A New Decade: Bringing Fear into the Light

December 31, 2019

As an Astrologer I have long been awaiting a glimpse into what the Saturn/ Pluto conjunction in January 2020 might be about. The recent news of the President’s impeachment certainly gives me insight… but I don’t think it stops there. 


If we wish to understand what sort of decade we are collectively venturing into we must look at the themes of our current eclipse cycle in Cancer and Capricorn, as well as the looming Saturn/ Pluto conjunction in Capricorn in January.


Over the last year, the U.S. has seen eclipses in the opposite signs of the crab, Cancer, and the mountain goat, Capricorn. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the great builder and time-keeper, and represents governments, corporate greed, and climbing the financial ladder of success.


Conversely, Cancer reminds us of the unseen yet real parts of who we are, such as our emotions and thoughts— as well as the success that comes directly from softness, rest, connecting to our bodies, and honoring the body’s natural cycles.


We clearly see the importance of self-nurturance during pregnancy, which is why Cancer is ruled by the Mother. The preference toward Capricorn, masculinity, daytime, working hard, and covering up emotions is rooted in the denial of Cancer and is therefore in denial of women.


Let’s look at this reality further to help us understand the coming Saturn/ Pluto conjunction. Pluto represents fears that we tend to hold in our collective subconscious. Man has a deep rooted fear of woman because he needs her to fulfill his basic human instinct: Procreation.


A woman, on the other hand, makes the choice whether or not to become pregnant. In fact, it is the divine nature of a woman that makes the man complete, and this scares him to death! Sasha Graham posits in The Lovers that “this ‘mystery’ of woman man has grappled with for centuries.”


The reason we do not tend to shine light on our fears is because they are deeply uncomfortable or difficult to face. An example of this is represented by Pluto’s placement in Capricorn when the United States were founded in 1776. We are a nation with a deeply sore wound: Our success was built upon the backs of slaves.


The problem with denying things that are too hard to face is that they don’t just go away with our dismissal. In fact, they just come roaring louder and stronger the longer they remain unseen.


We have seen Plutonian fears surface in the form of social movements over the last decade. It will be interesting to see what sort of revolution America has in store as Pluto makes its exact return in the birth chart of America in 2022. 


No matter how repressed and hardened we have been toward our own discomfort, though, we can learn from our mistakes and choose to build something different. As Saturn conjuncts Pluto on January 12, 2020, we have the chance to build a new social framework around the way fear plays a role in our lives.


A great example of how to harness Pluto and Saturn energy is seen in the birth chart of J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. She was born with a Saturn/ Pluto aspect, and through her writing she allowed the world to become comfortable with “darkness.”


In contrast, Pluto sits in the President’s first house of personality, imprinting his soul with the potential for great power. Yet we have seen how he has chosen to manipulate instead of transform his own fears into love, and how this has led to his recent impeachment.


It is up to us how we choose to work the energy heading into the new year. You might consider in your own life how an outdated fear is keeping you from building your life the way you truly want. After all, it’s an entirely new decade.

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