Saturn square Neptune is making it difficult for many of us to make realistic long-term plans for ourselves, or for us to figure out where we fit in the Universe.
This week the ongoing Saturn-Neptune Square reaches another exact peak, and we’re all likely to feel the effects on some level or another. As difficult transits go, this one is inherently a bit weird to explain (although I’ve done so before) because of the nature of the planets and the aspect involved. Let me give you the simplest possible description:
Saturn wants order and stability — the kind of order and stability that a well-crafted Swiss watch embodies, or that you encounter when your flight takes off and lands exactly on time with no hitches or surprise body-cavity searches. Neptune has its own sense of order, but it’s much harder to describe. Remember that time you took that stuff in college that totally expanded your mind and made you realize that all consciousness is One (but damned if you could remember the details the next morning)? These may seem totally opposite from each other (and they mostly are), but both are completely necessary for a well-rounded existence.
These two very different energies are currently interacting with each other via the “square” aspect. By “interacting,” I mean the same way a person struggling to pull a towel from the jaws of a large dog is “interacting” with that dog. Nothing much is likely to be resolved, and odds are good something will get torn or someone will be injured.
We all have larger plans for our lives, but we express those in different ways. Some people have a Vision Board and a ready answer to the classic interview question “where do you see yourself in five years?” Other people have a larger plan for their lives that involves regular trips to the liquor store. In either case, coming up with a grand strategy by which to run your life has probably been more difficult than usual for you lately. As a Sagittarius (the Sign that Saturn is in and Neptune is squaring) I have been acutely aware of this lately. The usual questions a Sagittarius asks him/herself (“What is the meaning of life? Am I fulfilling my purpose on Earth? Do I have time to get to the liquor store before it closes?”) are just getting harder and harder to answer… and yet struggle with Life’s Great Questions, I must.
…Which brings me to the story about how my new neighbors have completely ruined what is left of my fragile mind.
Look. Just look at this, will you?
This is a doormat, made out of four separate squares of material. It forms a cowhide pattern… or does it?
You see, I’ve been starting at this thing for a couple of weeks now, and the patterns on the four individual squares will not form a contiguous pattern no matter how you arrange them. I know, because I have spent hours staring at this abomination, trying to work it out in my head…
Meanwhile: What is the meaning of life? I don’t know, but it’s hard to image life has any real Higher Purpose at all when things like this mismatched, threadbare hobgoblin can be allowed to exist.
Am I fulfilling my purpose on Earth? No, because I haven’t figured out how to make the pattern on that verdammt doormat work yet.
Do I have time to get to the liquor store before it closes? No, because I spent all day with that rubber-backed Demon of Insanity taunting me.
Saturn square Neptune is making it difficult for many of us to make realistic long-term plans for ourselves, or for us to figure out where we fit in the Universe. That, and the neighbor’s doormat isn’t helping any.
Okay, straight up people: if you want to blame last night’s mass shooting on religion or intolerance or guns or terrorism or the decline of Western Civilization or whatever, there are two important points you should consider.
1) You may have a point
2) This is not the place to discuss it.
We’re here to talk about astrology, specifically the transits which were happening when Omar Mir Seddique Mateen walked into Pulse Nightclub in Orlando at 2:02 AM on Sunday and took it upon himself to slaughter 50 people and injure another 53.
Omar Mateen was born on November 16th, 1986 in New York City… time of birth unknown. Was he prone to violence? He was born on the day of a Full Moon, with the Moon opposite the Sun at 24 degrees Scorpio. Both placements… the most important points in a birth chart… were squared by natal Mars at almost 24 degrees Aquarius. Furthermore, that Mars was amplified by a sextile to Uranus at 20 degrees Sagittarius. None of these things guarantee a violent nature, but they are strong indicators. At the very least, we do know that he was a security guard who held a gun permit, which is one manifestation of that awkward Mars energy.
The potential for violence is one thing, but it’s the transits that set something things off. Not surprisingly, there was plenty agitating Omar Mateen’s problematic Mars. Transiting Mars retrograde at 25 Scorpio was closely conjunct Omar’s Sun and square his Mars. Transiting Jupiter is square Saturn, adding energy and enthusiasm to the slaughter. Transiting Sun and Venus were opposite his Uranus and trine his Mars, and he was having his Jupiter Opposition (“adding enthusiasm to his expression of his Mars,” I say to myself with disdain). Transiting Pluto was square his Nodes, lending a hint of “deadly destiny” to the mass shooting.
And oh yeah… Omar Mateen was having his Saturn Return.
Two days ago singer Christina Grimmie was shot in the head and killed by Kevin James Loibl, born March 10 1989, time unknown, somewhere in Florida (probably Saint Petersburg). His Mars in Taurus was unaspected other than a close conjunction to Jupiter — which makes everything it aspects bigger and louder. Transiting Mars was opposite that point at the time of the shooting, and —
Well, here’s his chart and his transits. Do you want to hear more about this? I’ll gladly write about it if you think I should. So go ahead and leave a comment if you do or don’t want to hear more. As for right now? I’m a little too sick of that small percentage of the raging, violent primates I share a species with. I need to rest, and to remind myself that the vast majority of humans are not irredeemably terrible… and maybe by this point you should do that too.
“Float like a butterfly sting like a bee – his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”
-Muhammad Ali, 1974
Possibly the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, has died. There will of course be the usual outpouring of grief and tributes, articles celebrating his career, his social activism, his personal integrity… and because it’s the Internet, there will be a bit of trolling based on his race or politics or religion or whatever. Like many great figured we’ve lost recently… David Bowie and Prince are two that come to mind… Muhammad Ali will tend to reflect back to us what we want to see about him. So, without falling into any of those traps, I’d like to show you just how remarkably accurate astrology can be when looking at a person’s physical being by looking at Ali’s birth chart. Astrology can do wonders at delineating someone’s personality (whatever the heck a “personality” is, even) — but it’s how astrology points out the obvious and physical traits that really show its power.
Muhammad Ali was born January 17, 1942 at 6:35 PM in Louisville Kentucky. Here’s the chart… click on it to make it bigger so you can play along at home.
The Midheaven is in Taurus, with Mars nearby — a natural indicator of athletic potential. This is all ruled by Venus in Aquarius. Now, normally one might look at Mars in Taurus (which is a naturally “debilitated” placement according to traditional techniques) squared by both the Sun and Pluto and assume that this guy was a rageoholic (those squares) who turned his propensity for violence towards his spouse (Venus on the Descendant). Of course, this is not at all how things turned out (so much for reading your interpretations out of a textbook, people!).
In fact, he was physically powerful (strongly aspected Mars) gifted with unusual boxing technique (the ruler of Mars is in Aquarius). Ali had a tendency to fight with his fists down and his head up — which is the first habit any YMCA boxing instructor would normally berate his students for. Jimi Hendrix had an oddly-placed Midheaven ruler (also Venus) taking a difficult aspect from Saturn, just as Muhammad Ali did. Nonetheless, Jimi became the best at his career by doing things his way — by playing a right-handed guitar re-strung and held upside down (Hendrix was left-handed). Similarly, Ali made his quirks a strength. His fighting style wasn’t textbook… it was merely perfect. Keeping his head up provided a huge target to any opponent, but Ali’s almost supernatural reaction speed (Mercury conjunct the Moon, both aspecting the Midheaven) meant few of those punches would land. His style was uniquely suited to his strengths, as befits Aquarius. And yes: Ali’s Venus closely aspected his Ascendant in Leo, so he was pretty good looking for a guy who got punched for a living… and wasn’t afraid to point it out to you either.
One more thing worth noting is the Moon-Pluto aspect. This can make a person an emotional powerhouse (for good or ill), but one of the things that often comes with that aspect is physical toughness. His Sun in the 6th House, part of a Grand Trine with Uranus and Neptune, contributed to that ability to endure physical punishment.
Oh, and all that stuff about Muhammad Ali being incredibly famous, being a social advocate, and protesting injustice? Yeah, that’s all in his birth chart too. But for now, let’s just all sit back and appreciate the incredible physicality he (and his birth chart) demonstrated.
As almost everyone on the Internet knows by now, on Saturday there was an incident at the Cincinnati Zoo where a three year old child wandered into the gorilla enclosure, resulting in staff killing Harambe, a male gorilla.
Before we get into the astrology, I suppose something should be said about the whole issue of zoos and animals in captivity in general. Yes, on the one hand, it’s not “natural.” On the other hand, zoos are hardly the chamber of horrors they once were, and frankly some members of some species (like gorillas) need to be protected and nurtured because of the threat of extinction presented to them by other primates (looking at you, Dear Reader).
I love all primates, and gorillas are easily in my Top Five. Humans, for the record, are somewhere in my Top Twenty, just ahead of chimps (who are kind of jerks) but well behind howler monkeys and the Emperor Tamarin. Now, having said all that: I believe that shooting Harambe was justified in order to save the child. Furthermore: yes the mother of the child should probably have kept a closer eye on her kid… but if you don’t think three year old humans aren’t capable of some serious shenanigans, then you don’t know your three year old primates very well.
If you have a problem with any of that, the comments section is below. Now, on with the astrology.
Harambe was born May 27, 1999 in Brownsville Texas. His transits for the time and date of death are interesting, but they’re not the most obvious astrological “victim” of the incident. Without birth data for the mother and child in question, it’s amazing how damaging this incident could prove to be for the zoo itself.
There’s no “time of birth” on record for the Zoological Society of Cincinnati, but it was “born” on July 11, 1872 in Cincinnati. Most notably, the chart features a close Sun-Venus conjunction in Cancer which is closely opposite Saturn in Capricorn. This might normally be kind of a “hard luck” combination, except that those points are closely aspected by Pluto in Taurus and Moon in Virgo. Put all that together and it’s a durable and successful aspect pattern.
No placement in a chart can go forever without having difficult transits, and May 28 2016 provided what turned out to be a highly damaging combination of effects. Transiting Saturn is now closely opposite that Sun-Venus conjunction, and was within less than a degree to the exact conjunction with the Zoo’s natal Saturn. This becomes even more significant if the Society was “born” around noon, which would make Venus the Ascendant ruler (public perception) and also make it conjunct the natal Midheaven (“purpose”).
Furthermore: transiting Jupiter in Virgo was opposite Neptune in Pisces, and both were closely square the natal Nodes. One could argue that the Zoo’s “karmic destiny” was about to be challenged by someone’s misjudgement, or the cumulative effect of small misjudgements, starting with whoever designed the gorilla enclosure. Transiting Saturn conjunct the Zoo’s South Node certainly didn’t help either.
These transits will be in effect for a while yet — at least the next couple of months in fact. There will be undoubtedly some sort of permanent ramifications for the Zoo and its mission. All we can really ask here, I believe, is this: let’s be kind, understanding, and patient with the primates… even if they can’t always be bothered being that way with each other.