As with all hard aspects between these ‘elder statesmen’ planets, the semi-square creates a seriously tense dynamic which, on a personal level, is not so easy on the emotional disposition. This in turn affects the greater socioeconomic and political scene. Since the general effect is a dampening of enthusiasm, people’s disposition is generally dour and hopes are thwarted.
These ‘masters of middle-earth’, upholders of the laws and structures of our 3D experience grind it out in a dance that is actually part of a longer and perhaps one of the most important planetary cycles, particularly in business and politics. It is the last ‘hard’ aspect of the 20-year Jupiter/Saturn ‘Great’ Cycle which began offically on May 28, 2000 at 22°♉40′. It made a fitting finale to Saturn’s time in Sagittarius when he finally ingressed into Capricorn on Dec 20.
Well, for a start, these two planets are not great friends, and mythologically, they didn’t enjoy the greatest father/son relationship either. In principle, they oppose each other in so many ways that one may even call them enemies, or at least adversaries. Very much like the two main parties of any political system.
Jupiter is liberal-minded, open to growth and expansionist principles, seeks to discuss themes and interests broadly, amplifies ideas in entire concepts through discussion, debate and research, promotes exploration into areas unanswered, inflates enthusiasm that there may be greater opportunities if we only just take a risk and try.
Of course, nothing in Scorpio is ever moderate, and never without some intent to completely destroy and rebuild, and taken to extremes here Jupiter could just go too far…
Saturn is most conservative. He seems to constrict and limit activity and growth by imposing strict, rigid conditions. Entering his domicile sign Capricorn, he’s ever more determined to stick firmly to his tried and tested ways. And he wants to pass it all down to the rest of us. He’s had enough of being ruled by Jupiter over these past 2-3 years. Coming out of Sagittarius, Saturn comes to a cold, hard realisation that the whole deal has stretched far enough, and it is now time to bring it all back into line.
Immediately, we will see him passing down his edict of what constitutes an orderly structure, summarily dishing out tight demands and expectations to all those that will help cement the structure into place. Those that refuse will have learn to tow the line sooner or later. Those that resist altogether or think they can stand against him are going to have to face the music.
As the two giants thresh it out, they characteristically generate situations for us which will pose serious tests to our faith, where we question our ability to maintain any genuine hope or promise. At their peak (see below for exacts dates), we may be filled with pessimism, feel as though we can’t go forward. Future prosperity, promise and 3D growth seems curtailed, stunted, reached its limits.
When things feel blocked, the general outlook can look bleak. Where Jupiter’s exuberance feels shut down, fenced in or choked out, the disappointment, the exasperation and dismay soon sets in. We go from day feeling up to the next feeling down, not sure whether we are happy or sad and what on earth to do. The most ambitious feel it most, since it affects their stock in trade (futures, promotions, speculative gains).
Circumstances in our personal lives may conspire in such ways that they bring us to question the worth and the validity – not just in our own belief system, but we may start to scrutinise and disparage those of our neighbours, relatives, even trusted partners.
Indeed, so intense is the discontentment and emotional distress generated among the ‘faithful’ during this transit, that over its duration we may be pressed to our limits, forced to evaluate the overall justifiability of any faith system whatsoever. Even the most religious may feel as though their god hath forsaken them.
It is not unlikely then, that (on one of the rougher days) things could feel so dispiriting, so downright deflating that we begin to lose confidence, both in ourselves and in the system upon which we trusted to restore our faith. Over the initial three months of this transit (Jan-Mar), there were enough trials and triggers to gradually impact enough of us to get so despondent, leading us to take our grief out upon the ‘system’ itself. By the end of it, enough confidence was shaken that we started to pull back: time, money, effort… energy was less eagerly invested.
|♃ ∠ ♄||Fri Dec 22 2017||03:02 pm GMT||Jupiter||15°♏17′||Semisquare||Saturn||00°♑17′|
|♃ ∠ ♄||Wed Mar 14 2018||10:57 am GMT||Jupiter||23°♏11′℞||Semisquare||Saturn||08°♑11′|
Anyway, don’t need to tell you that the aftermath in April brought a lot of scrutiny upon corporations, governments, churches, legal and education systems.
Of course, being largely of worldly influence, these two planets come to affect the way we try to integrate our personal goals and ambitions into the greater social arena via the prevailing politics and economics of the day.
If we’re not feeling it, we won’t be investing ourselves int those things with the same degree of enthusiasm. This eventually affects the entire business economy. It is our adopted principles, morals and beliefs that, when applied practically into society create the outcome – the reality of our situation. We either optimistic or pessimistic, depending on whether our beliefs are supported or denied.
So, essentially, over these first few months of the year, we became severely tested in every way possible whether we stood by what we believed. And we tested society to see whether it would stand by us.
Short test: Did it?
This transit asks us to “put our money where our mouth is”, see whether we are prepared to draw the line and hold firm on our principles. If it all comes down to a dogmatic case of “my Country right or wrong” then we may have to stand by what we declare. Prove ourselves by what we believe.
The big question for us will be, if we do stick our ‘truth’ guns, will that bring greater cohesion to our world or will this just create more anguish and division among us?
Chances are, we will somehow be challenged to verify our point of view. For the past few years, Saturn in Sadge has been screwing us tightly to define how our fundamental beliefs and philosophies are working out for us. Are our attitudes about how we see the world bringing us happiness, enthusiasm, joy into our hearts, or are they only causing separation, loneliness and grief?
By inducing a sort of dreadful fear and apprehension into the back of our minds, it seems that no matter what we do; no matter how much we try; how much money we earn, the situation is never good enough.
This constant sense of ‘lacking’, or ‘negativity consciousness’ sets us into a period where many of us may ‘find out the hard way’ that the old way of trying to run our society was perhaps a little off kilter. The way we invested our spirit into it, the faith we put into money/career/relationships; the enthusiastic way that we pursued joy and happiness is maybe failing to stack up to any solid, quantifiable gains or financial returns.
Where it leads our societies into the new year is a curious place, as we are by now well aware that the world is not exactly in a happy place. Sure, there may be happy individuals among us, being who are already practicing some degree of keeping their spirits refreshed and under great management, but on a greater level, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of confidence, neither in the society we live in nor its leaders. This diminishing confidence starts to trickle down to the economy. If people are not confident, their energy levels diminish to the point where they cease investing their time and money.
Gradually this puts a dour mood on the economy, which eventually affects everyone who is part of the greater social order.
|♃ ∠ ♄||September 04||10:57 am GMT||Jupiter||17°♏‘32′||Semisquare||Saturn||02°♑32′|
Whilst there is a reason and a meaning behind all this, it is difficult to see whilst we are in the midst of the transit. We will, however, put it all towards the ‘greater cosmic plan’ to dismantle the old 3D world to such a degree that it no longer has a leg to stand on. You may take that how you wish, choose to believe whatever you want to believe. Whatever happens though, just remember that it’s all an important part of our evolution.
Naturally, we are living in a physical universe where everything has boundaries. The same holds true with thoughts and beliefs, which define our reality. We must not fear boundaries, feel constricted by them, but we must also not be afraid of destroying them. That’s what is most important if we want to be free: to maintain respect for but also exasperation with boundaries.
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Here’s what happened last time these two planets clashed: