Coronavirus -Astrology, Saturn and Pluto
In this article, we will look at the natural Zodiac and what’s happening with the coronavirus. Here’s the Western-style astrology chart using tropical whole signs to analyse the connections between the planets and the outbreak of the virus.
The question has come to mind whether this disease simply jumped the species barrier or was fabricated. There are some people online asking whether there was some bio-military agenda behind the outbreak. Others ridicule that idea shouting that this line of thinking is simply a conspiracy theory. Leaving aside conspiracies, let’s take a look at what astrology and the current horoscope has to say about it.
In this chart, which you see here, Mars the ruler of the ascendant of the natural horoscope and Jupiter the ruler of the ninth house and co-ruler of the 12th house combine in Capricorn with Saturn and Pluto. The South Node or planet of past karma is also in this area of the horoscope. Apart from the karmic implications, the recent conjunction of Saturn and Pluto is extremely potent and is an indicator of events beyond our control. We are certainly seeing this in the current global circumstance emerging.
It was just around this conjunction that the news of the Wuhan province sickness was announced. On Jan 30, 2020 the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee which is a branch of the World Health Organisation made a public statement saying that this was an international public health emergency. Looking at the horoscope for that date we see that Saturn had just passed the conjunction by a degree, if that. In other words, just as this virus was emerging these two planets were doing their thing.
There are standard texts which describe the meaning of different planetary combinations. One that I find very accurate is that of Reinhold Ebertin and his Cosmobiological system. This is a German form of astrology incorporating midpoint analysis. The technique seems to translate very well practically against hundreds and hundreds of charts. Although I am a Vedic astrologer by default, I think we have to incorporate many different systems to arrive at the truth. This is one such system that definitely has great merit and I highly recommend it to any practising astrologer as a standard text.
In his book, the Combination of Stellar Influences, and written outlines combinations of planets and in particular the Saturn-Pluto duo is formidable indeed. Listen to what he has to say about that: “Hard labour, cruelty. The negative implications of this combination are quite hard and unfeeling disposition also told heartedness, severity, the tendency to violence, fanatical adherence to one’s principles once they’ve been adopted. A martyr.”
Along with the psychological correspondences and sociological issues he mentions the biological relationship of these two planets. Here is what he has to say:
“Organic underdevelopment (absence of testicles by descensus, infantile organs, organic gardening or calcification processes). The following medical observations have been found: in the case of lithopaedion (i.e. dried up or calcified features in the maternal body the mother ….).”
“Sociological correspondence deeply searching scientists, reactionaries and violent people.” This is the probable manifestation on a sociological level is the thing I find interesting is this: “the application of force or of compulsion, self-destructive energy. The loss of one’s fortune or possessions.”
In this work, he also incorporates combinations of planets including the following: “Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter: plainness and simplicity, excessive modesty, the inclination to sacrifice oneself others, religious and social fanaticism, difficulties caused through illness.”
He goes on to say:
“Saturn-Pluto-nodes: the misery of the masses, common suffering shared with many people together”
This sociological correspondence has growing relevance to what is being seen in the media now. I was only watching a documentary on Australia’s credible ABC channel. It showed people being forcibly made to take coronavirus tests. Police in China are going from door-to-door enforcing some very heavy handed laws aimed at protecting the populace.
When you see them welding residential doors shut you can realise how everyday people are finding it harder and harder to reconcile civic liberties and safety. In this scenario we clearly see the Saturn and Pluto combination showing reflecting this forceful energy, brute force, also expressed by Ebertin as ‘force majeure ‘.
Coronavirus and social unrest
This violence is also playing out in supermarkets worldwide where shelves are now empty. A shortage of food, day-to-day stocks and other basic necessities including toilet paper is creating panic buying. This would have seemed laughable just a few short weeks ago. Now, everywhere you look, people are panicking, there is fear, and people are stockpiling just to be sure that they have enough to keep them going. Now, there are lockdowns of whole cities and countries. Italy has pretty much shut down.
My understanding of the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto, especially in the sign of Capricorn is one that is going to bring about changes based upon the material values we hold as individuals, and as a race. The earth signs have a lot to do with security as well, not just money earned. When there is a clearly threatening disease epidemic, and that is the very existence of people, then natural instinct kicks in. Self-preservation is the mode and we see that en masse.
This aspect has to do with the lockdown. Being deprived of liberties, basic essentials of life, freedom to move etc brings us back down to earth. We start to realise and appreciate the simple necessities of life. Saturn and Pluto indicate some forced scenario. This is an imposed type of re-evaluation.
That re-evaluation is also now extending to the financial markets and stock exchanges around the globe. It centres of self-preservation. Survival will always win hands down against profitability. Yes, the Saturn Pluto combination is not only instrumental in the deaths of thousands of people through this virus but now extending its tentacle-like impact on our money markets and central values as well. We have a tendency to take things for granted. These intense planetary cycles are difficult but can also help us eliminate what is no longer useful. This crisis will bring us back to our core values.
As a race, we’ve drifted away from the inner spiritual core values to your materialism. That can be seen in the way we treat our environment. Let’s face it, being a murdering race historically, we are prone to killing ourselves in the tens if not hundreds of millions. Why would we have any respect for the environment when we don’t respect ourselves as living, breathing beings?
Saturn is the natural significator of death. Pluto is the natural significator of elimination, transformation and regeneration. Saturn-Pluto combinations indicate circumstances that are out of our control, forced upon us. We like to think that we have a high degree of free will and self-determination. Crises, especially global ones like this, drive the point home very clearly that we certainly do not have as much control as we think. Mother Nature can be punishing in her retribution.
It is evident that the coronavirus is now sweeping the world like an unstoppable hurricane. The immediate implications are scary. People are terrified. It’s only natural to want to preserve your health and life as well as those of your family. It’s under these current circumstances that you realise how much you have and that gratitude should at least emerge from that appreciation.
Unfortunately, when people’s very existence is at stake they will do anything to survive. Now that supermarkets, communities, cities and even countries are shutting down, we don’t want to be negative about the consequences of this on a societal level, however, one human nature in this instinct for survival takeover, people do primal things which they ordinarily wouldn’t do. In a forthcoming article I will be talking about the impact of Uranus and the real potential for mass uprisings worldwide.
Good news and the role of the media
If you look at the example horoscope, the recent retrograde Mercury, ruler of the sixth house of disease, has been transiting the 11th house. It only recently went stationary, then direct. It will shortly move into the 12th house of hospitals. In that same position, we see the Sun, ruler of the fifth house of children with Neptune. A genetic of the virus may start to see children being more affected by it.
Shortly there will be some new communication of this fact. At the same time there can be uplifting news that there will be breakthroughs in the treatment of it. Right now, while Mercury is in the trine aspect to the North Node in the fourth house let’s hope for some good news.
The coming month requires very delicate handling of communication, public relations and media. It is definitely a need for the media to be much more responsible in its approach to what’s happening. You’ll note that the transit of Mercury will hit Neptune and then the Sun. The Neptune Mercury combination is notorious for next or fuzzy communication. Miscommunication about the right to seek is also possible under that specific combination. There was a waning Moon now and within the first week of March, the Moon is it debilitation sign of Scorpio in its dark phase. No doubt people’s minds will be feeling sombre.
There is a harrowing aspect coming and that is the one of Mars coming to the position of firstly Jupiter at 22° that happens in the third week of March as well around the 20th around the same time that Dark Moon makes contact with these planets. That connection with Saturn and Pluto will bring some additional hysteria to the masses. It’s at that point that Mercury is going to make contact with the 12th house.
The ingress of March 21 will be an important one this year. The ingress is when the Sun transits into the tropical Sun sign of Aries. There will be a great deal of movement in the financial markets. There are times when the market swings upwards, and wildly so. It is also likely to do the opposite and sometimes even more crazily. There is talk of the downturn being so severe that it may rival the great depression of 1929
New Moon Coming in Aries
That new Moon taking place on the 24th is also in a very hard aspect of the South node in Capricorn. This shows a need for retrospective reflection. A reconsideration of how we’ve been doing things as a race.
The new Moon this month takes place March 24. It occurs in the sign of Aries. I’d like to think that that comes with some heartening news is the new Moon in the angle in the natural sign spring and beginnings; Aries usually shows a new start.
Mars hits 28° of Capricorn on 28 March. It’s in orb of the conjunction to Saturn and sits right on the midpoint between Pluto and Saturn. This midpoint carries the combined influence of Mars, Saturn and Pluto. This combination is also outlined in Ebertin’s Combination of Stellar Influences. If what he says is correct, you can expect increased social unrest and violence surrounding the coronavirus alert.
This doesn’t only relate to the ferocity of nature, which has already resulted in the thousands of deaths from the disease. It also relates to the brute force and violence of this Pluto and Saturn combination. Here is what Everton has to say-“Brutality, assault or violence, ruthlessness. The necessity to fight for one’s existence or life, maltreatment.”
We can see that there may be some truth to the fact that people are just being left to die in the streets in China. You only have to ask yourself, if a government had to fast track the building of two or three hospitals within a matter of weeks, that there was obviously not enough infrastructures prepared for this previously. Such ad hoc, knee-jerk reactions to epidemics or even pandemics like this clearly reveal the fact that governments are putting the people first. But politics is another story.
Finding a vaccine for the coronavirus is seen by the eighth ruler Mars and also Pluto. The positive news is that this conjunction, as violent as it is, indicates a protracted, concentrated approach by the medical fraternity to find some sort of vaccine or cure.
In some systems of Vedic astrology, the 10th house is given governance over doctors and medical science. Mars and Pluto certainly indicate that and with Jupiter’s benign influence, the last few days of March and the beginning of April offer some promise or hope that there is indeed a breakthrough in the treatment of this dreaded disease.
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