by Robert Wilkinson
When first learning astrology, I read "squares and oppositions are bad; sextiles and trines are good." As I became more proficient my pre-set beliefs gave way through observing phenomena that didn't fit established ideas about these aspects. It helped that Grant Lewi offered that squares and oppositions are important turning points in a process transcending all the aspects, yet where each aspect has its special place and function in the greater whole that is the entire 360 degree cycle of experience.
A note before we proceed. If you don't know some astrology, please bear with me as I give my reasoning for today's subject to astrologers so they know how I'm getting my conclusions about the effects of us all being in the heart of a major T-square. Follow along, and feel the thread while ignoring the jargon.
To continue, after familiarizing myself with the aspects (which took a while) I began to notice configurations that multiple aspects from multiple planets could make to each other within an aspect series, as well as configurations interacting with other configurations.
Examples of the first are such things as Grand Trines or Crosses, T-squares of any mode, and more complex configurations like the various "Kite" configurations. An example of the second type, that of different aspects series interacting, is the current series of Fixed T-Squares made from Taurus or Scorpio with the on-going Saturn opposed Neptune being joined to the series of Mutable T-squares made from Gemini or Virgo to the ongoing Jupiter square Uranus.
So how can two T-squares interacting be good? In our case, Jupiter and Saturn support each other through harmonic realization and understanding stabilizing a process (trine) that releases through their respective squares. Jupiter and Neptune as well through the long term sextiles and quintiles. These three together create an opposition-sextile-trine configuration, throwing a productive void into Gemini, which recombines with the Jupiter square Uranus releasing into Virgo.
I've been thinking about this as we surf our strange times. Though there is a lot of tension, friction, pressure, and in many cases, radical change moving faster and faster (or so it seems to many), it's all breaking things loose in some favorable ways for a lot of people. Old complexes broken up, old "skins of personality" shed, old relationships and dreams left behind, and an increasing concern and focus on how to build a better future. It seems to me that productive revolution is in the air, and the radical changes are directed toward what we yearn for but have not realized up to now, especially about community and personal effectiveness, and the joy of living freed of previously frustrating conditions.
The is the Fixed T-square releasing the Fire built through the future oriented promise of Jupiter in Sag stabilizing the heart disciplines we've learned through Saturn in Leo. We're all being given the chance to break free from something and turn a corner at Eternity Boulevard. Something is being released into a void. Right now this void is Scorpio, the sign of magnetic emptiness that attracts our objects of desire. We're all letting go of something even as we're attracting what is more perfect for who we have become.
This intensity of elimination/regeneration is highly active in all our lives and charts right now. Even the strangers you pass on the street are subjected to this power, whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not. In my observations, we're all going through a "pressure drop" (thanx, Toots!) To me it feels like it's a curious form of "racheting down" or letting go of excess "steam pressure" preparing to slow down what at times has felt like a runaway train.
The effects in my own life have been extraordinarily productive, fulfilling promises and dreams held for a long time. These squares are bringing me amazing and successful culminations in important areas of my life, and mark the rearranging of my time, energy, and priorities freeing me to embrace the future, which also seems promising.
Yes there are endings, and sometimes the feelings are very complex, but experience stays with us forever, and we maintain the relationships that we both and all agree to. True friends are for life, even if we don't visit as often as we used to. Other recent events within these squares have shown me that some very long time friends and personal skills from the distant past are cycling back into my life now, and it seems in the future as well.
This Fixed T-square marks the culmination of the Sun-Saturn cycle begun in Leo last Summer, and the emergence of the Light of Wisdom of the new Sun-Neptune cyclic dance begun February 8, 2007. These signify the end of old responsibilities, duties, and limitations, and the beginning of larger ideals, greater awareness, and expanded opportunities to do form of "world service" perfect for who you are.
Remember, we're still in long-term process of receiving rewards from Spirit for rising to some occasion that tested our faith, strength, and indomitability. Right now we're in the heart of the T-square releasing whatever will bring those rewards to us. Some reflections from the heart of a T-square.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson