©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
The blogosphere is a delicious, startling labyrinth of self-expression in which you encounter fabulous fables and the art of life in its vast, infinite diversity. It’s the repository of an impressive array of talent in the field of astrology—gifted practitioners who on the whole have remained undiscovered by “mainstream” astrology conferences and publications. I set out at daybreak today to discover who else out there is posting helpful or inspiring materials on the Pluto-Saturn square. Here are some that I found.
ElsaElsa always has a good exchange of information and experiences going among her regular followers. Currently she’s featuring a discussion about the Pluto-Saturn square here: Pluto Square Saturn transit « ElsaElsa Boards
Node-o-rama is an astrology forum, and currently members are sharing their experiences on this aspect here: Node-o-rama / Pluto square saturn
I hadn’t thought about the influence the Pluto-Saturn square would have on electional charts—that is, charts you choose for the date you start something, like a business or marriage. I do know a couple of electional astrologers who have bailed out and aren’t doing any of that work for clients for the duration. Saturn in Libra in and of itself might speak to thinking carefully about your commitment choices.
Read what Karen Christino, an astrologer who specializes in wedding charts and the author of YourWedding Astrologer—How to Plan a Marriage Made in Heaven, has to say: Saturn Square Pluto » Wedding Outlook » YourWeddingAstrologer.com.
One of my astrological colleagues, Jeff Jawer has always been excellent on Pluto throughout the 40 years that I know him. Long a fixture at astrology conferences internationally, he’s co-founder with Rick Levine of that invaluable source of astrology information, StarIq. Jeff can be counted on for honest, sage advice. Here’s a bit of what he had to say on this transit:
“Both Saturn and Pluto are about contraction and a square is arguably the most difficult aspect, so we can expect some tough sledding ahead. As a humanistic astrologer I believe that every pattern has a positive purpose and meaning yet some, like this one, are bound to test us before yielding desirable results…Instead of freezing with fear or panicking, slow-moving Saturn in logical Libra is a reminder to stay cool and think our way through the crises we face.” Read the rest of his article here: Saturn Square Pluto: Reshaping the World
“Saturn will require the utmost seriousness and honesty–as Pluto will rile the depths until truth be told. No wonder many people are worried about this! But, not to fear–it’s an excellent long-term opportunity to make significant, down-to-the-roots changes that can immensely better your world.
“Will it take work? Yes, Saturn’s involved; Will it be dramatic and messy? Yup, Pluto can bring forward the secrets and question the theatrics that have been protecting them like no other. Is this bad? Only if you don’t want to do the hard work–but this doesn’t have to be especially hard, with the difference between difficult and relatively smooth being one’s willingness to address what comes forward. It’s that simple. Parsing out the effects of this square over time is best done in two ways: an inspection of the ways it contacts the natal chart, naturally, and in watching what through transit touches the square.”
One of the interesting places I landed was radiantwoman, an abandoned blog by a woman named Miriam who wrote reams of perceptive observations and excellent suggestions about the midlife square between transiting and natal Pluto. Those of you who are having it right now would have Saturn in the picture as well, making it an even more intense period of pondering your life and evaluating what works. Here are links to some of her articles:
- Pluto in Your Horoscope (includes transits, house positions)
- What is Pluto square Pluto?
- Five Ways to Use Pluto square Pluto Positively
- Pluto square Pluto story
An Alternative to Gloom and Doom–Action!
Many of the other posts I encountered were heavy on the gloom and doom scenarios. I won’t kid you—if you have planets, the Ascendant, or Midheaven in the first few degrees of the Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, you may well face some real challenges in the next year. The more specific information you can get about your own chart and the potential stresses—and gains—this passage represents, the less vague dread you’ll feel and the more concrete, effective action you can begin to take.
I approach tough transits like these through the lens of my social work training, and social work is not archetypal, mythical, theoretical or symbolic. It’s a practical application of psychology and sociology with a problem-solving focus. One productive problem-solving process consists of helping people examine four key questions:
- What is the problem?
- What is your contribution to the problem?
- What strengths do you bring in dealing with the situation?
- What are your options?
- Where can you turn for help?
I’m creating this ongoing series–The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit–to lead you through an exploration of what the issues are and what you can do to help yourself. I surely don’t have all the answers but hopefully can point you toward some resources where you can turn for help if you need it. I’m retired from direct client work now, so I can’t answer questions about your individual charts. If you need an astrology consultation from someone who’s sane and grounded, I’ll be glad to give you a list of people whose work I know and admire.
One Immutable Truth–Pluto and Saturn are NOT out to Get Us
One thought I will leave you with. In the last century alone, our world has been through three major Pluto-Saturn-Uranus configurations. We are immortal, indestructible souls. In our endless lifetimes, we have lived through a great many Pluto-Saturn-Uranus transits. We’re still here, and we’ll get through whatever the cosmos has in store this time.
Keep in mind that the planets don’t actually CAUSE anything to happen to us. Their positions in our birth chart and by transit are just mirrors of what is going on in our lives. They don’t cause our difficulties, any more than the mirror causes us to age or sag. Pluto and Saturn are not out to get us, and to demonize them only adds to the generalized panic.
And, no, I don’t believe the world will end in 2012. To tell you the truth, I’m fr#/g SICK of the end of the world–it’s already ended three times during my 40 years in astrology—and I’m just not biting on the BS this time around. BRING IT ON!!!
More Posts for your Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit:
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 1 (Areas of Life Affected)
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 2 (Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios)
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #3 –Setting Goals that Work
- From Clutter to Closure–Using the Pluto-Saturn Square
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
- Cash in on the Hidden Gold Beneath Your Fears
- Saturn Transits—What do They Mean to your Career?
- Healing Tools For Plutonians: Transforming The Self And Others
- Purge Yourself of Pluto’s Negativity—Get Free of Bitterness
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
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