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Mars conjunct Saturn square Neptune – when the going gets tough, the tough call your bluff

As Saturn grinds to a halt in its retrograde motion on 13 August, and remains pretty much stationary during this month at around nine to ten degrees of Sagittarius, Mars will come to an exact conjunction with it on the 24th marking a time of hard realities where biting the bullet may be the only way to bear the pain for those unprepared or overly attached to the trivial.

Mars conjunct SaturnFrom the 10th of August already Mars can be considered within a wide eight degree orb of conjunction and the influence of the two malefics meeting may begin to be felt, gradually intensifying in their influence by the 24th and then gradually subsiding thereafter as Mars passes the slow tick of Old Father Time – Saturn – as he speeds up to his usual snail’s pace once more.

The alignment of these two planets can play itself out in a variety of ways, not only problematic. It depends, of course, on the consciousness of the individual as to how this opportunity may be harnessed. Mars symbolises the desire nature, the male libido, and one’s assertiveness generally, while Saturn traditionally symbolises authority figures, limitations and a slow and heavy influence. So some have described this combination as “driving with the brakes on”. When the drive or desire meets the slow heavy object, the initial urge to achieve the goal may seem obstructed, slow or difficult, but with perseverance the force of inertia can be overcome, launch velocity can be reached, and movement, once initiated, can grow and actually endure with great stamina available for the long haul.

So on the positive side this is potentially a time of increased capacity for hard work or physical achievement, with enduring strength, resourcefulness and even courage in situations of danger or initial difficulty. The Spartan qualities of the soldier toughing it out under frugal conditions are thus available to those who are able to overcome their attachments to frivolous luxuries, soft pillows or petty needs, and so although seeming bitter in the beginning, those who are willing to persevere will taste the sweetness at the end, as the stiff muscles warm up, the engine builds up steam and the wheels of the Juggernaut begin rolling in the right direction, with the long term goal in mind.

In other words this is not – on first impression – an easy time, but for those willing to do the needful, much can be achieved by sheer hard work, patience and determination. No pain – no gain. Stiffness due to unused muscles or even sluggishness of mind due to wallowing in the mire of Maya can be overcome now for those with the desire to go higher. Just be careful though of anger or hard feelings of malice against another during this phase, possibly due to frustration at blockages or slow pace or apparent opposition to your actions. Deliberate aggression or organised destruction is to be avoided, unless of course i’ts time to mount that wrecking ball and ride it like a bucking bronco, but only you will know. Just be careful of breaking bones though, yours or someone else’s. And also be sure to analyse your motives, lest they contain any seeds of mundane ambition for power, which will only make you look like a tyrannical dictator. The current political situation in Turkey comes to mind now, as attempted coups, military overthrows and purges, along with a fanatical desire to reinstate the once great Ottoman Empire under Sharia Law is a perfect example of this conjunction gong to the head of some tyrant drunk on selfish power.

This month’s planetary conjunction suggests a time when the going may get tough, but the tough will certainly get going and keep going, as one’s stamina, endurance and strength are tested, strength of will and of character. Courage is called for, as Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune favours the brave, if they fight for the right cause. The combination of Mars and Saturn is a paradoxical one, for it requires courage despite fear, assertion along with great control, and desire along with staunch discipline. When the intense desire to move meets the incredibly heavy or paralysing weight of inertia, or fear of assertion, then something has to give, and it depends entirely on one’s character as to how this plays itself out. Certainly, if you have been feeling stuck and needing a way to break free from the lower modes or break out of the chains of illusion, then this month’s conjunction of Mars and Saturn may be your window of opportunity. Now is the time to fight the good fight, on behalf of the right authority figure, of course. If your will was ever excessively thwarted as a child, then unresolved issues may arise now as patterns of repeated fights against authorities or parental influences may emerge. Just remember that neither the whipping boy or the cracker of the whip is a healthy role to play now. Ideally we have good authorities to follow, or we have internalised in a healthy way the higher authority and are guided by them to sublimate our desires to a worthy cause so that we can make proper use of this valuable human form of life, and not behave like polished animals, pigs in silk, monkey renunciates.

If you find yourself frustrated or suffering from blocked desire that leaves you feeling angry, then try vigorous physical exercise, hard physical labour, find a healthy outlet to channel any pent up libido. Harness that chi and mould it to your will, or to a higher will, and avoid getting yourself into trouble, or into quarrels. In this way you forge the heavy metal of your human nature into a powerful tool or weapon in the war against Maya or the lower forces of nature, so that it becomes tempered to perfection. No athlete has made it to the current Olympic Games without daily hours of sweat and labour to attain the real gold for which we are all always anxious. Mars conjunct Saturn

Let’s also remember that Saturn is still square to Neptune this month (as mentioned in a previous article) and so as Mars conjuncts with Saturn, it too will join that challenging square to Neptune for a few days, peaking around the 24th of August. Be careful then of any unwanted or conflicting emotional desires or bad habits from your unconscious blocking your drive forward. Repression is not the answer now either, as it will only lead to neurosis or unhealthy expression, either in psychosomatic illness or accident, or deviation from the path. Be careful of drug usage, conventional or otherwise, for they all have bad side effects and psychiatrists and doctors are merely drug pushers for Big Pharma who prefer you sick or medicated so that they can get rich. The deception that the medical industry has your best interests at heart is huge and those days of “Hippocratically oathed” doctors is long gone. Just watch the documentary called “The Marketing of Madness” if you want evidence. Under this astrological alignment we all need to beware of treachery, deceit and dishonesty, and the challenge will be to keep it real.

Any apparent feelings of emotional frustration or sentimental longing for that big illusion called romance can also be easily mitigated by channelling your creativity into art, dance, drama or music, or any field that gives scope to the imagination or the image-making hemisphere of the brain. Romance is basically self-deception and merely a side effect of the mating instinct, but unless we are taught the science of consciousness we will remain victims of the advertising agencies as well as our own minds and will only have ourselves to blame when we inevitably suffer the disappearance of that temporary imagined romantic illusion. Indeed it is uncontrolled imagination (Neptune) which inflames the desires (Mars) of the unwitting aspirant. Now you know.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/mars-conjunct-saturn-square-neptune-when-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-call-your-bluff/

Saturn square Neptune in the winter of our discontent

It may only be winter in the southern hemisphere, but it may as well be across the entire planet this season, as hard reality bites into the dreams of glory for all of us.

Saturn square NeptuneThe square alignment between the slower outer planets Saturn and Neptune became exact in mid June, gradually separating to a maximum of only 1.5 degrees by mid August, and then, due to Saturn’s going stationary and then direct in that month, slowly narrows the gap until they align exactly yet again on September 11. This all occurs (in the tropical zodiac) between 10 and 12 degrees of the mutable signs Sagittarius and Pisces respectively for Saturn and Neptune. So throughout this period from June to September we can consider this square alignment to be active.

Two more contrary planets you will not find in the myths and symbolism of astrology. Saturn symbolises the hard reality and limitations of the material, while Neptune is associated with the mystical, ideal, visionary and abstract. When they align in a challenging 90 degree angle like this we see the symbolic struggle to ground or realize the dream. It symbolises confusion about what one really wants, frustration in co-ordinating efforts. Or just at the time one is about to realise one’s goals, circumstances – or one’s own insecurities – pulls the rug out from under one’s feet. This is traditionally the dilemma of the self-defeatist, like Arjuna the mighty warrior on the battlefield of Kurukshetra in the sacred Sanskrit Vedic text of Bhagavad Gita. Although fully competent to do battle, he wavers at the last minute due to confusion as to what is right and wrong, what is moral or not, and almost walks away from the fight in surrender, until Krishna, his friend and advisor instructs him on the value of the transcendent view of reality – a paradox if ever there was one. That is Saturn challenging Neptune for you. How to understand the immanent in the transcendent, spirit in matter, the abstract ideal in the world of apparent limitation and imperfection.

The self-defeatist is one who has lost the battle before even starting, and this is the danger symbolised by the current alignment this season. Confidence is sorely tested and uncertainty abounds. Faith is shaken by unexpected circumstances. This is when it is wise to simplify our everyday lives in order to avoid complications. When we begin to question our very goals and ambitions for ourselves, when we feel as if we may be unworthy or unqualified, or that the universe is not constructed to allow us such goals, then disappointment, discouragement and pessimism are the likely outcomes. However, these may all be illusory or even worse, self-fulfilling prophecies, where the mind of the self-defeatist becomes his or her own worst enemy. The solution is to not take yourself too seriously at this time, to keep it simple, and refrain from any major decision-making or changes if at all possible.

Another manifestation of the Saturn – Neptune square is illness, either a psychological caving in, or a physical difficulty, and the fear of loss of control that follows. More precisely Neptune is associated with poisons, drugs or pollution, and if we look at global affairs during this season, the Rio Olympics is a perfect example, with the risk of disease affecting the entire event. Athletes from all over the world now fear attending the Olympics due to the chance that they may catch the Zika Virus or due to the unacceptable levels of pollution in the Rio waters that could easily contaminate any visitor. Another challenge is the doping scandal amongst some athletes who are now being banned from competing. The problem is that an entire nation of Russia is being banned even though only a few of their athletes were found guilty. In both these incidences – disease and doping – we see the dreams of sportsmen and women who have sacrificed so much to attain this lifelong dream of making it to the Olympics, being systematically dashed in true Saturn square Neptune style. They are defeated before they even begin. Some simply refuse to attend out of fear over contagion, while others are unjustly deprived. The classic challenge of dreams and ideals versus hard reality of strict standards and laws. Even if those laws seem unfairly politically motivated. The sacrifice of one’s dreams due to realities of the world should be avoided now as much as possible. The challenge now is to make our dream a reality, so keep the faith comrades.

Another global event symbolising the Saturn – Neptune square is the Brexit vote. Saturn symbolises borders and boundaries, while Neptune is the opposite of all-inclusiveness or the dissolving of boundaries. Here the vote was cast and the borders and boundaries of Britain were once again firmly constructed as the inclusion in the EU came to a jolting end, thus challenging the foundation of the EU as a valid entity, testing their raison d’etre, their confidence and the confidence of the economy. The square alignment of these two planets is also associated with a weak or absent father or leader figure, and both Cameron, prime minister of UK, as well as Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party have been seen to be weak leaders whose leadership has been challenged. Curiously Cameron will resign in September, the very month that the square alignment becomes exact yet again. The leader or father figure (symbolised by Saturn) is being challenged (square aspect) as weak or is being lost due to the shake-up (Neptune). So much confusion, uncertainty and crisis of faith is being felt throughout the world now as a result of this simple Brexit referendum vote and the economic and political implications that will occur now during this alignment and beyond. Now Scotland, Ireland and others are all questioning their identity and allegiance to either UK or EU and this identity crisis will possibly rock the world still further in the coming months.

I wonder what the upcoming elections in South Africa on 3 August will manifest, falling on the day that the Sun trines Saturn as it squares Neptune? Already political killings are occurring, much like the assassination of British MP Toni Cox recently, just before the Brexit vote, by a fanatical nationalist. Here the ANC leadership is in crisis mode with internal factionalism, what to speak of opposition attack. The raison d’etre of the revolutionary liberation party is being questioned, with its leader President Zuma under severe crisis as weak and corrupt, with his over 700 criminal charges being reinstated now. Another manifestation of this aspect is guilt, which comes from the word “geld” which means to pay. Curiously one of the political parties campaigning for the August elections in RSA has been disqualified simply because they did not pay their entry fee in time. They confused the date of submission. In other words one can become easily confused about the hard realities of the law when Neptune in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius. Also President Zuma has to pay back the money, well at least R7 million of it, used to upgrade his private home. Payback time is here for those who have tried to blur the boundaries to suit their selfish interests. As with Brazil and UK, South Africa’s leader is being ousted and we find ourselves in the classic Saturn square Neptune scenario of a people with a weak or missing father or leader figure. Even Lesotho, a country wholly surrounded by South Africa, is in crisis with a questionable leadership, and is having an existential crisis of faith, debating whether it should simply join South Africa as a new province. Thus all over the world the boundaries and borders are being dissolved or redrawn across the map under these winds of change.

Guilt, however, should be avoided in our personal lives during this alignment, for often it is exaggerated. It may stem from feeling as if you are guilty of a debt and must continually make reparation or pay some sort of penance to God or Guru. If you feel the debt to the spiritual master must be repaid, then the route indicated at this time of Saturn – Neptune square is renunciation, without being too much of a martyr of course. This aspect is the archetype of the ascetic, monk or hermit, all noble callings for those who have realized the purports of the Vedic or Buddhist teachings. Practically (since not all of us are ascetics) one can simplify, cut out the superfluous and discipline oneself now in order to make concrete some higher ideal or vision. Selfless service is also recommended, which reminds us of the importance of compassion in a seemingly heartless world. Pay it forward and you are the beneficiary of a bigger heart. Remember that this alignment is exact again on the anniversary of 9/11, an event which has forced us all to keep an open heart and never become closed to the other who is merely a mirror of our self.

Source: https://julescape.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/saturn-square-neptune-in-the-winter-of-our-discontent/

Saturn square Neptune

saturn 2Slower moving outer planets like Saturn and Neptune rarely make noteworthy alignments amongst themselves due to their pace, but when they do, the alignments last that much longer.

For example as Saturn crawls slowly into a square aspect with Neptune, which becomes exact around the end of November, the last two months of the year may be tinged with this somewhat awkward influence.

It may well be approaching that holiday time of the year, but now is not the time to be shirking any duties or responsibilities. The tendency to want to run away or to escape may arise now. Either there are the hard facts of survival in this ruthless and corrupt world that need to be addressed, or there may even be unconscious and therefore unidentified anxieties or neuroses that could crop up now.

Sometimes the fear of living is just so great that we take shelter of drugs to escape, like a child hiding from the shadow at the bedroom door, a shadow that may actually be that of a family member offering a gift, but wrongly perceived in the imagination as something fearful. That’s what a paranoia is – a misplaced fear. At its worst it leads to institutionalization. The psychosis or addiction to escapism becomes so great that one cannot function in normal life any more and incarceration is required.

Some sensitive souls have enough insight to retreat to a monastery or place of sanctuary when life appears too harsh, but sometimes one may just end up possessed by ones own inner demons or unrecognised psychic complexes, and end up losing so much energy that one is left with tremendous feelings of inferiority or confusion and an inability to find direction or face life. These are all themes to watch out for.

Or even if one is working hard now, efficiency may just seem to elude us. Or help may not be there like we thought, either because we have used too much cunning or devious intent that we alienate ourselves, or because in our pursuit of our greedy desires, we simply attract scandal, intrigue or even worse, we lose sight of our own highest interest in our pursuit of illusory goals.

So watch out for these themes in your life, peaking around the end of November and trailing into December, and be forewarned by this insight in time. Fortunately a rare few can still use this opportunity to find practical expression for their dreams, visions or artistic or altruistic pursuits. Will it be you?