Saturn and Pluto Direct: A Collective Influence

By Anthony Perrotta | Instagram

New to our blog, Anthony is a Modern Astrologer with 13 years’ experience. We are excited to have him write for us about some of the important transits that will be happening over the next few months.

The Planets

In thinking of 2020, this has been a year of retrogrades – from multiple Mercury retrogrades to Venus and now Mars. These three are considered Personal Planets, or planets that orbit closely around the Sun and Earth – impacting us on a more direct level. However, there are retrogrades that occur with the Social and Transpersonal Planets, as well. The Social Planets, Jupiter and Saturn, influence us on a more societal level and larger scale. Meanwhile, the Transpersonal Planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, can impact the collective unconscious and have a more generational influence. 

Over the last year, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto have all been transiting Capricorn. Since Spring, each one has been retrograde, bringing us to turn our attention away from the external and placing more emphasis on our inner worlds. Jupiter just went direct on September 12th, restoring our faith and allowing us to realign our goals and ambitions. Soon, both Saturn and Pluto will turn direct, as well, and this will open the door for more momentum for social and collective changes. Here is what we can expect.

Two cards laying on granite. One card says "Saturn," and the other card says "Pluto."
Photo by Anthony Perrotta. Deck: Arcana of Astrology by Claire Goodchild of Black and the Moon.

Saturn Direct 

Saturn rules limitations, structures, politics, governments, establishments, boundaries, tradition, rules and authority. It completes its full cycle through every sign in about 27-30 years (changing signs about every 2.5 to 3 years). It does retrograde every year for about 4 to 5 months. Saturn always reveals weak areas that need strengthening in its transits. During the retrograde period, we are asked to go back and review what we have built to see if it is worth taking with us. If it is not, then we must knock it down to make space for a new foundation. 

Saturn finally goes direct on September 29th after having been retrograde since May. Over the last few months, we have been spending time restructuring our lives personally and collectively. With Saturn’s retrograde in an Earth sign, there has been more physical, material and political reformation. For the past few years, we have had Saturn in its home sign of Capricorn. When Saturn is in Capricorn, we try to enforce structure to politics, governments, establishments and rules. We feared scarcity and having nothing. We focused on self-preservation. In history, Saturn in Capricorn occurs right before major societal changes. Examples of this would be: the Stock Market crash of 1929, the rise of Counterculture in the early ‘60s and the fall of the Berlin Wall in ‘89. Actually, the Cold War started in Saturn in Capricorn and then ended during the next transit of Saturn in Capricorn. So, it breaks down what isn’t working anymore. We also push for ways to build barriers around ourselves and “preserve” our resources. Major political movements start to take shape to create lasting establishments. When Saturn transited Capricorn in the past, there has been a rise in Facism, Communism and Imperialism, and that same dynamic is showing up now in many countries in the world. Once it enters Aquarius in December, we will have two and a half years of social changes, similar to the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, the dismantling of Apartheid or the Rodney King riots that all occurred in Saturn in Aquarius transits. So, we need to make sure our foundations are solid. We can use this energy to create a stable framework. We are setting ourselves up for the next 27-30 years.

Pluto Direct

Pluto rules how we transform. It is our power, secrets, renewals, survival and major changes. It is absolutes, cycles, evolutions, and the need to cooperate or share with another. It shines light on the truth. Pluto transits one sign every 14-30 years. So, no one person will see the entirety of its full transit in the Zodiac in their lifetime. This marks the movement of the planet as significant, as it defines a generation. It also retrogrades yearly for about 5 to 6 months. 

With Pluto moving direct in Capricorn on October 4th, it brings with it a new place to sow our seeds and an energy of rebirth. We have been doing some healing internally, and now we are starting to feel ready to make some moves. It has been transiting Capricorn since 2008, which rules governments and structures (very Saturn-like energy because it rules Saturn naturally). Historically, when Pluto is in Capricorn, it transforms societies in place to make room for new ones. There are major political power shifts that occur. It changes long-held, outdated systems economically and politically. It exposes corruption and calls for the death of policies. Pluto is also associated with borrowed and collective money, untapped potential and hidden resources/dangers – so there can be a discovery of new resources at this time. Capricorn rules corporations, and Pluto is looking to shine a light on corporate greed. Pluto will continue its move through Capricorn until 2024. During the next four years, the work we do on a collective level will prepare us for the humanitarian and social changes we will bring into Pluto’s transit of Aquarius. Although its influence spans many years, we can look back and  see the incredible growth we have undergone. In many ways, we have the power to change our future.

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Author Anthony Perrotta. Photo courtesy of author.

About the Author: Anthony is a Modern Astrologer with thirteen years of experience. He has spent the last few years looking at historical correlations to astrological events and furthering his study in this vast subject. He conducts personal chart readings and teaches the subject in his off time. His background is in Fashion, Interior Design, and Marketing prior to his work in Astrology. He lives in New England with his partner, rabbit, and cat. You can follow him here:

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