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The Saturn Engagement:  A sequence of critical transits in the radix.

25 October 2013

On the 19th of August my progressed Ascendant formed exact conjunction with radical Saturn. A blog entry at that time dealt with Centaurs and direction, functional multiplicity, archetypes and psychodynamics in a period of transition. The astrological analysis included consideration of a T-square transit: T(♃ ☐ ♅ ☐ ♇ ☍ ♃), as well as the reframing of a core radical opposition and work-through: ♅ Q ♄ ☍ ♃ △ ♅, adding ⚴ to form a kite with Saturn at apex and Jupiter at focus. The analysis was productive, but the reframing marked a conceptual breakthrough regarding the significance of the Jupiter-Saturn opposition. More on that in a bit.

At the moment, we remain engaged by T♅ ☐ T, having experienced 3 of the 7 instances in this cycle, with what is thought to be the most challenging about to occur in a few days, on the 1st of November, the date closest to the occasion of the heliocentric occurrence on 23 November.

For the past several days I've been considering the current transit of Saturn, which forms exact opposition with Lilith on 3 November, but, along this path, moving through the final degrees of the so-called Via Combusta, engages a large complement of the radix directly, and the balance by extension. The journey represents a profound, culminating reorientation and change, a consolidation of supraconsciously informed, unconsciously evolving, newly emerging cognitive structures and functional abilities.

The chart at right is my radix,
plus progressions and transits
for today's date.

Note that:

  • The progressed Ascendant formed conjunction
    with R♄ in Virgo, 2nd House, on 19 August, this year.
  • T♄ establishes an aspect pattern with pervasive effect from Scorpio, 4th House, affecting every other House.
  • T♄ engages ⚸ in opposition, as observed, but is also the focal point in a YOD kite with ⚸ at apex, with inconjuncts to AMUN in the 11th and ⚶-♀ in the 10th.
  • T♄ trines Sirius/Osiris in the 12th and remains weakly trine ♃ in the 8th, squares Persephone in the 7th, sextiles R♄ in the 2nd and Nephthys in the 6th, and is semisextile ♆Rx in the 3rd, Vx and ⚷Rx in the 5th.

The emerging structure appears to involve the number 8, whether as Oktotopos, the Fu Xi trigrams, or the Ægishjálmur, the "Helm of Awe".

And of eight I also remember Anansi, a numinous presence in spider form, motionless over a period of days high on the wall of my hut in Strawberry Fields, Jamaica 1984, during a period of deep depression and loss of direction. Originating among the Asante (Ashanti) in Ghana, West Africa, possibly related to Gizo the spider-trickster of the Hausa in northern Nigeria, Anansi is a god, a spider, who sometimes presents as a man. He was messenger between the gods and humankind, and had the power to restructure both the human and the divine world.1  Also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, Anancy, Aunt Nancy, he is a trickster, a wise and skilled communicator, King of All Stories, not just his own2, able to achieve his objective through cleverness and ingenuity, a paradigm of survival and resourcefulness among the Caribbean slaves whose orally transmitted Anansesem ("spider tales") modeled such attributes and behavior. More than that, the pervasiveness of the Caribbean Anansi represents an indigenous syncretism rather than an amalgamation of diverse cultures.3 It speaks of an evolving ethos.

At that time I had no conscious knowledge of this orature and the paradigmatic significance of Anansi, but I certainly needed to experience the message of survival by courage, determination, and wit. I also needed a syncretic understanding of plural personality, rather than an amalgamation or fusion. Anansi presented a numinous presence and indeed, a physical form, that conveyed cognitive structure and stability, that facilitated productive analysis and focused action. A useful remembrance and review at this time.