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Article ID: 4557
Age Group: Adult
Posted: April 15th. 2002
Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat
Those of you who believe in or follow astrology probably already know that Saturn and Pluto are currently engaged in a bit of a tussle. Looking around our very small apartment last week, one might surmise that those planets had been mixing it up right there in my kitchen. We have limited counter space as it is and much of that had disappeared under rags and salvaged cream cheese containers and baskets. Fritz, patient man that he is, never complained even as he had to excavate the coffee pot out from under the rubble. As a Capricorn, I usually don't deal well with clutter. I like things lined up, visually symmetrical and neat. Not necessarily antiseptically clean, mind you, (where would I leave a message if it weren't for the dust on the table?) but a chaotic jumble of stuff strewn about just grates on my nerves. I suppose that is why I have developed such a pragmatic personality. If one doesn't care for all things messy, one has to develop tools and skills in order to 'unmessify' wherever one can. For all of those other things that lie beyond one's personal control, one simply has to learn to shrug them off and go on. Or you can just do what I did: You can call it art.
For those of you who don't necessarily follow planetary shenanigans on a regular basis-but who may be wondering just why everything really sucks of late- here is a little update. The Saturn-Pluto opposition cycles take place every thirty-five/thirty-six years. This present cycle started with Saturn-Pluto in opposition on August 5, 2001 and again on November 2, 2001. Everyone reading this is certainly aware of the events that happened in the world between those two dates. Pluto, named after an underworld God, rules those things that lie beneath the surface. That sounds safe enough and it would be if those underground things were really and truly dead and were content to remain really and truly dead. But Pluto also rules over such things like explosions, secret plots, mass movements and dramatic transformation. Pluto happens to be completely amoral in those regards. It will change things that need to be changed no matter the cost. Pluto is what must become.
Saturn on the other hand is the planet of what is. Saturn's energy will fight just as hard to maintain existing structures as Pluto's is determined to strike them down. Saturn is preservation. Pluto is transformation. You can see the root of the current world problems right there. You might also see some of the reasons why various factions of the Pagan/Heathen/Wiccan communities are dueling over definitions, historical truths (or the lack thereof) and validations of all kinds. It's shake up time. And some people and some things don't like being shaken up. Anything that has not been built upon a solid foundation is in danger of collapse. But before you start pointing fingers, let me remind you that even the most firm of structures might also get a good rocking when Pluto comes to town. Just to keep things from falling into stasis, you understand. Saturn's influence might keep your religion or belief or system from utter devastation, but even here Pluto will force you to either take a few steps back or even a step forward into new territory. Nothing can remain exactly as it is. To say that this opposition could also shake out a few personal relationships as well is more than an afterthought here if yours just happens to be one of them. Well, maybe it's time to take your lumps, cut your losses and move on anyway. And don't be surprised if you see a lot more political and religious dirty laundry flapping in the breeze out there on the public clothesline. The effects of this Saturn-Pluto opposition will be with us for quite a while to come. And it won't over until they say that it's over.
Feel better now that you know what is going on? Me neither. The final Saturn-Pluto opposition of this cycle will occur on May 25, 2002 at 10:34 AM EDT. But it's not all 'bad' news. The Saturn-Pluto effect can also be channeled into learning new skills and thinking innovative thoughts. It can mean breathing new life into old systems (The 'Three Little Pigs' was probably birthed during a Saturn-Pluto opposition.) or even resurrecting old ones. This can be in the form of investigating new belief systems, returning to a religion that you once left behind or realigning the new with the old where you are right now. Since both Saturn and Pluto ask the same question, "What is real?"-One to question for usefulness and the other to test for worthiness- this can be an excellent opportunity to haul oneself out of that previously comfortable rut and to try something different.
My kitchen certainly looked different and very un-Capricorn-esque this week. But it's all part of the cycle. I went back and rediscovered/ resurrected an old skill that I had forgotten that I had even once possessed: painting. I found that I needed to take a break from all of the shaking of the systems and the rantings of the shook. So I got out my acrylics and my brushes and started to paint. But, of course, under the Saturn-Pluto influences, my paintings- although based upon something quite ancient- were not like any of the artwork that I had ever done before. It was both very old and very new (to me anyway) at the same time. And I have found that this blending of an old system and a new medium has worked very well in getting me back into emotional and spiritual balance. Let me share with you some of the pictures that got me started. You'll recognize the art form right away. But take a few minutes to notice how the artists placed certain colors next to each other and the symmetry of the designs. This type of art is both decorative and spiritual and while this particular combination or style might not 'rock your boat', there are all sorts of different art forms that you can explore on your own. This is just my own mini-tour and I hope that you enjoy it:
This is the picture that started it all. I saw a case like this one in the Boston Museum and fell in love with it. From there, I went exploring and found this. Another simple and clean design. (You can zoom in on the pictures for more detail. The home pages of sites referenced will be listed below.) And I began to muse, "You know, I think that I can do something like that!" Some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring pictures come from Osirisnet such as this one and this curved towering figure has to be one of my favorites. The colors in this one from the International History Project site are still vibrant after all these many centuries and are the basis of my new color palette. Okay, most of these designs are still beyond my budding capabilities, but I did find this site (a coloring book) with many good designs to print and color or to help guide your own 'ancient' Egyptian creations. I adapted the Nut/Geb print onto an old stool and embellished it with a multi-colored border. Sanding down the edges heavily and over the design lightly gave it this nice well-worn look and feel and I'm pretty satisfied with the results.
So if things have been a bit wild of late in your neck of the universe, just take a little break during the window of 'opportunity' presented by the Saturn-Pluto opposition and create your own mini-retreat area. Whether it is through art, music or poetry- or by simply sitting under the shade of a big tree- give yourself some creative or quiet time in which to reflect upon the question, "What is real?" Wait for the answers to come. They will. And then go out and design something worthy -- create something beautiful -- and treasure that which survives the test.
Become an artist. Dare to paint your own life.
Walk in Love and Light,
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, April 15th., 2002
References and credits:
Image credit: Photos for this feature were taken by Fritz Jung on 4/14/2002.
- The Metropolitain Museum of Art
- The Egyptian Museum (Cairo)
- The International History Project
- Ancient Egyptian Coloring Book
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