As we all know by now, this Saturn in Scorpio transit is about power dynamics, and our awareness of how these dynamics operate in our lives. Neptune gracing Saturn in Scorpio with a soft, supportive trine creates the opportunity for Empowerment, a pure and true type of empowerment, perhaps a spiritual empowerment. Neptune ensures that the ego doesn't take the reigns and create a false or destructive type of power, one that demoralizes, steps on, or drains others like a vampire. Our world has always been governed by hierarchical structures, which by their very nature implies inferiority/ superiority dynamics. This creates an imbalanced exchange of energy, creating dysfunctional co-dependent relationships based on in-equality. It doesn't have to be that way. One of the purposes of the Saturn in Scorpio transit is to bring to our awareness these destructive dynamics so that we may begin the process of healing..
Power is a very complex entity with many dimension, many of these hidden and not always easily understood on a conscious level, but they can be. Once we air the dirty laundry (Saturn in Scorpio), and get unconscious "power" stuff (whether it be obsession with or a lack thereof) out into the open, we have the opportunity to create a new found (and healthy) sense of power from scratch. Neptune steps in here and refines the process, creating a type of spiritual power, power infused with compassion and an awareness of the Oneness and interconnectedness of everyone and everything. I know that sounds idealistic, but nonetheless, shouldn't that really be the way things are? Isn't the right use of power something we ALL should be striving for as individuals and as a Global Society? Why should we trample over another to succeed, why would we harm another to get ahead, why would we manipulate others just to make a profit? On the other side of the coin, why would we carry the white flag and allow others to do this to us? Why is power given up so easily? Why does such inequality exist? Psychologist Carl Jung had something very important and intriguing to say about this phenomenon.
|Carl Gustav Jung|
This important historical figure pioneered the idea of projection, the process whereby we project outwardly our unconscious "stuff" onto other people. Based on this notion, the people who are seemingly "powerless" are projecting their latent and unused power onto others. For whatever reason, they have lost their power, and their deep internal feelings of powerlessness literally manifest outside of themselves as the Boogeyman, the Tyrant, the Dictator, the Abuser. On the other side are the people who lord power and control over others (for example Governments and the Military Industrial Complex), who project their weaker, softer, more vulnerable side onto others. If you look at the deep psychological underpinnings here, you could see that people who have a healthy sense of their own power would not have to stoop to the level of manipulating and syphoning power from others. This power tripping and power draining results from a deep inner feeling of insecurity and powerlessness, and a disconnection from their own inner power. Fear and mistrust of EVERYTHING plagues the souls on both opposing sides. These relationships are characterized by mutual psychic syphoning of vital energies and drains of power. Its a Global Epidemic. We use and abuse each other and don't even realize we're doing it... Its all unconscious (most of the time) and it reeks of INEQUALITY. Do you see how being unconscious and unaware of our Shadow can lead us down some pretty dark roads? Look where we are now...
If only Jung were alive today! He most certainly would have been reveling in the healing Scorpionic waters bringing deeply buried treasures to the surface with his penetrating insights. Gladly he has left us a legacy that we can use as a guiding light on our healing journey. We are in this beautiful disaster together, and we cannot do this soul work without the "other" as the mirror, reflecting back what usually goes unseen. As difficult as it may seem, its time to Embrace, not Hate. The Gold lies in the other, and relationship is a key that unlocks the dungeon where the demons hide. From this perspective our enemies really become our angels that save us from destruction, but we have to open our eyes and see the real value and precious opportunity hidden within dysfunctional power dynamics. Saturn/Scorpio wants us to dig into the meat and potatoes of situations and see stuff that lie hidden underneath the surface. Scorpio "natives" are known for being very adept at sensing with pinpoint accuracy what others cannot detect, piercing the root core of a subject. Our psychic radar is now fine tuned and highly sensitive with both the Node and Saturn transiting in Scorpio, allowing us to see what we would prefer to keep safely and securely under the rug. Where the nodes are transiting shows the evolutionary impulse and collective experience of the time. In Scorpio, we are all slowly acquiring "Sherlock Holmes" status as were uncover layer after layer of unpleasant but very valuable clues, clues that lead to our very Freedom.
The Trine of Neptune to Saturn creates a bridge from the wound to the healing. We are faced with the collective and individual imbalances of power in Scorpio (wound) and through Neptune's exhalted influence in Pisces, the dynamics of power become refined and spiritualized, as we come to realize that we are All One Human Family sharing this Earth, that there is plenty to go around for everyone if we could just learn to share. For the Powerless in the equation, Neptune puts us in touch with our very own Spitirual Power, power that goes beyond anything on this material plane of existence. True and lasting power resides in the connection to our own inner source that transcends the worldly ego (the collection of unmet needs, wounds, and pain that creates FEAR). Neptune in Pisces (double water) is symbolic of the ritual of baptism, an act of cleansing and clearing away the residue of our painful past, welcoming re-birth. These planets are positioned for this healing process to penetrate our consciousness, so that dysfunctional power dynamics are opened, cleansed and re-birthed. As Above, So Below.
If we want to evolve from the collective mess we have created, we have to confront the shadows and have the uncomfortable talks. The depth of collective and individual Soul Searching needs to be far and wide. The only way out is through. The truth is, we live in a deep symbiotic relationship (Scorpio) with each other and with the Earth, and it is our job to take responsibility (Saturn) and right the imbalances in order to steer the course of our "shared" lives in a healthier direction. Neptune steps into the process and enlightens us on the right use of power, and implores us to consider the "other", not as a slave, or a stepping stone, but a brother or sister, just like ourselves. Are you willing to participate in this Collective Healing... Are you willing to examine your false ideals and beliefs regarding POWER, and the ramifications of this in your life? Further, are you willing to take a very deep look at your definitions of power and how that manifests in you life in terms of money, resources and other material acquisitions (be it lack of excess). When is enough, enough... and what are the psychological underpinnings of the need to hoard, acquire and accumulate? Could it be a deep intrinsic feeling of a lack of power and control? What behaviors will we engage in to compensate for this "perceived lack" and what are the consequences? and what about those who feed off of the power, money and resources of others (feelings of powerlessness being the root)? Saturn in Scorpio demands we ask these deep and raw thought provoking questions, and the more they ,make you squirm, the more you know you're on the right track.
Our ancestors cut a path for us to get where we are today, a path covered in blood, sweat, tears. They had so much grit, so much courage and so much perseverance. They got us to America, the Land of Freedom, and here we stand today imprisoning each other. Its not just in America either, its everywhere. Look at how Muslim women are treated. The depth of this topic is too enormous for me to cover here, but the abuse of Power and its consequences can be found in every corner of the Globe and that's the sad but real truth. Its rampant in all structures: financial, corporate, government, healthcare, foreign policy and right in your very own heart....its everywhere. When do we stand up and be the change we want to see in the world? When do we do the deep inner Shadow work described by Jung and stop waiting for "a savior" to do the dirty work for us?
We can debate into infinity about who or what our Creator is and how we got here, but it doesn't change the fact that we have been given the gift of life, each other to love, and this Earth as our home. I don't think our conduct has reflected our title as Stewards of the Earth or Keepers of Each Other. In the words of Jung, "Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other"....
Remember: the "POWER" is in your hands... in our hands, to make a real change.