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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Worrisome Thoughts about October 2009 Chaos - Threatens as Saturn Enters Libra

Worrisome Thoughts about October 2009
Chaos Threatens as Saturn Enters Libra

Uncertainty Squared
These days, in all of our lives there is at least one important area where confusion and uncertainty reign virtually uncontested. It could be our work situation, our living situation, or our financial situation. In some unfortunate cases, it could be all of the above.

There is a complete absence of reliable information. No solutions seem forthcoming. Efforts to fix the situation go nowhere. Attempts to get clarification consistently fail. The helplessness of those in charge seems to verge on incompetence. The uncertainty stretches as far as the eye can see.

October's charts tell us that these difficulties are caused most immediately by the rules that govern our lives and activities, in all areas, on all levels: None of these rules are any longer in phase with underlying realities. Indeed, those realities are themselves in rapid flux. People no longer really know how to act, or what to do.

On the macro level, there is mass disorientation, often verging on panic. In the US, in certain quarters, e.g., the GOP base, the tea-baggers, we see hysteria, paranoia and rampant irrationality. In other quarters, e.g., the progressive wing of the Democratic party, we see wildly unrealistic demands for absolute ideological perfection in legislation and government policy.

On the micro level, there is chaos in one or more areas of our individual and shared lives. This spreading chaos brings hardship, cynicism and low moral verging on depression, in some cases.

This seemingly chronic disorder on the macro level almost certainly touches some issue of vital importance to each of us on the micro level. This would be in addition to the disorder we are experiencing personally. So there is the deeply unsettling perception that chaos is invading our own lives and the life at the national and, indeed, international levels.
The Astrological Perspective
From the astrological perspective, the core of the problem appears to be that the many rules and regulations that govern our lives, written and unwritten, have slipped badly out of phase with reality. What is commonly considered right, or legal, or justified, makes no sense in terms of underlying realities.

At best, the existing order of things seems to produce little more than harmful and unintended consequences. Evidence the overheated and
(so far) unprodudctive national debates in the US in the areas of health care and banking.

Many like to think of All the Many Rules We Live By, The Rules, as somehow God-given. In reality, they are created by people. They are the product of history and experience. These rules need to be 'updated' periodically. Occasionally, as in the present circumstances, they require major upgrades.

At moments like this, at points like this, just before the renewal of the the Saturn/Libra cycle, a destructive kind of chaos tends to develop. People begin to flout rules as such, or to take things into their own hands. Others vehemently espouse the adoption of new and even more unrealistic rules.
The Astrological Solution
Late in October, Saturn, the planet of rules will enter Libra, the sign of rules. Under Saturn’s influence and under Saturn’s stern eye, the world will begin to update, upgrade and otherwise recreate the rules people live by and by which they order their particular corner of the world.
Re-establishing or recreating order, especially under present astrological conditions, is not likely to be a peaceful process. People will disagree intensely, and often violently, about what the new rules should be.
This time around, it will be especially tumultuous.
Issues Compounded
Saturn visits Libra every 28 years, or so, triggering periodic upgrades of the rules we live by. Saturn/Libra transits are always challenging and 'eventful.' But this one is especially so.

This Saturn/Libra transit takes place in the context of a profoundly transformative Pluto/Capricorn transit.

So, Saturn is not simply transiting Libra, updating the rules that govern our lives, it is also in broad square to Pluto, which is in Capricorn busily and energetically transforming the global socio-economic-political power structure, presumably along Aquarian lines.
The US in Particular - Simultaneous Saturn and Pluto Returns
As dramatic as the effects of these Saturn and Pluto relationships are for the world, they are significantly more important in the US. That is because the US natal Saturn is in Libra and the US natal Pluto is in Capricorn. (I could go on.) So, astrologically, the US is at ground zero.

Effectively, the US is experiencing its Saturn and Pluto returns simultaneously, a seismic astrological event and one that is sure to have a deeply transformative effect in the US. (Transformative = deeply disruptive.)

Take as an example the current debate over health care reform in the US. The aspects, and contemporary events, suggest that, in the US, these intense, volatile and potentially dangerous energies are, in fact, expressing in the current health care reform debate. All of this, in turn, suggests that far more than meets the eye is at stake for the US in the health care debate.

That is to say, the effort to reform health care is, in effect, an effort to reform the whole of American society and redefine the relationships between employer and employee, government and citizen, neighbor and neighbor, and so on. In other words, it is an effort to redefine the rules by which the great game of life is played in the US, in total.

Hence, the entrance of Saturn into Libra, while important globally, will have an especially powerful and profound effect in the United States. However, to the extent that events in the US affect events in the world, events in the US will further intensify the global effects of the Saturn/Libra and Pluto/Capricorn transits.
The Astrological Details
The October full moon chart shows us the run up to the Saturn/Libra ingress. It is a surprisingly complex and energetic chart.

Allow me to simplify somewhat. The October full moon chart includes a set of very complex and very difficult relationship between Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, the Moon's nodes, Lilith, Jupiter, Chiron, Neptune, Uranus and Mars.

There is, for example, a t-square involving Venus, Mercury and Saturn, Pluto and Uranus. This t-square is intersected by an opposition between Mars and Lilith, setting more or less exactly along the axis of the Moon's nodes.

This points to dangerous levels of irrational thinking. It is the kind of thing we have seen a lot of recently, via right-wing rhetoric and political tactics, especially what has become known as Astroturfing.

Astroturfing is particularly aggressive and obnoxious form of political expression. It involves people paid by right-wing lobbyists and political action committees to disrupt public meetings with loud and angry rhetoric while posing as average, outraged citizens.

Many of the same indicators are also directly involved in a yod formation. The indicators involved directly in the yod are the Mars and the Moon's south node, Venus, Mercury and Saturn, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune. Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune occupy the action point of the yod.

The most exact relationships in the yod formation (exact to within about half a degree) are between Mars, Mercury and Neptune. Neptune occupies the action point of this particularly exact relationship within the yod.

This facet of the yod, I think, expresses the meaning of the Yod and, I believe, the meaning of the entire chart. It points to an obsessive and, ultimately, futile pursuit of absolute truth and perfect conformity to ideals.

All but a few of the same indicators also participate directly in a partial mystic rectangle. The mystic rectangle channels the energy of this densely interrelated structure toward the action point of the yod.

If you consider indirect, or secondary, relationships, all of the indicators mentioned above are involved in all three of the formations discussed.

In my view, the October full moon chart describes the high (or low) point of the disconnect disconnect between The Rules and a rapidly changing reality. On October 29th, Saturn enters Libra.
Then the fun really begins.
At that point we will begin the epic task of updating The Rules and, slowly but surely, bringing The Rules back into harmony with reality, returning order to the world.

This will begin what is sure to be a long, eventful and profound transformation of global culture in general and US culture in particular. Such transformations never run smoothly.

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