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Saturn to US natal MC first conj Nov 6, 2009

Saturn’s tough medicine is on the way for our nation! And it’s the planetary ruler of Government, Law, and Business.

Today transiting Saturn has reached 00Libra00 near America’s
‘Sibly’ Midheaven (*00Lib53) of Public Status and Career. The opposite cusp, the IC 00Ari00 is also affected, of course, and relates to the Domestic Scene, Security, Real Estate, and our Psychological comfort.

These Cardinal Points – 00Ari/Lib and 00Can/Cap are World Points where big events tend to manifest – but that’s not my focus here.

Saturn to natal Midheaven should be a time when one receives what one deserves concerning recognition, success, and increased status in the world. Yet what is gained with Saturn-to-MC is most often accompanied by an increase or deepening of responsibilities but all works out well if one – or a nation – has taken its responsibilities seriously in the past. Mistakes of this nature may well come into view with this transit for the 10th house cusp (MC) is the most prominent and visible point in any horoscope.

Blaming others for one’s failures is not allowed by Old Man Saturn, however, and accountability may come to roost upon our government’s head (s) as the lesson-bringer hits our US natal MC three times:

1. Nov 6, 2009 – first minute that Saturn reaches 00Lib53 is @ 8:13 pm est in Washington, DC; ASC 7Can13 which is Fixed Star Mirzam’s position: ‘carrying a message; to have ones say’ = Beta Canis Major, aka Murzims; ‘Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.’)

2. March 27, 2010 Rx;
3. July 31, 2010.

The chart for Nov 6, 2009 @ 8:13 pm est in Washington shows some interesting midpoint pictures (in transit) which may aid us in snagging a flavor of the evening – all given here are from Tyl and Ebertin:

Saturn/Pluto = Mercury: depression; stark realism.

Sun/Jupiter = Pluto: pursuit of fortune/acquiring wealth; success; fulfillment in a big way.

Mercury/Jupiter = Pluto: dramatic persuasion; the big proposal.

Still in effect (as today) is the Uranus/North Node (political reformist groups) with Neptune (veils, delusions, deceptions, underminings; ideals):

Uranus/NN = Neptune: being deceived by others; meeting with people off the beaten path; the undermining of associations; retirement of a partner from a joint venture; one who is easily impressed or influenced.

Perhaps more to the point of what’s occurring in the nation these days is a big honkin’ T-Square pointing to Saturn and thus to US n MC:

Pluto/ASC = Saturn: oppressive dealings with others; difficulties and losses; forcible suppression; using coercive measures with others.

Pluto/ASC = n MC: attainment of power and authority; career success; ego ascendancy.

In Mundane (Political) Astrology, as you know, Saturn on one level represents the Democratic Party and Pluto signifies many things: secret controllers, extremely wealthy people, the Dragon guarding the riches, spies, assassins, coping ability…the list goes on.

And since Mirzam is rising here (see the Star’s keywords above) we may say that Pluto’s ‘say’ is suppressing the Dems forcibly – on one level.

Of course, Saturn also generally represents authorities of all stripes including President Obama in his role of manager – here as manager of our nation’s place in the world (MC.)

If the ancient Exaltation factor in Astrology has anything to do with it, perhaps Saturn’s Exaltation in Libra will see us through what promises to be a difficult transit for America who has not always honored Saturn’s lessons. This transit may be fraught with learning (Saturn) to do just that – ‘the hard way’ which is Saturn’s way of doing things.

The fact that’s it’s drawn out into the second half of 2010 indicates our difficulties – and our government’s difficulties – in learning from our past mistakes and accepting the blame where it belongs – in Washington, Wall Street – and Main Street. Hopefully on or soon after conjunction #3, things will find resolution concerning these issues.

One thing an astrologer usually does with any transit is to look back to the last time it occurred for clues of its nature which in the case of Saturn-to-US-n-MC was only once, on Sept 28, 1980, the year of the campaign that installed Ronald Reagan in the White House.

And the Pre-Natal Eclipse Series of the Saturn/MC transit was the 19 North, a Solar Eclipse on August 10, 1980 @ ’18Leo’ (opposite Reagan’s natal Sun and conj the Nostradamus Eclipse degree of August 11, 1999.)

From Brady’s ‘Predictive Astrology’ we see that 19N = ‘realism; coming down to earth and becoming aware of an old situation and seeing it for what it really is; a constructive time for tackling the truth.’

All these words are Saturnian! Let’s hope with the repeated transit for 2009/10 that President Obama heeds well Saturn’s call and honors our Exalted national Saturn in Libra, sign of balance.

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