Today is a good day to revisit the Jupiter/Saturn square, which is coming back this Spring for the first time since August.
A few things to point out. Right as Jupiter makes his square to Saturn, via retrograde, Saturn will be slowing down to station and turn retrograde himself, in late March, just after the Equinox. Mars will be right behind Saturn and slowing to station shortly after for his own retrograde. This means that we will have a debilitated version of the Jupiter/Saturn square along with a debilitated Mars in the mix.
The great renaissance astrologer, William Lily, pointed out the following manners and actions when these planets were ill placed or debilitated:
* Hypocritically religious, maintaining false tenets in religion, ignorant, nothing delightful in the love of his friends, schismatical, abasing himself in all companies, crouching and stooping where no necessity is (Jupiter debilitated)
* Envious, covetous, jealous and mistrustful, malicious, a close liar, stubborn, outwardly dissembling, timorous, sordid, never contented and murmuring (Saturn debilitated)
* A prattler without modesty or honesty, a lover of slaughter and quarrels, murder, thievery, a promoter of sedition, of turbulent spirit, inhumane, oppressors, violent, neither fearing God nor man, rash, obscene (Mars debilitated)
Saturn and Jupiter and Mars combining this spring, all in debilitated condition (Jupiter in detriment and retrograde, Mars retrograde, and Saturn retrograde) will likely bring these more challenging qualities to the forefront of the following archetypal themes:
* The youth versus the establishment (Jupiter/Saturn)
* The old versus the new (Jupiter/Saturn)
* The future versus the past (Jupiter/Saturn)
* Political turmoil and generational politics (Jupiter/Saturn)
* Outsiders and the status quo (Jupiter Saturn)
* Radical philosophies, attitudes, or beliefs implemented through violence or contention and self righteousness (Jupiter/Saturn)
* Issues surrounding paternity or the paternal generally (Jupiter/Saturn)
* Radical beliefs on opposite sides sharing more sameness than difference (Jupiter/Saturn with Saturn in Jupiter’s sign)
* Big change preaching and militant idealism coupled with ignorance and dogmatism (Jupiter Saturn with Saturn in Jupiter’s sign)
These are typical Jupiter/Saturn themes but they are made somewhat treacherous by the retrogrades, and the overpowering square from Jupiter to Saturn while Jupiter is in a debilitated condition along with Saturn. Zealousness and political, social, religious, cultural extremism are growing, and it’s especially challenging when these themes are noticeable on both sides of the transit. Both those things that appear to be more liberal or expansive or generous or “open minded” are also, as Lily says, becoming “schismatical, ignorant, and hypocritically religious.” While the presence of Mars and Saturn combine to add inhumane, rash, obscene, stubborn, malicious, and violent qualities.
Remembering that traditionally Jupiter/Saturn combinations were known to signify great political upheavals or periods of marked change in governments, this square is nothing new. These periods come and go. For example, during the Summer of 2010 when the two planets were in an opposition with each other Wikileaks released over 90,000 classified documents, and in the spring of 2011 the Arab spring took place and Bin Laden was assassinated. Later in 2011 Occupy Wall Street began after calls from a group of activists to create our own American “Tahrir moment.” (referring to the Egyptian revolution that was part of the Arab Spring). However, back then, Saturn was in the sign of his exaltation, and Jupiter was not debilitated by sign.
This square as a much more contentious and ignorant feeling to it which we should be mindful of as the political and social/cultural climate reaches a fever pitch this spring.
I myself am being mindful of the following tendencies:
* To become self righteous about things I am passionate about
* To not walk my talk while talking louder than I should
* To get overly involved with debates, fights, and contentiousness without actually participating in the creation of the world I think is the better world
* To provoke people with ideas I believe are better
* To call names, to insult, or to tear down those I disagree with
* To become overly polarized by generational, political, or cultural debates or disagreements
* To spend too much time with my head in the media
* To feel overly threatened and polarized by that which is different from myself
* To use the word “outsider” like a weapon, or to remain willfully ignorant of those who are truly suffering from marginalization or oppression or from issues of major importance politically or socially
In a day and age where moderation is shunned politically, where moderation has become a dirty word, and perhaps for good reasons, the word “moderate” so commonly refers to willful ignorance or persistence in things that no longer work or that don’t serve the common good, this spring’s Jupiter/Saturn transit will naturally bring up for us questions about what progressive or expansive humility looks and feels like. How do we carry a radical vision of the future with a humble spirit? I have a feeling we will all be learning more about this in the months to come.
Prayer: Direct the fires of our faith and convictions. Make us servants, and teach us how to make a better world without hurting each other and without losing our humility