Saturn Retrograde Ends – Reliving Lockdown

Retrograde periods – the appearance of planets travelling backward through the Zodiac – are important for society and we as individuals as they let us “energetically” relive those time periods. In terms of Mercury in its infamous retrogrades, it’s seen as a largely negative experience because of the obstacles it throws in the way of our communication and travel plans. Sure, this can be frustrating, but we’re missing the point by choosing to focus on these things. Retrograde periods are actually empowering us to find new ways of thinking and acting in the world. Breaking communication devices or stalling car engines should actually be seen as challenges for us to find alternative methods of accomplishing our goals, signs that we should have replaced these things months ago, or perhaps Divine Intervention preventing us from saying the wrong thing or getting into road collisions. The Saturn retrograde period should be taken with the same positive outlook if we want to benefit from it.

Saturn entered its Shadow Period on February 3rd just as the world was slowly learning that a deadly virus had the potential to cause serious harm and impact our lives immeasurably. The world is divided as to whether this is as deadly as we once thought, but this debate is meaningless in the face of the chaos government and corporate decisions brought into our lives. Saturn’s entrance into Shadow came just three weeks after the long-awaited (and dreaded) Saturn-Pluto conjunction of January 12th – a rare conjunction which usually triggers wars, famine, and suffering. Many Astrologers, including myself, were expecting a literal war, when all we got in the end was the World Health Organisation declaring war on a virus – an invisible enemy which undoubtedly changed the lives of thousands, but also the lives of billions as a result of our REACTION to it.

This initial shadow period between February 3rd and May 11th was characterised by a creeping escalating fear of the unknown and of death (the terrifying tag-team of Saturn and Pluto) with the ultimate result being billions of people afraid to leave their homes, go to work, or even go shopping. Within months or even weeks, many of us were shaken up out of the comfortable expectation that tomorrow promises us the basic needs of life. Thousands flocked to supermarkets to buy sanitary products and food as a result of this uncertainty; we barricaded ourselves in our homes on the advice of faulty scientific models; we obsessively cleansed our bodies out of fear of this invisible enemy (Pluto). Saturn being the lord of time, restrictions, and mortality, forced us to confront our limitations.

 

This next period from May 11th up until September 29th has been an interesting “walk-back” as Saturn made the journey toward its original position on February 3rd. This was the beginning of a substantial pushback from people and competing scientific voices claiming the lockdown isn’t necessary or, worse yet, is causing a lot more harm than the virus could do on its own. We see the backlash intensifying as we prepare to end this Retrograde, with millions protesting across the globe and government powers over-extending their reach. Just today in Dublin, Ireland, restaurants and cafés were given three hours to shut down as part of a localised lockdown, causing yet more economic damage and the disposal of several tonnes of fresh food. In Australia, police freely enter peoples’ homes, choke innocent women in the streets, and respond with armed force to people flaunting the lockdown rules. This reckless behaviour by governments will only intensify the public’s resentment further and, it is my prediction that, we will see many countries physically remove their governments or else succumb to even tighter control than before, after September 29th.

 

The next period, September 29th to January 3rd, will not be good to a great many people. We will suffer for our individual and collective ignorance we displayed during the initial shadow period. Our willingness to submit to unconstitutional authority and our unmitigated greed in the face of a global threat will be paid back to us in the form of continued economic devastation – the loss of jobs, businesses, and homes – and psychological devastation – the fallout of isolation, livelihood loss, and fear. We’ll be given the opportunity to learn our lessons properly this time by becoming less reliant on governments and the mainstream economy, becoming more resourceful like our grandparents once were, and becoming more community-focused. 

 

This isn’t just an ordinary Saturn retrograde, as it’s playing out just after January’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction – an event that always heralds either a war or a reorganisation of the world political and economic order (if interested, you can learn about these events here). We stand at a cross-roads as individuals and as a species: further top-down control on one hand; and freedom on the other. What makes the difference between these two potential realities is the amount of responsibility we’re willing to embrace in our lives. When we show the world that we are not capable of thinking critically, religious leaders and scientists will step in to tell us what to believe. When we show the world that we aren’t willing to be resourceful, economists and politicians will step in to make sure we have jobs and food is delivered to our nearest stores. When we refuse to build and contribute to our local economies, corporations will step in to provide the basic necessities of life. There’s nothing inherently wrong with these decisions, yet they come with the price of freedom. Right now Saturn is giving all of us a crash course in what we should expect if we refuse to take responsibility – hyper control, hyper centralisation, and gigantic economic crashes which effect every member of society.

 

One of the many positive aspects of 2020’s lockdown was the shortage of bicycle parts, seeds and gardening tools, and flour. People had time and the motivation to return to the basics, either for self-exploration or surviving the oncoming economic depression. Many of us were brought right back to doing things with our hands and connecting with nature. Now that the Summer Holidays have ended, a record number of parents are homeschooling their children so as to not subject them to the bizarre hypochondriac rules imposed on students in reaction to C-19. There are glimmers of light out there showing us that humanity may yet find a better way to live instead of looking to our governments for solutions.

 

We will relive lockdown in at least a few countries around the world. Many will have to endure the trauma as flu season provokes another wave of human rights abuses and economic suppression if they don’t learn to ignore those who have abused them before. For the rest of us, however, we will build a parallel society of responsible adults who are focused on what really matters in life – family, friendship, love, freedom, and having a good time. It won’t be easy to get there, as Saturn’s lesson goes: everything worth while requires effort.

April Supermoon – Distinguishing Ourselves

April 8th at 3:36AM (Ireland/GMT) will be the peak moment of this year’s biggest Supermoon. An interesting time for most on Earth in the midst of a pandemic scare and mass government lockdowns.

As I wrote in the New Moon in Aries horoscopes two weeks ago, many of us have been on a mostly inward journey to rediscover ourselves outside of the chaos that Saturn in Capricorn has brought to our lives until recently – beautifully (however tragically) reflected in the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting lockdown of our social lives and commerce. A vast portion of the planet’s inhabitants have had their lives disrupted, either causing us to endlessly fret over the loss of financial stability or the prospect of mass death entering their lives. What this also opened a door to is the liberation of our minds from the same thing we’ve been doing for years, perhaps decades, both as individuals and a species. It’s forced the world to stop and reflect, with many finding the time to ask themselves what they want to keep in their lives once this all blows over.

As I write this, the true fruits of that transition are about to ripen with the completion of the Full Moon in Libra. The ambitious New Moon in Aries has called us to find something different and start the journey toward attaining it, leading to these next few days where Libra will help us balance out the aspects which do or do not belong.

April 5th featured a conjunction between Pluto and Jupiter I’d have overlooked if not for my colleague Brandon Kersey pointing out its effects on a growing number of people – the awareness and questioning of secret agendas in governments and corporations concerning the current viral pandemic and the mass deployment of 5G internet – resulting in people taking the law into their own hands in countries such as Britain and China, pulling or burning down 5G masts. Jupiter also gave the media/government/corporations an opportunity to amplify their Plutonian secrets by reporting on these people as “nutcases” and calling for mass censorship online. The war for freedoms and self-determination is well underway.

But where do you fit into all of this? The Jupiter-Pluto conjunction is still in effect during this Supermoon, and it’s forming a T-square with the Sun and Moon – meaning it’s right in the middle of these two powerful luminaries trying to separate themselves. The message of tonight’s Astrology is clear – we have to distinguish ourselves from what’s unfolding in the world. We need to stop worrying about a killer virus, 5G, the economy, [insert worry here], and let the realisation of who we are outside of all this be downloaded into our consciousness. I’m not telling you to ignore dangers in the hopes they’ll stop happening – I’m pointing out that this is the time where we can learn what makes us unique and strong, so we’ll be ready when the fight finally comes to us.

For the first time in generations, the game has gotten serious, with Saturn having begun his world-building journey through Aquarius. As Madonna sung in last year’s ominous song (Future), “Not everyone is coming to the future”. We have rough years ahead. Many of us aren’t able or willing to evolve – some of us are, but many of us are on the fence. Be brave, look at the Shadow (that one thing you don’t want to see in yourself), and you’ll find that inner compass to guide you through our Brave New World.

Magically Surviving Coronavirus

It seems impossible to not talk about the current pandemic in one way or another – and this right here is the first problem. We, the ordinary folk, are put at a disadvantage by a mixture of media hysteria and widespread death, constantly drawing our consciousness toward fear and powerlessness. Let’s flip that script for ourselves and our loved ones.

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In Honour of Bill “D-FENS” Foster

I recently rewatched this 1993 classic, Falling Down, with my partner who hadn’t seen it, and I looked for a treatment online of the main character to share my renewed fascination with Bill with others. I found interesting articles, but all with a Political Correct skew from a 2019 perspective. So let’s dive into this masterpiece from the perspective of its own place and time, which was a pivotal year Astrologically.

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On Hearing Others and Compassion

It might not help persuade you to read this, yet another blog post on the Internet, but it’s important that I say I’m no expert – so I won’t write as if I have it all figured out. What I do know is that we all need to be heard.

I struggle with a little bit of everything – anxiety, social paranoia, depression, obsessive-compulsive, lack of focus, and listlessness. Not by a whole lot and not on most days, but enough for life to stay interesting and disorganised. Ironically, the more I learned this about myself the less of a victim I feel, as I’m also learning that I’m not alone. Most of us seem to be struggling to varying degrees at different points in life, even though we may have mastered the art of not letting people see it. At least in my own mind, I’m an ally of those who also struggle, and am always ready to lend a hand when one of you reveal this side of yourselves. Continue reading “On Hearing Others and Compassion”

The Problem With Prophecy and Astrology – Buyer Beware

The sky is a grand screen – the original smart phone of our earliest ancestors. An oracular device. On one side, projected onto by the stars, and on the other, projected onto by man. Doubts on whether the two are intimately related was never in question until modernity darkened that lens. The nature of that relationship, however, has always been mused upon. Continue reading “The Problem With Prophecy and Astrology – Buyer Beware”