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“Beware the Stellum, My Son”CapricornGlyph

Every so often the planets in the sky get into a bit of a traffic jam. They bunch up is one of the twelve signs. This traffic jam is usually caused by two or more of the slower moving planets occupying that sign at the same time, so that when the Sun (which is generally closely preceded or followed by Mercury and Venus) gets there you have what astrologers call a stellum.


Stellums can occur in any sign, but the ones that seem to get the most attention are the stellums that occur in Capricorn. That’s because Capricorn has to do with structure and boundaries, both of which tend to be important factors in world events. For example the stellum in Capricorn in 1989 is often associated with the fall of the Berlin Wall, a structure and a boundary that overnight seemed to crumble at the feet of the people of East and West Germany.


That stellum started with Neptune and Uranus in Capricorn. In 1988 they were joined by Saturn, which stayed in Capricorn until the beginning of 1991. Neptune dissolves boundaries. Uranus disrupts structure. We might have expected the entry of Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn,  to counter this influence. Instead, it seemed to kick it into high gear and the course of history was changed.


Of course, it wasn’t all good news. This same boundary dissolving and disrupting influence inspired Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait in 1990. Also, the dissolving of boundaries in what used to be called Yugoslavia led to the onset of ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in 1992. We see the influence of Uranus in this, taking the intellectual principle of ethnic pride to a clinically efficient extreme.


I think that we can agree that, despite the celebrations that the fall of the Berlin inspired back in 1989, the reviews for this stellum in Capricorn were mixed. Obviously, dissolving boundaries is not always a good idea. The good news is that the planets involved in the stellum that we have going on right now, Saturn and Pluto, have nothing to do with dissolving or disrupting. Unfortunately, that’s also the bad news.


Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Saturn got there in late 2017. Pluto seeks power. Saturn seeks stability. Pluto plays on our fear and hatred. Saturn reinforces the need for boundaries and structure that is already present in Capricorn’s DNA. Both of these planets love boundaries and they generally seek to reinforce and extend them. At the same, time they make structure a means of exerting control.


Since Pluto entered Capricorn we have seen an Arab Spring that turned into an Arab nightmare, the fall of an Iraqi dictator that opened the way for ISIS, and the rise of authoritarian rulers and political parties all around the world. The entry of Saturn into it’s home sign has only increased and solidified this trend. Democracy seems to have become an outmoded idea and people everywhere have suddenly developed a yen for loud-mouthed autocrats.


This all gets very serious in December of this year when Jupiter enters Capricorn, followed by the Sun and Mercury. During January 2020, we will have the Sun and four planets, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, in Capricorn. More important, Saturn will be making it’s only conjunction to Pluto at this time.


The stellum will actual continue past January as Mars replaces the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn in February 2020. However, I think that this stellum in Capricorn will reach its peak in January. Around the world, rulers will feel the urge to extend boundaries and solidify structure, both to assert power and maintain control. The fallout from these efforts will be with us at least until the end of 2020, when Saturn finally moves for good into Aquarius.

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