In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
in the Maritime Sailor's Cathedral.
The church bell chimed 'til it rang twenty-nine times
for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee.
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
when the gales of November come early !
~ 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' by Gordon Lightfoot (Scorpio)
Like everyone, I've been following the whole Syrian 'refugee crisis' with a much interest and sadness. It's currently what's playing on the world's main stage, the drama of Saturn in the last 'critical' degrees of Scorpio. I'm not so much referring to the collective karma of Syrians, although I've long associated the country with that sign, but rather that this issue is currently our international mirror and point of projection.
"Still waters run deep"
Scorpio's capacity for emotional pain is huge and if you've been close to one, you know that it can be a real spelunking expedition to try and reach it. They aren't repressing it, it's just very, very deep and they are usually so keen to keep it hidden, they'll create all sorts of distractions and detours to throw any spelunkers off course. They might be the strong, silent type, or the compulsive talker - both are tactics. And yet, because they inhabit these watery depths and water always seeks to join more water, these folks can usually locate your depths and the source of your emotional pain, should they care to pay attention. Some may take advantage and plug themselves into your needs, others may be tuning forks and provide healing just with their presence.
Saturn, as we have come to know him, limps along, methodically, on crippled leg, carrying a scythe and reminding everyone of their limitations, a 'no pain, no gain' kind of guy. At the end of any Saturn cycle - be it a return (every 29.5 years) or his transit through particular house - there we will find him adding checks or x's to a list of commitments we signed, years ago. Did we pass or fail at gaining maturity and facing reality ?
Saturn's metal is lead - dark, dense, impure - the opposite of gold and silver, which belong to the Sun and the Moon. Hence, the Saturn-ruled houses (Aquarius and Capricorn) mirror the Sun/Moon ruled houses (Leo and Cancer), in traditional astrology.
Saturn in a water sign, especially fixed, deep, still water, is like an anchor (or ball and chain) that sinks down, down, down, to where there's no more light of reason. Davy Jones' locker. If we want to see what lurks beneath, we need to bring it up or hire an angler fish guide. Even then, we are only getting a small part of the picture. We can imagine this as the depths of the soul or psyche.
Scorpio's 'modern' ruling planet, Pluto has been transiting Saturn's sign, Capricorn, since 2009, so the two planets have been in mutual reception, over the last two and a half years. Pluto in Capricorn is all about power, both personal and collective. A entire generation will have Pluto in the same sign, but your own Pluto placement and it's aspects will show how it is affecting you, as an individual. Pluto works silently, at levels undetectable and sometimes perilous…awaiting the anchor of Saturn to drop, in this case. While Saturn reaps karmic debt from within our lifetime, Pluto brings up issues from lifetimes we thought we'd left behind - guilt and power issues we are back here to work on, without even knowing what they are. We stumble (or swim) around until we feel some kind of trigger, experienced as instinctual or obsessive. Clues are in your fears and desires. Both Saturn and Pluto can be very intimidating, but Saturn/Capricorn fears usually stem from lack or insecurity, while Pluto/Scorpio fears are more directly related to fear of death. Saturn's role as the God of Death has been lessened some, with the inclusion of Pluto.
Fun fact: Pluto's metal is plutonium, rocket fuel. It's made from Uranium and Neptunium, all named after their corresponding planets. These are in play now, with the Pluto/Uranus conjunction Virgo generation at the helm and Neptune opposite, in Pisces. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Actually don't, it's extremely radioactive. Can you say 'Fukushima' ?
Bearing in mind these characteristics of Saturn and Scorpio, let's return to the world stage…
In my own country, Canada, we have had a long standing tradition of helping the less fortunate, accepting refugees, advocating reason and equality, being peace-keepers…basically the boring-nice-person-country, to the rest of the world. At least, that is the image of ourselves we like and accept. Enter the current prime minister (affectionately, 'crime sinister'), Stephen Harper, an Earth Pig with Sun at 9 Taurus trine Pluto Rx at 1 Virgo and Saturn Rx at 6 Capricorn, plus Jupiter Rx at 29 degrees Scorpio, squaring his Pluto. He boastfully declared that we would not recognize Canada when he was through with it. Yes, he actually said that. How deep down in his dark psyche did that line surface from ? What is his karmic, retrograde mission ? He has single-handedly destroyed our good reputation, among other things we hold dear. Now he's cashing in on peoples' fears for his re-election platform, while Saturn conjuncts his Jupiter. Will it work, or will Saturn squaring his Pluto finally reign him in ? Have we had enough yet ? Do enough people even recognize what he represents ?
On the material plain, his claim to fame is the Alberta Tar Sands (though it was started long before he came in), the forced extraction of our deepest filth. Besides the entire planet, the people who are most immediately affected by the pollution are First Nations communities, whose water is poisoned by run-off and land destroyed by pipeline leaks. The magnitude of this destruction was the last straw for them, and so the 'Idle No More' movement was born. It brought back a sense of hope, connectedness, collective power, pride and healing for many indigenous people. They are fighting back in huge numbers, with help from the ancestors, plus the support of many non-natives, thanks to social media. So thank you for that, Mr. Harper. Our First Nations know Canada's dark history all too well, having experienced this nice-guy nation's ugly side, for real. Rightly, they insist we face up to the genocide, residential school abuse, racism, destruction of the land - collective, Pluto guilt and power abuse matters that still stubbornly perpetuate.
People tend to react in two ways, when confronted with their guilt.
Example: Let's say, as a kid, you were unkind to the family dog. Not that you were a psychopath, you just hadn't yet developed empathy or an understanding beyond ego consciousness (besides, that was how your dad treated him, and father knows best). But eventually you do develop these qualities and it's hard to face what you did to Rufus, now that he's dead. Or perhaps you were shamed and punished for your actions. You might continue to live in denial and continue abusing, rather than admitting you had once been a cruel person, or you might over-compensate, giving vast amounts to animal shelters and becoming an animal-rights activist. The response can be unconscious or conscious. But if you continue down the path of denial, things just get worse. That is the whole purpose behind the Catholic practice of 'confession' or of Truth and Reconciliation commissions (note: we had a faux one here…govt is still in denial). Trapped guilt is painful and usually makes people repeat their 'sins.' Saturn, embodying the limitations of this current lifetime, shows us where to look at ourselves realistically and what practical work is required of us, here and now, for our own liberation, so we don't have to come back and repeat the lesson indefinitely (aka 'Hell'). Saturn loves us most, in other words.
So, Saturn and Pluto working together, in mutual reception - we're being shown where to do the work, in this lifetime, on guilt/power abuse issues that go way back. One Pluto transit around the Sun takes at least three lifetimes to complete. Interesting that it was during Saturn's retrograde in Scorpio that we saw the first photos from Pluto. The scary mob boss flashed us two symbols - a big, pink heart and a whale. Hmm.
Back to the refugee drama and what the critical degree critics are saying. There are mixed feelings being expressed by many. Reading the comments on CBC posts, I cannot imagine so many bigoted and fearful remarks being flung, prior to the days of our current government. But under Harper's rule, we have full permission, so our filthy tar is being drawn to the surface. Don't get me wrong, I know the truth must come out. But what I'm seeing is a collective 'kid that was mean to the dog', in denial mode; settlers, people who have last names from everywhere but here, saying "don't let anyone in, you don't know them, they might be terrorists, they want to take our resources, they want to kill us, they hate our way of life," etc. Just who are they talking about ? The people fleeing a Syrian war zone or the people that tried to wipe out the original inhabitants of this land? There's that mirror again; projection. On the other hand, some are saying let everyone come, no questions asked. The over-compensation response to past guilt.
Does anyone know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours ?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'er.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
they may have broke deep and took water,
And all that remains is the faces and the names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters.
Yes, we have left the Piscean Age of martyrdom, but Neptune will remain in Pisces for another 10 years and we've still got 20 centuries' worth of laundry to do. The opening of old wounds is intensified with Chiron in Pisces aka wounded Jesus, until April 2018. Indeed, the little boy named Alan Kurdi, a potential Canadian who's family's application had been rejected, was the sacrificial lamb. There were many other photos of drowned children, but he was chosen, perhaps because he was face down. "This could have been my child," said the multitudes.
If only we could look at things realistically, without judgement and fear...
Good news ! Saturn, at long last, returns to Sagittarius, in the early evening of September 17, so more objectivity and fairness will soon be available to us. Sagittarius is moral and rational, not emotional and secretive. This placement of Saturn resonates well with Chiron in Pisces, both being Jupiter's signs (although travel restrictions and other limitations on freedom are also a possibility).
Earlier the same day, Hermes-Mercury will station retrograde in Libra, the sign of equilibrium. Retrograde Hermes-Mercury crosses the threshold, into the unconscious, where he will hold up the Venusian mirror for us, saying, "as above so below" and "like cures like." Next evening, Saturn will get briefed and illuminated in the Sagittarius Moon's caravanserai, with the tales of travellers, foreigners, exiles and seekers, as well as First Nations.
Invoke Saturn and the Moon from 7:35 pm PST/10:35 EST (exact conjunction) on Sept 18 to 4:30 am PST/7:30 pm EST Sept 21 (strongest during the conjunct period, especially on Saturnday, until around noon, PST/3 pm EST).
Tell these cycle-rulers your story, expressing your sincere intent to do the work necessary in order to move on, while at the same time accepting your limitations. You can ask for your karmic lessons to be made more clear to you, and how current circumstances might be repercussions of your past actions. If you require structure, discipline or integrity, Saturn can help with that. This influence has already begun with Sunday's Virgo partial Solar eclipse.
Saturn loves rocks, so if you want to make it into a ritual, you can include some black onyx or tourmaline, hematite, fossil bones. Crows are sacred to Saturn, so use a crow feather and myrrh incense. For the Moon, moonstone, pearl, silver and a bowl of water or coconut water. A mirror is also good.
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald:
Maria Abramovic - The Artist is Present
Refugee Nintendo, created by a 29 year old Syrian animator:
Latest study predicts 200 foot sea level rise if all fossil fuels burned:
Images: L'Esperance, Portrait with Scorpion (eyes open) by Scorpio performance artist, Maria Abramovic, Davy Jones' Locker (Punch), Madam Sosofish by Roxanna Bikadoroff, 'Honorary Chief' Harper, Tar Sands from space, Idle No More poster and movement founders (Sheelah McLean, Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon), Whale from medieval manuscript, Mermaid from 13th c French manuscript, Banksy's EU message, Cassini photo of Saturn.
All written content herein ©Roxanna Bikadoroff 2015
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