Averting the Great Depression – The Saturn/Neptune square 2015-16 (Angstoic)
Graphic Picture: Abraham Maslow Pyramid hierarchy of needs, with Astronomical/Astrological references and characteristics by:
Javon-Demetrius ‘jd’ Cogmon (Astrolosophy)
As Saturn brings down his judicious karmic hammer through Sagittarius, he decisively rules that we become seriously acquainted with the gravitas of natural law and order. This tough old arbiter uncompromisingly demands to hear a truth we have no choice but to ultimately confess. An almost religious persona, Saturn’s presidency over 3-dimensional physical reality cannot be contested, his supreme authority governs sternly over principles that are written in stone. His uncanny knack for arriving right on time to mete out cruel and canny justice on all the real issues is astonishing. Saturn teaches us serious lessons by passing a thorough and unforgiving verdict on any matter that he comes to examine, not only by auguring our ‘written’ fate on this planet, but often leaving us in grieving devastation over loss of things to which we could no longer justify to hold.
Invariably these are to do with some aspiration to attain something that we did not deserve to have.
As Saturn sets about to encounter Neptune in Pisces, that Master of alternative dimensions, we begin to sense a frightful air of vulnerability around our flimsiest perceptions of reality and our most pretentious misunderstandings.
Three exact squares occur over the next 2 years; their period of intensity is strongest 6 weeks either side of the event:
- November 26, 2015
- June 18, 2016
- September 9, 2016
Yet it is this first approach, in February 2015 that brings Saturn and Neptune within 4° aspect. The effects we might be already feeling makes this square immediately interesting to us all. This near square subtly ushers in a growing pressure by the hard-ass Saturn to confront any dreamy delusions or escapist tendencies, fanciful notions that simply don’t align with what is expected of us in this structured and physically quantifiable world.
Conversely, Neptune strikes back with the subtle weaving of fantastic abstractions that seem to challenge our perceived reality, undermining its core foundations and adherence to solid facts as if they were mere superstitions. Like the sea’s crashing waves upon the side of a cliff, Neptune works away earnestly to erode its stony structure, eventually enfeebling its solid stability.
Since both planets are in signs that seek a higher truth (Sagittarius and Pisces), there will be a considerable struggle to present one definitive version that Saturn will accept as satisfactory enough to work with. The difference here is that Sagittarius is concerned with external, scientific truths whilst Pisces is largely esoteric. Worlds collide, in the most religious sense possible. What to believe?
So a gradual process of elimination, a dissolution of values we hold sacred about our world, the things we believe in, often without any evidence becomes the crux of this clash. It is the deep submersion of our trusted standards into the ridiculous and sublime currents that are now trending, and the resulting scenario could prove disastrous if either side refuses to yield from their cherished perspective.
Neptune, dignified in Pisces, will eventually erode away any outworn foundations, finally collapsing our proverbial cliff to its untimely demise into the sea. Things could go either way, but it is external structure – exterior realitythat will either stand firmly against the test of time, or crumble hopelessly into the dissolving elements. In this case the element is water. Infinite amounts of it.
The aspect plays out most intensely over three distinct periods where these two planets are at least within 4-5° orbs by square. These will be periods where the process of confusion, renunciation, withdrawal and dissolution will prevail, often with difficult, disappointing and even depressing times, especially when other planets pass through the all-potent SA/NE midpoint. [please observe graphic timeline for Sa/Ne hotspots].
PERIOD 1: The descent into confusion:
Neptune is currently coasting nicely along in Pisces, the most emotionally sensitive of water signs. Aspiring deeply towards ushering in the next stage of our collective spiritual evolution, Neptune is quite at home in this water sign where there are absolutely no boundaries of distinction. Anything goes in Pisces, and it usually does. Even the Sun appears rarified and diffused when in this sign. Neptune’s subtle spiritualising effect is in optimum operation at the moment and has already begun to inspire many of us with an infinite array of possible alternatives to entertain. Abstract theories that suggest inter-dimensional communication through enlightened consciousness, conspiracies abound on all sorts of phenomena (ancient aliens, illuminati), as well as the immersion into quantum ‘laws of relativity’, sacred geometry, psychedelic journeying, yoga & meditation etc. are being constantly explored and spread freely, inspiring and infecting us through all kinds of new trends.
The net result is that we are all becoming somehow exponentially inter-connected by an ever-increasing force that is slowly dissolving our physical boundaries, and in spite of all the gruelling attempts to maintain a physical separation we are continuously being immersed into an esoteric exploration of a universal empathy and compassion towards all things, and in ever more refined and sophisticated ways.
Naturally, Saturn in Sagittarius is seeking truth the hard way. Only believing in what is intuitively trusted by his own senses and linear mathematics, Saturn will press on to see how things add up on his way through.
Since Neptune’s penchant for higher dimensions only yields variables and extrapolations of an inner truth rather than the linear three-dimensional reality that Saturn prefers, the result may initially appear as a rather messy or complicated affair that only creates increased confusion and despair, especially among those in the mystical /emotional community.
Those whose perception of external form and structure is frail or flimsy, the sickly, the infirm, the deluded, the dishonest and the undecided will probably suffer most from what they consider to be a cruel fate with destiny.
Needless to say, the universal notions of what constitutes the ultimate truth are now about to go into a long period of uncomfortable gestation. What has been poorly conceived over a misguided error or delusion is about to be either exposed and debunked, paving the way to the prelude of the greatest rise of mysticism ever known to humankind. An environment of hypersensitivity develops, particularly in defence of any criticism that our most cherished notions and fondest fantasies will either withstand or abjectly fold. With so much cynicism and scrutiny about, and often no place to run, we may begin to sense that dreadfully ominous black cloud of depression looming over us. Preparing wisely for this in February means acting upon all warnings to disband and unload any messy clutter, both internally and externally.
Anything that does not add up, any loose ends or holes in our own amazing theory of ‘how it all works’ will only serve to defray and betray any of our pretensions, particularly later in the year and into 2016. And the effects will spill over into the coming years.
If depression is the inability to construct a future, then it stems from a blockage in our ability to effectively dream and scheme about tomorrow. We have seen much of this when Saturn was squared by Jupiter (Sep-Dec 2014). We learned that to forge ahead we must discover and remain true to our personal integrity, come closer to our personal centre. That square has not yet become exact. This will occur in early August 2015 when Saturn is back in Scorpio for a few months and crosses Jupiter in the late degrees of Leo.
Meanwhile Saturn will ease away from Neptune to let us take care of all the mundane matters behind all this truth-seeking business. Much will crumble as Saturn takes a deep hard probe into the privileged world of those ‘entitled ones’ (Jupiter in Leo) – all those über-magnates and princely types. This will level out any inconsistencies in ‘the pursuit of honour & integrity‘. Any upsets here could cause the prelude to a bit of social gloom which we can only combat with firm resolve to tackle these things from the inside out now. Forming our own, genuine integrity is the real key here.
As Saturn returns to Sagittarius in Sep 2015, the ‘cult of the exterior paradigms’ in the west (USA, Europe) tries to strike back, but as we will see, so much faith is lost and a great shift in cultural power (brought by the years of Uranus/Pluto squares) sees another rise of economic dominance from Russia, China and the Saudi nations, based strongly on oil production.
The physical world is really on the brink of a 5-6 year period of unrest. We can alleviate our torment by lightening our dependence upon dinosaurs like fossil fuel and an economy that comes to depend strongly upon that.
What the actual future will look like is entirely up to each individual, but if we try to huddle with the masses on this one, waiting for some political leader to emerge as the great messiah and show us the way then watch out -we will continue to be misled and ultimately disillusioned. All this should be already evident.
The only way through this to renounce all ego, come from a place of compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and co-operation. Withdraw from negativity and madness and let the exterior empire dissolve back into the sea. It was after all, one great illusion. Your own inner world holds the key to your future.
Tips for dealing with depression:
- Remember to look after yourself. Nobody is going to care for your physical and emotional well-being as much as you can.
– do your best to eat fresh, nutritious food and exercise regularly,
– practice yoga/meditation (pref with a group)
– get lots of peace and rest
- Avoid adding extra responsibilities and stressful activities onto your weekly regime – keep it simple.
- Stay connected with others; prefer more positive, uplifting company;
- Avoid negative persons, other sufferers of depression.
- Join a charity group, offer up your services. Good for the soul, and self-esteem
- Steer clear of booze, drugs, sex, or work as an escape option. You cannot cheat this crisis by not dealing with it.
- Avoid taking a pharmaceutical approach to what is essentially an emotional problem.
- Seek wise counsel, join a support group
- Focus on your passion, express your creativity – never give that up
- Stay on the sunny side – Unless you can shed light on the disturbing, avoid the darkness.
- Remember – this too shall pass.
Depression and the Saturn/Neptune square
Feeling a bit distant?
A bit disconnected from the source?
If you find yourself plummeting down into the pits of despondency, loneliness and despair, increasingly feeling cut off from your world, no longer able to paint a brighter future for yourself, then it is possible that what you are experiencing are the effects of an emotional depression.
What is depression?
In my observation, depression is a powerful symptom – a crippling sensation that you are stuck somewhere, astray from the optimal path towards your personal development, emotionally stranded in the awful feeling that nothing (absolutely nothing) can help you out of that place. You may reach out for help, perhaps find company, or seek counsel, or find some sort of crutch or medicament to smother or to soothe that aching sadness, but in truth you are in a critical state of emotional paralysis, and all that you are, and all that you could be are not in any way aligned.
So what are those symptoms really trying to tell us?
It’s about our relationships. Somewhere there’s been a misalignment between your spirit and your physical self, and you are perhaps either confused, too weak, too proud or disillusioned to do anything to correct your situation. In that misalignment you have lost contact with your higher self and are being misled by your ego into a futile pursuit. Perhaps, at one time, for the sake of your security, comfort, or some other physical gratification, you chose to take a safe option. Perhaps it was seen as an easy escape from a more difficult, more punishing option.
Perhaps you chose to go with a certain person; a lover, a parent, a friend; or you started a job, took a bank loan for something you could not afford, started a business; began a special ‘medication’ program; joined a religious cult, move to a certain location… or perhaps you chose to have a baby?
Whilst your choice may have provided you an immediate solution or respite from a troubled situation, it was by no means a viable long-term solution. Instead, it set you off into a chain of ever increasing compromised circumstances.
In that decision you have entered a relationship that has ultimately not allowed you to express your true authentic self. If, after a sustained period, you find yourself feeling increasingly weak, demotivated, misunderstood, and hypersensitive to criticism from others, where all you want to do is crawl into a hole and withdraw further into yourself, then welcome to the world of depression. No, it’s not fun, but it is the body’s survival mechanism to a negative emotional reaction. That emotional reaction is a direct response to your true spirit being muffled.
Many folks who suffer from this awful state are not only unaware that they may have a problem, they are also oblivious to what their condition is trying to tell them. What may have begun as a relationship that promised an escape from a troubling situation, now turns out needing an escape itself.
And so, to escape the doldrums they seek another, similar way out.
And so, the cycle continues…
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Breaking the Cycle of Depression
How does one break the awful cycle of depression?
It all starts from an insecurity about being loved and a self-abandonment. Instead, we turn our quest to become loved, accepted and validated to our exterior world, and so, we make some pretty strange choices. In order to find a true workable remedy, perhaps it’s best to start from the centre and work our way outwards.
1. Replenish that internal Black Hole
It is likely that in your desperate neediness to be loved that you actually come to push others away. Ultimately this only makes you feel even more unloved. The source of this is your own self-abandonment. You have ceased to care for yourself. This creates an inner black hole – a vortex of desire to be loved which can become an enormous burden to others. In that vibration, you can only attract other desperate characters, or those lost souls who are only out to take advantage of your own desperate situation.
Take responsibility for your own well-being. Learn to love and accept yourself.
2. Looking out for Love
It is likely that when you are engaging in self-abandonment you are going to reach out and attract someone who is doing the exact same thing. Those people are easy to find. They are equally as needy and looking for someone (like you) to fill the void within. Whilst this may appease you both for a little while, eventually you will only feel unloved and resentful towards each other in the end and the relationship will collapse.
You cannot fill up another person with joy that you do not have for yourself. You can only replenish yourself first. It is only when you are overflowing with love for yourself that you can begin to share that with another. Do not mistake taking with sharing. They are galaxies apart.
3. Up vs. Down
Aside from feelings of loneliness, self-abandonment often comes from an unconscious memory of feeling abandoned as a child. If you felt disconnected from a parent, then it is likely that you will re-construct that pattern in your social world as you grow.
Naturally if you felt cut off from a parent as a child, your “inner child” (or emotional self) will often fear abandonment as an adult. In this vulnerable state, you are likely to take poor, or desperate actions in your pursuit to secure the love and acceptance from those around you.
This fearful neediness from you often puts out signals that are off-putting to many healthy social possibilities. This often limits your options and may even send you into circles or communities which are intentionally supportive. In the end, these will not work because unless you take responsibility for your own feelings, you will not find happiness in such relationships.
4. You do it to yourself
If you’re going to live your life disconnected from your inner senses – not listening to your heart, not going all the way with being accepting of your feelings – you gradually cut yourself off from your community – your personal source of guidance, love and comfort. This creates stress in you, which ultimately becomes a major cause of illness (see Dr. Bruce Lipton – The Biology of Belief).
The stress and anxiety accumulated in your nervous system from self-abandonment, only intensifies the sensitivity of your defensive fight-or-flight responses. This internal hostility not only alienated you from your tribe, but eventually affects your immune system and you become more prone to illnesses.
Becoming reconnected to your intuitive self through meditation, yoga, prayer or through diligent practice of relaxing, creative endeavours. These will inspire you to reconnect back to your community. Feeling part of something greater than you (not living in isolation) will help keep your stress level low and help restore your overall health.
5. Lose those hang-ups
Those who have not yet been shown or discovered ways to connect to their higher self through the love and nurturance of their own feelings will often resort to their addictions in an attempt to fill the inner void. Forming attachments (toxic people, substances) to offset painful feelings quickly develops into addictive patterns of behaviour which are seldom constructive and lead to messy complications.
Addictive behaviour is a classic way of avoiding responsibility for our own feelings. The consequences are usually destructive.
6. Don’t lose your temper
It is important to note that when we try to block or suppress our painful feelings that we often have difficulty managing them when situations become stressful. These could easily turn into destructive behaviour, either towards others or even ourselves. Learning to become more in tune with our feelings – loving ourselves – allows us to tune into our ability to feel compassion for those in our world and helps to eliminate pain, anger and hostility for your lives
7. Find your Passion
Connecting your heart back to your spirit centre soon starts to ignite the fires of your passion and creativity. It seems that when we drive ourselves into an emotional ditch we also lose touch with the thing we live for most of all, what we love to do, the thing that brings us most joy. Without a creative outlet, life becomes dull, pointless and boring. To experience passion, we need to stop seeking our source of happiness and joy from our exterior universe.
Just know, others can never truly bring us the love and joy that we so badly crave. Peace and tranquility can only come to us from making a connection to our own feelings, learning to love and compassionately embrace the pain, the loneliness and heartbreak that we feel instead of trying to suppress or to deny that. It is only when we accept ourselves for who we are that we become comfortable enough to relate to others openly and honestly. And it is only with this openness and honesty that we can ever hope to make and sustain any legitimacy of ourselves in any relationship.
To maintain self-integrity is to hold the key in avoiding our falling into the dumps of despair and depression.