Posted by: Donna Cunningham | October 29, 2009

Housewarming Party for Saturn in Libra?

©10-29-09 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 Neeti Ray of Astrology Expressed writes that they’re having quite a party on Facebook to welcome Saturn’s ingress into Libra today. I, too, breathed a sigh of relief this ayem to realize it had left Virgo. In these last few tedious months of hypercritical Saturn in Virgo, there has been nothing but relentless bitching, nitpicking, fault-finding, and blaming in the media as well as a generalized air of dissatisfaction in which nothing but nothing seems to satisfy people.     

 I will, however, delay my own housewarming party for Saturn in Libra until it scoots past the square to Pluto in Capricorn.  At that point, I’ll throw a sedate afternoon tea, perhaps with a string quartet.  At some point, we’ll all have a bit of bubbly to celebrate the return of a more genteel, civilized code of conduct.  Saturn, after all, is supposed to be exalted (that is, at its very best) in Libra. 

plutosaturnyouthparty-a2dYes, I do have high hopes for Saturn in Libra over the long haul: hopes that we’ll all get past this polarization and gain the maturity to look at the other person’s point of view responsibly and considerately; hopes that some sort of balance will be restored; and hopes that we can treat one another with grace and respect.  Not to mention diplomacy.  That’s the Libra way. 

It’s the Pluto-Saturn square already in range that made me postpone the catering service. I’ll write more about it in the weeks to come, but not today. You’ve already had a taste of what the public mood is likely to be in yesterday’s astrodrama, Pluto meets Saturn on the Square—Fear and Loathing in America.

Why I chose the murky young man clothed in black to illustrate this post is that he looks to me like the epitome of the particular astrological generation now nearing their Saturn return. They’re intimately acquainted with Pluto-Saturn aspects because they were born under the Pluto-Saturn conjunction in Libra of 1981-82. Some of you no doubt remember that era, if the transit touched on your own chart.

 I’d cite Britney Spears as their iconic figure. We’ll look at her chart another time, but in case you can’t wait, AstroDataBank says she was born December 2, 1981, 1:30 AM CST, in Mahon, MS, 34N48; 89W30.  (Data rated A, given by her mother.) One thing you can say about Britney’s Pluto-Saturn conjunction is that she may take herself to the brink of self-destruction by living such an intensely self-destructive life style, but she comes back, the phoenix rising from its own ashes.  plutosaturnyouth-a2dDo you get how long BS has been a star?  She started with the Mickey Mouse Club at age 11, and she’s only NOW getting her Saturn return?  Remarkable! 

Incidentally, when I did research in AstroDataBank for the chapter on Pluto-Saturn aspects in The Outer Planets and Inner Life, volume 3, I discovered Pluto-Saturn aspects in the charts of quite a few child stars of the past like Drew Barrymore, Lee Ann rimes, Danny Bonaduce, Jackie Cooper, and  River Phoenix. Like Britney, a number of them found the pressures of early fame difficult to withstand and so engaged in self-destructive outlets for those pressures.

Other people with Pluto-Saturn aspects in their birth charts become a phoenix—I’ve watched them for decades, and they all have that capacity.  And so can all of us who are being impacted by the transiting Pluto-Saturn square.

That mainly includes people with planets, the Ascendant, or Midheaven in early degrees of the four cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. I’m already starting to hear from people with chart features in that range, wanting me to comment on their charts, either privately or on this blog. Let me explain why I’m not fulfilling those requests.

There are reasons I’m retired from doing charts after 40 years of it, massive burnout among them. Because I wrote Healing Pluto Problems, people with strong Pluto aspects and intense life experiences have always sought me out for counsel. I couldn’t count the number of phone calls in the past 30 years that started out, “I read your Pluto book, and I HAVE to see you.” It was rewarding to be of service, yet being privy to so much human suffering also puts extreme wear and tear on the Heart Chakra. I honestly cannot go on with it.

Please understand why I won’t comment on your charts on this blog, by phone, or through private email. If you write to me at, I’ll send you a list of people whose work I am well familiar with and respect, but that’s as much as I’m able to do. No exceptions. I am retired from active duty. I just want to spend the next few years peacefully writing and sharing what I create with all of you.  

If you’re affected by that early Cardinal square, there are many pieces on this blog that can help with issues that are likely to come up. Take a look at any on the list below that apply to you or your loved ones. Donna

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  1. Thanks for the mention, DC, my Leo Sun is tickled pink 🙂

    And I want to come for the tea party!

    • You’d have to bring some of those yummy pastries from India, but you’d be welcome, you bet. donna

  2. here’s a hug to you! And thanks for blogging

  3. I read your Pluto book several times, and I *don’t* have to see you. What I needed was in the book. Thank you.

    • Oh, my, Angi, how wonderful to hear!! that’s why I write, because I do know things that can help more people than just the one-on-one of a chart reading. Thank you for those kind words. Donna

  4. Donna,
    I am quite thankful for your now being “retired from active duty”, if what you are offering now is the result of. 🙂
    Your materials are so helpful for me at this time as I strive to restructure my talents in service to self/others.
    With Appreciation!

    • Thanks for understanding, Kachina. I’m so grateful for the support I’m getting from readers about this decision. I wish I were 40 years old again–you can bet I’d be right out there on the front lines. But like the old codger in my astrodrama said, “there’s a time to shine, and then there’s a time to go home.” What I’ve learned from joining the blogosphere is how many gifted and well-qualified astrologers there are in the Pluto-Uranus in Virgo generation. This is THEIR time to shine, and mine to go home. Donna

      • When it came to it, I decided not to do clinical psychology. Then I felt guilty. Then I saw how many of my batchmates were going to do it and I knew the world would have its clinical psychologists. I felt very relieved.

        And, DC: thank you for sharing via your blog!

      • Donna~
        While I am of the Pluto-Uranus sub-gen, and am currently a pupil of astrology, if I should ever be of accomplishment, it is most certainly, due in large part to yourself and the others that have been so generous in sharing your wisdom of a current lifetime of practice.
        Bless you.

  5. “I am retired from active duty.”

    You sound like you’ve retired from the army, lol.

    «Not doing any soldering these days, mates.»

  6. One thing I learned from blogging is it also gives people a direct line of contact because the commenting features give it a more dynamic, active nature than black and white print. I do hear you, however, on retiring from ‘active duty’. Keep on writing and adding to the blogosphere. I, am I know others, appreciate your seasoned words and ideas, and the Sat-Pluto toolkit. Yay!!

    • I do get what you’re saying about blogs giving people a direct line of contact because of the comments, and it’s part of what I love about blogging. The exchange of comments and ideas is really valuable. But to answer personal questions about individual charts really requires time and thought, and can’t be done well without studying the whole chart. Donna

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