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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 12/18/2012: Saturn, Pluto & the Finger of God

Moon entered dreamy Pisces at  7:48PM ET on Monday, suggesting a need to go with the flow and consider intangibles such as spirit(s), healing, depths of feeling and maybe even a bit of music. Compassion is a keyword for Pisces, so it seems fitting to see that word in the headlines, as in “Ancient Bones That Tell A Story of Compassion”. It’s a hopeful story that reminds us that while humans may have a zillion-year history of being perfectly horrible to one another, there have been instances of loving kindness and caring in very olden times.

This is another day for big statements  and bold actions,  some of which broaden the mind and others which push boundaries. In South Carolina, Congressman Tim Scott was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to replace retiring Senator Jim DeMint. Scott will be the only African-American in the U.S. Senate, and the first one from the South since the 19th Century. At a news conference yesterday, Scott boldly stated:

“I am very thankful to the good Lord and a strong mom who believed that sometimes love has to come at the end of the switch” (…with a smile, pointing to his mother in the audience.) “And she loved me a lot.”

A ten-second glance at planetary patterns on Scott’s birthday (Sept 19, 1965 in Charleston, SC) confirms the strong probability of the father taken out of the picture in the early home life (Scott’s parents divorced when he was seven), with the mother running the household, likely in a way that was experienced as controlling.  Strong idealism and charisma are suggested by aspects between mental Mercury, action-oriented Mars and rose-colored Neptune. Scott was born with rebel Uranus conjunct ruthless Pluto, opposed by stern Saturn, suggesting a certain harshness experienced in the early home life, along with the potential for tremendous effort exerted to overcome obstacles (a lot of people born in 1965 have this aspect in their horoscopes, and maybe you are one of them).

Scott also stated:

“Our nation finds itself in a situation where we need some backbone. We need to make very difficult decisions.”

Yeah, that sounds like a horoscope with a strong Saturn-Pluto connection talking, especially in combination with the idealism suggested by Mercury-Neptune (am I the only one concerned that Scott’s love for his constituents may be expressed by beating them with “the end of a switch”)? In any event, as you may recall from last week’s New Moon forecast, the disciplined authority of Saturn combined with the ruthless purging power of Pluto has the potential to work together quite cooperatively right now. Difficult decisions will be made, as will tremendous efforts to deal with the karmic debt we can no longer ignore in our collective reality check.

Saturn and Pluto are currently configured with expansive Jupiter in a rare pattern called a Yod or “Finger of God”. To me this echoes the need for adjustment in our efforts to expand, curtailed by considerations of structure and resources. Astrologer Noel Tyl offers these keywords for Jupiter in configuration with Saturn/Pluto: “trouble with authority; adoption of the austere; staying out of trouble; trying to save what’s left”. It is interesting that this Yod will be exact on December 21st a.k.a. the Winter Solstice, which always suggests a turning point.

Some astrologers have argued that this strong connection between Saturn and Pluto suggests that globally we will be embracing more conservative values, and by this they mean we will be moving more to the right than the left. I am not sure about this. Dennis Kucinich has a strong Saturn-Pluto pattern in his horoscope, squared by aggressive Mars. He had an extremely challenging childhood in the school, and boy is he a fighter, as we would expect. Yet his politics are on the far left, not the right. I am not convinced Saturn-Pluto patterns have anything to do with being right-wing or left-wing.

My sense of  “conservative” suggested by Saturn-Pluto is that we will be willing to do whatever it takes to conserve what we deem most valuable. But what is most valuable? That will likely be the big argument. Here’s a story about dirty laundry (suggested by the Sabian Symbol for last week’s New Moon) that illustrates one battle over what is worth conserving.

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