What’s going on in Capricorn?
It was fairly clear that the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn was going to be a biggy in terms of impact. Just to rerun the technical details – these two slow-moving planets haven’t been conjunct in the sign of Capricorn since 1518 (before Pluto was discovered) and they won’t be conjunct again in this sign till 2754! If an astronomical event is as rare as this, it suggests that the impact will be unusual, global and significant. As this conjunction is in Capricorn, we expected it to affect the fundamental structures of society – the worlds of business and government. As it involved Saturn, we expected it to involve limitation, a kind of reality check. As it involved Pluto, we expected its influence to be profound. What we did not expect was a viral outbreak that is disrupting many societies at their most fundamental level.
Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are challenging our sense of security; everything external that we take for granted, from jobs, to what’s on the supermarket shelves, to the possibility of travel, all sorts of gatherings including sports events and eating out, even in some countries just to be able to go outside. And that’s in addition to exposing the failures and the cracks in the government and the social system.
If your sense of well-being depends on the availability of Coco Pops or toilet paper, then you’re in for a hard ride. Saturn and Pluto are stripping life down to what is essential. We don’t know what will be temporary adjustments and what will mean a complete sea-change in our way of life. Just to say this: while external reality is doing flip-flops, our sense of inner security is what will get us through.
So now we know the agenda, let’s look at the prognosis.
On February 16 the three heavy-hitting planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto were joined in Capricorn by Mars, the planet of action and decision. Mars acts like a trigger, setting off or manifesting the energies of whatever it touches and as it transits the sign of Capricorn it will trigger each of the slow-moving planets in turn.
20 March: Mars triggers Jupiter, boosting Jupiter’s expansive energy. Jupiter is the guru, the teacher. His role is to help us make sense of situations. This transit should enable us to grok the deeper meaning of what’s going on.
23 March, Mars triggers Pluto. Mars is still carrying the energy boost from Jupiter as it meets the Lord of the Underworld. It looks like an overdose of male energy and some mitigation would help keep things chilled. Fortunately, we’ve got an easy angle from Venus to help us pull back from the pressure of confrontation. Steady as she goes – with as much charm and diplomacy as you can muster.
What about Saturn? At times when there’s a lot of heavy energy buzzing about it’s good to have Saturn to absorb the excess so that things run nice and smooth. But Saturn has moved on into Aquarius (for a few months at least) and it’s tied up with another agenda – setting up the future business paradigm. Maybe we get some pre-echoes of that around this time, especially when Mars meets Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius on 31 March. As Capricorn is the sign of government and business, Aquarius is more about community and potentially the sharing economy.
So that by the time we get to 5 April, the first of three conjunctions of Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn is upon us. When Jupiter and Pluto get together it’s drama time. Jupiter expands and Pluto deepens. As we mentioned above, Jupiter does help to make sense of things. Its function as teacher is to give meaning in order for us to grow. But with Pluto, the teaching challenges us at the deepest level. Asks us to find meaning in loss. Asks us to have a good hard look at what our goals and aspirations are.
There are three hits of the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, 5 April, 20 June and 12 November. Getting us ready for the major conjunction of 2020 on December 21st when Jupiter meets Saturn in the first degree of Aquarius for the great mutation in air. But there’s a way to go before we get there.
We also need to bear in mind the impact on Capricorn’s opposite sign, Cancer, the sign of the family. The impact has been most newsworthy on royal families whose affairs are also the affairs of state. But for it will also mean adjusting to finding a way to work at home while the kids are off school.