A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE OPPOSITION PHASE OF THE JUPITER-SATURN 20 YEARS CYCLE

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This multiple portrait by Tiziano (1490 ? – 1576) is called ‘Allegory of Time governed by Prudence’. The painter depicted himself, the old man on the left, his middle-aged son Orazio and his young nephew Marco, as an allegory of Old Age, Maturity and Youth. The totem animals, the Wolf, the Lion and the Dog, were known symbols for Past, Present and Future. In the dark background we can read the Latin inscription: “EX PRAETERITO PRAESENS PRUDENTER AGIT, NI FUTURUM ACTIONE DETURPET”, meaning: “From the Past, the Present acts prudently, lest it spoils Future action”.

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2010/11 JUPITER-SATURN OPPOSITON AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS

On May 23 Jupiter has finally reached the long awaited opposition to Saturn. This is a major step in the Synodical Cycle of these giants of the Solar System, the Chronocrators or Time Markers of ancient Astrology. Due to retrogradation the same aspect will be repeated on August 17, 2010, with Jupiter in early Aries and Saturn in early Libra (02 degrees) and, again, on March 29, 2011, with Jupiter in mid Aries and Saturn in mid Libra (14 degrees).
Like the Moon when she reaches the full phase, Jupiter now has reached its full phase in relation to Saturn, thus also beginning their cycle’s waning period that will last until December 21, 2020, when the next conjunction is due on 0° 29′ Aquarius.
Many different astrological traditions ascribed great importance to the mutual aspects of Jupiter and Saturn since very early times, with particular emphasis on the conjunction and opposition. We shouldn’t forget that, before the ‘discovery’ of Uranus in the late 18th century, and later on of Neptune, Pluto, Chiron and the various Plutoids or Dwarf Planets, Jupiter and Saturn were the most distant planets we consciously knew about, therefore their cyclical interaction was naturally deemed significant for the destiny of people and nations.
The conjunction is considered the start of the whole cycle and also of an upward trend in world affairs, while the opposition is the culmination or climax of the whole period and also the beginning of a downward trend. The impact of this particular opposition could be indeed very great considering that Jupiter is, at the same time, also conjunct Uranus, a planet that always lives up to his reputation of harbinger of major changes.
Why Jupiter, archetype of plenty and good luck, should be involved in an economic recession or depression, some may ask? Well, the eternal dance of Jupiter-Saturn, now closing up on each other, now separating, make them exchange energies and, at times, take one the colour of the other, so expansion follows contraction and so on.  At conjunction time, for instance, Jupiter coming onto Saturn impart on Saturn his own sense of optimism and the vision of future possibilities for improvement and gain. People then tend to spend more, feel more confident about the market economy, saving less, consuming more, thus creating, for a time, greater demand for goods and services. Great recent examples are the economic boom and financial optimism that pervaded the world in the early 1980s (Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Libra in 1981) followed by the more pragmatic and critical early 1990s (Jupiter opposing Saturn between 1989 and 1991), when, in the words of the then Finance Minister and future Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating, we experienced the ‘recession we had to have”. Or the optimism at the start of the New Millennium (the 2000′s Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Taurus, both square Uranus in Aquarius, warning of the risks of unchecked expansion) that pre-dated the present period of uncertainty and lack of confidence, with fear we all share of not being able to pay back the debts we incurred in more optimistic times. Like the Full Moon, every month, is the time for experiencing the success or failure of the activities and aspirations of the waxing semi-cycle, so the Full Phase of Jupiter opposing Saturn is the time to rip what we have sown in the previous ten years. A scary thought for many!
Some countries, like China and India, are still enjoying their boom, but the financial pundits are already warning of the risks involved in this unchecked growth. These fast growing economies will have also to begin slowing down soon, in order to avoid the same pitfalls western countries have fallen into due to the same recklessness and greed.
So, if we hoped the world’s financial vows to be over or, at least, mending, we need indeed to think again. The general predictions for this opposition are gloomy, especially because it is just one aspect of a number that also seem to indicate negative trends. One of the most significant is the slow transit of Pluto in Capricorn (for the next fifteen years), indicating the ongoing need to radically change the way we do business with each other and also the use and abuse we make of Planet Earth’s natural resources. There will be tax and banking reforms, and those will not   happen without the sacrifice and loss of some of the security, comfort and even luxuries we have become accustomed to. The effect of Pluto in Capricorn will be certainly amplified by the 90 degrees angles this planet is receiving or will soon be receiving from Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, the latter remaining active for a long time (last exact square Uranus-Pluto will be on May 21, 2013). Another transit that cannot be separated from the Jupiter-Saturn’s opposition is, of course, the ongoing opposition of Saturn to Uranus, active, at least, until September, October 2010.
The Jupiter-Saturn opposition is the culmination or climax of a cycle that began in the year 2000, before 9/11 changed everything, and will end only in 2020. Now this Twenty-Twenty has been a mantra-year on many lips, since the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009, because it is in that far off year that many countries agreed to meet their reduction targets. Judging from the present transits it seems to me that we may have to wait that long perhaps to see real and lasting improvements of the present situation. The next conjunction will be at the gate of Aquarius (zero degree) and will herald the beginning of a more democratic and humanitarian trend in world affairs. Symbolically that 2020 Jupiter-Saturn conjunction could sanction our official ingress into the Aquarian Age.
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A STUDY OF THE JUPITER-SATURN OPPOSITION, 1800-2010

What has impressed many astrologers in a negative way is the fact that an eerily similar configuration, involving Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, was active between 1929 and 1933, when Jupiter opposed Saturn in Capricorn (in July 1930, January and June 1931), becoming also conjunct Pluto in Cancer during the last pass of the opposition in June 1931. While the opposition and conjunction were in force all three planets involved, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, were also in square to Uranus in Aries.
The two Charts shown below demonstrate the similarities: at the top is the historical configuration of 1931 (calculated for June 11), the middle of the greatest socio-economic depression the world had ever experienced in modern times; and, at the bottom, the present configuration (May 23, 2010). Both Charts were calculated for the time of the Jupiter-Saturn opposition. I have on purpose avoided to show the Sun, Moon, other Planets and House divisions, to  make the configuration more evident. As you can seen in the present Chart Uranus has taken the place of Pluto near Jupiter, while the other players are found in the same relative position to each other. A difference is the Quincunx or Inconjunct aspect between Saturn and Neptune, important part of the present configuration and often, as astrologer Fabienne Lopez has pointed out, overlooked because of the other more powerful transits active at the same time.


These are all-powerful testimonies that the world is now faced with challenges that, when seen in a historical perspective, point to socio-economic difficulties and the need to change our fundamental attitudes in the area of spending, saving and debts in general. More control will become necessary (Saturn) to avoid the consequences of unchecked corporate and financial institutions’ greed (Jupiter). While Uranus and Pluto may force the situation in the way big wind storms and revolutions (Uranus), earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or wars (Pluto) tend to upset and permanently alter the landscape, in radical and unpredictable ways.
What is true for governments is also true for individuals. In the coming two to three years everyone will be well advised to reduce spending and, particularly, avoid as much as possible to rely on high-interest loans. It would probably be hard enough to pay off the debts many have incurred in years of unfounded optimism. All those powerful transits will force us to make adjustments to our living habits. Of course this will prove more true for those amongst us who will receive a direct hit from these planetary configurations, having them aligned to the Sun, the Moon, the Ascendant/Midheaven axis, or any of the Personal Planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars), or their ruling Planet. Especially vulnerable to the impact of these transits are those who are going through one of the cyclical transits of Saturn, in particular the people born around 1981-82, 1951-52 and 1922-23, who are now, or in the next year, going through a Saturn Return. This will be for them a time to remember, a life-changing epoch, due to the connection of Saturn with all the planets beyond his orbits, Chiron-Uranus (opposition), Pluto (square) and Neptune (quincunx), the great transformers.
For those students of Mundane Astrology who want to pursue the study of the Jupiter opposition Saturn in history, I’m adding below, in chronological order, 15 more Charts, all cast at the time of a Jupiter-Saturn’s opposition, since 1802, including the next two passes in August 2010 and March 2011. The months and years the past Charts cover are considered periods of economic downturns, some more severe than others. You will find that more than one pass of some of the oppositions are shown, because of the interesting transits active at the time. I have excluded from this list only the 1931 Great Depression opposition and the first pass of the 2010 opposition, already shown above.
Let’s take, for instance, the years 1811-1812, when Austria declared itself bankrupt, Britain began adopting paper money to ease its economic crisis, while all over industrialised Europe textile manufacturers were cutting wages and also replacing more and more workers with ever more efficient machines, causing workers riots, strikes and consequent heavy-handed repression. Those were the years when breaking a piece of machinery in a factory could cost a worker his or her life, because laws were created to make these offences punishable by death or deportation to the colonies. The Napoleonic Wars were changing the nature of trade in Europe and there was severe loss of trade between the USA and Europe.
Another very striking example is  the Jupiter-Saturn’s opposition of 1833 that heralded the huge economic downturn of 1834 and beyond. This occurred while Jupiter and Saturn were transiting the same Signs (Pisces-Virgo), on the very same degree of the May 2010 transit (!!!), and were also in aspect to Pluto (Jupiter conjunct, Saturn opposed) like is happening now, with Jupiter and Saturn both in square to Pluto. Or the long-lasting opposition Jupiter-Saturn that became active between 1870 to 1872, years that saw the national bond market to collapse in America, following the great Chicago, Minneapolis and St.Paul fire of 1871, that caused many Insurance Companies to go bankrupt bringing down with them many businesses and individuals. Other examples, in brief:
♦The global downturn of the early 1890s, marked by the Jupiter opposition Saturn, again in Pisces-Virgo.
♦The wage salary freeze of the early 1950s when many European countries, in particular those that had ‘lost’ the war, were desperately trying to rebuild their shattered economies and another opposition Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo occurred (April 10 1951), again on the same degree (27th) of the present one. A record peacetime deficit was recorded in the USA in 1952.
♦The widespread economic slowdowns of the 1970s and 1990s, with the opposition happening respectively between Jupiter in Scorpio and Saturn in Taurus (1969/70), and Jupiter in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn (1989/90).

Even a cursory look at these Charts, 20 years apart from each other, would suffice to reveal some fascinating correspondences, the types of synchronicity events that make Astrology worthwhile studying.


If you have found this post interesting, please check my next one, where I’ll review the significance of the Jupiter-Saturn cycle according to some very old tradition correlating it with greater cycles, covering hundreds of years of human development.


Articles of interest:

MILSON BLACK = file:///C:/Users/Pali/Documents/aaa%20ASTROLOGIA/aaa%20MY%20OPUS/aaa%20LIVING%20MOON%20BLOG/MY%20POSTS/GLOBAL%20TRANSITS%20ARTICLES/Milson%20Black.htm

PETER BURNS = http://marketdirection.info/?page_id=2

EH CAZINI = http://ehcazimi.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/the-jupiter-saturn-opposition-and-the-jovian-mix/

KATHRYN CASSIDY = http://2morro2day.blogspot.com/2009/11/property-cycle-200910.html

FABIENNE LOPEZ = http://skywriter.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/the-final-neptune-saturn-quincunx-and-its-role-in-our-economy/

RICHARD NOLLE = file:///C:/Users/Pali/Documents/aaa%20ASTROLOGIA/aaa%20MY%20OPUS/aaa%20LIVING%20MOON%20BLOG/MY%20POSTS/GLOBAL%20TRANSITS%20ARTICLES/2010-all.html

RECESSION & RECOVERY = http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-86745807.html