The Pluto/Saturn Mutual Reception, Revisited

Saturn is just about to dip back into Scorpio tomorrow for a final 3 month long foray before leaving this sign for good (well, the foreseeable future, anyway!) in September. This reignites a mutual reception between Saturn and Pluto, as both planets will once again come to reside in each other’s domicile. The vibe of this is heavy and intense, and one thing that has been a recurring theme for me in contemplating the co-mingling of these energies over the last 2 1/2 years is the concept of a power:weight ratio.

The power:weight ratio is something you hear about often within the context of auto racing circles. You want enough weight on your vehicle to keep the rubber on the road – this helps you to have better control and avoid doing a wheelie, as the most effective use of energy always involves a straight line since the least amount of waste occurs when this happens. But you also don’t want so much weight on your car that too much drag is created, as this would essentially render your horsepower ineffective.

If we were to take this premise and look at it in a more metaphorical sense, Saturn is an energy that we associate with weight; i.e. responsibility, burden, duty, etc.. Pluto, on the other hand, concerns our personal power and the ability to make major gear shifts (transformations) in life. It is the internal combustion powerplant that takes stored energy and transmutes it into kinetic energy in order to propel us forward.

It takes skillful management – and sometimes lots of trial and error – to get this ratio just right. We need to be grounded in reality and aware of the responsibilities we carry so that we use our personal power correctly and not corruptly. Doing so prevents us from the repercussion that would otherwise come from dumping them off somewhere they don’t belong. Conversely, we also need to be very aware of the weight of duty so that it doesn’t suck us down the tubes, because it does have a definite undertow now. Some time ago, I wrote in one of my newsletters about how this is an optimal time to cut losses – when we’ve invested a lot of time, money, energy, support, etc. in something or someone and it just hasn’t provided a concrete return for our efforts, we also need to know when it is time to fold. It is self-protective to do so and provides us a lesson in survival basics to cut the rope on any anchor we’ve been holding that would otherwise pull us under.

I believe there is value in honoring our commitments even when the road seems treacherously difficult. But that said, when this moves to an extreme point that it actually on some level threatens to kill us (psychically, emotionally, energetically) with its crushing weight, this is something altogether different. Under this mutual reception, I have seen a lot of people learning the hard way to protect their energies by cutting certain ties – even when they have been previously afraid to do because of the prospect of loss (emotional, financial, etc.). I have also witnessed those who have had the weight of the world held up on their shoulders (either by circumstance or on a self-imposed basis) and cringed when this got to the point their knees eventually bucked under the strain and they were sent crashing to the ground. Being “the strong one” or “Man/Woman of Steel”, if you prefer, can carry its own shadow – it may actually be something that limits intimacy and the capacity for deep exchange on a soul level. If this sounds like a resonant theme in your life, definitely work on it, because this mutual reception is all about grinding out our psychological “baggage” so we can fortify ourselves from the very core of our being outward and reclaim our power.

This mutual reception says above all else: Learn exactly what you can (or can’t) let go of. If a debt is legitimately yours, make good on it because this will help keep Saturn’s karmic “wheels” (or perhaps that’s “rings” LOL?) planted firmly on the ground so they don’t come boomeranging back at you later. But don’t keep a death grip on a burden that is not yours (or entirely yours) to bear, either, because it can crate hellacious drag and under this energy others may be all too willing to try pawning theirs off on good old reliable, responsible You – shut that shit down! There is a higher likelihood of there being joint responsibilities (energetically, emotionally, fiscally) in a scenario that has broken down now – accept only your part in it and don’t take on somebody else’s shit on top of your own, because doing so robs them of the necessary lesson that they do indeed have to clean up their own messes.

If you are dealing with a situation in your own life where your energy is feeling sapped but you are unsure of whether or not the right thing to do is to suck it up or to stop and drop, consider putting a hard deadline on making a firm decision about whether to pull your chips out. Ideally, this would be before Sept 17th when Saturn leaves Scorpio for good and this mutual reception comes to a close.


Astro-News Bulletin: December Is Mutual Reception City!

We have a WHOLE LOT of mutual reception activity in December!  Check it out:

December's Mutual Receptions.
December’s Mutual Receptions.

1) The Sun in Sagittarius + Jupiter in Leo

2) Mars in Aquarius + Uranus in Aries

3) Saturn in Scorpio + Pluto in Capricorn.  Yes, still.  Until December 23rd, anyway!

That’s right, we’re going to have 3 of them in play at the same time – not to mention the penultimate Pluto/Uranus square – so we do seem poised for a very astrologically active close to the calendar year!  We know from an earlier post that mutual receptions show an exchange of energy between two planets.  Much like a pair of exchange students, each visits the other’s astrological “home” and what this does is create a strong resonant interplay between the two planets in question because this shared experience metaphorically causes them to start vibrating at the same frequency.  And as this vibration increases (see the peak times listed below), it’s as if their voices join together to create one singular sound.  Now this “sound” can manifest as harmonious OR dissonant depending upon a number of factors, but suffice to say that paying attention to the potential energetic effects of each mutual reception is important.  If we know the pitfalls as well as the pluses, it makes it pretty easy to make conscious choices that work to our best advantage.  For instance: If you’ve been thinking about making some changes in your life, stop thinking and start DOING once the Mars/Uranus mutual reception kicks off, as this is a pairing that favors self-initiated change.  We can use the window of time this mutual reception is in effect as our energetic “thumbs-up” to “do something different” in our lives while averting the more volatile side of this vibe by detaching from confrontations w/ angry people or from our own anger if this is causing us to become unstable.  Remember, every astrological force has both Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi expressions – the key is to understand what energies are in play so we’re empowered to make decisions that serve our Highest Good.  So let’s move on to the particulars:

• The Sun/Jupiter mutual reception runs from Nov 22nd – Dec 21st, peaking between December 10th-18th.

• The Mars/Uranus mutual reception runs from Dec 4th – Jan 12th, 2015 and is at its strongest from December 15th-25th.

• The Saturn/Pluto mutual reception already reached its height during 2012 & 2013, but this is such a long-running & pervasive energetic undercurrent it is absolutely still worth paying attention to.

Now if you’ve been following the blog for some time, you’ll recall that I offered up an interesting geo-political take on the Saturn/Pluto mutual reception here.  And if you’re a subscriber to my newsletter, you may remember that I’ve featured past articles discussing some of the effects of numbers 2 & 3 above.  But for those who haven’t read them or who need a refresher, I will re-post excerpts from the newsletter w/ the relevant info here & here, respectively, so you can get up to speed.

With the Mars/Uranus mutual reception, instead of starting the New Year off with a “bang”, we are ending the year with one – this is some rocket fuel energy for sure!  And with the Saturn/Pluto mutual reception, hopefully you’ve had enough time to realize when it’s time to hold vs. when to fold, because during the last 2 years many of us have found it more important than ever to consolidate our energy and stop any so-called “energy sinks” in our lives – this is especially so now because Saturn is in the last leg of its journey through Scorpio!  Think of it as “cumulative review” time – what have we learned during this period?

But what about the Sun/Jupiter mutual reception?  Definitely get subbed to the newsletter if you want to know more, because I plan on exploring this topic in an upcoming edition!  I try to avoid boring readers to death by having the same info listed in two different places, so you’re unlikely to see an article appear here on the blog covering this topic – if I do (and no promises there!), it will examine the Sun/Jupiter mutual reception from a different angle and serve as more of a supplement to the information contained in the newsletter.

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