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‡ Saturn’s archetype wields the sickle of time, a binding force for setting limits.
With a commitment to purpose, and the cultivation of wisdom, Saturn maintains the precedents for abiding in the finite world. It tests our moral compass, and reforms our social responsibilities.
† Pluto, known in myth as the overlord of the underworld, symbolizes the dilemmas of dualism and life's reversals. As a catalyst for turning points of change, Pluto evolves us, into the soul of the collective and the infinite.
The previous 1982–83 Saturn/Pluto cycle in Libra brought some sobering realities: a retreat into nostalgia and narcissism; catalyzing global terrorism; the unencumbered rise of the uber rich; economic instability; the Internet of Things; and a resurgence of nationalism in a post-truth world. These are some of the nested dilemmas setting the stage for this next transformative cycle, lasting until 2045.
The entrenched interests of the moneyed class, the plutocrats, hold many hostage in a predatory capitalism resulting in mass indebtedness. The industrial age has run aground, breeching the limits of our climate’s capacities and our own conscience. We have altered the nature of Nature by the indiscriminate overconsumption of Earth’s resources, and with the wastelands of our leavings.
Time throws no lifelines to generations now emerging in peril of traumatic ill health. Undermined by the effects of electromagnetic radiation, chemical toxicants, living in cyber-centric cultures and alienated from nature, how many are sabotaged at birth?
March into April, Mars activates our survival drive when it joins with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, and our voices grow louder with urgency for government accountability and human rights. On April 4th, June 29th and November 12th, Jupiter, planet of social justice, conjoins Pluto while dire climate changes and global weaponization displace millions of people into migration, and we face the snares of scapegoating. Rulings from the high courts tip the scales of our tolerances. The US presidential election may fuel paranoia and polarization with the fervor of an un-civil political war. On Winter Solstice, December 21st, Jupiter and Saturn conjoin at 0° Aquarius. This 20 year cycle offers shifts in dynamics for social participation and group identity. Realign reactivity.
During transit periods adapt this ceremonial offering for personal or community use. Call forth the image of a wondrous bowl that transmutes the alchemical brew of our dysfunctions with grace.
Sandra Pastorius © Mother Tongue Ink 2019
We present to you the collection of essays written annually for We’Moon by vintage astrologer, Sandra Pastorius. Using her unique blend of the playful and
the profound, Sandra highlights current planetary events with the We’Moon theme each year. She pays special attention to the roles the outer planets play in the unfolding Mythic Theater of Life. Each essay offers illuminations and inspirations from these heavenly “characters.”
Sandra Pastorius, aka Laughing Giraffe, (Ashland, OR) has been a practicing astrologer since 1979, and writing for We’Moon since 1990. As a Gemini she delights in blending the playful and the profound.
Email Sandra about readings, lectures and workshops.
A. Levemark (Tranas, Sweden) I'm a gardener and an illustrator, who is passionate about permaculture. My roots are in Scandinavia and Britain, and I'm drawn to the folklore of both places. firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Martinez (Gainesville, FL) Artist, muralist, and tarot deck illustrator whose work embodies nature, mysticism, dreamscapes, and Goddess.
Viandara (Tacoma, WA) I am an emissary of love, here to uplift humanity's vibration through the expressions of my soul's voice. I actively imagine a new cosmology. Painting mystic metarealism: pictoral poetry where image converges with myth. HeART offerings for our collective evolutions.
Celestial Events and Planetary Transits Allow for Extraordinary Learning Opportunities
We humans feel the cosmological forces in our lives as they transit—testing our resiliency and asking us to sharpen our wits, making us do the work personally and collectively.
The Sun and Moon are in a cycle of relationship, a dance of periodic change. This celestial phenomenon offers us a dynamic mandala for exploring and growing in our own phases of life. We may view and use the Lunation or Moon Phase Cycle as our personal Teaching Wheel and Divining Guide.