Spirit of the Times

…On the morning sky stellium in Aquarius

Painting by Claudio Barone

Some say the tides are changing. Others say this time is different. I think it’s safe to say both are true…and untrue.

Tide and time are etymologically tangled. They are both a measurement from one point to another. But if the points aren’t on a straight line, say a circle or spiral instead, it’s clear there is a change, yet if we have come full circle, how much is actually that different? In other words: We have been here before.

Time’s keeper in astrospeak is Saturn. Seen as Father Time with scythe and hourglass in hand, it is he who harvests the ripe karmas in our lives and delivers the goods. Feared by many, adored by few. It’s important to remember that it was Saturn who was the Lord of the last Golden Age. We forget this. According to many experts on the subject of Precession and the Yugas, we are still quite far away from the Golden Age-nearly opposite it in fact. If true, and assuming we are moving into the Aquarian Age, this Golden Age would have been during the Age of Leo (at least a part of it). And from how I understand the Great Year, we have just begun our long ascent from the dregs of the Pisces Age/Kali Yuga, headed back up to the good ol’ days. So the question begs contemplation: Why is Saturn the Lord of the Golden Age?

At the moment, there is a hefty stellium building up in the morning sky being led by Saturn. It consists of Venus, Juno, Mars, Vesta (a bit behind), and even the Moon will visit on Monday (3.28) when Venus makes contact with Saturn. I feel this transit is helpful in describing the Spirit of the Times: digital, hard, scientific and unscientific, radical, humanitarian, and dreaming of decentralization. Jung talked about the contrast between this Spirit and what he called the Spirit of the Depths. One external, the other internal. I’m sure you can guess which is which. The two each have a casual germ of the other but are unrecognizable in felt experience. The ‘Depths’ rappels us down, back into the eternal; the ‘Times’ launches us back onto Twitter (or your chosen platform), where we lose the ‘Depth.’ And then it reverses, repeats, and reverses again. Seemingly forever. A vicious circle. It requires Saturn to break this cycle. The greatness of Saturn is in the discipline of deep self-inquiry. Perhaps this gives us a hint of what makes the Golden Age so ‘golden.’

Picking apart stelliums is tough business. Naturally, there is a lot going on. Understanding it first as a concentrated experience of that Sign, then next by who leads it has always been my approach. You find the leader by degree. For example, Saturn is currently at 21º Aquarius, and the rest are approaching, Juno being the closest at 19º. So it is Saturn who leads the stellium, and also governs the territory (Saturn rules Aquarius). If this confuses you, just focus on the former part relating to “concentrated experience.” What does a concentration of Aquarius feel like with Saturn’s in charge? Fixed opinions, stagnant world views, and inflexible approaches to solving problems to name a few.

When living in the fog of war, it’s best to dive quickly into the Spirit of the Depths. Not many can be trusted. All we can do is pray for all the innocent people affected by the shadow expressions of the Leo/Aquarius axis. There may not be any planets traveling in Leo at the moment, yet the viruses of legacy, fame, and fortune remain more contagious than ever. We must learn to spot them-inside and out-and take the medicine as soon as we can. What medicine? The kind that allows us to see through the ‘Times’ and discover a mirror that doesn’t lie to us in the ‘Depths.’ A medicine that shows us there is more than one history to the world. One that reveals another perspective, the true and untrue, and how we have been here before.

Find this little Aquarian crew in your chart. See what it’s impacting. May you find some medicine in their tracks to help see the signs. If you experience deja vu, that’s a good thing.

Eudaimonia,

Adam

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Dedicated to Kosmos, Mythos, and Psyche. “Great stories are worthy of constellations.” Substack: https://kosmognosis.substack.com/