Thomas Friedman’s latest book, “Thank you for Being Late,” is a “field guide to the 21st Century” that beautifully correlates to the prominent Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus configuration currently in effect through the end of this year. Friedman has been making the rounds in various media outlets talking about his epiphany moment in this “age of accelerations” when he discovered the importance of contemplation. We are being “asked to dance in a hurricane,” he says and suggests we need to develop a “dynamic stability” that requires a paradigm approach to “doing.” The archetypes of the outer planets fit right into these notions. Uranus is the accelerator taking us faster into the future than we can effectively handle with an exponential burst of creative innovation. Jupiter is the expander, broadening our awareness of global happenings as it keeps adding to our already very full plates. The key player symbolically putting the brakes on all this is Saturn asking for a reality check, which means, we need a time-out to step out of the 24/7 program loop and observe our life long enough to come to the realization that perhaps acting like a machine isn’t working in alignment with our soul’s purpose. To help us tune into this philosophical soul searching, the Sun, which represents the creative center of our heart and soul, will touch all three outer planets this week from his position in Sagittarius and esoterically infuse their message of strength, vision and creativity into our consciousness.
“It’s no surprise so many people feel fearful or unmoored these days,” writes Freidman, who argues we are living through one of the greatest inflection points in history since the invention of the printing press. “The three largest forces on the planet—technology, globalization, and climate change—are all accelerating at once. As a result, so many aspects of our societies, workplaces, and geopolitics are being reshaped and need to be reimagined. When there is a change in the pace of change in so many realms at once, as we’re now experiencing, it is easy to get overwhelmed by it all. In such a time, opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or a distraction—it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you.”
An enhanced faith that we can do what is being asked of us is possible when the Sun in Sagittarius forms a sextile to Sagittarius’ ruler, Jupiter, on December 9th. We may develop the discipline to put down our cell phones long enough to hear our soul speak when the Sun conjuncts Saturn on December 10th, bringing about opportunities to overcome fears of deconstructing dysfunctional or outmoded patterns. The trine between the Sun and Uranus in Aries on December 11th provides a liberating force to transcend societal programming. “When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start,” writes Friedman, quoting a friend, Dov Seidman, CEO of LRN, a global business advisory group. “You start to reflect, you start to rethink your assumptions, you start to reimagine what is possible and, most importantly, you start to reconnect with your most deeply held beliefs. Once you’ve done that, you can begin to reimagine a better path.”
In total synchronicity with the imperative to re-imagine a new way of being, Mercury in Capricorn forms a sextile to Neptune in Pisces on December 10th. In Capricorn, Mercury represents the ability to discern which ideas can work in the physical material reality and which are best left in the clouds. In Pisces, Neptune provides a powerful opening beyond the limited mind into the still point of cosmic consciousness where the sublime skill of dancing in hurricanes is but one of the magical, mystical gifts of existence.
The Full Moon in Gemini opposite the Sun in Sagittarius on December 13th forms a “mystic rectangle” configuration with Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus that provides a formidable download to receptive beings. This alignment of two oppositions, two trines and two sextiles creates a perfect symmetry of tension and flow that facilitates willing movement. At this culminating moment, the outer planets unite with the Full Moon in a state of “dynamic stability.” The Gemini Moon brings a love of networking and detail to the Sun in Sagittarius’ panoramic point of view, and both are in love with learning through new ideas and experience. Saturn and Jupiter in a stimulating sextile bring joy to our responsibilities as well as broad effectiveness to the process of manifesting ideas. The opposition between Jupiter and Uranus challenges our opinions, daring us to awaken to belief systems that enslave rather than liberate. The flowing trine between Saturn and Uranus encourages us to be flexible with the accelerating times and to adopt the latest innovations in our daily lives to establish a new sense of order. The Moon’s connection to all the planets in this vibrant configuration will bring it all home to our being so we can intuitively sense in present time the best way forward.
Here’s the data (using Pacific Time and planetary positions rounded to the nearest whole degree, unless otherwise noted):
December 9 – Sun sextile Jupiter at 18° Sagittarius/Libra at 1:39 p.m.
December 10 – Mercury sextile Neptune 9° at Capricorn/Pisces at 12:26 a.m.
December 10 – Sun conjunct Saturn at 19° Sagittarius at 3:51 a.m.
December 11 – Sun trine Uranus at 21° Sagittarius/Aries at 10:56 p.m.
December 13 – Moon opposite Sun at 22° Gemini/Sagittarius at 4:05 p.m.