Podcast—2016, Part Four
Today we consider another of the signature alignments for 2016, Jupiter Square Saturn.
The synodical cycle (from one conjunction to the next conjunction) of Jupiter and Saturn is 20 years long. Their relationship articulates the varying integrations of our understandings, (Philosophies, Sciences, Religions) with our substantial realizations of our Ideas into the “real” or physical world, (Institutions, Businesses, Governments, and quite literally our “way of life”).
When Jupiter and Saturn are forming alignments that are more harmonious, what is Real and how we Understand it are in greater agreement. And when they are in a period characterized with more tension between them either our meanings or our reality (or both) do not add up or make sense/or function as they should. It is at such times that we either have to refine our understanding and/or make adaptive changes to our structures so that we can better meet our needs and live a life of beauty, harmony and peace.
Today’s podcast concerns the Jupiter/Saturn alignment from August 2015 through May 2016, which is formed by their waning square, and this is their last major aspect before they meet in a historic conjunction during 2020. This alignment we are facing now is a precursor and preparation for that major shift in 2020. What might that shift entail?
We can also understand the Jupiter/Saturn cycle as being organized into a larger series of repeated conjunctions that occur in the same element (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) over a period of about 180 to 200 years. Most recently we have been experiencing their conjunctions in Earth since 1842, but in 2020 they will begin a new series in the element of Air (until 2219). These series of conjunctions in a particular element contribute to defining a period Spiritually (and Culturally, Economically and Politically). For example, the previous Water period (1425-1663) could be called an “Age of Faith”, and the following Fire period (1663-1842) an “Age of Explorations”, and our Earth period (1842-2020) an “Age of Materialization”. What will arrive in 2020 is an Age of Air, or what we might call an “Age of Idealization” or an “Age of Etherealization”.
Here is a list of the previous Great Mutations of Jupiter and Saturn, which can help us to understand what we are being formed by with regards to the prevailing greater context of meaning in each historical period:
Water 1425-1663 (Age of Faith), prior 690-868, 165BC-74AD, 960BC-781BC
Fire 1663-1842 (Age of Exploration), prior 868-1047, 74AD-253, 781BC-582BC
Earth 1842-2020 (Age of Manifestation), prior 1047-1226, 253-452, 582BC-384BC
Air 2020-2219 (Age of Idealization), prior 1226-1425, 452-690, 384BC-165BC
So, this year’s waning square is the final shift/release before a new 200 year cycle commences. We are not only facing a turning point regarding what we have made of our Beliefs/Realities since 2000, but in some fashion we are also facing the final karmic adjustment of what has been our thematic paradigm since 1842!
This final and Waning Square of Jupiter to Saturn is informed by their respective sign positions, Virgo for Jupiter and Sagittarius for Saturn, or between the realms of Earth and Fire. The waning square requires that each one of us individually, and also collectively, take this opportunity to “let go” or “rise above” both the thought-forms (or ideas) and formed-thoughts (or realities) in order to grow. Given what was revealed at their last opposition in 2010-11 ( with reference back to the origin point of 2000 and the waxing square of choices 2005-06), we now are asked to rise above our more limited understanding of not only our time, but what has been central or core meanings and lessons we have come through since 1842.
For myself, I believe that one of our major lessons (or awakenings) that has been re-discovered during this period, (and has especially been brought to a finer point by our Environmental, Economic, Political and Cultural crises) is that we have re-discovered the truth with regards to our material existence: “More does not equal More”.
We most certainly have created vast wealth (for a few), and more for many others since the 1840’s. But we have done so through “Creative Destruction”, as our relationship to our home planet became one of “taking” rather than “taking care”. Our time-frames became immediate and urgent, and we forgot that the consequences of our actions would be experienced by those who came long after us…and they will certainly cast a shadowed view back upon us as they wonder, “what were they thinking, why did they not care?”
Quantity does not equal Quality, and we are experiencing the need to reestablish our lives in the Way of Beauty, to find our joy by living in a greater harmony and balance with one another and with our planet. Though there was a great expansion of material well-being for the past 200 years, the true costs were not factored into the “Ledger Book of Life”. As much as there was great creation of physical artifacts, there was arguably equal or greater destruction too of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms on Earth as well.
For the future, for the Age of Air that begins in 2020, what might we find? There will be the enjoyment of experiencing life more simply, of having less “things” to come between one another. We will need to adopt a simpler, yet more spiritual lifestyle and re-integrate our lives with the life of Mother Earth. We will get back to "Living in the Light", for our destiny is to be conscious co-creators on this planet. Now that we understand more truly the complex web of Life-Consciousness-Spirit that is life on Earth, we must protect and support these very lives we depend upon for our very own survival.
We are here to be the Dreamer-Makers...
Let us follow the Ancient Wisdom...
Walk in Beauty, Live in Beauty...
Love one another.