I say this because the upcoming conjunction (rare, about every 35-36 years) between Saturn and Pluto, exact at 22° Capricorn in January 2020, doesn’t just impact those born in Capricorn. This critical conjunction will either conjunct, square, or oppose a certain degree range (18° through 27°, which I shall call, henceforth, “the middle degree range”) within each of the cardinal signs of initiation: Aries (self), Cancer (family), Libra (relationships), and Capricorn (structures). Furthermore, these Saturn/Pluto reverberations happen on at least three levels: outer world, generational, and personal.
Entire books could, and should, be written about the Saturn/Pluto effect on each of these levels. So for me to pretend to give this subject any kind of full treatment in one post is laughable. However: as will be come obvious if you read all the way through this otherwise somewhat abstract outline: what counts is our ability to face, embrace and erase whatever in our lives is no longer viable because the structure within which it has been organized no longer works.
Outer World Effects of Saturn/Pluto
In most of my many recent posts that reference the upcoming exact Saturn/Pluto conjunction, I focus on the most obvious level: “outer world” events, mainly political and geopolitical, especially important because this particular Saturn/Pluto conjunction (2019-2020), happens to be the prelude to the first ever Return of Pluto to its own natal place in the chart of the United States (2020-2024). Will these United States stay united throughout the upcoming ordeal? A real question.
Generational Effects of Saturn/Pluto
The generational effects impact three groups of people:
1) those born with Saturn/Neptune in Libra square Uranus in Cancer (1952-53),
2) those born with Saturn/Pluto in Libra (1982-1983),
3) those born with Uranus/Neptune in those middle degrees of Capricorn (1991-1995).
For each of these three pinpointed generations, the underlying, usually unconscious outer planet signature will be stimulated, triggered; and always the result will be to expose and detonate underlying structures that have held them in place, usually unconsciously, all their lives.
These structures are first of all invisible, in the psyche, energetic signatures that then tend to materialize into visible structures in the outer world.
For the youngest group, (1991-1995), the Uranus/Neptune in Capricorn generation, otherwise known as the upper end of the millennial generation, (24 to 28 years old), its generational purpose is enormous: TO COMPLETELY RESTRUCTURE SOCIETY. The current, still forming Saturn/Pluto conjunction, now conjuncting their own natal unconscious signature, is bringing that generational purpose to the surface. And though it is driving them, it may not be something they are consciously aware of — except to recognize, a great many of them, that the way society is currently organized has resulted, for them, in massive student debt which they may not ever be able to pay off, much less buy a house or start a family! On the other hand, those internally destined to become leaders of their generation, are even now, deeply involved in this enormous task of beginning to restructure society, at all levels, by experimenting with new and yet untested structures.
The second group, Saturn/Pluto in Libra, now 36-37 years old, will likely find themselves focused especially on how their primary relationships (whether romantic or business) are or are not working, and if so, how to restructure for the future.
The final, and oldest group, Saturn/Neptune in Libra square Uranus in Cancer generation (1952-1953), are now 66 to 67 years old, and heading into retirement. For these people, their natal three-planet outer planet signature, which has stirred up trouble from day one, given their unconscious need to both base relationships on a more spiritual foundation (Saturn/Neptune), while simultaneously allowing a more open, freeing energetic within family life (Uranus in Cancer), is likely once again be tested, given that the forming Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is detonating long-term structures, traditions, protocols, patterns, dynamics they had set up within their one-to-one relationships as well as those they’ve upheld in family life.
It’s time to ask a more general question: Why do structures detonate? Answer: because they are or have become too tight, too constricting, squeezing the life flow that must be allowed and maintained for healthy functioning. So, in all cases, the way through is to allow the detonation to proceed organically, naturally, and as consciously as possible, recognizing that this particular structure has lost its usefulness, given new conditions. As old structures die off, so new ones will arise in their place, but this will require prolonged experimentation with what does and does not work, given one’s possibly changed aims and goals.
Saturn/Pluto in personal life
So now let’s just take a glance at how the Saturn/Pluto conjunction is affecting personal life for those born with major planets (not necessarily outer planets) in Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. For example, the Sun.
For the Sun in those middle degrees of Aries: this time is one of fearless and possibly impatient individual initiative that will likely disturb traditional structures and the powers behind them, in relationships (Libra), family life (Cancer), and society (Capricorn).
For the Sun in those middle degrees of Cancer: this time is one wherein the person is forced to recognize how his or her own vulnerable emotionality has been captured into some kind of structure, dynamic, or protocol that no longer serves, inside the self (Aries), in relationship (Libra) and in society (Capricorn).
For the Sun in those middle degrees of Libra: this time is one wherein the person needs to step up to the plate, and not be cowed by the conscious or unconscious agenda of other individuals with whom they are in relationship. Plus, of course, adjustments needed in family life (Cancer), individual goals (Aries) and at work in the outer world (Capricorn).
For the Sun in those middle degrees of Capricorn: this is a time when all hell breaks loose! And since the Capricorn individual is more attached than most to existing structures of any kind, the detonation of them will open up entirely new worlds on individual (Aries), relationship (Libra) and family (Cancer) levels.
The point is, though detonating structures hurt, cause pain, that suffering, caused by one’s clinging attachment to old structures, when embraced, when felt in the body, mind and spirit all the way through to the end, can, in fact, be recognized as birth pangs of new structures, protocols, patterns, dynamics, that will support healthy functioning by allowing the life force to, once again, freely flow.