The Lorekeepers: Saturn in Cancer

Hello, and welcome back to  journeys.🙂 This will be my only post this month, as I have unfortunately injured my hand – this writing was finished before my injuries. Since my hand will need several weeks to recover, I will only be posting once per month during this time.


Today I am sharing about Saturn in Cancer, which is considered a difficult Saturn for a number of reasons, but in this message I would like to show those of this tribe that there are some surprises in this influence that often get glossed over and that they have an important karmic task and the wisdom to enable its successful completion. The difficulties of the placement are forges in which this wisdom encounters realities which it must adapt to, the tribe being one which must proceed cautiously and sensitively in this process. Perhaps more than any other tribe of Saturn this tribe is bound by the emotional pull of its conscience, but it encounters sticky situations that require lateral thinking to bypass in order to appease that conscience.

In an earlier post I wrote the following on the nature of Saturn cycles, which I am repeating here in full to provide context for this message on Saturn in Cancer:

“The Saturn cycles are connected with cause and effect in terms of generational impacts – with how we as a people enact our awareness of natural universal laws. They govern the limitations which seem to restrict or deny communion between generations, the rigid structures or traditions that define them. Every generation likes to represent itself as an authority on something, and the Saturn cycles are connected with how that plays out.

The Saturn macro cycle is what truly separates us, one generation to the next. The gulf of experience opens its maw wide every 30 years, leading to a seeming abyss between older and younger groups of us. It is an illusion of time, a conjuration of world weariness, but a potent one. There is effort and work to be done in bridging this gap – think of a first talk between a 15 and 45 year old person – but as is the way with subterranean Saturn and his crushing pressures, there are diamonds in this coal. It will take time and effort to mine, but once fashioned it long outlasts us. This cycle is all about major efforts we can make together that span decades. Once consciously engaged it also empowers us in the mass clearing of human karma. The macro cycle divides into quarters of about 7-7.5 years each, one for each of the 4 Elements, and its how a generation (and its individuals) handles its karma and what it understands from any failures at these times that determines the effect it will experience at the next quarter.

The micro cycle of Saturn in the 12 signs opens a 2.5 year window into which individual souls are incarnated by the Greater Selves as part of a specific thread in the Great Work. This thread re-emerges in a new form every 28-30 yrs (i.e. as part of the macro cycle) and in human terms is related to the karmic consequences that are necessary for human awareness as a whole to comprehend its own nature and ultimately to be its own conscious architect. Within the micro cycle, Saturn is busy building and preserving ancient and customary ways against the ravages of time, it is a preservative factor in generational astrology that can allow us to transmit wisdom through the ages. It mimics the generational effect of the macro cycle (which we experience most often with our parents and grandparents) on a personal scale, so that we can feel that distance and gap with people who are our nearer our own age. For example, the Saturn in Taurus generation will have a difficult time integrating its own experience and understanding of life with that of anyone born under Saturn in Leo, Aquarius or Scorpio, signs which square or oppose Taurus, and this difficulty will be strangely like the difficulty we have relating to our own parents or grandparents way of looking at life – if we can just get out of our own limiting way, it can permanently open things up for us. On the other hand, those with Saturn in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn) can help us to build what we each came to build, like a far less stern and authoritative parent or grandparent, but this means the core lessons we need to understand will come more slowly and stealthily. This kind of co-operative effort will still require effort and patience, but in strange ways, time itself will be on our side.”


The resonance between Saturn and Jupiter means that Saturn stays in 1 sign of the zodiac for about 2.5 years on average, roughly 250% of the time Jupiter spends in a sign, and so within each Saturn macro cycle there will be 2.5 complete sets of Jupiter macro cycles. This context with Jupiter will create a significant but not terribly obvious bias within the Saturn macro cycle to a part of the zodiac which effectively de-emphasises about three signs. For example, during the most recent Saturn macro cycle measured between Saturn in Cancer (1973 – 76) and Saturn in Cancer (2003 – 2005), Jupiter visited every sign three times except for Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius which he only visited two times. This pattern will be different depending upon where in the zodiac we start to measure the Saturn macro cycle and it will gradually shift from century to century.

The length of the macro (orbital) cycle of Saturn means that, if you have Saturn in Cancer, when you are about 29 the people being born will also have Saturn in Cancer and the people who are about 58 will too, along with anyone surviving to the age of about 87, making 3-4 living generations of Saturn in Cancer at any one time, which means that as time passes you will all be able to relate your experiences together even though they come from very different times, even eras in human terms. This is another reason why Saturn represents relations with elders and grandparents – this knowledge was experientially acquired (often from observing the influence of Saturn’s cycle and perceiving how it connected with actual experience, but also through other means). They did not simply decide that Saturn influenced relations with elders, they observed it at work. This emphasis on actual observation of astrological effects (rather than being told by an astrologer what they are) is what is missing from modern astrology and what I attempt to restore with the 26 keys. Time is far more cyclical than linear – it is a vortex, like life.

So as with Jupiter the connection with Saturn can be significantly bolstered and fed through interaction with anyone born in the same Saturn ‘tribe’ – it is a generational and sociological trait, known as a cohort in sociological terms. With Jupiter, contact and working in tandem produces a greater hope, sometimes fruition, prosperity and abundance, but within your Saturn cohort the effort put in determines whether something enduring will be built or the flaws inherent in the weakest link will bring about failure.

Here is the current piece of this pattern:

Saturn in Cancer 1900-2100

  • 24 Aug 1914 – 7 Dec 1914; 11 May 1915 – 17 Oct 1916; 7 Dec 1916 – 24 Jun 1917
  • 20 Jun 1944 – 2 Aug 1946
  • 1 Aug 1973 – 7 Jan 1974; 18 Apr 1974 – 17 Sep 1975; 14 Jan 1976 – 5 Jun 1976
  • 4 Jun 2003 – 16 Jul 2005
  • 14 Jul 2032 – 27 Aug 2034; 15 Feb 2035 – 11 May 2035
  • 1 Sep 2061 – 24 Nov 2061; 16 May 2062 – 28 Jun 2064
  • 28 Jun 2091 – 9 Aug 2093

Note that Saturn often dips in and out of a sign due to its annual retrograde motion. In these cases I have placed the beginning and the end of the passage in bold.

The tribes immediately before and ahead of the one you may be born into will hold the greatest common significance in terms of shared struggle and hard won wisdom through experience. The others go further beyond your reach and the generation gap then becomes a property of Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. However, the Saturn in Cancer cohort ahead of you connects with the Saturn in Cancer cohort ahead of it, forming a chain along which the connection can still flow providing that there is a living link in the chain. This is part of the wisdom of the elders I was referring to and part of how it is effectively preserved and ‘passed down’ through time. In many cultures this was so developed that individuals were assigned as ‘keepers’ over specific strands of wisdom.

Note that the modern Saturn in Cancer pattern encompasses people born during the two World Wars, and that it marks the beginning of one (the first) and the end of the other. This is fitting given that Saturn in Cancer creates protracted challenges based on territory and nationhood, ancestral land, racial heritage, the pressures of a family unit and national identity, gloomy pressures and restrictions in families, housing crises, ‘bunker mentality’ and the karmic effects of past collective feelings. It is also worth noting that, overall, it seems that Saturn in Cancer brings an end to large conflicts rather than igniting them (as indicated below), frequently because people tire of them and the weariness begins to be felt at governmental levels.

egg-721315_1920The Saturn in Cancer theme is one in which the cohort is often deeply depressed and struggles to protect its nests from life events, a path in which souls must learn – over a long period of time – that only by caring for one another can we overcome the sense of futility that there is no point to life. Once these souls learn how to draw the appropriate lessons from their life experiences they become a power for encouraging humanity to protect the vulnerable and the weak. When the tribe fails to draw the appropriate lessons it becomes too gloomy, too armoured, too defensive and reactionary, too hung up on the weight of its history, too unhappy with family or home life the way it is and too rigidly and negatively influenced by the limitations and failures of its past and its parents and grandparents. Blockages have usually arisen in the expression of feelings of devotion and sympathy, usually by the imposition of authorities or realities which have cut it back and limited it. They can make smooth progress in dealing with such issues by interacting with the Saturn in Scorpio or Saturn in Pisces tribes (or with individuals who have an emphasis on these signs) but can encounter real difficulties in working alongside Saturn in Aries, Libra or Capricorn or those with an emphasis on these signs. Both Taurus and Virgo provide needed stability and confirmation to Cancer, and so Saturn or an emphasis in these signs can help move things forwards when they get stuck (and that goes both ways). All of this, of course, also applies to the aspects Saturn in Cancer has in the natal chart.

underwater-1283558_1280On the macro scale of notable events, here are some from the events from the above periods I dug up from wikipedias timeline that resonate with Saturn in Cancer. Doing some research into these events and meditating on the themes connecting them through time (bearing in mind what I have said in the previous paragraph) can provide further insight into the nature of this pattern and its tribe:

  • 24 August 1914- 24 June 1917 (excluding certain dates as shown above): World War I is breaking out and then spreading across Europe – food is rationed, homes are clouded by fear; Battle of the Somme; in the Dolomite mountains, 100 avalanches bury 18,000 Austrian and Italian soldiers; Panama Canal is inaugurated; the first ship ever to be sunk by a locomotive torpedo fired from a submarine (HMS Pathfinder); German submarine U-9 torpedoes three British Royal Navy armoured cruisers with the death of more than 1,400 men; British super-dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious (23,400 tons), is sunk by a minefield laid by the armed German merchant-cruiser ‘Berlin’; torpedoing of the armoured cruiser SMS Prinz Adalbert results in only three men being rescued from a crew of 675, the greatest single loss of life for the Imperial German Navy in the Baltic Sea during the War; the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens for business; first everyday items made of stainless steel come into public circulation; U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns over a disagreement regarding his nation’s handling of the RMS Lusitania sinking; Mexican Revolution (main sequence) and the Arab Revolt; British Womens Institute founded; the ‘Great Retreat’ of Russian forces out of Poland (then part of Russia); military conscription begins in the US; the military tank is developed and deployed; the first American Indian woman to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States as a lawyer (Lyda Conley) is admitted to practice there; Franz Kafka publishes ‘The Metamorphosis’; Alfred Wegener publishes his theory of Pangaea; Einstein’s theory of general relativity is formulated; William J. Simmons revives the Civil War era Ku Klux Klan; ‘Fordism’; Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis or Rosicrucian Order is founded (now largest Rosicrucian organisation in the world); Dadaism; the first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled; Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control in the United States; toggle light switch is invented by William J. Newton and Morris Goldberg; U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America; an anti-prostitution drive in San Francisco occurs and police close about 200 prostitution houses; Rasputin is murdered; ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ apparitions occur.
  • 20 Jun 1944 – 2 Aug 1946: World War II ends (this leads to mass suicides in Germany and Japan, Operation Paperclip, the atomic era, the start of the Cold War and the emergence of new global power structures); Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of souls drown (sometimes 4-5,000 at a time) with torpedoing of submarines and warships (MV Wilhelm Gustloff, with over 10,000 mainly civilian Germans, is sunk by three torpedoes from the Soviet submarine S-13 – up to 9,400 are thought to have died in the greatest loss of life in a single ship sinking in war action in history; Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by Claus von Stauffenberg; dharwad-240539_1920Anne Franks hiding place discovered by Germans; the story of Auschwitz and the ‘Final Solution’; ‘Battle of the Bulge’; world’s first undersea oil pipeline is laid between England and France; liberation of Paris; first V-2 rocket attack on London takes place; Dutch famine known as the ‘Hunger Winter’; Roosevelt becomes the only U.S. president elected to a fourth term; Roosevelt suddenly dies of stroke while in office; Erik Wallenberg and Ruben Rausing invent a way to package milk in paper; Arab League is formed; United Nations established; creation of the World Bank; Bank of England nationalised; Arthur C. Clarke suggests the idea of a geosynchronous communications satellite; Project Diana bounces radar waves off the Moon, measuring the exact distance between the Earth and the Moon, and proves that communication is possible between Earth and outer space, effectively opening the Space Age; Sony is founded under a different name; the Atomic Energy Agency established; the first underwater test of the atomic bomb (USS Saratoga).
  • 1 Aug 1973 – 5 Jun 1976 (excluding certain dates as shown above): Watergate scandal; Concorde flight arrives, opening era of supersonic travel; Sydney Opera House opened; Mariner space probe is launched and becomes first probe to reach Mercury; Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter (Pioneer 10 later leaves our solar system carrying a golden plaque, depicting a man and a woman and information about the origin and the creators of the probes); Skylab is launched; the Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States; ‘Three-Day Week’ electricity consumption reduction measure introduced in UK due to coal shortages; a large Song dynasty trade ship from the late 13th century is dredged up from the waters near the southern coast of China; the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark enter the European Economic Community, which later becomes the European Union; 71 day standoff between federal authorities and American Indian Movement activists; Johnson Sea Link submersible becomes entangled in wreckage of World War II destroyer leading to deaths by carbon dioxide poisoning; United States Drug Enforcement Administration is founded; 1973 Oil Crisis; the Universal Product Code (barcode) is scanned for the first time; Ceefax (one of the first public service information systems) is started by the BBC; the Rumble in the Jungle; Arecibo Message; Dungeons & Dragons fantasy tabletop role-playing game is first released; Altair 8800 is released, sparking the microcomputer revolution; Microsoft is founded; Apple Computer Company is formed; International Women’s Year is launched (the name given to 1975 by the United Nations; since that year March 8 has been celebrated as International Women’s Day); Thatcher becomes Britain’s first female leader of any political party; Australian TV goes full colour; Khmer Rouge genocide begins; Vietnam War ends; Jaws is released (this sets the ‘summer blockbuster’ release standard); The Emergency (a prolonged state of national emergency) declared in India; Maoris march to claim their land; Harold Wilson resigns as Prime Minister claiming to be physically and mentally exhausted (he is having his second Saturn return); ‘Cod War’ (over marine territorial rights) between Iceland and the UK ends.
  • krubera-cave-124 Jun 2003 – 16 Jul 2005: The largest expansion to date of the European Union takes place; first European Constitution established; Orange Revolution in Ukraine; Second Congo War (which left millions dead) ends in peace accord (which does not bring peace); Saddam Hussein captured; Charles Taylor resigns and flees Liberia; Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in over 60,000 years; Europe’s first mission to the moon is launched (SMART-1); China launches their first manned spaceflight (Shenzhou 5); NASA announces that the Mars rover Opportunity has confirmed that its landing area was once drenched in water; Cassini–Huygens spacecraft arrives at Saturn; the Bull Ring in Birmingham is opened (Europe’s busiest shopping centre); Israeli warplanes strike alleged Islamic jihad bases inside Syrian territory; last Concorde flight takes place, closing era of supersonic travel; same sex marriage begins to be legalised in the US and elsewhere around the world; Facebook launched; Gmail launched; Youtube founded; popular TV show ‘Friends’ ends; Madrid terror attacks; Smoking bans in public places introduced; extent of clergy sex scandals begin to come to light; stampede occurs at the Mandhradevi temple during a religious pilgrimage, killing 291 people; North Korea announces that it possesses nuclear weapons; Chechen school hostage crisis holds nearly 1000 children hostage; Olympic flame returns to Athens for summer games; explorers reach bottom of worlds deepest known cave (Krubera cave); previously unknown human ancestor discovered (Homo-Floresiensis); Earth is hit by a huge wave front of gamma and X-rays from a Magnetar neutron star (the strongest flux of high-energetic gamma radiation measured so far); Eris is discovered; Huygens probe lands on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn; Deep Throat’s identity is revealed (see Watergate scandal, above); Make Poverty History campaign launched; The Return of the King takes over 1 billion dollars.


Some of these associations should be clear to anyone with a knowledge of astrology – food rationing, the British Women’s Institute and International Women’s Day, the ‘Cod War’ between the UK and Iceland, the many deaths involving submarines, apparitions of Mother Mary, the invention and deployment of armoured tanks, political, economic and cultural unions of entities into ‘super-families’, the stressing of ‘family’ values, the creation of national banks and the events involving people struggling to keep claims to their ancestral lands all resonate quite clearly with obvious Saturn in Cancer qualities. The transit also has connections to the resignation or death of ‘political fathers’ and figureheads, particularly in the US (which is a Cancerian nation by the declaration of independence). Other events have abstracted meanings – the Crab approaches essential meaning sideways on (or perhaps it is the other way around) – and so I will need to explain the intuitive logic behind them, but I hope that once this is perceived it becomes clear that Cancer is just as enigmatic as the other Water signs can be, even when Saturn is involved. First, we need to look at how Saturn typically functions in this sign.

In terms of the zodiac, Saturn generally needs as much heat as he can get – when he is cold, he is very, very cold, verging into icy and inclined to be too skeptical, mean spirited and pessimistic – but he is as a rule complicated or restrained by both Cancer and Leo (which place him far away from his own signs and therefore do not suit him) and somewhat more pressured and frustrated in his functions and more unable to build lasting structures when in Aries, so two of the 3 Fire signs come with a catch for him. His most supportive signs to be in are his own, Capricorn and Aquarius, and the sign of his exaltation – Libra. Being cold and dry he is generally better in the daytime and in the daylight, placed in Fire or Air (Air especially as it will also give him some moistness) between dawn and dusk and above the horizon because then he is warmed up (less pessimistic and brittle). During the daytime he is supported well by all the Air signs (where he is then in his Triplicity) but the Fire signs are an improvement for him day or night (he is also always in his Triplicity in a Fire sign at night, but this is a secondary or ‘backup’ form of support through Triplicity).

reservoir-1030292_1920In Cancer, then, he is ‘in detriment’ and not terribly happy – it is cold sign and one in which he generally finds nothing familiar or amenable to his nature, he is in a far flung territory where his skepticism can easily become stubborn pessimism and he can get nostalgically or fearfully stuck in the past. If such a Saturn is placed in the night sky, far from the Sun and so receiving no warmth at all, he is completely frozen and will easily lead the entity to becoming stuck in situations. Being unable to find the Fluid he needs, the Electric Fluid, such a cold Saturn puts one firmly in mind of tenacity and persistence but also the punishing and often self defeating grip of the crab on its threats and treasures. Such a Saturn is likely suffering from some kind of bunker mentality, a withdrawal into a shell or fortress through fear of danger and as a means to keep the world around it safe and protected. It is frequently crippled by vulnerabilities and anxieties over which it feels there is no control, life feels like it is mostly an uphill struggle and the soul spends a great deal of time pampering the nest against leaner times, which are always gloomily expected. To lift Saturn out of this Magnetic slump the soul needs to set an emotionally meaningful goal and begin working towards it with increasingly incremental success.

Essential dignity can lift the heaviness of some of these feelings. In terms of essential dignity in Cancer, Saturn finds a small degree in the last part of the sign, from 26° to the end. These are his terms or bounds (Egyptian) and in the case that he lands within them it changes things. In this case, the last degrees of Cancer offer Saturn a currency he can understand in the form of the relationship between scarcity and productivity – Cancer is keenly aware of the fact that the lack of something is a great motivator in acquiring it, and these terms reinforce that truth with experience. Sometimes, these bounds also trigger the Cancerian empathy with the realisation that any gain we do make in life is at the expense of someone else, someone who usually has less than we do. So Saturn can become more charitable at the end of Cancer, less keen on being stingy with its care, and we should see this as common traits in those born towards the end of his time in the sign.

Before then, however, he is without a zodiacal paddle, and this accounts for the vast majority of the tribe. The Active Water of Cancer can be rapid and turbulent, pulling us in unexpected directions, including under. The sensation of drowning – of not being able to breathe – can haunt these souls not as a physical thing but as an astral or sometimes mental one. Worry spirits prey upon them and feast. They need to face up to imagined fears, things that they have learned to fear in the past but which have no substance now, and also the higher order fear that mortality makes devotion futile. If Saturn is being challenged or issuing challenges along squares or oppositions, karma will be thick in this direction and the issues of planets at the end of these aspects are usually inhibited, blocked or denied with great stubbornness.

Even with a well aspected Saturn in a warmed position, stubbornness will be a stumbling block. It is one of this tribes universal traits and if Saturn is emphasised we see a great unwillingness to budge over issues which it has feelings about. To illustrate the problem, think of the stereotype of the ultra-controlling parent who knows what is best for us from their own experience. It cannot be reasoned with by the common logic, as I will explain later, and so it easily becomes intractable. In terms of accidental dignity if he is Angular it can make him incredibly pugnacious and stubborn, but this time in terms of our ability to shift his form and expression in our life. Things will only take shape exceedingly slowly and with continued effort in this respect. This is extra difficult if his qualities have already grown very obstinate by being plunged into a cold and dark atmosphere. It is already hard to shift the restrictions, gloominess, handicaps and problems of Saturn in Cancer and requires a continued application of time and exertion. However, the persistence and tenacity required in order to overcome these difficulties is character building, particularly with respect to the feelings.

Saturn is detrimentally deprived by the Active Water of Cancer because generally it is not receptive to his influence to face reality at all, tending to live in imaginary worlds and to build only a brittle shell between the soft white flesh of the crab and the outside world, and perhaps more painfully, the ‘pincer it’ approach of these people to life makes them defensive, protective, cautious, and emotionally vulnerable; yet there is a pain even deeper at the root of all this, because the truth is these people are both the broken-hearted children of the world and its loving parents; they continuously walk into the tests and trials of Saturn wide armed and open-hearted like a child who takes the hand of a grown man they have never met when they become separated from their parents. Again and again they are puzzled, as they cry, why did the pretty coloured coral slice me like razors?


Was it something I did wrong? Why can’t I take sweets from just anyone who wants to give them to me? Why is this family so broken? This may look like naivete but it is more akin to a deep trust and an inner emotional awareness of the caring world we should naturally be living in. And so although they are canny and wary enough to never go back to the same razors edge they will go continually paddling into the metaphorical coral of life, drawn again and again by its beauty, arms spread and eyes wide with childlike wonder. This gives them a power to nurture and care for others, to be the parents of the world who know its lurking dangers, but it is a painfully long rocky shoal that they must pass through on tender, bare feet before they truly come home. They must learn like all children that there are reasons to be cautious and reasons to be careful, but this lesson does not end with childhood, it stays with the tribe throughout life, steadily developing an armoured crust around their innate sensitivity, which they end up perceiving as a vulnerability. Hear me, children of the ancient crab! – your sensitivity is your legacy, not your curse! It has been hard won across many lifetimes, and you are here to share it in ways that make a practical and measurable difference to the lives of those you share it with. You are a born caretaker, whether you like it or not, and you must find a way to show that to the world around you that does not leave you feeling used or vulnerable. It is a life task.

Often there is a Saturnine influence in the background of the family, a firm authority of some kind or a broken, fractured, heartrending lack of nurture, a separation or alienation. Painful examples of this can be found throughout history – Eric Clapton was born illegitimate and raised by his grandparents, and his 2 year old son fell 40 floors from an open hotel window; Edith Piaf was born under a street lamp and just left there; Michel Nostradamus lost his wife and children – his entire family – to plague; Napoleons childhood was miserable, as he stated:

“The cries of the dying, the groans of the oppressed and tears of despair surrounded my cradle from the hour of my birth.”

gorilla-1385688_1920This is profoundly important to understand. Whatever form it takes, it is not a punishment. It is a necessary experience that triggers the awareness we need, the Saturn in Cancer empathy and the awareness that there is a more natural and nurturing way for the world to be. The lack of something triggers this awareness because this is Saturn in Cancer, not Jupiter in Cancer. Abundance does not make necessity clear. The empathy being built by Saturn in Cancer is based on the notion of alleviating emotional suffering through becoming acutely sensitive to the need to soothe it, and in then perceiving the ways this needs to happen.

Significantly, however, Saturn in Cancer often tends to emotionally bond with the motherly and thus alienate the fatherly. It can happen the other way around, but this seems to be less common in my experience. There is thus a lack of the awareness that the father role, while not actively participating in the emotional nurture that is commonly associated with our images of a healthy family, is as important as the mother in the provision of this nurturing love because they provide all the support and material structure upon which it all depends. Saturn takes this matter to task, and many of the tests of time are then concerned with correcting this. A parent may be missing in childhood as a means for these life lessons to take form. The path here is that of transcending not only any lack of nurturing in our childhood but also the imprint of the inner parent that we have adopted as a result.

Members of this tribe may be too emotionally inhibited and shy as a result of their past or their family circumstances. They may feel isolated within their own family or feel lumbered with responsibilities to it, and yet they will typically take family responsibilities and parenthood seriously. In cases they will take them too seriously, which would be another manifestation of fear – the fear that if they stop doing these things the entire family falls apart. Sometimes, the soul is so afraid of having a family that it does not want to start one. In such cases the soul may need to let go of family issues that should really remain in the past. An unhappy childhood cannot be changed but we can change the way we behave now and we can certainly change the way the future crystallizes. Anxiety and fear of the future arises within the tribe from a lack of trust and self knowledge of its own instinctive capacity for emotional vulnerability and the positive growth this gradually brings. In order to experience true relaxation in life they will probably need to embrace the future with more enthusiasm by coming to terms with the past, learning the lessons that must be learned about family and using those lessons to restructure the emotional self.


If members of this tribe find themselves becoming instinctively emotionally inhibited, blocked or tense it is perhaps because of this fear of allowing the emotional self to be open, with repressed feelings having grown out of proportion and then spawning vulnerability. The need for respect from and for family members is greatly felt, as security within the home is very important to the well being of this cohort. Because Cancer rules over all aspects of domestic life and because Saturn represents the path of testing through necessity and learning, there may be many difficulties with their homes in life as well as family. If Saturn is frozen they should be slowly made aware that they can be hypersensitive and too defensive, approaches which isolate them from the very people they are lovingly devoted to.

The short story is that something in their past has partially shut down their ability to show devotion and that consequently showing devotion now brings them troubles. Something has caused them to develop a hardened and brittle exterior in order to protect themselves within it and now they are in danger of being encased in scar tissue. It can become difficult for anything to truly make it through the barriers to affect how they feel, and it is equally difficult for them to fully interact with the emotional world. In order to overcome this problem they have to struggle to re-emerge from the armoured shell that has accrued around them. In his book ‘The Inner Sky’ Steven Forrest touches upon this problem in his description of Cancerian strategy:

Bostelmann_Bathysphere“An automated bathysphere. Its purpose? To map the seabed four miles below the ocean’s surface. To extract samples from the sediment. And to return intact to the mother ship. One strategy supersedes all others: The bathysphere must survive. The sea presses at it, sounding the walls for any weakness, any flaw. In that unmitigatedly hostile environment, defense is everything. Without armor, the delicate sensing devices within the vessel would be crushed in a microsecond.

Yet, there must be gaps in the defense. A solid wall of steel two feet thick would protect the ship perfectly. Too perfectly. Without breaks in the armor, the bathysphere could not interact with the environment it was designed to explore. There must be windows for the cameras. Wires must run from the interior brain to the exterior eyes and ears. There must be internal storage bays for material gathered from outside.

The bathysphere’s designers face a difficult problem: if they defend the machinery too well, the ship will not do the work for which it was created. And if they do not defend it well enough, the vessel will be destroyed by the environment it was designed to penetrate.

It is the same with the Crab…Cancer’s goal is to maximize the intensity of its interactions with the world, while simultaneously protecting its finely tuned emotional sensibilities. To surround them in a shell of steel would allow the fragile mechanisms to endure. But life is more than endurance. The Crab’s strategy is to create the minimal defenses consistent with survival.”

This is very pertinent to the task of Saturn in Cancer, wherein (especially with a barrier like a frozen Saturn) the design of the bathysphere has placed too much emphasis on defense and protection and not enough (or any) on interaction with the environment, leading to it becoming a steadily sinking tomb of lead with no portals. This leaves the individual with the task of removing significant defenses and turning them into emotional sensitivities.

It is this point that explains part of the reason why Saturn in Cancer is connected with space probes – they must be built to withstand intense forces that would crush them, but be sensitive enough to show us valuable treasures once they get to where they are going. In terms of essential meaning, they are just another kind of submarine. But we are still only paddling on the shore, and this ocean has murky depths. It’s time to plunge.


Saturn plays the long game. Cancer is a lateral strategist that grows anxious when forced to take the direct approach, which is perceived to be extremely vulnerable to interception. This being the case, the logic of how to play this particular long game is obscured and requires imagination. This also applies to the nature of the events that resonate with Saturn in Cancer. Einstein invents the theory, and one Saturn orbit later the science is being dropped on Japan. Another orbit passes and an energy crisis leads many countries to switch to nuclear power and protests arise against its deployment, while at the same time the power of the atomic age is setting up the microcomputer revolution. One more Saturn macro cycle later and we are launched into the world of online social networking, while Tritium is leaking and contaminating the groundwater at Exelon’s Braidwood station, Ukraine has to build a new shell (called a ‘sarcophagus’) around Chernobyl and Iran and Libya are coming under pressure from the IAEA while North Korea is reactivating reactors and announcing it has nuclear weapons – just as Edward Teller (‘father of the H-bomb’) dies.

This thread is an interesting one because what happens is that a breathtaking insight into the fundamental nature of reality (Relativity) is spun out over the course of a century and what we see are the consequences of misusing these natural laws as well as the fruits of capitalizing on them. There are containment issues at work as shells which we have placed around the titanic things we have created that we do not know how to control but seek to harness are inevitably worn away, leaving us with bigger problems. Yet we can also regard the exploration of our greater home – the solar system – as part of the fruit of this seed. It seems Saturn in Cancer reveals more of the structure of our home system, and the long game may be at work here too. If we consider the discovery of an entirely new genus of human being (nicknamed ‘the hobbit’) as late as 2003 and the revelation of water on Mars, we begin to see an outline of something more profound – that we may be inching towards a realisation of the origin of life on Earth and in our solar system as we dance with Saturn in Cancer. It may be piecing our past together gradually, piece by lateral piece, carefully selecting each step with its precision pincers. It reveals the greater structures of our home (solar system) and may be leading to discoveries about how life was hatched here. If this turns out to be the case, we can expect a major development of the big picture in the early 2030s, the next time Saturn is in Cancer.

We also see the long game being played in the crafting of structures and institutions that eventually enable the modern social networking phenomena. This would surprise many astrologers as it is often attributed to Aquarius or Uranus, but it is a complex phenomena that is composed of many astrological factors. Aquarius and Uranus seem to be resonant with the spread of the technology and the speed of its adoption as well as its mental and social impacts, but Saturn in Cancer is more concerned with what kind of family of humanity we see emerging in those arenas, with what kind of nest we will build for ourselves, and with the emotional impacts on domestic life and family structures. It is gradually forging a family of humanity, leading us to a point where we can see only one race. But what race will we see? What is it that will make us a family again? That is the question Saturn poses here, and it is a difficult one. At this time, the effect of Saturn in Cancer seems to be to further isolate individuals in their shells as they visibly pay less attention to their environment, ironically through being hooked up to one another. How can people come out of this withdrawal from reality? What will make them care enough to look up again? Currently the tribe is busy seeking answers to such questions, even when it does not realise that is the case. This year (2016) a square between Saturn and Neptune is bringing these issues to a turning point. Crises in national identity (Brexit, Trump vs. Clinton, immigration crisis in Europe, etc.) is part of this and will reach critical turning points from which there is no easy return when Saturn enters Capricorn (Dec. 29, 2017 to March 21, 2020). Therefore these are critical moments just before the opposition for this tribe, moments when these questions are having situations set up for later manifestation. The tribe needs to find some answers, especially those with a Cancer or Capricorn emphasis.

In finding their answers, this tribe should remember that it is the emotional consequences that matter most to them. What will be the cost to the soul of proceeding down this or that path, and will those scars ever heal or always serve as a reminder of the past? It is the stress upon the emotional consequences of experience that explains why this Saturn seems just as suited to ending wars as beginning them – the consequences on families and the overall level of astral nourishment that living in the world provides are pretty much the same for people facing the start of a war as those facing the end of one. Things are scarce, and fragile. crab-63084_1920(1)The task of preserving things while avoiding their ossification and petrifaction and of protecting them without smothering them must be navigated intuitively, using the formidable astral radar of the Crab to sense the dangers and pitfalls lurking where others do not.

Yet this is just a part of the task, because then the tribe have to find a way to communicate to the rest of us what that sensory array is telling them, and here come the problems it is less equipped to deal with. Cancer is often deemed to be an ‘illogical’ or ‘irrational’ sign, a reputation that stems from its moodiness and its stubbornness but mostly from a misunderstanding of the logic it uses. There is a logic to tropical Cancer that echoes the backdrop of stellar Gemini behind it in the modern age, yet the means to arrive at that logic are illogical by the way society measures them. To put it another way, Cancer appreciates the security and safety of logic, but it has illogical methods of arriving at its logic.

For this reason, one of the great unsung strengths of this tribe is its capacity to come up with real, practical solutions to anxiety inducing problems, solutions that nobody has thought of yet. Saturn in Cancer has only to convince the rest of us that it is not being illogical at all, but instead that our way of reasoning is broken and dangerous in ways we have not foreseen. For where in the world is the truly caring society?

The Greater Selves perceive Saturn in Cancer as an opportunity not only to advance human understanding in all these areas, but also as a means to reveal their own existence. There is resonance in Saturn in Cancer that touches upon the hatching of life itself, not just from the cosmological and geological perspective but from the spiritual too. The Greater Selves are the Great Mothers of life and the kabbalistic significance of Cancer is that it acts as a channel for the process of the creation of individual incarnations as well as facilitating the movement of awareness from and between the Greater and its family of individual selves. It is the birth canal through which individual spirits are born from the Greater, and by which they are able to feel the presence of their Greater during temporal incarnation. The Greater Self of the Earth itself is also intimately involved in this birthing of individuals, being the Mother of life on Earth, and part of this is an allotment of time – a mortal coil, as it were, that befits the form of experience we take, the bathysphere we build to voyage here. This explains why many of this tribe who take a spiritual pathway in life end up feeling more and more sensitively, deeply and emotively connected to the planet.

This tribe are lorekeepers, vessels of ancient ways and traditions, recorders of history and the protectors of nests. The ultimate test of this Saturn is to move beyond any lack of nurture and genuine care in our past and our family history by providing shelter and sensitive devotion to the many who will come to us seeking our protection, the elderly who need a strong arm to lean on, the infant who is lost, those battered and wearied by the emotional coldness of life. It is to be the door that is always open with a soft bed, hot meal and a broad shoulder to weep on, but never the doormat upon which people wipe their shoes. It is the karmic path of the orphan of the family of mankind who grows through time to provide a place of comfort, a safe haven, to the hurt child within us all. To meet the challenges of Saturn in Cancer we must accept what has occurred, restructure the emotional self, particularly with regard to our family bonds, but also all of our emotional bonds, and not retreat behind stone walls when wounded by life’s ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ (yes, Shakespeare was born with this Saturn, as was William Wordsworth), but instead to move out and act protectively, empathically and untiringly towards the nurture of the wider family of humanity. It is to know the deep and its treasures and to love the human family, and the ocean of life from which it is hatched.


Saturn was in Cancer for Roman Emperor Avitus, Han Yu, Charles Darwin, Henry V of England, Michelangelo, Queen Elizabeth I of England, William I of Orange, Henrik Ibsen, Galileo, Eugene Delacroix, Alexander Pushkin, Jules Verne, Levi Strauss, Cher, Debbie Harry, Rod Stewart, Bob Marley, Goldie Hawn, Mia Farrow, Eric Clapton, Drew Barrymore, Alanis Morissette, Priscilla Presley, Pete Townshend, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), George Patton, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, D.H. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, Dylan Thomas, William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army), Edward Elgar, Dean Koontz, Nikola Tesla, George Bernard Shaw, Tobey Maguire, Art Bell, Bette Midler, Leonardo DiCaprio, Napoleon Bonaparte, David Rockefeller, Danny DeVito, Chico Marx, Michel Nostradamus, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Siegel, Harold Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, Joe DiMaggio, Ingrid Bergman, Edith Piaf, Glenn Ford, Chinmayananda Saraswati, Russell Brand, Mary Shelley (her mother died 11 days after giving birth, as did her own child), Monica Seles, Sylvester Stallone and Yehudi Menuhin.

Truly, Madly, Deeply: Pluto in Scorpio

Iterations of Pluto in Scorpio occur over a cycle of about 248 years, the time it takes Pluto to transit through all 12 signs. He will spend a varying range of time in different signs because his orbit is not resting in the disc of the solar system (the ecliptic) but instead is inclined towards it, bisecting it at an angle of about 17°, and furthermore it is not circular like the other planets but elliptical like an egg.

When in Scorpio he takes about 13 years to go pass from beginning to end of the sign, and on the scale Pluto measures things this is very small. Also, we should note for the entire time he is inside Scorpio he is also within the orbit of Neptune, thus closer to the Earth. This is extremely telling, and goes a long way in explaining his resonance with the sign. It means this generation are far more aware of their Pluto stuff than most of the rest of us are. 

So what we are dealing with here is one of the smallest tribes as far as Pluto counts things, but with Pluto size definitely is not everything, despite what some would like to think. He is a tiny world, packing an enormous wallop. Consequently, despite their minority, this tribe will ultimately be quite vocal in expressing their connection to Pluto. In fact, they will insist upon it. 

Pluto in Scorpio (997 – 2242)

  • 27th Nov. 997 – 20th Oct. 1010 (Excluding 3rd Apr. – 23rd Sep. 998 and 21st Dec. 1009 – 11th May 1010)
  • 21st Dec. 1243 – 27th Dec. 1256 (Excluding 2nd Mar. – 8th Oct. 1244 and 30th Dec. 1255 – 25th Apr. 1256)
  • 28th Oct. 1490 – 18th Aug. 1503 (Excluding 8th May – 14th Aug. 1491, 24th Jan. – 23rd Mar. 1502 and 10th Nov. 1502 – 16th Jul 1503)
  • 6th Dec. 1736 – 7th Oct 1749 (Excluding 4th Apr. – 2nd Oct. 1737 and 10th Dec. 1748 – 7th Jun. 1749)
  • 5th Nov. 1983 – 10th Nov. 1995 (Excluding 18th May – 28th Aug. 1984 and 17th Jan. – 21st Apr. 1995)
  • The next occurrence is in 2229 and will last until 2242.

Resonant events from these periods:

aachen-1137799_1920997 – 1010: Millennialism (expectation of an impending Day of Judgement); Islamic World in its Golden Age; fourth largest volcanic blast of the present geological epoch (Changbai Mountains); Mount Merapi volcano erupts, covering all of central Java with volcanic ash and destroying a Hindu kingdom; Mt. Vesuvius erupts; brightest ever supernova observed and recorded worldwide (it is in the constellation Lupus and provides enough light to read at night on a New Moon); Charlemagne’s vault opened“He did not lie, as the dead otherwise do, but sat as if he were living. He was crowned with a golden crown and held in his gloved hands a sceptre; the fingernails had penetrated through the gloves and stuck out. Above him was a canopy of limestone and marble. Entering, we broke through this. Upon our entrance, a strong smell struck us. Kneeling, we gave Emperor Charles our homage, and put in order the damage that had been done. Emperor Charles had not lost any of his members to decay, except only the tip of his nose. Emperor Otto replaced this with gold, took a tooth from Charles’s mouth, walled up the entrance to the chamber, and withdrew again”; Battle of Pinhoe (Vikings pillage England repeatedly in this era); Leif Eriksson establishes Viking settlements in North America; St. Brices Day Massacre (Danes are ordered killed by English King Aethelred, resulting in significant loss of life); Aethelred gives a fortune in silver (36,000 pounds) to the Danes for two years of peace; epidemic hits Greenland; extensive plague and famine in North Africa; Brian Boru becomes High King of Ireland; Battle of Shanzhou (Liao against Song Dynasty); gunpowder invented in China; what will later be called Shanghai is founded; Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem destroyed by a Caliph; The Shahnameh is written; Beowulf is written.

1243 – 1256: Mongol expansion into Asia and Europe; First Council of Lyon (which excommunicates and deposes the Holy Roman Emperor and begins the doomed 7th crusade); building of the present structure at Westminster Abbey; the 3rd and 4th Great Khans of the Mongul Empire are enthroned; Kublai Khan in China; forced expulsion of Muslims from Valencia; Shams Tabrizi, instructor of Rumi, mysteriously disappears; future Bedlam ‘hospital’ founded in London; last remaining Catharists in southern France are being massacred; one of the largest historical rock slope failures known in Europe; Roger Bacon publishes the formula for black powder (gunpowder) in England; the Great Interregnum; the German cities of Lübeck, Wismar, and Rostock enter into a pact to defend against pirates of the Baltic Sea, laying the groundwork for the Hanseatic League; Albertus Magnus isolates arsenic; Florins – the first gold coins in Europe – are minted; Stockholm is founded; Tripitake Koreana completed (Buddhist scriptures written on 81,000 blocks of wood); Nichiren Buddhism founded; Pope Innocent IV authorizes torture of heretics, leading to torture gaining widespread usage throughout Europe; purgatory first named and clarified.

Black_Powder_Close_Up1490 – 1503: Christopher Columbus lands in the Americas on four journeys, forcibly subjugates the islands, enslaves the Amerindians and lays the basis for a system of land grants tied to the Amerindians’ labor service; the first African slaves shipped to America; Golden Horde defeated and their capital sacked; Askia Muhammad ascends to power and eventually makes Songhai the largest empire in the history of West Africa; Jews are expelled from Spain unless they convert to Catholicism; Treaty of Tordessilas (Spain and Portugal agree to divide the world outside of Europe between themselves); Islam becomes dominant religion in Indonesia; Battle of Zonchio sees first use of naval cannons on ships; Fall of Granada ends nearly 800 years of Muslim control in Spain and centuries of Reconquista; Pentateuch first printed; Ensisheim meteorite weighing 127kg falls on eastern France; Elizabeth Tudor born; first hurricane ever observed by Europeans; House of Medici expelled from Florence; first published description of the double-entry accounting system; First Italian War; Aztec forces conquer and sack the Zapotec city of Mitla; Suleiman the Magnificent born (he becomes the longest reigning Great Sultan); earliest record of distillation of Scotch Whiskey; world first dry dock at Portsmouth commissioned; Intercursus Magnus commercial treaty signed between King of England, Hanseatic League and other European powers; the Catholic Monarchs issue the ordinance of Medina del Campo, creating a money system based on the copper maravedí (in the next three centuries, this system dominated international payments and was used in almost all parts of the Americas and large parts of Asia. It is the basis for a number of modern currencies, including the US dollar); effective extinction of wolves in England; Michaelangelo begins work on David.


1736 – 1749: Tropical cyclone in Bengal kills 300,000 people; an estimated 9.3 earthquake in Russia results in 60m high (200ft) tidal waves in the Pacific; the first city paid police force emerges in Philadelphia; the direct male line of the Medici family is extinguished; ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’ is designated the patron saint of Mexico City; Methodist movement launched after John Wesley has spiritual experience; excavation of Herculaneum, a Roman city buried by Vesuvius in AD 79, begins; Nader Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne, including the Koh-i-Noor; War of Jenkins Ear; massive eruption of Mount Tarumai in Japan; Batavia Massacre (about 10,000 Asians killed by Dutch East India Company); ‘Rule, Brittania!’ first played; a plot to set fire to New York City by slaves is allegedly discovered; ‘Conspiracy of the Slaves’ uncovered in Malta; first Europeans visit Alaska; Anders Celsius develops his own thermometer scale; election rigging leads to resignation of British Prime Minister Robert Walpole (considered the first PM) after nearly 21 years of rule; Goldbach’s conjecture formulated (one of the oldest and best-known unsolved problems in number theory and mathematics); Lopukhina Conspiracy results in grisly punishment in Russia; rebellion against Spanish rule in South America by Juan Santos Atahualpa; Great Comet of 1744; Jacobite rising in England causes terror and panic in London but ends with their beheading (the last state execution of its kind in England); Istanbul burns for 5 days; the first venereal diseases clinic opens (at London Lock Hospital); France declares war on Britain and the conflict is global;Fanny_Hill_1910_cover ‘Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’ (widely known as ‘Fanny Hill’) erotic novel published; a fire in London causes over a million pounds of damage; ruins of Pompeii are rediscovered.

1983 – 1995: Beginning of globalisation; the Reagan and Bush senior era and the early Clinton era; ‘War on Drugs’ begins; ‘video nasties’ and the ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ controversies (overall concern about obscenity and the influence of the occult and violent entertainment); Mitsui Miike coal mine explosion; El Nino weather effect wreaks havoc worldwide; Reagan declassifies GPS for public use; history’s first embryo transfer from one woman to another, resulting in a live birth; AIDs epidemic forces changes in sexual behaviour; the first untethered space walk; Brighton Hotel bombing; famine in Africa sparks Live Aid; Hubble launched; detection of exoplanets around other stars begins; dark matter and dark energy discovered; first confirmation for black holes emerges; assassination of Indira Ghandi leads to deaths of tens of thousands of Sikhs; Human Genome Project begins; DNA begins to be used in criminal law; Bhopal disaster becomes worst industrial accident in history (at least 23,000 resulting deaths); Hong Kong’s future is signed over to China; Thatcher embarrassingly ousted from power; a Soviet cruise missile plunges into a Finnish lake; crack epidemic starts in Los Angeles but quickly spreads everywhere; mobile phone networks are launched; Bradford football stadium fire; Heysel stadium disaster; discovery of the ozone hole over Antarctica; Jupiter observed being hit by a comet; Bangladesh cyclone kills 10,000; remains of Josef Mengele exhumed in Brazil; wreck of Titanic located; the Schengen Area created; 8.1 Richter scale earthquake rocks Mexico City (10,000 or more killed); Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts, killing an estimated 23,000 people; Brixton riots; apartheid ended and Mandela released and becomes President; Cold War ends; collapse of communism; Berlin Wall falls; Chernobyl meltdown disaster; Exxon Valdez disaster; Gulf War and its oil spill; Siege of Sarajevo; Rwandan genocide kills at least 500,000 in 100 days; Srebrenica massacre; Space Shuttle Challenger disintegration; extreme drought in the US; Loma Prieta earthquake strikes San Francisco; Northridge earthquake devastates Los Angeles; race riots in Los Angeles; Mount Pinatobo erupts after over 600 years of inactivity; Oklahoma City bombing; IRA agrees to a truce; Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’; ‘Return of the Jedi’; ‘Threads’; ‘Aliens’; ‘The Silence of the Lambs’; ‘Schindlers List’; ‘Ghost’; ‘Platoon’; ‘The Last Emperor’; ‘Fatal Attraction’.

Overall, what we see here are themes connected with volcanic eruptions, things long buried being exhumed, explosive events involving fire, death being loosed upon the environment, the history of race relations, atomic and nuclear power (or possibly just dangerous power sources, such as gunpowder), breathtaking displays of power or cruelty, the history of money and banking, sacking and theft, the history of communism, coal mines and jewels from within the Earth, the creation of occult networks (including mobile phone networks, which we cannot actually see), developments in which perception of the universe deepens and the history of sex and sexual diseases.

We are a bit short of good examples and experience with Pluto in Scorpio. Little is known about this generation since the living tribe are still maturing, with the eldest about 33 and the youngest about 21, and the previous appearances of this pattern occurred before we knew Pluto was there, but luckily the influence of Pluto in Scorpio was something I spent some time with from the late 1980s until he entered Sagittarius, and I grew very familiar with him during the period he traveled through the sign and so I have some observations to share from that experience, as well as from subsequent work alongside Pluto.

First of all, it seems that there is no more resonant a sign for Pluto to be in than Scorpio. Pluto loves to hide things. He likes to slip things between the lines. And Scorpio loves a secret, and loves even more to discover them. Furthermore, Pluto loves to cloak things in mystery, and Scorpio cannot really resist that either. Pluto provides intensification, and Scorpios are passionate creatures who do not recognize mortal limitations. So there is a definite resonance between Scorpio and Pluto which is akin to rulership. This gives this cohort an intense and compulsive passion for probing and revealing things that have been cloaked in fear, secrecy, denial, lies and darkness. It makes them the tribe to watch if we want to learn more about what Pluto represents.

Mars, however, is the traditional ruler of Scorpio, and he still is. Pluto’s rulership over Scorpio is not even a rulership, but we can think of it as a transcendent rulership if it helps. This means he governs the signs magical functions and takes its expression to potentially even deeper levels. If this Pluto finds himself conjunct another world (especially the Sun, Moon, Mercury or Venus) he will set it ablaze with desires and compulsions to probe deeper and further than anyone else with it. These deeper levels frequently focus on lifting out of us an inner light that is a source of protection in the times of our greatest need. For Pluto is the deep treasure buried in the graveyard of our unwanted power, knocking on the coffin lid it has been buried alive inside of.

Pluto in Scorpio compels a generation to dig deep into this place and bring what it finds to the surface. These people are undaunted voyagers into the world of the occult, the hidden power of their sexuality and the mysteries of death. Their attitude to these things differs from that of Saturn in Scorpio (1982/3 -1985) because it is far more emotionally compulsive, far less conservative or cautious, and far more willing to dive into the deepest end. It may still seek to control and suppress the emotional power like Saturn in Scorpio if the overall position of Pluto promotes it, but in general it is much more willing to surrender to being overwhelmed because instead of fear it gets a thrilling kick out of the taboo dangers. Sexually, if Saturn in Scorpio is sexual repression then Pluto in Scorpio is nymphomania. Saturn in Scorpio needs a plan for everything, Pluto in Scorpio sees that as futile. On the other hand, it is like Saturn in Scorpio in that it ultimately seeks to reveal the deepest laws of matter and the hidden dimensions of life in order to attain mastery over them.

Compared to Uranus in Scorpios (1974-1981) approach to sex, death and the occult, Pluto in Scorpio actually holds some of the answers that elude the Uranus in Scorpio tribe, because they have a fixity that penetrates and probes more deeply. Where Uranus in Scorpio goes with a more detached invention and experimentation in these areas, Pluto in Scorpio goes for saturation and towards being utterly consumed by them. Uranus in Scorpio also goes with the flow, adapting to major change more easily, while Pluto in Scorpio can resist it fiercely when it goes against what it wants, and generally has far more invested in things going a particular way. It is far more heavily invested in its emotional hungers and desires and far less distracted by whatever happens to be new. Pluto in Scorpio is not turned on by the perverse or turned off by the ordinary, but instead it is aroused by the hidden flow of power that moves between people when they fuck with one anothers emotions, negatively or positively.

They are fascinated by these three things because they are fascinated by the nature of power itself and this is such a deep fascination that many do not consciously recognise it. Yet Pluto does, and from time to time, he will be activated and bring these compulsions to the surface as increased appetite for hidden or forbidden knowledge, sex, or a brush with mortality. So few of them actually perceive that it is power that taunts them, and not its acquisition but the mystery of its nature. These experiences bring hidden lusts for forms of power, deep seated emotional pressure and compulsions to the surface and powerful Pluto activations should be used to deal with them by letting them out constructively, not pushing them down or cravenly satisfying their endless appetite. This also means that the tribe are magnetically drawn to things that make most people squirm, so we see a generation given to diving head first into ‘disturbing’ things like sexual abuse, Armageddon, death, the occult, madness and nihilism. The objective is to comprehend the inner power of immortality within us and this entails its capacity to be reborn, often with or through excruciating pain or an encounter with the deepest unknowns, the things that make us all feel deeply afraid or ashamed, and in this process more joyful aspects of life may be ignored, even negated and forgotten. The need to explore such things does not make these individuals a bad person but it can make them a pariah and needs to be admitted or it becomes toxic for all of us. The seeking for power needs to be transformed into a seeking for the nature of power itself. pompeii

For some, power is wealth. Pluto is the king of plutocracy, the keeper of the hidden jewels of the Éarth, and many members of this tribe will seek them. Riches are an insurance against catastrophe. Most of these people think that if Armageddon arrived, they could survive it if they had enough stuff. Even with great wealth, however, the heart is still vulnerable. Some members of this tribe recognise this and are not so keen on amassing money, instead seeking to secure power through loyalty and the avoidance of betrayal. They surround themselves only with those they trust, which are very few, but those bonds are tight. Sometimes, too tight. They can end up strangling and throttling their relationships simply because they are the perceived source of their power and so they do everything they can to dominate and manipulate them. This is like treating souls as commodities, which many of the wealthiest do anyway. Then there are those who see occult power as the way to get everything the way they want. Usually, they are attracted to darker arts and to power trips, but they also include many people genuinely seeking self transformation on deeper levels.

Pluto in Scorpio, in fact, is intensely transformative, and therefore deeply magical to work with as it provides an emotional connection that penetrates to the core, reaching into the nucleus, the depth point. Yet in my own experience with it I discovered that the accumulation of Plutonian energy must reach a certain ‘density’ and then hold this intensely accumulated density for a time before it explodes instantaneously and so releases extremely intense effects. It is orgasmic. For this reason it is easier to accumulate in very dense vessels like obsidian, which seems to be a good candidate for Pluto’s ‘metal’.

Serpiente_alquimicaThe transformative power of Pluto in Scorpio is regenerative; it exposes corruption and buried rot, unearths it, and forces a recycling and a rebirth of those energies to occur. In this sense it is symbolic of eternal recurrence, the Ourobouros serpent which consumes itself in endless renewal. This is a resourceful generation, but they mostly lack an awareness of how much internal power, especially emotional power, they have. They are largely unaware of the fact that this emotional power, though most often tightly controlled, still seeps through their containment and is perceived by others on a deep level as threatening and sinister – and by some as compelling sexual magnetism. This same raw emotional power also makes them prone to substance abuse because they feel they need something to take the edge off the way the world regards them. The firstborn of this generation were the kids who grew up having sex at very early ages, hanging around in shadowy bus shelters in hoodies and dark shades, staring out from behind bottles of Alco-pop and the haze of ecstasy comedowns. Later generations seem to have less of an edge to them, on the whole.

The transformative potential of Pluto in Scorpio is possibly greater than any other planet in any other sign, certainly in emotional terms, and it can lead to many total rebirths in the life, especially when its key is being activated and the connection to Pluto is personally felt. We do far better at these times by just letting Pluto take it away, because he sees better than we do and the rot in their core is not hidden from him. We can emerge from some of these experiences feeling like a completely new person, but we will have to guide that state from the astral to the physical realm. Pluto in Scorpio can only reach as far as the astral realm to create causes, and must influence the physical plane from there. This must be remembered when working with its principle. It must accumulate an intense astral charge and release it all at once in order to impact the physical world. So we can learn to recognise Pluto by the tension building up in the astral around things.

Pluto in Scorpio is also very obsessive and emotionally fixated, making it prone to feel jealousy, employ manipulation and magnetise turbulent relationships; the emotions can be intensely felt and at the same time tightly controlled, so that no-one can see the volcanic feelings that lead us to plot in silence, fixated with an intense passion upon the fulfillment of our will. This obsessive need to keep the emotions under tight control is a product of the awareness that emotions are the power to have over other people, and this deeply known truth, alongside Pluto in Scorpios own skill at manipulating emotions so that nobody notices them doing it, leads this generation to feel that they must keep them well hidden away. They are hiding from one another, scared of the exposure their own gaze will bring, the darkness that will be reflected in their eyes. They don’t want us to see what they know they are capable of. What we are all capable of.

But, they cannot hide. To live with Pluto in Scorpio is to accept that one day your emotions will explode because even those with this influence who do not hide their feelings from others must at times still experience a surging within the emotional body that brings to the surface many long buried and forgotten emotions, often with mysterious origins that cannot be explained to others, as if they were just happening – because in the astral realm, they are. Pluto in Scorpio allows us to hide away the intense emotions that we feel, but they do not go away. They simply wait like a Scorpion for the right time, for the pressure to reach that accumulation of density that will release the intensity so it can be felt not just by us but by everyone in the vicinity. And with Pluto in Scorpio, the origin of these feelings can go back literally eons. This happens without our conscious awareness because what we feel with Pluto in Scorpio, what moves through us, triggers a reaction in these profoundly deep levels of astral being, and the resulting surge is simply too much for the moment it is felt in, it is so overwhelming that it must be buried deep in the astral body and experienced in increments so that it does not cripple us.

molten-1084181_1280A strong characteristic of this generation is some kind of profound alteration of sexual practices and attitudes. Take note that the last occurrence of Pluto in Scorpio led to the sexual revolution in the 18th century, a major transformation during which sexual attitudes underwent profound changes, albeit mostly for white heterosexual males. These shifts frequently coincide with the outbreak or spread of some virulent sexually transmitted disease, a disease which acts to shape and direct the changes in attitudes. In 1494, the first outbreak of syphilis is reported in French troops besieging Naples; from this centre the disease spread across Europe killing at least 5 million people – a massive loss of life for that era. In the 13th and 14th centuries the world was left reeling by the spread of the Black Death, which killed at least 200 million people – 30 – 60% of Europe’s population were killed. Today we have HIV, also Ebola, SARS, etc. and we may be facing something similar about to happen again in the lifetime of this Pluto tribe. This is an intensely sexual generation driven by powerfully ravenous lusts and deep emotional impulses, feelings which they must not condemn but instead find a healthy, natural, non-violent way to express. They need to find a way to express the transformative power of their sexuality, its potential to regenerate them astrally by allowing potent and intense feelings to emerge. Simply sating the soul in sexual gratifications will not achieve this end, it will make them jaded and debauched instead. Again, it is the nature of power they seek, not the ecstasy of power itself. Additionally, they are faced with a need to take casual sex far more seriously than before, thanks to HIV. These themes will continue to emerge through this generation leading to a major transformation of rotten or torpid attitudes to sexuality, a deeper probing of what causes things like pedophilia and the relationship between sex and violence. Everything that has been ‘closeted’ around human sexuality is going to be dragged out into the daylight for all to see, and it will fall in the hands of this generation to transform these situations into more enlightened ones, or to at least begin that process.


Another strong characteristic of this cohort is a deep and intense sense of hopelessness in the face of powerful forces and events – looking the devil in the eye or gazing long into the abyss, they easily have it gaze back into them too. This would be problematic enough, however this sense of hopeless despair is complicated by an astral fixity that is titillated by the truth it perceives, a nature which grips that truth too firmly and can become self righteous and overly impressed with its own cunning and insight. It can become so emotionally convinced that what it sees is the hidden truth that it becomes highly resistant to help, especially when its feelings are hurting.

The need for revenge is strong in this tribe. There is a psychological inability to accept being victimized, a volcanic need to strike back to even the score. They will often justify a rampant cycle of escalating violence, hatred, vengeance or self righteousness by citing themselves as the first victim of an attack. It seems lately to be emerging that there are a number of suicide bombers in this tribe, too. Turbulent personal emotional situations can send them over the edge of what is deemed normative, but on the lighter side if the calamity belongs to someone else the composure and cool insight of these people can be a blessing to the crisis.

Pluto in Scorpio people will often experience psychic perceptions. Almost every day, in fact, these people use a very low level form of magical focusing to get what they want. The emotional body and power of will, when set on something you want, is capable of secretively manipulating others and events towards its end. It is so intently bent on having what it wants, that it simply but subtly gives others no choice, warping things in a way that manipulates them. This is not something they are encouraged to explore, except to notice it and gain control of it so that they do not manipulate others to do what they want. It can then be a powerful transformative tool.

Pluto in Scorpios fascination with death is also exceptionally deep, but again most of the generation are unaware of it except as a more intense level of fear that the world is uncontrollably ending. There is a need not just to understand death, but to confront it and move or at least peer through it. This generation is the first generation to inherit a world where the problems and threats to human existence outweigh the factors supporting its survival. They have, since being children, not only had to contend with a future overshadowed by the threat of nuclear war, but of HIV, environmental collapse, and countless other potential sources of mass death. Deep, deep down, they feel with certainty that we are all heading for Armageddon, and they really feel that way more than Uranus in Scorpio natives. Here we find a major source of all their emotional intensity and extremism. If the world is ending, if these are the end times, then why not have sex, drink, take drugs, disregard laws, blow yourself up for a deity and do whatever the hell you want? Or perhaps go the puritan path and seek some kind of salvation for your sinful soul by shunning all temptation as ‘taboo’? This is of course only the more negative reaction to this awareness, even though it is an understandable one, there are other ways of handling it which are not destructive or self reproachful. Pluto in Scorpio needs to accept that each moment is thereby made more precious by such inevitability.


The awareness of looming threats signalling an end to human civilisation as we know it, then, the perception of the profoundly self destructive course we have set ourselves on, is a major part of what drives this generation on the deepest level of being, it’s what makes them all so intensely emotional, and how they handle this awareness, whether they push it down and deny it, revel in it, or try to transcend it, is a large part of Pluto’s agenda with them. A generally fatalistic attitude shows through in those who are on the verge of making a transition from one way of handling Pluto in Scorpio to another. They are purging the emotional fallout not only of the awareness of the inevitability of their eventual deaths, but the seemingly inevitable mass deaths of hundreds of millions of human beings in an apocalypse which we have all feared and carried around within us. It’s never really just about what just went wrong, that is just a trigger. The penetrating perception of world events and the state of corruption that is evident to Pluto in Scorpio often leads it to conclude that all is lost.

What they may not consider is that in the degenerate society they were born into all was already lost and perhaps the only way to regain it all is a near total reboot of some kind. Those of this generation who embrace this may actually find a release from much of the internal pressure they are under, the acceptance of what they feel does not destroy them but empowers them to live every moment to the fullest and to actually feel that, despite its obvious dark side, there is a light – the possibility of a new beginning after a tribulation. They are no longer so tense and negatively compulsive because they are no longer unconsciously self destructive – they can learn to direct the destructive power of Pluto in Scorpio at things that need to be destroyed. For these people experience of Pluto in Scorpio is deeply transformative, it starts to bring up ‘demon’ after ‘demon’ for release from the pit, and with each one that is faced and unbound, a wave of transformation is set free that moves from the inside, from the deepest level, to the outside. For most others, however, the path is one of a slowly accumulating density of pressure, with cyclical purges as catastrophes trigger a deeper reaction in the individual or mass psyche, just waiting for the big one to occur everywhere, and they are filled with desperate impulses to escape or make it all go away. They experience powerful compulsions pushing them forwards, never truly realising that the source of these compulsions – for sex, power, money – are just the coping mechanisms they have for dealing with their inner feeling that everything is futile. Everything is not futile, but it feels that way for them until they face up to their inner demons.

Many of this tribe have incredible power or experience huge transformation which enables them to exercise greater power than they ever imagined possible. We can see among them the founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty,  Mark Zuckerberg, Thomas Jefferson and PewDiePie (who gathered over 6 million subscribers on YouTube in the course of a few years). Its important to understand that from the astrological perspective, this does not equate to success. What equates to success is how much positive transformation is brought to the world.

This tribe can gain great assistance from people with an emphasis in Water signs or on the signs Virgo or Capricorn, and they can assist those signs with their potent insights into hidden matters, their enormous reserves of willpower and their emotional passion. Interaction with the Pluto in Virgo and Capricorn tribes provide enormous transformative arousal to emerge. They tend to experience greater and more intense conflicts with tribes or individuals connected to the Stable signs, often because there is a stubbornness or blockage in the way.

tumblr_static_ouroborosThe magic of Pluto in Scorpio is the sacred magic of eternal rebirth and eternal life. The tribe have a keen eye on the depth points immortal nature, on the fact that energy cannot be destroyed, merely transformed. The understanding of what this means to mortal existence changes everything, and this tribe have glimpsed into that truth, even though they may bury it deep. This is what makes many of them prepared to die for something they feel intensely strongly about. Yet sacrificing oneself for something deemed to be worth it overlooks the preciousness of the gift of life that we have. Our survival is indeed less relevant than the survival of all life on Earth, yet that is what we threaten with our removal. It is the serpent eating its own tail again, a situation this tribe must both beware and learn how to utilise as a positive power source.

Ultimately there is great power in this generation, power to regenerate or to degenerate depending on how healthily they handle their intense emotions and drive for profound and intense transformation. They need to accept their hurts and let them go while looking at the hurt they themselves cause, discover their hidden cache of emotional power and courage, direct it at a worthy cause in need of regeneration and rebirth, vanquish and banish the demons that stand in the way and cleave with conviction to the need to gaze upon the darkness without being gazed upon. There is much work for these people to do and by its nature it will often be thankless, since people do not generally want to go where it leads, but there are powerful magical treasures to be unearthed, and this world needs them more than ever. It needs their intense commitment to total regeneration, it needs their penetrating perception of the darkness within us, it needs their passionate commitment to life and it needs their insight into the nature of power, which is ultimately that it is not in money, or sex, or the occult, or any of the vessels it inhabits for us – it is in us. All the power that ever is, or was. It is therefore entirely in our power to change the world in any way we choose to, provided there is enough will to do so.

And with that knowledge, there should be nothing stopping us.

Pluto is in Scorpio in the charts of King Macbeth of Scotland, Gruoch (wife of King Macbeth), Moses de Leon (compiler of the Zohar), Marquerite of Navarre, Francis I of France, William Herschell, Bao Zheng, Suleiman the Magnificent, Henry I of France, Philip III of France (called ‘Philip the Bold’ for his combat ability), Edward the Confessor, Johann van Beethoven (the musicians violent, alcoholic father), Henry VIII of England, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Johann Carion, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Pope Leo IX, Pope Clement II, Pope John XXII, George III of the UK, James Boswell, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, Emperor Constantine X of Byzantium, Solomon Molcho, Mark Zuckerberg, Alessandro Volta, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele, Marco Polo, Paracelsus, King Kamehameha I of Hawaii, Thomas Jefferson, Mayer Amschel Rothschild (founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty), Shia LaBeouf, Evan Peters, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe and PewDiePie.

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Darkness, My Old Friend: Saturn in Scorpio

Saturn, the feared ancient of death and misery, cloaked in Scorpio, the sign that defines being born under a bad sign. It’s gonna suck jagged rocks, right? It has to mean you will die a horrible death, probably being dismembered while you watch, or sucked dry by a night creature, or turned into a pillar of salt for your fornicating sin, or that you are doomed to be sacrificed to the devil.

You are, in short, the lovely Miss Ives from ‘Penny Dreadful’. Case sadly closed.



But you might want to hold my hand for this. Life is dark, the night really is full of terrors, and this months pair of articles explore what that means for two different tribes who venture over its threshold.

Let us be real, and admit the truth we hope desperately is not all that there is for us to encounter – life can be cruel, pitiless and savagely hard. It can involve deprivation, desolation, slavery, unimaginable horror and fates that are far worse than death. Children sometimes fall out of giant skyscraper windows or get eaten alive by animals. Psychos chain people in basements and peel their skins off as trophies. Loving animals are treated to electroshock before having their throats cut and ending up sliced onto plates. Horror is part of our life. Sometimes it is actually what we want – and if you think you are exempt from such feelings, watch the story of Ramsay Bolton on TVs Game of Thrones. Ramsay_and_yara

Okay so its just a character in a story, but people really do shit like that to one another, and if they did it to you or your loved ones, in other words if it were really happening to you, those feelings you have about the characters actions and ultimate fate would no longer be so imaginary. Catch my drift? There is violence and darkness in us and we like to see it visited upon evil. If you have little problem swallowing this and do not struggle to accept all of this as reality, you may be one of these tribes.

They want to know what lies in that epic darkness. So let us go in there and see what we can find together.

Saturn in Scorpio was a recent event, as this outline of its pattern in the last 100 years and for the rest of this century shows:

Saturn in Scorpio, 1900-2100

  • 20 Dec 1923 – 6 Apr 1924; 13 Sep 1924- 2 Dec 1926
  • 22 Oct 1953 – 12 Jan 1956; 14 May 1956 – 10 Oct 1956
  • 29 Nov 1982 – 6 May 1983; 24 Aug 1983 – 17 Nov 1985
  • 5 Oct 2012 – 23 Dec 2014; 15 Jun 2015 – 18 Sep 2015
  • 11 Nov 2041 – 21 Jun 2042; 14 Jul 2042 – 21 Feb 2044; 25 Mar 2044 – 31 Oct 2044
  • 25 Dec 2070 – 27 Mar 2071; 18 Sep 2071- 6 Dec 2073

Here we can clearly see that nearly all the babies born since late 2012 through to September of last year (excluding the first half of 2015 and the last week of 2014) are members of this tribe. Since Saturn does not typically appear or mature until we are older, only a very few of the newest tribe will display strong traits belonging to this cohort. Around the time of their first Saturn return in the early 2040s these traits will be very clear. For today we must look back to those born between late 1982 and late 1985, asking ourselves what they have been experiencing lately as they experience their Saturn returns. Much of this will be in personal details rather than public happenings, since Saturn is at a more individual tier of collective astrology, but we have seen important things in this period that do reflect the nature of the influence. Additionally, we must look at the older generation of those born between late 1953 and late 1956, some of the so called ‘baby boomers’, where we will generally see a more concrete and inflexible development of the Saturn in Scorpio qualities. The elders of the tribe are the children of the mid 1920s, born between late 1923 and late 1926. Their youngest surviving member is about 90 right now, their eldest about 93. This gives us four periods in modern history to study and contrast.

In searching for traces of Saturn in history we have to look at authoritarian and governmental establishments and how they extend their power and influence or lose it, we look for older or more sobering figures who stabilise with their presence or block forward momentum by playing the tradition card, we look for disasters involving the consequences of human interaction with the natural laws of our world (our ability to master it) and we look for events which apply pressure or involve things cracking, the necessity for change, Nobel Prize winners or other people who are being honoured or elevated to authority, and the emergence and adoption of rules or traditions, among other things. From a spiritual perspective we look at how humanity is handling its karma and what that karma is.

Here are some Saturn in Scorpio events from these periods:

1923-1926: British submarine HMS L24 sinks after accidental collision; Lenin dies and Stalin begins eliminating his rivals on the rise to power; dock strikes in US harbours; first radio broadcast by a President (Coolidge); NBC radio network opens; Islamic Caliphate is abolished after 14 centuries; Castle Gate mine disaster in Utah claims 172 miners; the first death by gassing in capital punishment; Adolf Hitler jailed, writes and publishes Mein Kampf; fascists sweep to power in Italy; J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI; Mercedes-Benz formed; Harry Mathews claims to have invented a ‘death-ray’ but fails to offer proof while offering it all over the world; ‘Indian Citizenship Act’ makes all tribal peoples citizens of the US; Hanapepe Massacre (Hawaii); death of Franz Kafka; sudden and shocking death of sex symbol Rudolph Valentino; Harry Houdini dies of gangrene; Nobel prizes given for x-ray spectroscopy, the electrocardiogram, colloidal suspension, discoveries in the atomic nature of matter, tumour research and George Bernard Shaw; appearance of New Yorker magazine; deadliest tornado in US history (695 killed, over 2000 injured); Tennessee Governor prohibits teaching of evolution; Klu Klux Klan holds marches and becomes largest fraternal organisation in America with over 5 million estimated members; first television images transmitted; martial law declared in Britain due to coal strike; Mammoth Cave National park authorised by Congress; first woman to swim English Channel (Gertrude Ederle); Agatha Christie disappears; ‘Gorilla Killer’ (necrophiliac serial killer in San Francisco) caught.

playboy-42527_12801953 – 1956: McCarthyism; First TV broadcast in SE Asia; colour TV approved in US and the first sets go on sale; The Lone Ranger radio program concludes after over 20 years; Cold War begins to set in; Korean Cold War begins; Playboy is launched by Hugh Hefner; Nixon visit to Iran sparks several days of riots and shooting; Tangiwai Disaster (New Zealand railway bridge collapses into river killing 151); ‘Atoms for Peace’ speech (push for a nuclear future by US President); dock strikes in England; Bikini Atoll hydrogen bomb tests; first nuclear powered submarine (USS Nautilus) is launched; food rationing (begun in WW2) finally ends in Britain; worlds first atomic power station opens in Moscow; the first ‘Godzilla’ movie; mass vaccinations of children against polio begin; East German sovereignty is recognised by Russia; a Soviet spy ring in Australia is exposed; Boeing 707 is introduced; creation and first meeting of the Bilderberg Group; Nasser becomes Egyptian president; Alan Turing commits suicide; Rock and Roll music begins with Bill Haley; F5 tornado (the most powerful on the scale) hits Texas; a devastating tornado outbreak sequence in North America spanning three days and spawning 46 tornadoes, including an F5; Hurricane Hazel claims over 1,000 lives in Haiti; Nobel Prizes for Albert Schweizer, Ernest Hemingway, quantum chemistry research, quantum electrodynamics, wave function in quantum mechanics, oxytocin (a treatment used in child birth), vaccines and the oxidation enzyme.

titanic-sinking-underwater1982 – 1985: First permanent artificial heart implanted; dioxin contamination in Missouri; Peoples Republic of China institutes its current constitution; first US execution by lethal injection; women protest against cruise missiles at Greenham Common by forming a human chain of obstruction; sinking of ‘Rainbow Warrior’; beginning of the Internet; Klaus Barbie arrested, charged with war crimes; first all-sky infrared surveillance from space; seatbelt use becomes mandatory in the UK; first flight of the Space Shuttles Challenger and Discovery; reactor shutdown from failed fuel rods at Kursk nuclear power plant; Live Aid; ‘Hitler Diaries’ published (later proved to be faked); comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a massive coronary on live television; British coal strikes; Soviet Union shoots down a Korean airliner killing 269 including a US congressman; Reagan announces GPS; Bhopal disaster; retrovirus nature of HIV first proposed; global nuclear war narrowly averted when a Soviet officer correctly identifies a false alarm; crack cocaine introduced; Maze prison escape (largest prison escape in British history); submarines reach a record submergence; Soyuz launch disaster; Neil Kinnock elected leader of UK Labour Party; unlicensed fireworks factory explosion in Tennessee inflicts damage in 5 mile radius and kills 12; US invades Grenada; Michael Jacksons ‘Thriller’; ‘Ghostbusters’; the Night Stalker serial killer; wreck of Titanic located; discovery of the ozone hole; Nobel Prizes given for genetics in maize, theoretical modelling for black holes and stars, William Golding, Lech Walesa, Desmond Tutu, the discovery of the W and Z boson particles (considered two of the most fundamental particles of matter) at CERN, peptide synthesis, antibodies, analysis of crystal structures using x-rays and the influence of cholesterol in coronary heart disease.

higgs-simulation-32012 – 2015: Edward Snowden disclosures; death of Nelson Mandela; chaos and civil war in Egypt and North Africa; widespread legalisation of same sex marriage in the US; upheaval in Ukraine; turmoil in Greece; first Scottish Independence referendum; Higgs-Boson particle observed at CERN; skydiver becomes first person to break sound barrier without machines; North Korea conducts nuclear tests; celestial object explodes over Chelyabinsk; an ear is created from a 3D printer; Pope Benedict resigns; first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning; Syrian Civil War chemical attacks; Ebola virus outbreak begins in West Africa; Belgium becomes first country to legalise euthanasia for patients with a terminal illness of any age; Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappears over Thailand; Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over Ukraine; Korean ferry capsizes and sinks killing many young people; severe sanctions against Russia are applied; Israel launches an assault on Gaza including a ground invasion; IPCC finalises its report on climate change“severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage from CO2 emissions; Rosetta lands on a comet – the first time this has been achieved; New Horizons reveals Pluto; Iranian nuclear energy agreements reached; rise of ISIL leads to military response from many countries; liquid water found on Mars; most intense hurricane ever recorded in the west (Patricia); COP 21 summit agrees on climate change pact; Nobel Prizes awarded for modelling complex chemical systems, the Higgs mechanism, transportation within cells, energy saving bright light and for memory and cognition research in neuroscience.

maxresdefaultSome of the themes we see here are clear demonstrations of Saturn in Scorpios essential meaning, others bear only a passing resemblance until considered more deeply. This is because in selecting these happenings I gave primary consideration to the emotional impact they had. When Tommy Cooper died on national TV, it was on a Sunday night light entertainment show watched by millions of people, and there was a strange moment when he seemed to be making a joke, but then he grabbed the curtain and fell back, his normally funny face contorted in agony. It had a huge emotional impact in the UK at the time as he was a massively popular and widely loved national treasure. Saturn in Scorpio hurts us in the soft, precious parts. We see it bringing us up as close as we can get to the brink of nuclear obliteration without tipping over, almost as if it is deeply and insightfully intelligent and is trying to show us where we are headed if we don’t wise up . Because it is. It also leads to pressure situations of the most extreme and intense kind (Syria, for goodness sake) and to transformations of our understanding of matter – it is teaching us about the truth hidden under the veneer, the bloodstains hidden under the rug, the building blocks of physical reality that underpin its manifestations, the body buried in the cement in the back garden, the hurt and the shame we feel at what we have done as well as the truth hidden from normal sight. It is brimming with ancient secrets, an ancient friend of the darkness in our soul – its confessor.

hurricane-92968_1920People break through barriers when Saturn is in Scorpio – speed records (for running, falling, swimming) are frequently broken through this pattern. This is because ancient powers lurk beneath the surface of this Saturn, powers that grant great endurance, strength of will, determination and good planning. As was visible in Uranus in Scorpio we also see themes connected with surveillance technology and the mass media being developed and utilized by the authorities. Nuclear power sources, doomed ships, destructive winds, methods of execution and blockages at docks and in coal mining also show up. It is generally not a good time to be at sea for any reason. With Playboy, Valentino, HIV, the Gorilla Killer and developments in childbirth we also see events connected with the sexual organs. There also appears to be a correlation with coronary disease.

The most recent passage of Saturn through Scorpio saw the emergence of the Edward Snowden material containing proof of the extensive spying operations of world governments on its citizens, also a cauldron of horrors in Syria (where Saturn was sitting on the Scorpio ascendant of the Ba’ath party chart), long standing paedophilia and sex abuse within the Church came to light and under pressure at last, notable drug and sex scandals involving people in positions of power made the headlines (Prince Andrew, Rob Ford, etc.), a series of horrendous and still mysterious flight disasters occurred, the Mediterranean became known as the ‘Sea of Death’ after countless numbers of us died trying to cross it fleeing death and worse in northern Africa, and it even delivered the first breathtaking images of Pluto – and there were many other stories resonant with Saturn in Scorpio, most of which are tragedies. This is not an indication that Saturn in Scorpio is evil; it is an indication that our relationship to Saturn in Scorpio is manifesting its darker potential and needs attention. The Saturn in Scorpio theme is one in which the cohort is inescapably confronted with darkness and must look long and hard upon its own horrors.

Should you belong to one of these groups, being born in these periods, the Saturn in Scorpio tribes immediately before and ahead of you will hold the greatest significance in terms of shared struggle and hard won wisdom through experience. The others go further beyond your reach and the generation gap then becomes a property of Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. However, the cohort ahead of you connects with the cohort ahead of it, forming a chain along which the connection can still flow providing that there is a link in the chain. This is part of the wisdom of the elders and how it is ‘passed down’ through time.

800px-Gojira_1954_Japanese_posterWhen Saturn is in any other Water sign (Cancer or Pisces) you are each given greater support in working towards life goals, building, persisting, handling responsibility or any other Saturn issue; when Saturn is in any Stable sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) there are challenges thrown down and your Saturn tribe runs a collective gauntlet, regardless of age. This applies to interaction with other generations and those signs too. Age and character merely shape the form of these initiations, not their timing for the tribe or the essential nature. When you combine efforts with other people born into the same tribe of Saturn at such times you can make great progress in almost any area of life but especially in Scorpio directions if you are prepared to work hard together. Remember this because it is extremely powerful magic once known only by the eldest and wisest amongst us but now being made available to all so that we can gather again as a people to face collective trials.

Astrologically, people who are a significant degree older, having reached a completely different landmark of life than you, influences who are more serious, objects of fear, limiting or limited, authoritarian, more experienced or more highly regarded are ruled by Saturn and frequently reflect the projections of our own fears or limitations. Saturn is the final authority in any domain. Thus it is often experienced when we are children as our perspective of much older people, as our grandparents and those with the greatest and most serious experience and governance or authority especially, but is also traditionally personified in miners, beggars, crooks, undertakers, farmers, members of religious or cultural sects, people who work with leather, tanning and undertakers. Anciently Saturn is the king or ruling monarch. Today we can also add the influence of the prime minister or president, governing authorities and dominant corporations. Both Jupiter and Saturn can also be regarded to signify for our teachers or authorities, albeit different types of teacher and authority with different methods – the carrot, and the stick.

Through concentrating our attention into a narrow area – by establishing and enforcing certain limits and rules – Saturn identifies, delineates and crystallises our path to understanding the meaning of our physical experiences. It is the instruction tool and guiding rule of the Greater Self. It is, despite Jupiter’s size, the most spectacular looking planet in the solar system. Its presence immediately evokes an awareness of the delicate and complex balance of the sacred harmony of life – to behold Saturn is like gazing on the crown jewels of the solar system, at least in terms of planets. It is just a titanic, awe inspiring, epically orchestrated beauty.

Yet here on distant but neighboring Earth, Saturn appears as only a yellowish-white dot in the night sky, if at all. His breathtaking spectacle of complexly interacting moons throwing elliptical and arcing shadows onto hoops of spiralling dust sparkling like cosmic diamonds in a mine is utterly lost to our sight. It’s in the dark. We do not hear the music he makes in our souls. That melody tells us that in order to learn and grow we must at times make mistakes and suffer setbacks, accept our responsibility for our own errors and face our fears and limitations. We need to fail because in doing so we discover more about ourselves – much more indelibly than we do from the fortunes and successes of Jupiter – and yet when encountering our own failings we often fail again by failing to learn from or even accept our flaws. We go about in denial and fear, rejecting our weakness and insignificance. We blame something else and complain like Scrooge.

We get badly trapped in karmic cycles this way, in particular when we have intensely passionate feelings while we die and shuffle off to another existence. Sometimes such feelings become strictures or rules that bind us to an emotional pattern, a pattern that is often a mysterious, pressing, crushing weight on the soul that we must work through. This is sometimes what members of this tribe have to deal with – the unfinished business of something they felt as they died. Hence, it does not mean that these individuals will die a horrible death, it often instead means that they already have. One brief look at any time in history, but especially the Saturn in Scorpio times, will show that horrible deaths come all the time, and not just to individuals, but to large groups of people. We also know that many people give in to despair and commit suicide. Sometimes suicide or even killing somebody in pain is the only option that does not bring prolonged suffering, the only merciful option. A suicide or mercy killing can leave a mark like this on a soul even when it is not our own death. Saturn in Scorpio is a branding that marks the soul with its brush against these horrors.

scorpio-653654_1920The fearsome reputation of Saturn in this sign stems from the hidden threats of Scorpio and from this unfinished emotionally bottled-up business and its combination with a simple fact – that whatever we do not deal with fully must be re-presented to us in a more binding form, so that we will not choose to escape from it again but will instead work through whatever we did not work through. For the Saturn in Scorpio tribe, then, there is some kind of emotional bottleneck to go through as the soul squeezes its way out of entanglements with how it used to feel, a wrenching process that is tainted by fear and can take many years to pull off but which if ignored just causes the problems to intensify to unbearable levels until the pressure explodes and puts yawning cracks through our lives. It has to be faced. The darkness has to be confronted. But this tribe will not rush, for they believe in thorough preparation when going against the unknown. This is a narrow pathway to tread, and it crumbles into a bottomless pit. Those who fall from this path have a long way down to go before they hit the bottom. They can reach into the very pit of despair and drown themselves in a world of darkness. Yet equally, they have the potential to banish fear with their authority over it, to be a sober head when the reaper brushes past and to attain a maturity of occult mastery that few have the discipline for.

In terms of the zodiac, Saturn generally needs as much heat and light as he can get – when he is cold, he is very, very cold, icy, mean spirited and pessimistic and does not know when things are sufficient. In Scorpio, then, he is not in any sign that really helps him – it is icy cold Water, and if the chart itself is nocturnal making this Water even colder, and on top of this he is fully immersed in this cold environment by being above the horizon in the night sky, then he becomes very problematic and indicative of very solid and stubborn karma.  He is then totally surrounded by Magnetic Fluid which hardens him emotionally and so he becomes very difficult to deal with. Such a Saturn tends to disappoint itself by continually moving the goal posts or setting the bar impossibly high. You might see this in the chart of someone who had been murdered, or raped, or wrongly executed, more rarely in people who had done these things, and (in my view) most commonly of all in people whose lives were just steeped in death, betrayal or tragedy. Many of them have no conscious memory of this but their behaviour is somber, stoic and often suspicious. Such a cold Saturn puts one firmly in mind of tenacity and persistence but also the punishing and often self defeating intensity and potential toxicity of Scorpio turning in on itself. A frozen Saturn in Scorpio is suffering from some kind of deep gloom, a fear of intimate contact or betrayal. He can be crippled by vulnerabilities and anxieties over which he feels he has no control and spends a great deal of time being chary and withholding trust, and seeing deep into darkness which means the gloomier realities are always expected.

Sect is really a form of elevated accidental dignity. A Saturn in Scorpio with no ‘warming’ can be helped out of some of the difficulties if its essential dignity is good. In terms of essential dignity, in Scorpio he finds a small degree in the last part of the sign, from 24° to the end. These are his terms or bounds and if he lands within them it changes things. We can imagine the terms or bounds of a planet are like a property it owns in another land – the territory around it may be not at all familiar, but within this home it is familiar and has useful assets nearby that it can use, which means it will not feel that it has to bend or break the rules to make things happen and will tend to follow at least some of the ‘rulebook’ as far as societies expectations are concerned. Saturn in its own terms in Scorpio  will have basically good relations with older people and authority figures because of this. Without this support, he will tend to be antagonistic towards the rules of society in some form. Things will only take shape exceedingly slowly and with continued effort with this Saturn. That is always true with him but we must underscore it for a very cold Saturn. When he is extremely ‘cold’, surrounded by a dense Magnetic Fluid, he sees no limits and finds it hard to establish boundaries. He needs to set reachable goals or learn how to focus on one goal at a time without changing it. The terms help him to do this.

In general, the tribe may suffer other problems from this cold like a deep gloom, fears of intimacy or betrayal, isolationist pessimism , problems with strict authorities, difficulty with trusting, a sense of being chronically blocked or a challenging physical, astral or mental limitation. Things will be slow to change even for Saturn. This is an obstinate and stubborn Saturn that will be extremely difficult to budge, but the moment when things do change will release a titanic amount of transformative energy all at once. The tribe must chip away at the block of stone until the mystery of its Michelangelo is revealed.

o-OZONE-HOLE-facebookWith Saturn in Scorpio, the generational fears run deep and touch on passionate feelings which the tribe resist making any changes to – this tribe is definite about what it feels and resistant to change that stance, they are invested in what they feel for the long term. They grapple with the fear of undoing and oblivion, of violent final death, the intense emotive allure of sex and all we consider to be taboo, forbidden and dark. It is the fear that all our passions, all our deep feelings and the entire infinite majestic ocean of human emotion amounts to nothing in the end. It is the fear that deep down we are all wretches cast adrift upon a sea of madness. It is the nihilistic fear of surrender to the dark, violent and unknown forces that are sensed and deeply felt to be out there and inside. The clans dark or more overpowering passions are repressed and seek attention from within the depths of the emotional being to which they have exiled them, out of a desire to control them. Some may have perhaps misused occult or emotional power over others in previous lives and are now scared of even owning it or have certain bindings placed upon it by themselves. Much more commonly, superstition has played a role in scapegoating them for having taboo viewpoints. Oppressive astral forces may have been used against them (extreme poverty, crippling persecution, etc) and left the soul insular, collapsed in on itself and filled with deep sorrows, incapable of trust. Consequently, the tribe seek to preserve themselves through controlling these powerful passions, but they simply increase their concentration of energy when they suppress them. They can block intimacy with others and create failure through defending their emotional privacy too rigidly, refusing to even try and change the way they feel and not finding it easy to admit others into their innermost sanctum, even if it tortures them to be isolated. They can grow frightened to open up and truly surrender to the astral and acknowledge its deeper emotions, thus freezing the flow of astral energy. They can end up feeling completely crushed by their own emotional ice, by rigidly holding onto feelings and not admitting to having them. Emotional discipline falls to chronic denial.

electricity-705670_1280With Saturn here individuals need to surrender to a hidden or blocked emotional higher power to escape the gravity of their own passions. It will not be easy for them to do so at times, but doing so will free them from the need to control everything through fear of securities and insurances collapsing, liberating the tribe to be more spontaneously giving of its feelings and open and flexible in loving other people.

Saturn in Scorpio demands intense transmutations of ancient emotional energies take place so that the self can be free to experience the deeper meaning behind its experiences. It is the process of emotional strengthening through becoming less rigid and inflexible emotionally so that true alchemy of our fears and limitations can occur. Consequently it is a relatively painful and often relatively slow level of initiation for the astral body, but it leads to being able to concentrate on the astral with intense focus, so that precise and surgical eliminations of certain old feelings can occur, and ultimately so that one can transform the most grievous levels of emotional suffering and pain in whatever form they take, especially that of death.

Materially the tribe can display an intense commitment to business enterprises and enjoys structuring and organising its shared resources or time, but it must overcome the temptation to secretly control and manipulate or use hidden agendas because it has a love of power and probably of wealth that it is frequently in denial over. This clan is resourceful in the truest sense of being able to draw upon hidden reserves of silent power which lie frozen beneath the encrusted surface it has placed around them, and in being able to recycle things so that they are useful again. This can make the clan as a whole either very stubborn or very persistent.

In encountering defeat the response of Saturn in Scorpio is often in plotting, biding its time, scheming or waiting for its enemies to show their weaknesses before it shows them its own, and then striking with a cold, agonising poison that lingers long in the soul of its victim. The coldness of Saturn in Scorpio can become cruel, manipulative, emotionally violent and intractable but deny all these things and blame others for making it this way. Beneath all this there are often self destructive feelings that have concreted over many lifetimes. Saturn in Scorpio denies itself emotionally, is capable of great denial and holding back the full force of its feelings, essentially a behaviour it has learned from being afraid of how overpowering and destructive they can become.

This tribe can become very determined and disciplined when the positive dimension of this Saturn emerges – it is really potentially a merit in terms of cultivating persistence and a hard skin needed to fend off fatal blows – in time and with maturity it finds within it a deep resource of emotional power and it resists being controlled by its limitations and instead tries to undermine them through a deeply penetrating perception of their secrets. For anyone interested in the occult it is a sign that, once any desire for power and control through magic is transformed and the emotional nature has become more flexible, a powerful understanding of the emotional and astral realms is available. However, actions in the past may have placed restrictions on progress that require them to patiently work through.

Aside from the purely emotional influence of this placement of Saturn and its connection with occult activities, it also shows itself in similar ways in our sexuality. Here there can be shyness or inadequacy problems because of our emotional inhibitions, for example, or because we have inappropriately expressed our sexual power in the past. An authority may have limited or otherwise shaped our sexual expression. Ultimately, Saturn in Scorpio is calling for a major restructuring of our use of and fundamental approach to our sexual power. There can be karmic consequences resulting from sexual expression, such as the birth of children or difficulty in conceiving children, challenges which force you to become more responsible or to grow up or which confront you with your own heavy, dark feelings. Drug use, chemical dependency, drought/flooding and emotional manipulation by authorities can all become involved here. Problems with sexual arousal can also play a part, and will often be rooted in our emotional pressure and repression. Here it is necessary to let go of both control and the underlying need for power.

The attitude to death can go through similar transformations. Individuals with Saturn in Scorpio can be drawn to understand the reality of death – Peter Sellers for example consulted mediums and had some near death encounters of his own following massive heart attacks – and so Saturn in Scorpio can signify that certain experiences with the death of people around us or even ourselves – personal near death experiences in which we draw close to losing our hold on the world, and ultimately our own actual death when it happens – will all serve to bring about the transformation of astral experience that this tribe came here to find. Symbolic death also plays a role here – our long term path in life may suddenly come to a symbolic dead end, forcing us to begin it all over again. Deeper and more intensely transformative dimensions of feeling will become accessible to these individuals as time goes by through these experiences, and here the influence of the Greater realm is at work, moving the emotional awareness through a phoenix like transformation towards the realisation of its immortality. Trust will be all important if these people are not to stumble or give up. Gloom and doom are clouds that follow the clan on this journey into the underworld but they must not wear them like permanent adornments or they will crush the spirit out of the tribe. Instead these things must be seen as a navigation instrument like a compass that detects occulted significance lurking in the shadows. Sorrowful, depressive, suicidal feelings must be explored and transformed into an appreciation of astral realities that brings greater meaning to feelings, not less. They cannot be hand waved away.

background-1475670_1920It may have taken many lifetimes already or involve many lifetimes ahead of them, Saturn is that patient, but eventually a natural ending to this passage will come in a realisation of the immortality of being. This realisation of immortality, when it comes, is the most transformative experience that this Saturn can provide, because beyond it there is rarely any further need for his lessons and his influence then becomes a further building upon this realisation. The realisation of our own immortality must take place at the emotional level, in the astral realm, to initiate this process. Then, when we truly realise and thus feel that there is no more to fear in death, in one fell swoop all the losses we have felt deeply in our heart, all the souls we have lost along the way, all the grief and death and emotional agony our soul has endured for so long, the great burden represented by Saturn in Scorpio, all of it will be detonated into ecstasy and there will no longer be any reason to fear that anyone is alone or that we are emotionally ‘misunderstood’, nor any reason to hold back how we feel to hoard its power. This will occur to all beings following their death, but the point with Saturn in Scorpio is really to feel and know it before then. And you must really feel it – with every fibre of your being – in order to know it.

Saturn in Scorpio essentially promises a completely redefined and restructured emotional-astral experience in life which makes us feel more secure and deeply fulfilled, if we are prepared to work at building it. But this emerges only after a transmutation is accomplished through honestly facing up to the true power of our feelings and emotions and the fears and desires entwined about them, whatever they are, and pushing deeper and deeper into what we are so afraid of in opening up emotionally to the world. The tribe can be torn between the desire to cling to the old, the safe and familiar feelings, and the deeper need to be reborn into an ecstatic, passionate, virgin realm of them. Even though it can deny looking deeply at them out of shame and fear of being overwhelmed, it is intimately, even painfully aware of its own weaknesses, failings, and darker emotions but it hides them all so well, even from itself (do not be fooled by an exterior barrier representing itself as self knowledge – if you are of this tribe you most pierce it again and again), and are therefore at times suspect of the same in others. It is necessary for them to understand that what they feel – the depths of feeling which they are capable of diving into, even drowning in – holds nothing to fear so long as they are committed to transforming what they find. They may have to be pulled under by the powerful currents a few times before they begin to realise this, however.

In essence this generation is kicking against emotional repression and deep mortal fears. It will often face a specific threat of annihilation or destruction of the natural world. It is a generation in some kind of astral bondage, tied up tight by something they feel inside which cannot be escaped and must be dealt with. It can show a generation dealing with trauma and may therefore indicate a group of individuals who experienced a horror or extreme suffering together that they are attempting to bring karmic balance to. Its greatest strength is its ability to endure and its perception of the stark realities of existence. Those who choose the occult path offered to this generation must be patient with their astral development and carefully follow the instructions handed down to them by their traditions. Those who take the material path offered to this generation must resist hoarding and fearful or intimidating uses of their financial power. Recycling and resourcefulness are keywords that help to build something up over time into something titanic.

For this tribe is a supremely powerful one, empowered with the potency to imprint its will upon astral reality, establishing a path for the future of humanity that is both transformative and practical. There are potent figures in this tribe, people with extreme power and authority, as well as those who seek to be free from it. The darkness is always wrapped closely around them, and they need light and love to be encouraged to open up and let the rest of us in, but when this happens the mystery is that they intensify our inner light. The best of them can set us free from darkness only because they understand it. The pain of it is in their songs, their music, their words, their deeds and their faces. They show us how to remain dignified in the face of it, and ultimately how to transcend it.

And that, my friends, is precisely what we need.

Saturn is in Scorpio in the charts of Amelia Earhart, Benny Hill, Annie Lennox, David Copperfield (the illusionist), Erik Satie, Jimmy Carter, Hugh Hefner, J. Edgar Hoover, Kevin Costner, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Pol Pot, Marlon Brando, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopie Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Matt Groening, John Travolta, Jackie Chan, Peter Sellers, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Newman, Elvis Costello, Rock Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II of England.

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