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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!

Glyphs for Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

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

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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.

Glyphs for Saturn and Uranus


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))

Glyphs for Saturn and Neptune


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)).

Glyphs for Neptune and Uranus


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!

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While some of us may still be trying to recover from the emotional tides of last week’s full moon, Mercury saunters into happy-go-lucky Sagittarius on November 5, bringing an optimistic outlook. And instead of the usual three-week stay in Sagittarius, Mercury will camp out there for over two months, due to the upcoming December retrograde through Sagittarius. If we take care now to tether this optimistic Mercury to our more sobering realities, we are in a better position to get the most out of the Sagittarian tendency to expand our views, possibilities and horizons.

Sagittarius is future-oriented, philosophical and adventurous but both the Sun and the traditional ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, remain in broody and sometimes swampy Scorpio. Scorpio will be asking us about the ways in which we are compromised and where we should be more cautious than carefree in the ways that we portray ourselves, as we grow into and reach for the future. Venus’s entry into the mysterious and spicy realms of Scorpio (Nov. 5 – Dec. 1) suggests we also tread carefully where others’ hearts and wallets are concerned. Venus governs reciprocity, and all areas of giving and receiving and when she’s in Scorpio, she can be rather guarded and quick to anger. Boundaries are more permeable, and vulnerabilities are closer to the surface. Old resentments, insecurities and relational patterns that need to be tested or released rise up.

Under these influences, thinking, strategizing or communication which is too superficial or grandiose is likely to be called out. The details and nuance which we are missing and the areas or actors we are neglecting will be pointed out by others. It’s worth taking some extra time to be thoughtful, and to choose carefully when and how you communicate. If something you put out into the world is flung back at you in ferocious rejection or accusation, experiment with choosing curiosity, compassion and careful engagement—who knows what deeply liberating relational shift could be occurring. Also try to notice if you are taking the “high road” to avoid the discomfort of seeing more of the whole picture. Mercury in Sagittarius can be filled with so many principles and lofty ideals and yet lacking in basic empathy—not out of spite or ill will, but just out of assuming the best about oneself and the world. The other person really understands that you mean well, right? Venus in Scorpio gives a resounding NO and wants solid reassurance of intentions, or where there is simply a disagreement, she asks for a little more gentleness and compassion than blunt and direct Mercury in Sagittarius may naturally provide.

In longer-term influences, the final of three exact trines between the planet of stability and responsibility, Saturn, and the planet of change and freedom, Uranus, occurs in a near exact grand fire trine with the Moon in Leo on November 11. The Saturn-Uranus trine (Dec. 2016 – Dec. 2017) has lent ease to transitions, or has perhaps appeared more as a shape-shifting or elusive transition that may now be taking more shape as Saturn begins to speed towards ambitious Capricorn. The chart for this final exact trine speaks to our responsibilities to our philosophy or worldview, and enacting or performing it not only for personal benefit but for the welfare of the whole. Any double standards are likely to be exposed this week, so careful with any swagger as Mystery may step in to take you down a few notches.

Finally, it’s important to consider that a failure to live up to one’s own ideals doesn’t mean that others’ failures should be overlooked—and vice versa. Co-dependency will be especially painful in this season. Pristine perfection isn’t required, but rather recognizing what needs to change. Make Mercury in Sagittarius your ally in this, by being generous with your own faults and incredibly perceptive of others’. What really needs to change here? Let me say it again: Co-dependency will be especially painful at this time. Do not confuse real responsibility with uninspired duty or a sense of obligation driven by guilt.