Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa! Much of the to-do among the planets and stars this week is focused around Saturn's switch from Scorpio to Sagittarius. The Uranus-Pluto square, which continues to give weight to radical changes both personally and politically, was also caught in this conversation since Saturn is the traditional ruler of Capricorn and Capricorn is the sign through which Pluto is currently traversing. To top it off we may still be feeling the effects of Uranus' station, though the planet is now moving direct. Take care of your health and go easy this week as we make our way towards the New Year. I discuss many of these shifts in more detail under the card for the week, the 9 of Swords.
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9 OF SWORDS
Years ago, when my parents were living in Indonesia, my mom and I got up with flashlights before dawn to watch the sun come up over the Borobudur, a Buddhist Temple in Central Java. We were part of a small tour group, but we broke off from the crowd almost as soon as the sun tapped the temple. My mom pointed out one image carved in stone of Buddha, with his palm raised, “Do you know what that means?” “What, what means?” I asked. “That gesture.” I shook my head. “It means, be not afraid.” It wasn’t the statue or the gesture, but just the way my mother seemed to have absorbed the message, which stood out to me. She reflected the posture, holding up her hand as the words “Be not afraid,” sailed on a breath. It seemed that any fears she’d pocketed also went out on that breath.
The 9 of Swords really points to fear itself. It is a potential nightmare from which you must figure out how to wake yourself. This is something I’ve observed in myself and others close to me. You can turn the light on, you can leave the light on, but until you dismantle the monster in your mind you may always be afraid of the dark. It’s a kind of code to be cracked. Watching my mother in that moment on top of the Borobudur, I knew that through this gesture and this message she had found a way of cracking at least some part of that code within herself.
It was December 1st, 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama. Every December, consciously or unconsciously, I find myself thinking about her strength. When I was a kid I used to have nightmares that I was running from something or someone and I would get tired and throw myself on the ground and cover my head with my hands, as I’d been taught to do during tornado drills. It had never occurred to me, at the time, that not moving could be an act of bravery. When Rosa Parks was asked about the events leading to her arrest in Montgomery she said, “When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night." As Saturn shifts into Sagittarius, from Scorpio there is an emphasis on standing (or sitting as the case may be) up for what you believe, even if you aren’t sure of the outcome.
We are also still working with the energy of the Uranus-Pluto square which further emphasizes the impact one individual can make on an entire system. Rosa Parks was not the first person to take action against segregation on public transportation, others before her had weakened the argument in support of it and her bravery added another powerful blow. We may continue to see Parks’ sentiments reflected in the current political climate. The storms are not likely to subside until major changes are made. Parks once said, “The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
(Tired- Pearl Bailey)
“It has been an ache and a joy both to look over this big shoulder of mine at all my yesterdays.”
As I write this, Saturn is moving into Sagittarius. This is known as an Ingress, when a planet changes signs. Oddly, I’m literally sitting at a similar juncture. I’m at my parents house in Tucson, which is relatively new to all of us, but it is now home to memories, many of which have been in storage since I was fifteen. As I poke around the rooms there are objects I recognize from the various places my parents have lived and a few objects that held some place in my childhood. Some of these memories have never lived under the same roof before, even in my mind they have been separated by oceans. I find myself trying to remember where a picture hung when it was in Brazil or Indonesia. This week as we come up from the underworld of Scorpio and into the bright light of Sagittarius there is an effort to put in the context of our vision for the future, all the psychological knowledge we may have gained or touched on when Saturn was in Scorpio. As Saturn moves into Sagittarius, we are now being asked to look towards the horizon while not leaving behind the understanding we may have reached when Saturn was in Scorpio of who we are at the root. Because I have the rare opportunity (rare for me) of being able to access some of my childhood writings, I decided to look back over my shoulder this week, before we all gallop into a New Year.