This article is inspired by the results of a 2017 Saturn return survey of the Capricorn stellium generation—those born with a Saturn, Uranus and Neptune conjunction in Capricorn. Here we’ll examine the interaspects of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, their cycles and their individual and collective expressions.
Saturn-Uranus-Neptune – Oh My!
To set the stage for exploration of individual experience, let’s first consider the broader context of this combination. Saturn-Uranus-Neptune lives inside of the rhythm of the Uranus-Neptune cycle, which is a regular 172-year period from conjunction to conjunction. Using the archetypal astrological method developed by Richard Tarnas to assess collective cultural cycles, which employs a 20° orb of influence, the most recent Uranus-Neptune alignments were 1640–1660, 1812–1833 and 1983–2003.
For those who are more familiar with astrology, 20° may seem like a “wide orb,” or long periods of time, but remember this methodology encompasses major events and developments in a collective self-reflective consciousness that has been in formation for perhaps one or even two million years. Collectives have lifespans which far exceed that of the individual human, and developments within collective consciousness can unfold over great periods of time. Additionally, correlations emerging in 1983 may be precursory and will not be as striking or obvious as in 1993, when Uranus and Neptune were exactly conjoined at 19°34′ Capricorn. For example, the precursor to our modern Internet, ARPANET, adopted the TCP/IP protocol in 1983, which enabled researchers to began to assemble an initial “network of networks.”
The planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune conjoin in apparently irregular intervals. (NB: My ephemerides—tables of planetary positions—are limited to 300 CE to 2900 CE, so perhaps with more data, some pattern may appear.) In any case, using a 15° orb to include Saturn in a collective orb of influence, the last time these three got together was 623—628, 1304–1309 and 1987—1991. That is a pretty uncommon combination.
Collective-sized experiences in the Capricorn Stellium
All individuals live within and form collectives and it may be particularly useful for individuals born with the Capricorn Stellium to reflect on the collective-level significance of this combination because it forms a powerful component of their lives and personal call to service. The activities and experiences of outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) can overwhelm our personal sense of self and ordinary assumptions of control or influence over our lives. The Capricorn Stellium’s influence can therefore be experienced as something remote and impersonal, even though it may touch the most personal parts of a person’s life. For example, feeling completely out of touch with the surrounding culture and yet somehow also tied to or responsible to it.
Planetary pairs in the Capricorn stellium
The qualities of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are so different from each other. For example, Saturn represents enduring structures, Uranus represents breaking out of old structures and Neptune’s structure operates on an entirely different order of reality such that it can appear as “no structure.” So to consider how this might show up for the Capricorn stellium generation, let’s first look at the stellium in planetary pairs, both on a collective level and on an individual level.
Collectively these are times of sudden reversals, surprising upsets, collapsing structures and pitched battles between the old and the new. We’ll see the revelation of mistakes in construction, disrupted expectations and sudden decline. Saturn-Uranus has the quality of the problematic trickster, or a sudden turn of events with no apparent redeeming qualities. As with all archetypes, its manifestations are neither 100% negative nor 100% positive.
Individually, Saturn-Uranus can correlate to change experienced as crisis, as well as an ability to suddenly change directions in a way that is jarring to others but not at all surprising to oneself. It brings a tendency to perfection, where Saturn judges everything new that Uranus tries to do. Saturn-Uranus can therefore correlate to a fierce inner critic. At its best, it is able to bridge the past (Saturn) and the future (Uranus) but usually only after an inner struggle around a belief of having to choose one or the other. It can carry a scientific outlook, which brings together innovation (Uranus) with a desire to be thorough and painstaking (Saturn).
Most recent hard aspect alignments were 2007 – 2012 (Saturn opposite Uranus, T-square with Pluto (15° orb)); 1998 – 2001 (Saturn square Uranus (10° orb)); 1985 – 1990 (Saturn conjunct Uranus (15° orb))
Collectively the Saturn-Neptune archetypal complex corresponds to a heightened awareness of inner and outer boundaries. The awareness of disease outbreaks, new diseases, and the perception of vulnerability to invisible invasions can be heightened. It can be a time of collective disillusionment, of seeing through illusions of consensus reality, or becoming trapped in doomsday visions.
Individually, Saturn-Neptune can represent the capacity to see what is ordinarily hidden from view, the truth beyond the surface appearance. Many mystics have this combination, with Saturn as material reality and Neptune as spiritual reality, coming together to form a holistic and manifold vision of “reality.” Saturn-Neptune can also represent a very skeptical person who has trouble accepting the non-rational and immaterial Neptunian dimensions of life, asking for “hard proof” of phenomena which do not reveal themselves under a limited Saturnian mode of examination. Saturn-Neptune can also correspond to heightened fear, depressive tendencies and a deep sensitivity to the suffering of this world
Most recent hard aspect alignments were 2014 – 2017 (Saturn square Neptune (10° orb)); 2005 – 2008 (Saturn opposite Neptune (15° orb)); 1998 – 2000 (Saturn square Neptune (10° orb)).
Collectively, Uranus-Neptune time periods correlate to the emergence of new forms of art, spiritual awakenings, spiritual or sacred activism, the activation or emergence of new psychological insights, new ways of conceptualizing reality which explode previous limits to understanding, cultural renewals and utopian visions. To cite a specific example, the most recent conjunction correlated to the emergence of the world wide web of the internet, with its new, technologically-driven (Uranus) ways of becoming addicted or lost to material reality (Neptune). All of these correlations have more and less integrated expressions which may or may not stand the test of time and experience.
On an individual level, Uranus and Neptune are planets which both represent aspects of the puer or puella archetype—the eternal child, the one who flirts with responsibility and just in the nick of time, manages to eke through the cracks and get off the hook for some kind of work or responsibility. Avoiding responsibility enables the puer/puella to pursue the next sparkly, shiny thing on the horizon—which can make for a pretty ungrounded approach to enacting one’s higher ideals. Uranus-Neptune can also show up as a kind of refusal to think that bad things can happen, so that warning signs go unheeded and boom! a nasty, sudden Uranian shock can come in, bearing the “bad” news that some kind of work, forbearance or hardship also characterizes the good things in life. Not all problematic, as indicated by the collective correspondences above, Uranus-Neptune carries a magical, mystical quality. It is the inspired visionary who can envision a more beautiful world.
Most recent hard aspect alignments were 1983–2003 (Uranus conjunct Neptune (20° orb)); 1947 – 1961 (Uranus square Neptune (15° orb)); 1897 – 1921 (Uranus opposite Neptune (20° orb)).
So what happens when Saturn, the planet of limits, necessities, karma or action, devotion and dedication, destiny and its hardships, rubs up against Uranus-Neptune?
Stay tuned for the next installment!
This is part of a general overview of the Capricorn stellium of 1988 – 1991. To learn more about your personal relationship with this major influence, book an astrological consultation!
Step into the realms of Soul to enlarge the conversation you are having with the world. With Erica as your guide, cross the astrological bridge between heaven and Earth to transform liabilities into assets and cooperate with the energies and forces presently shaping your life. You can also get in touch at erica at realimaginal dot com!