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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.

Sitting Bull
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.


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So this is how the lone individual assumes this impossible responsibility: by recognising that it is 'not my will but thine'. This is Saturn, at his 2nd Return aged 58 or so, giving us the broad shoulders that the community needs of us. We quietly know that they are not our shoulders, but something bigger than that, beyond that, to which we surrender. The outer planets. Spirit.

And we can surrender in part because we no longer care so much about our reputation, a concern of the 1st adult Saturn cycle. If everything f*&^s up, so be it, we can live with that and what people may say. (This also describes the way in which Saturn-ruled Capricorn, with its mastery of the tribal tried-and-tested norms, earns the right to move into rule-breaking, transpersonal Aquarius.) There is undoubtedly some broader purpose at work that we do not know about and may never know about.