan 1974, though Saturn in late Gemini was within orb as early as June 1973 and returned to an out of sign square Jan-Apr 1974. It finished the Cancer square Apr-Jul 1974 and Dec 1974-May 1975.
As noted, the Saturn-Pluto cycle we're culminating these next few years began 1981-83, and saw its first square from Saturn in Aquarius to Pluto in Scorpio March 1992, lasting until May 1993 except for a brief time out of orb. It squared again July 1993 through Jan 1994. The last opposition was the recent Saturn in Gemini opposed Pluto in Sag from May 2001-July 2002 and Nov 2002-May 2003. What's coming is the next major turning point in that cycle.
If we have planets or sensitive points anywhere in early Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, we will be directly affected by the opposition and squares, and may be able to find ways and means to use those planetary skills to embody "the corrective force of Nature Herself" to bring resolution and/or breakthrough in situations represented by the opposition. If this applies to you, prepare to be trained in how to be the highest manifestation of whatever planet in your chart is affected. If you're wondering how this could manifest, please refer to Duality: Good and Bad, Dysfunction and Perfection where I offer you how to transmute a planetary dysfunction into its strength.
If Saturn is in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn, the voids are thrown into Aries and Cancer, showing both the problems and the solutions. When Uranus enters Aries, it will introduce Aries elements into the volatile mix, which will be expanded by Jupiter entering Aries, conjuncting Uranus and opposing Saturn while squaring Pluto. Sounds like we're all about to get back to basics and find out what we really care about and what truly nurtures us.
In part 3 we'll examine the Uranus square Pluto, which promises major transformations beyond anyone's control or imagination. These two represent an unstoppable revolution involving breakdown, breakthrough, and rebuilding on the ashes of the old through unusual and/or unexpected radical developments, so get ready!
As noted in Part 1, if you want to know more about the coming configurations, please re-visit The Coming Cardinal Squares and Crosses of Saturn in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013
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