©1-11-10 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
You know that I’m joking, right? If you look at keyword lists for Pluto and Saturn, you won’t find FUN or EASY on either of them.
A textbook Saturnian never heard of EASY, and his idea of FUN is a 60-hour work week, going in on Sundays, and never seeing his kids so he can maybe get a promotion some day. Gals, if a Plutonian calls you FUN and EASY, don’t count on meeting his Mama any time soon.
As for the transiting Pluto-Saturn square that’s within a 5° range from early October 2009 until the end of September, 2010, if it’s affecting you, you probably haven’t found your life FUN or EASY any time in the last few months. This article is to help you get a jump start on handling your transits during 2010.
What some astrologers are calling the Cardinal Crisis–a series of aspects between Pluto, Saturn, and Uranus–is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase hard times for people all over the world.
Ask the folks with foreclosure signs on their lawns about FUN and EASY.
Ask the 55-year-olds on the unemployment lines how FUN and EASY looking for work is now.
Ask the woman who’s caretaking some senile old hellion who won’t die for spite how EASY that is and whether she can remember the last time she had FUN. (Changing the hellion’s Depends doesn’t count.)
The Shadow Side of FUN and EASY
I firmly believe that the FUN and EASY mentality is a large part of what got us into this mess to begin with.
It’s the main way advertising entices you to spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need.
It’s the way they sell you expensive exercise equipment you won’t use except to hang designer label outfits that don’t fit any more because of all the fast food they sold you to make your life EASY.
It’s the way they hype books, programs, and newscasts that influence your mindset on the Good Life.
It’s the way they brainwash our kids into believing that if schoolwork isn’t FUN and EASY, it’s okay to spend their school hours texting friends to figure out what kind of FUN to have later.
And the way we’re all programmed to think that our love life ought to be FUN and EASY, too, or else we can get an EASY divorce so we can have FUN with someone new.
Saturnian values like self-discipline, quality work, reliability, responsibility, accountability and making sacrifices today for a better, more solid tomorrow have gone out of style.
With Pluto being in Saturn’s sign, Capricorn and squaring Saturn in Libra, let’s hope we remember how to live those values again, because the heyday of FUN and EASY has passed, only we’re just now noticing it. And not liking it. What FUN! What FUN?
Are YOU having FUN Yet?
Are you one of those affected by the Pluto-Saturn square? That would include people whose birth charts contain planets, the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven (10th house cusp) in the first 5° or so of the Cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
Two more groups are receiving trines from Pluto or Saturn, yet may be better able to capitalize on their strengths and abilities during this economic downswing. That would include those with planets in the first 5° or so of Taurus and Virgo—who are receiving trines from Pluto in Capricorn—and those with planets in the first 5° or so of Gemini and Aquarius—who are receiving trines from Saturn in Libra.
If you’re affected, my series called A Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit on this blog is designed to help you sort through what’s going on and make the best use of those energies. (See individual links to those articles later.) In the instructions to the Kit, you won’t find the words FUN or EASY anywhere, but you’ll find sound and do-able projects to help you sort these pressures out.
We’ve taken a break from this series of how-to articles during the holidays, but now I’m giving you who are affected this not-overly gentle reminder that there are important reasons to get out of denial and stop avoiding the issues this transit is likely to stir up.
You’ll find a complete list of links to this series later, but here’s an overview. These early months of 2010 are a crucial window for addressing toxic circumstances that have been building for a very long time. It’s a key interval for strengthening yourself and changing things that aren’t working for you.
FUN, EASY–and EXCITING!
The reason I’m asking you to take a closer look at your life right now is because in no time at all—at the end of May—transiting Uranus will move into Aries and into alignment with Saturn and Pluto for many months to come. And that’s bound to be…
Yes, Uranus CAN be exciting, as it brings new and unexpected elements into play in a situation that has grown stagnant. But it can also provide quite a shakeup, especially if you’ve resisted an inevitable ending with all your might these past few months. My experience over the years with Uranus transits has been that when we need to make a much-needed change but refuse to do it, then outside events and circumstances take over and give us a boot in the butt.
And yet those changes that seem to come from the outside are matched by an inner pressure to break free of the confinement of the past choices that have slowly become unworkable. A relationship breakup, for instance, can make us grieve, but there may also be a strong element of relief that it’s over.
Let’s say you’re in a job you hate. You’ve been coming in later and later because you just can’t face the day, and you’re dragging your feet and resisting the work you’ve grown to detest. And so the boss fires you, and of course you’re worried about the bills, but there’s also excitement because now you’re forced to look at some other alternatives.
The people who’ll probably be most relieved—and excited—by those out-of-the blue events are the ones who have key placements in the first few degrees of the fire signs, Aires, Leo, and Sagittarius. They’ve got the get up and go factor, the daring, the pizzazz to make the Uranus transit work for them. So, if you’re one of them, this is a great chance to grab the comet’s tail and ride, ride, ride!
Need more convincing to get moving? Read Pluto-Saturn Kit #6: The Train is Coming. Are You Stalled on the Tracks?
Posts for your Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit:
- The Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit—an Overview of the Series
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #1—Houses & Areas of Life Affected
- The Pluto-Saturn Square—Two Examples of How It Works
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness 2: Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #3: How to Use these Energies Well
- Using the Pluto-Saturn Square–from Clutter to Closure
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #4–Taking Concrete Action to Change your Life
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #5: Key Players in your Drama
- People who Misuse Pluto and Saturn—Don’t be Fooled by Scare Tactics!
- Pluto, Saturn and the Blame Game—the Brat Backlash Has Begun!
- Pluto-Saturn Kit #6: The Train is Coming. Are You Stalled on the Tracks?
- Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #7: Projects for a Safer Future
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
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