AUDIO VERSION: Saturn square Pluto – Easy to be Hard

Hello, everyone.

Statue of Saturn at Nymphenburg Palace (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

Statue of Saturn at Nymphenburg Palace (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

Do you remember that song by Three Dog Night, “Easy to be Hard”?  This song came to mind this morning as I was thinking about the upcoming square between Saturn and Pluto next Sunday.

I’ll tell you, astrologers are really concerned about this planetary configuration.  It is a long transit with three exact contacts, the last one in August 2010.  It is in the signs of Libra and Capricorn, which are Cardinal signs.  Cardinal signs initiate new action in response to the ultra-stressful nature of the square aspect.

Saturn in Libra

With Saturn in Libra, ongoing public deliberations are bringing profound questions to light about what is fair and equitable:  what do we owe to the people around us?  And personally we are each being challenged to define our attitudes to those close to us, as the song says, do we only care about strangers; what about a needing friend?

Statue of Pluto at Nymphenburg Palace. (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

Statue of Pluto at Nymphenburg Palace. (Source:Wikipedia Commons)

With Saturn in Libra, everyone is in the midst of restructuring their attitudes, not just liberals and not just conservatives.  There is a major debate going on about what are the proper forms of partnership, interaction, and support of others and as long as any one of us is certain we have no more to learn, Saturn will surely support our growth in wisdom as only Saturn can, through pain, limitation, and hardship.

Pluto in Capricorn

All of this would be challenging enough were it not against the background of Pluto in Capricorn.  This major configuration is coloring our times and demanding our attention.  It is easy to see on a global scale.  Pluto in Capricorn is exposing the decay in the fundamental structures in our lives, such as banks, insurance companies, major business conglomerates, the military, and government.

Clash of the Titans

With these two energies together, we’re trying to figure out whether or not we are our brother’s keeper (Saturn in Libra) in the midst of the worst economic times since the 1930s (Pluto in Capricorn).  It’s like the edifices of our lives are crashing down around us just when a stranger comes up and asks us if we can spare some food, or money, or health care.

This makes it extremely difficult to make rational decisions.  The protection we’ve come to rely upon for safety and security is wobbling; the excavation has begun and we can feel it.  So what will be our response, to circle the wagons and care only for our kin, or to expand our group to become more interdependent with others?

Add to this the venomous polarization played out daily in government and the news.  What will Saturn and Pluto have to do to thrust us into the Libran virtues of justice, equality, diplomacy, and respect?

And what will this mean to our business lives?  We’ll get into the details in the next post.