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SATURN-PLUTO: GOVERNMENTS VS THE MULTINATIONALS?

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The last time that Saturn and Pluto conjoined in Capricorn was in 1518, 3 months after Martin Luther nailed his theses to the church door at Wittenberg and began the Protestant revolution against the transnational power of the day: the Catholic Church. 

Saturn and Capricorn both describe governments and the establishment, and Pluto describes a major power shift within that. So what are the equivalents today? 

The transnational power of today within Europe is firstly the EU, and Brexit formally took place a couple of weeks after the conjunction in January. So because of the astrology I think we have to read that event as pre-figuring a major shake-up of the EU and its power structures. I am stating this as a factual inference, not as a judgment in favour of or against the EU (it is very hard not to be taken as such these days.) This major shake-up will be reflected in Neptune's hard transit to the EU Angles, whic…

A STORY ABOUT THE WORLD


Astrology is not a science. There are any number of ways of reading the heavens. The inexplicable gift of the astrologer is to hit on a story that means something to us, that startles us: how the hell could you have known that? And in that way we are enchanted, we are connected to a mysterious bigger something that seems to know something about who we are.

On 12th January Saturn, the worldly taskmaster, and Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, will line up in the sky. This happens once every 40 years and begins a whole new cycle for the world. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are, each in their own way, that bigger something that we cannot control, that is more powerful than this puny self that likes to think it is in charge. Life works when we yield to, and co-operate with, these outer planets.

Saturn allows events to happen, in fact he demands that they do so. And Pluto is the raw power of new life wanting to emerge, and destroying whatever stands in the way of that. He is not ‘good’ or ‘bad’, nor is not the job of the astrologer to judge in this way. Pluto describes survival, and what we need to survive. He therefore describes, amongst other things, the economy. In Roman times, he was a god of wealth.

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The last conjunction of Saturn and Pluto was in 1982. It is like a deep seed being planted, and takes some years to be visible. One meaning of this conjunction was the new era of free market economics. The conjunction occurred in the sign of Libra, a sign that concerns balance. The world economy had, in a way, been balanced since the 1930s, when the Glass-Steagall Act was introduced to stop further crashes and depressions. This balance was torn up under the new Saturn-Pluto alignment. As the economist Ha Joon Chang has shown, these ‘free-market economics’ have, since the 80s, led to more boom and busts, less overall growth, and eventually resulted in the crash of 2008.

So this era, with the new Saturn-Pluto conjunction upon us, is coming to an end. The coming conjunction is in the sign of Capricorn, a sign ruled by Saturn that describes the establishment, government, institutions and big business. Exactly what will happen is beyond my ken. But maybe something about the shape of it isn’t. One theme will be the power of the multinational corporations. Even the mighty US government cannot get Amazon or Google to pay their taxes. Nor can the EU. These corporations are starting to rule the world. That said, the US government is in the pockets of the big corporations in ways that are hardly believable to us. Congressmen are all sponsored by them, and they see nothing wrong with that. China, however, is not so susceptible. And the UK will soon be in more of a position to write its own rules. So one theme is likely to be the increasing power of these corporations, and the attempts by governments to control them. As well as a new era of protectionism. We have been taught that protectionism is a bad thing. But is it so terrible to make things yourself, rather than rely on cheap labour thousands of miles away? I think Saturn-Pluto also describes the new world order that is coming into being, a world of 2 economic and military superpowers instead of one, the US and China.

The last time Saturn and Pluto lined up in the sign of Capricorn was in 1518, 3 months after Martin Luther nailed his theses to the church door at Wittenberg and began the Protestant Revolution against the pan-European power of the day, the Catholic Church. This is fascinating and spooky in the light of Brexit, but maybe more on that next time 😊

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