Okay, just one more post about Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn.
I’m sure that a lot of people who look at Saturn as the “greater malefic” read what I write about the planet and wonder what I’ve been smoking. Honestly, those years are behind me. I’m as sober as they come.
I’m also quite confident in my ability to examine trends in popular culture and the planetary configurations that cause them. Many people who view Saturn as a negative influence don’t appreciate that the influence of the planet is ultimately productive. The last time Saturn was in Capricorn, George Michael released the video for “Freedom! ’90.”
The reason this is important is because the video is a cultural milestone. It represents what was happening in fashion and culture at the time. This stripped-down version of a music video, starring supermodels who lip-synced the song instead of the artist who created it, provided pointed commentary on the topic of fame. George Michael told the Los Angeles Times “At some point in your career, the situation between yourself and the camera reverses. For a certain number of years, you court it and you need it, but ultimately, it needs you more and it’s a bit like a relationship. The minute that happens, it turns you off . . . and it does feel like it is taking something from you.”
Right now, we live in world where people are more famous for the image they promote online than they are for the contributions they make to culture. George Michael was an artist who struggled with the image he was supposed to be promoting. At the same time, he devoted himself entirely to his art. Nevertheless, he reached a breaking point around the time that this video was produced. He refused to appear in it.
And without him, one of the greatest music videos of all time was born. The way that it has stood the test of time is quite remarkable, but Saturn in Capricorn produces something both authentic and enduring. Sure, there are models performing the song instead of the artist himself, but that’s the joke, delivered in typical, deadpan Capricorn style.
The most important works of art typically require some context to be understood by future generations. As a Capricorn who has been through this all before, I hope that anyone who isn’t old enough to appreciate my reverence for this video will take the time to watch it. Hopefully, over the next three years while Saturn moves through Capricorn, the artists of today will create similar cultural milestones. The previous Saturn transit through Capricorn in the very early sixties was the time when Andy Warhol learned the process of silk screening, and by the time Saturn had moved into Aquarius (when he first showed “Campbell’s Soup Cans” to the public in 1962), he had forever changed the way society would view the relationship between the artist and his art, and the relationship between what is original and what is a facsimile. By the time Saturn moved from Capricorn to Aquarius in the early nineties, Sinead O’Connor and Nirvana had replaced George Michael and the supermodels on MTV. The cultural shift was indisputable.
I don’t know what can occur this time to change the way we look at art, but something profound is going to happen. Maybe Kim Kardashian will film an entire season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” using a body double. Whatever happens, it’s going to be irreverent, ironic and delivered with a bit of Capricorn condescension. And it’s going to educate us on the nature of fame itself. That’s what Saturn in Capricorn does.