Aftermath of the Saturn-Neptune Square: Delayed Reactions

“And so castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually” – Jimi Hendrix

Having stolen both material and immaterial goods, Saturn’s square to Neptune has come and gone like a thief in the night…a very long and dark night stretched over the time span of one year. The exact dates of its three major peaks were November 26, 2015, June 18, 2016, and September 10, 2016.

Saturn, the builder of form has been transiting truth-seeking Sagittarius since December 23 2014 until December 19th of 2017. Neptune, the bringer of dreams has been in the sign of its own domain, Pisces since February 2012 until 2025. While Saturn’s attention is placed in structure, Neptune’s is upon its dissolution.Optimized by JPEGmini 3.13.3.2TB 0xa2b342cf

Saturn rules sticks and stones, bricks and bones, the tables we dine upon. Neptune rules rivers, tears, imaginary monsters and Immaculate Conception. Saturn may lengthen but Neptune will spread. If Saturn has found truth in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces may have easily distorted it.

The struggle that has been faced with these two planets in a metaphorical arm wrestling match is the struggle that each of us have faced or will face at some point in life. It is the struggle against forces much greater than ourselves, or of being forced into a battle we know that we will lose but must fight nonetheless. It is the thankless job that must be done. It is the helpless dying who must be fed and administered medicine, even as they decline. It is the gray blur between black and white, right and wrong, moral and immoral. It is, for Americans, the humiliating social collapse marked by Democratic and Republican parties both having apparently gone off the deep end. It is the fear of losing everything, but waking up each day with everything still seemingly intact. It is the kind of torture that is inflicted with one of the worst tools in existence – that of threat.

What just happened?

When one is busy trying to evade the attack of something, they often overlook or under-look what is coming at them from a different direction. Their blind spot makes them vulnerable prey. They are suddenly caught unawares, but have to spend considerable time extricating themselves from what has become a complex trap.

As a child or at any time in life, did you ever experience a delayed reaction to an injustice done to you? If someone suddenly punched you from behind on a sunny afternoon at the playground, were you too stunned to respond? Later, your hurt and shock turned to anger, but it was too late. Your attacker was nowhere in sight. This did happen to me. The delayed fear experienced from this kind of attack can potentially sabotage future relationships and put a person constantly on guard.

Others may have encountered the misfortune of being robbed, or even raped, physically or psychically. At the time it occurred one might have been unable to respond. By the time one figured out how to defend oneself, the damage was done. If something like this happened to you, when the feeling of vengefulness finally arose, most likely you found your powerless yet again, without an outlet for your rage, feeling as though you had nobody to blame but yourself.

The battle between the two forces of Saturn and Neptune doesn’t involve fair play. Nobody gets to prepare. They only get to recover, if they survive. That means those who are the perpetrators of threats and violence don’t get off scot-free, no matter how things temporarily appear on the surface.

Kronos and Poseidon

In Greek mythology, Kronos (Saturn) swallowed his son Poseidon (Neptune) but Zeus (Jupiter) came to  Poseidon’s aid by making Kronus drink an elixir that caused him to regurgitate his son. Here I will take a moment to say thank you, Jupiter in Libra which entered on September 9, the day before Saturn’s last square this year with Neptune. I’m sure Kronos had some perfectly rational (in his mind) reasons for swallowing his son, mainly the fear that he should become more powerful than himself. This story in itself offers us much food for thought. Who is having the last laugh in all of this? Fire burns, earth disintegrates, air disperses, but water,  that mystery element overcomes all.

A deeply afflicted Saturn might want all the power, all the money, all the results of others’ hard labor for himself. An afflicted Neptune, ruling poisonous liquid injections has been reflected back to us in the form of forced vaccines that destroy immunity, crops saturated by Roundup (glyphosate) that cause mutilations, and continued Fukushima radiation-contaminated seas and shores.

Dissolution

The aftermath of the Saturn-Neptune square is somewhat like the mess we have to clean up after frantically looking for something, or after there has been a raid. Objects, furniture, papers, cloth, treasures, words and their meanings have been strewn about like heaps of indecipherable trash.

Neptune often does not seem to discriminate in which boundaries it dissolves. When going along with the flow, we can pretend that our intentions are noble or compassionate, but underlying motives will eventually be revealed. Some of the walls we built around each other in the past were unhealthy and needed to come down during 2015. Only after the walls came down did we realize how inhibiting they were. Who or what was difficult to understand, trust or relate to may have become as close as family. Or, the opposite. Some discovered they were literally sleeping with the enemy.

Delayed reactions may have come in relation to having been deceived and violated. The psyche of the human collective has indeed been violated repeatedly through the centuries. In today’s world, increased manipulation through the media has replaced much of the overt violence of previous wars. The lies are so twisted that people believe they need to remain safely locked into the victimhood that they find themselves in. They fight for, rather than against crimes that keep them enslaved.

And so, this is what it’s come to. Now we sit/stand/or lie in the aftermath of things we did and didn’t have any control over, all mixed together as one. The thought could be sickening enough to make one vomit. It could also be just the wakeup call that is needed in order for genuine, voluntary change to occur.

Find an Outlet

One of the worst things to live with is constant fear, and second to that is all of the toxic build up that occurs around it. The clutter. The stuckness. The sickness. The hate. When our fears are faced one by one, many of the toxins have a way of dissipating or exiting our bodies, minds and spirits. Sometimes we need to find and utilize an outlet for our fear, our anger, and our deep hurt. That outlet could be a punching bag, an isolated mountain, a pillow, a letter that is written, or some form of art that expresses what cannot otherwise be expressed.

If this calls to you, find that outlet and make it a priority. What’s amazing is just how much energy becomes available to the one who has become free of the baggage of irrational and even a few rational, yet excess fears. Don’t ever let yourself be diminished by toxic fear and threats ever again. You are meant to shine!

April Retrogrades 2016

This April is chock full of twists and turns, on-a-roll with revelations, and retroactive in many respects. Seeds planted will begin to bear fruit. Plans made long ago will be fulfilled. Issues and problems will find resolution. Maybe something spiraling downward will hit rock bottom, or if it’s already there it will rise up to greet the sun. Something will be reborn. This is a roundabout way of saying what’s gone around will be coming around, in thought, deed, or manifestation.

This month began with two planets backward motion and three slowing down to Retrograde:

time-machine-blog-imageJupiter has been Retrograde since January 7th, still in conjunction to the North Node in Virgo. We’re being given a chance to clear house and make right the wrongs in our lives so that when Jupiter moves back into forward motion (June 9th) we’ll begin to see the pathways moving forward with greater ease and to receive better pay-offs than before for our investments of time, energy, and money spent on various endeavors.

Saturn went Retrograde in Sagittarius on March 25th, first squaring Neptune in Pisces in November 2015. We’re vibing on a second square coming up in June and a third in August…leading us into what might be a most disruptive if not profoundly peculiar autumn season. Already since Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius in December 2014 we have seen a significant melting of barriers in our educational, medical, religious, and corporate systems – an increasingly rapid breaking down of boundaries and flagging of false identities with the sanity of the collective mind severely at stake.

This is not the time to claim Truth as some kind of doctrine or cure-all pill under the assumption that we know everything we need to know. Far from it. If ancient lies finally being exposed for what they are are not enough to stir us into action (because the energy of apathy, hopelessness, and despair is pumped into the media we’re fed and the air we breathe), there’s nothing in the world like rolling up our sleeves and getting directly involved with what matters. If every vote counts, then each able-bodied person would do well to start by looking in the mirror. This is the time to seek for clarity and take a stand for what we deem as worthy, genuine, and sacred within ourselves. We are so powerful, and it seems like this is what we are most afraid of.

Mars is slowing down to turn Retrograde in Sagittarius on the 17th while it’s higher octave planet Pluto prepares to put on the breaks in Capricorn on the 18th. Mars recedes back into Scorpio on June 28th right before turning Direct on the 29th. The general tone between now and then is less aggressive and more introspective than usual. Players on the field whether sexual, psychological, or otherwise could begin to feel as though they’ve lost a grip on their game. Something that was taken to an extreme could fizzle out as other things become more important than it seemed to be. Battles should be chosen very carefully or avoided altogether. Whatever we’re doing we may seriously need to lighten up and see the humor in this circus we call life.

Mercury enters Taurus on the 5th and goes Retrograde from April 28th until June 22nd. Communication becomes more subjective and details take on deeper levels of importance during this stretch. Suited to this transit are activities related to bettering ourselves in some way by taking a second or third look at the work we’ve done or the wealth we have acquired in a certain area and seeking to improve and expand there. Reread a favorite book, restring a well-played guitar, repot a cherished plant, repaint a house, reevaluate stocks, bonds and other financial investments to see if little or large tweaks can be made.

The recent eclipses in March shook some deep dark debris from our psyches and left us with a lot to consider for the next phase of our journeys. What are the concepts, tools, energies, and people that we will share our newfound “space” with? April will clue us in by revealing many of our true values versus those we’ve bound ourselves to out of necessity, habit, and neglect.

Sagittarius New Moon 2015

The New Moon is 19 degrees of Sagittarius on December 11th, lit like a bonfire in the middle of nowhere, raw like an open wound, rugged like a warrior in the heat of a battle with his or her shadow. Sagittarius is daring and resilient by nature, and doesn’t care to be bogged down by rules or moods. In compensation for the turbulence we have experienced in several areas, we might now be directed to unusual spots or scenarios that take our mind off our problems and introduce us to brilliant new ideas. No other sign is as adept at helping us find the silver lining in the clouds and the humor in our troubles. Try this meditation out for starters.

As new moons signify new beginnings on both mundane and magical levels, many of us are looking toward the near future with an expectancy born out of mixed emotions. Some are hoping for relief from what seems to have been relentless stress during the past several weeks, others are anxious and filled with fear, and yet others are riding the wild waves of change and chaos toward their personal goals, intent on manifesting despite all odds. It’s also possible to be experiencing a little bit of all of these things or simply to be in gratitude for each new day that comes.

With the New Moon squaring Chiron in Pisces there may seem to be no end to the story, nightmare, or actual scar that reminds us of what went all wrong, whether it was five minutes, twenty years , or ten centuries ago. It’s important to learn from past mistakes without abusing ourselves with them. In trying to heal certain issues, some people reach for mind-altering substances, others opt for sexual outlets, and others dig into their own psychology to do the hard work of breaking harmful habits and curbing the tendency to react. What seems to be a terrible loss or cruel joke by the Universe on some of us might be the nudge that we need to move in new directions and leave behind the old stories, obstacles, and excuses for not living up to our own greatness.

ride of the Valkyrs John Charles Dollman 1909

ride of the Valkyrs John Charles Dollman 1909

The New Moon’s trine to Uranus has been helping us finally let go of the shells of our former selves – specifically the aspects of our ego that we most strongly identified with for so long and to move on. In some cases the planet of sudden reversals and intuitive knowing will cosmically intervene when we are stubbornly clinging to things, people or places that are unhealthy for us. The cardinal T-square with Mars in Libra, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn has been building for several days and revealing exactly what needs to go, what needs to change, and what needs to be done in order to move on. We can fight the currents and suffer unnecessarily or we can go with the flow and work with what we have as best we can while we have it. Pallas Athene conjunct Pluto adds to the edginess of recent configurations, but strengthens our resolve to move forward despite fear. The earthiness of Capricorn helps us strategize as though we are training to become wizards at a game of chess.

In the midst of Saturn’s long term square to Neptune we are challenged to live in the questions rather than assumptions of whatever uncanny circumstances we may find ourselves in. One of the keys to magick is in asking for the answer or solution to appear instead of over-rationalizing and seeking for control.

Venus in Scorpio forms a trine Neptune in Pisces and stirs our creative and romantic inclinations. Love may be blind and make us fools, but we’re not likely to take relationships lightly at this time. The depth and synchronicity of recent exchanges and encounters has become amplified, sensitizing many people both emotionally and physically. My memory randomly selected scenes from the movie the Fountain to describe the energy of current emotional exchanges:

The New Moon is conjunct the fixed star Sabik in the constellation of Ophiuchus, signaling that we are being faced with snakey forces that might seem far greater than ourselves and we are challenged to adjust our approach to these forces. One of these forces is that of our own shadow. Another is the shadow of the collective. Yet another is the shadow of another projected at us. When they all mix together, we tend to magnetize our worst fears into being. This is when we need to look within for the inner guru, shaman, or healer that can help us navigate in a world that is as much filled with beauty as with danger. Ultimately, life serves us huge helpings of our own perceptions.

Neptune Direct 2015

With Neptune going Direct at 7 degrees of Pisces today (11/18/15), emotions and impressions are heightened to the nth degree. Many of the dreams, visions, and spiritual states that have been experienced since June 12th of 2015 when Neptune went Retrograde are now being amplified and are under review. Neptune Retrograde these past few months has shed illumination on several important topics for us. Some became liberated from patterns of addiction, abuse, or escapism, and others have found new sources of inspiration.

In light of Neptune’s directional shift and the recent Beirut and Paris attacks, many have lost their way. People in all parts of the world are swimming in a sea of bewilderment due to recent traumas. Fight or flight is a natural response to danger and extreme stress, but there is a gigantic monster of fear, hate, and denial that simultaneously seems to be seizing people from their own bodies and minds. This monster has been formed and fed over many eons, as invisible to us as Neptune and its workings, and as hardcore as Pluto and its plunging into the heat of battle.

The current square between Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius into 2016 heralds massive changes taking place with regard to religious, cultural and spiritual beliefs. The intense focus between these two Jupiter-ruled signs challenges us to have compassion for those less fortunate while practicing our street smarts and expanding our education about our human rights before they’re all stolen from us. Our perceptions have been too limited and recently we’ve been able to see more of the big picture than has been possible in a long time. All across the globe we have been divided by external differences and preferences to the point that we’ve sacrificed our own authenticity in favor of the hand that appears to feed us but actually suppresses our life force energy.

Much ignorance about certain issues has been squashed during the past 5 months and an assimilation phase has just begun. Many of the stories we have told ourselves for so long and the ones we’ve been told by so many others have suddenly become obsolete. We have to leave behind much of what we thought was real, and hopefully to not settle for anything less than the truth. When there is serious doubt, we need look no further for the truth than within our own hearts. Truth can be both objective and subjective, depending on which angle one views it from. On a purely “factual” basis, truth differs from opinion in that it exists regardless of our conscious knowledge, feelings and attitudes about it. We need both kinds of truth to navigate in this world.

Circe by John Waterhouse 1891

    Circe by John Waterhouse 1891

Neptune is in conjunction to the asteroid Circe named after the goddess of sorcery and herbal potions. She turned her enemies into animals, and from this myth stems the common fairy tale depiction of witches turning their victims into toads, crows, pigs, and insects. Neptune stationing direct with this asteroid in the sign of Pisces may signal the forces of magic and sorcery are at work on a broad scale, both for positive and nefarious ends. Beware of manipulations, illusions, and negative projections from others. For true witches, wise magicians, and spiritual healers this is very potent time for transformation.

Sensitivities are extremely high so a bit of gentleness goes a long way with oneself and loved ones during the next several weeks.