From Homer’s time–even earlier–sailors have used the sky as a map to orient themselves to their position on the earth. And it’s intriguing to note that in ancient astrology the rising sign–or ascendant–of an astrological horoscope was described as the “helm” as if the horoscope was a vessel on which a person navigated through life.
It’s natural and instinctive to look up at the stars for guidance and in the days when astrology and astronomy were entirely interlinked– particularly during the Hellenistic era–the logic of seeking answers from the stars was not questioned nor was it at war with people’s belief systems.
What astrology can provide–among other things–is perspective: a view that helps us to figure out where we are–and perhaps even who we are–at a certain time and in a certain place in this world. Navigating the changes skillfully, steering by the stars can be astrology’s gift. And at this moment in time, I find myself intrigued by what seems to be the impact of Saturn’s recent advent in to the sign of Sagittarius (see my January blog) in the way that religious fanaticism has leapt in to the headlines during the last 2 months.
It also seems significant that clashes between certain power structures and vested interests versus maverick voices calling for freedom and autonomy are intensifying as Pluto and Uranus move toward their last historic square on March 17th, 2am GMT.
Saturn takes about 29.7 years to cycle through the zodiac and right now people born between December 2nd, 1926 and March 15th, 1929; January 12th, 1956 and January 5th, 1959; and November 17th, 1985 and February 13th, 1988 are experiencing a Saturn Return–a powerful period of reassessment while also dealing–even more than everyone else–with the issues Saturn in Sagittarius brings to the fore: lack of or over-involvement with religious convictions, fear of belief or an exaggerated adherence to rigid belief systems and an intensified search for meaning.