Power & Control: Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Power Play of 2020

That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta
8 min readJun 30, 2020

And so we’ve reached the end. This week marks our completion of the Cancer/Capricorn Eclipse cycle, a cycle we will not see again until its inversion in 2027. Capricorn has been a tough place to be, a crowded house cluttered with weighty outer planets and until very recently, the Moon’s slightly stale South Node. As if these planetary aspects (inside and out) weren’t enough on their own, the eclipse axis electrified them into activating on a whole new level.

But it’s not really as simple as all that, and the word “end” feels incredibly inefficient to describe this event.

We’re not entirely done with Capricorn: the South Node moved out mid-May, but Saturn’s retrograde pulls it back into its home sign this week and Jupiter and Pluto perfect their retrograde conjunctions this Tuesday, all ahead of the Full Moon Penumbral Eclipse on Sunday. While these transits are about to give us a good hard look at our structures of power and control — structures which will likely remain on their last (sturdy) legs until Pluto enters the purifying waters of Aquarius — we’ll at least have a new perspective once the Eclipse cycle closes.

Jupiter, the King of Expansion, is astrology’s generous grandfather: he’s traveled the world, collected all the stories and wealth from every corner of the universe, and wants nothing more than to share his riches with those he loves. And like his namesake, the father of countless gods and heroes and lover of innumerable beauties, Jupiter loves everyone. But Capricorn, with all its rigidity and structure, is the sign of Jupiter’s fall. It poses so many rules on what, when, and how that Jupiter is barely recognizable as the Greater Benefic that he is. He’s spent much of his time in Capricorn trying to unknot our ties to scarcity behind the scenes; it’s an exhausting job considering how thoroughly we’ve internalized lack. This may be due in part to Pluto’s presence in the sign of Institutionalized Business, drawing attention to the many ways we’ve closed ourselves to wealth and surrendered our power to Big Business without a second thought.

In early April, when this aspect perfected for the first time this year, many of us were in full-scale freakout mode: we were out of work, furloughed or outright fired, unsure of how to take care of daily needs let alone the lifestyle we’d built for ourselves. Restaurants were closed, Amazon was redefining Snail Mail, and every conceivable modern…

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That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta

Fairlie Theta is a professional astrologer and a lifelong student of esoterica, marrying symbolism, semiotics, and psychology || See more at ThatAstrologer.com