Over the next few days, I’ll be exploring some of the ramifications of the shift of Saturn from Virgo into Libra that takes place at the end of this month and also the shift of Jupiter into Pisces, which occurs in January of 2010. Let’s start with the shift from Saturn into Libra, then see how it relates to Pisces.
While we have been toiling around the subject of work, purpose and healing for the past two-and-a-half years, having an entire sub-generation with Pluto in Capricorn get lit up by Saturn’s transit, bringing them online and activating their purpose, Saturn in Libra will force us to bear down and re-define intimacy, sexual relations between the sexes and in some cases, with them and especially as it relates to poetry and song craft, music and writing as well. In the next two-and-a-half years, the re-emergence of the singer/songwriter will take center stage. But let’s start with the relationship aspect.
The Male/Femaie Dynamic Revisited
There was a stunning revelation by the late filmmaker, Aaron Russo in numerous interviews leading up to and after his last work, “From Freedom To Fascism” which focused on the role of The Fed, fractional reserve banking, etc. The revelation occurs when Russo is talking about his relationship with Nicholas Rockefeller. Rockefeller had befriended Russo and let down his guard, freely ruminating on many conditions that he and his family had enacted in order to accelerate the formation of a “One World Governance.” During one of their casual conversation, Rockefeller admits that they (The Rockefellers) started feminism. Russo asked him, “Why?” and Rockefeller responded thusly; “It gave us more income tax revenue with another parent out of the house and we got to the kids earlier, through daycare and pre-school.” Related to this interestingly enough, there is a lot of info on The Net regarding Gloria Steinem’s work with The CIA.
If we go back in time to see where Feminism really takes root, the seminal work, ‘Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan, was published on February 8th,1963, Saturn was in Aquarius and the whole concept of rights, not just women’s rights was front and center. The bulk of the civil rights movement, which leads to the momentus March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s brilliant, “I Have A Dream Speech” on 8/28/63 also taks flight during Saturn in Aquarius. These are broad, far reaching, social issues that still impact us to this very day, but they happened at a collective level, fueled by a healthy dose of idealism, as Jupiter was also in Pisces during that time as it will be in 2010. However, with Saturn in Libra, I believe that the manifestation of these planets will have a markedly different impact this go round.
The Fallout From Feminsim
Henry Makow is a rather controversial figure. The Canadian psychology professor has taken on “The New World Order.” “Zionism,” and of course, “Feminism.” He has been called everything from a “self-hating jew” to a “nasty misogynist.” I don’t always agree with the author of “Save The Males” but his research at times is pretty solid. Here, in this piece, Independence? Women Rue Becoming Wage Slaves” written from September of this year, Makow compiles some very interesting stats, from a poll run by “Womens Day.” Here is what he has to say about the piece and the statistics: “More than ever, women have a sense of betrayal and frustration because their “leaders” sold them on careers and being “strong and independent.” A new poll of nearly 4000 working women conducted by Women’s Day, found that a stunning 57% dream of quitting their jobs to stay home with their kids and 63% viewed their work as “just a paycheck.” Two-thirds said they would “change what they do in a heartbeat.” Four-fifths would NOT want their daughters to follow in their footsteps. Nevertheless two-thirds are worried about losing their jobs and would work longer hours just to keep them. (Talk about a wage slave.) In 1950, less than 30% of the workforce were women. Today that number approaches 50%. In 1956, 35% of all women worked. Today 60% or 72 million do. If the 1956 level had been maintained, 30 million American women would not be in the workforce today. They would be looking after their families, their homes, their communities and themselves.”
This does not sound at all fulfilling to me.
Does that mean that all women need to immediately drop what they are doing and follow in the footsteps of Michelle Duggar? Hardly. But between the uber equality at all costs feminism and the model of archetypal biblical wife lies some median that might be more towards the feminine mean which provides a sense of nurturing and balance in a woman’s life. To do this however, society and our culture would need to re-assign it’s priorities. The re-balancing of the sexes and their roles, honoring the feminine in the feminine and the masculine in the masculine would have to occur in an environment that was supportive of such re-calibration and I can tell you without hesitation that it is NOT the current end game capitalism that is bearing down on us like the barrel of a cheap, saturday night special. The new social milieu that would allow us to re-balance the needs of our spirits and our sexes would take place in community, committed, stable, intentional communities where duties are shared and the burdens of leaving the home day in and day out would be considerably lessened.
Technology’s Lie Of Luxury
The promise of technology that was served with relish during the 50’s and 60’s was ultimately a lie. We were promised ease of use, leisure, luxury and more time to spend doing the things we loved. While some of this has come to fruition, we are more the servant class to technology itself than the other way around. We have less leisure time than ever before and ironically technology has helped isolate us in many instances. An article from USA Today, circa 2006 details the fractalization of our society:
“The trend toward isolation surfaced in the last U.S. census figures, which show that one-fourth of the nation’s households — 27.2 million of them — consisted of just one person, compared to 10% in 1950 In June, an authoritative study in the American Sociological Review found that the average American had only two close friends in whom they would confide on important matters, down from an average of three in 1985. The number of people who said they had no such confidant soared from 10% in 1985 to nearly 25% in 2004; an additional 19% said they had only one confidant — often their spouse.”
In my perception this isolation has been furthered by the fracture between the sexes, most of which, in my estimation, based on what I can see, has been socially engineered. Combine that with the promise that technology was going to make things easier and voila, we have a nation and quite possibly a world, that is becoming more and more dehumanized with each passing day. The way to cut this off at the pass and heal the planet’s lonely soul is to re-connect in forms of community that will encourage us to be more reliant on one another and less upon the gadgetry that makes our world go go go. As we do so, we will be able to step out of the prescribed roles that we now almost automatically inhabit after four decades of deep and steady indoctrination. In a world of intentional community, we just might have the opportunity to hold fast to our humanity.
The Return To Sexual Singularity
David Deida is a somewhat controversial researcher and writer on the relationship between the sexes. Simplifying his deep and complex work, It’s his contention that after a period of social innocence and ignorance, followed by a split in the cultural ideal and manifestation of typical male/female relationships (The Saturn in Aquarius phase) that sexes are yearning for a return to balance, where the sacred feminine is met in kind by the sacred masculine. Deida sees this as an elevation of the feminine in women, not an outright rejection of it, which many of the second wave feminists actually encouraged. In this sense, the re-balancing of the relationship between the sexes will resemble some form of singularity, a return to a place of potential wholeness, but not without the informed input of our shared experience, our collective data gathering and our planetary dance in the grand ballroom of illusion and separation. We come together again, more enlightened through the results of our choices. But that only addresses a certain aspect of our culture, that more or less relates to heterosexually. What about those that don’t?
While Saturn in Aquarius stressed peoples rights, broad and all encompassing across the spectrum of the western world, Saturn in Libra is much more personal. It is the right to engage in any type of relationship based on equality. I see the rise of Gay rights also taking wing during Saturn in Libra. It will be ironic to say the least as women begin to reject the feminist roles that they thought would bring them freedom and thus equality with men, and men will re-discover what truly being a man is at the same (I will get to this later), that Gay rights will also be a hot button issue as well for the next two-and-a-half years. Unfortunately, it could also result in deeper polarity as people begin to reclaim more fundamentally classic sex roles, but from an enlightened perspective. It’s not a divide that the country, nor the world will need, and yet, as we will see with the reclamation of the sacred feminine and masculine in our collective soul retrieval, so too will we incorporate the messy interzone of same sex feelings and love between men and men and women and women. The core of this experience is of course oneness and again, fueling the rocket ride towards singularity.
In the back drop of the first year of Saturn in Libra, Jupiter will be in Pisces and it will add some mystical breadth, a luminous sheen that all things are possible if we simply merge in the greater being. This will serve as the perfume, the scent, the allure to find love again for many when coupled with Saturn in Libra. Look for a return to a rise in romance. But the real fireworks for Saturn in Libra will take place in 2011, when Jupiter moves into Aries and opposes Saturn yet again. In my estimation, rights will move to front and center on the world stage, but they won’t be restricted by what they mean for either sex or sex in general. 2011 will be the year where people demand answers.
My pal, Molly Hall over at About sees Saturn in Libra really effecting the Pluto in Libra generation. I couldn’t agree more and the next time we dive back into this, we’ll spend more time on what I call “Generation Ex” as in the divorced generation.
For more sobering statistics on the unhappiness of women, go to this piece on Huffington Post.