Saturday Extra: Saturn Square Pluto and Relationship Pitfalls


This topic just won’t leave me alone. New thoughts keep creeping up from the depths of my twelfth-house Mercury in Scorpio and asking to be shared, perhaps because controlling behaviors (Pluto) can devastate our one-on-one relationships (Libra).

The second exact square between Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn takes place January 31, another reason this subject in on my mind. Pluto in Capricorn has a strong need to be seen as the top dog in any given situation, while Saturn in Libra keeps reminding him of the importance of fairness and equity. The potential for conflict between these ideas is quite apparent. If we insist on being in control, it is darn hard to practice fairness and equity, isn’t it?

The beauty of the square between planets is how sharply the qualities of the signs involved are brought into focus. Supporting the potential for clarity with the current Saturn-Pluto square in Libra and Capricorn is the fact Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is exalted in Libra. Most of us who have worked with modifying behaviors know how important it is to be patient and forgiving of ourselves, because it is a process, often taking many years of vigilance – how Saturn is that! Pluto offers us the strength to go deep, deep into the dark corners of our beings and turn on the lights. From personal experience, I know how what appeared to be a huge monster in the dark can be reduced to something manageable in the light. Truly.

Often the tricky part is not learning to see controlling behaviors in others, but acknowledging it in ourselves. It’s time to look in the mirror, into our own eyes and say, “Yes, I did and do behave like that.” That is the first step. For those of us with Pluto dominating our charts, the next step is often the need to dig around in our emotional basements and figure out why we are driven to control our interactions with others. This is an ongoing, often frustrating but ultimately freeing experience. One of the best sources for help in this area can be found at Donna Cunningham’s blog, Sky Writer. She has many resources listed on her sidebar worth exploring.

Between now and August 21, when Saturn and Pluto meet for their third and final square, we will have plenty of reminders and opportunities to learn more about this topic. In other words, it is not going away any time soon. Fun, huh?! :::grin:::

Libra always seeks balanceposted by Diane . . .

Image: I couldn’t resist the obvious metaphor of the return of the light on a winter’s dawn and the new beginnings possible after lighting up the dark places within each of us.

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2 responses to “Saturday Extra: Saturn Square Pluto and Relationship Pitfalls

  1. Does Saturn Square Pluto Spell Doom for My Relationships?

    I am a Libra woman with a challenging natal chart:

    Sun in Libra
    Moon in Libra
    Mercury in Virgo
    Venus in Leo
    Mars in Pices
    Jupiter in Virgo
    Saturn in Scorpio
    Uranus in Leo
    Neptune in Leo
    Lilith in Aquarius
    Asc Node in Scorpio
    Ascendant in Cancer.

    I have always had the most complex love life–I no longer feel that I can even begin to identify the best potential mate for myself. The most significant,lasting and comfortable relationship was with an Aries…but factors outside of ourselves doomed that relationship. Then there was a Sagitarius who completely rocked my world for a decade off and on…but could never commit..and caused me the greatest joy and pain I ever had. Then I was engaged to a Virgo out of desperation, but he bored me to tears and I cut that off before we married. Then, I stopped dating for 12 years, convinced that my SATURN SQUARE PLUTO would simply wreck anything anyway.

    My sun conjuncts my moon
    Mercury conjuncts Jupiter
    Mercury sextiles Saturn
    Mercury opposes my Midheaven
    Venus is Square Saturn
    Venus sextiles Neptune
    Venus conjuncts Pluto
    Mars opposes Jupiter
    Mars Trines my Ascendant
    Jupiter sextiles my Ascendant
    Saturn trines Uranus
    SATURN SQUARES PLUTO
    Saturn Trines Midheaven
    Uranus Trines Midheaven
    Neptune Sextiles Pluto

    Now, I am ready to try dating again. I just met a Gemini man, but was concerned when I saw that he was born during a Venus retrograde period….he seems interested but a bit distant, perhaps even depressed?

    I don’t know….any suggestions, revelations or general interpretations are welcome and much appreciated.

    Lonely Libra

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