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.