by Robert WilkinsonIf you’ve been feeling “slow as molasses in January” you’re not alone. It’s a time of moving slowly and deliberately.
Over recent weeks I’ve gotten more than a couple of emails or comments to the effect that people feel stuck, frozen in place, and no matter how much they work or effort things are not moving very quickly. They’ve communicated that though it’s not extremely unpleasant or difficult, they felt they certainly were not as focused or productive as they’d like to be.
Many have been feeling sludgy for a few weeks. I suspect it has to do with Mars square Saturn the first half of the month, followed by Venus conjunct Saturn between September 10-20. And we still have Venus square Mars through the end of the month. These are serious cross currents set into motion every time the Moon is in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius.
Venus conjunct Saturn both having been square Mars has given everyone fits over the recent past. You can see how this could yield a sense being frozen in place, or perhaps being deflected into unexpected actions that divert efforts from the original intention. Many have spoken of urgent things that have to be done, but that a) they can’t get things in motion, b) nothing they do seems to yield the desired results, and c) there doesn’t seem to be anything to do to change a or b.
This has been challenging us to keep things on track, not lose our balance or sense of things as we find new ways to view possibilities, and then do what we must to feel a sense of momentum. We’ve had to fit things into a long range perspective, and not get hassled by things that will only lead us further away from our path or goal.
Ultimately the square from Scorpio to Leo requires we demonstrate good Taurus and Aquarius skills. That means we’ve all had to simplify, detach, see a bigger picture, and not take any of it personally while keeping our eyes on a distant prize and the simple persistent steps it’ll take to get us there.
Then, besides the ongoing squares involving Venus, Mars, and Saturn, we had one Grand Cardinal Cross on September 7, followed by Mercury entering Libra on September 9 setting another Grand Cardinal Cross into motion through last week’s Harvest Full Moon. These crosses fractured a lot, since a Grand Cross is centrifugal force rather than integrative. That’s why things have spun out rather than closed in.
I also have experienced things as not moving forward quite as fast or clearly as I would like. However, I take the view that this time is more about long wave flow rather than short bursts of motion. While nothing is moving as fast as I would like, I also am reminded that the reward of patience is patience....
So if things are a bid sludgy right now, well, they are. Literally like molasses spilled in pristine Hawaiian waters. But persistence does have its rewards, and over time if we persevere, we shall see results.
AND we still have Venus square Mars through the end of the month. The blessing is that it’s trine Jupiter this week, helping us feel what is coming when Jupiter and Saturn are in long term trine for weeks to come. Venus is officially “tracking the trine” we’ll all get to enjoy through the end of the year.
Just remember, now that we’re past the Equinox, the Sun is moving into the Grand Cardinal Cross. Hang in there, learn what you have to learn, and see it all as a dress rehearsal for skills we’ll have to demonstrate next Spring.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson
ps - I forgot to point out that Saturn has been and continues to be conjunct the North Node. Saturn is what we are all cultivating and learning how to do in a growth manner right now. This period is testing our ability to "grow the Saturn function" within all of us.
That means getting over fear, letting go of the need to control, not allowing hard attitudes to dominate our thinking, throwing off chains of mental slavery, busting free of ideas of accepting obsolete or needlessly confining limitations, and reversing magnetism. And we're growing into Saturn virtues, which I remind you of each month. The usual Saturn keywords will be crucial to effective behavior - patience, discipline, organization, patience, structure, maturity, patience, understanding, wisdom, patience, authority, responsibility, and of course, patience.