Were you born in the year 1989? Well, you’re a part of a very special generation: one that has Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune all conjunct in Capricorn. Only people born in this year specifically have this three-way conjunction because even though Saturn remained in Capricorn through 1990, it was too far away from Uranus during that year to be conjunct. Yet, 1989 was when all of these stars aligned, for the entire year. Yes, this stellium is a part of my chart, with Saturn and Neptune falling into the 12th. Whatever house the Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction falls in is where the issues of the stellium are going to manifest in that life area in a very powerful, focused way. We’ve got a few more years, my fellow 1989 folks, until our Saturn Return. So, we might as well learn these lessons now, ahead of time.
Let’s take Saturn in Capricorn, first and foremost. Now, this is a dignified placement; the ruling planet of Capricorn. But, I always say that dignified placements can be, in the words of Charles Dickens, the best of times and the worst of times. They can make you really skilled in the areas of this planet but they can also make you express this planet really excessively. With Saturn in Capricorn, there can be a huge amount of maturity but this can also make for a person who is very easily stressed. I feel like Capricorn Saturn people my age were born to be stressed out. As fate would have it, we’ve all started becoming adults and entering the real world as Pluto has been transiting Capricorn, putting a lot on our plates. Pluto in Capricorn has been all about the dramas of career insecurity, unemployment, rising debt, and crowded job markets. So, of course, this is how the real world welcomes my generation in: by fully showing us just how terrible and stressful it can be.
We shouldn’t be so quick to blame, though, as it’s done nothing but emphasize our ability to be pessimistic. Even the most optimistic Capricorn Saturn folks have a horribly grouchy pessimist inside of them, always waiting to release a heavy, stressed-out sigh. Saturn represents what we worry about. And with Saturn in Capricorn, worrying is something that just fuels itself. We can worry about everything and then worry about worrying. The greater influence Saturn has in your chart, the truer this will be. For me, as such a Saturn-heavy person, anxiety is something that can just become an endless loop, if I let it. And I’ve noticed in my born-in-1989 peers that no matter what good times roll, there is this sense of us waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s a fatalistic, fuck-my-life attitude that can end up making everything about being a grown-up just seem depressing. This either leads to you exhausting yourself by being overly responsible or veering toward irresponsibility because you feel like you’re going to be screwed, no matter what.
After all, Saturn in Capricorn people are not flawlessly responsible. I don’t think any Saturn sign is. And I’ve noticed in myself that Capricorn Saturn can choose to be very responsible, in certain ways, in order to avoid responsibility, in other ways. Again, this all depends on the house placement. I’ve also seen this contradiction in many friends of mine: being very adult, in one sense, but still having a pretty regressive or immature side. It’s as if Saturn in Capricorn knows how hard life is so well that we just want to pick and choose our struggles, instead of embracing all of the struggles. For some, they might be really excellent at paying their bills, holding down a steady job, and being financially responsible. But, they might be terrible at dealing with feelings of depression or being fully accountable for their decisions in life. For others, they might be very internally mature and self-aware but they work on their minds and souls but much more than their careers. They may be old souls and everything yet really struggle to be a very substantial, esteemed person in society.
So, our pending Saturn Return is going to show us where we’re mature and where we’re not. For those born in 1989, the Saturn Return’s going to happen sometime in 2018. This will be a time when the effectiveness of your choices are revealed to you. Saturn in Capricorn can be way too busy seeing obstacles and setbacks in the world that they don’t see them in themselves. So, if you’re the real-world type of Capricorn Saturn, you’re going to be faced with issues that bring out your depression, your anxiety, your feelings of hopelessness. You will have to mature on an internal level, figuring out just how you can better organize your mind in ways that allow you to have more command over your life. If you’re the inner-world type of Capricorn Saturn, you’re going to be tested in outer ways. Sure, you might be very introspective and wise but can all of that hold up with other people, out in society? Are you using those inner resources to build the most effective, empowering life you can? You’ll have to stop seeing yourself as the downtrodden person that the real world keeps crapping on. You’ve got to do everything in your power to succeed.
Either way, issues around failure are going to arise, if they’re not dealt with before the Saturn Return. Saturn in Capricorn is really scared of failing, especially if the Saturn influence is strong in the chart. And that’s eventually going to be a self-fulfilling, self-defeating thing. It doesn’t help that we’re the first group to really come of age during the era of Facebook. It’s a common theory that Facebook makes people’s lives look way better than they actually are. But, the 1989-born Capricorn Saturn folks are very aware of this image that’s being projected and can constantly judge themselves against the status of others’ lives. Whether you feel like a failure because life seems like a party to everyone else and you’re secretly depressed or because everyone seems to be living like such an adult and you feel stagnant and unimportant, these are things that need to be addressed. It’s important for Saturn in Capricorn to understand that the only failure is not making an attempt.
Now, we all have Saturn conjunct Uranus in Capricorn. So, this fear of failure can come from a sense of being on the outside looking in. Saturn conjunct Uranus can bring huge worries over being a freak, of everyone thinking you’re a weirdo. Since the conjunction’s in Capricorn, this is a wider ranging thing, concerning your entire peer group and society. Everyone in this generation cares a lot what we all think but, for some of us, there can be a desire to break away from this. Going back to Facebook, the ideas of likes and friends can become a ridiculously big deal for people my age. It’s as if we’re accustomed to everything we do and say being subject to approval or disapproval. And it’s the disapproval that can be really crippling, in just about any context.
Again, this can split us off into two different groups. There can be the ones of this generation who are so convinced that they’ll be disapproved of that no effort is made to fit in. In fact, Saturn conjunct Uranus can cause a person to do immature, irresponsible things to prove that they don’t need to fit in. This can make them really provocative or really defiant and willful, in a difficult way that makes them harder to deal with in group settings. And this can eventually limit their potential for success (Capricorn). But, you can also get the Saturn conjunct Uranus person who tries too hard to fit in, at the expensive of their more free-spirited impulses. They try painstakingly to be buttoned-up and straitlaced but it keeps shooting them in the foot. They don’t find it inspiring to live this way and it cuts them off from a lot of potential ideas, which actually makes them less accomplished and successful. Besides, that wild and crazy element of them keeps finding ways to creep out...
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Saturn conjunct Uranus actually gives all of us who were born in 1989 a responsibility to experiment (Uranus) with all sorts of goals (Saturn). There is an amazing open-mindedness I’ve noticed amongst my peer group. No vision, no objective, is too crazy or too out-there for us to think of achieving, so long as we have all of the tools that we need to achieve them. And this actually gives us an inherent rebelliousness against what’s already been established, particularly regarding our parents. We’re not a group that really listens to our parents, especially if there are significant Uranus aspects to the inner planets. Sure, many young people don’t but most of those in this group certainly don’t. The advice they’re giving us is based on a path that’s already been established. But, the goal for the Saturn conjunct Uranus in Capricorn generation is to work very hard (Saturn) toward doing something different (Uranus) in the world. So, rebelling is a part of adulthood for us.
In order to do this, we’ve got to become more mature in our understanding of group dynamics. Our Saturn Return will test us to see how we’ve learned the balance in collaboration and individualism. Saturn conjunct Uranus in Capricorn means that we have to labor by ourselves to come up with unique visions for the future while also being willing to work alongside others. It has to be about teamwork and not being a rebel without a cause. But, we also have to be willing to cause some dissent and not just do and say things to remain a part of the group. This is what will allow us to push our innovations forward in more effective ways. I do believe that I’m a part of a group that can really change the world. We’ve been so raised on technology and it’s up to us to show people all the different ways in which technology can be a tool to help push movements and causes forward.
Saturn conjunct Uranus also needs to liberate us from any prejudices and narrow-mindedness of the past. We are being irresponsible, with this placement, if we allow ourselves to pass the buck of hatred and intolerance. So, a big part of our maturity process will be making sure we’re free of these ignorant judgments of others who are different from us, realizing that they're inevitably just like us. Again, this will be an issue that arises during the Saturn Return, if it’s not already dealt with. We all also have Saturn conjunct Neptune in Capricorn. This makes us a very empathetic, very spiritual generation. Yet, many in this group can be really oblivious to this higher awareness. It can seem so much easier to just adapt to a world that’s cruel and selfish and unimaginative. But, this is a choice that will haunt us with deep guilt and with a longing for something that’s beyond this world.
It’s a contradictory aspect because Saturn is about limits and Neptune knows no boundaries. So, with people my age, I’ve noticed either one or two things. Saturn conjunct Neptune can make those of this group limit themselves by living in very boring, overly realistic ways, especially since it’s in Capricorn. There can be those with this aspect with so much imagination and creativity and inspiration inside of them but who are letting it wither away by staying stuck in the little box that the “real world” wants them to be in. And this is secretly driving them more and more insane, as they’re only doing what is expected of them. Yet, there can also be those who seem to know absolutely no limits. But, they’re not nearly realistic enough, chasing after their goals (Saturn) in ways that make them seem very deluded (Neptune). As inspired as their life path may be, it can easily become aimless and disappointing if it’s not backed by anything concrete.
Therefore, our lesson with Saturn conjunct Neptune in Capricorn is to mature by making our fantasies concrete. This not only means following our dreams in ways that are practical and sensible but seeing the practicality and sense in our dreams. This is a combination that creates a generation who believes that anything can be achieved. It doesn’t matter what you want to be: if you imagine it, you can make it real. So, we have to discard anything within us that cripples us by telling us that our fantasies are just stupid daydreams and nothing to take seriously. Saturn conjunct Neptune, especially in Capricorn, is about taking your fantasies seriously. And when our Saturn Return arrives, if you haven’t learned how to do this, you’ll be forced to look at your unhappiness over it.
This objective is often achieved by going into the arts, in some way, as having a career as an actor, writer, singer, etc. is the perfect way to make something real out of your imagination. Saturn conjunct Neptune also benefits from playing close attention to their nightly dreams, understanding that these aren’t just random images but important messages to be listened to. They will only make you wiser. We are being tasked to go deeper into the mysterious realms of our beings and of the Universe itself. It can be quite terrifying to some people with this aspect and there is a common and profound worry about losing one’s mind. But, that can make us even more neurotic. I’ve noticed amongst my friends who are of this group, as well as with myself, that there can be really overwhelming phobias, aversions, and habits that are always popping up. It can get so random and irrational that it actually makes you look like your screws need some tightening. In the end, this is the unconscious part of ourselves that we try to control but emerges anyway. The best method is to not fight it and allow this part of your nature to enrich you and make you a better person.
Developing and expressing empathy is a true responsibility here. It can manifest in small ways like just being a compassionate ear for a friend to vent to. But, it can also be in more tangible, structural ways, like doing all sorts of charity work. That’s the perfect outlet for Saturn conjunct Neptune people because it gives us a way to express empathy but within certain boundaries. Volunteering at animal shelters, hospitals, homeless shelters, or anything else that’s healing toward other living beings will help you to develop as an adult. You harbor all of this guilt about what you’re not doing for the world. Well, selfless acts like this are the best way to overcome these problems.
As you can see, being of the Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunct in Capricorn generation is a really remarkable thing and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it. This stellium, when we were born, was an incredibly rare event. I believe that my peer group has something great to bring to the world. I think we’re all definitely still figuring out what that is but if we do now, we won’t have to suffer through our Saturn Return so much in a few years. We’ll just be reaping the positives that we’ve sown.