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Saturn, in the older sciences, is a key symbol of 'the grim reaper' or 'you reap what you sow'. Criminalization and punishment are the returns for transgression and even apparent or alleged transgression. I think of Saturn as code for the supposedly cold and remorseless, supposedly inexorable, laws of nature and the fantastic illusions surrounding them - laws which can be seen as a thing of great beauty yet are possibly entirely illusory, depending on the light, or the knowledge, with which we view them. The rings of Saturn are not what they seem.  Not solid at all, they are composed of trillions of lumps of ice refracting the rays of the sun.  Nor are they massive being only a few metres thick.  In short, a trick of the eye whose power belies their fragility; yet they orbit Saturn as a permanent sign of the gravitational pulls unleashed by the 'big bang'.

Cafe Astrology declares: "In astrology, Saturn is associated with restriction and limitation. Where Jupiter expands, Saturn constricts. Although the themes of Saturn seem depressing, Saturn brings structure and meaning to our world. Saturn knows the limits of time and matter. Saturn reminds us of our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments. It brings definition to our lives. Saturn makes us aware of the need for self-control and of boundaries and our limits.......Saturn is often associated with our fathers or father/authority figures. In childhood, the discipline, rules, and regulations imposed on us by our authority figures--from parents, teachers, and the like--were not always pleasant, but they actually helped us to understand the world around us. Similarly, Saturn's lessons actually help us to grow." 

Another site, http://astrology.about.com/od/advancedastrology/p/Saturn has it this way:

"Saturn was the God Kronos, father of Zeus, who was known for devouring his offspring soon after being born. He did this because he feared that they would surpass him. But Zeus, who was protected by his mother, returned to face his father, and Kronos’ fears were realized through death. Similarly, if we clamp down on what we fear the most, eventually it destroys us.  Saturn has been depicted as the punishing father, but also as the Grim Reaper, who cuts life short. Mortality is the ultimate restriction, and as Father Time, he is the wise one that inspires urgency in our quest to fulfill our life mission."

Those who know a little about astrology will know the strange power of 'the saturn return' every 28 years, a force which brings wayward stuff to a head and forces some tough choices before restabilization and progress can be achieved. It can be described as follows:

"The first time Saturn comes back to meet your natal Saturn is in the late twenties. This is one of the most important times astrologically – a time of getting real with yourself and your mission in life. If you’ve been coasting on bravado and wishful thinking, Saturn will cause the foundation to dissolve beneath your feet. It can be a time of upheaval, stress, major re-evaluation and change. For some, it gives confirmation that you’re on the right track. And you get another chance to take stock when Saturn returns again in your late 50s." [About.com: Astrology]

CrimeTalk itself is a result of taking stock on my second Saturn return in my late 50s. Criminologists, parents and law enforcement people will know that crime, whatever else it is, is often a sign of weak foundations, stress and upheaval; a sign of an offender's need for self-discipline.  This is true whether we are talking of bankers' using asset-backed capital for leveraged derivative trades when that core capital should be ring-fenced or whether we are talking of a juvenile testing the boundaries after a parental split-up when that kid needs solidity and steering. 

I'll say one more thing, before the anti-astrology brigade send for the 'experts' in white coats, and that is that Pluto, that explosive sign that goes to the heart of all things evil, is in Capricorn from November 2008 to March 2023.  In astrology, Pluto is said to rule the use and misuse of power so this will be a period when the deeper motives of those in power will be outed and challenged.  Of course, my very language in that last sentence echoes the fact that this has started to happen big-style, with scandals in the UK over MPs' expenses, a coalition government, bankers' bonuses, ministers' sexuality and private lives, the funding of political parties and Blair's legacy.  It will continue. The honest, integrity and even the structure of authorities is forecast to be challenged in a sustained and profound manner:

"This shifting process [beginning in 2008] will cause a great deal of chaos and crisis in ...churches or religious groups, higher education and colleges, judicial courts and committees, laws and legal groups, and the like. [Then in the....] arenas of big business, government, government agencies, international government, finances, global economy, international business and government agencies." [Alphalifetrends]

One American website waxes lyrical on the subject:

"This long, extended stay of Pluto in Capricorn (2008 - 2023) will completely revise the power issues and issues of authority. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from 1762 to 1779, which included the founding of our country to gain the freedom against the oppression from the King of England. Now our power issues will once again reveal similar issues that were addressed with "taxation without representation", the War of Regulation from 1764 to 1771 against corrupt colonial officials, The Stamp and Sugar Act which tried violators in Admiralty court where the defendants were considered guilty until they could prove their innocence. The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Articles of the Constitution built from the Magna Carta written to set the parameters and rules of freedom and independence. We will find ourselves in the same boat of addressing the oppressive and corrupt power issues that have been used against people and to revolutionize the checks and balances required for the rightful use of power."

So maybe Canada will finally break free of the US yoke, maybe the UK will stop poodling up to Uncle Sam, and maybe someone will stand up to the Chinese government.....But, for sure, CrimeTalk will want to explore and understand this forecast revolution in the structure of power in all its dimensions - for this change is at the centre of any understanding of what is crime and how we deal with it.

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