This is probably half question half rant, but as Saturn tours through his last segment of Sagittarius, the battle between truth and dogma has frothed its way to max bats in the US. I have noticed an upswing of astrologers denouncing hate and ignorance while in the next breath exemplifying the very thing they are decrying. There seems to be a very unsettling vibe of, “if you want to be vocal about injustice, you are part of the problem” by the privileged here, even in the spiritual community….Serenity above politics, definitely. Follow your bliss into authoritarianism is what the subtext feels like, though.
Online I have seen several conversation points about protesting and advocacy being low vibration and deluded. That the universe will work everything out in the end, so people just need to keep their outrage to themselves and wait it out. Having left and survived the mental labyrinth of an emotionally and mentally abusive relationship, the signs and similarities in language and behavior I’ve been seeing in some spiritual circles is dishearteningly similar.
What is the Saturn lesson, here? I don’t want to get stuck feeling incensed by people who have large platforms spreading ignorance, but it also doesn’t feel right to simply turn my back, ignore it and “do me.” Natally, I have Chiron on my Gemini AC opposite Saturn on my Sag DC… so a feeling of voicelessness and restriction has been a theme in my life.
Swamp specters have been slayed on the personal realm, but I think I naively thought that the battle was over. It feels as if I’ve turned around from victory for myself to only to have been met face to face with the larger machinations that make these emotionally and mentally abusive tactics so prevalent.
It’s places like your blog (oracle and tarot have been such a centering practice) that have been a refuge during this time. A reminder to continue to expand where information is coming from and keep seeking it out from as many places as possible, because the gems are out there. Thank you for that.
Astro advice? I know I’m not alone in this feeling, and as uncomfortable as I have been over the past year seeing the ghosts of my relationship take life in the behavior of others, I have also seen voices speak up and call out gas lighting tactics. It’s crazy-making, sometimes…
But still, I write today to see if there is something I am missing. Is Lilith’s transition into Sagittarius going to be the empowering rebel truth fighter force that continues the magic of this weekend’s solidarity marches? Or am I totally just projecting my own experience on everything?
Thank you for your time,
Dear Lit Ramzilla,
I concur with you that this last year of Saturn in Sagittarius (until 2044) is super intense in terms of beliefs and principles. Uranus in sync to it is speeding it up also. I think Lilith joining Saturn in Sagittarius will augment those wanting to set their own stance and choose their level of engagement or activism. There is always a spectrum from 100% non-stop maintain-the-rage type involvement in movements to improve society or political dissent to 0 percent leave me the hell alone to meditate – the inner world is what matters most. You know?
And of course people vary wildly in their settings re all this. A motorway build over the back of your house or your local beach being poisoned is usually more likely to being people literally out into their streets to protest than something more active and further away. The pure volume of dysfunction and noise can also be over-whelming. And yes, some people are more vocal than others. I rarely venture forth with any online commenting about anything, partly as i do not have the time to get into online spats.
My personal, very Mars in Virgo style of action, is to try and spend my money ethically – it’s a quiet, non-showy discipline that irritates me more than it gives pleasure, frankly. And then i try to give appropriate feedback to the companies big enough to have a compliance or propaganda department that X (cruel treatment of animals, sweatshop labor, non-equality, ecological concerns) are of importance to me sufficient that i won’t buy their product.
But streets, placards, signs, vociferous performance protest are not personally me. But i think what you are talking about sounds quite sinister. I recall an argument i once had with a then old friend of mine who had recently embraced a minor oriental religion – i can’t recall which one but it had a guru and involved a LOT of meditating – and he had an argument that poverty was just people’s karma and that, apart from giving a lot of $ to the cult/thing he was involved with, you just had to leave people be…It was probably put in a more sophisticated style than that but i found it infuriating. And i don’t trust people who claim to be the Karma Police.
So in a strange sort of a way, is it possible that the upstanding denizens of the New Age community that you are describing are akin to the moralizing Christians of the Victorian Era? They would justify the most disgusting oppression of indigenous people or those from a class that they deemed lower as just “God’s Will.”
Or is it that they are setting their own comfort level on the activism spectrum and you are feeling non-aligned with those you had seen as a tribe? “Gas lighting” is a strong term – it is usually the domain of film noire is it not? Or of totally wretched relationship dynamics. It is when someone extremely manipulative causes someone else to doubt the validity of their own perceptions and thus even – eventually – their own sanity.
Is this what is happening or are you perhaps having – like many other people at the moment – having an awakening/consciousness raising experience that has rendered you out of step with your tribe? I know that aspects of the current administration in certain countries – not just the USA – are making many of us recommit to fierce self-reliance a la the economy, feminism and/or environmental awareness. Others have ’cause fatigue’ and are taking a more introvert path…for now.
My answer probably raises more questions than it answers but i think that this is a really interesting query and i would love to see what everyone else thinks.
*Extreme political ranting or comments that put down the opinion of another commenting person is not permitted! Civilized discourse is encouraged.
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