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Saturn will be joining Pluto in Capricorn, which began back in 2008 and ends in early 2024. This, too, is one of those vast, sweeping background transits that sets the color and tone of the era in which it happens. For example, soon after Pluto (a kind of unstoppable force) entered Capricorn (the sign of society's structures), we had the banking collapse and the beginning of the so-called Great Recession.
When you have Saturn and Pluto in the same sign it means you're close to a Saturn-Pluto conjunction, which is another way of saying Big Astrology. Saturn conjunct Pluto (which happens once every 35 years) is the peak of Pluto in Capricorn; in other words, expect another wave of changes you never imagined possible.
There will be, at first, an opportunity to start some cleanup and reconstruction of the damage done (or demolition begun) in the Pluto-in-Capricorn era. This will feel good. It would also seem to suggest a new set of limits and a deepening of our mini-era of accountability.
While we're busy holding powerful people accountable for what we hear they do in the news, we need to honor one of the main purviews of Capricorn, the family. I am aware that the sign Cancer is usually associated with the household and the family, though really, it's the Cancer-Capricorn axis. We have some work to do here.
Notably, the first degree of Capricorn (where Saturn will soon be) is connected to the Aries Point. That is the first degree of the zodiac, which is an energetic hotspot. The 90-degree contact between Aries and Capricorn plugs them into the same energy circuit, called cardinal points (also associated with the seasons changing).
In practice, it's an intersection where the individual realm meets the collective (or said another way, where we discover that the personal is political). It may seem like we are flooded with Aries Point experiences at the moment; that's true. It's getting difficult to see much else. We are in a seemingly endless personal-is-political hurricane, though we're reacting in ways more appropriate for a walk in the park on a summer day.
Chiron in Aries: The Quest for Identity Pulled into Focus
Speaking of the Aries Point, Chiron is about to spend nearly a year dancing around on that degree, as it transitions from Pisces to Aries.
Chiron was last in Aries from mid-1968 through early 1976. Chiron arrives in Aries on April 17, 2018, and will begin its transition into Taurus in 2026. This transit in itself marks an era of history as well as an entire sub-generation of births.
Aries is the primary sign of identity. Wherever you have it in your chart is where (among other key places) you're likely to seek your sense of self. There's been little other than chaos unfolding in this sign recently. Within a very short time, intellectual and cultural chaos has reached a new order of magnitude.
Chiron's primary role is raising awareness and providing the means for healing. Raising awareness will consist of many clues about the extent to which obsessive, uncreative use of the internet has ravaged our sense of self and our ability to relate to one another in whole ways.
We play out the identity drama many ways: Chief among them is politicized sexual identity, and hyperbolically polarized political identity. We have become our own publicists and believe our own press releases. Our machines consume our time and mental bandwidth and teach us to be robots like they are.
Chiron in Aries, in my view, will bring a reckoning on these matters. Much like other transits are calling attention to people in public life, Chiron in Aries represents a reckoning on the level of personal accountability to self.
This is no small matter. It will represent whatever aspect of your existence you have neglected. Chiron functions as a holographic influence; its role is to promote wholeness, balance and integration—this, in our era of fragmentation and radical imbalance.
Chiron's placement on the Aries Point also points to some radically raised awareness of the ways in which the public realm of things you read about on news websites makes itself known in our personal lives. The current political climate is all about personal attack. It's about government prying into the very most private aspects of our lives: abortion; and if that were not enough, trying to restrict birth control; curtailing access to medical insurance and medical care; mandatory "immunizations"; and a government policy that facilitates psychotics with machine guns opening fire on church congregations and music festivals.