A family with everything, reduced to virtually nothing, Schitt’s Creek is a show that empowers from the ground up. The Rose family had fame, money and socialite contacts wrapped up in a facade that it would last forever. A shady deal left them financially bankrupt and living in a motel in a town they had bought as a joke.
From the ashes of destruction and the pain of transformation, they are rewarded in ways they couldn’t have imagined in their previous lives. They are each transformed for the better as they lean into the care and connections of family and community.
Part 1 of this series walks through the treacherous terrain that is the Saturn-Pluto cycle, while Part 2 details the Saturn-Pluto lineage passed down from Eugene to Dan, father to son. Part 3 will explore the astrology of Schitt’s Creek and how it is the Saturn – Pluto love child continuing on this Levy legacy.
TURTLES DO NOT PETS MAKE
Power lost is power gained in Schitt’s Creek
Saturn–Pluto upheavals happen, just like it did to the Rose family. A metaphorical bomb goes off that causes irrevocable change. The facade buffering the frailty of security is exposed, raw. We can build walls to protect ourselves from life’s harsh reality, but Saturn–Pluto contacts will push us beyond our known boundaries into new territory.
While the Roses desperately cling to their lost class status, the citizens of Schitt’s Creek have a delightful way of exposing what their bubble of wealth had shielded them from. Having too much money often means you’re no longer managing it yourself and while losing it you’ve likely lost sight of more than just your bank balance. The power and opportunities embedded in class confront the Roses in every interaction, forcing them to see themselves as an integral part of life and community, not as something above or removed.
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN CROWS WERE OUR FRIENDS
Schitt’s Creek is born to run…into a Saturn-Pluto cycle
We all have a static chart even though the sky is in constant motion. People, events, countries all have a beginning, and therefore, a chart can be cast.
Schitt’s Creek first aired on Canadian TV on January 13, 2015 at 9pm ET. Although the first airing of Schitt’s Creek is an event, not a person, I have read the chart as a natal chart because the show continued to air for six seasons. It had a life span and was not a one-off occurrence.
Schitt’s Creek had been an idea that Dan and Eugene were working on for years. Just like human birth it was gestating before making its grand entrance. The initial airing was the first time Schitt’s Creek was birthed into public consciousness. It carries the energy of the Sun at 23 degrees Capricorn, just like a person would if born on this day. It’s a sensitive point in the zodiac for the show that remains susceptible to activation by transits (the movement of the planets in the sky), planetary periods and progressions (specific astrological techniques), people, and future events.
The Sun in a birth chart represents one’s identity or sense of self, the lens one looks through to understand themselves. We all have multiple lenses in life. One of them may be astrological, another may be gender, or our profession, psychological profile, or even where we rank in the family unit from oldest to youngest. There are infinite ways we identify and understand ourselves.
The Schitt’s Creek Sun at 23 degrees Capricorn is hauntingly close to the exact degree of the Saturn–Pluto conjunction on January 12, 2020 at 22 degrees Capricorn. I wasn’t joking when I said there’s a daisy chain of stellar connections.
This sensitive area in the zodiac, from 20-24 degrees Capricorn, is what astrologers have been watching for years in preparation. It now has the mark of a Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Because the Sun in the Schitt’s Creek chart (its identity and self image) is in this sensitive terrain and it had an outstanding year, it is also tied into this point in history.
Schitt’s Creek has embodied Saturn – Pluto down the Levy family line, through the fictional characters and story lines, and reflected it back to us as we have our own lived experience of it. Even though it was released in 2015, it’s as if 2020 was waiting for it to arrive all along. It found its sweet spot.
The premise of Schitt’s Creek has Saturn-Pluto written all over it. Saturn limits and restricts. It can express as poverty, scarcity or severe lacking, being cut off from nourishment and support, as the Roses were. Pluto, with its associations with toxins and the power in the unseen, can show up in plumbing issues in the body, the psyche, and in buildings.
In the foundations of Schitt’s Creek, Episode Two, “The Drip” begins with Johnny (played by Eugene Levy) waking up with the plumbing leaking on him in bed. In utter despair he says “The plumbing is shot to hell in this place and we’re getting out!” But there’s nowhere to go.
Like people across the planet early in 2020 hoarding toilet paper as an expression of the Saturn–Pluto fear of letting go, we all had to painfully look at the reality that there is nowhere else to go. We faced the unimaginable Saturn–Pluto plank walk of dealing with our own shit.
The Sun in Capricorn is known for its tenacious, slow build game plan. Capricorn is often described like wine; it gets better with age. Schitt’s Creek clearly illustrates this as it ripened on the vine in 2020. The Sun placed in the 5th house suggests it will express with themes around sexuality, pleasure, joy, and creative expression that come through the children, over time and through hardship (Saturn ruling Capricorn on the IC, ruling the 5th house).
Johnny (played by Eugene Levy), the patriarch of the Rose family, expresses this Capricorn energy in his dedication and tenacity. He never gives up. His dedication to rectify the fall of his family is driven by the sting of failure, Capricorn’s kryptonite. Wearing a blue suit in almost every scene, he embodies this Capricorn Sun.
When an oversized portrait of the family in their former days arrives, David (played by Dan Levy), who is not so much a Star Sign but a constellation unto himself, blatantly misses the expected masculinity cues. When the portrait doesn’t fit in their tiny motel room, they are all confronted with their former life and the reality of where they are now. There’s the usual romance about days gone by, but the sincerity of the successes they are achieving now (Capricorn) are made memorable not by a portrait that reflects four solitary people, but by the value of the love and acceptance in the connections they’re forging. Saturn and Pluto have stripped them back to a place of vulnerability where compassion is the only antidote.
Episode 12 and 13 in Season 3 was a turning point, which is an important aspect of any Saturn – Pluto connection. While the devastation may be life altering, there is a point where the destruction stops and the rebuilding can occur. David opened a business and established the foundations with his future husband, Alexis graduated, Johnny fully booked the Motel, and Moira shared in the limelight at her daughter’s graduation ceremony. None of these are marks of failure – they all reflect growth in new directions.
Pluto is near the Schitt’s Creek Sun (within a 10 degree orb) at 13 degrees Capricorn, activating it with extra power and potency. As this article reiterates, Pluto is the furthest, slowest and therefore the most powerful planet astrologically, while the Sun is central to us, both physically and in terms of survival. Since January 2015, Pluto has been moving toward the Schitt’s Creek Sun at 23 degrees Capricorn, intensifying the show’s presence and energy in the world, year by year.
Pluto crossing one’s Sun is often a time of great power and regeneration. It will not happen to everyone in their lifetime. It’s interesting to note that Pluto crossed the Schitt’s Creek Sun in 2020 – the year it reached its peak and simultaneously ended.
I WAS PERFECTLY FINE NOT TRUSTING PEOPLE. NOT TRUSTING PEOPLE IS MY COMFORT ZONE.
The Moon being the other great Light in the sky (and also the nocturnal chart Sect Light) is a reflector. It represents, amongst many things, that which offers us safety, from nurturance and nourishment to connections with the past. In mundane astrology the Moon tells us a lot about public opinion.
With all of this in mind it’s interesting to think about the Moon in Scorpio carrying the infliction of emotional pain and loss (Moon in Scorpio in Fall) and how that was shared with the local community while living in a roadside Motel (Moon in the 3rd house). It was the people of Schitt’s Creek who nurtured this family back from emotional and spiritual bankruptcy (Moon in Scorpio rules 11th house).
Dan’s character David fully embodies this Moon. The depth of emotional pain and vulnerability that is expressed through his character is palpable. It’s apparent that it’s rare to see male characters at these emotional depths.
LOVE TAKES TIME TO HEAL WHEN YOU’RE HURTING SO MUCH
Season 4 took us by the heart strings and let us in. It’s the terrain a Scorpio Moon wants to meet in, but fears so terribly. Personally, I cried so many times that season. David tells his new love Patrick that he’s damaged goods, “I’ve been burned so many times I’m like the human equivalent of the inside of a roasted marshmallow.” A moment that was felt by so many queer people.
While emotional pain is not something reserved solely for queers, this was a moment in Dan’s writing that was obviously informed by queer experience – his own or those he cares about. The intricacies of this kind of trauma is something rarely explored unless you’re living in constant resistance with normativity, and it’s often queer narratives that express this terrain with such nuance.
Queers got to see themselves within something great, something with wit and intelligence yet not denying the reality that life is also heart wrenching. The brilliance in the writing meant that the emotional connections and journeys of each character took the focus off queerness. It was so refreshing. While the show actively avoided making an issue of queerness, it was poignantly informed by queer experience in both subtle and overt ways. We literally got to witness a world without homophobia. Unheard of, yet so needed.
The Moon in Scorpio with a tight trine to its ruler, Mars, suggests that the show touches people deeply, evoking strong emotion and the desire to connect below the surface (Moon in Scorpio ruled by Mars in Pisces 7th house). There is a thread that runs through the fabric of the show illuminating the depth and frailty of emotional vulnerability, the pain of loss and the benefit that comes from clear boundaries and personal integrity (Mars in Pisces conjunct Neptune).
This show also stirred the waters of Canadians seeking to hold this Schitt’s Creek plaque up to the world and say, “We did this, and we are not America!” It was another win for Canada over their big, loud neighbour (Moon in the 3rd house), as this comment on a CBC article articulates:
I LIKE THE WINE AND NOT THE LABEL
MERCURY AND VENUS
Mercury the messenger rules both points of public contact, the Ascendant and MC. The all-important chart ruler is snuggled up to Venus in Aquarius, about to turn retrograde, suggesting there’s a message in the mix about love and equality (Venus conjunct Mercury in Aquarius), potentially with those at work (6th house) or with an element of service, which the show offered on and off screen.
Virgo as the Mercury-ruled rising sign speaks to the minutiae of the writing, not to mention the many thesaurus pages used to formulate Moira’s lines. In some ways, it’s the details that aren’t in the show that add to its brilliance; Alexis dating Prince Harry, being held hostage, Moira partying with Maggie Trudeau and the Rolling Stones in Monaco – the list is worth researching. These are the kind of details that show up periodically and give the show a hidden depth and a boost (Mercury bonified by Venus).
For the astro nerds: It will be interesting to watch what comes about when Jupiter and Saturn cross the 6, 10 and 11 degree Aquarius points in the coming years (Schitt’s Creek Mercury conjunct Venus – partile conjunction at 6, 10, 11 degrees. Mercury Rx cazimi Sun 10 degrees Aquarius) as well as when Mercury turns retrograde by progression in 2022 and crosses the Sun in 2031. We could anticipate a Schitt’s Creek revival in 2043 when Mercury turns direct again by progression.
STOP ACTING LIKE A DISGRUNTLED PELICAN
In a larger context, Schitt’s Creek was birthed amidst the revolutionary Uranus–Pluto cycle in 2015 that has strong ties to what unfolded in 2020. Uranus, the great awakener, often shows up as unexpected change, something unusual, a personal or social revolution, chaos!
In the Schitt’s Creek chart Uranus is in close proximity to the South Node highlighting themes of breaking with the past to open up new and unexpected horizons. The North Node in the 2nd house in Venus-ruled Libra indicates that the end reward of these changes is finding one’s worth, not through possessions but the resources that prop one up from the inside out; a sharing of common kindness (Venus in Aquarius).
Uranus is expressed in a multitude of ways in the series from the shock of change to awkward interactions and blatantly defying patriarchy. The very apparent inter-generational dynamics are both hilarious and excruciating to watch. When hipster Millennials and Boomers are forced to live in close proximity with each other’s idiosyncrasies, they realise they have more in common than they might care to acknowledge. One is a product of the other; Millennials are raised by Boomers but the reflection back shows that it takes a village to raise a Boomer.
The show also has a poignant way of annihilating toxic masculinity. Alexis (played by Annie Murphy) is possibly one of the most unsuspecting characters. Initially appearing to lack the depth and substance so often written into female storylines, she displays character traits often only reserved for male characters. She is self-contained, requiring no external source to prop up her self-esteem. She also saved both, the motel business and the Blouse Barn, and shaped relationships with her savvy skills that have gotten her safely through unimaginable life situations.
Moira (played by Catherine O’Hara) blows the lid off misogyny’s pigeon-holing of women as emotional, erratic and therefore unreliable. She embodies Uranus completely; she is unapologetically eccentric and subsequently highly exciting, leaving the field of unpredictability open for adventure.
All of the female characters in this show hold their own in their respective character limits, none playing second fiddle to a male counterpart nor apologising for what might otherwise be framed as a weakness.
Dan’s mother Deb Devine has Uranus at 16 degree Leo, right on Dan’s Leo Sun, suggesting that Dad was the stern hand of authority while Mum was the inspiration to break the mould. It’s interesting that Moira, the mother in Schitt’s Creek, embodies Uranus.
YOU WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST HOSTAGE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THEIR CAPTOR
MARS, NEPTUNE & CHIRON
Mars in Pisces, tightly aspecting Saturn and Neptune, illustrates undercurrents of anger and frustration that don’t always have a direct outlet. The frustration of loss and disempowerment the Rose family encounters stems from larger issues than themselves (Jupiter ruling Pisces in 12th house), like our collective desire for fame, glamour and wealth over nourishing family dynamics and the riches of vulnerability.
Neptune, tied to the MC/IC axis, is the tightest aspect in the chart. It speaks to the deception in a business contract that resulted in their entire lives eroding under their feet. The glamour they lost is now questionable to how real it was in the first place, just like the drug dazed days they reminisce about.
Chiron in Pisces on the visible side of the horizon, suggests both pain and healing may come through relationships, partnership and in the end redeeming a lost sense of self empowerment (ruled by Jupiter in Leo, 12th house).
WE’RE ALL PITCHING IN THESE DAYS, DEAR. LIKE COMMUNISTS OR NON-UNION ACTORS
JUPITER AND SATURN
David and Alexis, the hipster millennial adult children, remind their parents that they were more absent than not growing up, and that as infants their nursery was in another wing of the house. Saturn on the IC confirms that something wasn’t right in the home to begin with, and that this will take time to ripen (ruler of the 4th in the 12th house). Traditionally, this house speaks of the parents, inheritance and hidden sources of wealth (1), while Saturn in this position in a night chart “dissipates the paternal inheritance” (2) (Saturn in Sagittarius) which is a literal storyline.
Jupiter is the last planet to rise in the Schitt’s Creek chart, which suggests greatness will come later, finding learning and growth through the home, family and relationships (Jupiter rules 4th house and 7th house). It took Six Seasons for all of the characters to ripen, mature, share their depths and become staples in our lives as we moved through our own experiences of tragedy and loss.
The final season shows not only Jupiter coming home to roost, but a reflection of the 2020 transition from the early misgivings of Saturn and Pluto through to a later and greater trasition hosted by Jupiter and Saturn. Moira (played by Catherine O’Hara) embodied Jupiter in her Papal attire at David and Patrick’s wedding, surrounded by the whole town coming together for a wedding that represented far more than love between two people.
SIMPLY THE BEST
2020 gave birth to itself through a Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January and bowed out with a conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in December. It is a bridge we have crossed that has no turning back. Saturn-Pluto marks the end of an era while Jupiter-Saturn marks the beginning of a new one.
Jupiter and Saturn meeting every 20 years is part of a larger 200 year cycle, that itself is part of an even greater approximate 800 year cycle. Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System bestowing growth and optimism, expansion and learning, youth and abundance, good fortune and alliances. It is the antithesis of Saturn.
Together, these two celestial giants dance with their respective antagonism, acting as unifying principles rather than separating, just like the final Season of Schitt’s Creek. Expansion and restriction working together, for example, allows for a big vision and ideas to materialise through deadlines and time constraints. The grandness that Jupiter can envision is benefited by the stern hand of Saturn. In real time they are guiding us toward creating a new world through the next 200 years. What we do now is foundational for our future ancestors.
Schitt’s Creek reflected 2020 back to us by working through Saturn–Pluto themes. It showed us what it means to be comfortable in our known world, only to lose it for the unseen promise of something better.
Like the Roses and citizens of Schitt’s Creek, the growth and change we have all gone through in the past few years has landed us in a very different world. We can’t go back and divert the cosmic traffic. We’re being initiated into a new world, a new era, that requires us to not forget where we have come from, but to keep moving forward with an open heart and an open mind so that the changes have a safe place to land and grow.
The Levy family has given us a gift that has potentially healed something in them, as well as us. If we can take anything from the journey of the Rose family, it’s a brown crocodile leather bag, full of love and compassion, straight into the heart of vulnerability.
To recap this Saturn-Pluto unfolding:
- Eugene Levy is born with Saturn conjunct Pluto in Leo, 1946
- The exact conjunction between Saturn and Pluto occurs on Dan’s birthday, 1947
- Dan is born during the next Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Libra, 1983
- Dan and Eugene create Schitt’s Creek (a Saturn-Pluto storyline) and it reaches its peak and completes its run in the next Saturn-Pluto year, 2020
- the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in 2020 occurs within a degree of the Schitt’s Creek Sun at 23 degrees Capricorn (the conjunction occurred at 22* Capricorn)
This three part series was posted on January 13, 2021 – Schitt’s Creek 6th birthday. It also happens to be the day there is a New Moon at 23 degrees Capricorn.
Part 3 source notes:
1 – Holden, James. Julius Firmicus Maternus, Mathesis. (2011). American Federation of Astrologers. Book II. Ch 21.p66
2 – Holden, James. Julius Firmicus Maternus, Mathesis. (2011). American Federation of Astrologers. Book III. Ch 3a. p96
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