By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, May 2003

Saturn & Pluto

Current events have resulted in this astrologer’s being frequently asked, “What’s happening in the sky, and when will it lighten up?”

Saturn and Pluto have been in a lingering opposition to each other ever since early September 2001. Various other planets have triggered this configuration, therefore adding their own influences to it. The Saturn-Pluto opposition will finally ease up in May 2003.

During this time, if each conscious person on the path of truth utilizes the positive potentials inherent in these planets and the constellations they are currently transiting, we can change from the lower path of primal instinct to a more effectual path of enlightenment.

The higher potentials of Saturn are self-discipline, maturity, wisdom, prudence, patience, caution, perseverance, tenacity, circumspection, consolidation, and preservation. The lower potentials of Saturn are limitation, delay, obstruction, negativity, impediments, resistance and contraction.

The higher potentials of Pluto are creation, purification, transformation, rebirth, regeneration, resurrection, sharing resources, and wise use of metaphysical powers. The lower potentials of Pluto are intense ruthless violence, deliberate cruelty, death, forced dominance over others, destruction, sexual excesses, abuse of occult powers and selfish exploitation of shared resources.

Pluto’s energies must be wielded with great care, utilizing Saturn’s caution, wisdom and maturity.

Saturn has been in the sign Gemini during these arduous times. It has offered lessons in overcoming perceptions of duality which polarize people, or nations from each other. Even if one side of ourselves is an adversary against the other side, as long as we struggle with our “dark” side, it continues to struggle against the “light”. Perhaps this is why 3,000 years ago it was written in the I Ching, “The best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.”

Gemini governs the mind and the word. Even the Bible starts with, “In the beginning was the Word.” To use words with Saturn’s wisdom is to discipline the mind, hence adding “mana” to right resolution. The power of prayer, affirmation and mantra is imperative.

Pluto has been in the sign Sagittarius, governing religion, philosophy, long-distance travel and courts. The “holy wars”, wherein opponents assert that their religion is the only valid path, are expressions of this transit. Perhaps a more civilized and evolved expression is for all to respect all others, and to consecrate intent to the Highest Good of all beings, making collective benefit a priority. With self-effort, this Saturn-Pluto opposition can yield transformed minds and spirits into a much higher and wiser level.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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