I'm a poet and don't even know it. (I always have to say that whenever I make a rhyme). Consultation with a client this morning, and she mentioned that a co-worker of hers was going through a difficult time. Co-worker is interested in astrology and discusses it with my client, so I'm given a birthday and place. Without even having to erect a chart the problem becomes evident; a 1959 baby! It was a very good year (if this 1959 baby does say so herself--October was particularly nice, ha!). But every vintage must periodically be put to the test--to see how well it's aging and all that.
It's the slow-moving outer planets that do the inspecting and it works like this: patterns form in the sky that can last for weeks, months, even affect essentially an entire year. These patterns will be shared by everyone born at that time. In 1962-63 Saturn and Neptune danced in and out of a square pattern to each other. This pattern in a birth chart can suggest a periodic dissolving of structures in our life due to misplaced faith, along with martyrish tendencies. In 2006 Saturn in Leo and Uranus in early to mid Aquarius teamed up to stress the Saturn/Neptune square shared by the '62-'63 babies and people born then began ringing up their astrologers, therapists, friends and financial advisers in order to vent (as well as, you know, be advised).
Well, of course the '62/'63 generation got through it all, the clouds part, the rain ends, the birds begin singing and we all rush into the street to sing in choreographed harmony with our neighbors our our version thereof.
So, THIS year the two Big Bad Boys of the horoscope, Saturn and Pluto, team up to put the squeeze on the 1959 Vintage. One of the most difficult transits a person can have (so the books say) is transit Pluto over natal Saturn. Saturn represents the structures that hold up as well as confine our lives--it is that which we fear and approach with caution or insecurity, as well as that which we rely upon. (Interesting mix, no?). Pluto represents an energy that uproots and destroys in order to begin anew. Many of us don't particularly relish having structures in our lives--jobs, relationship, finances and the like pulverized--even if that means we get to begin fresh. So this transit has earned a reputation for difficulty--a reputation it really doesn't deserve ('cause it's rarely as bad as it's made out to be), but that's another story.
Another transit with an unenviable reputation is the exact opposite; transit Saturn crossing over birth Pluto. Pluto represents our power base, the inner resources we use to influence outer resources. This can be fortitude combined with sang-froid, or unconscious control needs and issues. Saturn restricts and this transit suggests the need to consolidate our resources, to focus on that which is essential. "Getting by with less" (never mind "getting by with mostly the essentials") is not something humans in general, and Americans in particular like to do. And we want to feel that we're in at least reasonable control of the way events unfold in our lives. Transit Saturn over Pluto often upsets that illusion.
Either of these transits, all by themselves, can be No Fun. But lucky 1959'ers! Due to a specific alignment of Saturn in early Capricorn and Pluto in early Virgo that occurred in '59, and because Pluto in the sky is now in early Capricorn and Saturn now in early Virgo, we get BOTH of these transits all at once! Off and on throughout this year.
When I saw this double whammy coming for 1959 babies, I figured I'd be getting a lot of calls this year from clients born in '59 and sure enough, it's happening.
Best way to deal with this double-trouble transit, if we happen to be my age? We'll like this advice or not (depending on our own chart and how much control it inspires us to desire) but the best advice is, "Let go and let God." Or, go with the flow if that terminology suits us better. Be the reed that bends in the flood; not the dam that tries to defy it.
An even better way to deal with this transit is really digging in and using our natal Saturn-Pluto trine (because if we've Saturn in early Capricorn and Pluto in early Virgo, of course they must be in trine). Some great gifts of this trine, ours if we care to use them are; the ability to aid other people through the use of their own resources (financial advisers, counselors, life coaches, etc); making great strides physically (endurance) or spiritually; great powers of concentration; research; the capacity to turn a situation completely on its head--in other words, a gift for turning a situation or thing that really sucks into a situation or thing that's really useful.
When we take a look around this world, turning sucky situations into productive platforms for ourselves and others is a quality the planet needs more of and 59'ers, this is our year! Let's go get 'em!