"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cosmic Santa And Cosmic Boss Oppose One Another...

   That's right, the two biggest planets in our solar system will be in direct opposition to each other on Monday evening, the 28th, at the halfway point of a cycle begun in May of 2000, when Jupiter (cosmic Santa) and Saturn, (cosmic Boss) met in earthy Taurus with a huge focus on finances! Now these two planets of dueling energy, Jupiter/expansion and Saturn/contraction, find themselves in the Aries/Libra polarity and this makes for interesting times.

   First, a few words about what was going on at the start of this cycle when both planets were in stable Taurus. While it seems like just yesterday, it's been eleven years since the year 2000, or "Y-2-K", when the principles of optimism and conservation got a lot of attention due to the turn of the century, the premise being that technological advances had not taken into account the mayhem that could be caused if computers didn't make a smooth transition from the 1900's to years beginning in '2'.  There were many on the planet with extra food in their basements and some even started saving gold in case of a technological meltdown that would throw off delivery schedules of food to stores, money to and from banks, travel schedules and emergency back-up systems, etc., etc.! (yes, I am simplifying this because I don't have all night to write...)

  So... a cycle that started out with practical concerns of money, food and the earth, has come around to the "illumination point" -  like a Full Moon, only instead of the Sun and Moon opposite each other, it's Jupiter and Saturn. Currently, the out-going planetary energy of giant Jupiter is cruising through Aries, the fiery first sign of the zodiac, highlighting new beginnings, daring exploits and "me, me, me..." Saturn, on the other hand, is steadfastly working to keep things on an even keel as he wants to remain in charge in Libra, familiar territory of relationships, harmony and sociability. By the way, Saturn is said to be "exalted" in this sign, thriving on bringing agreement to both sides of the table.

  Your challenge is to find some kind of balance between being a kid and an adult, a seeker or a settler, a rolling stone or a staid old fart. Who is the boss of you? Where do you need to re-establish balance for yourself first, then in your relationships? These are the questions that need your focus right now! It's all well and good to want partnership, but if you don't know yourself well, how will you know what you truly need? This is a time for new starts, not repeating the mistakes of the past and Jupiter in Aries brings the courage; Saturn in Libra allows you to know what's yours and what's not. Pay attention...

  What's going on all around us that distracts us and drives us to sometimes making the wrong decisions? The outer planets in the Cardinal signs are in a BIG kerfuffle; Uranus is in Aries and Pluto is in Capricorn and that adds to the current opposition on the world axis. We have a planet of limited resources struggling to deal with economic slow-downs, natural disasters, aggressive protests against the powers that be and a real need for strong leadership that is concerned with the rights of the individual. Doesn't it just make you mad... don't you just want to spit...?! Yeah... well, go ahead and see where complaining, sulking or over-reacting gets you. Or... you could use your right to exhale, take a time-out and get your bearings before just rushing headlong into the fray.

  Thanks to Uranus and Jupiter both being in Aries, I'd say that speaks to the 'individual' principle and wanting to rush ahead... to just do something new and different, while Saturn wants to maintain the status-quo. Can the two sides listen to each other and make concessions? Possibly... but it has to start with you!

  People need to act responsibly for themselves in order to make things happen in their lives... all the while considering the impact of their actions on  their families, neighbors and the rest of the world. But, if you think someone else will "do it", whatever "it" is, you're wrong! There is no more time for selfishness, day-dreaming or apathy - the seeds planted have begun to grow and we now have the opportunity to see where our efforts can make a difference. Be strong, step up to the plate and make your voice heard and your actions count as you align your intentions with positive outcomes for all!

  Remember... keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.

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