It has the power to clear the air and penetrate confusion, something we could certainly use right now, especially here in America, where we are about to make significant choices that will have lasting consequences for more than just our citizens.
The source of this potential for greater clarity is a Sun/Saturn/Neptune configuration. As the Sun moves toward its entry into Scorpio, on October 22, it forms a conjunction with Saturn. A Sun/Saturn conjunction tends to lean toward a judgmental mindset that dwells on what's wrong. Interestingly, that very same faulting-finding capacity also contains the seeds of incisive discernment - or what I like to think of as judgment without the poison of polarization. A finely tuned, discerning mind doesn't deny the truth; it simply doesn't need to belittle or shame those less capable. Saturn is the archetype of the teacher, and what defines a wise teacher is the skill to transform ignorance into knowledge.
Neptune adds intuition to this Sun/Saturn potential for penetrating insight through the positive support of a trine, and the result is expanded perception that fosters foresight. All astrological interactions play out along a spectrum from positive to negative interpretation, and many might interpret this Sun/Saturn/Neptune combination as a tendency toward hypersensitivity. In some instances that might be true, given that they both are in Water Signs, a placement that signifies feeling and emotion -- Saturn is in Scorpio and Neptune is in Pisces. But the deeper vein of this alignment is the care and cultivation of the soul. Neptune's sensitivities are best served through compassion and empathy, for one's self as well as for others.
The last election for President of the United States occurred on the day of the first of five Saturn/Uranus oppositions. Those oppositions signified the dissolution of the status quo, and certainly the election of President Obama was emblematic of that dissolution. Many felt we finally had a leader who exemplified change. Too many felt it was his responsibility alone to make those changes, and because expectations were so high, disappointment about how little has changed is profound. But very few anticipated just how hard the status quo would resist what is ultimately inevitable. Unfortunately, the debilitating effect of that resistance affects the collective psyche as well as the personal: Many of the most idealistic among us are apathetic about this election. Keep in mind that the Saturn/Uranus opposition was immediately followed by a series of Uranus/Pluto squares that represent a profound process of social transformation - a process that has only just begun.
Use this week's deep potential for clarity and purpose as an antidote to ignorance, and don't let the poison of political polarization paralyze the power of your individual voice. Vote.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
You're transitioning from the breaking point to the breakthrough. Notice the shifts, obvious and/or subtle, and as you move through this process, hold fast to an attitude of gratitude.
Taurus April 20-May 20
It's important to remain true to yourself, but it is equally important to recognize that you are in new territory. Learn the language as well as the customs and you will succeed in your efforts.
Gemini May 21-June 21
It's a personal revolution regarding work and career, but you may not see immediate results. Be bold in your choices, but as the situation unfolds, also be patient.
Cancer June 22-July 22
If you're clear about what you desire, as well as confident in your actions, you'll engender support from people who will respect your clarity as well as your confidence.
Leo July 23-August 22
While " timing is everything" is a cliché, it's also true, especially when you're facing chronic uncertainty about the future. Still, pushing too hard in a panic won't allow the pieces of the puzzle to fall into place.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Don't be afraid to have the "talk." Honest, open, and heartfelt conversations with family and friends will help to clarify any lingering confusion about loyalty and commitment.
Libra September 23-October 22
Continue to work on areas that have been neglected, and even though this entails hard work, your efforts will yield positive results. A job well done is its own reward.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
It's not a conspiracy; it's just Saturn raising the bar on self-examination. Be willing to make progress in small increments, and you'll find the stamina to tackle tough areas in need of attention.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Be determined, resolute, and intentional in all your efforts, and then aim that strength at what you most want to accomplish. Just be prepared to make progress -- you're harnessing a lot of power.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
As you become aware of certain patterns, be careful not to assign an immediate meaning to your discoveries. Give your intuition time to "cook" on what these designs might signify.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
It's all about figuring out how to integrate what's significant as you simultaneously release what's superfluous. This is no easy feat, but in time you'll become adept at the process.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Give yourself permission to relax, and you just might find that even in the midst of massive change, potent moments of deep and abiding personal peace are possible.