by Robert Wilkinson
Today we re-examine how Saturn conjuncts the Pluto of everyone on Earth between 2006 and 2014, no small event! The past several years have profoundly impacted those born between 1956 and 1970, and right now everyone born in the 1970s are under heavy pressure involving both Karma and Dharma for the rest of 2010 into 2011.
What is Saturn conjunct Pluto, and what could it mean? Briefly, when Saturn conjuncts Pluto it restructures our Divine Power of Eternal Transformation, and is an important long term life transition, showing both the end and the beginning of a life-altering spiritual journey of self purification. While it can crystallize our worst fears and lower qualities, it can also help us confront our Divine Power and become our Highest Self.
Because all adults on Earth now have Pluto in Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio, we all have been through this, or are going through this, or will go through this in the next few years as a result of Saturn's transit of these signs. Yes, Saturn has, is, or will impact every generation on Earth in the near past and near future.
Pluto, "Lord of the Underworld," shows us our relationship to life and death processes. It indicates those "forces beyond our control" where we confront our Divine Power, or our willingness to play the victim to authoritarian energy. It shows us our power to reverse decay, as well as eliminate corrosive elements that rots what it touches from within.
As Saturn transits through its conjunction with the Pluto of various generations, an increasing number of people will have to structure or restructure their relationship to the "underworld" of existence, and be challenged by extreme energies to purify themselves to the very core of their being.
This is an evolutionary challenge unlike any known in hundreds of years! That's because over a relatively short period of time, everyone on Earth will be restructuring their lives in radical ways. Between what began with Saturn in Cancer in the Summer of 2003 and what's happening through Saturn in Scorpio (late 2014 with a reprise Summer 2015), soon all beings on our planet will know Saturn's influence on the deepest part of their beings. We can only hope that these transits will bring needed maturity and a sense of responsibility where these have been lacking before now.
When Pluto was in Apehelion, or farthest distance and therefore slowest speed in its orbital path around the Sun, it took almost a century to transit Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. This period lasting from 1822 through 1914.
Everyone on Earth born then had Pluto in one of these three signs, and so for about 7 years out of every 29, everyone on Earth was influenced by Saturn on their Pluto. 19th century beings experienced Saturn on their Pluto as many as three times in their lives.
It's now a different situation, since Pluto's speed quickened for most of the 20th century, thus spanning more signs (Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio.) Now it takes Saturn about 14 years out of every 29 to touch everyone on Earth, offering a wider and therefore richer experience since it traverses a larger spread of zodiac energies.
The Pluto in Cancer generation, those born between September 1912 and June 1939, saw Saturn conjunct their Pluto most recently in the Summer of 1973 through the Summer of 1976, and then between the Summer of 2003 through Summer 2005. These periods were times of major restructuring for the War Generation.
Pluto in Leo people, those born between August 1938 and June 1958, saw Saturn move across their Pluto between Autumn 1975 and Summer 1978, and again between Summer 2005 and Summer 2007. Those with Pluto in Leo who live to an advanced age will experience it again beginning August 2034 when Saturn again enters Leo.
Since September 2007, Saturn has again touched the Pluto in Virgo generation, those born between October 1956 and July 1972. It will continue through July 2010, and will occur again between October 2036 and November 2039. Thus the choices, decisions, purpose and wisdom this generation is distilling out of their experience of mid-2007 through mid-2010 sets important patterns into motion that will directly affect what this generation will go through 28 years from now. We'll take a look at the Pluto in Libra and Scorpio generations in the next article.
Saturn conjunct Pluto is said to be a difficult aspect, but that's only true if a being has not examined and learned how to deal with inner "shadow" material. Saturn and Pluto together symbolize whatever darker energies are in all of us, individually and collectively. Saturn shows us whether we do or do not enslave others, or have the tendency to be enslaved by a thing, person, or idea. It symbolizes fear, bondage, limitation, and sclerosis.
Pluto is the "Lord of the Underworld," symbolizing forces of Ultimate Transformation beyond individual control. Whether corrosive degenerative energy, or the Limitless Pillar of Infinite Fire associated with Lord Shiva, it is easy to see how Pluto could represent major shadow material. It is the spiral Fire that transforms all things by their passage through the Underworld into new pioneering vistas stripped of old shells down to the core matrix seed form.
We are told that Saturn brings a sense of "lack" as well as structure to whatever it touches, demonstrating as a "binding force." Saturn narrows and crystallizes while Pluto concentrates through its essential nature as Divine Economy of Energy.
Saturn gives form and focus, while Pluto purifies. Saturn structures or restructures whatever it touches, and when it comes to visit Pluto, expect that your life will be restructured and purified from top to bottom. It can crystallize our deepest fears of annihilation, as well as bring Spiritual Maturity and Authority.
Saturn conjunct Pluto brings a definite conclusion to the seed patterns that cannot grow in your future, while incorporating structures in the life that will yield favorable transformational growth over the years that follow this transit. This combination brings radical long term pressures and changes, often with explosive force beyond individual control, overwhelming obsolete preexisting rules and crystallized structures.
The next article will continue to explore different effects of Saturn conjunct Pluto for each generation on Earth, and what we've all gone through, or are going through, or will go through during the next several years.(This article incorporates information originally published in Jan 2007. The original article had some very interesting comments, so if you're interested, please go into the archives and check it out.)
© Copyright 2010 Robert Wilkinson