All eyes are on Madison, Wisconsin and Governor Scott Walker, the latest ground zero of the culture war in America. This time it’s not the middle class v. the rich, but rather the public sector union/ Democrat alliance v. the taxpayers. The bill has come due in one obvious sense.
But physical manifestations and events in the world are always predicated upon subtle dynamics, thoughts and attitudes, as well as previous actions or karma. Most Americans accept that actions – especially elections – have consequences in this life, whether or not they believe in past lives. Yet for a vast number of human beings on this planet the doctrine of transmigration of the soul is a teaching from Holy Scripture. Indeed, there can be no other explanation for why things happen the way they do.
Understanding the law of karma, of action and reaction in material nature was an important part of my yoga training. Bhagavad Gita – the politically incorrect guide to God and the universe – explains that Nature comes from God; she is one of His many energies. And it can be said that astrology is the language of Nature.
In case you haven’t noticed Nature is a very stern mistress who never allows the less intelligent to game the system by breaking the rules without consequences. Fire burns, the apple falls down and never up. If we accept life as it is and get with the program we can save time and head toward success.
Karmic Cage Fight
Back to Wisconsin now, where we are witnessing what I call the cage fight of Saturn v. Uranus. If the reader will humor me for five minutes let’s pretend that you are open to the idea of astrology. Here are the players:
Saturn represents the rules and limitations of your life. That may seem like a negative function, but it is extremely valuable, because no one has the resources or energies to do everything. Thus Saturn gives form to your life and a sense of discipline so that you can be more effective in the areas upon which you focus. Without this energy you would spread yourself too thin and accomplish little.
Uranus is a planet of freedom and unconventionality. It represents the aspects of your life that cannot be fitted into the fixed patterns of convention; areas of your personality or behavior that are unpredictable or areas of life in which you refuse to follow the rules that others have set up. Or Uranus can be expressed outside of yourself, in the environment, as circumstances that challenge you and occasionally upset you because you had not planned for them.
For any adult born between December 1950 – September 1953 or December 1964 – February 1967 Saturn is currently triggering a natal square between Saturn and Uranus in your horoscope. Here is the action:
You may feel a great loss of security at this time as new and unexpected matters suddenly bring changes to the secure order of your life. With a deeper sense of duty and responsibility you have to cope with high nervous tension, fear, rebellion, or erratic patterns in yourself or in those around you. Your independence is limited, and you may have extra work that is restrictive.
This is from a book called Modern Transits by Lois M. Rodden published in 1978. She goes on.
Those in control may be critical to your career or job, and certain people are being unconventional or unstable in your personal affairs. A person my leave your life, or have a sudden stringent problem for which you must be supportive. A new person you meet at this time could be a catalyst that stimulates your ambitions to independence or changes.
You are not alone because this is a generational karma. To put it bluntly, Baby Boomers and Generation X-ers both have a problem with authority. When they were young they had an aversion not just to authority being imposed on them but, strangely, to its mere existence. And now that they are older many of them would rather not assume or exercise authority. This is the perennial contest of Freedom v. Duty, between what you (as an individual) want to do versus what you (as a member of a family and society) have to do. It is a pattern those who have it programmed into their souls encounter again and again in their (current) lives.
No limits, all regrets
Saturn signifies limitation, patience, authority and elders while Uranus is the innovator, the iconoclast, the youthful disruptor, the agent of change (whether wanted or unwanted). The chances of Saturn winning are very good now considering that it is transiting in Libra, the sign of its exaltation and therefore strength. Uranus, and to a lesser degree Saturn, must make adjustments and work together. See the hints below.
The action of Uranus is unexpected and, considering that its usual MO is audaciously throwing caution to the wind, it can certainly lead to disaster. But when aligned with the Light Side of the Force, so to speak, a focused effort in such an atmosphere of change can replace what is lost with something amazingly better. But that turn of “good luck” is really more dependent upon preparation than fortune; it depends entirely upon previous ability that has been tempered by careful planning under the yoke of persistent perseverence in the same direction over time.
- Learn to stand up for your rights without being negative and difficult. If you can build discipline [and a healthy respect for limits] into your own life, it will not have to be imposed from outside by people whom you resent.
- You must be prepared for occasional setbacks and reverses, but these will make your credentials more secure and establish your worth in the eyes of those who need your talents.
- Be willing to be The Bad Guy when needed and draw the line, say no and mean it or apply the punishment incurred by those who have broken the law. Someone has to be the grown up or it all falls apart.
And for all you Boomers and Gen X-ers out there, let me share with you the insights of two of my favorite authors about how this energy dynamic shows up in your individual psychology.
Saturn Square Uranus
Robert Hand: This aspect indicates considerable tension within you, which you can usually keep under control. However, it will occasionally burst out in the form of sudden, unpredictable acts, such as breaking away from relationships, bursts of temper and such. You must make an effort to learn how to relax and release your tensions gradually.
This aspect may be expressed in another way, as a tension in your life between personal freedom and authority or sense of duty. One part of you is always trying to toe the line set by others, while another part wants to break free. Usually you feel that you can fulfill your obligations only by giving up personal freedom. It is difficult for you to be yourself, do what you want to do, and at the same time do what you have to do. Rebellious behavior, along with a tense and grudging acceptance of your duties, are characteristic of this aspect.
Learn to stand up for your rights without being negative and difficult. If you can build discipline into your own life, it will not have to be imposed from outside by people whom you resent.
Robert Pelletier: The square between Saturn and Uranus refers to the difficulty you have in making decisions, especially when old attitudes must yield to the process of change. Your fear in unfamiliar situations is really the only deterrent to your progress.
Perhaps you were so conditioned by parental discipline that you still look for approval before asserting your creative potentials. Your future depends on successfully breaking old ties, even if it means alienating others.
You are especially suited to work in large organizations where the sky’s the limit for your potentials. You have sufficient self-regard to know your limitations, and once you recognize your own worth, success will be yours.
You must be prepared for occasional setbacks and reverses, but these will make your credentials more secure and establish your worth in the eyes of those who need your talents.