Posted by: Donna Cunningham | November 10, 2009

The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—an Overview of the Series

©11-10-2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

Transiting Saturn and Pluto will be forming a difficult 90° angle called a square during much of October 2009-October 2010, within a 5° range. People who follow astrology are becoming very anxious about what the aspect may mean, both personally and globally.

While I’m not denying that for some people, this will be a challenging aspect, the more anxious you become about some vague danger from huge forces you see as outside your control, the less effectively you’ll cope with it.

 I’m creating this series called A Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit to give you information and tools to handle the transit—not just to cope, but to use those energies constructively to improve long-standing conditions in your life. Here, for those of you who just joined us, is an overview of the series, with links to guide you through the process.

Putting the Panic to Rest

People, Pluto and Saturn are NOT out to get you! The planets don’t CAUSE anything to happen to us, they just correlate with what’s going on in the world. You’ve lived through Pluto transits before. You’ve lived through Saturn transits before. You’re still here.

Depending on your age, you’ve probably even lived through the combined Pluto-Saturn-Uranus transits before, back in the mid 1960s.  You’re still here. This is the 4th time in a little over a century that the trio formed major aspects. We’re still here.

 We’re immortal, indestructible souls, and we’ve lived through times like these in our endless cycles of lifetimes hundreds if not thousands of times over the eons that humanity has inhabited this planet. We’re still here. If you’re buying into the fear-mongering about the supposed End of the World in 2012, read “Catastrophobia: What Causes it and How to Heal it” by Diana Stone

Who does the Ptools for Pluto-Saturn transit Skywriterluto-Saturn square affect? The slow-moving transit between Pluto and Saturn won’t affect everyone directly, only those with planets, the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven (10th house cusp) in the early degrees of the Cardinal signs— Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn—in their birth charts.  

(We’re focusing on the Saturn-Pluto aspect by itself first to give you tools to work on any major issues this first aspect may bring up and get on a more solid foundation. That way you’d be better equipped to deal with Uranus later.)

How will the kit help you? It’s a series of posts and downloadable files to help you sort out how the Pluto-Saturn transit relates to you personally and your loved ones—if it relates to you at all.  At each stage, you’ll learn more about the astrological and psychological makeup of this combination of energies. You’ll be given some self-help and healing tools to sort out what it means for you and those charts you’re scanning so avidly.

Who am I to be writing this? For those of you who just wandered in off the internet and don’t know me, here’s a bit about my qualifications to reassure you that I know what I’m talking about. I earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University in 1967, and within a year (circa Linda Goodman) began my astrological studies.  I began doing charts for people a year after that and have continued to work with people with the dual combination of astrology and psychotherapy in the 40 years since. After 10 years of practice, in the early 1980s, I wanted better tools for deeper level healing of the issues clients presented, so I began working with flower essences, energy work, lightwork and other methods. If you need more information, see the About  Page.

What You’ll Get from this Series of Poststools for Pluto-Saturn transit Skywriter

We’re going through a fairly orderly process, although in a somewhat disorderly way, as inspiration strikes or as readers’ needs become apparent. Lots of you have joined us in the middle, so here’s what you’d learn by working with the posts in order, step-by-step:  

The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 1: Areas of Life Affected—the houses, including a downloadable file on houses for more detail about applying this to your own chart.

The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—Part 2:  Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios—gauging how probable they are, and picking an area that needs work to start on now, to pave the way for improvement.

Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #3 — Taking Concrete Action to Change your Life:  Analyzing the parts of your life that aren’t working for you and coming up with specific actions to change them is enhanced by setting realizable goals that take you to a new place, step by concrete step.  Learn what experts know about setting goals and sustaining the motivation to actually REACH the ones you’ll  work on during this transit.

Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #4: Key Players in your Drama: Who are the people–past and present–who play the roles of Pluto and Saturn in tis episode of your life story?

From Clutter to Closure–Using the Pluto-Saturn Square:  How clearing away the clutter in your home can help you get a perspective on the deadwood in your life as wetools for Pluto-Saturn transit Skywriterll.

How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect Why people born with major aspects between Pluto and Saturn may find it a time of challenge—and resolution of long-standing issues.

Saturn’s Delays and Why We Should Embrace Them: Especially during this year-long aspect, those frustrating delays are revealed as a benign facet of the Divine Plan. Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit by Donna Cunningham

There’s much more to come, so subscribe if these aspects concern you!

Articles to read if Pluto and Saturn are transiting your career houses (2, 6, 10, or the Midheaven) or are in those houses natally:

Supportive Tools for Releasing Emotions that Get Stirred Up:

Fighting Catastfree astrology booklet by Donna Cunninghamrophobia: Many who follow astrology are very worried about the Pluto-Saturn aspect and about the accompanying t-square with Uranus, both personally and on a global level. For many, the media AND astrological hype about these transits are resulting in an unnecessary level of panic and dread.   (If you’re buying into this End of the World fear-mongering, read the revealing and sensible  “Catastrophobia: What Causes it and How to Heal it” by Diana Stone.)

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  1. Thanks so much for this overview, Donna. It’s a great refresher. The whole series has been spectacular! You’re providing great tips on dealing with everything and keeping our heads throughout the process.


    • Thanks so much, CJ. I don’t know from one day to the next what I’ll be writing — I wake up with ideas for the series. Donna

  2. Good Morning Donna 🙂

    As CJ noted, this series is wonderful!

    With your permission, I would like to direct my blog visitors to this series on your site, with full credit to you, via a short blog post.

    Thanks for the consideration of my request! kachina

    • By all means, Kachina–it can reach more people that way, and if it gives them some tools for dealing with the challenges we face, I’ll be gratified. The adventure seems to continue every day, and I’m glad for all the readers who are sharing it with me. Donna

      • Thank you Donna. 🙂

  3. Dear Donna , Ihave used the star signs and their corresponding cell salts and bach flowers for some time with some success. It has come to my notice that the actual dates for the sun signs are out of wack ! ie the sun isn,t in Virgo until Sept 16th and hasn’t been for nearly 1000 years and the sun passes thru 13 constellations in a year. This has completely thrown me and it can be verified by any astronomy program. I want to base my healing on fact not fiction and I have asked some astrologists who are yet to answer, can you help please

    • Hi, Anne, I honor your desire that your healing be based on fact not fiction and only hope that it will catch on and become wildly popular among New Age professionals. Since there were two people who asked me about the tropical vs sidereal question this week, I decided to write a post about it. It was published on Skywriter today, so go have a look. Donna

      PS. As part of the International Astrology Day Blogathon, I’m coordinating a special collection of articles about combining astrology and flower remedies at Vibration Magazine, an online educational blog about these remedies. It will go live March 19th at

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