Saturn in Capricorn 2017 -2020 Part II

Saturn in Capricorn, Saturn-Pluto Conjunction, and Changes on Political and Economic Aspects

The previous Saturn in Capricorn era took place from February 1988 to February 1991. Actually, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were all in Capricorn at that time — Saturn and Uranus formed a conjunction in February 1988, whereas Saturn-Neptune conjunction took place in November 1989. These three aspects actually formed a conjunction for a very long time at that time. In my previous Jupiter in Scorpio article, I mentioned 1993 being the start of Uranus-Neptune cycle, which is closely related to globalisation, communism, socialism and religious reform. If we also take Jupiter into account, it was in Cancer in 1989 forming an opposition to Saturn in Capricorn. Thus, a lot of incidents happened in 1989 that could be associated with the Jupiter-Saturn semisquare in 1998. We will also face three Jupiter-Saturn semisquares in 2018. Hence, when we consider the upcoming influences of Saturn, we should also take into account the roles of Uranus-Neptune semisquare, Jupiter-Saturn semisquare and Saturn-Pluto conjunction, for these placements and aspects imply the trend and development of the incidents happened in aforementioned timings.

When researching, I discovered that a lot of major events actually link up the previous three Saturn in Capricorn eras, which took place in 1929 to 1931, 1959 to 1961, and 1988 to 1991, together with the Saturn-Pluto cycles. Also, there is a surprising thread running through Saturn-Uranus-Neptune cycle and the Jupiter in Scorpio era. In the upcoming two to three years, we will once again confront these aspects. In order to list out the associations among incidents, the historical events will play the main role in this article for the sake of demonstrating astrological attributes.

Please note this article is not focus on prediction but trying to understand what happened when last time Saturn in Capricorn and what historical events are related to Saturn Pluto cycle, from here we will understand what kind social environment we are going to face for next couple years, and please don’t be afraid about learning those unpleasant events, by study it we earn experience and we can build a better world upon it, this is another positive meaning of Saturn in Capricorn.

Eastern Europe, USSR and Cold War

The Velvet Revolution of Eastern Europe is likely to be the most well-known incident between 1988 to 1991. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 when Saturn was in Capricorn; in 1989 when Saturn visited Capricorn once again, Berlin Wall was torn down and eventually demolished. Lots of Eastern European nations also left USSR at that time and pursued liberty. The upcoming Saturn in Capricorn period starting from December 2017 could possibly imply that the liberty status of these nations and their relationships with Russia would be our concern. During the Uranus-Neptune semisquare before this Saturnian ingress took place, lots of Eastern and Northern European nations became anxious about Russia’s movements.

Berlin Wall Picture from BBC

The invasion of USSR into eastern Europe and the Cold War are closely related to Saturn-Pluto cycle. The Cold War after WWII and the development of communism in eastern Europe and Asia between 1946 to 1948 corresponded with a Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Soon after the Velvet Revolution (when Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were all in Capricorn), Cold War, in which US and USSR were in hiatus, ended in 1991. George Owell first used the term “Cold War” in an essay “You and the Atomic Bomb” to describe the threats of nuclear war. In 1947, when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct, American economist Bernard Baruch used this term to describe the hiatus between US and UUSR. We should also pay attention to 1982 and 1983, another Saturn-Pluto conjunction, when there were actually major nuclear crises — on November 2 1983, Soviet officials misinterpret the NATO exercise as a nuclear first strike, causing the last nuclear scare of the Cold War. Now, in 21st century, we are concerned about the relationship between US and Russia, and the European nations also worry about Russia’s active military enforcement.

Another incident in this 1989 Saturn in Capricorn era was that the Socialist Republic of Serbia passed constitutional changes revoking the autonomy of the Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo on 23 to 28 March. This triggered six days of rioting by the Albanian majority, during which at least 29 people are killed. This series of conflicts eventually led to the outburst of Kosovo War in 1998, when Jupiter and Saturn were forming a waning semisquare. The unstable situation of this region was also the major reason of WWI.

Middle East, Al Qaeda and ISIS

Iraq invaded Kuwait twice, in 1961 and 1990 respectively, and both invasions happened when Saturn was in Capricorn. Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party had even garnered support of the States when he escaped to Egypt in the sixties when Saturn was in Capricorn. The Gulf War outburst in 1990, another Saturn in Capricorn era, and this war did not really end in 1991. In 2003, the States started another war in the region, as the government at that time based its rationale for the war principally on the assertion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and select U.S. officials accused Saddam of harbouring and supporting al-Qaeda, while others cited the desire to end a repressive dictatorship and bring democracy to the people of Iraq.

Gulf War

Osama bin Laden formed Al Qaeda on 11 August 1988 — it was when Saturn turned retrograde and moved from Capricorn back into 25 Sagittarius, and it formed a conjunction with Uranus at 27 Sagittarius (Galactic Centre). Besides, Saturn formed a semisquare with Pluto. Al Qaeda originally was a troop against USSR in Afghanistan, but it later became a major Islamic force which went against the West. In August 1998, embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, and Al Qaeda, the culprit of the bombings, walked into the global spotlight since then. That was when Saturn formed a waxing semisquare with Uranus and Neptune, and a quincunx with Pluto. It further manifested its horrifying threats to the world in the 911 event in 2001, when Saturn was in Gemini and formed an opposition to Pluto in Sagittarius.

In October 2006 when Saturn was in Leo and formed a square with Jupiter in Scorpio, a trine with Pluto and an opposition with Neptune, Al-Qaeda in Iraq rebranded themselves as “Islamic State of Iraq”. This organisation not only was closely related to Al-Qaeda, but a lot of troops of Saddam Hussein joined them right after the second Persian Gulf War.

Saturn-Pluto conjunction is also closely related to the first Persian Gulf War and the political attitude of those nations who were once colonies and whose independence were supported by their sovereignty states. Although the influential power of ISIS is weakening in Middle East now, the conflicts between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam, the independent movement of Kurds, and the rivalries in Middle East would possibly become more visible in the upcoming future.

When confronting those enormous institutions and the restructuring of power of Saturn in Capricorn and the extreme religious actions and religious defence indicated by Jupiter in Scorpio, we may once again observe or encounter the challenges brought by some fanatic religious organisations to other regions or the actions of someone trying to protect their own faith. We will discuss later in this article the relationship between the Saturn-Pluto cycle and the division of Christianity. Therefore, the aforementioned religious implications obviously are not limited to any particular religion.

Israel and Palestine

Palestine proclaimed itself as an independent state in 1988 when Saturn moved backward from Capricorn to Sagittarius, and then back to Capricorn again. Although Saturn was at 29 Sagittarius in Palestine’s national chart, we can still regard this as Saturn’s work since it was already in Capricorn in February 1988.

The first wave of modern Jewish migration to Ottoman-ruled Palestine began in the 19th century. This large-scale migration took place in 1881 when Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Neptune and Pluto were all in Taurus with Saturn and Neptune forming a tight conjunction (Saturn and Pluto had not been conjunct yet). Many astrologers have noticed that the Saturn-Neptune cycle is closely related to conflicts in Middle-East and between Israel and Palestine.

In 1928 to 1929 when Saturn was in Capricorn, there were two major conflicts between the Jewish and Palestinians. When WWII ended in 1947, during which Saturn was conjunct Pluto, another flock of Jewish flooded into Palestine again. United Nations thus partition Palestine between Arabian and Jewish regions, which results in the creation of the State of Israel. The establishment of Israel and the subsequent rivals between Israel and other Arabian states began in 1948 under this Saturn-Pluto conjunction.

African Independence Movements and Apartheid of South Africa in the Sixties

When Saturn was in Capricorn in 1959 to 1961, as we have mentioned before, Saddam Hussein, the late president of Iraq, accepted the support of the U.S. and became a strong Middle-East military power, but he triggered the Persian Gulf War in the nineties, and was executed in 2006 when Jupiter was in Scorpio. Although lots of astrologers insist that Saturn in Capricorn was not the sole influence behind the revolutionary wave of 1988 to 1991 and both Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn were also another major force. We can observe that a lot of African nations actually started their independence movements in the previous Saturn in Capricorn era in 1959 to 1961, many of which declared independence in this time frame — Togo, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Ivory Coast, Chad, Central African Republic, Senegal and South Africa all became republics in this era. A few African countries also underwent independence movement at this time, and Rwanda and Algeria declared independence in 1962 after Saturn left Capricorn. A political riot outburst in Algeria in the nineties, the independent revolution of Rwanda took place in 1959, and its civil war happened in 1990 — all were when Saturn was in Capricorn — and Rwanda genocide happened in 1994 when Jupiter moved into Scorpio.

Union of South Africa was fully sovereign in 1931 and became a republic in 1961, both of which were when Saturn was in Capricorn. Apartheid also started in 1948 when Saturn and Pluto were conjunct. Nelson Mandela was released in 1990 and the Apartheid was gradually dismissed soon after that. It was a politically important moment for South Africa — Saturn, as you already know, was in Capricorn. The African National Congress led by Mandela won the general election in 1994 when Jupiter was in Scorpio. All these placements and associations support the view that we should pay attention to South Africa and Rwanda in the upcoming 2 to 3 years.

Nationalism, Fascism and Independence Movements in Europe


In an earlier Saturn in Capricorn era, the independence movements and international rivals as a result of nationalism were closely related to the start of WWI. The occurrence of this Saturn in Capricorn actually was in-between the two world wars. We know that the western nations in that time were mostly suffering economic crisis, and lots of economists claim this point as the beginning of the subsequent 10-year long Great Depression. It was also when a lot of Jewish people left Europe and went back to Israel to re-establish their own country, which later triggered conflicts with the Arabs. What deserves our attention more is that this was also the period which witnessed the rise of the far-right and fascism in Europe, including Spain, Portugual and Italy. Hitler gradually consolidated his regime in this era.

In my previous article, I mentioned that the upcoming outer planet placements and aspects would be closely related to the history of Catalonia region. In 1283, the General Court of Catalonia approved the first Catalan constitutions which banned the royal power to create legislation unilaterally, and it was when Jupiter in Scorpio and Saturn in Capricorn formed a waning semisquare. Later, in 1714, when the war for the Spanish throne between the Bourbon and the Habsburg Dynasties ended, King Philip V of Spain succeeded the throne eventually. In order to take revenge on the Catalonia region for their support of the Habsburgs, the King banned the Catalan Constitutions. It was when Saturn, Uranus and Pluto were all in Virgo, with Saturn and Uranus being in conjunction and had a 9 degree orb to Pluto, which could still be considered as conjunction from the perspective of mundane astrology. Interestingly, in 1931 when Saturn was in Capricorn, Catalonia actually had once become Catalan Republic. However, after the negotiations between the republican ministers of Spain and Catalonia, the Catalan Republic became the Generalitat of Catalonia, a Catalan autonomous government inside the Spanish Republic.


The invasion of the dictatorial regime of Franco into Catalonia in 1939 once again terminated its autonomy. Around this time we have Saturn-Chiron square and Jupiter and Saturn were in the last 45 degrees of their waning phrase. After Franco’s death in 1975 when Jupiter and Saturn were in semisquare, the Spanish Constitution officially restored the country’s democratic government.

Then, in 2006 when Jupiter was in Scorpio, a Catalan autonomy referendum was held for the first time , which resulted in 78.1% of voters supporting the bill on a turnout of 48.9%. For 2017, we know that we will encounter Saturn-Chiron square, Jupiter-Saturn semisquare, Jupiter in Scorpio and Saturn in Capricorn in our upcoming one to two years; together with Saturn-Pluto conjunction which would start to exert its influence in 2019, there is a strong implication on whether Catalonia can achieve its independence with revision of constitutions. Its development probably will keep attracting our attention.

United Kingdom and its ex-colonies

After the previous discussions, we should have noticed that the relationship between kingdoms and colonies always confronted changes when Saturn moved into Capricorn or formed an aspect with Pluto. During 1786’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction, Britain acquired the island of Penang from Malaysia, the first colony of the British Empire in Southeast Asia. In 1948’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction, Malaysia restored its autonomy, and other British colonies like Singapore and Borneo also took part in the independence movements in the Saturn in Capricorn era in 1959 to 1961. The present Malaysia was not formed until 1963.

In 1929 to 1931, Gandhi employed nonviolent civil disobedience which eventually triggered the independence movement of India. During 1947’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction, India and Pakistan became independent of Britain. We saw the influence of Saturn in Capricorn in 1959 to 1961 on Cyprus and those African colonies. When Saturn and Pluto started to form conjunction in 1982, Canada totally became independent of Britain. When Saturn moved into Capricorn in the nineties, the rivalry between Britain and Northern Ireland was intense, with the Irish Republican Army carrying out a number of terror attacks. We probably know very well that the Good Friday Agreement was signed in the previous Jupiter in Scorpio era. On the other hand, the Falklands War began in 1982 when Saturn was conjunct Pluto in Libra. Argentina was undergoing the 1982 Latin economic crisis. Argentina’s occupation of the Falkland Islands gave rise to a brief patriotic movement in Britain, which helped the Conservatives win the general election in 1983; Argentina’s defeat, on the other hand, led to the removal of the military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri and a democratic government structure. Saturn in Capricorn often implies that nationalism gets heated. We can observe if Northern Ireland and Scotland would fight for their independence once again, or if Britain’s overseas territory will grab global attention.

Beside the independence movements of colonies, there is another issue of Britain which is closely associated to Saturn-Pluto cycle. British coal mines were nationalised in 1947 and the Railways of Britain were nationalised to form British Railways. However, in 1993 when Saturn and Pluto were in square, the Railway Act 1993 was introduced. After several amendments, the Labour Party recently suggested relative policies on nationalising the railways system. Probably we would observe development on this Act.