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.

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Louise Kerby

I am an astrologer practising traditional astrology in Cape Town. I specialise in birth chart readings. I am passionate about people’s stories and their life’s journey. It is very empowering for a client to understand and accept their life story. I am also fascinated by world events and the links to the planetary cycles. It is this notion of history repeating itself that fascinates me.