Dear Friend and Reader:
Monday was the second of three contacts of Saturn square Uranus. I wrote about this extensively in February, framing my discussion on the two concepts of science represented by these planets. One is true science, which means the scientific method of a testable theory, experimentation, and a conclusion — which is then not considered “the truth” until it’s re-tested and subjected to evaluation.
The other is the science we are familiar with, which is industrial, commercial and governmental use of laboratories. This is corporate science or political science, which gets its pristine image from people the likes of Sir Isaac Newton and Marie Curie (nee Sklodowska), who were not death merchants or paid shills but rather original seekers of discovery and servants of true progress.
(Sir Isaac, one of the greatest scientists and mathematicians in history, got it right when he said that God put everything in its place. He is also the one who asked why apples fall downward when they have so many other options.)
We must not confuse these authentic scientists with those at Monsanto, Pfizer, Merck, Moderna and the Wuhan Virus Factory. That would be like the Mafia using Giada De Laurentiis or Luciano Pavarotti to clean up its image. Yes, they are all Italian, but the similarities end there.
Anthony Fauci does not get any Brownie points from me merely for claiming to be in the same industry as Asclepius (or for being Italian).
The Saturn-Uranus Cycle
Saturn-Uranus squares are a fairly rare event, as Saturn orbits the Sun in 29 years and Uranus in 84 years. We are now at the waning square or last quarter phase of a 45-year cycle between the two planets.
Often outer planet events have three passes, due to the Earth orbiting the Sun shifting the degrees of the planets around. Such is true in 2021; three squares that are really one happen(d) Feb. 17, June 14, and Dec. 24, 2021.
The most recent opposition of Saturn and Uranus was in 2010 (Saturn in Libra, Uranus in Aries, both in the first degrees of those signs — an astonishing Aries Point event). This was the year of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, now all but forgotten. Then note what happened in 2011 for a sense of what that aspect was about: Arab Spring, the Madison, Wisconsin public labor union movement, Occupy Wall Street, and the Fukhshima nuclear disaster, still ongoing.
The waxing square was in 1999-2000 (Saturn in Taurus, Uranus in Aquarius, opposite to what we have now). This spanned the turn of the millennium and was associated with the anti-globalization movement that erupted throughout the United States and Europe.
The conjunction of Saturn and Uranus that began the current cycle was in Sagittarius, closely conjunct the Galactic Core, in 1988. It’s easy to forget this kind of thing, though the conjunction that commences the cycle tells the story of all of the aspect events that follow.
Of Structure and Lightning
Saturn is the planet representing structure, as well as chronological time (Kronos in its Greek incarnation). Uranus is the planet of the electrical age and the industrial age (same basic idea). Yet while things of a Saturnian nature tend to be predictable, those of a Uranian nature tend to come out of the blue (or the black, like a flash in the darkness). Under a Uranus transit, you know you don’t know what’s going to happen, and that can be valuable information. In your interpretation of any Uranus transit, that is the place to start.
What happens when you put the two together? It depends on the aspect. In a square, which is about maximum tension and also integrity, there is a tendency to work one side and then the other. This is true for the squares in your natal chart, for when there is a transit to your chart, and also a mutual aspect like we are having now.
Taurus is an unusual sensation for Uranus, in that it’s a sign energy that tends to resist change, while Uranus provokes change. So that by itself carries considerable tension that is looking for somewhere to go. Change, movement and progress are nerve racking for Taurus, which mostly prefers to stay put and keep things stable.
Saturn is unusually strong in the sign that it traditionally rules, Aquarius, and also seeks stability — though this is often in the form of steady progress. Saturn in Aquarius describes flexible stability. Uranus in Taurus wants to blow up the status quo. And now they are doing a square dance, putting these two notions into opposition with one another.
One situation many people are in is that they resist change, and wait on some outside force to push them over the edge. This can become a game — “make me do it.” Eventually, something will make everyone do something, so it’s possible to give up making choices and live from exigency to exigency. That is one possible expression of Uranus in Taurus.
Saturn in Aquarius is saying grow up and deal with your stuff. Get organized, and make doable plans with a timeframe involved. Take the long view. And allow for both changes to your plan, and a long-term view so you have a sense of direction. This is not especially popular.
Of Giving and Receiving
One of the qualities of the digital age is an extreme inflexibility. We are being conditioned to be like robots, which neither think nor feel. With Saturn square Uranus, we might ask, what gives?
There are however several ways to read that question. Usually it means what moves or changes; what yields, flexes or breaks. Yet it can also mean what offers you something. This is related to the question of what you’re willing to receive. Many people experience desire without the openness to accept, and need to yield to this. In this sense, to receive is to give and to give is to receive, which you can read a lot about in A Course in Miracles.
We are living in a tremendously inflexible world right now, as we gradually merge consciousness with robotic devices.
We only fail to notice it for two reasons: one is that it’s so pervasive that it seems normal. Two is that it feels good, or we think it does, to live in such a restrained and controlled way.
I don’t think it feels good so much as many experience the prospect of letting go as terrifying to them. It is therefore preferable to stay on script and maintain one’s public relations posture lest all spin out of control.
We have been living through a brutal phase of history where we have been conditioned not to trust our bodies and our natural ability to repel disease or to heal. This has come along with driving consciousness to the notoriously control-obsessed digital sphere. Ultimately, this is about the conditioning not to feel, which is the ultimate loss of control: being receptive.
To feel is not to emote. They are opposite experiences. To emote is to exude emotions; to spew out energy. To feel is to be receptive, which means to be open and vulnerable. We tend to confuse these two vastly different things, and I would add that most people don’t actually feel their emotions while they are emoting, at least not in any detail.
So here we are, at the point of what gives? At least now in most places, most people are showing their faces, so we can have a sense what’s going on with them. Much of the Covid drama was a blend of extreme inflexibility and a great big game of “make me do it.” That, and the great big sucking sound of nearly everything being vacuumed into cyberspace and two-factor authentication.
Now, at the peak of Saturn square Uranus, the question remains, what gives? Do you?
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Aries (March 20-April 19) — Much will shift over the next week, so much that you’re likely to forget where you were at today. That would include everything that seems unresolved or is troubling you (they are related). Focus on unfinished business. That is the ideal use of these last days of retrograde Mercury. It will also help if you keep a list of what you don’t know, by which I mean any topics on which you are missing information, missed communication, people you have not heard from, and specific issues where there are data gaps. This is under the general heading of “know what you don’t know.” This way, you will think to ask, and you will recognize the facts and revelations that come your way when they arrive. You will also see information already in your possession in a whole new way. Therefore, go over your notes, again and again. Experiment with aligning the known facts in different ways. Flip your notebook page upside down and stare at it a little cross-eyed. Work with Mercury stationing direct in Gemini, which is all about considering alternative points of view, though generally, from the facts already known.
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Taurus (April 19-May 20) — As Mercury gradually moves toward its station-direct in the money angle of your chart, I suggest you conduct a careful evaluation of your cash, credit, debt and other assets. You want all the numbers and you want the bottom line. As you go through this process, you may determine that you need more structure in this area of your life. Your financial affairs have grown more complex than the kid with the piggy bank, though few are trained how to manage their money or even think about it in some way other than cash in, cash out. Gaining a complete financial picture and true understanding of your status will be immensely helpful and also assist you in the thing you want to be doing, which is running your life at a profit. On a spiritual note, the strong emphasis of Gemini in this equation is about values (another interpretation of the “financial angle” of the 2nd place (house, solar house, whole sign house). Where there is Gemini, look for two of whatever is up for discussion. I suggest you go on a hunt for where your values conflict. For example, you may have one value of, “I want to make my living as a (whatever)” and “I don’t think that (whatever) has income potential.” Then, start to work that out. Do it now — you have help.
Calm, collected and attractive on the outside, raging like a tempest on the inside, Taurus is the blacksmith shop of the soul. Forge your path with this reading.
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Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You are still experiencing the effects of the June 10 solar eclipse in your sign, which has come with the resounding message: be honest with yourself and everyone else. There is no halfway point here. There are not some good excuses and some bad ones; you want no excuses whatsoever. They are merely a scrim thrown over your real point of view and your true experience of life. It’s easy to take a little of this and a little of that and come up with a passable opinion, though that’s far from the bona fide seeking of the truth. Anyway, you don’t have to look too far to find it; this is more about acknowledging your status than discovering it. Where you may find some challenges is how to handle situations with people where you may not have been fully above board, if any of those exist. Now would be a fine time to institute a no-withhold policy. Say what you mean when you mean it. Say what you need when you need it. And when you are giving an answer to a question, note the part that you’re not saying: that is the thing to say. You will feel better, and sleep better.
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Cancer (June 21-July 22) — The Sun enters your sign on the 20th, and the feeling is likely to be one of emerging from a labyrinth. There has just been a sublime solar eclipse in Gemini, and now Mercury is about to station direct. This is the most sensitive angle of your chart (your 12th place, meaning house, solar house or whole-sign house). This is all shaking out various scenarios from the vast unknown and unexplored regions described by the 12th — by far the most interesting house of them all. And to make matters more interesting, you have two of them, because there are two of anything associated with Gemini. You contain this parallel dimension in yourself that can split into a kind of copy of itself, the end result being that you’re capable of considering any possibility and its opposite. So, while you’re here as the Sun makes its transition into your sign, think of what you’ve previously considered impossible and match that thought with something potentially outrageous but also positive that you would love — without any prejudice, or notion of whether it’s realistic. You have your fears. You have your questions. What would you consider to be the greatest possibilities? What would be the best possible answer to anyplace where there is missing information? Ponder — and then pause.
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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Claim your space as one of the most social signs of the zodiac. This works two ways. There is something about you that people gravitate towards, and in a certain way makes them hold you as the reassuring center. And you have an ability to understand and express nearly every idea. Plus, as a person close to me born under your sign once said, you can see the humor in very nearly anything. This is one of your greatest assets by the way. You can handle heavy situations in a light way, which you will find comes in handy now, particularly with so much Saturn in your chart. Making fun of things is not just for entertainment. It is also a form of brainstorming. There seems to be a kind of angelic entity that only channels information when you are laughing or at least giggling. Therefore, keep it light. Play with the abundant Gemini energy, and ping-pong the possibilities around. Consider many alternatives. Do something that most people consider too dangerous to try: get the opinions of people you disagree with, and work with them to figure out why they have come to that conclusion. Keep it moving. If you don’t fixate on wanting the truth, it will come to you more readily.
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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — You are a person of many professional talents. They may not seem to be related, however. For example, let’s say there’s this Virgo somewhere in the world who is brilliant at cutting hair. She also has a knack for bookkeeping and also for electronics, such as setting up concert sound systems. And is also a snappy writer — all good enough to work perfectly. She might think that these talents have little in common, or are in some way mutually exclusive. Words and numbers? Haircutting and sound reinforcement? Here is the exercise I propose: make a list of all of your gifts, talents, and assets. Then ask yourself what they have in common. Keep it loose and use your imagination. You are looking for the underlying gift that makes all of them possible; something that weaves the story of your work together. More than your work: the sense of purpose that underlies and motivates your choices to develop and express your talents. You may be accustomed to keeping things separate — that is, compartmentalized. There are some things you may be good at that you might not talk about in certain settings. However, the relationship is still there. If you write about this, I am curious to read your discoveries.
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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — There are some things you believe that are unbelievable. Other things would seem obviously true (to others) and you are not down with them. You may have some concepts that seem to conflict with others. This is part of the human condition; we live in a world of seeming contradictions and paradoxes. Sometimes they resolve themselves when you least expect it. Other times, you may go on a quest for truth, and if you are patient, you will make some unusual discoveries. You may be craving such a mission. You may already be actively involved in one. My question for you this week is, how is your search for your personal truth, or some wider truth, influenced by the fears of others, particularly your family? How are you influenced by those who cannot be bothered to learn and discover, or those who think the truth is too dangerous to know? Maybe they’re just not curious like you are. Maybe they don’t have that little thing where they know there are multiple sides to every issue, topic or event. Whatever revelation you had in recent weeks, it is serving to inform you of something you did not know, and if the questions come, then let them come.
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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — It will be easier to negotiate a fair deal if you have a concept of what that means. There may be a variety of specifics, but one generality is consistency of your position. This is not always possible. There are times when you must change your mind. However, there is usually an underlying reason for that, such as not having thought through your needs, desires or other requirements in advance of making a commitment. It will help if you enter new situations having more fully thought through your situation, which includes stating openly where you are coming from at all times. Recent (or upcoming) events may be teaching you the problem with what are called ‘withholds’. That is when you have something you need to say but you don’t say it, for whatever reason, and of course, when someone does that to you. Usually the excuse is not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings, though there are a diversity of others. Anyway, as Mercury stations direct, I propose that this is a good time to clear up anything you may need to say to someone, and to ask for clarification if you need it with someone. Keep it low key; the subject matter is important and needs no special emotional emphasis. Stick to the facts.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Something seems to keep shaking you out of your confidence. It could just as easily shake you into it. You may feel like you’re stuck somewhere, or at the mercy of events beyond your control. It’s easy to see where that feeling is coming from, just looking at the astrology, though there is another way to interpret your circumstances. Mostly, they are about your state of mind. That includes your state of emotions. However, we might check in with your physical circumstances. What is going on with relatives? You seem to be a kind of captive audience to them. Anyway, just in case you are not already doing so, I would suggest that you get out more. Yours is the original, patented, copyrighted sign of wanderlust. You deserve a private jet, or at least a lifetime Eurail pass. If you can’t go far, then go deep. Even if you’ve lived in the same community for 20 years, there are things to discover in your region every day. This is just a matter of being creative and turning down every street and road you have not explored, or taking the bus to the last stop and seeing what you find there.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Take your time before making any changes in your work pattern. Mercury is making its way toward stationing direct, which does not happen till the 22nd. Much will evolve, develop and shake out before then, in a series of stages — for example, the Sun enters your opposite sign on the 20th, which will shed light on a diversity of topics, and reveal the importance of relationships you might take for granted. However, it’s Mercury stationing direct that will help you find clarity of purpose, and your method of getting there. This is of course always a work in progress, though you’ve been hanging in suspense lately. Here is a clue: purpose is more often subtle than something that feels like a crack of thunder. It’s found one discovery at a time, with one development leading to another, and suddenly the sprout becomes a little tree. Therefore, follow any sublime feeling that something positive is developing, or that you’ve learned something. Follow your curiosity. The sound of a bird may remind you of a song. The song may have words you recall. The words may hint at something…
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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Saturn in your sign and Chiron in Aries are communicating with one another, in the form of a sextile aspect (60 degrees, balance, resonance, and in this case, the ability to communicate your ideas). This lasts a while, so it may show up in the form of a new skill, or a project where you set out to discover how something works, or what it means. I suggest you pursue all such possibilities, even if the sequence of thoughts or developments does not seem logical. The relationship of Chiron to Saturn is to take you outside the normal boundaries of time. This can shorten the distance between two points of thought, or it can take you on a roundabout journey with unusual developments. So don’t try to “make things make sense.” Rather, notice the sense that they make, even if you don’t recognize it. Consider dual meanings and also multiple forms of expression: how something works in word written or spoken; in sound or in pictures; as a question or as a statement. Remember meaning is not a fixed destination but rather an ongoing journey. Context is everything.
You’re not after progress for its own sake; Aquarius is the discriminating embracer of innovation that works. Get your reading and be brilliant.
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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Jupiter stations retrograde in your sign this week, which means that it’s time for a review of your affairs over the first half of the year. Where do you stand with yourself as far as personal goals are concerned? It will help if you have a sense of everything that you have accomplished, what you have not accomplished, and matters where you are part of the way there. Mercury stationing direct will bring a little burst of missing information that will help you complete your inquiry and sort out your priorities. The Sun’s entry into your sympathetic water sign Cancer represents a surge of new energy that will help you make progress during the next four weeks and potentially catch up with yourself and get onto level ground. Many factors are working in your favor; you must work with them to get the full benefits. For example, Jupiter offers opportunities, though that’s irrelevant if you don’t take advantage of them. The combination of Mercury direct, Sun in Cancer and Sun trine Jupiter will open the way forward even if it seemed there was none before. It will help if you fully embrace doing something new.
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