No doubt about it: this is a tough and dangerous month. Here’s why.
Mars, the planet of war, aggression, action and passion, is pounding his way through the sign of Capricorn. At the start of April, he contacted sombre, stony Saturn, sitting there in his own sign, and at the end of the month, he contacts that underworld crime lord Pluto. These two powerful outer planets are both now in this sign of the establishment, governance and earthly power.
You probably don’t need me to tell you what’s been happening to the “World Order” since 2008, when Pluto entered this zone. (but in case you forgot here’s a word cloud : bank crisis, Arab Spring, #blacklivesmatter, eurozone, ISIS, Putin, Trump, Brexit, nationalism, Bannon, Macron, Syria….) Pluto has a bit of a scorched earth policy and he’s not finished with the corridors of power until well into next decade.
Now Saturn is coming up behind Pluto — and Saturn is making order out of the chaos, as he goes along. This has both good and bad potential outcomes. When these two meet in 2020, we can expect a momentous shift in power, for example an obvious switch from the USA to China.
To give you some perspective. When these Saturn and Pluto met in Capricorn in 1517, Martin Luther pinned his thesis to that door in Wurttemberg, setting off the Reformation which would wrest a chunk of power from the Catholic Church (eventually) across much of Europe. In that same year, Charles V was proclaimed king of a united Spain, and the Hapsburg domination of Europe, which would last into the 19th century, began. Under Charles the Holy Roman Empire and the Spanish Empire were united. His inheritance included Austria, Southern Italy, much of Central Europe and Germany, Burgundy, the Netherlands, Spain. In other words, most of Europe was under now the Hapbsburgs — and most of the Americas, including, of course, the Spanish Main.
During his reign, Charles had to fight wars on several fronts, most definitively he would have to stop the Ottoman advance into Europe. This Turkish dynasty also established its claim on a vast territory in that same year (1517). Selim I defeated the Mamluks just outside Cairo in the Battle of Ridaniya in January. This was within weeks of the conjunction and that victory meant that the Ottomans now controlled the entire Middle East.
So you can see three historic shifts in power right there in one year. The Ottomans and the Hapsburgs would go on to consolidate their power over the coming decades, and so would the Protestant Church.
In that same year, 1517, the first official European diplomatic mission was sent to China by the king of Portugal — they landed in the Pearl River estuary, what is now Hong Kong…
How is this relevant to now?
Well, last time Pluto was in Capricorn in the 1770s, these two planets did not meet, so this meeting has not taken place in the stone mansion of the sea goat for 500 years.
Furthermore, although the actual conjunction will not happen until 2020, this month Mars is going from one to the other. At the conjunction with Saturn in the first week of April, he also received a square from Mercury, the planet of communications, in warlike Aries. Hence, the bellicose tweeting. But Mercury was Retrograde. Mercury will turn direct on April 15, on the following day, there will be a New Moon in Aries, conjunct irascible, unpredictable Uranus. (If you want to start something with a bang — do it on April 16.)
Mars will not conjunct Saturn in Capricorn again. Their next meeting will be in Aquarius at 0° in 2020. That encounter in early April was a one-off. In contrast, Mars and Pluto (joint rulers of Scorpio) have met regularly every two years in Capricorn, and will continue to do so. They meet on April 26-29 this year.
Now while Mars is stirring things up in Capricorn, Mercury stirs things up in Aries and makes angry aspects to Saturn and Mars again (April 25, May 12) — and Pluto (May 7).
So what we see now on the world stage is a sign of things to come. What is more, you may be having stirrings of this in your own life. In which case, you might want to look at some other areas of the sky for support.
To add to the tension, the Sun is currently conjunct Eris, the goddess of discord, and moving towards a conjunction with Uranus, the god of rebellion, later this week. The Lord Sol has done this every April since 2011, so it’s not so unusual — but there it is. Furthermore, Chiron, who brings his own kind of disruption, will move into Aries this month too.
Venus, the planet of peace and harmony, is currently in domicile in Taurus, so strong, practical and feminine. She makes easy trine aspects to all the planets in Capricorn, perhaps calming things down a little. Jupiter in Scorpio is currently retrograde, which means he’s less likely to blow things out of proportion, and more likely to provide wise counsel. The Guru makes good aspects to all the planets in Capricorn, too. Hopefully, these two can hold the line.
Also, keep an eye on those harmonious aspects between Neptune and Juno in Pisces, Jupiter in Scorpio and the Capricorn stellium, as I mentioned in the video in the last post. These could also mitigate the tension. This is less about talking sense into people and more about soothing and listening.
Phew — that’s enough for now.