From Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, to the ISIS attacks two weeks in Paris, to France’s bombing of Syria, to rampant backlash against Syrian refugees, to divisive politicians, it seems our world is awash in fear and violence. We want so badly to see the big, humanitarian picture right now (and many people devoted to it still do); yet if we look out at the world via news reports, we meet a mirror full of chaos and pain that looks like it can never be healed. Don’t believe it.
I don’t mean to say that we’ll see the eradication of pain and violence in our lifetimes. What I mean is that what Eric described in an email as the “meme du moment” — i.e., “be afraid of getting blown up” — is an illusion.
One that has the Saturn-Neptune square behind it (now separating but still nearly exact). Every astrological aspect can have a positive expression; but part of what helps us to distinguish positive expression from an aspect’s shadow side is that, yes, sometimes that shadow comes through strongly.
So here we are, with the Sagittarius Sun having come through the Saturn-Neptune square earlier on Sunday. If you’ve had any contact with the media (including social media), you’re aware that the collective psychological climate right now is dominated by fear (Saturn in shadow form) and delusion (Neptune in its lower expression): fear of being bombed or shot; the delusion that shooting or bombing someone will solve the problem of your fear.
Yet there is much productive, creative work to be done, and being engaged in such endeavors is, I think, one antidote to the fear and delusion. It’s not necessarily an escape (though it can be); rather, I mean that any time you engage in creative, productive actions, I think you act to neutralize fear and delusion.
At the very least, you prune it down to a more manageable size. You can’t create and build — whether art, relationships, a house or an activist organization — without acknowledging the reality of your starting point, your raw materials and other resources. Then you add imagination — a vision of what can be — to work toward; imagination being the flip side of delusion, which simply sees what does not exist as though it does.
Another potential experience of the Sun entering Saturn-Neptune just as the square separates is a little more mundane, and might therefore feel more relatable. Eric described it as, “getting clear but not liking what that clarity reveals, even though it helps you.”
How often has that happened to you?
Hell, I think I experienced that this weekend as I engaged in a major sort-and-discard project with my clothes. I realized that my tendency to attach great emotional memory and significance to favorite pieces of clothing makes it incredibly difficult to discern whether or not they truly bring me joy now, or whether it’s time to discard them because they belong to a version of me that is long gone (and for whom I am grateful), but no longer belong in my wardrobe. I don’t like this enhanced clarity regarding how muddled my intuition and true desires can be (still, after years of work on this), but hopefully it will help me.
Like I said: super-mundane. I’d be curious to hear your own version of “getting clear but not liking what that clarity reveals, even though it helps you” that you might have experienced this weekend.
Speaking of mental processes, clarity and difficulties with those: Mercury is making some interesting aspects this week. Currently it is conjunct the Great Attractor, a mysterious deep-space point in mid-Sagittarius (which was exact on Sunday). One read of this is to beware of polarization — specifically, buying into the rampant polarization effect of the news and of politicians. The world is not black and white; it is many shades of messy and many shades of beautiful, and in many places the two overlap.
Mercury is also square Chiron (exact Tuesday at 11:01 am EST/ 16:01 UTC), and opposite Psyche and Chaos in Gemini (exact Wednesday and Thursday, respectively).
Eric wrote in an email to me as we discussed the astrology, “Mercury square Chiron to me is a crisis of one’s own intelligence…thinking oneself stupid, defective, dysfunctional. It’s also provocation to wake up from that.”
It’s the whole Mercury-Great Attractor-Chiron-Psyche-Chaos configuration that prompted to write in the first paragraph, “We want so badly to see the big, humanitarian picture right now … yet if we look out at the world via news reports, we meet a mirror full of chaos and pain that looks like it might never be healed. Don’t believe it.”
Don’t believe it, and don’t give up on the ability to heal, whether yours or someone else’s. It’s time to wake up. How’s that for today’s meme?