By Barbara Schermer
“ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (Think primal scream.) ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. There. Whew. Better now.” That’s a post from my friend Megan I just read on FaceBook.
Megan sums up what life feels like now for many of us. Overloaded, overwhelmed and exhausted, we feel like life is just too hard! Over the last 8– 12 weeks, one particular cosmic signature has been intense—the planet Saturn (now seen in the evening sky) in the astrological sign of Libra is literally opposite the planet Jupiter in Aries (no longer visible as it is too close to the bright sun.)
Many are at a “karmic pivot-point” in their lives, making important—even crucial—life decisions and choices. Saturn, on the one hand lets us know we can no longer support old repressive patterns, habitual behaviors, and dysfunctional attitudes within ourselves, in our intimate relationships and families, or in the larger world. We’re Fed Up, just like Megan.
Ask yourself, “What is demanding change in my life? What relationships do I need to leave?” Difficult relationships or situations that you end now (or are ended for you) will likely be out of your life permanently. The End. Goodbye and good riddance. This is what Saturn in Libra promises: that we must intentionally close the door on what no longer serves us.
Jupiter, On the other hand, is helping us now to sense that a new door is opening, leading to heightened perspectives, new options and possibilities. Do you feel a renewed spirit and a new life phase is beginning? Keep watch—it may be coming soon.
This process began on January 23, 2011, was at its peak of intense activation the last two weeks of March (exact on March 24), and all of April, and it continues through August 24, 2011. This is when the energy of the planet Saturn finally passes the critical opposition point to Jupiter and begins to dissipate.
Here are some true-life examples of what others are experiencing:
One client left her 60-hour a week marketing job in which she was worked to the bone (60 hour work weeks) and was totally unappreciated. Her job was to ready this corporation to go public. At first she felt lost and frightened for her future (Saturn). It turned out this was a lucky break (Jupiter), as that company is currently being investigated for fraud by the US government. So what may have first appeared to be a setback may indeed prove to be a godsend.
In another example, my friend, hearing that her dad was diagnosed with advanced cancer, gathered her whole family (including 11 great grandchildren!) from all points of the compass to see him, probably for the last time. He was at the family gathering for all of 12 hours when he was called back to New York by a “family emergency,” which turned out to be a power play by another family member. Anger and disappointment reigned (Saturn) over the weekend. But also over that time, the at-first shaken adults realized that they had at last convened with the younger generation of their family—some were meeting for the first time—and that the roughhousing and tomfoolery together on the beach was joyful (Jupiter) and worth the bad beginning.
And for myself—my kind and devoted mom passed away on Palm Sunday. The last 8 weeks of my life and hers had been like an emotional see saw with her health oscillating from improvement to decline. A “successful surgery” yielded to a rapid decline; her vital systems slowly began shutting down. Despair. Hope. Death. Relief. Saturn opposite Jupiter. Real life.
So what is the prescription for dealing with the stress these dueling planetary giants now bring? How do you find balance in the currently intense and wacky world, both within and without?