Hello, and welcome back to Journeys! After my short vacation last month I’m back to share with you some thoughts about Saturn in Capricorn, which recently dawned upon us again, and so this message is not just relevant for people born with this placement but for life in general for all of us until the end of 2020.
In dealing with Saturn in Capricorn we are confronted immediately with a towering wall of fear – the texts from the ancient world (and many modern texts) are very clear that Saturn is not a happy planet and that when he is placed in Capricorn, a sign of rulership for him, his capacity to cause trouble is unfettered. Similar to Saturn in Scorpio this placement is not well reputed for its positive qualities. However, these positive qualities definitely exist – no astrological placement is without its virtues – but some are easier than others to acquire or involve dealing with what we deem to be hard facts of life. Yet we frequently observe in practice that those things which we strive the hardest to attain bring the greatest and most lasting satisfactions once certain goals are reached. This is the case with Saturn in Capricorn. It takes time and effort, but the reward is lasting and enduring.
Prominent among the fears that Saturn in Capricorn evokes is the fear of failure and the futility of mortal plans, for all efforts must eventually return to dust. Time and entropy never rest and ceaselessly wear away at all material constructs so that even the most titanic monuments must fall, and though this slow erosion of massive structures takes time to progress there is always a singular, dramatic moment in which the edifice topples and everyone scurries to escape the impact. This is the time watched over by Saturn in Capricorn, a time of judgment in which old rules and ways finally lose their last legs and crumble, making way for a new world order to take the stage under the following Saturn in Aquarius, which re-imagines the rules that will apply in the world for the next 25-30 years. It is also a time in which efforts that are sustainable in the long term or structures which have maintained a healthy profile and stayed current and relevant will be significantly empowered.
Here is the appearance of this pattern for 200 years centered on our current time, followed by an extensive list of historical events which occurred in these periods. This data is presented as a starting point for more serious and in depth research of its topics or as a guideline to the overall archetype we are talking about.
Saturn in Capricorn, 1900-2100
- Jan 21 1900 – Jan 19 1903 (not including Jul 18 – Oct 17 1900)
- Mar 15 1929 – Nov 20 1932 (not including May 5 – Nov 30 1929 or Feb 24 – Aug 13 1932)
- Jan 5 1959 – Jan 3 1962
- Feb 14 1988 – Feb 6 1991 (not including Jun 10 – Nov 12 1988)
- Dec 20 2017 – Dec 17 2020 (not including Mar 22 – Jul 2 2020)
- Jan 24 2047 – Jan 21 2050 (not including Jul 11 – Oct 22 2047)
- Dec 3 2076 – Nov 27 2079 (not including Feb 28 – Aug 2 2079)
Below you will find an extensive list of historical facts which characterised these times:
1900-03: Cuba gains independence from the US; New Imperialism (aggressive acquisitions of overseas territories by Empire); the Wright Brothers prepare to take flight; France and England sign Entente Cordiale (bringing an end to a millennia of open conflict); United Kingdom and the United States sign a treaty for the building of a Central American shipping canal across Central America in Nicaragua; international arbitration court at The Hague is created; British Labour Party officially established; coal mine explosion in West Virginia, U.S.A. kills 50 miners; Scofield Mine disaster (an explosion of blasting powder in a coal mine in Scofield, Utah kills 200); 81 miners are killed in an accident at Universal Colliery South Wales; Rolling Mill Mine disaster in Johnstown, Pennsylvania kills 112 miners; 100 miners die in a pit explosion in Wollongong, Australia; J. P. Morgan buys mines and steel mills in the United States, marking the first billion dollar business deal; Anthracite Coal Strike begins in the United States; Berlin U-Bahn underground is opened; predecessor for Russian News Agency TASS officially founded; first Aswan Dam on the Nile completed; Botanist Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel’s Laws of Heredity; Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is published in Chicago; the first zeppelin flight is carried out; Scott, Shackleton and Wilson reach the furthest southern point reached thus far by man, south of 82°S; Planck’s law discovered marking the birth of quantum physics; British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; the first Australian Parliament opens; Australia’s Public Service created; Carnegie Institution is founded in Washington; London School of Economics opens; Circuit Court prevents Thomas Edison from having a monopoly on motion picture technology; first movie theater in the United States opens; the first million-selling recording (Enrico Caruso); Typhoid fever breaks out in a Seattle jail; the first great Texas oil gusher; Mount Pelée erupts twice, destroying two towns and killing over 31,000; Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom dies at age 81 after more than 63 years on the throne; fire burns through the Indiana business district causing $175,000 of damage; anti-Jewish rioting breaks out in Budapest; anti-Jesuit riots sweep across Spain; New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates; Panic of 1901: The New York Stock Exchange crashes; first United Kingdom Fingerprint Bureau is established at Scotland Yard; the second-in-command of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years hard labor; longest covered bridge in the world opens in New Brunswick Canada; the first claimed powered flight (by Gustave Whitehead); U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” at the Minnesota State Fair; Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American President to ride in an automobile; first teddy bear is produced; the body of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is exhumed and reinterred in concrete several feet thick; the British Royal Navy’s first submarine is launched; Alzheimers first diagnosed; the first trans-Atlantic radio signal; the first Nobel Prize ceremony is held in Stockholm; Nobel prizes for detecting and producing X Rays, the Zeeman effect concerned with light and magnetic fields (physics prizes), work showing that very dilute solutions follow mathematical laws that closely resemble the laws describing the behavior of gases, work on sugar and purine syntheses (chemistry prizes), serum therapy, work on malaria by which it was shown how it enters the organism (physiology or medicine prizes), poetic composition which gives evidence of lofty idealism, artistic perfection and a rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect, mastery of the art of historical writing (literature prizes); founding the International Committee of the Red Cross, being one of the main founders of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (peace prizes).
1929-32: Black Tuesday ends economic boom and brings Great Depression crushing the global economy (crash occurs with Saturn retrograde in late Sagittarius but its consequences are all under Saturn in Capricorn); Soviet famine kills millions; Communism and fascism begin a rise in power; defeat of Labour Party in the UKs greatest ever electoral landslide; United States Department of Veterans Affairs established; Babe Ruth makes his famous called shot; the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix; first FIFA World Cup; The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the United States’ National anthem; the first time that a senatorial race, with continual tallies of the votes, is televised; Vatican Radio first broadcasts; Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion; Federal Bureau of Prisons established in the US; Rikers Island jail is opened; plans to build Alcatraz get underway; the FBI Crime Lab officially opens; first Purple Heart is awarded; full autonomy for Catalonia for the first time during the late modern period; Getúlio Vargas establishes a dictatorship in Brazilian revolution; Ghandi is repeatedly imprisoned and released and goes on hunger strike; dedication of George Washington’s sculpted head is held at Mount Rushmore; California gets the go-ahead to build the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge; construction of the Empire State Building is completed; George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River is dedicated; building of the Hoover Dam is started on the Colorado River; San Francisco Opera House opens; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is first published; radio drama The Shadow airs for the first time; Dick Tracy, the comic strip detective character, makes his debut appearance; Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory is put on display for the first time; Mickey Mouse comic strip makes its first appearance; cartoon character Betty Boop premieres; Warner Bros. release their first cartoon series called Looney Tunes; original film version of Dracula with Bela Lugosi is released in the United States; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century debuts on American radio (the first science fiction program on radio); radio and film mark the final death knell of vaudeville as a popular entertainment; millennialist Bible Student movement adopts the name Jehovah’s Witnesses; strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in films begins with Hays Code; first frozen foods of Clarence Birdseye go on sale; Hostess Twinkies are invented; chocolate chip cookie is invented; automobile manufacturer Porsche is founded; the world’s first flight attendant (Nurse Ellen Church); conference of Anglican bishops approves the use of birth control in limited circumstances; Communist Party of Vietnam is established; Clyde Tombaugh confirms the existence of Pluto; Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Australia, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia; Mount Merapi volcano in central Java erupts, destroying numerous villages and killing 1,300 people; China floods reach their peak in possibly the deadliest natural disaster yet recorded; Ernest Lawrence invents the cyclotron; deuterium is discovered; Joseph Stalin gives speech calling for rapid industrialization; Nobel prizes for ground-breaking work in the field of light scattering (physics prizes), researches into the constitution of haemin and chlorophyll and contributions to the invention and development of chemical high-pressure methods (chemistry prizes), discovery of human blood groups and discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme (physiology or medicine prizes), vigorous and graphic art of description and ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters and for poetry (literature prizes); efforts to involve the churches not only in work for ecumenical unity, but also for world peace and social reform work and leading the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (peace prizes).
1959-62: Cold War gets underway; Construction of the Berlin Wall; Bay of Pigs invasion; Kennedy presidency; America commits heavily to Vietnam war and counterculture (hippie) revolution gets underway; first large unit action of the Vietnam War takes place; United States Navy SEALs, elite special forces, are activated; waves of independence across Imperial Europes former colonies reshape world order; Cuban government of Fidel Castro is internationally recognised; Caves of Nerja are discovered in Spain; Motown Records is founded; European Court of Human Rights is established; Knox Mine Disaster in Pennsylvania; coal mine collapses at Holly Country, South Africa, killing 435 miners; mine explosion in Czechoslovakia leaves 108 dead; France tests its first atomic bomb; the first patent for a laser; Boeing 707 airliner begins service; NASA announces its selection of seven military pilots to become the first U.S. astronauts; Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space, orbiting the Earth once; Explorer 6 sends the first picture of Earth from orbit; the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth; the first submarine ever to surface through the Arctic ice cap at the North Pole; the first ever photos of the far side of the Moon; Polaris missile is test-launched; the first weather satellite is launched; first CERN particle accelerator becomes operational in Geneva, Switzerland; the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill; The Wizard of Oz is rerun on CBS only a year after its previous telecast, thus beginning the tradition of annual telecasts of the film; Domino’s Pizza is founded; Mattel’s Barbie doll debuts; first appearance of Astérix the Gaul; Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Harper Lee publishes her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which later wins the Pulitzer Prize for the best American novel of 1960; chartered plane transporting musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper with pilot Roger Peterson goes down in foggy conditions over Iowa, killing all four on board (“the day the music died”); Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston is released; The Beatles form and begin playing Liverpool’s clubs; the first televised anime, Three Tales, debuts; Marx Brothers make their last television appearance; West Side Story is released; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is published; first edition of Private Eye, the British satirical magazine, is published; British TV series Coronation Street premieres; Bonanza premieres (it is the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color); classic anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres; animated sitcom The Flintstones premieres; Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional boxing match; Tibetan uprising erupts in Lhasa – 14th Dalai Lama escapes to India; Hawaii granted statehood; the first section of the M1 Motorway opens in the UK; British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes the Winds of Change speech; Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Bank are created in Australia; Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations; 12 countries, including the United States and the Soviet Union, sign a landmark treaty that sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent; Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded; Aswan High Dam construction begins in Egypt; democratic uprising in South Korea brings revolution; President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act into law; the formation of the Central American Common Market; the farthing, a coin first minted in England in the 13th century, ceases to be legal tender; Supreme Court of the United States upholds a lower Federal Court ruling that the State of Louisiana’s racial segregation laws are unconstitutional and overturns them; Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy make the first televised debate; Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann captured, put on trial, convicted and executed; Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from the Lenin Mausoleum; Nobel prizes for the invention of the bubble chamber, pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and for researches concerning the resonance absorption of gamma radiation (physics prizes), method to use carbon-14 for age determination in archaeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science and research on the carbon dioxide assimilation in plants (chemistry prizes), discovery of acquired immunological tolerance and discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea (physiology or medicine prizes), soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry, which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time and for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country (literature prizes); for being in the very forefront of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and for strengthening the U.N. (peace prizes).
1988-91: Berlin wall falls; thousands storm the Stasi headquarters in East Berlin in an attempt to view their government records; Iron Curtain falls; Cold War gradually ends; dissolution of the status quo in the Soviet Union; Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union; foundation of modern European Union; the idea of creating a physical barrier separating the Israeli and Palestinian populations is considered by then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin; NATO agrees to talks with the Soviet Union on reducing the number of short-range nuclear weapons; Poland begins to liberalize its currency exchange in a move towards capitalism; Soviet Union issues its first Visa card; end of apartheid South Africa; unification of Yemen; breakup of Yugoslavia; Bank of Japan governors announce a major interest rate hike eventually leading to the peak and fall of the bubble economy; in London a man brandishing a knife robs a courier of bearer bonds worth £292 million (the second largest mugging to date); amid food riots and looting set off by inflation the Government of Argentina declares a nationwide state of siege; Colombia’s cocaine traffickers declare “total and absolute war” against the government and begin a series of bombings and arson attacks; Poll Tax riots in Britain (“Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!”); Margaret Thatcher betrayed and toppled from power; John Major becomes the UK Prime Minister; Strangeways Prison riot (the longest prison riot in Britain’s history); construction of ADX Florence (a supermax prison in Colorado for male inmates); British police arrest 250 people for celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge; smoking is banned on all cross-country flights in the United States; first ban of smoking in bars in the US (and possibly the world); Nazi document implicates Kurt Waldheim in World War II deportations; Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States; the notorious guard at the Treblinka extermination camp known as “Ivan the Terrible” is found guilty and sentenced to death (conviction was later overturned by Israeli Supreme Court); in what was the largest prison sentence to date Thai financial scammer Mae Chamoy Thipyaso and her accomplices are each sentenced to 141,078 years in prison; U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill providing the death penalty for murderous drug traffickers; notorious drug baron José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha is killed by Colombian police; Elizabeth II strips jockey Lester Piggott of his OBE following his jailing for tax irregularities; Florida executes Ted Bundy by electric chair; The Satanic Verses controversy (Iran places a US $3-million bounty on the head of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie); the largest FDIC assisted bank failure in history; a new British political party, the Liberal Democrats, is formed; Reagan gives his farewell speech and George H. W. Bush is sworn in as the 41st President of the United States; Gulf War sees oil fields set alight; U.S. President George H. W. Bush bans the importation of certain guns deemed assault weapons into the United States; the world’s first legislation for civil union between same sex partners (in Denmark); homosexual acts between consenting adults are decriminalized in Western Australia; World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases; Section 28 (outlawing promotion of homosexuality in schools) is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom; first World AIDS Day is held; independent State of Palestine is proclaimed at the Palestinian National Council meeting; Hirohito dies and Akihito is enthroned as the 125th Emperor of Japan; the Soviet Union commits itself to withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan; bloody Romanian revolution; Ayatollah Khomeini’s first funeral is aborted by officials after a large crowd storms the funeral procession nearly destroying Khomeini’s wooden coffin in order to get a last glimpse of his body (at one point Khomeini’s body almost falls to the ground as the crowd attempt to grab pieces of the death shroud); Burns’ Day storm kills 97 in northwestern Europe; Tbilisi massacre in Georgia; Halabja chemical attack is carried out; The Hillsborough disaster (a human crush at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield resulting in 96 fatalities and 766 injuries making this the worst disaster in British sporting history); Hajj stampede (stampede in a pedestrian tunnel leading to Mecca kills 1,426); the Tiananmen Square protests; Hurricane Hugo devastates the Caribbean and the southeastern United States causing at least 71 deaths and $8 billion in damage; 300,000 Siberian coal miners go on strike, demanding better living conditions and less bureaucracy; after 74 years Iceland ends its prohibition on beer; first McDonald’s restaurant in a country run by a Communist party opens; Microsoft releases Windows 2.1 and 3.0; Nintendo releases the Game Boy portable video game system; first Nintendo World Championships; Voyager 2 makes its closest approach to Neptune; NASA launches the unmanned Galileo orbiter on a mission to study the planet Jupiter; Hubble Space Telescope is launched; Pale Blue Dot photograph of Earth is sent back from the Voyager 1 probe after completing its primary mission from around 3.5 billion miles away; first of 24 Global Positioning System satellites is placed into orbit; Time Inc. and Warner Communications announce plans for a merger, forming Time Warner; earliest known portable digital camera sold in the United States; first known web page is written; Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World opens to the public; world’s first HDTV broadcasts commence in Japan; first commercial dial-up Internet connection in North America is made; Tim Berners-Lee produces the proposal document that will become the blueprint for the World Wide Web (this is the start of the WWW); genetic modification of adult human beings is tried for the first time in a gene tagging trial; the first case of successful somatic gene therapy; formal beginning of the Human Genome Project; The Last Emperor (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci) wins nine Oscars; television show Seinfeld premieres; satellite television service Sky Television plc is launched in Europe; Steve Jackson Games is raided by the U.S. Secret Service prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack; first anti-stalking law passes and goes into effect; the U.S. Supreme Court rules that police officers do not need a search warrant to search through discarded garbage; cyclone in Bangladesh leaves 5 million homeless and thousands dead; Exxon Valdez oil spill; twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century; geomagnetic storm causes the collapse of the Hydro-Québec power grid (affecting 6 million people) and power outages in the NE United States and Sweden; introduces the Olduvai theory (about the statistical collapse of industrial civilization); International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, a group of six explorers from six nations, reaches the South Pole; the first dog sled crossing of Antarctica; Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel seabed; Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns; Joanne Rowling gets the idea for Harry Potter while on a train from Manchester to London Euston railway station and begins writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; Nobel prizes for the invention of the separated oscillatory fields method and its use in the hydrogen maser and other atomic clocks and for the development of the ion trap technique (physics prizes), discovery of catalytic properties of RNA and for development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis (chemistry prizes), discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes and for discoveries concerning organ and cell transplantation in the treatment of human disease (physiology or medicine prizes), a rich and intensive prose which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man’s vulnerability and for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity (literature prizes); for advocating peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people and taking a leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community (peace prizes) and finally for clarification of the probability theory foundations of econometrics and his analyses of simultaneous economic structures and for pioneering work in the theory of financial economics (economics).
2017-20: President Trump wants to build a wall between Mexico and the US; UN Security Council votes 15–0 in favor of additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country’s petroleum imports by up to 90%; Guatemala, Honduras and Panama follow in the footsteps of the United States by announcing that they will also move their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem; North American cold wave takes place with record low temperatures gripping the Central and Eastern United States; NASA and NOAA report that 2017 was the hottest year on record globally without an El Niño and among the top three hottest years overall; Turkey invades northern Syria; violent protests continue across Iran against the government and supreme leader Ali Khamenei; Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sends a false alarm warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack, causing extreme widespread panic across the state; mezzanine floor collapses at the Indonesia Stock Exchange building; United States Government enters a Federal Government Shutdown as a result of a dispute over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; scientists in China report in the journal Cell the creation of the first monkey clones; Germany is outraged by human and animal testing in which the subjects inhaled motor exhaust in an attempt by Volkswagen to prove that it was not carcinogenic; launch of NASA’s InSight is scheduled (InSight is expected to land on Mars in November and use a drill to conduct geological science); going forwards there is the certainty of continued environmental collapse of the ecosystem (the Great Barrier Reef is perhaps omenously named at this time and is undergoing accelerated bleeching which is destroying it), possible re-organization of the UN or NATO or other power structures, the possible collapse of US hegemony and the petrodollar, possible collapse of EU, possible collapse of Russia, potential for China to reshape global power structure, the rich following Yuri Gagarin and beginning to fly through space or the upper atmosphere, the rise of cryptocurrencies and synthetic foods and other major economic disruptions are likely to prompt a complete re-design of world order by 2020, an historical shift that plays out through that decade.
Some of the recurring themes which we see threaded throughout these periods in recent history include major changes to the global political and social power structure, often prompted by extreme economic pressures; game changing events which clearly mark the passing of boundaries in history (no going back circumstances in which limitations are bridged, such as our steps into space and air); grim or doom-laden events which bring about a significant increase in fear and an authoritarian response; periods in history which signify the end of a long-standing era and its rules; advances in the ability of law enforcement institutions to gather intelligence which will lead to convictions (particularly in genetics); blood-draining atrocities and human acts which spread misery; the capture and punishing of elusive criminals and people who have long had it coming to them; conversely and equally, recognition and honour conferred on those whose work has been long and hard without enough reward; a highlight on significant periods and leaders in political history; economic recession or depression following long standing irresponsible practices (or a bust following a boom period); the emergence of iconic cartoon characters and other family oriented entertainments; events involving the welfare of children, often involving laws or horrific reports of bad treatment; news connected with important capitalist monuments; advances in the corporate lifestyle; the arrival of phenomena or works of art which have an enduring and timeless impact and legacy; also, the end of such phenomena or art (note that in the present iteration the original Star Wars characters and storylines are all bowing out, Game of Thrones is ending, the seemingly endless series of Marvel films are concluding their first phase and other long running media events are reaching climaxes); oil spills and coal disasters and events involving oil and underground things in general, like volcanic eruptions; environmental and man-made disasters involving high-pressure or crushing; environmental pressures needing to be acted upon; technological, legal and scientific breakthroughs and mergers which empower corporate and business empires; news connected with endeavors subterranean or made under extreme conditions; clampdowns and controls on practices which the status quo considers hazardous; the building of prisons and issues connected with conditions within prisons; building or crumbling of walls and dams; the establishment of authoritative law and order institutions; the removal or end of archetypal individuals and icons of power; dis-internment of the dead or naked exposure to mortality with the death of revered and timeless figures; important treaties or commitments signed for the long term and focus on political boundaries, borders and territorial claims.
This is not attributable to confirmation bias – the pattern is too robust to attribute to that and continues historically as far back as we have historical records, once every 28-30 years. Confirmation bias in astrology is often a problem that must be weeded out, especially with planets like Neptune which have very subtle effects that often represent an undertone, but with Saturn the cycle is very tight – 30 year blocks means that patterns show up 3 times a century and so a specific arc of patterns can be pinpointed, whereas with Neptune cycles the pattern appears only once every 2-3 centuries and is thus strongly contextualized by the social and technological progress made between iterations so that they are often not connected by a temporal sequence – e.g. “Cold War starts”, followed by “Cold War ends” – but instead they are connected by more nebulous means like archetypes. Additionally, Saturn as a planet is one that requires relatively little interpretation – compared to other planets the lessons and the essential meaning of Saturn is made clear and not nearly as mysterious at the time it is happening. I mean, come on – Cold War? Iron Curtain? Walls dividing governments and countries? For these reasons confirmation bias is less of a problem with Saturn – especially when in his rulership and thus unfettered – and the cycles are more practical to work with. To illustrate this further, Saturn in Capricorn brought about the following in the 19th century:
- 1811-1814: Napoleon invades Russia, his army is reduced to a fraction of its strength, Napoleon is exiled, major shift in European politics, largest battle in Napoleonic wars claims at least 2 million lives. US declares war on Britain.
- 1841-44: Two parts of Canada are united, Second Seminole war ends (“most costly” war of American Indian wars), First Opium War ends with Hong Kong being handed to Britain until 1997, founding of modern New Zealand, Rebellions across the world.
- 1870-73: Franco-Prussian War results in the collapse of the Second French Empire and the formation of both the French Third Republic and the German Empire (greatly disturbing the balance of power that had been created with the Congress of Vienna after the end of the Napoleonic Wars).
If you are at all familiar with astrology you will quickly understand that the fingerprints of both Saturn and Capricorn are all over these themes – boundaries, walls, borders, pressures, fears, coldness, economically hard times, ‘no going back’ moments, world order and the status quo rulebook are all some of the clear associations that we can name, and there are many more. The only themes in this list which may require some explanation are those connected with family entertainment like cartoons and events involving the welfare of children, but these immediately explain themselves when it is remembered that Capricorn is a parental sign focused on the family like its opposite sign Cancer, with which it shares many other qualities. It is a nurturing entity but an Earthy one, not a Watery one, its nurturing is therefore focused on our material and physical needs rather than our astral and emotional ones. Archetypal Capricorn is the Father of Humanity, where Cancer is its Mother. Capricorn is a material guardian of the human family, including its moral standards, and its insistence on laws and following certain rules establishes structure and stability and provides for our material needs in a predictable way, but it can become too strict in adhering to rules that work and so become incapable of seeing when they are old and tired and need to be revised. This revision becomes a forced act when Saturn is in Capricorn – what does not undergo restructuring will often perish if it has resisted change for too long. An iron bell tolls, time is up, and the house of cards collapses. This is often the most disastrous consequence of Saturn in Capricorn – a thing collapses because it was outdated and out of touch, leading to widespread consequences filled with burdens and misery if it was a macro system like a political or economic system, and a fall from grace if its a life story. However, its possible for a system (including an individual) to take note of the winds of change, rethink its future course, and make serious re-structuring efforts that strengthen it for the next three decades during this period. It’s not the early bird that will catch the worm here, it’s the well prepared, persistent and responsible one.
People born into this tribe (by being born during any of the periods listed above) have their lives powerfully shaped by turning points in history which end one era and begin another. It is not only present in their physical, astral and mental nature by virtue of being symbolically represented in their birth charts, but it is also triggered anew each time they have a Saturn return when Saturn returns to Capricorn. In other words, their Saturn returns are coincident with changes in the global power structure and the shape of the world order. Sometimes, individuals become the catalysts for that change and icons of historical periods as a result (not necessarily with Saturn in Capricorn in their natal charts, though). For this reason, people with Saturn in Capricorn have unique Saturn returns which involve the challenge of adapting to a restructuring of the global power structure coincident with their returns and this is one way the grand arc of their lives – the coming of age times when we transition between youth, adult and elder years – is characterized as being much more Saturnine than other Saturn returns. All of the people in the list at the end of this message who are still alive will be having a Saturn return sometime in the next three years, with many of them set to experience increases in pressure and responsibility and a period in which their past efforts will either be rewarded or have its failures exposed. All of them will experience some kind of realization in which they settle into the idea of being older and hopefully wiser and more mature. It becomes time, in fact for all Capricorn people and indeed all Capricorn keys to grow up, get older, and settle into a sober acceptance of realities.
The individuals of this tribe, especially the men, typically have an extreme seriousness and soberness to them and are often deemed to be ‘hard men’ with unemotional and often skeptical appearances, but this often creates a raw sex appeal based on composure and grit. The extensive list illustrates this fact with a virtual Who’s Who of tough, unmoved guys from film, art and politics. The women tend to have stronger bone structure and a classical beauty to them, and both sexes have a timelessness and a magic that frequently makes them look younger as they get older. They are ambitious, they struggle against something that hardly budges but when it does it makes a lasting impact, they are realists and often highly pragmatic, they tend to place a higher value on age and experience than is the norm and they seem to fall into two camps – those who promote tradition, family values and conservative values and those who push against authoritarian control, limitations on personal responsibility and freedoms and so kick against established forms of expression. This often has something to do with the way Saturn is configured in their charts, especially in terms of aspects. Either way, every member of this tribe looks like a survivor once you see them working up close, they are in things for the long haul, are highly committed and they often have a heaviness to them which communicates an innate understanding of strife and struggle.
Failure or disappointment are not destinies until we choose them, however. Saturn in Capricorn is not about removing choices completely, instead it is about learning to live with their consequences and not repeating mistakes which will lead to the same consequences. This tribe has to learn from history in order not to repeat it, and they are well equipped to be able to do that for both themselves and the collective awareness of humankind. They have a particular skill at drawing out the practical lessons from history and tradition and they are not shy at all of taking charge and accepting responsibility when someone has to do it. They are likely to do this not because they seek attention or status, but more because they feel they are the only one sober and sensible enough to do the job. In this way, Saturn in Capricorn can lumber itself with a huge number of responsibilities which end up burdening it and making it ineffective at executing its duties, which builds pressure and a feeling of great anxiety, even depression until some of the pressures are released. Slowly, over long periods of time, this tribe can grow weary of the weight it carries, repressed in the extreme (often sexually) or fearful of changing the rules or the way things are done, yet the long haul imparts a great deal of wisdom and if the co-operation with Saturn through time has been constructive then it must ultimately meet with recognition and some kind of status as something with a long lasting impact is materialized.
The troubling issues of Saturn – fear, restriction, limitation, inadequacy and social alienation for example – are often much more problematic in youth, before the first Saturn return, and can then begin bearing the fruits of Saturn – discipline, persistence, conservation, legacies, the support of authority for example – until finally leading to attainment and recognition of the hard work put in. So early life, particularly childhood, is often much more of a burden, with the person learning how to handle Saturn being the turning point at which things go more smoothly.
A particularly complicated coming-of-age must be expected for everyone born in the Saturn in Capricorn period that fell between 1988 and 1991. All these people hover on the cusp of 30 years old. They also have Uranus and Neptune in early Capricorn, meaning that all three of these planets are conjoined in their natal astrology and that every time they have a Saturn return all three of those planets are activated by a super strong Saturn in its own sign. This is especially true for those born in the last quarter of 1988 and any time in 1989, as Saturn was closest to Uranus and Neptune in the zodiac in these periods. This particular group of individuals seem destined to have a significant role to play in world history, and in the next years we will have to watch closely how the youngest members of this tribe respond to their first Saturn return in order to decipher the extremely complicated astrology involved here. It’s worth noting that, as of this year, Uranus will also enter Taurus meaning that it will be in a trine to anything in early Capricorn and so it seems that the moment is dawning in which this group of Saturn in Capricorn individuals will instigate or witness a moment of great change. It may not come this year, as they will probably be busy dealing with Saturn return issues, but as the next several years unfold and Uranus proceeds through Taurus I imagine we will begin to see some kind of political or economic aspirations for a new system stirring in people who are in their early 30s, and one or two of them may have some suggestions that would truly shake things up. I also think it is likely that the group born in the late 80s and early 90s are among the first generation to immerse themselves in virtual reality phenomena, changing the way we spend daily life and even the appearance of the landscape, and so there is reason to suppose that it will make some kind of lasting impact on global culture in the next 5-6 years. They may also embrace physical genetic modification and enhancement or be the first generation to live largely from synthetic foods like lab grown meats. Many telling things about our long term future will be revealed in the signs and portents to come in the near future. Astrologers know this and are waiting to see how and what pans out, and most especially in the lives of those turning 30 now. The recent passage of Pluto through early Capricorn (2008-2011/12) provides one of the biggest clues to what this coming period is setting up. This connects it to the impacts of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the subsequent bank rescues funded by tax payers. With Saturn in Capricorn the realities of this desperate action are likely to be materializing and sinking in, or more bailouts may be deemed necessary.
The strength of Saturn in Capricorn comes from its empowerment with the Magnetic Fluid which, coupled with the Earth Element of Capricorn, endows it with the ability to accrue matter into crystals and to cause structures to form. It has an astral power to draw streams of significance and effort together into a loom and to weave them into materialization over time. If you get up and do something every day at the same time without fail it will train in you, however you still need the astral power to be disciplined enough to do that, and you must choose realistic goals. Saturn in Capricorn struggles with heavy burdens but it has these qualities in impressive bundles. Discipline, persistence, patience, wisdom and sobriety guide its cloven footsteps up the rocky path. It also knows when to retreat and how to draw up strategy and plans, and one of its least talked about qualities is its attitude to boundaries and fences – goats are notorious for jumping over them, just as they are gifted with being able to spring across vast chasms and gaps on the mountain trail. Saturn in Capricorn literally presents chasms, dangerous abysses, boundaries and fences for the Capricorn within us to jump over in the pursuit of our goals and our autonomy. In this way the sign and planet combination slowly teaches us and especially its natal children how to master their fear or be imprisoned by it. Such obstacles need not be physical in nature and rarely are purely physical, however, they are more often astral because when it is present, fear controls our astral body, often directly and powerfully enough to take control of our physical actions – we run in terror, quake in panic, become paralyzed, lose control of bodily functions, etc. The point here is that the heart of the fears faced by Saturn in Capricorn are often not about being poor, destitute or old, which are definitely fears that move on the surface, instead they are really about deeper issues like the fear of being alone, or that life itself is simply a struggle that is entirely meaningless. These kinds of things represent the true abysses and chasms that must be leaped over. In essence, as I’ve said elsewhere, Capricorn is an Earth sign with a mysterious astral agenda, imparted by its ruler Saturn – to master and harness the astral realm, especially in respect of mastering fear. The mature, truly Saturnine goat looks time in the eye and gently smiles. I will return to this later.
With Saturn in Capricorn there are also two distinct and different forms of expression depending upon whether we are born during the day or during the night. If we are born during the day, especially if Saturn is above the horizon, then its principle becomes warmer and less brittle meaning that we become slightly more flexible and cheery, less bound to our own rulebooks and less inclined to bind others to them. Saturn in Capricorn during the night, however, especially when it is below the horizon, is bone freezingly cold and rigid and prone to excessive stoicism and skepticism, sometimes to misanthropy and a gloomy outlook on life that is difficult to shift. Think of Scrooge, created by Dickens who had a natal Saturn in Capricorn, and you get the picture. Scrooge is especially expressive of Saturn in Capricorn given that he is visited by three spirits of Time who show him the reality and the crushing error of his ways. However, this kind of Saturn also makes for the greatest architects and builders of the tribe, the souls who have the greatest power to wield the loom of time causing it to crystallize work and effort into concrete and lasting manifestations. Although a miser, Scrooge accumulated an impressive amount of stuff. He just had to learn what it was for, and that meant reviewing his past history, his karma, and facing his mortality and impending death. It’s a textbook narrative of Saturn in Capricorn and possibly its greatest expression in literature or even in art. Scrooge is clearly born in the night time with Saturn in Capricorn below the horizon.
Saturn is especially strong in the last part of Capricorn – the last 10° of the sign are his decan in the Triplicity sequence (sometimes called the Parasara or Vedic sequence of calculating the decans). Furthermore, his terms or bounds are located in the last 10° of the sign in both the Ptolemaic and Egyptian methods. In the Ptolemaic sequence of terms, Saturn is strong from 25° to 30°, while in the Egyptian sequence his terms are given as 22° to 26° of Capricorn. Either way he seems to be at the height of his power of rulership with dignity by rulership, decan and terms around 25° to 26° of Capricorn. In terms of the tribe of Saturn in Capricorn people, this roughly equates to those born in the last year of each Saturn in Capricorn period.
If you are born in any of the periods listed at the top of this article then all people in the same group are the people you grow up with, not just in your childhood but throughout your life, as whenever Saturn is in Capricorn he will be wizening each and every one of you, aging you at different stages of life but at the same time, you are maturing together with these people on the same wine rack, you are each pressed from the same kind of grape. This symmetry applies in other ways at other times too – when Saturn is in any other Earth sign (Taurus or Virgo) you are each given greater support in building, persisting, handling responsibility or any other Saturn issue; when Saturn is in any other Active sign (Aries, Cancer or Libra) there are challenges thrown down and your Saturn tribe runs a collective gauntlet, regardless of age; and so on. When you combine efforts with other people born into the same tribe of Saturn – in this case when you join with someone else with Saturn in Capricorn but perhaps also born in a different era – you can make great progress in almost any area of life if you are prepared to work hard together. This is extremely powerful magic once known only by the eldest amongst us but the wisdom is still available to all today.
For often generally smooth and easy-going long lasting alliances a Saturn in Capricorn tribe can look to members of Saturn in Taurus (most recently born in 1969-1972 and 1998-2001) and Saturn in Virgo (most recently born in 1977-1980 and 2007–2010) as well as Saturn in Scorpio (most recently born in 1982-1985 and 2012-2015) and Saturn in Pisces (most recently born in 1964-1967 and 1993-1996). They typically experience clashes with the tribes of Saturn in Aries (most recently born in 1967-1969 and 1996-1999), Saturn in Cancer (most recently born in 1973-1976 and 2003-2005) and Saturn in Libra (most recently born in 1980-1983 and 2009-2012). With the other Earth signs (Saturn in Taurus or Virgo) there is patience and hard work (Taurus) or problem solving ability and humble service and adherence to duty (Virgo) and with the two Water signs of Scorpio and Pisces there is arousal of the emotions, empathy and frequently a nudge towards magic and mysticism which keeps Capricorn from drying out and losing touch. To all of these easier to get along with groups Saturn in Capricorn gives staying power, an impressive plan and often vast resources. With the other Active or Cardinal signs there is a clash of methods and often also of motives and goals, a need to respectfully and gradually resolve differences. Push and counter-push is characteristics of Active dynamics, and so these combinations can be highly motivational rather than just disruptive.
So what do we make of Saturn in Capricorn? Answer: anything we are prepared to work long and hard for without seeing immediate fruit or gratification. This is an ambitious Saturn with plans for the long term future that involve scaling some metaphorical or tangible mountain path towards a summit of influence and mastery. It invites us to become more disciplined, grounded, mature, responsible, practical and practiced. It aims to leave a reasonably time-proof legacy of some kind both for itself and the material world. It is a Saturn that is ripe with the qualities it needs to rise to a position of great authority and leadership and to become known as an elder and a wise counselor on weighty and serious matters. In fact, it is an entire tribe of these people, so here we are talking not just about political leaders but directors and managers of all kinds. Many will be drawn to political, governmental or corporate ladders, but not all and it is the few rather than the many that will hear the true call of Saturn in Capricorn, as I shall explain.
Financial stability may be centrally important for the future security it offers, for these people know that everything has its price and we must all contribute to the work of the world. Nothing worthwhile is built without the expenditure of time and effort. They will exert a strongly disciplined effort toward the fulfillment of obligations and responsibilities (which they take very seriously), but if they over develop their organizing ability it can lead to having too tight a control over things. There is innate fear of societal disapproval which stems from a deep need to be a reliable and dependable person. Government and politics, authority, structure, law and order are important concepts of this Saturn because it seeks to organize things and contain chaos with rules, regulations, and disciplines. Its tribe have a choice, like all forms of government, to reach either the heights of wise leadership by integrating moral or spiritual and earthly wisdom into a practical plan and therefore govern over things wisely, or to callously plunder the depths of materialism, control and imprisonment of freedom, probably to fall as the wings melt in the light of the Sun and they plunge from a lofty and lethal height. This tribe can use the resources, influence and finances they have in life to strengthen and support themselves and others, or it can become driven by ambition and materialism and other rigid attitudes, which will lead to its own discontent and perhaps a mighty downfall.
They need to learn to cultivate and tend to the implications of Saturn in Capricorn and in so doing there is little they cannot achieve with time. This means developing the wisdom of practical know-how, embracing slow and gradual lessons, accepting help from powerful figures without a sense of inadequacy when it is simply that they see our long term prospects and maturity better than we do and help us in avoiding taking on board too many unnecessary responsibilities or working out rigid and intractable fears that focus on taking responsibility, perpetual failure, crippling inadequacy, severe strictness, plodding slowness or the rigid following of rules and the presence of older or more authoritative figures. For this tribe a near absolute law is that there are never or very rarely any easy short cuts to get to where they want to be because the influence of time in ripening situations is inescapable and omnipresent.
It is vitally important that in deciding what to achieve in life long term they are clear that it is what will satisfy their ambitions and needs and not another person or force which they have deemed to be an authority. The problem that often arises with Saturn in Capricorn is one of wanting to please, impress or fulfill the expectations of some authority figure in our life, such as a stern and demanding father with lots of rules or the managing director of the company we work for, or the author of this journal…the point is that the tribe are incredibly sensitive to the expectations and demands placed on us by others – they only have to hear the magic words ‘it is your responsibility…’ and they already know it is probably right, they want to measure up and this opens them to the possibility that their goals are not their own but merely ways for them to feel that a duty is discharged or to be respected by certain people they need to impress and prove themselves to. This also applies not just to authority figures in their life but also to all the rules and laws of society and culture. They do not want to dismantle the way the world works or challenge the power of rulers or the rules of culture and ambition – they know what these things are in their bones and see changes to the game as a major disadvantage and a threat to the stability of their goals. They just want to follow the rules that promise a rise to the top, and so having the rules change seems unfair.
By becoming more shrewd and more cynical as they grow older they could become more callous, displaying a cold indifference to emotional pleas, but they could also mature the same way into a sage whose skepticism is like a staff of wisdom – doubtful of things that have little basis in known realities they can become the sagacious one whom others go to when in need of really useful and sensible advice. They could become known for their wisdom, the value of their hard earned experience and the practical usefulness of their sobering advice, or they could become the grumpy and grisly mean old man who lives next door and never smiles for anyone because life has become too serious, too weighty for such expressions of simple joy. The tribe avoid this cold and lonely destination by not completely losing sight of trust and the chance of something miraculous and wonderfully unexpected happening even as time teaches them again and again to err on the side of extreme caution and toward being more pessimistic to be realistic.
They should aspire to wisdom and patiently discipline their own immaturity and that of others. Acting like a real grown up – recognizing that we must be responsible for our own life and not looking around us for encouragement – are always good strategies but for this tribe it brings greater recognition and reward. They need to just get going and keep going, leaping over crevasses and carefully but nimbly navigating narrow ledges with the skill of a mountain goat. They should opt to take the long, high road and remember that wealth and influence are not the reasons they are here and so doing as time goes by, they will become sagely.
I see two issues that are worth going into deeper here – one is that for these people the rule of Saturn involves understanding the inner reality of practicality. To put it simply, this Saturn is about realizing that the things that appear practical are not truly the kind of practicality the tribe are seeking. Saturn in Capricorn comes in with an advanced wisdom and understanding of what being enlightened means – it is not about sitting on a rock and contemplating the naval, at least not just that, it is about acting in the physical world, bringing the wisdom into reality by making it something we can make use of and gain practical benefits through. It is about constructing a significant form for spiritual laws to adhere to and manifest a material shape around, one that can stand the test of time. This is about the journey up the mountain rather than the summit itself. This is why this Saturn has no time for airy fairy, ‘New Age’ thinking – simply wishing or meditating our way into a better life or using a magic spell or ritual to get there will not work for us. It is not meant to and there is nothing to be done about it but work with it and take the long, scenic road to the top of the mountain, whatever it is, slowly, so we can enjoy the scenery and come to a really tangible and grounded experience of what it actually means in practice. So, point number one is that Saturn in Capricorn involves understanding the inner reality of practicality as a channel for truly enduring spiritual laws and for this purpose Saturn has cut off all the short cuts. The whole point of their incarnation is to put the spiritual laws into practice through long and hard work. They often start out not knowing what these laws are and may even go through life pouring scorn on them, but the agenda is still there.
This brings the understanding that the reality of genuine practicality is that it supports human civilisation and provides an ordered and dependable framework for it to adhere to. The stronger the bones of this framework are, the more solidly and wisely they are put together, the more powerful the muscle that it can support. The issue is that if we lack an awareness of the spiritual dimensions of life then we will make the mistake of thinking money, wealth, physical insurance and attaining influential positions are what will support us practically, and this is error. Therefore the degree of awareness we have of the spiritual laws which govern material laws is the degree to which we will truly be able to capitalize on this gift from Saturn. That is why those of Saturn in Capricorn who only want to climb the material ladders of life do not reach anywhere of real significance, why for them scaling those corporate and political towers without a spiritual awareness ends up feeling empty and oddly unfulfilling.
The other issue worth exploring here is that, according to the operating manual and rulebook that Saturn keeps for us during these times and the tribe overall, we must achieve something that can outlast us. They feel it in their bones – they have to do something in life that makes them look back and feel that they have built something and climbed a mountain in some way. They (and we) need to do this partly because it is the only way we can feel content and respect ourselves, and also because there is a deep urge to do something that improves the world for people who are suffering and struggling through it. The tribe have to leave a legacy to pass the life test of this Saturn, – to look time in the eye and concentrate something of the vortex of it into reality – but Saturn is not clear as to what that should be. He simply challenges to leave something behind that outlasts mortality, and the choice of what that turns out to be is left up to us, but it should be wisely chosen.
This is a Saturn that truly calls its tribe to act in concert because what is being built by the incarnating individuals at the collective level spans generations. Saturn in Capricorn sees birth through individuals as a massive wave of karma and an awareness of the responsibility it takes to face up to and deal with the reality of time and mortality. Only by acting together over the long term can this tribe truly complete its mission. The core of that mission collectively at this point in time and space is to preserve and conserve the planet and its resources – it is an environmental tribe, but these are not activists, they are conformists who have to change the character of the power structures from within by rising to the top. If they want to see environmental change they should aspire to become the owners and managers of the corporations and the companies and the leaders of the institutions doing the damage and then proceed to order a change from the top down. The tribe has to leave a practical legacy behind it too; something that will last for centuries beyond its last breath is taken. This is no small order from Saturn, but the rewards are scaled appropriately and the scoring in this game may not be as straightforward as it seems. In many ways the outcome is not as significant as the effort is and so less focus on material results and more focus on the spiritual essence of the goal are required here too.
Therefore spiritual awareness is a critical factor in determining how much of the huge potential of this Saturn we can tap into and realise. A lack of this will just lead to crystallising our acumen in the wrong investment and eventually leave us feeling strangely alien from ourself, because deep down we know we came to practically pursue things that make a real difference and which embody timeless laws. Yet we have to stay away from just meditation and take a course that invests the wisdom gained from meditation in the problems of the mundane world, and we have to gradually train ourself to operate from within the framework of a long term perspective. The loom of time weaves beneath hands both serenely wise and industrious.
Below you will find a wall of noted characters with Saturn in Capricorn, with 5 emphasised as special case studies due to having Saturn in Capricorn conjunct a Sun, Moon or accurately timed ascendant in Capricorn.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Charles Dickens; Barbara Cartland; John Steinbeck; Henry Rollins; Laurence Fishburne; James Earl Jones (actor); Peter O’Toole; Roy Scheider; Ian Holm; James Dean; Edward Woodward; William Shatner; Leonard Nimoy; Robert Duvall; Sean Penn; Sean Bean; Clark Gable; Sean Connery (actor); Omar Sharif; Larry Hagman; Clint Eastwood; Steve McQueen; Jean-Claude Van Damme; Robert Wagner; Richard Harris; Gene Hackman; Neil Armstrong; Buzz Aldrin; Gary Cooper; Diego Maradona; Tallulah Bankhead; Zeppo Marx; Emperor Hirohito; Rupert Murdoch; Boris Yeltsin; Mikhail Gorbachev; Raul Castro; Desmond Tutu; Donald Rumsfeld; Rasputin; Ted Kennedy; Bob Hawke; Helmut Kohl; Kevin Spacey; Mike Pence; Barack Obama; Thomas E. Dewey; Charan Singh (‘champion of Indias peasants’); Harold Pinter; Fay Weldon; Louis Armstrong; Stephen Sondheim (musician); John Williams; Johnny Cash; Ed Sullivan; Jean-Luc Godard; Marie Antoinette; Marlene Dietrich; Bertrand Russell; Andy Warhol; Harvey Milk; Casey Kasem; George Gallup (the pollster); Rolf Harris; Walt Disney; Charles Lindberg (The Lone Eagle); King Saud of Saudi Arabia; Jim Jones; Gerry Anderson; May Von Sydow; Dan Rather; George Clooney; Kyle MacLachlan; Tim Roth; Andrew Sachs; Eddie Murphy; Simon Cowell; Sylvia Plath; Diana Dors; Audrey Hepburn; Tracey Ullman (actress); Angie Dickinson; Rosanna Arquette; Barbara Bain; Princess Margaret of the UK; Dian Fossey; Nichelle Nichols; Adele, Rihanna; Meg Ryan; Petula Clark; Sean Young; Elizabeth Taylor; Diana, Princess of Wales; Reinhold Ebertin (astrologer); Louis XVI of France; Olympia Dukakis; Joanne Woodward; Woody Harrelson; Darryl Hannah; Piper Laurie; Yulia Tymoshenko; Tilda Swinton; Forest Whitaker; Emma Thompson; Kenneth Brannah; David Duchovny; Antonio Banderas; Matthew Modine; Jeremy Clarkson; Eddie Murphy; Christopher Plumber; Nicholas Courtney; Robert Loggia; Colin Dexter; John Le Carre; Umberto Eco; Tom Wolfe; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Sam Cooke; Colin Wilson; Robert Anton Wilson; Proust; Voltaire; Neil Postman; Bill Hicks; Glenn Gould; Magic Johnson; Luc Besson; Boy George; Michael J. Fox; Bono; The Edge; Michael Stipe; Michael Hutchence; Taylor Swift; Daniel Radcliffe; Emma Watson; Jennifer Laurence; Ricky Gervais; Erwin Schrodinger; Peter Jackson; Ben Hardy; Anton Yelchin.