The prevailing major aspect of this past year has been this waning square of Saturn to Neptune. Their first square in this cycle was in November 2015, the second in June of 2016, and the final square will be on September 10, 2016.
When we are considering these outer planet alignments, one should certainly look at the entire period of their exact aspects, as well as somewhat before until some while after, as being inclusive of their particular energy-form/message for you. The whole period from September/October 2015 through October 2016 can be characterized by this alignment of the planet of Form/Reality (Saturn) and Dream/Illusion (Neptune).
Moreover, it is equally important to consider their entire relationship or cycle, typically examined from Conjunction to Conjunction, to understand the broader message offered through the Four major phases of any planetary pair. For this particular planetary relationship, that would mean that the meaning and messages of this cycle were initiated in 1989 at the Conjunction; they reached a critical turning or pivot point at the waxing Square in 1998; they arrived at the climax of their cycle in the Opposition of revelation/confrontation of 2006-07; to finally meet in this moment of Crisis/Opportunity of the waning Square in 2015-16. (Saturn and Neptune will inaugurate a new cycle of relationship at their next Conjunction in 2026).
With regards to this particular cycle (or any cycle for that matter), we can see its influence on the many dimensions of our existence, the various physical, emotional, mental and spiritual planes. The cycle of Saturn and Neptune concerns the integral relationship between the establishment of Reality and Order (Saturn) and its formational correspondence with Dreams and Imagination (Neptune). When fused with right understanding, it is how we imagine a better/greater reality and then proceed to bring it into actual manifestation. When either element is misconstrued or approached with anxiety, doubt or fear then we will see the regression of these potentials as evidenced by a clinging to old and outworn forms supported by falsely framed fantasies or delusions, often resulting in a divorce of Reality and Imagination. Rather than a reasonable and strong correspondence between Dreaming and Making, there occurs a descent into a world of “smoke and mirrors”, the result often being a dystopian world of Delusion, Deception and Victimization.
Throughout the series of Saturn/Neptune alignments, one can discern the rhythmic waves of New Dreams becoming New Realities, those Realities becoming ever more Crystallized, leading to eventual Disillusionments with that Reality, which produces increasing degrees of Confusion and Misunderstanding…and this loss of faith and confusion actually prepares the way for the New Illuminations/Dreams that will be eventually be formed into New, and we can hope, better Realities.
Thus, the road to Illumination, to the Greater Understanding and Reality in which you journey, is paved with this rhythmic pulsing of Dreams to Reality to Crystallization to Confusion (which creates the conditions for letting go of that more limited Reality Paradigm), leading to Inspirations and a New Dream-Reality brought into being. The journey from unself-conscious spark of the Divine to fully awakened co-Creator of Creation is this spiral path of Dreaming-Reality that has no “beginning” and no “end”.
The Conjunctions of the last century (1917, 1952-53, 1989), correspond quite remarkably for instance with the birth of the USSR, the onset of the Cold War, and the dissolution of the USSR, (and of communist states of Eastern Europe). Moreover, the intervening beats of their cycle, waxing square-opposition-waning square, also can provide insight into the underlying influences and lessons of these and other historical developments.
But this is merely one example, a particular manifestation of this energy-form articulated within the realm of political/social realities. What is most important is to understand that this cycle is one of the key planetary pairs helping to drive the emergence of the Greater Awareness and a more fulfilling Reality for you.
For this particular cycle and your experience within it we should consider the 1989 Conjunction as the seeding of a New Paradigm of Dream/Reality for Earth. For any one person, this might be the start of a new life or phase of life, and for a community or culture it would more broadly define the hope for the future and the beginnings of the structures to bring that into being. What and how the previous cycle ended gives birth to the New, both in terms of Dreams and Hopes, but limitations and fear as well.
The first or waxing Square of 1998-99 would be a crossroads, a pivot point, a choice requiring a commitment to a definite Dream/Reality structure and the turning away from and letting go of any other. Here is where the new Dream/Reality encounters its first “test”. If for an individual or society there is an alignment or correspondence of dream to reality, we would see a re-dedication of purpose and focus to expand that Dream-Reality. If this turning entailed greater dissonance or disappointment, it would be an opportunity to adjust the trajectory and substance of this unfolding Dream-Reality, perhaps choosing a different Dream or formation of Reality.
The opposition of 2006-07 would be the moment of revelation, where the inherent truth or falsehood of this particular cycle would be encountered. For various individuals and groups, it is a moment of triumph and fulfillment…the Dream has come True. For others however it could be a shattering moment filled with disappointments and defeat. What has been revealed is either the unbridgeable gap between the promises and the results, between the Dream and Reality, and/or the realization that the Dream itself was Illusionary or a False-Hope, that it was founded upon Delusion, Deception and most certainly Self-Deception.
Here is where the Individual and the society would face their greatest test and opportunity. For as much as this Opposition is an “Ending”, it also marks the beginning of the second half of the Cycle, and so a new chance to apply the lessons learned, to adjust the Dream and Reality, and bring about a redemption in the second half of the cycle.
The final major turning point of any cycle is the waning Square which can be a moment of even further growth in understanding and consciousness, a reconciliation and resolution of the triumphs and tragedies of the oppositional phase. Yet it may equally contain or be pervaded by a sense of crisis and despair as the yawning gap between Dream and Reality seems unbridgeable, and hopes and dreams are seemingly beyond reach at this time.
So we find ourselves now at this moment of choice, but you need to understand that a Waning Square is not like Waxing Square, that the type of choice for 2015-16 is not the same as 1998-9. The Waxing Square is much more of outward, physical choice between forms and paths that you will take as you attempt to fulfill your Dream-Reality making. A Waning Square like 2015-16 is much more of an “inner choice”, it is a pivot-point in Consciousness, a challenge to make a better choice about how you see yourself and your world-view, to compare and contrast the differing assumptions about the Reality you are in (and have helped to make). It is more a time of “letting go” of the old, outworn assumptions that got you to here (Reality), but cannot get you to there (Your Dream).
You have been offered this period to see which of your Principles, Beliefs and Sciences or Truths have (and still do) serve you well in explaining your experience and guiding your intentions/actions. Equally, this Waning Square calls upon you to see to what extent your Beliefs/Truths correspond with those with whom you journey. For within any group, sub-culture and society, there will many Truths held in common, but also many that only correspond to some portion of this. To discern Truth from Fiction, Illumination from Illusion, well that is what you are here for!
If there is no over-arching agreement as to the nature of “Reality”, if different groups align with varying interpretations of what is “Scientific”, or what is “Truth”, well then they will certainly be unable to find a common definition of “Reality”. They will also be unable to agree on what are the “right-actions” to live within that Reality, and certainly not agree as to how to move towards a better or more inclusive Reality/Belief paradigm.
This Spiral Journey of Understanding, of weaving together the Greater Reality around oneself with the mental/spiritual mapping-mirroring of one’s own Thought-Forms of Beliefs/Truths, well that is your never-ending journey of Consciousness indeed. Slowly Humans are moving up and outwards from unself-consciousness to fully awakened conscious co-creators of this Creation. Time and time again, the Belief/Paradigm of a group, society and culture, which served to guide and inform their lives for a time, will eventually begin to breakdown and ultimately fall apart as Reality changes and/or Thought-forms evolve. Sometimes these shifts are gradual and even easy; sometimes they are not and the breaking apart and reformation of the Reality/Belief system is fraught with confusion, discord and disillusionment.
Here in 2015-16, as indicated by the Saturn/Neptune Square, we are most certainly experiencing a rather strong crisis in our Reality/Belief paradigm. Personally, socially, nationally and internationally this division between Truth and Falsehood, between Dreams and Illusions is omnipresent, and it seems that we are unable to find those common threads to bind together our hearts and minds with one another. The radical fracturing of both left and right politically, the discords between Faith and Reason, the incessant stream of information devoid of context or grounding in common understanding, has led many individuals and groups to stumble into confusion, disillusionment and despair.
Where, where can one look for some center that can hold us together in the Greater Truth that we are on this Circuitous Journey of Awakening together? How can we understand that this experience right now is something we have met and mastered time and time again…and so we should have a heart-felt faith that we will find “The Way” once again?
The answer to your prayer for both a better Understanding and a Greater Reality is to remember that we each need to harken to the “still, quiet, calming” voice of our Higher Self who is always there to remind us of who and what we are, so that we find inspiration in our fundamental essence, our Loving Nature. That we will understand that whoever or whomever is before us is another just like us. We need one another to help remove our misunderstandings, doubts and fears. We need to listen to one another, explain to one another, compare and contrast for one another and so shine a more inclusive light for one another…To be a light for one another so that we can see what we alone could not see.
Yet equally, to help lift our hearts and minds, we should follow the integral pathway of Wisdom, which blends your inner voice (and the intimations of others), but seeks to align these whispers of wisdom with the great examples and Wisdom-Teachings that have stood the test of time. For what you are faced with has been encountered time and time again. Innumerable souls and cultures have faced these tests of Truth/Reality and resolved to lift their Hearts and Minds out of shadows and into the Light. There are truths...and then there are Truths. Some idea-forms will hold for a time...and some, well some are Timeless. Seek for Wisdom within and without...and you will know it when they are the same.
Listen to your Heart...
Share with one another...
Honor the Wisdom of those who came this way before...
And you will find "The Way".