Saturn – Pluto cycle in astrology

Saturn – Pluto is a cycle of 33 years characterized by:

– Saturn brings the transformation through contraction, conservative reaction, crisis and termination;gravity and tension;

– the spread of conservative views, reactionary and repressive empowerment (Saturn); censorship, punishment; religious fundamentalism spread: Catholic, Islamic, Jewish; a period when traditional values, moral values, order, discipline, family values are empowered; sexual restrictions or disease; patriotism rise;

– international crisis and conflict, empowerment of reactionary forces and totalitarian impulses, organized violence and oppression; violence and death on a massive scale; genocide, ethnocide; bombing and terrorism acts;

– represents a process of crisis, transformation, destruction of the current system, authority figures or institutions; the established order of existence come to an end;

– the conflicts generated are based much more on feelings, emotional issues than a conflict generated by Uranus with Saturn, for example; the aspect may symbolize that disregarding ones religion, civilization, way to live, values, culture may generate anger and lead to war soon or later; the issue of persecutor and persecuted;sabotage

– fight for domination, control, power; corruption and abuse are a theme of this cycle;

– wars, which usually break out at the conjunction and opposition: world wars, cold war, September 11; war with armies that are well prepared, tactical, technological wars, highly disciplined armies (see the difference from Uranus Pluto wars were often people go to war with knifes and forks)

– deeply forces are involved, archetypes find real people to manifest in a powerful manner, institutions try to control the world, often by destruction and violent means; eruption of the collective unconscious;

– cataclysmic events;

– at a psychological level: a tendency to perceive a constellating danger, a subversive threat, a great danger (even it’s not present); the sensation that a conflict is inevitable; as a result people take action to secure their position even the danger it’s only in their imagination;

Saturn – Pluto current cycle: years 2020-2053

First conjunction of the cycle 2020 – 2053 takes place at grade 23 Capricorn,  on 12 January 2020.

The meaning of the cycle

The current Saturn – Pluto cycle (chart of the cycle is the picture below) has the following characteristics:

  • it is happening in the house of Saturn, in Capricorn, and will affect the whole system symbolized by Saturn in Capricorn;
  • Saturn in Capricorn symbolizes all buildings and institutions that have a solid and traditional establishment: the political system, public administrations, governments, all bodies that rule and set rules, the democracy as we know, the system of  election as it is, the people that act at the highest level and decide upon countries and important matters, multinational companies;
  • Pluto here will bring a major transformation in the government system, the way the society is ruled, the institutions that are part of the established system. This will be accomplished by drama and popular movements;
  • Antagonistic forces are crystallizing again, new powers emerge, old powers come to death;
  • The Sun and Jupiter near the conjunction show the importance of this aspect, this transformation will really involve the whole society; Jupiter shows that philosophical views, debates, progress are a part of this; the transformation won’t be just a “I can’t support this situation” thing, but also a rational one.
  • Uranus is also in a square with the conjunction so his effects will be similar with the Uranus – Pluto and Saturn – Uranus cycles: old structures that became obsolete and abuse people will be changed; political parties and politicians that use power in their interest will be changed; corruption is an important issue in this cycle;
  • When all three planets are involved Saturn, Pluto and Uranus the results are exacerbated and the conflicts are associated both with a intense revolutionary activity and a hard repressive one. See Reign of Terror 1793-1796 in the French Revolution, the mid 60s War in Vietnam and urban riots in United States, the Cultural Revolution in China. Also this combination was found in 1929-1933 which started with the stock market collapse on 29 October 1929 and marked the beginning of the Great Depression;

a)    First conjunction (2019 – 2020) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

  • the first conjunction happens in 12 January 2020, but the aspect is close the whole year 2019, so we already experience the feeling of this transit;
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) outbreak at the beginning of 2020, brings panic, emotional actions, death, fear (Pluto) and restrictions, limitation, isolation, recession (Saturn);
  • China evolves as one of the great powers in the world, attacks the supremacy of USA; a new cold war begins, free commerce is limited, sanctions are instituted;
  • Russia extends her influence in Europe, after took control of Crimea in  2014 and also seems to control Moldavia;
  • USA – Iran war starts a new period of tensions between SUA – NATO and Middle East area; on 8 January USA attacks Iran in an operation code named Operation Martyr Soleimani;
  • a new age of arms race seems to begin;
  • United Kingdom exits from the European Union: after a referendum that took place in 2016 followed by many debates and delays the Brexit is set for the final part of 2020;

b)    First square (2028- 2029) – Saturn in Taurus square Pluto in Aquarius

c) Opposition (2035 – 2036) – Saturn in Leo opposition Pluto in Aquarius

Saturn – Pluto former cycles:

  1. 1982 – 2020, 28 Libra – first conjunction on 8 November 1982

The meaning of the cycle

The current Saturn – Pluto cycle (chart of the cycle is the picture below) has the following characteristics:

– it seems to be connected with the oil issue, and with the Middle East, as an instrument to dominate the world;

– terrorist activity of the Islamic fundamentalists is an issue of this cycle, as a reaction to the dominating position of the United States and its allies;

a)    First conjunction (1981 – 1983) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Libra

– massively increased defensive armoring, mutual demonization between USA and Soviet Union, repressive military actions and state sponsored terrorism in many parts of the world;

– The Iran – Iraq war started (1980 – 1988) started just before this cycle

– support for the Talibans by the United States in the war against Russia in Afghanistan; terrorist bombing s of the USA embassy in Beirut

– a wave of assassinations, terrorists acts (France, Iran, Ireland) and assassinations attempts

– support for the Iraq by the United States and other countries in the war against Iran;

– The Falklands War (1982) was a conflict between United Kingdom and Argentina; the oil reserve near the island could be an important reason of the interest for this area.

– Israel invasion in Lebanon (1982)

– the spread of AIDS epidemic

b)    First square (1992 – 1994) – Saturn in Aquarius square Pluto in Scorpio

– the war in Yugoslavia began (1991 – 1999)

– the terrorist bombing attack of World Trade Center from 1993; the rise to power of Talibans in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden first call for jihad against America

c) Opposition (2001 – 2003) – Saturn in Gemini opposes Pluto in Sagittarius
– The September 11 terrorist attacks were a series of four suicide attacks that were committed in the United States on September 11, 2001, coordinated to strike the areas of New York City and Washington, D.C.; it a reversal of the beginning of the cycle when USA supported the Talibans against Russia, terrorism was seeded by the USA military help given to Islamic militants in Afghanistan in 1983;
– in October 2011, the War in Afghanistan (2001 – present) began, as a response after the 9/11 events;
– terrorism became a global problem and serious measures were taken to protect against that threat which could come from anywhere; it was also a war related with religious problems, as the terrorists are mainly Islam fundamentalists;
– the Iraq War (2003 – 2011) started in 2003 with the invasion of the United States and United Kingdom in Iraq, which claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, but they found nothing; critics say that they looked for connections with terrorism and tried to control a country with important oil reserves;
– economic recession;

– the crisis of AIDS epidemic in Africa

d)    Second square (2009 – 2011) – Saturn in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn

– one of the deadliest earthquakes in history (over 230.000 deaths) took place in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, on January 12, 2010

  1.  1947 – 1982, 13 Leo – first conjunction  on 11 August  1947

– The Cold War, the battle between capitalism and communism at the biggest intensity

a)    First conjunction (1947-1948) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Leo

– the beginning of The Cold War; the beginning of the global nuclear arm race;

– secret services are formed and develop in a more powerful way; CIA is formed in 1947;

– apartheid was instituted in South Africa

– influence of Europeans in Asia is decreasing after India independence (1947)

– the People’s Republic of China was established

– Israel was founded in 1947; the Arab – Israel wars began in 1946-1948

– India independence and partition in 1947 and massive destruction; assassination of Gandhi

– the poliomyelitis epidemic outbreak

b)    First square (1955 – 1956) – Saturn in Scorpio square Pluto in Leo

– The Suez Crisis (1956 – 1957) between Israel, United Kingdom, France and Egypt;

– The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 against the government and his Soviet policies was crushed by the communists; dissidents in Poland were defeated;

c)    Opposition (1964 – 1967) – Saturn in Pisces opposes Pluto in Virgo

– Uranus was conjunct Pluto in the same period;

– the Vietnam war (1955 – 1975) escalates as Lyndon B. Johnson became president of the United States;

– the Civil Rights Movement (1955 – 1968), mainly symbolized by the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, led by Martin Luther King, creates effects which change the system;

– the Six-Day War (1967) was the Third Arab-Israeli War, between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

d)    Second square (1973 – 1975) – Saturn in Cancer square Pluto in Libra

– Fourth Arab–Israeli War (Yom Kippur War), was fought from October 6 to 25, 1973, between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria; the war led to a oil crisis as was followed by a Arab Oil Embargo;

– the 1973 – 1974 stock market crash along with the oil crisis generated the worst economic period from The Great Depression;

– the Watergate scandal that forced the resignation of Nixon; the USA defeat in Vietnam

  1.  1914 – 1947, 2 Cancer – first conjunction  on 4 October  1914

– From World War I to the Cold War, the destruction of an old order and the beginning of a new one;

– Four empires collapsed at the final of the war (1918): the German, the Russian monarchy, the Ottoman Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, old countries were abolished, new ones were formed, boundaries were redrawn

– the replacement of the empires and countries which dominated Europe in 1914 with new powers, USA and USSR in 1947;

– mass killings of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks

a)    First conjunction (1914 – 1916) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Cancer

– World War I began, empires fall, alliances changes, a new order will begin

– the rise of the archetype of Pluto, deep, unknown desires appear; racial war;

– the Republic of China was formally established on 1 January 1912 on mainland China following the Hsin-Hai Revolution

– Franz Kafka wrote The Trial and In the Penal Colony, he was born in 1882 also on a Saturn Pluto conjunction

b)    First square (1922 – 1923) – Saturn in Libra square Pluto in Cancer

– the economic crisis after the war, social and political unrest; rises of extremism and other people, groups which want to get absolute power – Mussolini in Italy, Hitler begin to rise in Germany, Stalin control in Russia;

– The March on Rome was a march by which Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party came to power in the Kingdom of Italy (1922)

– coup d’état in Spain (1923) orchestrated by Miguel Primo de Rivera

– Constantine I after Greece lost the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922

c)    Opposition (1930 – 1932) – Saturn in Capricorn opposes Pluto in Cancer

– The Great Depression started, the economic conditions were very bad and deteriorating;

– Hitler Nazi Party rises and came to power in 1933; dominance of the Stalin totalitarian regime in Russia;

– the Japanese invasion of Manchuria (1931), which occupied this area until the end of World War II

d)    Second square (1939 – 1941) – Saturn in Taurus (Aries) square Pluto in Leo (Cancer)

– The World War II began in September 1939, with Saturn square Pluto and Mars triggering the aspect from an opposition with Pluto and square with Saturn;

– Hitler Final Solution – mass killings of Jews;

– the final phase of the cycle which began with The World War I;

– Einstein signed in 1939 the letter to USA urging the development of the atomic bomb

    4. 1618- 1648

– 1618 – the beginning of the Thirty Years War which spread in the whole Europe and came to his end in 1648

    4. 1588 -1618

– 1600 – opposition – the trial and execution of Giordano Bruno

    4. 1348- 1378

– 1348-1351- the eruption of Black Death or bubonic plague that devastated Europe

    4. 1211- 1241

– 1212- the Children’s crusade for the Holy Land; Genghis Han invasion in China;

    4. 1179 – 1211, 29 Gemini – first conjunction  on 12 May 1179

a)    First conjunction (1178 – 1180) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Gemini

b)    First square (1185 – 1187) – Saturn in Libra square Pluto in Cancer

c)    Opposition (1195 – 1196) – Saturn in Capricorn opposes Pluto in Cancer

d)    Second square (1203 – 1205) – Saturn in Taurus (Aries) square Pluto in Leo

– the siege of Constantinople by the crusaders which captured the city on 12 April 1204; it was a religious battle, between the Catholic and Orthodox Christians; it represented the final point of the Great Schism;

   5. 1147 – 1179, 26 Taurus – first conjunction  on 6 May 1147

a)    First conjunction (1146 – 1148) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Taurus

   6. 1115 – 1147, 27 Aries – first conjunction
on 27 May 1115

a)    First conjunction (1115 – 1116) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Aries

    7. 1083 – 1115, 25 Pisces – first conjunction  on 19 May 1083

a)    First conjunction (1083 – 1084) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Pisces

b) Opposition (1099) – first crusade of Christians in Europe against Muslims in the Middle East

    8. 1051 – 1083, 14 Aquarius – first conjunction  on 28 January 1051

a)    First conjunction (1050 – 1052) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Aquarius

    9. 1015 – 1051, 13 Sagittarius – first conjunction  on 25 December 1015

a)    First conjunction (1014 – 1016) – Saturn conjunct Pluto in Sagittarius