Summer Astrology: Square Dance

Summer Astrology: Square Dance

After spending most of the last quarter in Virgo (April 7th – July 21st), Saturn re-enters Libra this Wednesday, the 21st.  Saturn’s return to Libra will place him in opposition with Uranus for a 5th and final time.  The oppositions between Saturn and Uranus, which began in 2008, have provided the unstable character of the last 2 years.   This opposition, the 5th and final, takes place in a different set of signs than the previous 4.  The 4 before (Nov. 2008, Jan 2009, Sept 2009 and May 2010) took  place in Virgo and Pisces, both Mutable Signs.  This placed a tremendous focus on revealing as well as forcing necessary changes.  The one that takes place over the next few weeks (with its epicenter on the 25th) finds both Uranus and Saturn both in Cardinal Signs, Libra and Aries.  Cardinal Signs are creative, and linked to new beginnings.  The energy generated will be tremendously action-oriented and potentially very helpful.  However, without some conscious course-corrections, is particular combination of stellar forces is likely to end up a bit of a mess.  The focus is on sheperding the untamed energies into a workable form in order to meet possible futures halfway.

For this last opposition, Saturn in Libra and Uranus in Aries won’t face off against each other alone.  Jupiter in Aries is still tightly conjoined Uranus, and will be inflating the whole affair and tinging it with a certain air of possibility, and positivity.  Next week the cross will be joined by Mars, and the week after, Venus.  It’s going to be a hell of a party.

Dread Pluto in Capricorn also gets in on the action, staring at each side of the opposition from the midpoint in Capricorn.  Pluto ups the ante, demanding that innovations trying to spring from the tension between Saturn and Uranus be able to meet the challenges of the evolutionary demands of the present.

This configuration, called a T-square, forms up as Saturn re-enters Libra, and will be with us until Uranus and Jupiter retreat back into Pisces.  Uranus moves back into the dark waters of Pisces on August 14th, taking most of the pressure off, and Jupiter follows suit on September 9th.

The tensions created by the T-square over the next month are not likely to be resolved within the same time-frame.  In fact, one of the primary mistakes that people will make during this period will come from people attempting to escape the complex tension through hasty and ill-considered solutions.  Live with, and work, with the tension.

For more information on the T-square, consider Love Triangle, which discusses the interactions between the essential components of the T-square in more detail.

T-Square Horoscopes

Disclaimer: If you do not take every word of these horoscopes with the utmost faith, you will die.  Statistics bear this out- simply scan the newspapers. You will find that an overwhelming majority of the people that die each week DID NOT read the Baron’s horoscopes.

Aries:  The Ram

Saturn’s return to Libra emphasizes the importance of your ability to find agreements with other people and to hold to your word.  The tension here is created by Saturn’s opposition to Uranus and Jupiter in Aries, which have been pushing you to act out your most maniacal fantasies for the last month and half.  You’ll have to find the mid-point between radical individuality and solid compromise.  All the while, Pluto looks over this tension, demanding that compromise between individual needs and those of partnership further your evolving professional direction.

Taurus:  The Bull

Saturn’s return to Libra emphasizes the importance of a balanced financial and physical regimen.  This desire for balance is opposed by Uranus and Jupiter’s presence in Aries, which has been activating the wild things that dwell somewhere in the back of you mind, prompting you to travel down rabbit holes in search of illumination in the dark.  Well and good, but a balanced regimen it is not.  Trips down the rabbit hole cost good money.  All the while Pluto in Capricorn looks on, demanding that whatever compromise between checkbooks and rabbitholes is made must serve the pending changes to the life-style, and the mutating sense of creativity.

Gemini:  The Twins

Saturn’s return to Libra re-emphasizes the importance of structuring and refining your creative output, as well as find a balance between fun and business in your lifestyle.  This need to find balance in your lifestyle smacks into Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, which have been opening strange new doors filled with time-wasting events and exciting opportunities.  It’s hard to keep your head down and work on balancing things when you’re constantly being asked to come hang out.  Over this tension looks Pluto in Capricorn, which demands that whatever compromises you work out between the need to bring balance to your life style and the demands of your expanding social sphere must be in harmony with the people whose resources you share.

Cancer:  The Crab

Saturn’s return to Libra emphasizes the importance of finding a balanced living situation, as well as finding a personal equilibrium with your past.  This need for equilibrium is offset by Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, which have, for the past month and a half, been pushing you to make important changes in your professional trajectory.  Looking over this tension is Pluto in Capricorn, which complicates the arrangement with intense relationships, whose purpose in your life is to force personal evolution.  This configuration puts a tremendous amount of pressure on you, personally.  This is especially true for the late June Cancers.

Leo:  The Lion

Saturn’s return to Libra emphasizes the importance of developing more sane and balanced mental habits, as well as finding a pleasant equilibrium with your current whereabouts.  This need for a more balanced mind is juxtaopposed by powerful changes in your personal philosophy and distant opportunities that have been looming on the horizon since Jupiter and Uranus entered Aries in June.  Pluto in Capricorn looks over the opposition, complicating the compromise with financial and physical problems, and demanding that the compromise between near and far also pay the bills.

Virgo:  The Virgin

Saturn’s return to Libra will come as a brief, invisible relief.  The pressure you’ve  been feeling for the last couple years will evaporate, replaced by an incentive to find a certain financial stability and independence.  This need for financial independence and stability is opposed by Uranus and Jupiter in Aries, who advocate for leaps into partnership with other folks.  Pluto in Capricorn looks over this struggle for compromise, complicating it with what seem to be extreme oscillations in your luck, and demanding that there be a place for creative expression in whatever arrangement results.

Libra:  The Scales

Saturn’s return to your sign brings with it a desire for personal balance, a need to find a real equilibrium with your life.  It’s a little intense and may well come with a side order of guilt.  This need for personal equilibrium will be challenged by Uranus and Jupiter in Aries, whose energies draw strange and unexpected people into your life, pulling you away from the careful balance you’ll be impelled to find.  Pluto in Capricorn looks over this tension, complicating the compromise between yourself and the important people in your life, demanding that whatever arrangement evolves must provide a solid foundation from which to work.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion

Saturn’s return to Libra brings with it a need to find peace with the rogue thoughts and old feelings that threaten to keep you trapped inside your own mind.  Uranus and Jupiter’s presence in Aries problematizes this need for interior balance with new developments and opportunities in your physical and financial sphere.  The solutions to external problems may easily eclipse the reality of deeper ones.  Meanwhile, Pluto looks over the opposition, tying the solutions to internal and external problems to a necessary evolution in your thought patterns and relationship to the place where you live and breathe.

Sagittarius:  The Archer

Saturn’s return to Libra brings with it an increased desire to explore and understand social structures. Uranus and Jupiter’s presence in Aries challenges this draw to social decorum, prompting you try bold new experiments with your lifestyle that may well violate others’ expectations.  Pluto looks over this tension, complicating the matter of social expectations and lifestyle with financial concerns.

Capricorn:  The Goat

Saturn’s return to Libra brings a strong desire to build a more balanced and structurally sound career.  Meanwhile, Uranus and Jupiter in Aries have been pushing you into exciting but unstable positions.  Pluto in Capricorn looks over the tension between unstable conditions and the desire for a balanced position, demanding that whatever compromise you find serves your personal evolution and complicating it by forcing you to straddle the tension without being completely sure who you’re becoming.

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer

Saturn’s return to Libra brings with it a need to stabilize your long term goals, and take some time to think through your personal philosophy.  Uranus and Jupiter in Aries, on the other hand, pull you to take immediate action, and have likely been flooding your brain with new thoughts at an accelerated pace for well over a month.  Pluto in Capricorn looks over the tension between short and long term goals, demanding that each play a role in ironing out old karma and more deeply exploring the hidden side of your psyche.

Pisces:  The Fish

Saturn’s return to Libra brings with it the desire to harmonize your partnerships, especially those that involve collective resources, such as a joint bank account.  Uranus and Jupiter in Aries contradict this emphasis on shared resources by providing opportunities and excitement surrounding your private resources.  Pluto in Capricorn looks over this tension surrounding yours and theirs, complicating it by laying stress on membership within larger communities as well as complicating friendships.

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Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


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