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Saturn square Neptune is the biggest astrological news of 2016. It will be in effect for most if not all of the year, and hits exact this June and November. Like any other major difficult aspect, it doesn’t guarantee doom for everyone, but for some of us it will be difficult, especially if you have major placements around 6-12 degrees of the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Even if you don’t, it’s certainly going to have an effect on the world in general, and likely on someone close to you.

As I have written here before, it’s hard to imagine two planets with more different agendas. Saturn wants your life to have structure and order and stability… or it will break your legs trying. Neptune wants you to dive deep into the spiritual side of life and embrace it… or possibly dive deeply into a drink or a drug or an ideology that ultimately won’t help at all.

The square aspect indicates a conflict that has no obvious resolution. Sure, if we were under the influence of Saturn trine Neptune, I could lay the “love and light” on thick and tell you that “all your dreams can true if you put in the work, hooray!” However, the square requires a lot more work and a lot more patience.

So how the heck does one manage this seeming no-win scenario? Well, there are two ways to do so. One is to simply keep in mind that if you are here and alive and reading these words right now (I’ll pause here for a second so you can check your pulse just to make sure)…

…then you’ve lived through aspects at least as difficult as The Great Saturn Neptune Square Of 2016.

Part of the way you can get through these times, other than to simply take it on the chin and struggle through, is to use your Mercury… in other words, your brain. Saturn has a way of making people frightened, but so (in a very different way) does Neptune. Frightened people don’t tend to make wise choices for themselves, and the more frightened you are, the less likely you are to find a proper solution for yourself.

Easier said than done? Maybe, but beware anyone or anything that offers you uniformly easy answers. You’ll have to put in the work (Saturn) and have the faith (Neptune) to think your way through.

Here are some examples of typical modern fears that are being fueled by Saturn square Neptune, and how you can use your Mercury to solve these dilemmas.

Saturn: “If I complain more, my mate will eventually stop doing X, which I hate.”
Neptune: “Maybe if I just show more compassion to my mate about X, he/she will come around to my way of seeing it.”
Mercury: “If X hasn’t stopped despite your efforts, is X a deal-breaker? If so, leave. If not, try a different tactic… or give up.”

Saturn: “If we take away all the guns no one would get shot!”
Neptune: “If everyone had a gun no one would get shot!”
Mercury: “Simple, slogan-like answers rarely solve complex problems. ”

Saturn: “If we just drop more bombs on the right people, we can end terrorism!”
Neptune: “Maybe if we just leave them alone the terrorists will stop hating us!”
Mercury: “Terrorism works because of the terror it induces. Your odds of dying from food poisoning are a lot higher. Put it in perspective.”

Saturn: “I never put time into that project I want to take up, because I suck.”
Neptune: “I’m sure one day I’ll get around to that project I want to take up.”
Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'”

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