In these challenging times, it is important to understand the bigger picture, and for this to happen, we need mundane astrology to map out what the potentials and possibilities of the future may be to make preparations and form strategies to adjust to what surely is a new era about to dawn.
In my forecast on the times ahead, I see a general climate of revolt in many nations as a result of the banking crisis, and the acts of corrupted groups and organizations that has caused the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression.
One sign of the revolt can be read here:
See - http://www.alternet.org/story/143813/as_foreclosure_nightmares_increase%2C_will_more_homeowners_pay_off_their_bankers_in_violence?page=entire
Saturn, a planet of essential importance to the Earth, crystallizes its energies into matter, and as such, its energies are transmuted into the thoughts and forms of the sign it transits over a two-and-a-half year period.
Saturn entered tropical Libra on October 29, 2009, and will transit in the early degrees of Libra until April 7, 2010, when Saturn re-enters Virgo, after stationing retrograde several months earlier at 4-degrees Libra on January 13, 2010.
Saturn's current transit through the first four (4) degrees of Libra is a kind of "preview" to its coming 2.5-year transit through tropical Libra from July 21, 2010 to October 5, 2012. During this period of time, Saturn will take part in a series of aspects, mainly squares and oppositions, to and from the other outer planets.
Though some astrologers see Saturn in Libra as a positive influence, as Saturn is exalted in Libra, we must look at the combined global transits of this era - July 2010 to October 12, 2012 to see how Saturn will behave during its "exalted" transit through the Seventh Mundane House of Libra, which is ruled traditionally by Venus.
Planets that are "exalted" are those planets that act powerfully in signs that they do not rule. Saturn rules of the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius traditionally, and is exalted in Libra.
Libra is a cardinal sign, of the air element, and ruled by Venus. This sign begins a "cardinal" initiating movement that leads into the next sign of Scorpio, a fixed sign, of the water element, that then is followed by Sagittarius, a mutable sign, of the fire element.
Saturn will transit through each of the above tropical signs from July 2010 to mid-December 2017 - a 7.5-year transit - from the western equinox point to the southern solstice point, when, by December 19-20, 2017, Saturn will enter tropical Capricorn.
This transit of Saturn over 7.5 years will be the first half of the time of a new generation of leaders who were born in the 1960s, attempting to relieve and fix the massive damages in global society that resulted from massive corruption, misuse of resources and lack of vision for the future.
To understand Saturn's impact on this period of time from 2010 to 2017, it is important to note the areas that will be highlighted over this 7.5-year cycle of time during the 2010s.
The 8th Mundane House Of Scorpio
Saturn Transits -> October 5, 2012 to September 17-18, 2015
- Mortality, death rates
- Sexual Matters
- Privy Councils
Saturn Transits -> September 18, 2015 to December 19-20, 2017
- Commercial Powers
- Global Trade & Shipping
- Laws, courts, Judges,
- Clergy & Religions
The 7th Mundane House Of Libra
- International/Foreign Affairs
- Global Trade
- Rules of Law/New Laws
The Seventh Mundane House is very important in mundane astrology. As one of the angular houses, this sector of the Zodiac is seen to govern all matters relating to international relations, laws, disputes, wars, etc. All the matters relating to diplomacy and relations between one nation to another is ruled by the 7th Mundane House.
This house also governs society in general through professional and personal relationships that are directly connected to marriages, divorces, and laws pertaining to relationships of all kinds, as ruled by Venus.
Saturn's transit in Libra, and the aspects Saturn makes to the outer planets of Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto from 2010 to 2012 clearly shows many important changes are ahead.
What is most important about Saturn's transit in Libra will be the T-Square alignment it makes during July/August 2010 that is called the Cardinal Climax, or, the Cardinal Crisis transits. This configuration has Saturn opposed to Jupiter/Uranus with all three planets squared by Pluto in Capricorn during the northern hemispheric summer of 2010.
This T-square was last seen in cardinal signs during the early 1930s during the deepest years of th Great Depression and the 2010 Saturn/Uranus/Pluto T-Square will play a role in the economic crisis of this era.
The cardinal T-square forces long-standing situations to come to an end. It also demands that new ideals and visions meet in the real world. Saturn's previous transit through Virgo and its opposition to Uranus in Pisces crystallized the old world against the rising new world and in Libra, Saturn brings sees that the outdated ways comes to a sure end.
Saturn In Libra: International Relations
There are international issues that are crystallized into negative form as a result of the misapplication of prior laws, institutions and agencies that threaten peace within nations and between them. This is an unfavorable position for Saturn when it comes to foreign affairs and international relations.
The inability to come to agreements on a wide spectrum of global and international trade matters will extend into other areas of foreign affairs. The battles between the "old" ways of doing things, and new ways are highlighted.
The economic stresses that have impacted trade between nations is exacerbated to the point of sometimes severe international problems that will require extraordinary acts of diplomacy to achieve balance between nations.
Saturn Square Pluto: Out With The Old & In With The New
Saturn's transit as regards to the political/professional/business infrastructure shows that prior old contacts and relationships will be ended, and force workers, particularly older workers to discover new ways to navigate in a world changed.
Pluto's transit in the early degrees of Capricorn, and its late 2009/early 2010 square to Saturn's transit in the early degrees of Libra show that there are intense internal battles around political, professional and business infrastructures run by the ruling generational establishment.
The crisis that is now underway during the late autumn months of 2009 will continue into the winter of 2010, and extend into the summer and fall months of 2010 leading to a near complete ousting of long-standing political and business establishments.
The political structure is seen transformed by Pluto's transit in Capricorn. The square to Saturn, and the coming square of Pluto to Uranus in the early to mid-2010s reveals radical changes associated with repeals of political insider networks and establishments replaced by watchdog organizations and groups who have been fed up with corruption within many political and corporate entities.
Patronage issues, a part of the generational transition, is now coming to an end and will lead to investigations of individuals, groups and political parties who for years have been involved in wide-ranging activities that violated the rules of law.
Saturn's square to Pluto sheds light on the internal battles now raging from outside investigations of those who have long held the power over people through insider activities hidden from sunshine laws.
The Saturn/Pluto square is now active. There are three (3) exact partile squares:
- November 15, 2009
- January 31, 2010
- August 20-21, 2010
The main influences are those that feature rigid and cold attitudes; especially from those in positions of power. The outbursts that are directed under this Saturn/Pluto square are directed from, and towards those who are seen to have caused the economic crisis are highlighted through sometimes sinister acts where some may have to fight against dishonest and corrupt persons and organizations.
Those who are involved in using dishonorable means to gain advantage will discover that their acts will backfire under the global transits that affects many people from the celestial conditions now building.
What is happening is that the generational angst of the ruling establishment has become negatively crystallized in the physical world. However, what is revealed by the global transits is that those who have for nearly 20 years refused to envision change are beginning to have to face the consequences of their actions.
Saturn's opposition to Jupiter from 2010 to 2012, mainly on the Aries/Libra axis reveals that the general climate business contraction will continue; especially for existing companies and institutions that have outlived their purposes.
I am forecasting that large job cuts will continue as an aging generation of executives and managers continue to lay off workers en mass in order to make up for very bad business decisions to enter the debt markets, in effect, gambling the life-blood of their firms but now slashing multiple positions with hiring freezes so as to keep drawing excessive pay for themselves before their own retirements.
The banking crisis, at the heart of the economic depression, will continue to be in force during the early years of the 2010s. High unemployment will be a drag on the economy and businesses will continue to contract until the generational transition is complete.
This means several more years of a tight labor market until finally the negative climate is relieved by a new generation of leaders, executives, managers, boards, and owners who will need to hire millions of new workers to meet the challenges of the 2010s.
The anxieties and stresses from children to adults from nearly 18 years of widespread abuse and dysfunction in society will have reached its peak by the year 2010. Losses of homes, jobs, and high personal debt will brought many personal relationships to their highest stress points by 2010-2012.
The transit of Saturn in Libra from 2010 to 2012 and its impact on society, families, personal relationships, and marriages shows a rise in divorce rates; mainly as a result of the banking and economic crisis. The stresses on marriages in the years 2007-2010 will have led to a rise in the divorce rate.
Currently, the divorce rate has fallen dramatically because of the economic crisis. "It is very hard to refinance right now and many people are being forced to just stay on," said a divorce lawyer. "That's where I have seen the change. People may think twice about getting divorced and just separate."
This will continue through the year 2010, until Saturn re-enters Libra, and then turns south by declination in early September 2010. As Saturn begins its 2.5-year transit in Libra, separations, annulments and divorces will rise after being delayed since 2007.
The "fear" factor also plays a role: fear of aging, fear of change, the fear of the future - all these fears are associated with a generation that has been generally fearful of anything that appears to threaten the need for things to remain exactly the same.
The problem for the aging generation is simply of "letting go" of those material things in life that have been given much more importance than they really contain. Uranus' transit opposed to Saturn shows that the "new" will win out over the "old" and that in order to discover balance, one must work with Saturn's lessons to simply and strengthen relationships on all levels.
For many years the ego-based "I" has been given precedence over the "us" or the "we" - and learning to form a happy foundation will mean to discover what one really requires for personal happiness that is not a means to "entitlement."
This culture of "fear" has been in effect since the late 1990s and after a decade of "fear" - the peak of which will be reached by the year 2012 - society will say "enough is enough" and take the mantle of change into their own hands.
What can help to counter this will be the ability to achieve a level of "downtime" for children and adults to return to slowing down the pace of daily life and the demands of society in order to re-discover one's personal values for oneself and one's families.
Reducing the amount of clutter and distraction in one's life plays an important role with the transits of the 2010s. By taking more time off the Internet, from watching too much television, from becoming distracted by one's Ipod and cell phone and personal digital organizer can lead to achieving more depth in life under the global transits just ahead.
Creativity, relaxation and a sense of humor can do wonders to counter the overexposure to television, technology that has quickened the faster pace of life that has become more intrusive on the lives of people since the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Personal relationships will suffer under Saturn's Libra transit for those who have found that their relationships have outlived their own coming needs and desires. Therefore, the most important thing to do during 2010 is to focus on relationships that feature common sense and a return to the core values that make human relationships enjoyable.
This will be especially important during Saturn's transit in Libra as the effects of the economic crisis will continue to have maximum impact on millions of individuals and families who will seek to recover from the economic, social, professional and personal damage that has resulted from internal fears of the collective that has been projected negatively into the outer world.
Times are changing. It cannot be stopped, but should be embraced as Saturn begins a new series of transits in the 2010s.