Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Potential for Intense Challenge, Particularly For Males

Head's up: what I'm writing about here isn't pretty, but it is real.

I've written on the blog before about Mars - Saturn contacts and the increase in the likelihood of (in particular) male suicides.

In my own little sphere, I've heard about two male suicides as well as an attempted suicide this summer with Mars (actions) transiting late Scorpio (death).

This isn't limited to men, but men would be affected in particular, as both Mars and Saturn are masculine symbols. 

We've had extended interplay between Mars and Saturn, the two malefic bodies of the zodiac, during the Mars retrograde period (April 17 - June 29).

Mars formed a loose conjunction to Saturn as it stationed retrograde, drawing the challenge, the dread, the fear, and the intense pressure associated with Saturn into that entire process. It inflamed (Mars) all those difficult Saturnine challenges, making them seem - at times - insurmountable.

This inflammation continues...

Mars has just re-entered Sagittarius (August 2) and is now closing in on an exact conjunction to Saturn at 9 degrees of the sign (August 24). Saturn is also stationing direct August 13 in square aspect to Neptune Rx in Pisces, indicating that our responsibilities may seem more difficult/heavy/intolerable/unworkable than usual.

The situation is: many people are under an intense amount of pressure now. This reaches a peak August 24/25 with the exact Mars-Saturn conjunction and Mars-Neptune square. Luckily, we will also have a pile-up of Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter in late Virgo at that time to keep things functioning. This conjunction of the two benefic planets (Venus and Jupiter) works to offset the conjunction of the two malefic planets (Mars and Saturn).

Coming out of the Mars retrograde period as we are now, there are changes in personal direction necessary that may be upsetting to people who have gotten used to the way things are. Previous trajectories may have to be abandoned or at least transitioned now, and this may involve commitments that we were expecting to keep over the long term. There are potentially major "structural adjustments" underway in our lives, and under the current aspects, these changes may seem impossibly challenging.

There just isn't energy for these older goals, trajectories, or structures anymore. And if we pretend, if we try to carry the deadened shells on our backs just because we can't face making a different decision and potentially letting people down, we may not even be able to sustain the will to go on.

Understand the pressures that people are dealing with now. Understand the pressures affecting you and your own mental/emotional state.

When I say astrology saves lives, I'm not speaking in hyperbole. It absolutely can and does. Using astrology to understand the pressures and challenges we're under can help us to eke our way through them. In particular, the understanding that the intolerable difficulty of our challenges is temporary can help immeasurably.

I've re-opened the comments section on the blog, so if you'd like to share a comment or a laugh, please do. I think it helps to know that there are other sensitive and thinking people out there, other people who know what's up on Planet Earth. I know it helps me.


rolef said...

Thanks for being there. I use astrology also and really appreciate your own way of seeing things...Good work...thanks Rolef

rolef said...

Thanks for all the good work..Rolef

Willow said...

Thanks for your comments, Rolef! You cracked the seal. It's been almost 18 months since there were comments on this blog. And you're welcome!

r8r said...

I appreciate your Saskatchewn approach to astrology - straightforward and no punches pulled.

Willow said...

Thank-you, I appreciate that.

HexagonTV said...

neat, always loved the comments section here, glad to see it back

Gabrielle Barnett said...

Thanks for bringing comments back, I love your writing, your perspective, your marvellous and oh so deep insights - I've sent your link to all my friends, so a big thank you Willow.

Willow said...

Wow, thank-you, Gabrielle! That is so nice. :-)

Greg F said...

Dear Willow -- You so hit the nail on the head with this post. I have a 28 degree Scorpio Ascendant, but Sagittarius is intercepted in my first house, so this Mars-Sagittarius interplay is very immediate. Your message:

"There just isn't energy for these older goals, trajectories, or structures anymore. And if we pretend, if we try to carry the deadened shells on our backs just because we can't face making a different decision and potentially letting people down..."

--is so spot on. It is reassurance/confirmation that not pursuing quixotic goals I set many years ago, or telling people "no" once in a while is a more reasonable plan. Thanks for your inspiring words, as always.


Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Me too, I have 28 Scorpio Ascendant, 4 Sagittarius Mars, 9 Sag Neptune, 10 Sag N. Node..... I'm scared to death now ;'(
not mention 24 and 25 Sag Sun and Mercury.....

haha!!! whatever comes come, I think I am a typical Sagittarius :)

Thank you for all the insights, always enjoy reading this blog so much ~~~


Willow said...

This is mostly a continuation of themes that we've already been experiencing, coming to a head.

Robin Adams said...

Ms. Willow - thank you for all you do. Life is not for the faint of heart! You just keep being yourself because you are one amazing young woman! Do not ever let anyone tell you different! Onward! ~Robin :-)

Willow said...

Thank-you, Robin, that is very sweet of you. :-)

Angel said...

Thanks for your astute and timely blog. I've got a mars Saturn conjunction at 1,deg sag and I'm feeling terrible.xc

nancy said...

It's been some year--w/ the Mutable square & Mars Rx cycle. Rough. I really underestimated how much recovery would be needed after all of this. If people who understand these energies and what's going on are struggling, imagine people who don't.
You have a great talent Willow.

Unknown said...

Hi, I appreciate your blog, but what I don't get is how Saturn is masculine and Capricorn is feminine. It doesn't take away from your saying but I see Capricorns as fearful. This is why the rigid rules and boundaries. I see the mars getting a good healthy dose fear to slow the pace. Seeing that in order to move ahead he must sacrifice his comforts (neptune), and get tough on discipline.
Those that can't hack it could commit suicide?


Willow said...

I don't think it's those that can't hack it. It's those who have more than their share of Earthly pain and problems at the end of the astrological Piscean era with little to no support - or that feel they have no support. Some people have been carrying far more than their share for far too long, and sometimes those people feel that leaving Earth is the only solution.

Mars - Saturn can make it feel as if there are no solutions, hitting a brick wall no matter which way you turn. It's a very complex subject, no easy answers.

I've written before about the feminine aspects of Capricorn being stifled...the "sea" part of the sea-goat. And we see this stifled feminine very clearly during the Pluto in Capricorn years. The sign is ruled by Saturn...not dominated by it.

Willow said...

Patron article from December 12, 2014, "The Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn Square and Survival Via Reclamation and Re-Direction of the Feminine Force"

"The water part of Capricorn is saying, enough is enough. Enough with the way you brutally downplay and whitewash the feminine force in your so-called success stories. The way you deny emotion, intuition, and human caring when playing out your Grand Plans. Enough with the way you keep the feminine in a subordinate position in your hierarchies. You deny her, use and abuse her, manipulate her, laugh at her, ostracize her, push her down. You keep her vital, crucial influence hidden because the patriarchal masculine takes her as such a threat. It's insecure and would prefer to live under the delusion that it alone runs the world.


Unknown said...

Good article! Yeah the masculine love to keep the feminine down. I see it a lot in the older men. My own father, father in law, neighbor.
The old school mentality is going down. But do we cry “victim” not really. We pull up our sleeves and prove them wrong. Hard work and don’t get pulled into what a women’s role should be. The last two years women entrepreneurs are on the rise.
I hope this trend continues.