"The Saturn Pluto Opposition (2001-2)"
By Felissa Rose
Retrograde Mercury, 2002
On January 18 at 3:51 PM EST the planet
Mercury will go retrograde at 14 degrees 24 minutes in the sign of
Aquarius. It goes direct on February 8 at 12:29 PM EST at 28 degrees 39
minutes of Capricorn.
Most of this retrograde takes place in the
sign of Aquarius ruler of all technologies. Being in Aquarius the frequent
breakdowns and delays occurring while Mercury is retrograde can
considerably increase crashes and meltdowns of computer technologies. This
is an unfavorable time for purchasing new computer hardware and software.
This also applies to anything mechanical and electrical from TV sets, DVD
players, stereo equipment, autos, and clocks.
Aquarius is the sign
governing humanitarism and the human race at large. The planet Mercury
rules connections including internal and external wiring from telephone
and electrical ones to human interrelations to the body's nerves and
conduits. Difficulties in making connections between different agencies
and aid groups brought on by winter weather along with political and
military factors can cause widespread unpleasantness and outright
suffering of people in war torn and isolated areas. Hopefully reason,
compassion along with preparedness by the organizations in charge of these
operations will lessen the difficulties. When Mercury goes into Capricorn
at the end of this retrograde period the need for structure and
organization will be paramount and the relief effort will flow with more
Influences of the Saturn - Pluto Opposition
August 5, 2001 the planet Saturn opposed Pluto for the first time in a
10-month period. The next one occurred on November 2, 2001 at 1:09 AM EST
and the final one on May 25, 2002 at 10:34 AM EDT. By now everyone is
familiar with the terrorist events that are still taking place as I write
this during late October 2001.
Pluto rules what lies underneath,
those beliefs and feelings that simmer under the surface ready to emerge
and often explode into reality. In astrology Pluto governs explosions,
terrorism, and the need to transform. It also governs the mass
consciousness of society as demonstrated by the Plutonian business of
advertising. Pluto is presently moving through the sign of Sagittarius
ruler of religion, philosophy, travel and foreign countries. Along with
this Pluto rules obsessions, fanaticism, manipulation and hysteria.
Saturn rules structures and the organizations and systems set by
society to enable it to run efficiently, including governments, business
and corporations. Saturn is now transiting Gemini ruling information,
books, newspapers and the general dispersing of information.
Manifestations of a negative Saturn include control, fear and the
resistance to change.
The Saturn Pluto opposition occurs every 36
years. The last time was in 1965 when the Vietnam War began to escalate.
In 1993 when the World Trade Center was bombed for the first time Saturn
made a square to Pluto in the sky. Interestingly ground was broken on the
World Trade Center on August 5, 1966 making it the official birth date of
the buildings. As previously mentioned August 5, 2001 was the first time
Saturn opposed Pluto in 36 years and even though the terrorists acts were
committed in September, the destruction of the World Trade Center close to
it's birthday was astrologically speaking more than a coincidence.
Pluto, which was officially discovered in 1930 rules nuclear, and
atomic energy. Saturn tries to crystallize and actualize whatever it
attaches itself to. In 1945 when the atomic bombs were dropped in Japan,
Saturn was at the point that Pluto was discovered at in 1930. Although
Pluto wasn't officially discovered yet they were conjoined in 1914/1915
when the United States entered World War I. They opposed each other in
1931 at the onslaught of the economic depression and squared each other in
1940 at the beginning of World War II.
astrology an opposition is exactly what it sounds like where two
diametrically opposed forces face each other with contrasting views. This
can create a head on collision or insight into the point of view of the
other side hopefully creating awareness of the other position. While those
responsible for these horrible acts should be punished and prevented from
terrorizing others, it's important to exam their belief systems and try
and understand what would motivate them to give up their own lives and
take those of numerous others.
Along with the inherent violence
connected with the Saturn Pluto opposition is an economic slowdown. The
combination of these two energies creates or forces a desire to simplify
one's life and live in a more Zen like environment.
individual's perspective this opposition rules clearing and cleaning out:
going back to basics and eliminating what you've outgrown and no longer
need by eliminating the clutter in your environment and living more
simply. Internally let go of those patterns that keep you unfocused.
Saturn rules fear and Pluto hysteria and during this period it's important
to center oneself to be aware and alert to what is happening but not be
drawn into the madness.
In the physical body Saturn rules the
bones and joints and stress can create stiffness. Pluto governs the
principal of inflammation. During this period there can be an increase of
joint and muscle aches. It's important to focus and relax and it might be
a good idea to get some bodywork to help break up any blockages.
will discuss more on the Saturn Pluto opposition and some other
manifestations in the horoscope of the United States in the next
Copyright 2001 Felissa Rose. All rights reserved.
Rose is a professional Astrologer who writes, teaches and meets with
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