The Sun is moving into an opposition with Saturn.
What to watch for:
* Depression, lethargy, and a general feeling of tiredness
* Great ambition being met with the bitter reality of limitations, hardships, obligations, or responsibilities
* Healthy vs. unhealthy father figures or authorities
* The balance between firm boundaries and gentleness
* The attempt to deny or avoid the reality of doubt, hurt, pain, fears, or shadows
* The desire to revel in pain, doubt, hurt, fears, or cynicism, as though all light is false, insincere, or untrue
* Feeling hopelessly flawed, limited, or inadequate
* Working to refine one's craft, skills, knowledge, or abilities by taking notes or constructive criticism from an elder, mentor, or senior
* One's ego being put in check by the "reality" of the situation
* The pain of being forcefully separated from someone or something that you love
* Overly rigid or austere systems of learning
* A magnum opus, a period of extraordinary productivity
* The diamond that forms under pressure
One of the main reasons we turn away from spiritual life, that we give up before we begin, or that we quit even after we've seen how beneficial a spiritual path can be, is that we don't make room for darkness, tiredness, depression, exhaustion, fear, and doubts within ourselves. We mistakenly believe that spiritual life means positive, happy, and materially successful. We mistakenly believe that spiritual life is a Calvin Klein advertisement combined with a yoga pose or a photograph of our healthy, homemade meal on Instagram. Or, just as bad, we believe that our self-effacing and sarcastic dismissal of spiritual values in favor of the "dark Grit" of life makes us "real." The truth is that spiritual life must move us in and through the dualities of happiness and sadness, realism and idealism, in order to go beyond them. We're looking for a joy that is brimming with secret pain and a pain that is filled with secret joy. We can't find it unless we try.
Prayer: Teach us to at least try. So that we may find you, at last, in the least.
As the Sun approaches its opposition to Saturn...
An I Ching Meditation:
* Hexagram 47 is sometimes called "Exhausting," and it depicts two sources of water pouring one on top of the other until the water has run out.
* Hexagram 47 is also related to the idea of confinement.
* So what do we do when we're deplete, exhausted, out of steam, or reaching an edge? What do we do when someone tries to kill or steal our joy, or when someone's need to be the expert acts as a force of suppression to whatever they do not approve of or feel threatened by?
* The 47th hexagram talks about the attempts we make to try and contain a sense of happiness or fulfillment amidst the inevitable emptying out of the happiness that we take with things in this world.
* The truth of hexagram 47 is therefore about finding or tapping into a source of happiness that is not dependent upon the draining, depletion, or losses of external resources that we believe are giving us happiness right up until they are gone.
* Hexagram 47 is also about adaptability. Wise is the one who recognizes that what makes us happy today will disappoint us tomorrow. When we learn how to take pleasure in change, and when we learn to take pleasure in what is arising versus what gave us pleasure once but is now draining out, pleasure becomes part of change and therefore it's easier to flow along with the inevitable highs and lows that occur in this world.
* The Sun and Saturn opposed point to a time just like this. The Sun is bright, happy, and full of light, especially as we head toward the solstice. But Saturn deprives, drains, degenerates, and generally points toward times of loss, containment, austerity, and decline. There is great wisdom in these Saturnine themes, but when pitted against the Sun it's easy to feel like someone or something is trying to take away our sunshine.
* The truth of hexagram 47 is that sunshine, or happiness, cannot be taken away when we recognize that it is the very means by which we recognize and understand any and every change that occurs. When we understand the Sun as the light of consciousness, and when we practice the daily work of learning to take joy in the very existence of our consciousness, then the Sun never really leaves us, and a Sun/Saturn opposition becomes an opportunity to take joy in a more mature way.
* This of course doesn't change the fact that often we experience the Sun/Saturn opposition as somewhat depleting or exhausting. Remember, we are here to live a life, and that life includes suffering. But what we bring to that suffering is our liberation...it's the true meaning of our freedom and happiness.
Prayer: Teach us to find the inexhaustible through each and every up and down of fortune.
Venus has entered Taurus and Mercury will shortly enter Gemini. Meanwhile, the Sun is entering a long and slow opposition with Saturn.
Here's what to watch for:
* Mercury entering Gemini means that Mercury will be in its own home sign, and despite moving under the beams of the Sun will be in its own chariot (sign) protecting it from the worst effects of combustion.
* Meanwhile, Venus entering Taurus is also now in her own sign, which means the very long back and forth through her exile in Aries is finally over.
* Look to the Gemini and Taurus ruled houses of your birth chart. These areas of your life might be empowered in the next weeks as both Mercury and Taurus grow in power and effectiveness when in their home signs.
As the Sun pulls into a long and slow opposition with Saturn, which will be in effect much of the rest of this month, you may notice the following archetypal tensions:
* The tension between sunshine and duty
* The archetypal enmeshment of wisdom and ignorance
* Of illumination and darkness
* Of growth and decay
* Of heroism and action vs inaction or isolation
* Of unity vs division
* Of inclusion vs exclusion
* The death, decay, or downfall of men, leaders, father figures, mentors, executives
* The controlling, dark, side of power
* Authoritarian attitudes
* Discipline and wisdom
* Enlightenment with or without action, principles, and consistent disciplines
* Eliminating or restricting life force energy from someone or something
* Solar expression blocked, thwarted or challenged
* The slow progress of revelation
* The cross the hero bears
* Confined by circumstances, desiring to shine but being hemmed in by recurring troubles
* The mental and analytical/rational powers pitted against spiritual, moral, or philosophical "principles"
We will keep our eye on this transit over the upcoming weeks as we head toward the Summer Solstice!
Prayer: Teach us to recognize the light by means of which we see any darkness.
The Moon is in Taurus today, applying to a trine with Jupiter in Virgo. Meanwhile, the Sun and Venus are now almost exactly opposite Saturn and square to Jupiter and Neptune.
Here's what to watch for:
* An overly restrictive attitude held for too long within a relationship leads to misfortune
* Reconciliation in relationships becomes possible after an amplification of our differences
* Father/Son dynamics, an older/younger generational confrontation, passing of the torch, rite of passage
* Confrontations with friends, co-workers, or authority figures/bosses
* A piece of gossip or insider/secret information that is hurtful is somehow exposed
* An opportunity for bonding or starting over after a period of conflict and tension
* An important transitional phase unfolding in our lives...something entirely new is gradually establishing itself while something whose effects have been with us for a long time are wearing off
* The amplification of various conflicts and challenges
* Jealousy distorting the reality of a problem..."frienemies"
* Serious challenges to old paradigms or models
* Stubborn, obstinate viewpoints that will not compromise..should they?
Overall, we are moving through a period of time that reflects a kind of major ongoing transition, during which time various conflicts of ideas within relationships are pronounced. To sum it up, we are getting clear about which direction we want to go in with our lives and it may or may not sync up with an entire web of people or relationships in our lives. Navigating this terrain of clashing values in relationships, and figuring out what this means for our relationships, is a big part of what this month's astrology is all about!
Prayer: Help us to remember that we are each more than the summation of our beliefs or ideas.
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.