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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…


By the time we arrive at the MC, the 10th House Cusp, in the journey through the Houses, we are looking at the Elder, someone who assumes responsibility for the community. This is Saturn's realm. But how can a lone individual assume this onerous responsibility? It is by looking at Saturn in a different way.
During the 1st Saturn Return, we assume responsibility for ourselves, we begin to incarnate. And that is how Saturn is generally seen, as the worldly taskmaster, for better or for worse. He is a very mixed blessing in our extraverted culture.
In the 2nd Saturn Return we have, schematically speaking, done 30 years of incarnating. We no longer have to pretend to be an adult 😂 Seriously, Saturn is the bridge to the outer planets. At this time Saturn learns to be the servant to the outer planets, instead of trying (unsuccessfully) to boss them around. In other words, the responsibility is no longer 'ours', it belongs to something bigger than our narrow selves.


The Depth Psychology of Chiron

I occasionally try to do away with Chiron. He is, after all, only the size of the Isle of Wight. But he keeps coming back, one way or the other. So although I’m not going to give him planetary status, I will generally pay attention if he is aspecting something important in the chart. Like in my own case, conjunct the Sun and square the MC and sextile the Moon.
But that still often leaves me stuck for something to say. Which ‘bit’ of us is he? It’s not enough to say ‘the wound’ because lots of bits of us are problematic and painful. Besides which, Chiron was a wise teacher for the main part of his life, it was only later on that he got wounded by the poisoned arrow, and was in pain to such an extent that he tired of living. Catch: he was immortal. But he sorted that, giving up his immortality in exchange for Prometheus being released from his torment.
Both Saturn and Chiron have been described as bridges to the outer planets, and that seems a fairly sensible thing to say, given their pos…


In his speech today about the post B economy (he wouldn't say the word because, he says, it is history!) Boris Johnson flew the flag for free trade, claiming it has benefitted the world economy enormously. For some, it undoubtedly has. For others, not so.