There are several major events holding the astrological spotlight right now, most of which are exact today/Wednesday or Thursday. But what has caught my attention this week is an aspect pattern featuring Saturn and a couple of asteroids — in part because it seems to speak both to people’s individual personal lives as well as a prominent cultural conversation right now.
Saturn is currently in mid-Scorpio. Between Monday and Thursday, it’s involved in a T-square with Juno in Taurus and Psyche in Aquarius. That is, Saturn and Juno are opposed to each other, and both are making squares (90-degree angles) to Psyche.
Saturn is associated (among other things) with issues of authority, structure, responsibility, containers — and changing those things. Juno, in addition to having a social justice theme, also tends to represent spousal issues, jealousy, and the difficulty one may encounter in stating one’s desires/needs and getting them met.
Shared themes of Scorpio and Taurus, which are opposite signs (and also ‘fixed’ signs), include sex, sensuality, relationships, passion and possessiveness.
Put all that together, and Saturn-Juno in those signs suggests that a lot of people right now might be working through issues in their personal relationships that center on the possessiveness/jealousy/control/authority matrix. One way this could manifest is as a question: If one way you identify is as a ‘relationship partner’, how do you step into your authority over yourself without putting limits on the other person or dictating to them?
Relationships are fertile ground for projection; it’s amazing how easily we can slip from, ‘I am striving to grow spiritually and wish to share my journey with you’, into ‘I need to see that you are following my path of growth just like I am in order to feel whole’. And oppositions are the aspect in astrology that illustrates that kind of relational projection. The planets are speaking about an internal dynamic, but we often can see it playing out between ourselves and another person.
So when it comes to an opposition in a pair of signs known for sexual intensity and possessiveness, it’s no wonder that the limit-setting imperative of Saturn and Juno’s tendency toward jealousy in place of communicating her desires has the potential to turn into a real head-trip. Trying to control your lover might seem to work in the short-term, but it’s a superficial fix; it does not encourage you to address the root of what’s bothering you, and your resentment will build.
Speaking of head-trips, this is where the square to Psyche comes in. A primary delineation for Psyche is, ‘the sensation of having a spiritual/psychological/emotional wound that cannot be healed’. That is, it’s not that the wound cannot be healed — it just feels that way.
Have you ever felt as though it would be impossible for you to stop feeling jealous or insecure in a relationship? Or that if only your partner would do or promise something, then you could relax and live happily ever after, because they would therefore stop ‘making’ you jealous? (Even if that ‘something’ that you want does not actually address the root issue.)
Or perhaps you’ve noticed your relationship insecurities and thought, ‘Oh god, I am never going to feel secure and loved; I’m just too damaged’.
There are other permutations. Yet in Aquarius, the theme becomes the collective psychic wounds of entire groups; in particular, the kinds that seem new yet entrenched.
As I read over an email thread yesterday about the tragic mass shooting in Isla Vista, California, it occurred to me that this Saturn-Juno-Psyche T-square in these particular signs seems to describe one facet of the social conversation happening now around the matrix of sexual entitlement, jealousy, rejection and violence — and the dispiriting sensation that we don’t know how to fix the ways our culture is psychologically and spiritually wounded.
I can’t say I have the answers; but it is said that astrology never presents a problem without offering a solution. Perhaps the first step is simply remembering that fearing we cannot heal our psychic injuries — individually or collectively — does not mean that we cannot do so. But it will take faith, desire, support, communication, and a willingness to be open even when the vulnerability that comes with it scares us. This is real work.