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What is Going On?


Astrology is akin to the art of Sacred Geometry. It teaches us that our emotions and our ‘drama’ are connected to higher dimensions, namely the 6th dimension. Geometric planetary patterns hold a key to conflict resolution and emotional alignment with our more perfect (divine) selves.


Saturn opposite Uranus

November 2008 - July 2010


              The world is now entering into a large planetary pattern, exact for the first time on November 4th, 2008!! This pattern stays in place and is repeated four more times before July 2010 when it then begins to recede. Saturn, the planet of security, stability and the established, is opposing (180 degrees) Uranus, the planet of change, revolution, and freedom. We see this in America, the world, and in our lives as we try to maintain stability in changing circumstances. Essentially these planets in opposition create tremendous tension, hence the need now to manage stress. The principles involved are need to keep things the same (and keep them going) and the need to change and be freer. Caught between these impulses can feel like being in a vice. Reflecting this in the presidential campaigns is the reiterated contrast between ‘change’ and ‘experience’.

              As we move through 2010, the planet Pluto gets involved forming a ‘square’ (90 degree angle) to both of these planets, Saturn and Uranus making a very dramatic configuration. The last time these three planets were in similar formation was from 1964-1968 when revolutionary and reactionary impulses were reflected in our culture. The polarized tensions served to accelerate cultural change and development. Proceeding this 1964-1968 time period, they were in similar alignment from 1929-1933. Although those were difficult times, Saturn and Uranus do suggest some choices.

              The clashes represented are between:

Old-new; past-future; tradition-innovation; stability-freedom; conservative-progressive; established authority – newly empowered counter culture impulses.

              What has come from these clashes in the past? Has not the Vietnam War taught us a new approach to international engagement? Did not the Civil Rights Movement enrich and make more real the constitution? Did not the depression inform us about the power of fear?

              Yet once again we struggle between the old, tried and true, and the new – unknown!!   Now we have the unforeseen consequences of technological development as well as decentralized warfare with ‘cells’. But if we approach new dynamics with old strategy, we sink deeper, and stress increases.

              So it is with our personal lives. Whether it be stock investments, job security, safety in the ‘American Way’, changing definition of marriage and family, or a pride in open borders (‘the melting pot’) , there is a strong need for change and also a strong holding on to past stability.

              Part of the populace, namely conservative, voices the need for tradition and polarizes the other part of our populace, the liberal, voicing the need for innovation.  Yet on closer examination of ourselves we are challenged to look inside and see the war within. As one pulls out of the blame game the challenge presented is to examine the clash in ourselves between safety and progress. Essentially the power to balance and bring peace to these opposites lies within each and every one of us. As some may say, ‘politics is in the individual’.


              The first Saturn/Uranus opposition was on November 4th, 2008. How fitting!  The four other oppositions occur on 2/5/09, 9/15/09, 4/26/10, 7/26/10. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd oppositions are likely to be felt more personally by people born in the later half of the signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. The last two are likely to be felt more personally by those born early in the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.

              Although the added dynamic of Pluto is beyond the scope of this article, for those who are interested, the squares from Saturn and Uranus to Pluto begin in November of 2009 and continue until the middle of 2015 and occur in the signs of Aries, Libra, and Capricorn. To read more about this influence, click here.


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