May 2000 Alignments | Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn are the social planets and each 20 year conjunction initiates a new cycle in a nation’s progressive move forward. However, not all nations move forward progressively. Indonesia’s repression of East Timor and China’s oppression of Taiwan are cases in point. The more repressive the regime, the less likely it becomes for the population to benefit, as economic and legal reforms are stifled by Mars-Saturn-Pluto contacts. Jupiter and Saturn are associated with the expansion and reorganization of a society. It’s laws and its economy are the chief arenas of restructuring. It is with Jupiter and Saturn that our individual purpose unites with the collective purpose in order to foster growth (Jupiter) and organize society according to the rule of law (Saturn).

Jupiter is growth and expansion. Saturn is organization and conservatism. The two work together creating a checks and balance relationship. For example, The U.S. Constitution is constructed to prevent any one branch of government from gaining total control over the whole. This includes rules for the election and removal of a U.S. president. Saturn disciplines Jupiter’s penchant for overexpansion. Jupiter checks Saturn’s tendency toward restriction and crystallization.

Jupiter and Saturn conjoin in one element (either fire, earth, air or water) for a period of approximately 240 years, then they shift to the next element in sequence. An elemental shift is called a “Grand Mutation.” The next mutation occurs on December 19, 2020 at 0 Aquarius. 2020 also marks the Jupiter-Pluto and Saturn-Pluto conjunctions which strongly impact the USA’s chart. From 2014 to 2020, the USA will undergo a 6 year crisis.

Prior to the “Grand Mutation” in 2020, the year 2014 marks what could be the next economic depression in the USA. Robert Grover is presently doing a study on the USA’s current economic boom, the largest in its history. Grover has found that each time the USA suffered a great depression, Saturn was in the mid degrees of Capricorn in the USA chart in square to “heavy” planets in Aries - Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Mars. He notes the years within the 1780's, 1840's, 1870's and the 1930's as periods of economic dissolution in the USA.

A Grand Cardinal Cross is created when transiting Saturn squares Uranus, Neptune, Pluto or Mars in the aforementioned signs. The USA’s natal Cancer Sun is square Saturn in Libra. Thus, transiting planets in Capricorn and Aries need always be watched in the USA’s chart.

In 2014 Pluto in Capricorn squares natal Saturn. Pluto is also applying to a Pluto “Return.”

  1. Pluto Squares transiting Uranus in Aries
  2. Opposes the natal Cancer Sun
  3. The Sun is in natal square to Saturn
  4. Squares transiting Uranus
  5. transiting Uranus opposes natal Saturn

See Robert Grover's Saturn and the Great Depression

Fourteen years from now, as the baby boomers reach retirement age, a potential economic crisis in the USA will impact the whole. Baby Boomers now comprise the largest demographic group in the nation. This major demographic shift has been recognized by the U.S. government’s Department of Health and Welfare and was designated as “official” in January, 2000. By 2005, Boomers will begin withdrawing funds from their 401(K), stock market, and IRA plans. Instead of “investing-in,” a large number of individuals will begin “taking-out.” Social Security payouts will increase proportionately.

Those of us who have not planned prudently would do well to heed the lessons of the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in our natal charts. Locate Venus (ruler of Saturn) by house and sign. Note the aspects (if any). Study Pluto and Chiron’s transit through Sagittarius. How is this long-term transit affecting your economic and financial philosophy? Note where Saturn and Venus indicate the necessity for conserving. If this assessment reveals that you’ve hit your lowest point, take steps to prepare for 2014.

One manifestation of the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction is the revelation that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. This is nothing new. The Hegelian model of history, in short, sums up the human condition as a battle between the “haves” and the “have nots.”

Reports of a boom economy notwithstanding, the upper 10% of the USA’s population has raked in the majority of available capital during Clinton’s “economic boom” presidency. The Senate, in a rare moment of “conscience,” passed the minimum wage hike bill, but the House failed to act upon it. Instead, House Prosecutors focused on Clinton and Monica’s Plutonian parts while wasting tax dollars in a dead-end Impeachment trial. Regardless of how it “looks,” the working class and the disenfranchised are far worse off than they were in the 1970's.

The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Taurus not only impacts the stock market and its impact on the global economy (I think Greenspan will raise interest rates sometime before or during the Taurean planetary line up of May 3, 2000), it also focuses us on environmental issues.

Taurus is associated with money, agriculture, wild life management, minerals, gemstones, precious metals and other riches which can be mined from the earth. Saturn is associated with conservation and management.

In the last year and a half, since Saturn entered Taurus, more scientific attention has been placed on global warming. It is a fact that the South Pole’s ice cap is melting. Kiribati, the first country to greet the year 2000, will be underwater in less than 20 years if we don’t address this issue. The Saturn-Uranus square of the August 11, 1999 eclipse unleashed devastating earthquakes worldwide. El Nino and La Nina are lethal climatic catalysts that will change global weather dramatically over the next 20 years. Neptune, associated with oil, is now in Aquarius and, as the planet of denial and subterfuge, gas and oil companies are doing all they can to divert the public’s attention from the truth about global warming. It is easier to finance a car, even with bad credit, than it is to finance a hospital stay if you have no health insurance.

Uranus in Aquarius, and Neptune’s sojourn through the techno-innovative sign, guarantees new technologies that could mitigate the global warming crisis. However, gas and oil companies routinely buy up patents on new inventions that would free us from fossil fuel consumption. Their “rationale” is the safeguarding of the “stability of the global economy.”

CNN’s ongoing Millennium broadcasts of January 1, 2000 reported that in 50 to 100 years, 50 percent of all wildlife and plant species on earth will be extinct. There are many life forms we have yet to discover. Some of the plant species we are losing may be ones needed in discovering cures for Cancer and AIDS.

This is an extinction level event. On the surface it appears less dramatic than the impact of a comet or asteroid, but over time, the results may be the same. It is a direct result of over harvest of the rain forests in connection with toxic refuse produced by industry. Saturn’s current square to Uranus produces an explosive resistance to industry’s willingness to alter its habitual use of wood and paper products to package goods. The waste products created by over-packaging plays into the hands of Neptunian-Plutonian outbreaks of unknown viruses, such as the one that killed multitudes of birds in New York City in 1999. This outbreak spawned the spread of a rare form of Meningitis that infected the population on the East Coast.

Saturn in Taurus is about the prudent management of resources both financial and environmental. Jupiter in Taurus is about expansion and development of philosophy and laws which can safeguard our resources.

Pluto and Chiron’s sojourn through Sagittarius is the breakdown and exposure of centuries-old ideas that have brought us to the brink of disaster. The politics of greed vs. need; the oppression of the many in order to benefit the few; conflagrations over resources and religion are eruptions in the world collective shadow (Pluto). Perhaps Pluto’s inner excavation and Chiron’s exposure of the collective wound will assist in making the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction a more universally conscious transition.

Saturn is aligned with the door that separates personal consciousness or ego from the collective unconscious. Saturn is the last “inner” planet and as such, is the keeper of the gateway between the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter and the outer planets, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Saturn is the container, the physical body which encases limitless spirit. It is associated with boundaries, order, restriction, delay, denial, and permanence. Saturn sorts order from Uranian chaos. Saturn represents the Nation in its cohesive, structured form. It is also the amount of freedom a country allows its citizens. Saturn is the legal system of judgments and penalties as opposed to legal philosophy (Jupiter). Saturn is associated with civil servants and those who work within institutions to carry out the rules of order. Police and military personnel are responsible for “law and order.” Saturn is also what a nation reacts to -- it’s fears and the measure of force (police/military) employed to maintain the status quo.

Jupiter is aligned with values, beliefs, religion, philosophy, law, courts and churches. Jupiter’s is charity and welfare recipient payouts. It is social security payments, meals-on-wheels, the Jerry Lewis “Telethon,” and other manifestations of philanthropy. It is higher education and is associated with colleges and universities. The first universities were comprised of jesuits and priests who preserved the accumulated knowledge of the ages as a result of black plague outbreaks during the middle ages. From this legacy, Jupiter is also associated with the Pope and the Vatican, with university professors, preachers, ministers and rabbis. Law, which was once closely bonded to the church (until the U.S. Constitution separated church and state), has at its base the components that embody society’s mores. (Saturn is judgment and the carrying out of the penal code in criminal law). Book publishing, most particularly books that serve a “higher purpose,” are also associated with Jupiter.


“BOSTON, Jan. 19 - In these times of low unemployment and overnight stock market fortunes, 30 million Americans worry about where they will get their next meals, according to a new study.”

MSNBC Online

“An independent NASA report confirms that global surface temperatures are the warmest ever, exceeding 1995's record by 4/10ths of a degree.”

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies


“1998 OFFICIALLY THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD according to the World Meteorological Organization, a U.N. Agency.”

“The recently proposed FY 2000 Federal Budget contains a request for $4 billion for measures to help reduce the risk of global warming. This includes $3.6 billion for tax incentives to encourage the purchase of efficient homes, cars and appliances and $200 million for the previously proposed Clean Air Fund. The promotion of clean and efficient energy will also be funded.”

Week of January 17 through 20, 2000.









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