Preparing for Saturn in Virgo

From comes this lovely image that I connected immediately with Saturn’s entry into Virgo next week:

As the Summer’s light begins to fade, the sun rises later each day, and the first harvest festival has come and gone. If we pay attention, we may feel in our bones the ancient rhythms of our ancestors, who knew that the time for storing and preparing for the dormant season was come.

Although we are blessed to have grocery stores and access to virtually unlimited food supplies all year round, we know that the growing season (in much of the Northern Hemisphere) will soon be coming to an end. Now is the time to put up those juicy tomatoes and summer squash, to dry our herb harvests, and to prepare for the barren times.

But how we go about it means everything. If we save and store based on our fears, that fear contaminates us. Hoarding and stinginess can taint our wealth, just as surely as weevils can spoil our larder. I believe our ancestors knew this very well, and they made sure that their preparations for winter’s hunger were centered on gratitude and celebration, not the shadow of doom.

Certainly, they lived in precarious times, with starvation over the winter always a very real possibility. Yet even with death always present, perhaps because of this fact, the harvest times were greeted with glad rituals, feasting, and sharing. Possible disaster was never far away, but their preparations were not panicked. Instead, in a life that was very hard and dangerous, and often cut short early, our predecessors went to great lengths to make sure that every part of the gathering and saving of their abundance was done with intention, gratitude and joy.

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By |2007-08-25T12:37:00-04:00August 25th, 2007|Life|Comments Off on Preparing for Saturn in Virgo

busy busy busy!

Perhaps it’s just Mercury retrograde that makes me feel that the world is spinning with a million details that are having difficulty fitting nicely into the pigeonholes of my life. Or perhaps it’s the exact conjunction of my progressed Moon to my natal Moon. This event is known as the Progressed Lunar Return and it’s supposed to be a major time of change and I’m sure that’s true if I could only slow down enough to notice it. I feel that the pace of life in general, not just my life, is accelerating so that we’re all like hummingbirds buzzing around, being busy.

Evidently it’s not just me; found that city dwellers are walking 10 percent faster than they did in 1994. In Asian countries the pace has accelerated by 20 to 30 percent. Is this progress? I’m not so sure.

Mars is in Taurus now, where it demands that we slow down and smell the coffee and then have a seat and savor it for most of the afternoon. The joys of being in a physical form are the domain of Taurus, and there has been a noticeable lack of the earth element present in planetary dynamics over the past year. Earth is the element that grounds us; that takes our ideas and converts them into practical form and helps us to feel rooted on the planet. Without earth it can be difficult for us to feel comfortable in our bodies unless we consciously spend time in earthy pursuit such as gardening.

I for one am looking forward to a return of earth when Jupiter heads into Capricorn in December of this year, paving the way for Pluto to follow shortly thereafter. Capricorn provides structure and […]

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By |2007-07-06T01:21:00-04:00July 6th, 2007|Life|Comments Off on busy busy busy!

Aging and the Eight Gates

It’s no secret that aging gets no respect in our Western post-war culture. Over the past 50 years or so (since Pluto entered Leo) youth has been celebrated and anyone who couldn’t keep up was shunted aside. Without respect for the wisdom and history of our aging population, they became lonely and abandoned. My mother turns 80 this month, and she feels she has little to celebrate at having reached this advanced age. All she feels is the isolation and loneliness of her widowhood and the trauma at having lost her health. It saddens me that she feels there is nothing to look forward to, and it makes me hope that my own aging will encompass a different experience.

Angeles Arrien, in a wonderful book called The Second Half of Life, says:

The second half of life is the ultimate initiation. In it, we encounter those new, unexpected, unfamiliar and unknowable moments that remind us that we are a sacred mystery made manifest. If we truly understand what is required of us at this stage, we are blessed with an enormous opportunity to develop and embody wisdom and character. We enjoy limitless possibilities to restore, renew and heal ourselves.”

I have had the good fortune over the past few months to see clients who are in their seventies: several women and two men. It has been inspiring to see how people on a path of growth and soul evolution have resolved the complexes inherent in their birthcharts and have gained greater wisdom and depth of spirit. It’s been interesting to note the gender differences: the women have primarily come into their own power at this stage in life; they have become better integrated persons and have claimed the parts of themselves that earlier in their lives […]

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By |2007-06-12T10:57:00-04:00June 12th, 2007|Life|Comments Off on Aging and the Eight Gates

Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law states, basically, that if anything can go wrong it will. Evidently the same law has been around for many years before Murphy took credit for it; previously it was called “sod’s law,” because it could happen to “any old sod.”

Murphy’s Law has generated a whole series of similar laws such as:

  • Everything takes longer than you think.
  • Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong. Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.
  • If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
  • If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
  • Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

It’s easy to turn Murphy’s Law into a negative approach to life, but there is another way to look at it which is to witness and appreciate the mystery that life presents us with at every turn. As astrologers, both professional and amateur, we look at our charts and attempt to use our knowledge of the planetary cycles to buffer ourselves from possible pain and loss. I used to think that looking at previous Saturn events would provide a clue to future Saturn events because the events would happen in the same astrological house, but now I know that to be a false assumption. If we are prepared for relationship problems under a Saturn transit, we will have work problems. If we are prepared for family matters a tree will fall on our house. Because a challenging planetary cycle demands something from us that is difficult it will find a […]

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By |2007-05-17T10:21:00-04:00May 17th, 2007|Life|Comments Off on Murphy’s Law

Saturn and changing gender roles

Phil Brown has a on the shift in how we perceive Saturn based on the change in parental roles:

Capricorn has a broad range of meanings, one of which has to do with the parent or persons of authority. Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn, plus the 10th house are often associated with the individual father. However, the whole issue of assigning a parental gender to planets and luminaries is problematic in modern culture, where shifting gender roles have made such designations outmoded. The Sun may be our Jungian animus, and the Moon our anima, but do they really represent the parental father and mother?

Many older astrology texts refer to Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, as representing the father. Saturn rules boundaries, authority, and rules—all qualities which are traditionally associated with the old-fashioned father. But don’t mothers also set boundaries, lay down rules, and become authority figures in their children’s lives?

Saturn is the natural ruler of the tenth house which is associated with Capricorn, with the Moon as the natural ruler of the fourth house which belongs to Cancer. The Cancer/Moon archetype has traditionally been associated with the mother, who stays at home and cares for the children, with Capricorn/Saturn being seen as the father who works out in the world and creates the structures that support the family. Obviously, with the gender roles shifting as they have in the past fifty years, the whole question of parental identification in the birthchart shifts as well. We have single parent households, in which the mother could play Saturn and the Moon could be more independent and not affiiated with either parent. Or we may have a grandmother playing the Moon role in the chart, with Saturn gone missing and acted out […]

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By |2007-05-08T10:23:00-04:00May 8th, 2007|Life|Comments Off on Saturn and changing gender roles
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