Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Strange how in some areas of life we have this vague sense of time standing still – when we are not by-passing opportunities or deadlines for core desires and we are not ageing – and yet we still hurtle about and jump mentally into the future before we have lived properly in the moment. We have this weird concept of what time is in relation to us, or what we are in relation to time. And perhaps we are not aware of it until we stop to consider or it’s made plain to us in some way. We see ourselves as standing like someone in a high wind, stolid against the force of change, while we believe that we need to rush into other scenarios and situations right in front of us and these situations are always the ones which are not of our choosing, or not really vital to our fulfilment; they are pressures from the outside, or from the past or from unconscious urges that supply a leverage towards unfoldment that we may not otherwise possess.
In some sense it is true that time is split. Inner time and outer focus. Inner time exists with soul endeavor, or life purpose. This autonomous sense of purpose will not be moved from what we really need to do, and who we really are – and who we really are is ultimately what we do.
The details of the current era pass and swirl around us, but the definitive need to experience in a certain way or reach a certain stage of achievement or have a type of sensation within environment or place remains as untouched by the detail of the mundane as an oak tree in a breeze. We have this idea of time standing still at the deepest level, at the purest of our core, and it is something we need to become aware of in order not to loose ourselves. We need to explore it and appreciate it and see what it says about us and how we continually speak to it without paying attention. In meditation we become listeners to it. In our love experiences it gains amplification. It is immortal and ignore it as we might it remains solidly true to us, this idea that in extremely crucial matters we can conquer time.
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Saturn leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn on the 20th December this year, aligning almost exactly with the Winter Solstice, over which Saturn presides,and the entrance of the Sun into Capricorn on the 22nd. Saturn begins to really take hold some eight or nine days later. Seen often as the baddy of the astrological planetary system and much maligned, Saturn is responsible for order, discipline, staying power, and the glue that welds together the un-manifest and the material plane.The planet is often referred to as the doorkeeper between worlds.
Austerity, duress, isolation, inhibitions and bleak landscapes, both literally and metaphorically, and time itself, Saturn is known as the Judge and the Auditor of mortal development. But the rewards for Saturn’s scenarios are great. And what emerges from Saturnine periods of endeavor endures, both the good and the bad. Not a force to be reckoned with lightly, Saturn rules heavy machinery, rocky terrains, skeletal structure, security measures and commerce. Mundane Astrology is a different thing from the Astrology of the individual and the world connotations can be considered separately but in some areas are mutually inclusive with individual movement.
Saturn into Capricorn will be a leveler, that much we know. It will take the rough edged and the partly shaped and engineer clarity where there is none, or common sense where there is fanciful speculation (the province often of Sagittarius). The transit Saturn made through Sagittarius took three years and in that time we saw extremes of all kinds, exaggerated facts and sensationalism became almost the norm. It is incredible how this kind of atmosphere crept up on us. The media, the constant fear mongering and the drama; the way society has changed in that last three years is quite dramatic.
So can Saturn in Capricorn bring a reality check to a lot of subjects and situations that are hopelessly off the mark, definitely out of control and not useful to the demanding times we live in? Probably! In situations personal and collective, large and small. Nothing escapes the exacting scrutiny of Saturn, it purges and parses, often down to the bone.
Saturn’s transit through Capricorn will at various times make squares to Sun in Aries, Libra and Cancer. And to any other planets people have in those signs. The other two earth signs – Virgo and Taurus - also take influence; all the signs linked by element (in this case Earth) have traits borrowed from each other. The effects of Saturn are consolidating or they are debilitating. They require a step up or a step away, depending on circumstances.
The last time Saturn was in its own sign of Capricorn was in 1988 to 1991. It takes twenty eight to thirty years for Saturn to cover the whole zodiac. Thinking back to what was occurring in your life and events at that time, provided you are old enough, may give clues to the issues or side of yourself which will be affected this time round. It does not have to be a re-run, it can be a vastly upgraded or modified scenario of similar sorts, in different setting, giving different choices for different reasons. But the similarities will be there somewhere.
In a global or societal sense the effects of Saturn in Capricorn are already visible. The world has become a harder or harsher place for many people. The greed and the depravation are maybe two sides of the same coin. Capitalism and Government are both under the jurisdiction of Capricorn, as is penal reform and correction. The fact that banking systems, ecological sustainability and some forms of commerce have to change is a foregone conclusion. Saturn is nothing if not resilient at finding ways to forge cohesion and people to undertake the tasks: all contribution and work is to some extent the province of Saturn, for nothing lasting is achieved without effort and perseverance.
Integrity, responsibility, endurance, humility, forbearance and other old fashioned values may be partly forgotten in some areas, but will resurrect mightily in quarters we least expect. The Saturn/Capricorn transit is in three stages, in keeping with the three deconates of the sign. Firstly the accountability, and then the discovery and exposition and finally the amending and substantiation. Apply that to small and large developments in life, both personal and transpersonal, and you will have the idea of the issues affected.
Saturn in Capricorn is the bricks and mortar of life. It brings the subjects that matter to the main point, whether these are concern known only to the individual or to the collective as a whole. The individual decides what matters to him or her. But there are areas outside of us on which we all depend and to which we all contribute. Saturn brings the meat of the matter forward and cannot bear obfuscation and prevarication. Sitting on fences isn’t an option. Nor is disguising the end to justify the means. The posterity of the matter is most important to Saturn, while the austerity might be just a side-effect of achieving it. But the balance between the two is possible only with wisdom – the province of Saturn through age old experience and the cycles of time.
image: 'Icy Trees' - Edward Lemery
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018
Saturday, 23 December 2017
Lyn Shea talks with Peter Wakefield, Esoteric Astrologer, on the meaning of the Seven Rays and how they operate through astrology. Their relevance to individual development and how people form collectives, groups and organisations within society.
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In this this second pod about the Rays Lyn talks with Pater Wakefield about how the main Rays can change within the person, e.g. the mental body, personality & emotional body. Why that may happen and what the individual may experience or feel when is happening.
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