di•a•logue – an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement. To discuss areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them.
The opposition between Mars in Aries and Saturn in Libra started me thinking seriously of the need for meaningful, respectful dialogue, on both a personal level and in the collective as a whole. The Mercury-Mars conjunction in Aries underscored this with its tendency to shoot first and ask questions later.
Understanding how Aries and Libra complement each other may be the key to finding the path to being able to sit down and discuss matters with respect. Fire and air are compatible elements, first and foremost. Given half a chance they can find common ground because they do feed each other, often through a combination of humor and reason. Aries initiative is something Libra respects while Libra’s ability to be tactful under pressure can amaze Aries. Besides, Libra laughs at Aries’ jokes . . . always a good tactic.
It is when one or both parties show a marked lack of respect for the other that little to nothing can be accomplished. If you have had the dubious pleasure of attempting to converse with someone who constantly interrupts you or shouts you down, you know what I mean. We don’t have to agree with another to show them respect by listening carefully to what they are saying and taking time to consider what was said before responding.
Saturn in Libra is the master of respectful dialogue between Libra’s sense of fair play and equity balanced by Saturn’s enduring patience. He is sitting there calmly waiting for Mars and Mercury in Aries to quit running around reacting to every little ripple in the atmosphere before making suggestions as to how to direct all the Aries drive.
Here’s to practicing constructive listening skills and patience in the days ahead!
On a personal note: My Leo Sun-Aquarius Moon brother and I have widely diverging opinion on politics – he is quite conservative and I lean towards the liberal side. I don’t recall ever getting into a shouting match with him and we manage to agree to disagree without hurt feelings. Admittedly this is due in part to my generally non-confrontational nature . . . *grin*