Schitt’s Creek: the Saturn-Pluto antidote

PART ONE

Schitt’s Creek unknowingly reflected 2020 back to us. From season one through six, it showed us how intense loss, upheaval and hardship transforms us, birthing the potential for love and new beginnings, and a lot of cynical laughter.

Following its release in 2015, Schitt’s Creek came of age in 2020. With today being the “6th birthday” of Schitt’s Creek’s, I wanted to offer something as a thank you for a show that buoyed many of us through difficult times.

From the difficult Saturn-Pluto conjunction at the beginning of 2020 to the hopeful Jupiter-Saturn conjunction capping the close of the year, Schitt’s Creek followed the same trajectory. I’ve written about the astrology of this parallel through three different lenses: The astrology of 2020, astrological family patterns of Dan and Eugene Levy (the creators), and the chart for the first airing of Schitt’s Creek.

Source: http://www.facebook.com/CBCSchittsCreek

Part 1 – I take a deep dive into the astrology of 2020; the treacherous terrain of the Saturn – Pluto cycle that cast a long shadow over the year. Scroll down…

Part 2 – I unpack, layer by layer, how the astrology of both Dan and Eugene Levy is reiterated through a daisy chain of astrological connections, linking Levy family patterns to Schitt’s Creek as well as the astrology of 2020.

Part 3 Let’s take a look at the chart of the first airing of Schitt’s Creek.

So, pull up a booth at the Cafe Tropical in Schitt’s Creek and think of this as a read through the oversized menu where you get to feast on all the astrology that is the interconnected web behind Schitt’s Creek.

Johnny and Moira at the Cafe in Scitt’s Creek. Source: http://www.facebook.com/CBCSchittsCreek
Saturn & Pluto cast a long , heavy cloud over 2020

Astrologers were watching 2020 approach. Astrologically, it was a year bookended by two significant stellar alignments that could not be more contradictory:

Saturn – Pluto conjunction, January 12, 2020

  • The once every 36 year cyclic collision of celestial antagonists, Saturn and Pluto, cast a shadow over the entire year. An ominous breakdown-to-break-through energy dominates when Saturn–Pluto cycles peak.

Jupiter – Saturn conjunction, December 21, 2020

  • While Jupiter and Saturn meet every 20 years, they are also moving within a larger cycle that changes elements every 200 years. This major transition occurred in December, initiating a departure from an Earth cycle that focussed on resources, wealth and productivity into an Air cycle that will bring about great changes in communication, technology and language. The beginning of these cycles produce experimentation, optimism for the future and rapid growth. Hear Dru talk about it.
Jupiter Saturn conjunction December 2020 – Source: http://www.timeanddate.com

The long cycles of these planets, Saturn & Pluto, Jupiter & Saturn, tend to bring dramatic changes when they come around, but only rarely do both cycles occur in the same year.

Those born into the 20 year repeating Jupiter-Saturn cycle tend to carry a rhyzome quality about them. They apply growth underground, behind the scenes, and tend to resurface again having made significant advancements. Caution and optimism tend to be constantly checked and balanced against each other, creating both long term dedication and significant inhibition.

People born into the Saturn-Pluto cycles seem to thrive every 36 years, in the years when Saturn and Pluto meet, while the rest of us grab onto anything resembling a life raft, hoping it will soon pass. It’s as if the pent up frustration finally has a release and the person’s life is filled with the power of propulsion.

Dan and Eugene Levy, the father–son duo who wrote, produced and starred in Schitt’s Creek, are both born within this current Saturn–Pluto cycle. Eugene was born when Saturn and Pluto where in Leo, in December, 1946, while Dan was born in August, 1983 when both planets where in Libra. Then, it’s as if these two Saturn – Pluto people had a Saturn-Pluto baby (Schitt’s Creek) and it came of age in 2020, when Saturn – Pluto met in Capricorn!

Schitt’s Creek’s 6th and final season aired in January 2020. Coinciding with Saturn and Pluto being conjoined in the sky, the cast and crew flew into the record books: 7 Emmy’s, a total of nine for the season (the most ever for a comedy in one year), it was the first show to sweep all four acting categories, and the first father and son duo to win in the same year. The Emmy’s were hilarious; Schitt’s Creek just kept winning! A perfect example of Saturn–Pluto babies thriving through Saturn–Pluto cycles, being carried by a Saturn-Pluto creation.

I will not feel shame about mall pretzels.

Each of the planets in our Solar System have a cyclic (synodic) relationship with one another. Depending on the speed of motion and orbit of the planet will determine how often, or rarely, each combination connects. The longer the gap, the more intense the impact. Inner planets, such as Mercury and Venus, meet every year so their impact carries less weight due to frequency of occurrence. When Saturn and Pluto meet, it’s been a long time between drinks and the pressure is palpable.

Saturn: Daddy’s home
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 observed Saturn on 20 June 2019 as the planet made its closest approach to Earth this year, at approximately 1.36 billion kilometres away.

Physically, Saturn is a sphere contained by rings. For our ancestors it was the furthest, most distant planet they knew of; the last celestial body that can be seen with the naked eye. Standing as a guardian between our known world and what lies beyond, its physicality and celestial location represent governance, rules, limitation, and the cold, hard reality of this mortal existence; birth will always lead to death.

We have since discovered planets beyond Saturn’s orbit – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Anything beyond Saturn’s control is in the realm of ‘beyond’. These outer, generational planets represent all that exists beyond our physical reality: the psyche, the mystical, and unconscious generational inheritance.

Pluto: The unseen hold
Pluto – source : NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Deprived of the light and warmth of the Sun, Pluto looms out in the cold, hidden reaches of our solar system. It governs anything deep and hidden, from the grief of loss to the power of obsession, and the primal pain of betrayal. It has a sonar system fine-tuned to detect anything buried. The unflinching tenacity of Pluto will excavate anything that needs to be unearthed and brought to light. It is volatile and disruptive, with no thought to social etiquette.

Put these two antagonists, Saturn and Pluto, together on a mundane level and globally you get a year like 2020. A breakdown occurred and we had to break through. Those born during a Saturn–Pluto conjunction often experience variations of themes throughout life involving great toil, intense internal struggle, self sabotage, and breakthroughs that come at great cost . This also occurs in a private, imploding world of shame spirals upon shame spirals.

Saturn-Pluto cycles explained

Saturn and Pluto meeting in the same sign often marks the end of an era (1) and great social change. The collision of powerful energies notoriously initiates global conflicts on the grand scale, stimulating an equally intense violent control response which has a lasting ripple effect. In 1914 the Saturn–Pluto conjunction in Cancer saw the start of World War One, land boundaries being redrawn and voting rights extending to include women in more countries. The apocalyptic 2020 delivered yet another iteration of this cycle with Saturn and Pluto meeting at 22 degrees Capricorn, in January.

While the themes and events that Saturn and Pluto stir up are seldom comfortable to confront, their collision in 2020 initiated collective change that has us all facing in a new direction. Life looks very different now than it did this time last year. Some have had to see themselves falling through the cracks of systems they once relied upon (Jupiter in Capricorn in Fall), while the immense loss of life and the grief that the living carry has shown both our compassion and callousness. Structural and systemic inequality was exposed and put on blast within the saturation of fake news. The year left us wondering who’s checking the fact checkers?

The fear that has permeated into the fabric of our everyday lives means we distrust the very things we used to rely on. This is Saturn–Pluto at work. The process of getting to a place of sincerely asking ourselves ‘how did we get here?’ is the result of Pluto annihilating the safe bounds that Saturn had built for us, just as the Rose family had to rummage through the remnants of their old life and adjust in Schitt’s Creek, not propped up by wealth or shielded by privilege.

We all unconsciously rely on the safety of a known world with 7 days and 24 hours, seasons that change one after the other, but amongst the recent chaos a substantial weight has been placed on the reliability of our fellow humans to have consensus and compassion. So, how did we fare? It’s as if we’re collectively all still working our way through Season Two or Three. Season Six (the bounty of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction) is on our future horizon.

Sweaters in Summer

Dan and Eugene wear Saturn and Pluto well

Saturn has a rich mythology detailing the tumultuous intergenerational handing over of power from father to son, while Pluto deals with our deepest psychology, carrying themes of grief, shame and power/powerlessness. These planets together create a volatile mix of energies that seek simultaneous control and release.

At its best, Pluto’s destruction transforms life from one state to the next, producing a renewed vibrancy and vitality. Saturn at its best offers steadfast dedication, personal authority and boundaries that allow both autonomy and order.

Eugene (left) and Dan Levy (right). Father and son creators of Schitt’s Creek. Source: http://www.people.com

Dan and Eugene Levy have personified this handing over of power from father to son, both on and off screen, and they’ve generously showed us how to do it with grace. It’s near impossible now to find an interview with either man without it somehow coming back to the fact that they worked together and share this dynamic.

Dan and Eugene are an expression of Saturn–Pluto in motion. They embodied it as we all walked through it in real time. This duo, this TV show, these characters that they created were blessed ushers through a difficult transition. Whether this was a conscious choice or not, Schitt’s Creek was a gift.

Part 2 will unpack the Saturn-Pluto family patterns passed on from Eugene to Dan, and Part 3 will follow how these patterns manifested as Schitt’s Creek.

Part 1 Source notes:

1 – Tarnas, Richard. Cosmos and Psyche. (2007) Penguin group. New York. USA. p209

Dru Ish


Dru Ish is a consulting queer astrologer interested in the unseen threads that connect life through people and events.

Dru offers a variety of consultations:

Natal chart readings, a Year Ahead reading and speciality readings for those going through their Saturn Return, Uranus Opposition (mid-life crisis) and Chiron Return (50/51 years).


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