My non astrologically inclined readers (those with no interest) – go talk amongst yourselves for a bit. Because today we had a doozy of an aspect in the heavenly dance and I wanted to write a bit about it for my astrologically inclined readers.
Imagine this. The upstart young skateboard dude, covered in tats, his very demeanor showing his total disregard for any social conventions (“rules? we don’t need no stinking rules”) has been going up against The Man – the banker, the priest, the Corporate mogul.
Or better – legions of us who played by the rules – put off that European vacation to pump up the 401k, only to see it go careening – nosedive down, chug back up, churn and drop – where’s it gonna go? And what happens if the bottom drops out again? All of a sudden, perfectly “normal” middle class people are saying “Hey! We’re not gonna take it anymore!”
And meanwhile – the bankers, the priests, the corporate moguls, the politicians, the generals – as we said back in my day “the Establishment” – are being exposed on a daily (hourly?) basis. It’s just a man behind that curtain and a very flawed man at that.
Suddenly you’re driving down a pretty normal road and – whoa? what is that in the Illinois cornfield? That would be a big industrial strength windmill.
Bob was right – the times they ARE a changing.
And these two Titans (for they were that in Greek mythology, as I recall) – Uranus and Saturn have been duking it out for a while now.
Saturn – Father Time; The Grim Reaper; The Great Teacher – the ancient astrologers referred to him as “the Great Malefic” (the major bad guy). Saturn isn’t bad – he just wants a little order. Some respect. A solid (and serious foundation).
And you know what? We need him – in our world, in our own charts, in our lives. Ruling teeth and bones and corporations and establishment type values. Structure.
Now, Uranus – The Change Agent; The Great Awakener; the Bolt of Lightning – in the Tarot it’s The Fool. Uranus is that bolt out of the blue that changes everything. The book deal that falls into your lap abruptly; the lover who walks in and says she’s leaving and takes your breath away with the surprise, the man who comes home from his wife’s funeral and lies down to rest and just dies. Shocking. Surprising. Unexpected. And sometimes – just the jolt that is needed. The Awakener, to be sure, and just as needed as Saturn.
So these two have had 5 rounds in the ring since the fall of 2008. Today is ‘last call’ – at least for a while.
As Lynn Hayes says in her post on Saturn-Uranus “Saturn and Uranus have opposed each other twice in the past 100 years: between 1917 and 1920, and between 1964 and 1967.” – Lynn Hayes.
If you look at the other years when these two have danced – sitting uncomfortably next to each other on the couch in 1942 and 1988, and squaring off (not outright throwing punches, but taking jabs) in 1909, 1930, 1951, 1975 and 1999 you can recognize some times of big change in the culture (and for those of who’ve been around awhile, in our own lives).
Last year, looking at the planetary configurations for this summer I thought – wow, it’s going to be 1968 all over again. I have remained shocked that the Great Robbery by the Rich in 2008/2009 did NOT result in mass demonstrations and upheaval.
I’m hoping that the current zeitgeist will lead to an Awakening about the Establishment (why people don’t get that we are in a Plutocracy is way beyond me), will lead to a Revolution of the Heart about our values and the structures we’ve built and will lead us to a positive radical change.
It’s just terrible that so many turtles and fish and people in the Gulf have had to suffer and so many men, women, children and soldiers have had to die needlessly in Afghanistan to help expedite the awakening.
May they not die in vain. May we be jolted into consciousness – that we really really ARE the ones we’ve been waiting for.
The planets don’t proscribe, they describe. They don’t cause anything – like a clock, they describe. Uranus (who is hanging out with Jupiter – the Great Benefic – the expander of things) is in Aries – the Child, the Pioneer, the Adventurer. A fire sign. Saturn is in Libra, which is all about relationships.
Lots of energy afoot. Me? I’m betting on the young dude. I AM betting on hope and change and optimism.
And I’m hoping it will be gentle. That’s my hope.