From November 2009 through August 2010, the outer planets Saturn and Pluto are forming a waning square (90°) with one another for the first time since the early 1970’s. This pits the planet representing form, structure, rules, resistance, and fear (Saturn) at odds with the planet representing transformation, secrets, power, regeneration, and deep healing (Pluto).
Just like with the Moon’s phases, the other planetary bodies go through their own phases relative to the Earth. Like a New Moon, the start of any coupled planetary cycle begins with their conjunction (same location in the sky). As the faster planet moves away from the slower planet, eventually it comes to a 90° angle (waxing square) to it, followed by the 180° opposition (like a Full Moon), the second 90° angle (waning square), and then the cycle finishes when a new cycle between the planets is born at the next conjunction. See below for the basic outline of the process including the associated energy of each of these important climax points in the planetary cycles:
Conjunction (0°) – Birth and creation.
Waxing Square (90°) – Tension due to growth.
Oppostion (180°) – Culmination and results.
Waning Square (270°) – Tension due to decay.
The Saturn/Pluto cycle takes approximately 33-38 years to complete and represents a war-like cycle of social/cultural transformation and secret powers as the structural energies of Saturn reform the powerful energy of Pluto. This cycle represents things like terrorism, natural resources, and power shifts for example. Usually, at the start of these cycles, new power structures are hatched. As time moves on, there is usually some tension related to those decisions that come up for review around 8-9 years later when Saturn and Pluto make their first (waxing) square to each other. Then another 8-9 years goes later Saturn makes an opposition to Pluto. This opposition is the time where the culmination or results of those ideas and of the decision making that started at the conjunction bear their fruit. Then the second (waning) square represents a time of decay and last minute decisions related to the same energies birthed at the start of the cycle (like this current part of the cycle).
Below is a look at the current Saturn/Pluto cycle relative to US issues and concerns, followed by a look at where we are in the current Saturn/Pluto cycle. I also include a few tidbits of information regarding those periods in terms of the US that I will discuss later.
Saturn/Pluto Cycle (early 1980’s – 2020)
Saturn conjunct Pluto (October 1982 – June 1983)
US military support of the Taliban was provided when the CIA provided arms to Afghans resisting the Soviet invasion. Radical Muslims were recruited and Osama Bin Laden was one of the key organizers of training camps for foreign Muslim volunteers. The US poured funds and arms into Afghanistan, and by 1987, 65,000 tons of US-made weapons and ammunition a year were entering the war. FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who has been fired from the agency for disclosing sensitive information, has claimed the US was on intimate terms with Taliban and Al-Qaeda, using them to further certain goals in Central Asia.
Saturn waxing square to Pluto (March 1993 - January 1994)
Just two weeks before this time period, a car bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack was planned by a group of conspirators including Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmad Ajaj. They received financing from Khaled Shaikh Mohammed, Yousef's uncle. Ramzi Yousef, who was born as Abdul Basit Mahmoud Abdul Karim in Kuwait, spent time at Al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan, before beginning in 1991 to plan a bombing attack within the United States. Yousef's uncle Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Ali Fadden, who later was considered the principal architect of the September 11 attacks, gave him advice and tips over the phone, and funded him with a US$660 wire transfer. This waxing square period was a time to make adjustments to that which was initiated during the conjunction period in the early 1980’s.
Saturn opposite Pluto (July 2001 - June 2002)
This was the period of the 911 attacks and the ensuing reactions including the PATRIOT Act. This was the culmination of all previous activity leading up to this time. The results of this time were a reflection of what was birthed in the early 1980s and what was not sufficiently dealt with and adjusted in the early 1990’s.
**Saturn waning square to Pluto (November 2009 - August 2010) **
The Fort Hood attack in early November was just the beginning of this period. Was it a case of terrorism? Expect the issue of terrorism to be back on the front burner for awhile. Also, expect the truth about complete involvement concerning the fallout (culmination) of this current cycle (i.e. 911) to be revealed by late summer 2010. My speculation is that the trial of Khaled Shaikh Mohammed will reveal some pretty interesting information about US involvement over the last 30 years of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism.
It appears that the themes for this cycle related mostly to a focus on global terrorism and the abuse of power and resources. The decisions to send more weapons and money to Islamic Fundamentalists in the early 1980’s lead to retaliation on the US with the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks on US soil. In the early 1990’s there was an opportunity to make adjustments (waxing square) with regards to this issue. But the 911 attacks during the opposition phase reveal that not enough was done to avert the culmination of the escalating problem.
Regardless of what actually occurs during this current waning square time period, the Saturn/Pluto square of which we are currently in the midst is about the tension and decay between the power (Pluto) and structures (Saturn) (i.e. terrorism) that originated in the early 1980’s.
Saturn/Pluto EXACT Squares
November 15, 2009
Fort Hood attacks lead to questions about whether it was an attack of terrorism and questions loom with regards to how to approach the situation in Afghanistan.
January 31, 2010
August 21, 2010
Advice for American Leaders and the People
When Saturn and Pluto are in a waning square it is time to accept the restructuring (Saturn) of power (Pluto). Change and restructuring are eminent during these times and the level of tension due to the decay and change are directly related to the level of acceptance of that change versus the level of resistance to that change. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ approach but just a beneficial approach or a harmful approach.
The beneficial way to approach this time period is to allow the truth to be revealed and to create new structures (Saturn) related to enlightened power and resource distribution (Pluto) rather than related to the underhanded power of terrorism. If we recognize that change is necessary and then engage in the solution process to form (Saturn) a plan that incorporates much needed transformation (Pluto), then this time period would be utilized to its optimal potential.
Remember that the ultimate intention of this time period is embracing much needed transformation to create structures (Saturn) that better reflect enlightened power and resource optimization (Pluto). Laying our fear of deep transformation to rest is the first step in the process.
For this particular time period perhaps Howie Day said it best in his song, “Collide”, when he said, “even the best fall down sometimes…” If we can accept that, then we can accept the benefits of this time period.
And so it is…
Readers, if you enjoyed the content of this type of article, please check back as I will be posting articles related to other planetary cycles which are at major turning points over the next few years as well. Stay tuned!