This week we embark on what I’m calling the ‘Solstice Cluster’ of events. We’ve just been through a group of events associated with the long-anticipated transit of Venus, which was a bit less than two weeks ago.
Astrology events tend to cluster up, and the events get going with a kind of momentum that can carry things forward in unexpected ways. I’m guessing you’ve had enough of that by now.
Before I describe the events in the Solstice Cluster, though, there’s an aspect brewing quietly in the background that is calling for some attention — the opposition of Saturn and Eris, which is part of the group. Because so few astrologers are following Eris, you’re unlikely to read about it on most mainstream websites (nor will you see it on most of the alternative sites; I actually don’t know who is writing about Eris regularly).
Eris is a slow-moving body discovered in 2005 that was named in 2006 — and which resulted in the ‘demotion’ of Pluto and astronomers defining the word ‘planet’ for the first time. If you’re curious, you can dive in via this Google search.
Eris, a long-term visitor to Aries (it’s spending more than a century out of its 557-year orbit there), is an outer planet, larger than Pluto. Like all outer planets, it works outside the reach of normal consciousness. Think of it as a deep, driving force within the psyche, stirring up almost impossible to answer questions about who we are.
I think that Eris is responsible for quite a lot of false identity making — that is, answering the question in ways that are not really relevant, or not honest. Currently, Saturn in Libra is in a close opposition to Eris, which peaks on June 27, in the midst of the solstice cluster of events. My summary of this aspect is that if you haven’t formed your identity on your own, you won’t be able to use a relationship to cover for that fact. That may not actually stop anyone, but if you get confused, you now have a fallback position.
By this, I mean you have another way of viewing or analyzing the situation that will make sense of why things seem so strange in a relationship. The relationship is the likely effect, not the cause.
Since 2001, Saturn has been opposing slow-moving outer planets, one after the next. This has defined a long phase of our lives. In 2001-2002, Saturn opposed Pluto on three occasions. That began the “post-9/11 era” and the rise of the national security state.
Just when we were getting used to being leered at suspiciously when mumbling in Arabic, hoarding duct tape and taking our shoes off in airports, in 2006-2007 Saturn in Leo opposed Neptune in Aquarius. We in the United States experienced the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region, and the world began its (Neptune-like, invisible) slide into the great recession.
Then between late 2008 and mid 2010, Saturn (which likes stability) opposed Uranus (which likes change and revolt) on five separate occasions. So between 2001 and now, it’s been one thing after the next — and that structure-holding property of Saturn has endured one test after the next.
This has manifested in personal and collective ways, and it’s been extremely stressful; there has been little in the way of relief. As I’ve pointed out before, there is no culturally-embraced event that is the opposite of a Sept. 11 or a Hurricane Katrina. Things tend to get worse all at once, and better only gradually. Of the four oppositions by Saturn to outer planets, this last one is the most personal, because — involving Aries and Libra — it describes something on the personality level. To me this feels like the results of investing so much energy in negativity, contraction and fear over so long.
Many people are emotionally calcified and few have a clue just how uptight they are. Now, however, we arrive at a release point — or at least that’s what is being described by the planets.
The first event is the Gemini New Moon on Tuesday. This is the New Moon in the exact degree of the 9/11 Moon, the 12/26/04 Indonesian earthquake Moon, and a degree prominent in the charts of WikiLeaks, the Fukushima quake, Japan itself, the Titanic and a number of other seemingly unrelated events. One New Moon will make contact with all of those charts.
I don’t know what to say about this except to treat it like a New Moon but with the respect of an eclipse. Clearly this is a world-scale event, leaning on the first degree of Cancer (which will, in a subtle, slow-acting way, set off the Aries Point — that zone of the zodiac where our private lives and the big world around us seem to intersect).
This is just the beginning of a rapid series of events that culminates with the Capricorn Full Moon of July 3 — two weeks of guaranteed adventure. I will be back tomorrow with the rest of the Solstice Cluster.