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A post about the recent Astrological Aspect with respects to Saturn, Uranus and Pluto.

I just thought I would write a few words from the top of my head about the recent Astrological T-Square involving Saturn opposite Uranus, both square Pluto. A T-Square is a particularly challenging aspect, especially when difficult planets are involved – such as Saturn, Mars, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. And yes, I just named all three of the planets that are involved in the recent configuration.

What do each of these planets represent? Saturn, Uranus and Pluto: All three of these planets want to be the boss, they each represent an aspect of power – whether psychological (Pluto), financial (Pluto and Saturn), leadership (all three), intellectual (Uranus and Pluto) or through material possessions (Saturn and Pluto). Then each planet has individual traits – Saturn represents discipline, efficiency, structure, a desire to be in control and to be organized. Saturn is the most material of all the planets – the most worldly – where do you think the name Satan came from? Saturn can indicate the most grounded type of individual – present in the world and direct in thought and word.

Uranus is the unpredictable power behind rebellions, reform and revolution. It is the lightening bolt of enlightened activities when we are virtuous, wise and clear-headed; or it is the obstinacy and rebellion of repressed anger and unknown afflictive emotions expressing themselves through mysterious and unconscious channels. Uranus is the least predictable of all the planetary energies – it is the mad scientist creating visionary reality in an ahead-of-their-time lab or it is the incredibly progressive politician, pushing for great reforms and beneficial change to the status quo. Anyone traditional, conventional and conservative dislikes Uranus when they first hear its ideas. Over time though, Uranus’ incredible intellect and vision can win out.

Pluto is still a planet in the astrological pantheon. [See the continuation of this post for more on this subject.] Pluto represents obsession, sexual lust, manipulation, psychological power in all forms – both seen and unseen, it has to do with anything hidden (mining, oil exploration, nuclear power, etc) and Pluto has many positive characteristics when we are fully in touch with our psychological process of growth, maturity and emotional processing. For those rare individuals who desire to have their faults pointed out so that they can change for the better, they constantly accept challenging social, emotional and psychological situations, these are the people who are using Pluto to its highest potential. As you can tell, Pluto rules the depths of depravity and suffering – venom and poison (a couple of its symbols are the scorpion and serpent) but it also has to do with the highest levels of sacrifice, understanding and humility – true healing (which are represented by its “higher” symbols of the phoenix and the white dove).

These planets are at 10` Libra, 4`Aries and 6` Capricorn respectively. As you will notice, 3 of the Cardinal signs are activated. A T-Square generally represents three signs of a four sign quality (whether the Cardinal, Fixed or Mutable signs). Therefore, there is always a piece missing as it were. In this case, the final Cardinal sign of Cancer is not represented (at least not by a slower moving planet that could hold its own with these three giants mentioned above). A T-Square can be explained by the analogy of a four-legged table that has a missing leg. Something can come along and cause the table to tip, to lose its balance and to come out of alignment.

T-Squares involving the Outer Planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) do not occur often. For instance, in order to have Saturn opposite Uranus by itself, we must wait once every 50 years or so. And then, to wait for Uranus to come around and square Pluto, this only happens twice every 100 years. And then to have both of these aspects occurring simultaneously… then we are looking at close to once every 200 years.

This particular aspect has actually been around for quite some time as Jupiter was recently in the earlier degrees of Aries as well. Therefore, if you have planets in the early degrees of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), you may have noticed more stretching and growth-opportunities than normal over the past year. Actually, when people talk about the outlandish and unsupported theory that 2012 will be much more intense than anything we have seen before, I wonder if the series of challenging aspects like this one play into that equation. Personally, I do not believe 2012 will be more difficult for everyone than years prior, but 2012 will have its share of cathartic aspects too. In fact, this present T-Square will actually be more challenging than anything that is arising in 2012 (Uranus square Pluto exactly, Jupiter square Neptune). So keep practicing self care now, get plenty of rest, allow your body to unwind and process what it is asking for (see previous posts for more on this); that way you can get through the final remnants of this aspect.

This present T-Square is dissolving as we speak. Pluto is heading retrograde in Capricorn, moving away from Saturn which is now direct and moving forward. The Pluto / Uranus square is heating up, but Saturn will be out of the picture by September 2011. Hooray!

What does this particular T-Square mean for us? Please see my next post. I will write about what it means to have this T-Square pulling, tugging, straining at each individual planet.

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Hey!  Its time for yet another astrology post.  (Wow – when it rains it certainly pours!)  And while I am at it, why not debunk some lingering, residual thoughts that Saturn (the planet in a horoscope and its symbolism) represents guaranteed hard times.  Because that reasoning is simply in error.

We can break out of icy patterns and spread our many blessings

We can break out of icy patterns and spread our many blessings

Up until the 18th century, the furthest planet from the Sun (that we could see with the naked eye) was…  Saturn, the old devil whose name rings oddly synonymous with Satan, which has been associated with “Cold, Dry, Testing, Restricting, Contracting and Debilitating,”  at least this is how it was interpreted by medieval astrologers (along with astrologers dating back to the Greek and Babylonian periods).  There was much less choice about one’s life than there is today – in their time, social class, education and pedigree meant a lot and it was challenging to go about changing one’s situation.  Of course you could argue that not much has changed…

Fast forward to the 20th and 21st centuries, where we have American Idol, The Shark Tank and academic achievements being recognized and rewarded.  Some of our presidents come from little tiny states that many people never hear about (think Clinton) and others get elected due to their family’s name and / or fortune.  For the most part however, the amount of work, study, research and experience we have in a field gets rewarded.  There are those rare exceptions nowadays of people getting their PhD’s in religious studies or philosophy leaving many parents scratching their heads going, “Why would you major in that?”  And some of these people end up becoming food and beverage managers or carpenters.  But I digress, back to my argument about Saturn..

Saturn and moon (

Saturn and moon (

I want to present the argument, contrary to popular belief, that Saturn is actually the most rewarding planet of all.  Many astrologers would probably scoff at this premise, but hear me out.  Yes yes, I realize that Jupiter is considered the “Great Benefic.”  And Venus always rewards us through our friends and loved ones, especially when we practice generosity and unconditional loving-kindness.  Well, when it comes to doing the uncomfortable, nitty-gritty work, there is no greater benefic than Saturn.  Of course, you might say, “Who wants to do that?”  A friend of mine recently mentioned, that to attain enlightenment or to get on stage at Carnegie Hall is the same – it requires Practice, Practice, Practice.  Maybe I should refine my argument – when it comes to work done in this lifetime, Saturn provides the greatest reward.  If you want to talk about inheritance (whether from past lives’ merit or from trust funds), then go with Jupiter.

Saturn speaks of discipline, practicality and keeping up with the details.  Basically the little things in life matter – I love the saying that “life is 90% maintenance.”  What a great Saturnian quote!  Jupiter and Venus can lead to laziness and enjoyment of the luxuries and comforts of life.  While Saturn says, “Hey, you’ve been studying this subject diligently for the past nine years, now it is time to start teaching others (or get that dream professorship you have been wanting)!  And therefore be rewarded for your time in service.”

Saturn and rings (

Saturn and rings (

One way my argument might falter is in that Saturn tends to resonate with the purification of negative karma.  So we could be sailing along, doing everything “right” when all of a sudden, Bam!  We unexpectedly have to take care of an ailing parent (Saturn in the 4th, 6th houses) or sibling (Saturn in the 3rd) or in-law (Saturn in the 11th).  Well, I would counter with the fact that we have to cleanse the pallet as it were – clear the old to make space for the new.  There are times in life where we have to do that which is less than comfortable, and sometimes this work can be just as rewarding.  So sand down those rough spots in your psyche (and know it is going to work out in the end!).

I have heard Tibetan Lamas discussing the benefits which come from diligent spiritual practice.  Of course enlightenment is the utmost goal of spiritual practice, however, there are also residual affects.  [From my limited knowledge, I think we have to be practicing sincerely and humbly to acquire these perks.]  And this practice is neither easy nor comfortable.  For instance, one man met what might seem like the perfect mate – a strikingly beautiful, very intelligent yet modest young woman (I’m not trying to promote an opinion here, only to describe the situation).  They got married and currently have one of the cutest boys I have ever seen.  Well…  Prior to meeting this idyllic woman, this guy had done thousands of full prostrations in the past couple years – maybe even 108,000.  I have heard other stories of people practicing Dzambhala or Green Tara and being able to manifest many of their desires.  It makes sense, especially if we “believe” in Buddhist deities being real and being able to affect the lives of people who make a strong connection with them.

Well who’d have thought?  I just brought Green Tara and Dzambhala into the same conversation as Saturn…  I hope they do not mind!  However, Saturn is known as the great teacher and tester.  I would love to hear your comments about “time in service” equaling eventual promotion.

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