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. In the previous article on this topic, we looked at Saturn-Uranus, Saturn-Neptune and Uranus-Neptune on their own. Now we’ll examine the combination of Saturn-Uranus-Neptune in the collective and the individual, as well as some of the “super-stelliums” involving these three planets.
Saturn-Uranus-Neptune reflected in the collective
As previously mentioned, these three planets don’t conjoin very frequently, which makes their impact that much more pronounced. In astrology, the more rare the combination—whether that is a personal transit to our natal chart, or a world transit in the sky—the more powerful or impactful its expression is. My favorite collective correlation from the Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction of 623—628 CE is connected to the founding of Islam by the prophet Muhammad.
In 610, the religion of Islam was founded, and a Jupiter cycle (12 years) later, in 622 there was a great emigration by Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to the city of Medina, which is the “city of the Prophet” and marks the first year of the Muslim era. By 629, Muhammad was recognized as a prophet by the city of Mecca, and by 630 Islam was dominant throughout Arabia. It took only twenty years from the founding of this religion for it to overtake preceding religions and become a dominant force. A 2015 estimate puts the present-day number of adherents of Islam at around 1.8 billion people—that is around 24% of the global population! Saturn’s stabilizing, cohesive influence correlates to a long-lasting new religious epiphany or awakening (Uranus-Neptune), in this case. The fact that so much authority (Saturn) could be garnered by a new religion and so quickly is fairly amazing. It’s uncommon.
Saturn-Uranus-Neptune in the individual
Given the crisis of meaning and purpose within the dominant worldview of the industrializing world—in which humans are selfish machines in a random, meaningless universe—not to give anyone a messiah complex, but individuals with the Capricorn Stellium may prove to be a vital force of spiritual rejuvenation. Though the frequently shrewd Capricorn stellium would itself recognize the futility of the self-absorbed messianic impulse at this stage in human history, whether that discernment is something obvious or more below the surface of awareness.
For many individuals, Saturn thus represents a kind of inhibition of the wild spiritual impulse of Uranus-Neptune, which by itself easily gives itself over to notions of “saviors” and escape from the material world or karma (our actions). Although this can create a distressing experience of alienation for many, it can also bring a needed sobriety, self-check and sense of responsibility to the human creative impulse that the Earth Community very much needs in our time.
Along those lines, it is very unusual to have an innately critical stance towards the norms and unspoken agreements of a culture—in short, to be a fish that is aware of the water it is swimming in. The majority of people alive today will probably never break out of their cultural entrancement in their entire lifetime. Yet a common sentiment expressed by the 2017 survey respondents and others with whom I have spoken is a lifelong feeling of alienation from their culture(s)—a sense that something isn’t quite right here—along with a seemingly contradictory, strong desire to contribute to society and to humanity. This critical stance makes it possible to envision possibilities beyond the boundaries of cultural stories and limitations, though no one is exempt from the need to develop themselves in order to make substantive contributions.
We will get more into the variety of individual experiences with the Saturn-Uranus-Neptune stellium in future posts.
There are stelliums…and then there are “super-stelliums”
Conjunctions of three or more planets—called stelliums—become more complex than planetary dyads, as the planetary archetypes can mix and mingle in unexpected ways. The expression of stelliums can also change significantly over the course of one’s life as different parts of the self come forward for expression or are activated by transits, by relationships and by efforts at self-development.
Some born with the Capricorn Stellium have “super-stelliums,” with the Sun and Mercury or the Sun and Venus creating a five-planet stellium in Capricorn, such as in Dec. 1988 and Jan. 1989. There are even those born in Dec. 1989, and Jan., Feb. and Dec. 1990 who bring a whopping six planets into a complicated conversation in Capricorn—with combinations including the Sun, Moon and Mercury; Moon, Mercury, Venus; Mercury, Mars and Venus; and Moon, Mars, Venus joining Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Stelliums are not restricted to a single sign and can even span three signs, when planets are joined together by aspects across signs.
Sorting through the hierarchy of influence in stelliums—which planet in the group exerts more influence over the mode of being described by any other planet—can be daunting and an exercise in patience. For example, when Venus, who describes what we like, how we like to reciprocate and our experience of romantic intimacy, is conjoined by Saturn, Uranus AND Neptune, it may be a matter of context, upbringing and cultural influence, psychospiritual development, or something more mysterious that determines “which Venus” steps forward. It can be like five or six Venuses are in one person! Do I want stability and predictability in my partners (Venus-Saturn), excitement and freedom in my relationships (Venus-Uranus) or does it feel impossible to be romantically satisfied by a mortal, earthly creature (Venus-Neptune)? More often there is a complex experience of all of these contradictory impulses!
Stay tuned for more on the 2017 Capricorn Stellium survey results in forthcoming posts on Real Imaginal.
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!
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