Monday, October 02, 2006

Astro-Noetics October Astrology Forecast

By Astrologer Bill Streett of

October represents arguably the greatest shift in the year in terms of major astrological cycles. The Jupiter-Uranus trine (120 degrees) aspect that has superintended the entire year up until this point has ended. Known for its correlations with novelty, innovation, and its scintillating creativity, the Jupiter-Uranus influence gives way to a much heavier, onerous, and deeper expression. However, much of the production of originality created under this alignment will have a chance to mature and consolidate within this new crucible of astrological alignments.

The deeper, more profound articulations correlate with Saturn’s current aspects to both Neptune and Pluto. The buoyant, celebratory energies of Jupiter alignments contrast with Saturn’s gravity, seriousness, and profundity, and with Saturn making alignment to both Pluto and Neptune, the next several months should have a much more overtly staid and weighty cast. Often individuals who are born with Saturn in aspect to both Pluto and Neptune have a great reverence and sensitivity to mystery. The next few months can be a constructive time to deepen any practice, study, or vocation that demands intensity, sobriety, discipline, and concentration.

However, for all the seriousness and depth that will create the grand brushstroke for the next several months, there are, of course, lighter and more pleasurable expressions as well. For the greater portion of October, the Sun, Venus, and Mars form an extended triple conjunction. Individuals that are born with significant Venus-Mars alignments tend to be born entertainers or exude a certain irrepressible charisma and glitter. While the larger sweep of the current times may be influenced by major Saturn aspects, the Sun, Venus, Mars triple conjunction is primarily concerned with relationships, entertainment, and social events. This combination of planets will certainly put an added spice and dynamism to social dealings for the latter half of October. The signs that will be most impacted by this planetary constellation will be Libra and Scorpio, as Venus, Mars, and the Sun move in tight unison in these signs. Thus, individuals with a concentration of symbolism in these signs will likely receive the greatest impact. It would be erroneous to suggest such a triple conjunction signifies a new relationship for birth charts with emphasized Scorpio or Libra, but anything involving romance, entertainment, and social festivities should have a much more noticeable punch and verve for these signs.

Moreover, the most passionate of water signs, Scorpio, witnesses five planets (six if one includes the Moons short passage through Scorpio) congregating in its sign in late October. Certainly, the emphasis at this time is on depth, intensity, and penetration into the shadowy, mysterious underworlds of our own unconscious. This emphasis in Scorpio can also suggest a time when we must face unpleasant truths about ourselves and our relationships. With the pleasant superficiality ascribed to Libra out of the way in early Fall, Scorpio’s emphasis digs deep into the hearts of matters. In-depth articles on Scorpio and its prominence currently can be found in the most current The Mountain Astrologer.

During the concrescence of energy in Scorpio, Neptune halts in its apparent motion and begins to move forward. This station of Neptune will serve to amplify its archetypal energy, but, moreover, the energy of the Saturn-Neptune opposition will be inflamed as well at this time. With the electric excitement of the Jupiter-Uranus trine well over and with this amplification of Neptune, the Saturn-Neptune opposition will certainly take greater precedence now. Its subtle (and not so subtle) manifestations include: A lack of trust and faith in large structures and organizations, a deeply forged skepticism toward things accepted with naiveté and innocence, a slow and barely perceptible loss of that which was once dependable and secure, and, in a more subjective way, a sense of psycho-spiritual imprisonment and abandonment.

Planetary Cycles: Saturn-Pluto

Throughout October, Saturn will be in trine aspect, or one-hundred and twenty degree relationship, to Pluto. Due to Saturn’s apparent motion, this current trine will have two significant phases: The current period will last approximately through January of next year; the second chapter of this alignment will occur between June and September 2007. On a superficial level, the trine aspect between Saturn and Pluto will likely issue forth many of the issues and manifestations that occurred when these two planets (Pluto will be treated as a planet for the sake of simplicity) formed an opposition to one another in the opening of this decade. Concerns surrounding national security and defenses, the threat of terrorism, reactionary and conservative forces, political extremism, and scapegoating are likely to occur. Because of the relatively harmonious nature of the trine aspect, this particular angular relationship between Saturn and Pluto is likely to correlate with expressions of a less dramatic, intense, and strained variety. Nonetheless, the important factor is that similar motifs and themes that dominated the early part of this decade are likely to recur at present. Although all planetary combinations have many and varied expressions, the Saturn-Pluto coupling is perhaps best described as a “complex.” Employed in its psychological sense, a complex suggests an interweaving of loosely associated ideas, symbols, feelings and beliefs. Typically, a complex lies just below the threshold of consciousness and is known to a group or individual in indirect, unintegrated ways.

Using very general characterizations, the Saturn-Pluto combination is observable in a number of expressions. Often individuals born with Saturn-Pluto aspects have to contend with significant issues around power, control, and domination. Because planetary combinations are multifarious in emergence, an individual with a Saturn-Pluto aspect may experience domination and control from multiple vantage points: oppressor and oppressed, domination and subjugation, absolute power versus absolute powerlessness. In its more conscious expressions, the Saturn-Pluto complex may manifest as a preoccupation, study, or observation of authority and power, particularly as it is wielded in organizations, groups, and nations. Along similar lines of thinking, individuals that possess Saturn-Pluto aspects—particularly in hard aspect—have to contend with dilemmas concerning conscience, morality, ethics, and judgment in juxtaposition with biology, sexuality, primal nature, and the instinctual. In many instances with these aspects, the instinctive and primal may be deemed highly threatening to order, security, and control. As Pluto typically represents the highly transformative aspects of nature—in both its creative and destructive potentials—this archetype may be deemed significantly ominous and hostile to the sense of any established arrangements and defenses that Saturn represents. Thus, one of the great dangers of unintegrated Saturn-Pluto aspects is the urge to create extreme repressive barriers against the instinctual, the chaotic, and the titanic forces of nature (In its more conscious, integrative expressions, one often witness individuals who structure or study serious—Saturnine functions—the affiliations associated with Pluto: the psychological depths, extreme states of transformation, birth, death, sexuality, societal taboos, and primitivism.)

We can also understand the Saturn-Pluto combination in secular, aesthetic, and metaphysical dimensions. Within the socio-political arena, individuals with Saturn-Pluto combinations, as has been stated, are often acutely aware of power—its abuses and its potential for corruption, or equally its control and consequences. There is often a profound interest in the struggle for power among nation-states and groups with this combination. In its aesthetic expressions, the Saturn-Pluto pairing is often witnessed in media that articulates grim realities, harsh and stark conditions, and worlds deprived of frivolousness and lightness. Visual arts that evoke the Saturn-Pluto coupling typically tackle tragic subject matter or evoke dark underworlds, infernos, and conflagrations. Equally tragic, novels capturing the Saturn-Pluto dynamic are characteristically epic in scope, tackle the darker potentials of human nature, meditate on the possibilities of humanity’s capacity for redemptive and moral action, or illuminate the titanic struggles between corrupt forces versus their redemptive counterparts. Similarly, the Saturn-Pluto constellation found in religion and spiritual engages with the contrasts of light and dark seen in the socio-political and aesthetic dimensions; however, in the religious sphere, these categories are seen within the frame of reference of absolute categories of existence, often characterized as “good versus evil.” However, because of its tendency toward extremism, the Saturn-Pluto constellation often creates two major propensities in religious temperaments. Often this planetary pairing coincides with a highly sanctimonious and absolute religious fundamentalism in which there is often a coercive and forceful attempt to exorcise nature, the instinctual and licentious from one’s self or others. However, alternately, we see the Saturn-Pluto aspect often in charts of individuals who become quite seized or interested in the mystery of occult practices, left hand paths, or darker forces.

This current trine aspect between Saturn and Pluto is somewhat special since Saturn will be making major aspect to Neptune as well. Two points should be made about this configuration. One, this is an extremely profound assemblage, as Pluto and Neptune—although differing significantly in meaning—represent something analogous to cosmic, or transpersonal, perspectives. Saturn will not only concretize and concentrate the energy, but Saturn deepens any planet with which it is in aspect to and brings out the heavier, more profound, and serious connotations of astrological symbols. Secondly, individuals who have significant aspects involving Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are known for their deep engagement of mystery. H.P. Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, and the Brothers Grimm are individuals with major Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto interactions. What unites these individuals is their ability to not only evoke mystery but to create whole worlds—often dark worlds—that inspire the imagination. Thus, with Saturn in alignment to Pluto and Neptune it is time to revere the “greater mysteries.”

The following are individuals are born with significant Saturn-Pluto configurations in their birth chart:

1. Victor Hugo (Feb 26 1802; 10:30 PM Besançon, France. Sun-Pluto conjunction opposite Saturn)
Born with a Sun-Pluto conjunction in Pisces tightly opposite Saturn, we can observe in Hugo several important themes of the Saturn-Pluto matrix found in his most famous and lasting work, Les Miserables: a critique and condemnation of corrupt social structures, an epic drama concerning good and evil, redemption from moral depravity, and a work that is acutely burdened by the laborious process of history. The novel was a labor of love, taking Hugo nearly seventeen years to write. However, Hugo’s sense of epic drama was not simply reserved for his masterpiece. In an unfinished poem, translated as The End of Satan, Hugo tackles such weighty subjects as the nature of evil and eschatology.

2. Art Spiegelman (February 15 1948; birth time unknown; Saturn-Pluto conjunction)
Although we often think of cartoons and illustrations as intended for children and dealing with innocent subject matter, this is not the case for acclaimed cartoonist, Art Spiegelman, creator of Maus. Partly cathartic and exploratory, Spiegelman’s Maus tackles the horrors of the holocaust. Like Hugo’s Les Miserable, Spiegelman’s Maus was an intense labor, taking approximately thirteen years from inception to completion. In more recent years, Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers grapples with the tragedy of September 11th. As the trauma of September 11th took place during a major Saturn-Pluto alignment, individuals born under major Saturn-Pluto alignments tend to resonate with this archetypal pairing very strongly.

3. E.L. Doctorow (January 6, 1931; birth time unknown; Sun-Saturn-Mercury stellium opposite Pluto)
Like Hugo, Doctorow’s success as a novelist did not emerge until somewhat late in life. After leaving his first career as an editor, Doctorow devoted his life to writing and scored a major achievement with his early novel, The Book of Daniel. Like many individuals born under Saturn-Pluto alignments, Doctorow has a certain preoccupation with the vast sweep of history, with underworld elements of society, and with the potential for good and evil inherent in humanity. His latest novel, The March, centers on General William T. Sherman’s burning of Atlanta and “The March to the Sea” that occurred during the American Civil War. General Sherman was born under a Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Although a complex personality, Sherman is often equated with the ruthlessness of war. The “scorched earth” policy that Sherman enacted is congruent with the sweeping, purgative effects of massacres and wars which is expressive of Saturn-Pluto combinations.

4. Kathe Kollwitz (July 8 1867; birth time unknown; Saturn-Pluto opposition)
A German artist whose primary works came prior to the birth of Expressionism, Kollwitz is remembered as an extremely gifted printmaker whose work speaks to generations across time. Her primary subject matter revolved around the deeper themes of the human experience: grief, poverty, sickness, suffering, and war. Her works reflected her experience. She married a doctor and was constantly surrounded by the diseases and conditions of her husband’s patients. Kollwitz was also deeply impacted by the two World Wars, losing a son in the first and losing a great portion of her work during the second. After the loss of her son, she became, according to one biographical sketch, “obsessed with death.”

5. Lyndon Larouche (September 8, 1922 Rochester, New Hampshire; birth time unknown; Saturn Mercury conjunction square Pluto)
With the figure of Lyndon Larouche, we observe some of the more problematic expressions of the Saturn-Pluto pattern. Certainly, Larouche expresses typical qualities of an individual whose Mercury, the planet of mental and verbal expression, is involved with a Saturn-Pluto alignment: great breadth of knowledge; penetration into taboo or forbidden areas of history, and command of language. However, the extreme views of Larouche also represent the more challenging expressions of the Saturn-Pluto matrix. His political views are often considered authoritarian. His observations of history are paranoid and conspiratorial. His economic theories invoke fascism of the early twentieth century. This particular style is seen in certain circumstances with individuals who have not consciously integrated hard aspects between Saturn and Pluto.