Mars, Saturn And The Horns Of A Dilema


The full lunar eclipse in the fifth degree of Aquarius on 27th July 2018 is conjunct Mars. Most astrological analysis seems to be centering on the eclipse itself, caught between the horns of two partial solar eclipses and the longest in duration for some time. But Mars, forming its first prolonged aspect to Saturn since they began a new cycle in Capricorn, is the focus, the primary input.

Even if you are only expecting all things ‘heat’ related to be under the Mars lens, the lunar eclipse itself begins to take on a different appearance.

In semi-sextile with Saturn Mars is asserting itself as an independent energy, attempting to break free of the old time keeper’s influence, and here the imprint of their new cycle is showing its first teeth. This drive for self determination is essential to the trajectory of the moment.

Mars met with Saturn in Capricorn on April 2nd 2018, in a region of the zodiac where self determination can be both celebrated and challenged, a place in which power, ambition and control are already hot issues. Pluto has been affecting this place for the last decade and its purge of the cardinal earth has not been easy for those already in power, or coming into power, especially the self appointed demiurges who would play with our fates. But when this is the basis upon which Saturn and Mars initiate their new cycle we are promised fierce restructuring of our daily lives as all layers of power are affected. The question is, does this come about through our own volition and, if not, then what can we expect? Their previous cycle began when these two planets last met in Sagittarius, August 2016 – can that cycle offer any indications?

Given Saturn and Mars last meeting hovered around the star Antares it might well have been expected that a theme would be set around war, its antithesis, the violation of boundaries and a desire to address the effects of sanctioned violence. We certainly got that, and, given the Sagittarian platform from which Saturn and Mars began, we should not have been surprised when an unboundaried socio-idealogical conflict was delivered into our hands.

An old problem with a new face, philosophy, ideology and religion once more demonstrated the raw nature of their fundamental underpinnings and brought us unavoidably into questioning the deepest of core values we hold. Perhaps more importantly, we were also brought face to face with the polarised state such fundamentals can manifest, especially when ignited at both ends. In the mundane sense, those ends would, crudely put, be represented by ‘protectionist nationalism’ on the one hand and ‘open armed liberalism’ on the other, the perfect ingredients for engendering knee-jerk confrontation, and that too is what we got.

One thing we should recognise here is how Mars and Saturn work together – there is no agenda to their partnership, it functions as a force of nature whose dynamic is one of internal contradiction which needs resolving and that in the process demands we face external extremes first hand. It is we who supply the drama, the backdrop into which their energetic bombshells drop. Mars and Saturn together are fully capable of upping the anti, in fact, in their way of working this is, often enough, their modus operandi. In a planetary climate which sees five planets plus Chiron simultaneously retrograde the internal aspect of this effect is exacerbated.

Fact is, as an example of social engineering through geopolitical means the debacle which accompanied their old cycle was, for those supporting globalist agendas, a masterstroke, perfectly preparing the thrust of the global narrative to take advantage of the Capricorn cycle and its re-appropriation of power, when it arrived. Well, it has, and it is the consequences of this thrust to which the Capricorn in us all must now apply our best abilities and most grounded qualities. This helps contextualize Mars at this eclipse. Lets briefly remind ourselves of the scenario.

A geopolitical and societal tsunami was unleashed during the last Saturn Mars cycle in the form of mass migration, its impact and the consequences of deeply liberalised socialist immigration agendas upon personal values. Generated out of a collusion between violence, spiritual extremism and the strategically significant humanitarian crisis which followed, the shell of philosophical and religious conservatism was apparently broken open, uprooted humans spilled out and the “liberalised” west responded with open arms. The tension created by mass movements of people away from areas of conflict, the exploitation of morality and ethics to meet the challenges arising from this and other related humanitarian issues, do bear the hallmarks of responses made to Mars and Saturn’s own collusion in Sagittarius. All inflammation and strictures, it was perfectly orchestrated, in fact. The rise in nationalistic protectionism similarly. These were the apparent horns of the dilema, similarly reflected through Mars and Saturn squaring the Moon’s nodes which were in Pisces and Virgo at the inception of their Sagittarian cycle.

Two months prior to this inception we saw the UK undertake to leave the EU and birth Brexit. Through this time Donald Trump was campaigning on a ticket which, just three months after the inception saw him achieve victory – it was a ticket which strongly reflects aspects of the Brexit imperative. Both results expressed the majority voice of the popular vote, a point which many who disagreed with the outcome even now find hard to accept. But, these only serve to illustrate the energetic and emotional dynamic being exposed in accompaniment to the Saturn Mars  cycle.

We have witnessed an over-spill, in human form, from war stricken regions in the near and middle east in particular during the intervening times, bringing new levels of questioning to the meaning of consensus, tolerance and democracy, all expressed quite graphically through an amplification of tensions and threat, if not across boundaries then certainly behind them. There is a sense that it must be done, Mars, at odds with a knowing that it must be contained, Saturn. Each carry their own shadow and it is inevitably the shadow which is the problem. Integration of the shadow, en masse, to be precise.

Backlash is not inevitable, but, when stoked by surrounding issues of free-speech and ‘political correctness’, as well as the constant media hype and the sheer irresponsibility of one sided reportage and misrepresentation of facts, there are bound to be consequences. Especially when, more to the point, there is an uncured and unaddressed powder keg of centuries of old enmities smouldering dangerously beneath the surface.

We could be justified in asking, what makes people so susceptible to such overtly propagandised manipulation? The effect of technologies on human attention and the mind, for sure. But could there also have been a reflection of the square with Neptune in Pisces which left its mark on the opening of Mars and Saturn’s Sagittarian cycle? Yes, but the fact that Neptune was sitting on the lunar south node at the time should have indicated the real need to take care not to fog over old issues when borders, religion and wars are involved –

“those who ignore the lessons of history……”

If, in the intervening time an element of drama has been allowed to escalate within this arena, with little doubt it has been aided and abetted by that other war, the ongoing one surrounding manufactured and fake news. Yes, folks, while the good people of Syria are defending their own, it is now the White Helmets/Al Qaeda who need rescuing, Justine time – the show must go on.

But, Capricorn is where this reality comes home and is either purged and made useful, or annihilated. Now that Mars is forming its first aspect to Saturn in their new cycle and is itself conjunct the lunar south node, the fog is being scorched off and we have long since passed the point of peak tolerance. Even though some governments are reneging, it really is vital that the relevant past be brought into the spotlight, if only such that humanity does not forget who we are and how we got here, and acts accordingly. There is no room for clouded thinking anymore, in fact it is downright dangerous, which is one of the reasons people like Jordan Peterson have such prominence now – it is all part of a movement and a dynamic towards reclamation of our lives.

Where Neptune was obfuscation, Mars is Action here. Ideology must give way to pragmatism.

Activating the forgotten past requires a great deal of energy and the best place to get this is from the ancestors themselves – petition them, with passion and fierce determination, for clarity and reconnection; the eclipse is made for this. Operating outside the constraints of time, ancestry and spiritual allies will pick up on the Mars impulse. Use it.

Act in response, responsibly. When a total lunar eclipse accompanies alignments like these the need for consciousness around the possible and perceivable consequences of our acts are amplified – they will have a more lasting effect.

We face old truths now, the better to live in days to come.

 

If the last Mars Saturn cycle saw the philosophical and heuristic basis for how we live and live together seriously brought into question, this one is going to be where answers found and insights gained must be tested out in hard core reality.

In a very real sense this is about putting the real world application of self determinism to the test, and especially at a personal level. This is essentially an “experimental” place we find ourselves in. When Uranus squares the lunar nodes we should expect no less.

Pluto has been preparing the ground for this experiment since 2008 and is now close on its own south node in Capricorn, but this is a far more far-reaching matter. Whereas the lunar nodes cycle is about 19years, Pluto’s own nodal cycle lasts 26,000 years and collectively this temporal frame of reference is now active and of the greatest relevance. At a collective level, we have now entered the natural culmination of the long collective Soul cycle away from the Cancerian polarity, with its own decidedly lunar collective manifestation. We have thirteen thousand years to think about and must put our findings to reconciling the opposites.

The alchemy of the moment requires memory as well as vision be brought into our desire to act in the present, under the shadow of this eclipse. Technology has beguiled us with its own alchemy, but if humans are indeed intelligent, and enough of them can extract their minds from a few square inches of hand held electronic miasma for a sustained moment, it could just happen. We have been led to believe that this technology is a form of power and that, while having it is enough to become endowed, using it is in some sense liberating if not revolutionary. But, for all its gains, it remains little more than a mental hijack which has removed our minds from our bodies for most of the day. There is a solution which does not involve the obvious one of giving it up entirely.

Earth. Always remember to ‘earth’. Humans will always be in the process of trying to find a working relationship with ‘power’, in all its guises; its hardwired. But, Earth…..it helps that relationship develop in a balanced and healthy way. Earth is at the center of the lunar eclipse.

The Aquarian eclipse is also a warning by way of reminder in this respect. Turn off your router when not using it, especially when sleeping. But, rather than getting carried away on the mental-floss of life, this eclipse, if anything is telling us to get our minds out of the machine and, with Mars involved, to “get the fuck back into our bodies!”

Reclaim your life and creativity!

How we use our evolving knowledge, our shared and communicated understanding of the world, our role in it’s planetary evolution, will begin to have a profound influence on the relationships with power we set about building through the current Mars and Saturn cycle. In fact the Mars Saturn cycle that follows this will naturally culminate the first real gains of this process, and that cycle will begin at 0° Aquarius. The significance of this threshold point cannot be over emphasised, not least of all because it is the exact degree in which Jupiter and Saturn will also begin their next cycle.

This is the time to take notice and act accordingly, to drop preconditioned responses in favor of deepened attention to what we are aware of and the ground upon which we base our acts. Whatever we do, just as it must ‘work’, it must continue to ‘work’ beyond our personal mortality, another Mars/Saturn ‘mantra’.

The simplest mantra you will see associated with Mars+Saturn in fact is ‘hard work’ – but, if we ensure that each cycle is built upon, taken full advantage of and its effects acknowledged this will also have the great benefit of creating meaningful work, possibly more meaningful than we can realize. If nothing else Mars and Saturn initiating a cycle in Capricorn needs to be made meaningful through learning the lessons of history and seeing what has immediately preceded us, what surrounds us now, in the light of what we learn.

What is being decided is not where the center of power is but where and how power can be centered. We live within a matrix of power, are power and can access power – its concentration at any point which abdicates connection to the whole is anathema to life. The answer to this conundrum is where Mars and Saturn’s Capricorn cycle will test our mettle to the max.

How human power is used, in all its multifaceted guises, will be the ongoing issue, but, there is now a significant window of opportunity for meaningful hands-on work around the degree to which the ordinary citizen, or humans as a species, can and will have a say in this. That window is  between now and the 2020 December solstice. That is when Jupiter and Saturn meet on the cusp of Aquarius. It really is no use kidding ourselves that there is more time; the couch is not your friend.

The next Mars Saturn cycle will also be initiated in the first degree of Aquarius, March 31st 2020. And we should not overlook the fact that Mars and this lunar eclipse are square Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, now in Taurus, about which more next time. The indication is that the paradigmatic basis for how we work with power in our future, in both an enabling and an enforcing context, is in its most pragmatic sense very much being decided now.

 

 

 

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