Saturn square Neptune – Reality Shifts, Living the Dream or Losing the Plot?

Saturn spaceThe midpoint between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice is an important point in the progress of the Sun through the year. Seasonal festivities are now mainly focussed around Halloween but the actual “cross quarter day” is on the 7th. Many of the stone megaliths throughout Europe indicate the Sun’s alignment to a specific point in the landscape. These ancient markers remind us of the cyclic nature of our solar year. By following the movements of the planets we can also become aware of much bigger cycles within society and our group consciousness.

The main Astrological event this month is a significant point in a dynamic relationship between Saturn and Neptune that takes about 36-37 years to complete. This current square angle will be active until mid September 2016 and is likely to bring about huge shifts in our awareness, viewpoints and attitudes, both on the personal level and within the mass consciousness. This phase will take us through to 2025 and a completion of this cycle.

The square angle is a challenge, an uncomfortable situation which requires action. Saturn acts as a teacher and represents the world of physicality. There are responsibilities, conditions and inevitable consequences that come with the human experience. We all experience the doubts, fears and insecurities of living in a three dimensional state. Understanding how to navigate the material world brings self discipline, resourcefulness and also practical wisdom.

Whenever we encounter Saturn we are being asked to take a reality check – are our limits supporting us or preventing further growth? Do we need to rewrite our contracts, check our boundaries or face up to something?

Neptune is almost opposite in nature. It draws us to a non material world beyond the limitations of physicality. It dissolves the boundaries of time and space. We touch into the dream world of mystery, illusion and delusion whenever Neptune is in our consciousness. There are no limitations with Neptune, no definition or structure. It speaks to us of unseen worlds beyond the physical senses, an infinite oneness. It invites us to experience the realm of spirit.

Saturn is currently in Sagittarius whilst Neptune is in Pisces, and both these signs are ruled by Jupiter, the “feel good” planet. Jupiter seeks happiness, meaning, something beyond the mundane and ultimately, a sense of joy. Sagittarius is philosophical, a truth seeker whilst Pisces is merging with mystical realms. The challenge indicated by the current square angle will bring up issues of moral or spiritual significance as we are encouraged to expand and grow into something beyond our current experience.

The themes during the coming months will be about our commonality, compassion and connection to all life. The next challenge will be to represent this expanded awareness in our social systems and organisations. There will be reality shifts. Sometimes this could be a through a profound revelation of spiritual understanding or it could be due to a disintegration of what seemed to be reliable and trustworthy into a state of chaos. The next year will be arduous for anyone who has not begun to explore higher truths that are inclusive rather than separatist or divisive. Disillusionment has to happen as the existing illusion breaks down. For those who are very entrenched in the material world this can translate into a sense of self righteousness, religious fanaticism or determination to bring law and order into areas of perceived chaos. For those who are already consciously seeking on a spiritual level the challenges will be found where dreams or ideals don’t match with daily life. The bottom line here from Saturn is “Get Real” and from Neptune “Let Go to the Flow” The challenge is to do both simultaneously!

If you want to know how these important planetary dynamics are likely to impact on a personal level you’ll need to know how  they interact with your own birth chart.  I can discuss this and many other astrological details with you in a reading of your chart. Get in touch for an appointment.

Breakthoughs, Breakdowns & Growing up. Solar eclipse. Mars Pluto conjunct Square Uranus.

During the early part of this month we should benefit from the stabilising effect of the recent Full Moon in Taurus. Now is the moment to pause and recognise the enormity of recent achievements and how much has been endured and overcome in the last months.
This is an important time of evolution for us all and most people will have noticed that the pressure is on and the uphill struggle has seemed relentless. Individuals are each faced with their own version of events and situations which challenge and confront. This month may see many breakthroughs and even some breakdowns but it will also give the opportunity to discover some previously untapped strengths and unexpected allegiances.
With Saturn, our teacher planet and lord of the temporal realm, now firmly in Scorpio for the first time since 1985 we have a particular set of lessons to learn. Wherever we find Saturn we are being told we need to “grow up” in that area. Part of that process is to acknowledge certain realities, however distasteful. In Scorpio we can no longer deny the “bad stuff” that goes on in our world. Our days of innocence or ignorance are over. The “bad” in Scorpio terms, includes any subject that provokes strong emotional reactions and especially all that society considers taboo! Saturn in Scorpio says that if we seriously want to be better people living in a better world, we had better start looking under stones to see what there is that might just crawl out. The Scorpio energy insists that nothing can remain hidden when it’s due for transformation. Events now, and into the next two years, make it obvious that there are a lot of dark secrets to be found amongst people that are trying to look like they have social superiority. What will also be revealed, in true Scorpio fashion, is that whoever attempts, in retaliation, to claim the moral high ground, likely has plenty of their own they would like to keep hidden.
The sign of Scorpio, as the phoenix, indicates that there has to be a release of energy, but only after a purging or completion of what has gone before. We can then move into the next phase and rise up from the ashes. This month’s New Moon on the 13th is also a total Solar eclipse which always indicates a departure from the past and subsequent new beginning. During the following few days and into the third week of November the Planets move into a challenging pattern. Mars in Capricorn is determined and when aligned with compelling Pluto becomes a mighty force. This powerful duo square up with noncompliant Uranus in hot headed Aries from 22nd to 24th. This may be an unsettling time when action is required but it’s hampered by confusion over what or who is reliable and trustworthy now. You may find yourself deeply moved by events or need to reach deep within to find meaning during this time. Setting up barriers of protection and trying to put controlling restrictions on others as a defence against behaviour or attitude, fails to be effective in the long term. It also serves to reinforce our own self limitation. Greater understanding of what makes us who we are, without the limitations of social conformity, is the quickest way to release the stress and tension that comes with these difficult alignments. The increased self acceptance allows for greater acceptance of the failings of others.

Astrology Update November 2011

After the Scorpio New Moon in October we celebrated Halloween and now in November we enter the darkest time of the year. Soon we can begin looking forward to the winter solstice and lengthening of days again.

With Mars the ‘action’ planet opposite ‘mysterious’ Neptune during the first week this month, it can feel like we are groping in the dark and things may not be what they seem so beware of deception and false information. The truth about events that have occurred in recent weeks may become clearer over time as Neptune returns to its forward motion on the 9th after four months in retrograde.

The Neptunian theme of illusions also characterises the partial Solar Eclipse on the 25th. Visible only from the extreme southern hemisphere this is the last of four Solar eclipses this year and will affect global events over the following several months. Traditional Astrology, which puts a strong emphasis on an eclipse chart for predicting the nature of world events, gives us many indications that this November event will be particularly significant.

As the Sun Moon conjunction moves into a challenging square angle to ‘passionate’ Mars whilst in a comfortable trine to ‘unpredictable’ Uranus, we can expect some kind of conflict to be triggered and a great deception is likely to be attempted by those who want to take advantage of the unfolding circumstances. Expect a lot of confusion to follow during the next few months. Peculiar or unusual events may happen but don’t believe everything you are being told or even what you think you are seeing. This lack of clarity and uncertainty could potentially bring despair if the personal disruption is particularly hard to cope with.

Meanwhile, ‘Freedom loving’ Uranus is positioned at zero degrees of Aries which is a critical point of the Zodiac and suggests a strong drive towards independence from restriction with many radical initiatives and new directions sparking conflicts of interest. The current unrest and dissatisfaction with financial inequality that’s being demonstrated around the world isn’t likely to go away for some time yet and may reach a new peak towards the months end.

The possibility of a stabilising influence comes from a grand trine in ‘reliable’ Earth signs involving Mars in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Taurus. This could see a religious or faith based organisation combine with financial interests to propose a practical solution in an attempt to resolve current difficulties. At the same time there could be the emergence of a new spiritually motivated attitude towards both our personal resources and our social organisations that is actually grounded in reality rather than idealism.

It’s likely that another deal or treaty of some kind will be forced forward but with ‘slippery’ Mercury who rules over those affairs going into its retrograde motion on 24th there will be many more setbacks and attempts at deception before any agreement is reached and settled satisfactorily.

The next Full Moon is at 19° Taurus on the 10th November at 8:17pm and the next New Moon is at 3° Sagittarius on the 25th at 6:10am

November Full Moon

The Moon waxes to Full on the 13th November and then wanes away to bring the darkest night on 27th November before re-emerging as the slimmest crescent of the New Moon which in turn waxes again to Full. For thousands of years Astrologers have observed the rhythm of the Moon and cyclic patterns of Planets as they wander through the heavens. Over the centuries stargazers have observed cosmic events and noted how they parallel mundane events of human affairs. The Astrologer’s art is the interpretation of these “as above, so below” parallels. This month’s cosmic events can leave no Astrologer in any doubt that we are truly embarking on a new era. Early November saw the first of five oppositions that Saturn will make to Uranus between now and July 2010. The last similar aspect of this kind was in the mid 1960’s when there was very real social disruption brought about by civil liberties groups, radical social reformers and anti Vietnam War protesters who challenged the status quo. Another current major shift is signified by Pluto finally moving into the sign of Capricorn where it will stay until 2023. We can expect Pluto to relentlessly undermine anything which is not ultimately beneficial to the greater good when it comes to the established authorities represented by Capricorn. Within financial institutions, political hierarchies and organisations who claim to be upholders of social ethics we will see an exposure of the corrupt and deceitful elements. The necessary breaking down of these outworn structures clears the way for a more enlightened inclusive and sustainable social order. The “get rich quick” theme and economic inequalities are replaced by longer term values built on real community needs. The effect of these planetary events takes many years to play out. Resistance to such thorough change is felt both personally and in the larger social arena but these reforms are essential for our long term well being. Remember that although these next few years may be uncomfortable they are but a mere blink of an eye in the greater cosmic scheme of things and the history of civilisation.