by Robert Wilkinson
If you're wondering why some things and people seem to be misfiring in unexpected or wrong directions, or some radical corrections may be needed in certain circumstances, welcome to Mars square Saturn!
This is said to be one of the most "dangerous" aspects, in that it pits impulsive and combative Mars against determined and authoritative Saturn. Given that Cancer squares Libra, it shows feelings challenging ideas, touchiness challenging balance, and egocentrism challenging other perspectives.
This aspect can lead us to shift perspectives on family belief systems, or find a new perspective on old sensitivities. Mars in Cancer is in a waning square to Saturn, culminating the cycle that began when Mars conjuncted Saturn at 1 Libra in late July 2010, which you will recall launched a new archetype in all of us wherever the conjunction fell in our charts.
This is a culmination point in the first stage of manifesting those archetypal energies in our lives. This square is a bit of a gear grind, with a lot of "up close and personal" feelings in conflict with whatever Saturn in Libra represents in our lives. It is challenging how our Aries and Scorpio energies are at odds with our Capricorn and Aquarius energies through life areas related to Cancer and Libra.
Of course, it most affects those with planets or sensitive points between 13-17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, as well as 28 Taurus-2 Gemini, 28 Leo-2 Virgo, 28 Scorpio-2 Sagittarius, and 28 Aquarius-2 Pisces. As you can see, it is a natural friction point relative to what we've been learning this Mercury retrograde through our various "liberating ordeals," and is a release point for the collective consciousness (Neptune currently at 30 Aquarius.)
No wonder things are so restless, so agitated, with lots of movement some of which is more than a bit confusing. Some of the global developments can be directly seen in this light, where there are assertions that then must be backed off, realizations about misguided actions in the past that require reversals, and even something as "Mars square Saturn" as those who run into the streets during earthquakes, something completely at variance with what one should do. Mercury retrograde AND Mars square Saturn indeed!
Anyway, Grant Lewi says this is an aspect of "bad judgment," where we must take a look to see if we're "out on a limb," and need to back off and stop pushing forward in that direction. Take a look at possible flaws in "the plan," or fallacies in judgment, reasoning, or expectations. If you're tempted to burn a bridge, reconsider the wisdom of such a thing, or at least the technique you plan to use.
This aspect is said to be one of overestimating or underestimating something or someone. Given the square is from Cancer to Libra, be moderate, sensitive, and play good defense. If appropriate, stop clutching at ideals that are unrealizable and get out while the getting is good (but only after this aspect is past!) What is needed is a sense of maturity and/or responsibility, as well as the ability to turn in a new direction quickly with organization and determination.
In any case, try not to react or overreact when confronted with things skewing in unexpected and overweighted directions. A sense of moderation, balance, perspective, and knowing what matters and is and is not needed will help to navigate this gear grinding energy.
It's exact for the next few days, so heads up! The best use of this time involves getting glimpses of our "ultimate fulfillment," being able to "project into everyday living a realization of wholeness," and using tender care to nurture and/or protect what is emerging that is truly worthwhile.
Again, organization, discipline, and a sense of responsibility for our autonomous movement into the new life we all began between March and May 2011 is what's required during this challenging cosmic moment. Try not to take anything personally, or take things where they don't need to go. While it clearly shows a corner is to be turned, make sure you're going in the right direction down the right road!
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson