The message is loud and clear. We have to SURRENDER. Stay home. The enemy is invisible and yet powerful. Surrendering is a profound spiritual concept. We can all learn so much as this time. Stop fighting. SURRENDER.

Definition of surrender

  • stop resisting to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority
  • give up or hand over (a person, right, or possession), typically on compulsion or demand

In a time of crisis we naturally respond with either FIGHT or FLIGHT. We are now being asked to do something quite different. SURRENDER. It is time to submit and go with the flow. We need to understand that we are all connected here is SA and globally.

This time of lockdown will give nature time and space to breathe. This will be the greatest climate change experiment ever conducted. At the end of this process, we will have the data and evidence needed to track our impact on the planet. The world needs to stop this excessive drive for growth and consumption. It is an outdated 80’s concept which was when this cycle last began. Saturn conjunct Pluto between 21 January 1982 to 26 September 1983 and now again between 28 February 2019 to 24 November 2020. The world is looking for a new paradigm. We all have a part to play.

It is time to find the stillness within. We often blame our situation on others. Now we have to look deep within. There are no distractions. This is often an uncomfortable process, but very powerful. It is time to take personal and collective responsibility. We need to stop being so selfish. It’s not about you. It’s about us.

21 days. It is always said that new habits form in this time. There is no time like the present. Make changes to your life or lifestyle. Start a new practice. Meditation. Breathe work. Mindfulness. Drawing. Writing. Painting. Settle. Find calm. Do whatever it takes to get into the flow of life and living. Find the peace within. This is a profound time of letting go. There will be loss – life and resources. It is going to be incredibly challenging and yet we have an opportunity to do something quite different once this crisis has settled. Make this time count. You may never get another opportunity.

Time to act – Covid -19 virus

Between 17 and 27 March 2020, Mars will connect with both Jupiter and Pluto. Mars is exalted in Capricorn and this supports the need to act decisively to contain and slow down the spread of this virus. It is important to flatten the curve of new infections which are growing exponentially. We do not need to overwhelm our health care system with an additional burden in this time of crisis.

And so last night on 23 March, President Ramaphosa announced that SA would be in lockdown from Thursday 26 March at midnight for 21 days. Only food and medical trips would be allowed and the people of SA have been asked to stay at home.

Aries 2020 year ahead

This is an excellent time to focus on your personal life, your work and day to day routine. There is a great deal of focus in this chart on financial matters professionally. There are some challenges. Is your revenue growing in the direction you want? These are challenging economic times and you may need to make some changes in the business that have financial implications going forward. What opportunities exist at this time professionally? Time to be single-minded and determined in solving these financial matters. It may well be time to look at the things that don’t bring in the resources you expect. What can you change? It is important to focus on the long term sustainability in your business – look at revenue and debt levels in business. You need to make this time count financially. Restructure if necessary – it could help your business in the long run. Study again in you need to progress your business interests. You may also need to get legal advice to resolve these financial matters.

There are some issues in your relationship and at home – but it appears you are not ready to deal with these currently. If yours is a relationship with children on both sides, this may also be causing some concerns. You will need to deal with these matters at some stage.

This is a social period in your life and it is important to make decisions about the people and friends you want to be around. You may want to make some changes.

Black Death – 1346 to 1353

During this period Saturn was conjunct Pluto in Aries between 25 Feb 1350 to 8 Feb 1351. It was exact on 13 April 1350. This is an interesting graphic showing the spread of the disease and the timeline as it moved across Central and East Asia and into Europe. It was thought to have been carried by fleas or black rats that travelled on the merchant ships spreading the disease across Europe. It was referred to as the Black Death but also the Pestilence, the Great Bubonic Plague, the Great Plague to just the Plague. The effects were devastating. It is regarded as the most devastating pandemic in human history. The death toll was estimated to be between 75 million and 200 million people. It peaked between 1347 and 1351.

Saturn is conjunct Pluto once again – this time in Capricorn between  28 Feb 2019 to 24 November 2020. It was exact on 12 Jan 2020 when news starting emerging from China that there was a problem. The earliest case has been traced to 17 Nov 2019 and the outbreak took hold in Dec 2019, the epicentre being Wuhan, China. WHO declared this a pandemic on 11 March 2020 as the virus had spread to every continent. Air travel globally has been severely disrupted as the world tries to slow the pace of this pandemic and flatten the curve of new infections.

Astrologically this is serious and needs to be treated this way. The lessons are about taking personal and collective responsibility to create a sustainable path forward. Fear is paralysing and is not going to help us solve this problem. This is a different kind of war – an invisible enemy – a virus that does not respect our man-made borders and boundaries. We need to imagine that we each have the virus and make decisions about our actions based on not wanting to infect others and in this way change our behaviour.

Things are grim and this is why.

Saturn is conjunct Pluto and the signature for war and or financial meltdown are powerful.

Pluto is associated with atomic bombs, assassinations, bacteria, betrayal, catastrophes, cemeteries, coffins, convicts, crematories, crime, death, decay, decomposition, defiance, demolition, destitution, devastation, dictators, disasters, epidemics, evacuation, executions, extremism, filth, gangsters, garbage, mortality, murder, obituaries, plagues, plutonium, poison, pornography, procreation, prostitution, purging, rape, rodents, rotting, rubbish, sewage, suicides, swamps and bogs, taxation, tyrants, victims, viruses, volcanoes and wars.

As you can see this list is filled with associations we don’t particularly find pleasant. But there it is.

Saturn is a malefic planet – tending towards difficulty. It is also associated with death and endings, but its main message is to teach us about our personal and collective responsibilities and duties. Once again these are not light and fluffy associations – more like burdens.

Saturn is conjunct Pluto (28 Feb 2019 to 24 November 2020) and this planetary configuration is particularly challenging and doesn’t happen frequently making it more powerful.

Previous Saturn Pluto conjunctions since 1900.
• 22 July 1914 to 5 July 1915 – WW1Exact – 4 Oct and 1 Nov 1914 and 19 May 1915
• 2 Nov 1946 to 3 June 1948 – post WW2Exact – 11 Aug 1947.
• 21 Jan 1982 to 26 Sep 1983 – Cold War period (1979 to 1985 – threat of Nuclear War) and Falkland Islands War – Great Britain and Argentina (1982), Iran/Iraq War (Sep 1980 to Aug 1988), Lebanon War (1982)Exact 8 Nov 1982

It could be that the world is fighting a different kind of war currently. Covid-19 might just be what humanity needs at this time. Instead of waging conventional warfare as we have seen in our past history we are waging war against a virus that doesn’t respect international borders and boundaries. We might just realise that we are all connected and in this together. We will need to take individual and collective responsibility going forward. We will also need to realise that we are as strong as our weakest link.

The responses from certain countries in terms of lockdown are extraordinary when we consider that this is a time of peace. The financial disruptions and uncertainties are like no other as this is a supply crisis. With certain borders closed, travel bans in place, schools closing and sporting contests cancelled amongst many other interventions, the implications are vast and extensive.
The debt levels in society are extreme and unsustainable. People, businesses and countries are drowning in debt. When businesses are forced to close and life as we knew ceases to function as it did, the implications financially could be quite dramatic especially for any entity high geared. Debt requires income to service the debt and when the income dries up, the debt problem explodes. We would be naïve to think we have this under control.

The message is clear – we are on an unsustainable path going forward. Individuals, corporations and countries are drowning in debt. With an economic crisis those on the edge will falter. We will need to fundamentally restructure our personal lives, the way business functions and society and governments at large.

Harry Prince of Wales – Just call me Harry

I wanted to see what was happening in his chart and it is interesting that he has transiting Saturn (1st house) squaring Pluto (10th house). This speaks about giving up a position of power and authority and finding a path independently. This transit starts in April and runs through until Dec 2020. In addition Jupiter (1st house) squares Venus (10th house) and this describes his desire to seek new opportunities professionally (Feb to Sep 2020).
Looking ahead transiting Neptune will oppose his Sun – May 2021 to Jan 2023. The Sun in his chart is in 9th house (places abroad and legal matters) and rules his 8th house (shared resources/inheritance). This will be a tricky time for Harry as the dream he envisioned is perhaps harder to achieve in reality than he anticipated. There is no doubt he wants to be abroad. He likes being abroad and likes to travel. It is great having access to resources of others to make this happen. Transiting Neptune implies that this access to resources is dissipating and changing. He may even feel that he has been deceived. But with Neptune we need to work out was is real and what is an illusion.
In addition from June 2021 to March 2022 transiting Uranus will oppose Saturn in his chart – this is an indication that he does need to reinvent his income stream professionally.