Saturn/Pluto brings the reality principle of Saturn into a meeting with the transformative power of Pluto, often resulting in a depth (Pluto) of truth (Saturn) and a total transformation (Pluto) of reality (Saturn):
The Saturn/Pluto combination often shows up as the challenges and privations of Saturn, and the discipline and self-sufficiency that come from facing such, deepened and empowered by Pluto. The following quotes by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche exemplify this dynamic: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” “Fear is the mother of morality.” “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” “One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.” “It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.”
The Saturn/Pluto combination can be seen in the charts and movies of actors Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson. The Die Hard series of movies starring Bruce Willis, in which Willis plays the role of an everyman who has to risk his life again and again to stop terrorists, demonstrate the tendency of the Saturn/Pluto combination to deepen (Pluto) the threat of mortality (Saturn) while simultaneously empowering (Pluto) discipline and self-sufficiency (Saturn). Mel Gibson’s Mad Max series of movies takes place in a world in which there is a shortage (Saturn) of power (Pluto). Gibson’s character “Max” embodies the depth (Pluto) and seriousness (Saturn) of this combination. The movie Apocalypto, written, directed, and produced by Gibson, tells the story of the mortal dangers (Saturn) of nature (Pluto) and the ending (Saturn) of an entire mass of people (Pluto).