While yesterday’s exact Saturn-Uranus opposition only made one set of aspects to my natal Venus in Sagittarius (a sextile and trine), it still left me feeling stunned and silenced due in large part to the intense activity leading up to it.
Last week turned out to be a whirlwind of family gatherings at my home. My beloved Aries niece, her Aries husband and their delightful but extremely busy three year old Aquarius daughter came for a visit on Thursday along with both of my sisters and our father. I usually avoid playing hostess for my extended family like the plague because it is exhausting – fun but exhausting. However, I really love my niece and haven’t seen her in nine years nor had I met her husband and daughter, so I made an exception because she wanted to see the old home place she had so many fond memories of visiting growing up. Lots and lots of prep work involved for that event and lots of work cleaning up after.
A day or so later, my Gemini stepdaughter, her Aries husband and their buzz bomb of a three year old Pisces Sun-Aries Moon daughter spent the better part of the day. We all had a great time but they ended up staying much longer than planned, so My Aries husband was grummeling and growling about all the things he didn’t get done.
Uranus is still in my fourth house and Saturn in my tenth but this time I was more aware of how relationships were the source of stress rather than work vs. household matters. Note the number of Aries people all wanting my Libra attention and me feeling the need to give it to them, and in the process exhausting myself and my resources. Now it is time to start regrouping and taking time to rebuild my own energy.
Mars and Venus will be moving into Libra in the next couple of weeks, joining Saturn (and opposing Jupiter-Uranus in Aries). This places more weight on the Libra side of the scales. As with any opposition we have the choice of seeing this as an opportunity for dialogue or deepening conflict. It is up to us as individuals to decide because for some this might be just the trigger they need to break free of an oppressive situation while others may receive information allowing them to settle long standing differences.
The Saturn-Uranus opposition is just one part of the whole cardinal crush in the sky and I find it easier to get my mind around the big picture by looking at each aspect as it becomes exact. Otherwise it can be overwhelming to contemplate and that makes me want to go stick my head in the sand.
After living with Saturn opposing Uranus since late 2008, the end is in sight with the final exact opposition between Saturn in Libra and Uranus in Aries on July 26, 2010 . . . just five days away.
This opposition has been heralded by many astrologers, including myself, as the clash between the status quo (Saturn) and progressive change (Uranus). Like most of life, the results are faaaaar less clearly delineated. Let me illustrate this with a brief story about some changes in my immediate neighborhood.
About five years ago, the push began to install wind towers in the valley I live in as a source of sustainable energy. There were three or four different prime locations under consideration. The one first approved was in an area with no home sites, just lots of sagebrush. The other locations were much closer to existing homes and land under development for more. These projects were hotly opposed by both the homeowners and developers. One of these is on a ridge directly above my home.
I supported the approval of the wind farms from the very beginning because I love the idea of our pesky wind being put to good use and because I would FAR rather live next door to wind towers than a bunch of houses. My home is on property that has been in my family for well over 100 years and even in my life time, the changes wrought by growth and development is profound. So I had little to no sympathy for those people from the greater Seattle area who had purchased property near the possible wind farm locations and were screaming about their view being ruined and therefore decreasing the property value.
With the developers financing the opposition, forcing the wind farm people to jump through every possible legal hoop, the projects were delayed for several years. And if the bottom had not dropped out the housing market with the advent of the first Saturn-Uranus opposition, the developers would likely have been successful. However, once the income from development dried up, the county officials quickly moved to OK three additional wind farms to tap into that revenue source.
Now we have wind towers gracing our horizon and generating clean, renewable energy with the side benefit of placing no more stress on our minimal water resources. Going by those criteria, I’d say progressive Uranus won the day but without the local officials being driven by the bottom line (Saturn) the wind farms would not be there either.
Anyone willing to bet when we look back over the Saturn-Uranus opposition years, we won’t find many more examples like this? Real life is almost always much messier than the prognosticators would have it, just as human beings are much more complex and full of contradictions.
Be prepared for fireworks and plenty of hot air with the Full Moon in Aquarius opposing the Sun in Leo at 3° 00″ on July 25, 2010 6:37 PM PDT, as there are no planets in water signs in this chart and consequently the ability to empathize with others will be difficult to access.
There are two major patterns formed: First, the now notorious cardinal T-square with Uranus and Jupiter in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra and both square to Pluto in Capricorn; and second, a Mystic Rectangle with the Sun in Leo opposing the Moon in Aquarius, Saturn in Libra opposing Uranus-Jupiter in Aries (all four planets are also joined by either trines or sextiles).
To me the most interesting part is the way these two patterns connect via the Sun and Moon suggesting there is an outlet for the energy building within the T-square. The cool rationality of air represented by the Moon in Aquarius and Saturn in Libra blends well with the fiery drive of the Leo Sun and Jupiter-Uranus in Aries. It would appear we can either have lively, informative discussions or knockdown, drag out brawls, the choice is up to us as individuals. Of course, my preference is to keep my mouth shut, steer clear of reading inflammatory posts online, ignore all but the local news and weather report on the TV and read only the comics in the newspaper . . . keeping my stress levels in check is critical for my health and well being!
The greatest challenge with the Mystic Rectangle has to do with how well fire and air signs relate to one another, creating the potential for righteousness and arrogance. Both Sabian symbols for the Sun and Moon hint at this possibility. The Moon at 4 Aquarius, “A Hindu healer glows with a mystic healing power” and the Sun at 4 Leo, “A man formally dressed stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition”.
While the symbol for the Moon can signify deep healing, it can also mean taking too much on faith without checking to see if claims made are not just smoke and mirrors. The symbol for the Sun is very much about the need to impress others and behaving in an egocentric manner, not exactly conducive to forbearance and humility. Everyone is feeling the pressure of the cardinal T-square at this time and can use all the sanity and good sense we can muster.
The best argument for postponing any serious discussions at this time is the opposition between Mercury in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius. It will be exact on July 26, the day after the Full Moon. In the days leading up the Full Moon, facts could get so blown out of proportion the ability to figure out what is really going on will be extremely difficult. Once Mercury moves into its home sign of Virgo on July 27, the confusion will rapidly clear up and leave those who went way out on the proverbial limb with red faces.
Mars is in Virgo and inconjunct Neptune in Aquarius giving us yet another reason to delay taking action because here again Neptune’s influence creates problems with finding a clear direction. However Mars also is about ready to change signs and moves into Libra, conjoining Saturn, on July 29. This will likely prove to be a very sobering experience for Mars (and anyone with planets or Angles 0° to 3° Libra) because Saturn in Libra pretty much demands a sensible, structured approach to tasks.
Ceres, now retrograde in Sagittarius, squares Venus in Virgo leaving me with the impression this is not the best time to head out to play. Neither Ceres nor Venus is in signs where they are most comfortable. Sagittarius is far too fiery and unpredictable for Ceres who is a strong believer in proper cycles and good timing, and Virgo in general is not fun loving enough for Venus. Now if you have creative projects that need wrapping up, this square IS good for that!
I intend to mind my own business as much as possible for the time being, stick with my general policy of treating others with kindness and respect and wait for improving celestial weather to open any and all negotiations. Besides . . . I have family coming to town between now and the Full Moon and that always absorbs any extra time and energy I have between getting ready, visiting and cleaning up after. Yippee skippee
The Jupiter-Uranus in Aries need to push forward at top speed is being effectively blocked by Saturn and l don’t think this is going to change until after the final Saturn-Uranus opposition on July 26, 2010, if then.
This opposition has to feel very similar to hard aspects between Mars and Saturn, often described as driving with the brakes on. I know I am gradually working down my ‘to do’ list but each task seems to take much longer to accomplish than usual, like walking through deep snow or mud where each step takes extra effort.
Yesterday my sisters and I finally managed to make it to the bank to close an account requiring all of our signatures. This was not easy to do because my younger sister lives a couple of hours away and finding a break in my older sister’s work schedule is always tricky. Fortunately Father’s Days provided us with an excuse to get together and we managed to combine business with pleasure. But we spent a couple of weeks exchanging emails and phone calls coordinating this. Would you believe BOTH my sisters have Saturn-Mars conjunctions natally – one in Cancer and the other in Virgo? My Mars is conjoined Mercury and inconjunct Uranus with no interference from Saturn, so my normal modus operandi is much faster and it drives me nuts dealing with them.
There are more financial matters I need to attend to over the next couple of weeks, no surprise since the Sun in Cancer is transiting my eighth house and opposing Pluto in Cappy currently residing in my second. Heh, I did gain from my pain yesterday because my father ended up distributing the small amount of money in the account we closed to each of us. Of course, my share will be going to pay off some bills but that’s fine with me! Sure seems like Saturn has the upper hand at this time around here.
If this is an example of what the grand cross in general will bring, I am not going to complain at all. Slow but steady progress is far better from where I’m sitting than rushing around putting out fires which is what would be happening if Jupiter and Uranus in Aries had their way.
Image: Pretty quarter Moon in Libra is easy on the eyes even if the image has nothing to do with the post.
All Full Moons are in opposing signs, complementary but on opposite sides of the zodiac wheel, and this one at 6°33′ Sagittarius on May 27, 2010 is only one of several oppositions in this chart making it a great opportunity to review how to work with oppositions in general.
It only makes sense to begin a look at how the Sun in chatty Gemini relates to the Moon in adventurous Sagittarius. In my opinion, the most important factor in any astrological opposition is the signs are in compatible elements, in this case air and fire. Gemini loves learning something new to share, and anyone who knows Sagittarius also knows they have many, many wonderful stories to tell about their travels and studies. Opposite signs are always in the same mode and both Gemini and Sagittarius are flexible, ever morphing mutable signs. It is no surprise they have a great time hanging out discussing anything and everything under the sun – or moon, as the case may be. It also helps the Sun and Moon naturally complement each other – the Sun gives out light and the Moon reflects it.
A more challenging pair of planets in opposition is Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter in Pisces. Even though Virgo and Pisces are both mutable signs in complementary elements of earth and water, the nature of the planets involved make finding common dialogue more challenging. Forthright, expansive Jupiter can annoy Saturn, the planet of boundaries, no end. Saturn in Virgo is very concerned with finding the right words and making sure every detail is correct while Jupiter in Pisces is focused on being inclusive and all voices are heard. The best use of this opposition is to delegate responsibilities to those best suited for the job – Virgo types to organize and execute, and Jupiter types to spread the word and enthusiastically promote. When these two planets work in tandem, they can move mountains . . . literally.
The Saturn-Uranus opposition is still in effect with Uranus just a couple of hours away from moving into Aries for the next few months. Will Uranus in Aries provide the spark that ignites a conflagration? Or will it bring renewed inspiration and flashes of pure genius? Or both at the same time. We’ll find out, won’t we? Lucky us . . .
Speaking of hot times, Mars is still in Leo (moves to Virgo on June 8, 2010) and makes a waxing opposition to Neptune in Aquarius which will be exact on June 4, 2010. Dramatic fiery Leo can be nicely complemented by cool, detached Aquarius but if these fixed signs decide to take a stand on one principle or another, resolution may be awhile coming. Here again we have a pair of planets who are very, very different. Mars is the action principle and loves nothing better than to be doing something, preferably physical. Neptune is the planet of voted most likely to create confusion and illusion. I can see Mars in Leo totally stymied by Neptune in Aquarius and thereby creating a situation where nothing gets accomplished at all. If you have planets or Angles in the late degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) be prepared for delays, confusion and feeling bogged down until Mars gets the heck out of Leo!
The last opposition worth mentioning is a waning opposition between Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn (exact on May 23, 2010). This one is part of the cardinal cross we are hearing so much about these days. Usually I’d put money on Pluto in Capricorn being the top dog here but Venus in Cancer will more than hold her own due to a sextile to Mercury in Taurus giving her the ability to come up with just the right arguments to win the day. Venus in Cancer is gentle, charming and can yield to great effect – think Judo or Aikido, both martial arts forms noted for using their opponents force against them.
When I put all this together, what I see is a great opportunity to hone your communication skills and learn the importance of agreeing to disagree. Almost all of us can brush up on learning to actively listen instead of ignoring what the other person is saying to plan our response. Conversations are most productive when they are genuine dialogues – you know, where one person speaks and the other person listens and vice versa? Right now we really NEED good dialogue instead of screaming matches that promote polarization instead of constructive compromise.
Remember to treat others with kindness, consideration and plenty of forbearance in the days ahead – no matter how much you’d love to do otherwise!
Image: Sagittarius rules horses and loves a new baby in the herd. This little one was born with the Mars-Moon conjunction in Leo.