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The Fog is Lifting

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Saturn. Great commanding deity of TIME, KARMA, WORK, AUTHORITY, STRUCTURE. Without Saturn we would get nothing accomplished, never feel guilty about anything, never reap what we sow, never mature, and nothing would stay together. With Saturn reigning over all of these things, thus the weight it can put upon our own shoulders, it is no surprise that its changes will affect our own.

As Saturn stations direct this week (yesterday, technically), the proverbial chains that have been holding us down, back, and in, are unlocked and beginning to come loose. The fog is lifting. We are beginning to feel that there truly is potential in the plans and visions we were coaxing into existence earlier this year but were stifled in our capacity to manifest. A very heavy weight is coming off our chests. The pieces that fell apart between April 29th and now can be picked up and put back together again, but this time we can build an even better future, as difficult as it may sound.

We of course have to remember that Saturn is still in its ruling sign of Capricorn, along with Pluto and Moon’s South Node, so our coming achievements will reflect the essence of this archetype. The essence of Capricorn is journeying from student to master, beginner to advanced, childish to mature, the sea to the mountaintop. It is utilizing the lessons learned through hard work, diligence, integrity, strife, karma, guilt, and the crossing of boundaries, to make something of our soul’s journey. We all fell somewhere these past five months, perhaps we fell and fell and fell. Maybe we did things we shouldn’t have done. Maybe we got lazy or stupid while soaking up so much fun in the summer Sun. But hopefully we all made it through and are here to read or write about it.

Take heed of the whispers Saturn gleaned upon you from time-to-time over the summer (or winter in the southern hemisphere). Ideas of how to improve your career, your practice, your study, your mentoring, your parenting, your time management. These are all areas we are going to begin feeling better about. The work is not finished by any means, but there is beginning to be light at the end of the dark confusing tunnel of setbacks and struggles we have been through. With right action and conscious process we can attain now what we could only imagine attaining before. We can now climb that mountain.

Much as we have to remember that Saturn (and Pluto and SN) are still in Capricorn, we also have to remember that all the inner planets, including Sun, are either in or approaching Libra. They will one-by-one come to square Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn between Sep 22 and Nov 5. This is not to be taken lightly, because the inner planets reflect our day-to-day experiences and relationships, especially the latter when they’re all in Libra. We will be forced to examine and build upon the pieces of our relationships that may have been shattered or struggled to evolve lately. Saturn and Pluto can bring tremendous limitations and loss into our lives. Loss of people, jobs, security, friends, health. But they knock us down that we might rise again mightier than before. The phoenix rising from the ashes, building a new future, a new relationship, a new career. Particularly as these inner planets transit Libra and square Saturn and Pluto, we will feel a strong pull to honor the significant people in our lives and how we emotionally manage those relationships. Remember that honoring those people can also mean letting them go. This is about aligning our integrity in the realm of relationships through whatever is necessary. How can we build upon the relationships we are already in in a more harmonious and balanced manner? What can we let go of willingly that will bring peace to the love we share with them? It will be an October of recognizing our passive-aggressive behaviors and perhaps being put in our place because of them. Be mindful of your actions, but especially be mindful of your REactions. Saturn is prone to taking things too far just to find out where the boundaries are. If you remain vigilant of your actions, you can find that boundary without crossing it. In other words, think before you speak.

Find your gift. Nurture that gift. While Moon’s south node is in Capricorn, its north node is in Cancer. North node is the beacon we strive to find on the high seas of life. It is the coordinate we set our tack to. With Moon’s north node in Cancer we need to process our experiences and feel into our emotional bodies. It’s much easier said than done, but spending time within ourselves and learning to understand how we react to things that happen to us, be it loss, fear, anxiety, or even joy, ecstasy, peace, helps us get to know our inner child. There is always an inner child to nurture, secure, protect, and teach. When we saddle up and gather our reins, or hoist the mainsail and cast off our mooring toward the beacon in the distance, take good care of yourself. Don’t be so hard on yourself or so rigid in your game plan. Saturn in Capricorn is a double signature for rigidity and strictness. Cancer softens. So, without being lazy or possessive or gluttonous, as Cancer is wont to be, be soft on yourself and others on this journey.

Your achievements await you, but you must honor those around you who are accompanying you on this journey through life. Love the ones who love you. We cannot take this ride alone. Build a new future from the pieces that remain and build it with those you love. The lenses are being polished and the lighthouse is beckoning. It is time to set your course. Blessings, mate!

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Cancer/Capricorn Opposition

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We are gearing up for more than a week of emotional turbulence. Feeling it yet? Check your angst at the door and dig deeper into where it’s rooted. The more we examine these roots the more we unveil our insecurities and fear mechanisms. Unfold your feelings (men!) and share them with compassionate empathetic friends or partners. The courageous act of communicating our feelings allows deep emotional processing to take place. Without this we are left like a ball in a pinball machine to succumb to the will of all but ourselves. When we begin to expose our fears and worries we begin to blossom like a flower, recognizing not just those fears and worries, but ultimately how we need to proceed with our lives in order to manifest the dreams we have.

These are difficult transits, so remember to breathe deeply and often (thanks, Tracy Parritt-Noyes). Be AWARE that there are difficult transits taking place so you can stay more on top of your reactions, thus thinking twice before you act.

Nature, water, air, campfires, loving friendship…swim in it all if you can. If not, the couch is always happy to see you 😂

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Moon’s Occultations

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After Moon’s transit and occultation of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn these past few days brought us another recognition of the structures that may be falling apart in our lives, today’s Aquarius Moon allows us to recognize how to upgrade and rebuild those structures to be more useful and helpful for the community and our friendships. Listen carefully to your higher consciousness today and tomorrow; that little voice in your head that usually seems to be right about everything despite how often you resist obeying it. Release the shadows from the heart by opening the gates of the Sun in Gemini to shine in, to heal, to protect, and to instill much needed tranquility and FUN again.

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Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way

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Late at night on June 16, 2018 looking south in Raymond, Maine, USA.

Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way
June 16, 2018
Raymond, Maine, USA

 

You can see the subtle arc of diurnal motion in the movement of this long exposure. Again, Mars and Saturn are the brightest.

Moving Mars and Saturn
June 16, 2018
Raymond, Maine, USA

 

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Mars conjunct Saturn in Capricorn (April 2, 2018)

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Complex Simple, by Wassily Kandinsky, 1939

Mars and Saturn respectively imply action and discipline, violence and crossed boundaries, accidents and authority, justice and karma. Together in Capricorn they are a force to be reckoned with. On the chart of the United States, for instance, they were aspecting each other in one form or another during the battle of Wounded Knee, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb, the assassinations of both Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and on 9/11/2001. These are all horrific events, but it shows the breadth of impact and the roles they can play on authority figures, buildings, violence, and justice. Saturn teaches us lessons whether we want to learn them or not. And Mars shakes it all up.

What’s important is to understand that there are always lessons to learn, and sometimes it’s better to learn them the hard way. Following our path and being open to positive change is critical, despite the fact we might want things to stay just the way they are. The evolutionary lesson of this signature is to ascertain exactly what our goals are so we can work toward them with determination and perseverance. This is a fusion of hard work and endurance, but one that requires diligent foresight and wisdom. Mars can be rash and imprudent, forgetting to determine exactly what action is best before taking it. Mars can also be harsh, full of ruptures and trauma, sometimes aggressive or violent. Saturn is structure, both physical and intangible. This combination can bring shocks to our daily structured lives, disrupting what semblance of routine we have. It is indeed a vortex demanding our attention on many fronts. These two will show us what they can do, we just have to be watchful and aware of our own actions. This means we need to be very careful that we don’t take our authority for granted and abuse it in any way. If you are a leader or teacher or parent, don’t get caught up in anger toward your students, children, co-workers, or followers during this time. And regarding physical structure, this can be buildings or our bones. There can be accidents that break down structures of any kind. Be cautious and prudent during this time.

Collectively, this can bring authorities to their knees. Saturn represents authorities of all kinds in our lives: governments, banks, parents, teachers, leaders, etc. We shall see just which leaders are being challenged. Already there are plenty of them grappling with karmic debts needing to be paid. Let’s hope none of them choose to create more bad karma through new acts of warfare or violence.

Stay calm and carry on, as the saying goes. It’s a time to breathe deep, focus on our strengths for positive change, and not erupt in reactionary anger when we are faced with challenges. Karma can be a bitch, but not so much if we are prepared to face it. Beware not to burn important bridges! Instead, take wise action, keep your nose to the grindstone, stay focused, and work hard. Saturn rewards those who abide in universal Truth. It is about aligning to what is best for you in the long run. Stay the course!

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Saturn in the First Quadrant

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Saturn in His Chariot, Artist Unknown

Saturn in the First House: We think we are in charge and can discipline everyone. And we might be. Saturn is the leader. Saturn is the mentor. Saturn is the authority. We also may be afraid of taking the stand we feel we want to take. The first house is the beginning of new cycles in this life, what we need to learn for the first time in a long time. It is what we have come here charged to do. It is the combustible energy of two atoms colliding. The fire that drives us forward and gives us strength to stand up for what we believe is right and to fight against what we believe is wrong. This is the signature of the determination of Will. These are the leaders of movements that shake the world. Mentors that people look up to in awe because of their raw energy and grounded determination. But sometimes their determination and hardheaded convictions can go too far and bring violent ruptures or trauma. These people are often those who died by the sword in a past life. Their zealous leadership may end them up in jail for standing up for a cause. Guilt arises here out of recognition of one’s aggressive nature and hot temper, perhaps having been the bully. It can also be the signature of those not ready to stand up and take charge, doubting their inner drive. Take a stand! Lay down your doubt and know you have the charisma and inner fire to be bold and lead others. And if you’re overzealous and act before thinking, keep calm, chill out, and be productive through positivity. Temper your temper!

Saturn in the Second House: Here we have a robust capacity to manage our resources with discipline. However, we may instead mismanage those resources and be paying the price. One typically is well aware of when to spend and when not to spend, but as Saturn is both the rule maker and rule breaker, discipline can either be inherent or lacking. Discipline requires work, and sometimes we brush aside the work that needs done only to wait for a transit that teaches us that lesson the hard way. With these two earth energies (Taurus/Capricorn), there is a rigidity that seeks to encapsulate stability through repetition and lack of change so that nothing can go wrong. So, if things are managed properly they won’t go wrong, but mismanagement can bring financial setbacks, loss of personal belongings, or blows to their self-esteem. There can be an element of greed that will come back to bite them if left unchecked. They also may need time and lessons in life to teach them to believe in themselves. Self-doubt can run deep here. But if they’ve harnessed their inner authority, this can be the ultimate money manager, the financial guru, especially with their own money. They are, at their finest, masters of resource protection. It is also possible for these people to cross boundaries sexually or have boundaries crossed sexually towards them. They may have been the victim of sexual abuse by an elder male as a child, or the perpetrator of such abuse as an adult. Respect and honor the morals and ethics of Truth. Align your dignity with a disciplined approach to taking good care of yourself and your resources and your journey will be bountiful.

Saturn in the Third House: Play! Stop! Play! Stop! Play! Stop! Never quite sure if it’s okay to be the life of the party, these people can hold back from having fun because it makes them feel guilty. “There’s work to be done! Why are you wasting your time playing!” Yet despite this caveat, they are solid learners who structure their lives around a disciplined approach to gathering knowledge and learning about life. But they can doubt their own knowledge and education, thinking they don’t have the authority and understanding they need to succeed in life. They may have a gruff voice and seem stern and strict. They’re making sure you don’t forget about the work that needs to be done. It may be they spoke up in a past life and it didn’t go so well. It may be they crossed a boundary or two in this life by speaking up, too. Methodical in their phrasing of sentences, perhaps renowned for their writing or public speaking abilities, these folks can be masters of the word, both spoken and written. It may be hard, however, for them to believe they’re as good as they truly are at it. For Saturn can make it hard for us to take ourselves seriously where it is placed. Additionally, their reputation can be two-fold: at once brilliant and a liar. Crossing boundaries to see how far one can go, as Saturn is wont to do, can lead one down the road of talking a big talk, saying untrue or mean things. They need to bite their tongue and temper their talking. In its finest essence, these are the responsible studiers of eclectic knowledge. The A-students. The law writers. The editors. The master linguists!