Full Moon October

The times they are a’changin!  How do we navigate them. Do you feel as if you’re being alchemised from who you thought you were, into who you truly are?

You might be, compliments of Pluto and Saturn!  I’ve written about these two quite a bit over the past few months, but due to them moving closer and closer towards their meeting point in January, I felt it might be helpful to write about them in more detail, so here goes… Grab a cuppa and join me on a journey of alchemy.


Many of us are aware of physical alchemy, which was practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and was concerned principally with attempting to discover methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life.

While physical alchemy may have died out, spiritual alchemy is alive and exerting its influence today, on our planet and in our private lives, particularly as Pluto and Saturn hang out together in the heavens.  Carl Jung taught that spiritual alchemy is about getting out of our own way, and freeing ourselves from our fears, beliefs and wounds, in order to allow our fullest potential to unfold. In other words, transmuting or removing the dross, to reveal our true essence, or the gold of our souls if you like.

If you’d like to read more about spiritual alchemy, this is an excellent article 


Pluto and Saturn are currently moving towards what we call a conjunction (they come together at the same degree) mid January 2020, an alignment which only happens once every 33 to 38 years. Most of us have been feeling this energy building for a lot of this year and will continue to feel it for most of next year, in varying degrees.


1914 – Start of the first World War

1947- Cold War began, International Monetary Fund formed, India and Pakistan Became Independent Nations, CIA was established

1982 – Stock Market Crash/ Reagan Recession/ Emergence of the “network of networks” that became the modern Internet.

For those of us who were born post 1982, this may represent the ending of one major cycle of change and transformation and the beginning of a new one, which possibly has threads back to the 80’s or back to around 1947, if you were born before then.


Saturn in Capricorn is all about establishing and controlling earthy structural systems. He is mythologically referred to as Father Time and is known as the ruler of Karma. In our birth charts, he tells us where we feel limited or fearful  and indicates how we learn our greatest life lessons. When he is actively involved in an alignment, either personally or collectively, we’re called upon to reassess our systems, structures and sense of responsibility, and to rise to a higher level of maturity and consciousness.  Saturn seeks perfection, order and erects structures and systems, in an effort to clean up excesses or obsessions.


Pluto is the planet of transformation and is associated with power systems of all kinds. He is connected to death, rebirth and regeneration – alchemy, in other words.  Energetically I see Pluto as the plumber of the zodiac, who digs down to reveal and clear out that which has been hidden, generally exposing the underbelly of whomever or whatever he touches.


It’s really anybody’s guess as to exactly what’s going to happen as a result of these two coming together (probably an instensification of what’s already happening)  but they have historically been connected with the collapse or crumbling of old, outmoded  or false structures and systems.

Another way of looking at it is the restructuring or re-strategising the way in which we work with Power.

Current societal & political systems, built upon post World War One principles and mentality are being seriously challenged and there is a collective yearning to awaken and restore society back into balance.

When this pair connect, things tend to get shaken up, as everything is tested for strength and resilience and everything that has been hidden or ignored is revealed. Structures that have been built on strong foundations will likely withstand the test, but those that haven’t, will likely not.


If, in your birth chart, you have your angles (Ascendant, Midheaven etc), Sun or Moon in Capricorn, you are likely to experience this most acutely.

You will also feel it if you have personal planets and angles in any of the other cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer and Libra.  An individual astrology reading will indicate where and how it plays out for you specifically.


  • What needs to be reassessed?
  • What needs to die, so something else can be reborn ?
  • On what do you base your sense of security, your sense of power ?
  • Where is your tap root – is it in the superficial, changing world, or in deeper eternal soil ?

If we work with these energies consciously, embracing the changes that are being asked of us, this can be a supremely creative, empowering, transformational transit. If we resist, continue to do the same things we’ve always done and refuse to budge, we might experience it in a more chaotic  and challenging way. The choice is ours.

The way I see it, we are being called upon to embrace a new way of thinking, a new way of being, a new way of working with power.  This whole alignment is being literalised for South Africans right now, with the huge issues in our electrical power grid, due to years of mismanagement (the crumbling of outmoded structures). It can also be seen globally, as old political, economic and religious structures crash and burn.


  • Find real and sustainable ways to stabilize and sustain ourselves in the midst of huge change
  • Find a tap root of security that is eternal and unchangeable, rather than relying on the transient nature of the material world.
  • Actively and consciously be the change we want to see in the world
  • Question and dissolve old, limiting, beliefs, unconscious patterns of behaviour and destructive illusions and move into a higher dimension of consciousness… it’s now time!

So, if you’re feeling squeezed or triggered, it’s for good reason!


The other part of all of this is that the karmic South Node is in the same sign as the Pluto Saturn.

To me, this suggests that we are being urged to move away from the rigid, weighty, linear, limited, blinkered, power-hungry, patriarchal way of doing things and move towards a place of compassion and nurturance of ourselves, others and Mother Earth. In other words, this is yet another call to more fully embrace and integrate the masculine and the feminine.


When big change beckons and as we witness the dissolution of old outmoded systems, it’s easy to get caught in a spiral of fear.  If, however, we connect with our true source of power, which is always there inside of us, in the present moment, this is an opportunity to move towards a more integrated, collaborative, empowered way of living.


When glass, wood, steel or chocolate are tempered, they’re put through specific processes, sometimes pressurised ones, in order to make them stronger and more resilient. Steel for example is tempered when its heated up and then quickly cooled. That’s what you see when blacksmiths stop hammering the sword on the anvil and plunge the glowing hot blade into a barrel of water).

If we go back even further to the older roots of the word, to “temper” something meant to prepare it specially, by carefully mixing in new ingredients to create balance.

We are being called upon to temper and tend our inner fires, as opposed to spinning around on the periphery, being pulled hither and thither by the crazy busy world in which we reside. This is a time when we are invited to make choices from our essence, rather than from our ego, to live from the centre of our beings which is the only place of true power.


  • Imagine that you have one hundred units of power at your disposal every day – how are you using them?
  • On a daily basis, to what and whom do you give your power? You could draw a pie graph if you like.
  • How often during the day do you send your power into the black holes of political, economic and societal chaos?
  • How much time do you spend wallowing in the past or projecting into the future?
  • What structures or systems could you introduce to remind yourself to bring your energy into the present moment (which is the only real power point there is)
  • What would help you to maintain and sustain your energy/power more optimally, so you have more of it to fire up your new intentions and endeavours.
  • If ALL of your energy, all of your power (or a high percentage of it) was available to you every day, what would you choose to do with it?
  • Is there any maintenance that can be done on your power grid?
  • Where and how can you re-mix the ingredients of your life to bring you back to your true empowered potential?

”When you realise that all structures are unstable, even the seemingly solid material ones, peace arises within you

The recognition of the impermanence of all forms awakens you to the dimension of formlessness within yourself” Eckart Tolle


John Homewood and I are currently running retreats and scheduling  retreats over the next year in different parts of South Africa and internationally, where we will be assisting people to optimise this energy and to make a real and lasting shift. If this appeals to you and you would like this in your area, drop me a line.


We still have a few spaces left on our retreat in the magical Hogsback – please consider joining us or share with anybody you think might benefit. (you can share this post on whatsapp by clicking the icon below.  We’ve put together a short video on what the  retreat is about and a link to the page with all the details below. 


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I have been consulting for 15 years as  a qualified Counselling Astrologer and Life Coach . My comprehensive readings open the door to deeper understanding and insight into yourself and help to illuminate the meaning and purpose of your life. They also help you to  navigate the current energies that are playing out collectively and personally.

We are currently experiencing huge planetary alignments,  which are calling on us to shift more than ever before.  If you would like to see how this is interacting with your personal chart, contact me to set up a consultation.



Let me know If you would like me to host me to do this 1.5 hour presentation, where I will introduce you to the ancient Art of Astrology and how you can use it as a tool to navigate your life. I will also explain the major planetary alignments that are currently forming, how they are likely to impact us and how best to work with and integrate them into our lives. SATURN & PLUTO, the planets of power and control, come together every 33–38 years, and when they do, their meeting has a deep impact on us personally and on  the world at large.  Lets chat