Today among other aspects, Mars forms an exact square to Saturn. This is Mars, relatively newly in Aquarius, square Saturn, recently arrived in Scorpio. Given that both planets are in new signs, nothing like this has happened for quite a while. We described this aspect last week, though as it’s exact today at 2:33 pm EST, it’s worth one last consideration.
To give the Astro 101 here, Saturn tends to represent structures. Mars represents will power and energy. Put the two together in a square and you can have a stuck situation; a kind of deadlock or impasse.
Both planets are in fixed signs, that is, the kind of sign that likes things stable, sturdy and built on a large concrete slab. Mars is exerting its will against Saturn, and we shall see if it gets anywhere. Saturn, though, is in a sign ruled by Mars. it’s almost like Mars is exerting its energy onto itself — which might manifest as frustration, anger or some shade of guilt.
Some will experience today’s exact square a release point; for others, it will be a peak of the challenges associated with it, which may extend back for two weeks or more. How you respond depends in part on your natal chart. Anything you have at between 8 and 12 degrees of the fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius is going to be ‘picking up’ this square.
If your Moon is there, you may be feeling it on the level of your emotional needs not being met. If your Venus is there, your relationships might be in a stormy state. If you have your Neptune there, you may be feeling like the walls are closing in.
How you respond also depends on your ability to communicate, both with yourself and with those around you. The more you can consciously know what is happening, and then have the flexibility to respond, the better off you are. Pay attention to others close to you and keep a pulse on what they’re feeling. Some people are under a lot of pressure, and I do mean a lot of intense, uncomfortable stress, potentially feeling no way out.
Saturn in Scorpio is about clearing out stuck emotional energy. There’s plenty of that here on our planet where hardly anyone talks to anyone about anything. We grossly, ridiculously underestimate the degree to which we are too quiet about what matters the most. ‘Learning to communicate’ can translate to learning how to say, ‘I am having a difficult day’ or ‘I need attention’ or ‘I need time to myself’.
When feelings are held down, this turns to stuck emotions, and those, in turn, can manifest as resentment. Resentment is frustrated anger; when it’s turned on itself, that is guilt. Guilt is self-directed rage. Today’s aspect looks like some will be going through an unusual bout with this strange emotion.
We have been hearing a bit more than usual about people in a suicidal state of mind, including threats and attempts. Any threats you hear should be taken seriously, despite the fact that most of them are dramatic callings out for help. Those, however, sometimes end badly. Therefore, do your best to respond appropriately without getting too deep into the drama. Give people a chance to talk themselves through their situation. If someone you know is threatening suicide, it’s reasonable to ask how they plan to do it. That will give you a psychological hint what’s going on, though it’s also an opening for the next question: do they have the means available? While suicide is a taboo topic, handling it is a matter of common sense and compassion.
Meanwhile, what if you’re the one who has gotten angry, picked a fight, stirred up drama, projected your rage and pressurized emotions onto someone else via blame, or anything else that you now regret? Consider your situation and maybe initiate contact with the other person. Pause long enough to listen to what the other person has to say. Hear what any lingering defensiveness on your end is pointing your attention to within. Getting mired in guilt won’t make anything better. You can’t fix the past, but you’ll have opportunities to make better choices in the future.