Saturn and Pluto Descend into Their South Nodes

Hi friends,

This newsletter is a little different from what I usually send out. It was originally written for The Career Astrologer, the quarterly journal of OPA, the Organization for Professional Astrology so it’s a bit more techy than my regular posts. If you aren’t familiar with all of the astro-terminology, that’s totally fine. I’d encourage you to skim through it anyway because it does mention some big dates that are coming up! 

I’ll be sending out a more reader-friendly New Moon analysis within the next few days. (There’s a new webinar coming up too). 

In the meantime, I’m wishing you all a very happy Mercury station. He went direct yesterday, but will remain in his shadow till mid-April — which means that, while we should START to feel better as of yesterday (i.e. fewer communications and technology breakdowns), we still have a ways to go before we’re back to normal.

Big hugs, 


Did you know that Planets have Nodes? Planetary Nodes are similar to the Lunar Nodes that astrologers follow because profound personal events take place when the Lunar Nodes are activated by transit, solar arc or progressions. Lunar Nodes mark the spot where the Moon crosses the ecliptic twice a month in relationship to the Sun. Planetary Nodes are much larger in impact and they serve a similar function.

They represent where the PLANET crosses the ecliptic twice a year in relationship to the Sun. They are powerful change makers.

Planetary Nodes move slowly. Planetary Nodes are tied to the precession of the equinoxes and move approximately 1 degree every 72 years. The Earth’s relationship to the Sun shifts a degree every 72 years. In addition to impacting us personally, Planetary Nodes work for the collective on a global scale.

In 2019 and 2020, Saturn and Pluto are traveling through the last decanate of Capricorn, the Virgo decanate between 20 to 30. Pluto and Saturn descend into the Lunar South Node in Capricorn on April 4, 2019 and April 30, 2019 respectively. Saturn descends two more times into the South Node on July 4, 2019 and September 28, 2019.

Saturn and Pluto meet up with their OWN PLANETARY NODES in Capricorn this year and next. Currently, Saturn’s Descending Node is 27:36 Capricorn. Pluto’s Descending Node is 21:47 Capricorn.

Currently, Pluto’s Descending or South Node at 21:47 Capricorn is less than a degree from the 1776 Saturn Planetary Node at 22:38 Capricorn in the USA Sibley chart (July 4, 1776, 5:10 pm LMT, Philadelphia, PA). Back in 1776, the Founding Fathers declared their desire to restructure (Pluto) their relationship to the authority (Saturn), King George III as Pluto moved through Capricorn, squared Saturn in Libra and joined Saturn’s Descending Node.

Currently, Saturn’s Descending or South Node is at 27:36 Capricorn, the same degree as the USA Pluto 27:32 Capricorn in the Sibley chart. Back in 1776, Pluto hadn’t been discovered. The Founding Fathers who were Masons and astrologers didn’t know Pluto was in the Second House of values, resources and money. Now as Saturn descends into its own Planetary South Node, the USA has Pluto approaching its own Pluto return ~ an event that happens every 248 years. We can expect profound restructuring and renovation around our second house talents, values, portable assets, financial institutions and actual money.

Pluto dives into his Descending or South Node on February 6, 2019, July 18, 2019 and December 13, 2019. Saturn dives into his Descending or South Node on February 24, 2020, August 3, 2020 and November 21, 2020. Mark these days in your calendar and pay attention to the events that take place as they mark major shifts in belief systems and world views. Often we look back with 20/20 hindsight to see how monumental the event was. Now we have a front seat to world history as Saturn and Pluto meet up in Capricorn on January 12, 2020 and dance on their own Nodes of Destiny with the Lunar Nodes these next two years.

Saturn coordinates how we structure our consciousness. As he goes into the Descending Node, Saturn combines our unique family upbringing with the structure of the society we were born and raised in to flesh out our potential for individuation and maturation (or not).

Pluto is often the focus of transformation especially as it relates to emotional or psychological security ~ the Descending Node is what we will unconsciously go toward to grant us the security. It feels so familiar and cozy even if it is a difficult energy of what security feels like. 

Often times when we look back in history at previous Saturn Pluto conjunctions in Capricorn, we notice patterns. Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, protesting the Catholic Church selling of indulgences to wealthy patrons to get out of their sins and sparking the Protestant (Protesting) Reformation.

Prior to that in 1284, the Pied Piper led 130 children out of Hamelin never to be seen again! He returned to enchant and capture the children after the town refused to pay him for ridding the town of a rat infestation. In 783, there were a number of prominent world leaders in France, Iran, Greece ~ including Irene of Athens leading the Byzantine Empire sparking new ideas and ultimately a revival of the Holy Roman Empire by Charlemagne 20 years later. Rome was sacked by the Ostrogoths and held its last chariot races in 549 during the prior Saturn Pluto conjunction.

So what can we expect? First, remember these aspects are global so the entire world will feel them.

Second, in the USA, we will be offered the opportunity to restructure the decisions and choices made back in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Third, the aspects will play out or take place in your Capricorn house but carry the lessons back to where your natal Saturn and Pluto live by sign and house. If your natal Saturn and Pluto have an aspect, it will be a very big lesson and process for you as defined by the signs and houses they live in. If you are merely a witness to the marriage of these two planets in Capricorn on the world axis, their descent into their Descending Nodes, the resulting changes will impact and rock your world with lasting reformations.

Fourth, take into consideration, your relationship to Power (Pluto) and Authority (Saturn). Being as conscious as possible about the energies as you watch them roll out across the world and appear in your life. Do your Saturn and Pluto! Take responsibly for the form and format of your relationships to the world, authority and power. Know your boundaries. Set your frames. Watch for power plays or manipulation or triangles and decide how you want to or don’t want to participate. Pay attention where someone is the clear loser and what their response is ~ especially to your personal reaction to the matter.

For good or bad, Descending or South Nodes are where places, people or things leave our lives for good and forever. In many cases, there is no redemption or forgiveness ~ at least in this lifetime ~ so proceed with caution, clarity and concise, precise steps.

When we look at any Saturn or Pluto aspects in a chart we find profound strength, limitation, transformation and creation. We see where our lives connect us to the bigger cycles of the world. We find ourselves and what we are here to accomplish as well as our lifetime’s work, combined with the larger evolutionary purpose for our existence. When transits in the sky reflect this much tumultuous change, we can expect our lives to mirror the energy of the heavens. As above, so below.

The world is about to go on a Saturn-Pluto roller-coaster. We each have a part to play in the upcoming energy and events. In fact, the reason you are here as a witness to the energy, incarnated at this time, is because you have a role to play. Make sure you are on the side of history you want to be remembered for. 

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