Personally, it would seem that everyone is experiencing this on some level in our personal lives, even if only through the lives of people close to us: assumptions dissolving, becoming free from psychological patterns, and seeking a new depth of self-understand-ing. Saturn opposing Neptune is about waking up and transforming ourselves in a conscious way; if done gently, using a combination of imagination and manifestation; otherwise, by falling apart and coming back together in a different form.
With an event like this, you typically get a news curve focused around its most exact alignments. History speeds up and it takes on distinct properties, or at least they’re distinct if you can feel symbols at work and can imagine that we live in one world where everything is interconnected.
When astrologers of the future look back, they will remember the Saturn-Neptune opposition as the time that the planet acknowledged the reality of climate change. It “all began” with the twin hurricanes, Rita and Katrina, in the summer of 2005, which is well within the time frame of a major transit like this (the total span of effect is at least five years, total, centered on right about now). That was an obvious turning point, particularly on the heels of the tsunami.
That has not been pinned on climate change, but I have a theory. The melting ice cap in the south has taken the weight of that region of the world, and the resulting change in shape of the crust set off a subduction zone. I also have a theory that the quake was caused by oil drilling, which set off a knock effect via an immediately prior quake near Tasmania, and I don’t doubt that the technology exists to make an earthquake. Followers of Nikola Tesla would say it has for a while.
Flooding of the land is the perfect image of Saturn, symbolically a solid thing, meeting Neptune, symbolically and in reality a liquid one. So, too, is the revelation of the ineptitude of a government in the case of the United States that could not really help, and feels all washed up.
The tsunami and the hurricanes changed the geography, economics, and the social structure of the world. Our way of thinking changed as a result. The tsunami and hurricanes were early effects (Neptune, in my experiences, often has those, and has the widest effect orb of any known planet).
In February, as the opposition was very close to exact, climate change came back into the news curve with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change being released in Paris. In the windup to Saturn-Neptune part two, the world acknowledged for the first time that climate change is real and that it’s going to have effects we may be feeling for the next 1,000 years. We had, in a sense, an announcement of the apocalypse.
Also in February, a military judge declared a mistrial in the case of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first US officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. For those who have not heard of Watada or have not been following his case, he is the by-all-accounts-exemplary officer who, after researching the Bush administration’s rationales for going to war, determined that it was an illegal and unconstitutional war, and said that if he participated, he could be prosecuted for war crimes. Instead, he offered to go to Afghanistan (which he felt was more clearly justified) but the Army refused, and instead chose to court-martial him.
In recent months, the Hawaiian-born first lieutenant, who joined the Army to defend his country after the 9/11 attacks, has become an icon of the peace movement for his courage and integrity in standing up to his superiors, particularly the Bush administration. “I hated to leave my troops, but something had to be done to stop this insanity,” he said in January, according to Truthout.org. “How could I order men to die for something I believe is wrong? Wearing the uniform is not, and is never, an excuse.”
It was suggested by a reader in the Seattle area that the mistrial was an act of mutiny by the military against the Bush administration. I won’t count that out, but I think there is a more plausible reason: Watada going on the witness stand would provide him with an international forum for expressing his views about the war, which in turn would start a debate. That had to be stopped, so the government cut its losses and got out of the game.Note that, unsurprisingly, a real discussion seems to be something the war’s advocates fear the most. Consider that this week, in our second historical development, Republicans in the Senate threatened to filibuster (that is, talk endlessly about nonsense to block real discussion). Here is how the San Francisco Chronicle reported it:
“Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Iraq war, stymieing efforts by Democrats to send even a weak bipartisan message opposing President Bush’s order of 21,500 more troops into an intensifying civil war in Baghdad and Anbar province.”
Senate Republican leaders pressured their most vocal antiwar critics into a test of party loyalty, using a procedural vote to save the administration a major embarrassment and stall Democratic plans to ratchet up pressure on the White House to begin pulling back from Iraq. The move also saved wavering Republicans from casting a difficult vote revealing their stand on the war.Then there was the trial of Scooter Libby, whose previous testimony was entered into evidence. He testified that he believed that President Bush had personally authorized him to reveal the contents of a classified document to a reporter for the New York Times, Judith Miller.
In the midst of this all, we have the death of Anna Nicole Smith, who may be what we remember longest of all these details.
As the Sun and Neptune made their exact conjunction, that set off the opposition. This came with the death of Smith, which occurred with the Sun-Neptune conjunction exact to six minutes of arc (one-tenth of a degree), summing up her difficult life, and reminding us that no matter how powerful the image of a woman is, she is still just a woman.
Many people are asking why she is such a fascinating and even important subject to so many people. This is not so difficult to understand: We relate to her. One way or another, we see ourselves as her, as connecting with her, as wanting her, as feeling compassion and a connection to her.
Sun-Neptune is the image of one who defined her life by being a fantasy of everyone else, and also an object of collective desire so potent nobody could miss it.
It is clear from her chart that she died of a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. Yet I assure you of one thing: She was lonely. If the coroner wants a cause of death for his form, let him write loneliness. She had just lost the one man who understood her—her son Daniel, who died in September right in her hospital room as she nursed her new baby daughter, now five months old.
This is the thing lost in all of the news reports I have seen: Anna Nicole Smith is the symbol of our nation’s loneliness, and in particular, the loneliness of women. Sun-Neptune illustrates this sense of isolation dramatically, and also the immersion of our solar light in the cosmic sea, the intuitive ocean, the oneness with and separateness from it all.
Ceres, too, is all over this chart: the grief of mothers, particularly the grief of mothers for their children (or, in truth, anyone they love) being abducted into the underworld.
She is the sister of Cindy Sheehan, who echoes our country’s grief at the death of its children in a war that most of us have figured out is and always was unnecessary and disgusting, and will bankrupt our resources for generations. Smith’s life echoes the death and loss of children by any and every means, be it accidental or deliberate, natural or artificial, through whatever process, including growing up.
The feelings of mothers are struggling to re-emerge within our culture as a meaningful thing; mothers are giving themselves permission to feel the struggle of being mothers—indeed, for the fact to be recognized that having a child or children, or feelings about them, is meaningful at all.
Motherhood remains one of the last truly natural facts of our lives, and this one, too, is disappearing fast, or rather, coming at us with some rare intensity so that we don’t forget. But who, exactly, recognizes the plight of mothers? Then we might imagine that if the Earth herself has feelings, how does she feel about what is happening on her surface, and to her children, now?
Sun conjunct Neptune occurred in the 20th degree of Aquarius, which has the symbol, “A large, white dove bearing a message.”
Author-mystic Dane Rudhyar’s voice speaks to us over the decades, providing us with some clarity on this beautifully Aquarian degree: “The individual who has gone courageously and with indomitable spirit through her crucial crisis receives, as it were, a deep spiritual blessing from the soul realm: ‘Mission accomplished; peace be with you.’ And in this blessing a secret prophecy of what is yet to come may be seen by the…spiritually sensitive mind of the recipient. Every real spiritual step a [person] takes in [her] development is the result of a victory over the forces of inertia and destruction.”