An Aries asks if Saturn in Sagittarius is the culprit behind the New Age “vibration shaming” syndrome they’re identifying as spiritual gaslighting?
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. Follow your bliss into authoritarianism is what the subtext feels like, though.
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 need to keep their outrage to themselves and wait it out. Having left and survived the mental labyrinth of an abusive relationship, the similarities I’ve seen in some spiritual circles are dishearteningly similar.
The Subtext Is “Follow Your Bliss Into Authoritarianism”
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 turn my back, ignore it, and “do me.”
Swamp specters have been slain on the personal realm, but I naively thought that the battle was over. I’ve turned around from victory for myself only to meet 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. Thank you for that.
Astro advice? I know I’m not alone in this feeling. 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 heard voices speak up.
But still, I write today to see if there is something I am missing. Is Lilith’s transition into Sagittarius going to be an empowering rebel truth fighter force? Or am I projecting my own experience onto everything?
Thank you for your time,
Vibration Shaming Is Spiritual Gaslighting
Dear Lit Ramzilla,
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. Lilith joining Saturn in Sagittarius will augment those wanting to set their 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.
A motorway build over the back of your house or your local beach being poisoned is more likely to bring people into their streets to protest than something further away. The pure volume of dysfunction and noise can also be overwhelming. 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 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. And then I try to provide 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 important enough to me that I won’t buy their product.
Cause Fatigue Or Faux Zen Passivity?
But 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 remember 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. Apart from giving a lot of $ to the cult/thing he was involved with, you just had to leave people be.
Are the upstanding residents of the New Age community that you are describing 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.” I call it “vibration shaming” – the idea that you weren’t “good” or “high vibe” enough so attracted bad things. It sucks.
Or is it that they are setting their comfort level on the activism spectrum and you are feeling non-aligned with those you had seen as a tribe? “Gaslighting” is a strong term – it is usually the domain of film noir is it not? Or of totally wretched relationship dynamics. It is when someone manipulates someone else to doubt the validity of their perceptions and thus even – eventually – their sanity.
Or are you having an awakening/consciousness-raising experience that has rendered you out of step with your tribe? The current administration in certain countries – not just the USA – are making many recommit to fierce self-reliance a la the economy, feminism 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 fascinating 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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