by Robert Wilkinson
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about Saturn conjunct the Pluto of everyone on Earth. Today we take a look at some things I didn’t address in those articles.
More than a few have written me to the effect that given where their Saturn, Pluto, or both are in their natal charts, their lives have been a challenge. Especially those with Saturn conjunct, square, or opposed Pluto in the natal charts. The following time periods will help you identify if you have a “hard” angle between Saturn and Pluto in your natal charts.
Saturn conjuncted Pluto from August 1946 to September 1948 (Leo) and August 1981 to October 1983 (Libra). Saturn opposed Pluto from Jan 1965 to Feb 1967 (Pisces to Virgo).
Saturn waxing squared Pluto January 1955 to May 1955 and October 1955 to December 1956 (Scorpio to Leo except late 1956 Sagittarius to Virgo). They made waning squares June 1973 to January 1974, March 1974 to July 1974, and December 1974 to May 1975 (all Cancer to Libra). They were in waxing square again March 1992 to September 1992, December 1992 to May 1993, and July 1993 to January 1994 (Aquarius to Scorpio).
The most recent waning squares were made by Saturn in late Virgo and early Libra to Pluto in early Capricorn from September 2009 to October 2010, and from Libra to Capricorn April 2011 to July 2011.
All the transit to transit aspects show us how well our natal aspects between the relevant planets are functioning. Our natal aspects show us how those “lights” and functions relate to each other in our holographic pattern. We’ve modified that through progressions. The transits show circumstances that test how effective we are in our inner relationship between those planetary parts of our being.
We all have Saturn and Pluto somewhere. I know of very few who have been happy with how their Saturn or Pluto have operated in their life. But some of us have learned to make Saturn (and even Pluto!) our friends, which yields great rewards the older we get.
Anyone with Saturn conjunct, square, or opposed Pluto has a heavy road to travel. However, remember that neither Saturn nor Pluto bring us “fun and games” types of experiences. These are serious lessons that show us the lessons we must learn, whether we want to or not.
For example, I have Pluto conjunct my Ascendant, so I've been "under the beams” of Pluto my whole life. When Saturn was in Leo, it conjuncted my Pluto, but more importantly, it was in my first house, a far more obvious influence than the generational restructuring indicated by the conjunction to my Pluto.
Remember that ALL generations have had Saturn on their Pluto. That represents a generational restructuring, and is only personal depending on where it occupies in the chart. So while it’s life changing, it is that for many millions across the world.
It’s our response to Saturn that is most important here, since we have more ability to control how we deal with and express Saturn than Pluto. We all have the "T Cross" (Saturn, or Tav) somewhere that has been determined by prior karmas and how we've dealt with the “Ring Pass Not” in other lifetimes. I included links to posts explaining “the Ring Pass Not.” In yesterday’s article. And truly, we have no other work than to come out of mental slavery into dominion over our lower self.
When we have Saturn afflicting Pluto, we are profoundly affected during our Saturn returns, since the aspect to Pluto is triggered in dramatic ways. For those with Saturn conjunct Pluto in Leo or Libra, their Saturn returns are inextricably intertwined with Saturn on their Pluto.
In Leo, they have had to take any fear or rigidity of the heart or expression of their natural loving self and, over time, reshape it so they could better express the Divine Power of their exalted Pluto in Leo. This group could literally become "the authority of the divine transformational power of the heart" through Saturnine disciplines applied to purification, economy of energy, seed form focus, and all those other great Pluto keywords.
In Libra, they have had to take any fear or rigidity in relationships or their sense of justice or fairness and over time, reshape it so they could better express the Divine Power of their Pluto in Libra. This group could literally become “the authority of the divine transformational power of relationship” through Saturnine disciplines applied to the same Pluto keywords just mentioned.
It’s the same for those with Saturn in hard angles to Pluto, but in these cases Saturn is at odds with the divine transformational power. Whether it’s the Saturn function that needs adjusting, or the Pluto function that needs adjusting, is seen in the individual chart and the aspects made to both planets from the other planets.
However, even if Saturn and Pluto don't make a hard angle in your chart, there is a critical factor about Pluto that none of us escape. Given Pluto in my first house has been inseparable from my Path to realization this life, I've found that Pluto requires all of us at some point in our lives to "live in the underworld of existence," at least for a time, until we are no longer afraid of it. This is so we can examine every dark corner of our being to make sure we're not conveniently glossing over that part of our existence.
While it's dark, under pressure, and usually superheated in some way, it's also the way to purify all the dross from our subconscious and unconscious minds, and learn how to live with an eternal universal process. There's really no way of escape, since what we avoid this life is what we will work on in our next. If we cannot be at peace in the darkness, we'll never know the peace of the Light.
Our Pluto requires that we undergo amazing pressure to purify ourselves to our core. Here we learn perseverance, because as we go through “the dark night of the Soul,” whether for a few hours or years, we learn we can survive and come out stronger, clearer, and more purified of the dross of worldly existence, if we simply learn what we have to learn about the dark side of life, whatever that means.
We must “live in darkness” for as long as it takes for us to accept that there are things to be learned there. Some refuse, and so live in darkness even though the light is waiting for them when they choose to do the work required before exiting that hell.
No matter how difficult the challenges we encounter via Saturn and Pluto, they too will eventually pass. All forms pass away, and in learning detachment, we learn not to clutch at the good, nor fear that troubles are here to stay. This helps us stay in the NOW and remember that all things in our world are transitory, including our own perceived existence. And of course, it’s all part of the process of us learning to love “All-That-Is.”
Eventually, even the longest night gives way to the dawning of a new Light in our lives. The new light makes all things clear, where bleakness gives way to beauty, and the fear of being stuck in unending darkness gives way to a measure of joy, hope, and anticipation of things to come. The light dispels all shadows, and if we have thoroughly examined the underworld of our existence, learning all that Pluto has to teach us, we never have to go there again.
One added benefit for doing this type of self-purification is that over time, we become less afraid, whether of what’s coming or what’s leaving. And when karma allows us the privilege, we are able to be of service to others in the hell of their existence since we do not fall into fear or uncertainty.
We all have to go into the underworld at some time. In those times it’s nice to have a friend who shows us we are not alone, and there is a way to the light if only we do the work we need to in the darkness. They cannot do our work for us, but they can remind us that we’re all in this together, and there are universal lessons to be learned, whether in the darkness of worldly existence or the Divine Light of Eternal Existence.
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson