Bang on cue, new royal couple, Meghan and Harry, yesterday announced that they would be taking a step back from the Royal Family. It’s not that surprising considering that Meghan has been hounded by the press over the last couple of years, but it is a definitive turning point in the Royal family.
This coincides with the major Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on January 12, 2020, a symbol of the end of the old order. Many astrologers have been braced for change to the Royal Family for some time, as Uranus, the planet of change triggered the Queen’s Sun at 0 degrees Taurus and Charles’ Moon at the exact same degree (Mummy’s boy?) over the past couple of years.
There was speculation of abdication as Uranus is the planet of splits, often prominent in divorce cases. And, Meghan and Harry’s move does feel like a divorce, a split, a significant cutting of ties from the old ways and a traditional role. Uranus is evident this week too, as it turns direct at 2 degrees Taurus on January 11, 2020, the day before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
There is talk of the couple becoming financially independent, which fits Uranus in Taurus’ symbolism, the independent planet in the sign of money. Yet, it’s the Saturn-Pluto conjunction which is showing strongly in the charts of the Royal couple. Most importantly, it falls conjunct Meghan’s Descendant at 24 degrees Capricorn.
This is the end of a relationship but not with her significant other. Instead, it’s with someone theoretically more important, the Queen, the leader of the pack. And, it is personal for the Queen because her Ascendant-Descendant axis is the exact opposite of Meghan’s with the Queen’s Ascendant at 21 degrees Capricorn. A painful placing for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
Harry & The Royals
You can see how the major conjunction is playing out for Harry too with his Moon at 24 degrees Taurus. The Moon symbolises the mother and Harry’s relationship with his own mother must have felt like that Moon in Taurus, nurturing, safe & secure. Until, it wasn’t any longer as she was cruelly taken from him.
The Moon is Harry’s family as the Moon sits close to his IC (home/family point) at 17 degrees Taurus. He doesn’t want to lose the woman he loves or the son he’s devoted to. Archie (b. May 6, 2019) has his Sun at 15 degrees Taurus, bang on Harry’s IC at 17 Taurus and in close affinity to Harry’s Moon at 24 Taurus. Archie is the apple of Harry’s eye.
Also, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction plays a key role in the charts of other members of the Royal Family. It’s exactly sextile Charle’s Sun at 22 degrees Scorpio, who may turn out to be a supportive influence to the couple.
And, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is trine William’s Venus at 25 degrees Taurus. More importantly, it squares William’s Pluto at 24 degrees Libra, co-ruler of his Scorpio Midheaven. It’s likely to hurt William most. Although, with Harry’s Moon at 21 Taurus and William’s Venus at 25 Taurus, they are always going to share a loving bond.
‘Stepping Back’ Announcement
The announcement of the couple’s decision to step back from the Royal Family came on the day when Jupiter, King of the Gods, was conjunct the South Node in Capricorn (see chart below).
The ‘dissolution of the firm’, the potential beginning of the end of the Royal Family. Certainly, a significant shift away from tradition and another nail in the coffin of a difficult period in the life of the Royals.
The chart for the announcement of the ‘split’ yesterday puts the Ascendant at 14 degrees Leo and Meghan’s Sun is in the royal sign at 12 degrees Leo. Most tellingly, Uranus in Taurus sits at the top of the horoscope, very close to the Midheaven.
This is Meghan’s decision to cut ties and split away but it’s not going to help her profile or her reputation. Hopefully, people will be kind to the young couple.
It doesn’t feel like the best move with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction so strongly placed in Meghan’s birth chart. The last thing she needs is to have more people turn against her, which is the flip side of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on her Descendant – the ‘other’.
Eclipses & The Royals
Note that this announcement also coincides with the Lunar Eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer on January 10, 2020 falling opposite the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.
The Royals are closely tied in to the eclipses. They often make major decisions or plan big events that coincide with an eclipse which involves the King & Queen of the skies, the Sun (King) & Moon (Queen).
Meghan Markle b. August 4, 1981, 4:46 am, Los Angeles, California, USA
Prince Harry b. September 15, 1984, 4:20 pm, Paddington, London, UK
‘Stepping Back’ Announcement: January 8, 2020, 6:30pm, London, UK
If we didn’t pay attention to our personal Capricorn message on the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn, then we better wake up and open our eyes because the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 20° 00′ Cancer on 10 January 2020, 11:21 AM PDT, is going to hit us up again. This time the Saturn-Pluto conjunction conjoins the Capricorn Sun-Mercury and opposes the Cancer Moon. This is a hardcore dose of reality!
If there is a savior to be found on this lunation, it will be Neptune in Pisces, sextile the Capricorn stellium and trine the Cancer Moon. We need to have faith something better will eventually appear to replace whatever losses we experience now. The key word here is ‘eventually’ because Saturn in Capricorn is noted for insisting we work hard for any gains. Choosing denial is not a good option as it will only delay the pain of dealing with loss. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to practice mature, responsible behaviors and treat others with kindness, respect and compassion. Please don’t expect quick fixes or instant results because those are not in the cards for the time being. Instant karma is very possible. *grin*
Mars in Sagittarius is irritated because he is inconjunct ever unpredictable Uranus in Taurus. This is a freedom loving Mars who enjoys cruising along at high speed. Running into unexpected speed bumps is bound to ignite his temper. It’s probably a good thing this Mars usually cools down as fast as he explodes.
Venus in Aquarius and Jupiter in Capricorn are all sitting on the sidelines. Venus is in the last decan of Aquarius at 26° and will make no aspects except to the Moon until she reaches Pisces on January 13. Jupiter is still in the first decan of Capricorn at 08°, and will have much more input in the days to come. There is a purity of expression to unaspected planets in a lunation chart and unless they are transiting our personal natal chart, we may not notice much impact from them.
In general, lunations on the Cancer-Capricorn axis highlight issues involving the balance between home and family with our professional lives. The powerful stellium in Capricorn suggests some have been feeding far too much energy into their careers and/or being recognized in the public arena, perhaps at the expense of family. We can also look at the house in our natal charts where Capricorn falls to see if those matters have been absorbing the lion’s share of our attention. Taking time to turn within and examine how we feel about what’s happening in our lives would be a wise move. Not tending to emotional needs can build resentment very quickly.
There is not much wiggle room on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer. The strong cardinal emphasis and all those planets in pragmatic Capricorn is pretty much the whole story. It won’t hurt to remember all oppositions are in compatible signs and it is possible to find the common ground necessary to resolve our differences. It’s time to let go of what isn’t working, take responsibility for our actions, avoid obsessive behaviors and practice being a good human being. Above all, practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Peace to all.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: Moonset © SuperStefo
Cancer Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
January 10, 2020
Every January we have a Cancer full moon. It is an opportunity to find our emotions. We also reflect upon our roots and family (both good and not so good). In this case we have an eclipse so what comes up may speak to our insecurities. The Sun in Capricorn on the other side of the eclipse teeter totter also has insecurities. The challenge is to find the spot in the middle of the two energies. Cancer uses its emotions to feel powerful. Capricorn uses discipline to feel powerful. They both appreciate conservation and hate waste. Being pragmatic about emotions is critical during this three-day cycle. Those people who like to throw little scenes, send a snark email, pout and show someone a thing or two— do it at your own peril. Those people who like to cut off others when they get in the way of a goal because, “I don’t have time for her/him” –may be too focused on a goal and forgetting the human experience.
There is a place somewhere in the middle where we let the emotions speak to us individually but always remember if we are not getting something from someone—are we seeing that person the way they really are? Or are we confusing them with what we want them to be? And by the way, that other person can be doing that same calculation on us. Nothing gets figured out in one three-day lunar phase but you may learn something during this time about you or another that will make sense later this year.
In the case of this full moon there is a lot more energy on the Capricorn side of the teeter totter with Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto all next to the Sun. Moon in Cancer is by itself. However, mystical Neptune is speaking to both Sun and Moon offering some support. You may find yourself forgiving self (and others). Neptune also reminds us the power of patience and it can calm down any flustered feelings by sending us the thought– ‘This too shall pass.” There also could also be a random encounter that offers some joy or comfort. There is also the humanitarian component to Neptune that suggests helping others gets us out of out of a negative mindset. And never underestimate the power of music. Put on a forgotten song that you used to love to shift your mood.
1/11 Mercury conjunct Saturn. Serious thoughts. Serious Talks. No one wants to waste time.
1/12 Mercury conjunct Pluto. Penetrating thoughts. Evolution thinking.
1/13 Sun conjunct Pluto. Once a year aspect. Deep, introspection about what makes sense about our place in the world.
1/13 Sun conjunct Saturn. Focus, discipline, pragmatic, responsible.
1/13 Venus enters Pisces. Oh, good, something soothing. Dreamy visions help.
See you on the other side of this energy at Disseminating Moon Jan 13, 8pm (PST).
Saturn conjunct Pluto [22 Capricorn 46]
– January 12, 2020
Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
L. R. Knost
There’s some heavy astrology coming our way this week as the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn (January 12) takes place two days after a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse (January 10) cutting across the Cancer/Capricorn axis of the zodiac.
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is the most important planetary event of the two. A rare occurrence in astrology, these two major planets only meet once every 35 years or so.
Together, Saturn and Pluto conjure up themes of darkness, both planets linked to the colour black. They represent absolute power, dictatorship, tyranny and the dark side of power and control.
At their bleakest, they are a symbol of death and destruction. The conjunction often coincides with times of hardship and war and here we stand on the brink of a major world conflict. An assassination in Iran, threats and bravado, men playing a dangerous game.
The symbolism tragically fits the apocalyptic scenes coming out of Australia too, as millions of animals are wiped out and human beings mourn the loss of life, their homes & possessions, their countryside left black and desolate.
Major planetary events often show clearly in the world as the movement of the planets mirrors life on earth. Yet, they work differently on a personal level. And, if astrology is to be of any value, then we must learn to work with the symbolism of the planets, to heed their lessons.
Saturn rules time and karma in astrology, the planet of self-discipline and authority. Pluto rules all things hidden & the underworld, the planet of extremes linked to annihilation and transformation. Here are some ways the Saturn-Pluto conjunction may be calling you in your own life:
Get real and deal with the facts. Look at the truth of the situation and confront whatever’s in front of you. We need to do this in our world right now but it’s also valuable on a personal level. This is not the time to hide your head under the sand. Acceptance and truth are the ways to deal with Saturn-Pluto as it lays bare the reality of your/our situation.
Notice what in your life is coming to an end or where you’re ready to stop and move on. You might give up a project or job that’s going nowhere, you could decide to drastically alter your life if you’ve been working too hard or you’ve been unemployed. Think of this major astrology as a reality check and a positive time for facing up to your situation and making decisions.
Detox, declutter, release and let go. If you want to give up a bad habit, this would be a great time to do so. If you want to pare back your life to essentials, go for it. Full Moons are ideal for shedding and releasing what’s no longer needed. Pluto likes to purge, Saturn’s great for self-discipline. Together, these key planets are packed full of will-power and resilience.
Be ruthless & claim your power. The Saturn-Pluto combination is fantastic if you need to be persistent in your life, issue an ultimatum or refuse to put up with bad behaviour. Pluto is the planet of extremes, so decide where in life you need to up the ante and take a stand. If someone’s trying to control your fate or you’ve lost charge of a situation, step up your game.
Bring something to completion. Saturn moved in to Capricorn two years ago and is in its sign of rulership, a symbol of the empire builder. Saturn’s premise is that hard work reaps reward and that self-discipline and endurance pay off. Pluto adds laser focus to the mix and it’s an ideal time to knuckle down and complete what you started. Make that deadline. Alternatively, accept defeat or cut your losses so you can move on.
Flex your survival instinct. If life has ‘razed you to the ground’ in true Saturn-Pluto style, take your time and build from the ground up, slowly, one step at a time. One of Pluto’s zodiac symbols is the phoenix who rises from the ashes. If or when you reach the end of the road, find a new path. Don’t look back and move on.
Ditch the fear. Saturn is the planet most closely linked to fear and doubt. Pluto transits take you on a journey in to the dark night of the soul. Therefore, it’s important to remember that in most cases worrying helps no-one. Yes, it’s wise to be cautious and keep yourself safe and away from danger. Rather than allow yourself to be waylaid by fear, however, get practical, deal with the reality of your situation and crack on.
Saturn-Pluto Planetary Aspects
Find out where the Saturn-Pluto conjunction falls in your horoscope. If the conjunction falls close to a planet or angle between 22-24 degrees, then it’s personal.
The square and opposition (i.e. the cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) are most challenging, whereas the conjunction – Capricorn – could go either way. A breakdown, a finale or a transformation, a final push.
If the Saturn-Pluto conjunction makes a trine or sextile aspect to your horoscope (i.e. the earth and water signs; Taurus & Virgo; Scorpio & Pisces), this symbolises a positive force for you. Notice who or what’s supporting you, who’s got your back and where you have super human strength.