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Often called the Lord of Karma for his fearsome ability to keep the timing of our lives and levels maturity with his pivitol transits over our chart, Saturn is often painted in a terribly negative light. But does he really deserve all the bad press or is it a case of don’t believe the hype?

My diplomatic side wants to say that Saturn is good. He brings structure and learnings that everything worth doing does not come without hard work, effort and sheer will but that would be being less than honest and far too superficial for the real meanings of when Saturn touches important points in the natal chart whether by transit, natal or progression.

When dealing with Saturn I always go back to the idea that my parents taught me: if it’s worth having you’re going to have to work for it  or, more succintly voiced so beautifully by Mick Jagger translates to You Can’t Always Get What You Want. That sentiment, in all it’s frustrating, unfair and sad-making glory is the true essence of what Saturn shows you.

This is the major reason he is often referred to as the ‘Greater Malefic’ or the planet of LIMITATION. And going back to the idea that Saturn brings structure, limitation is the word you have to remember because it is not neccessarily bad.  But it is just restrictive and you are going to have to work very, very hard to get beyond the limitation that Saturn is trying to show you without learning a few *cringe* life lessons. I’ve yet to see or hear of anyone who did not change after a Saturn transit.

Uranus and Saturn are similiar in that they bring changes but Saturn brings changes that are like building blocks. One challenge here and another lesson learnt there; Saturn makes you change in small steps but often you will want to fight him at every step because it often uncomfortable, the things he’s asking of you are uninteresting, unimportant or unrecognisable. But it’s okay because he can bide his time.

His transit of one house in the chart will normally last between 2 and 2.5 years, depending on the size of the house and how healthy it was to start with. If you have a house that you are very comfortable operating in then a Saturn transit can be an added value of extra effort, more determination or being happy to get down to work at it. But for those houses where you are less confident or trying to hide from the issues springing from this area of the chart I’m sorry to tell you that Saturn will arrive and you will have no choice but to shut up and take notice, to face the music and cough up to those parts of yourself or the areas of your life that have been neglected.

Because Saturn will not take no for an answer…

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What can you say about Pluto that hasn’t been said before? The answer is not much. But there is much more to this planet than death, endings and all-out destruction which is often attributed to be caused by transits, progressions and aspects from this planet.

Thinking on Pluto and his influence is a bit like the debate of whether the cup is half-full or half-empty. For people who don’t enjoy change (i.e. the fixed signs) then I can see why the Pluto is the absolute worst, inspiring fear and agony in his wake. But for the more open-minded, flexible signs (i.e. everyone else) he is a necessary pain that periodically comes along to change your focus, switch direction and find things that are more meaningful in your life.  Pluto, as Lord of the Underworld, brings that which is hidden, in shadow or denied to light. Pluto cannot be doing with things being pushed under the carpet, he is adamant that everything must be faced at some point, nothing and no one is exempt.

Like a ruthless spring clean, Pluto comes along and asks you ‘Do you really need that?’ but even deeper than that he can show you things in your life that you didn’t even suspect were there. So, by making you cleaning out your closets, reveals an entire new section of your home that you never knew of and it contains long-lost parts of yourself that you had long forgotten or never even met.

Now, do not misunderstand me, nobody will ever really enjoy a Pluto visit because his method is to ask you a few times ‘Do you need that?’, ‘Don’t you need to change something?’, ‘Isn’t something missing?’ and if you’re unaware of what is to come, you do nothing still. But, sometimes weeks and months later, if you haven’t taken the time to look at what he means he will come along and burn your house down (metaphorically speaking). 

Then you can really see that you had no need of those things and, in fact, they have been holding you back from your true path all this time and its because you didn’t want your house burned down and it was your worst fear to lose everything that Pluto visits are almost transcendentally painful. It takes time before you can see clearly through the smoke to the phoenix rising from the ashes; stronger, faster, better. Your only choice is to rebuild what was destroyed and now because you have experienced his decimation first-hand, you build it differently with more support and a much, much stronger structure so it limits the amount that can be destroyed next time.

When Pluto is working positively, he removes the things that we couldn’t face leaving ourselves but after the shock has worn off we can appreciate that it had to happen. When working negatively or not very well integrated into the birth chart, he violently destroys something we thought was precious and forever without explanation or remorse. Its worse at these times because its only when things get taken out of hands and its all raging house fire infernos that can make us feel this is the end of us – that’s Pluto. Best to take a look at your own chart and see what areas of your life does he rule?

All of this said, I have to say that I have great respect for Pluto and having experience some of his more ruthless and soul-destroying transits I now appreciate that by forcing you to look closer and face facts he keeps things in perspective. Rebuilding yourself periodically only makes you realise that once you’ve lost everything some of the fear goes away and you can face anything! What does not kill you only makes you quicker to see the sniper in the tank next time….

Have any of you experienced Pluto recently? His move last year from Sagittarius into Capricorn has caused a lot of change around us and many may have found last year less than stellar as a result. If you do have something to share, please post a comment.

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