The final Jupiter Saturn opposition in this series of three occurs on March 28 2011. The Jupiter Saturn cycle has been the biggest deal in astrology for thousands of years. As Robert P. Blaschke explained in a TMA article last year, The Jupiter–Saturn Cycle: 2010–2011 Opposition and Global Changes, ”Every 20 years, Jupiter and Saturn conjoin in the heavens and mark the beginning of a new cultural, political, and economic era. These alignments have historically been described as “Grand Conjunctions” or “Royal Conjunctions” . So with the current Jupiter Saturn oppositions we have reached a turning point in the global cultural, political and economic cycle.
The first opposition (see chart) was on May 23 2010. As far as major turning points, the only big news story from back then came a week later with the Gaza Flotilla Clash. Interestingly, in that TMA article, Robert explained the significance of Israel in these Jupiter Saturn cycle. The the last conjunction in 2000 did coincide with the Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon after a 22 year occupation.
The second opposition was on August 16 2010, and this one was really hyped up by astrologers (including me) because of the “Cardinal Cross“. Pluto in Capricorn was square Jupiter and Saturn by less than a degree. As far as major turning points, it was a total fizzer, no big news in August at all recorded on the 2010 Wikipedia Page. The explanation given by most of us was that there were longer term effects playing out. Still, like many others, I became a little disillusioned after all the hype.
So what was the reason this heavy duty astrological transit turned out to be a major dud? After researching the upcoming Uranus Pluto Square’s, I found a lot of value in looking at heliocentric charts for these major planetary aspects. There is only one exact aspect when viewed from the Sun (Helio), and the last time Uranus was square Pluto was back in January 1933. This was the height of the Great Depression, the stock markets were was bottoming out, and unemployment was peaking. In January 1933, Adolf Hitler cemented his power, becoming Chancellor of Germany.
The heliocentric Jupiter opposite Saturn event occurred on February 23 2011. Well now the shit really hit the fan with the global cultural, political and economic situation. These are some of the turning points:
February 11, president Mubarak was forced from office in the Egyptian Revolution
February 17, deadly escalation with the Pearl Roundabout massacre in the Bahrain Protests.
February 22, two Iranian warships passed through the Suez canal, putting Israel on high alert.
February 23, the first time “Civil War” was mentioned regarding the Libyan Revolution .
February 25, the “Day of Rage” kills 30 people and esclated the Iraq Protests.
The mayhem continues to spread with unrest all over the Arab world, including even Saudi Arabia, and this unrest is spreading East all the way to Pakistan. America and her allies are on the back foot, losing influence in the region, and oil is back over $100 a barrel. So the heliocentric Jupiter Saturn opposition has most definitely heralded a major and dramatic turning point in the global cultural, political and economic situation.
Why this region? The shadow of the of the Solar Eclipse of January 2011 passed from West to East over this region, starting in Tunisia and ending in Pakistan. We wouldn’t normally expect such upheaval in the region under the path of an eclipse, the are about 5 eclipses every year. What made this one so extreme was where is occurred in the sky, at 13 degrees Capricorn, square the heliocentic Jupiter Saturn opposition. The opposition triggered these dramatic events and the solar eclipse made them more extreme because of the square aspect, and made them occur where they did because of it’s path.
The fixed stars in the Heliocentric chart give an accurate description of the events. Jupiter was on Alderamin, the brightest star in Constellation Cepheus, the King. Jupiter, King of the Gods, in the constellation of the King. The constellation rules over presidents and kings, and opposite Saturn, kings and presidents have fallen, and the ones who haven’t are biting their fingernails. Saturn was on the fixed star Algorab in constellation Corvus the Crow. The “Kill or be Killed” star brings aggitation, attacks and terrorism. When the first plane hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, Mercury was rising on this star.
I am certainly not discounting geocentric astrology. I see the heliocentric charts valuable when looking at mundane world events, and for pinpointing the climax of these major planetary aspects. The geocentric Jupiter Saturn opposition of August 2010 was square Pluto, but there was not much in the way of fixed star influence.
The final Jupiter Saturn opposition on March 28 2011 does however have some heavy duty fixed star involvement. Looking at the chart below for this final Jupiter Saturn opposition we can see that this turning point is influenced by the challenging Sun square Pluto, ruthlessness and power conflicts. Pluto is coming with orb of a very powerful star called Facies. As I mentioned in an article on Adolf Hitler, who had Moon conjunct Facies, this star is associated with an extreme and sometimes violent and ruthless focus to achieve aims.
This opposition is also square the January 2011 solar eclipse degree making it even more intense and challenging just like the heliocentric opposition. Yet more intensity with the dark goddess Lilith conjunct revolutionary Uranus, which Marina explored in Lilith Revolution.
For those interested in Uranian astrology, the hypothetical Transneptunian planet Zeus (13°35′) is conjunct Saturn (14°21′) in Libra. Apparently Zeus represents “Controlled, directed energy…leadership. All things military…Compulsion. Drive … Zeus is like a loaded gun that is aimed. It signifies well planned efforts“. Well that does fit the story!
Jupiter rules belief systems and religion, and these are in conflict with Saturn, the conservative way, tradition, stability and governments. There is also a very spiritual influence from the pile up of planets, Venus, Ceres, Chiron and Neptune. Chiron being on a very important star called Fomalhaut, one of the archangel stars, or Royal stars of ancient Persia, “very fortunate and powerful and yet to cause malevolence of sublime scope and character, and change from a material to a spiritual form of expression…either very good or very bad” . Chiron is associated with the healer/teacher and also with prophets, as in Christ and Muhammad.
The danger here given the challenging aspects is that we may see the ”very bad“ manifestation coming though with Pluto extremism in the spiritual sense. Mercury, the messenger of the gods is on a star called Kurdah, in the constellation Cepheus, the King. The association is with leaders. Put all this together and we could see the emergence of a voice which unifies the popular need for freedoms and change, with a spiritual message that sounds appealing, but which may have dangerous consequences. Perhaps even a female voice with Venus, Ceres and Lilith in on the action.
Well that’s my take on world events, now to the personal story. Just as this opposition represents a major turning point in world affairs, so it does in our personal lives. Growing pains is a good description, Jupiter hope and growth, fighting with Saturn fear and restriction. This can be very positive though, marking a culmination in your life. Hard work over the years can really pay off now. If it’s not aspecting anything in your chart you probably won’t feel it that much. If you get trines and sextiles then the benefits should flow more easily. If you get the conjunctions or square, then you may face some test, have to fight harder to get ahead, or just to hold your ground.
If you have any planets or personal points bewteen 12 and 16 degrees in the cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) then you may be in for a bumpy ride. This would be most strongly felt with the Ascendant, Midheaven, Moon or Sun in these degrees. Don’t panic though, this turning point can work well for you because you know it’s coming. That’s the beauty of astrology, self awareness and acknowledgement of any serious issues in life is half the battle won, and astrology gives us the awareness of what’s happening in our lives, or to us.
If you do have this Jupiter Saturn opposition aspecting your chart in those cardinal degree, then you’re not alone: Julian Assange (Chiron 14 Libra), Pope Benedict XVI (Moon 14 Libra, Pluto 14 Cancer), David Cameron (Sun 15 Libra), Angelina Jolie (Moon 13 Aries), Benjamin Netanyahu (Neptune and South Node 15 Libra), and Rand Paul (Sun 13 Capricorn).
Jupiter opposite Saturn requires that we remain cautious and patient while working hard to attain those things which mean the most to us. It’s the meaning of life, as the Dalai Llama says, “happiness and usefulness“.
4. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.78.