“Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces and their friends. It has disrupted modern society on a scale that most living people have never witnessed. Soon, most everyone in the United States will know someone who has been infected. Like World War II or the 9/11 attacks, this pandemic has already imprinted itself upon the nation’s psyche.”Ed Young, The Atlantic March 25, 2020
Young goes on to point out in the article that, ” We should have seen this coming, mentioning the recent Ted Talk Bill Gates gave warning people of the pandemic along with the hundreds of health experts who have written books and papers giving their warning.”
Astrologers saw something too. Approximately every 34 years, Saturn and Pluto line up and form one of the more challenging aspects known as the conjunction. The energies of these two planets blend together forming a powerful force.
Saturn tends to restrict and contract, set limits, boundaries, borders, separate, isolate and bring fear.
Pluto is associated with power, and amplifies whatever planetary energy it is configured to. Pluto wants to break down and destroy in order to rebuild. Pluto brings endings.
Astrologically, when these two energies come together, it’s typically a period of intense fear.
If we look back to history as a predictor of cycles, Saturn and Pluto conjoined in October of 1914 around the outbreak of WWI. The Cold War followed in 1947 and then in 1982, we felt the tension and anxiety of yet another cold war under President Reagan. During this time, the United States experienced an economic recession that resulted in the highest rate of unemployment in the US since the Great Depression. Additionally, 1982 also marked the year the AIDS virus was first identified which reached epidemic proportions. People feared being infected.
The energy of these two planets came together once again on January 12, 2020, coinciding with a new cycle of fear and isolation as expressed through COVID-19, an infectious disease causing respiratory symptoms that range from mild cold like symptoms to more severe symptoms such as pneumonia and even death.
Fear also rose between the United States and Iran as a headline from the New York Times read on January 11, 2020 ,“7 Days In January: How Trump Pushed US and Iran To The Brink of War,” referring to the United States’ assassination of Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad.
Days earlier, “A pneumonia of unknown cause” detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the World Health Organization ( WHO) Country Office in China on December 31, 2019.
A month later on January 30, 2020, The World Health Organization declares the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
To date, the recent Saturn/Pluto conjunction has coincided with fear of food as people attempt to stockpile and hoard supplies. Hand sanitizer and face masks are no where to be found, adding to the fear of infection.
Most of us are experiencing limits as well as nearly every non-essential service has shut down across the globe to include schools, universities, restaurants, retail, recreation and entertainment venues. We are even limited in the amount of supplies we can purchase if and when we can find them.
Life as we knew it has slowed way down–another characteristic of Saturn.
Globally, this virus has affected nearly every country as we’re urged to practice social distancing– setting a 6 foot boundary between ourselves and others. Travel is restricted. On a state and local level, many government agencies are advising, if not ordering, people to stay home and self-isolate except to obtain necessities such as food. Ironically, this concept of social distancing is increasing as Saturn just moved into the sign of Aquarius which signifies society.
While we may not be able to anticipate how the energies of Saturn and Pluto will manifest each time they meet, it’s easy to get caught up in fear and focus on the shadow side of these planets.
Yet, we also see countless examples of positive Saturn and Pluto attributes during these cycles too. As Richard Tarnas points out in, “Cosmos and Psyche,” determination, will, courage, sacrifice, transformation and rebuilding of new structures are some of the more positive examples witnessed in these periods of crisis.