The Moon-Saturn said, "Something's going on," and I proceeded to tell her about Pluto and her conjunction. "How long will that be?" she asked.
"Sixteen years," I replied.
"Good! she exclaimed, delightedly (as delighted as a Moon-Saturn Cap can be)." She likes reality. Prefers it. She left laughing with her spirits high. Mine were too.
In perfect orchestration, Saturn is now slowing down, eventually to a standstill, while it stations and goes retrograde for the next two months and helps the world adjust to Pluto in Capricorn and a new outlook. Such timing. I often find that fears actually diminish when reality finally arrives.
But the most interesting addition is the long quincunx Saturn will make with Neptune in Aquarius, the weaver of dreams. This provides a stellar opportunity to deal with illusions, and with Neptune in America's 9th house square Mars, the country loves them. She idolizes her leaders making them into a sort of combination religious icon and Hollywood superstar, glittering into the Promised Land. That has its pleasures and purposes, but in Capricorn times, the illusions have a tendency to harden and solidify out of the gaseous vapors and take concrete form, often with a period of adjustment which we're in now. The bends can be avoided with gradual progression. Of course, some of the Aries-Mars types are impatient as always.
The quincunx gives society the opportunity to view the incoming leadership a little more accurately, although it's always an individual perception that suits each one's purpose. Our own picture of authority figures determines the view. What's even more interesting is that Saturn is conjunct USA Neptune while forming this configuration and will be in the Inaugural Chart, influencing the next four years. This indicates a longstanding problem that's due for correction as Saturn is retrograde in Virgo, the sign of repair and healing going back, inconjunct Neptune in Aquarius -- collective visions. Chiron is also conjunct for additional knowledge and healing, Saturn exactly on the midpoint. Some realism does seem to be in order. In my case, I could turn my intense dislike of politicians into a moderate one. Progress I can believe in.
It gets even more interesting ... Saturn in the Inaugural is in the 5th house with the South Node in Leo curtailing the habit of over-elevating leadership. The new president, amazingly, has Mars conjunct US Neptune square Mars, so the energy and surgical precision are there in case people want to peek through the clouds a bit and see leaders for what they are -- people doing specific jobs. Humans. Doing something productive with my tax money. Hopefully. I can still dream a little.
So I'm going to follow the lead of my Moon-Saturn wise one and invite reality in, even suspend judgement for a minute so I can see what it's like. Get to know it. Of course, judgement comes under Saturn's auspices so when it returns, I plan to use it with perspicuity.