On December 27th, 2012, Saturn at 9 degrees Scorpio sextiles Pluto at 9 degrees Capricorn in a rare mutual reception, -- as each planet occupies the other's sign. Let’s take a closer look at the concept of a mutual reception. Imagine swapping lives with a person from another class, culture or country. A fine example is Mark Twain’s ingenious story, The Prince and the Pauper (and it is synchronic that our attention is lately drawn to the UK’s Prince’s wife Kate’s morning sickness, which puts the royals in the same human category of concern as every couple, rich or poor, who’s ever conceived a child, and needs help). In the story, a London pauper swaps identities with Prince Edward, turning many lives upside down as a result. And by swapping identities, each learns more about who they each are at their core.
Saturn teaches us responsibility, to step up to the plate and behave as adults. Pluto demands transformation. These are astrology’s two “heaviest” energies because they require obedience to material and cosmic laws, as the planets of karma and rebirth.
In discussing Pluto, Dr. Oskar Adler quotes Schiller: “The old is overthrown, time changes; and a new life out of the ruins grows.” Adler wrote of Saturn-Pluto aspects: “Conscience steadily reminds of past guilt. One struggles to attain a good conscience. Hard aspects show the pains and darkness of this struggle, soft ones the blessings of hard earned victory.” Adler called Pluto in Capricorn a time of counter-revolution: “tendencies originate for a practical life conduct opposed to all utopias, guided by the key of a reality that does not want to risk good for something questionably better. One wants to apply lessons learned from past mistakes, to gain firm ground."
The expediency and pragmatism of this sextile can help governments restructure debt, taxes and regulate corporations and banks. Effectively managing resources on global scales can limit destructive potentials. This sextile also urges us to explore our own drives, rectify karmic patterns, and learn from mistakes, to build a better life for future generations. If we accept the need to evolve, to purge ourselves of the dross of past misdoings, this can be a time of great reconciliation and reformation.
Let us labor together in earnest -- a new birth awaits!
 Visit http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1984.html for examples of this energy.
 The last Saturn/Pluto mutual reception was in 1277 to 1278.
 The Testament of Astrology, Seq. 3 (‘World of the Planets and Man’); Lecture 11
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