The Saturn Opposition to Uranus #3- More Polarization

Posted on September 13, 2009
Posted by Jim Sher


The coming week of September 14th – to the 20th is a very busy one astrologically. With Pluto turning direct last Friday, September 11th, we will have three major transits occurring this week each of which us significant by itself. By ‘significant’ I am referring to several key ideas. It is at times like these when new ideas are introduced into one’s life that can indicate a new path for a person. For example, each New Moon introduces something new for a person which will develop as the phases of the Moon progress. When there are three signatures of change in just one week, however, it indicates that the week could have a great deal of promise as well as bring about major revelations. I believe that is what is happening right now.

Let’s get into the details which are as follows:

  1. On Tuesday, September 15th at 5:50am PDST Saturn will oppose Uranus for the 3rd time.
  2. Friday, September 18th at 11:44am marks a very significant New Moon at 25 degrees of Virgo.
  3. Finally, on September 20th at 3:05am we reach the mid-point of the Mercury retrograde cycle which is called the Inferior Conjunction.

Today’s newsletter article will focus primarily on the Saturn opposition to Uranus which has been strongly affecting our lives during the past year. Let me also mention to new readers that I often use political and current events occurring in this nation and the world to show how astrology is affecting us in a ‘macro’ way. Part of the reason for this is that some readers really do want to hear more about the way astrology affects mundane events in our world. Others, who are not particularly interested in outer events, can also benefit from this since it gives an archetypal look at the general nature of the astrological transits. Maybe we can apply the themes in our personal life in a more constructive way than nations can. A newsletter cannot show how a transit is likely to affect an individual, so perhaps readers can extrapolate from the general description as to how they are being affected personally.

I do have an idea I’m working on that may solve some of this problem and hope to announce it when Mercury goes direct in late September.

When an outer planet affects Saturn, some structure (Saturn) will need to change or be reformed. Saturn rules both sides of a difficult to understand dichotomy. On one hand, it reveals the structure that may need to change and does so in a very concrete and realistic way, while it also simultaneously evokes resistance to that change. This is an inevitable process and is a part of the way change takes place. It would certainly help if the agents of change and those who resist it could understand this fundamental fact. For if both sides did understand, the crazy emotions and fears that are being engendered in our political system, might be either reduced or handled in a more constructive way. Unfortunately this is not occurring in the U.S. right now, which brings us to what I believe the present Saturn opposition to Uranus is revealing.

The Culture Conflict Threatening the U.S.

The present transit is an opposition and like a Full Moon it reveals where we are as a people about some issue. Keywords for such transits are culmination and fulfillment. What was born at the time of the conjunction (like the New Moon) can now be seen in a stark and clear manner. Thus, an opposition goes way beyond politics or any political process. It also goes beyond the so-called health care debate, which in my view is not a debate in any manner whatsoever. The Obama speech on health care this week was overshadowed by the well publicized scene of Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina calling Obama a liar. He yelled out for all to hear- “You lie!” This is hardly by itself important. But that’s exactly what astrology can help us understand. At this time, that small scene tells us that something far bigger is being revealed. What he did is something not done in our political system. In England, it would not be a big deal. But here, it is a clear indication of tremendous disdain for Obama. It says that neither Obama nor the office of the President is worthy of respect. Yes, he apologized, but that’s not the point. Rep. Joe Wilson is not the point. This breach of Congressional etiquette shows us that behind his shocking words are tremendous fear, anger, resentment and a passion about something that is being cloaked in a political context.

Wilson, like many of the conservative base of the Republican Party is afraid that they are losing ‘their’ country. What could bring about such intense reactions? It is too simplistic to blame the media (Fox News and Rupert Murdoch in particular) for to do so is to avoid confronting the real depth of the fears that do exist in this country. This has been brewing, in my view, for 50 years. Ever since the revolutionary 60’s, there has been a portion of this country who have been scared and who further are also easily scared to heights unimaginable to me years ago. They are ready to be scared and watch TV hoping to be scared even more. Luckily for them, but not for the country, there are plenty of means at their disposal. When a person operates from or out of fear, ordinary logic does not work. No logic will appeal to their better sense. Wilson even admitted that he didn’t know what came over him. More importantly however, his words arose from the millions of people who are afraid just as he is. They are on the lookout. He, for a moment, was their speaker.

This one incident is the tip of a huge iceberg that the present transit is demonstrating for all to see. Unfortunately neither logic, debate nor rational discourse can touch this growing national emotional force that is beginning to culminate now. It is serious and in my view does threaten the ability for this nation to be able to come together for a single purpose. The transits coming soon (especially the transit of Uranus squaring Pluto) could literally bring about an increased desire on the part of some citizens to secede from the U.S. It is not inconceivable that this country could divide itself in the coming decade. That is itself an very shocking thought.

This speaks of a cultural phenomenon that is an underlying force ruling the political process today. If it continues, where can it lead? What is the natural outcome if nothing changes? Putting it even more bluntly, can the red states and blue states get along? Can the rural and urban areas see that they need each other? Can the religious right allow others to exist in “their” nation? This is what I am referring to when I speak of cultural polarization.

Saturn will oppose Uranus two more times before completing its cycle. It will oppose on April 26th 2010 at 28 degrees of Virgo and Pisces and finally on July 26th, 2010 at 0 degrees of Aries and Libra. This last opposition is highly volatile as the 0 degree of any cardinal sign marks the beginning of a new cycle and creates an influx of a tremendous amount of new energy. What we see emerging strongly now is going to continue to increase.

This Is No Way To End a Newsletter Article

It is never wise to end an article on a somber note. Also, it is true that oppositions occur all the time in life and can be handled in very creative and healing ways. In fact, it often takes a crisis of one sort or another to see the necessity of healing and the need for compromise or better yet as a close friend urged – collaboration. Oppositions ask us to see the other side and perhaps, to even respect it. That is the way we can not only temper our own arrogance and the belief that we are the ones who are right, but appreciate the viewpoint of another as an aspect of something whole and complete into itself. A viewpoint, no matter what it is, is incomplete. When will we as a nation understand this? There can be no liberal without a conservative and vice versa. Every dualistic thought is actually a set where the two sides obscure an underlying unity. When this is realized, something can transform. This is what oppositions can bring about. This is also how we, as individuals, can take advantage of an opposition. Whether a nation can handle such things in very stressful times, cannot be known. But it is certainly true that we as individuals can find creative ways to solve seemingly impossible conflicts and stresses.

Duality is something than may be transcended. But it has no chance of happening if one side denigrates and invalidates its brother or sister. Yes, its brother or sister. The relationship between two sides of one set is the same as a brother or sister. The moment a person realizes its dependence on the existence of two sides of one set, we are freed from the demand that the war between each side be enacted and re-enacted, over and over again. Am I being too idealistic?

Well, yes, maybe so. But with Jupiter conjuncting Neptune, I do have the right! This is a great time to envision a brighter future, even if it does seem unlikely. And perhaps most importantly- This is the way to end a newsletter article.

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Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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8 responses to “The Saturn Opposition to Uranus #3- More Polarization”

  1. Jim Sher says:

    To Grace-

    The two examples you gave from the MTV awards and in tennis are great examples of the tension I was referring to in this article. They are symptoms of a larger set of forces operating in our culture.

    Thanks for the observations.

  2.' Carol says:

    So very well said Julianne.

  3.' Jgracelewis says:

    To your point about Culture Conflict: It is interesting to note that even in sport, Women’s Tennis Serena Williams became clearly unglued with an outrageous outburst. At the MTV Awards Kanye West, typically respectable, made an astonishing interruption while Country Singer Taylor Swift won the best video of the year, he grabbed the mic in protest and announced Beyonce as the winner. Energy is really surging in various cultures – Am I on the right track with this observation?

    Thanks for your newsletter Jim.

  4.' Lhynn Nevarez says:

    Over this past week end family was over and allthis came up..I have been with Obama from the get go I saw a beautiful AURA around him and so jumped on to his bandwagon.
    Now I certainly feel as my relatives attacked him viciously..shocked me and my husband…they were the same as the folks at the town hall meetings..!!
    Simply put we voted for change and no one wants to change I see!
    I enjoyed your newsletter!!
    Thanks Lhynn

  5.' Julianne Maurseth says:

    Hello Jim,

    Thank you for another great article! For several reasons, I’m especially struck by your statements: “This has been brewing, in my view, for 50 years. Ever since the revolutionary 60’s, there has been a portion of this country who have been scared and who further are also easily scared to heights unimaginable to me years ago.” I completely agree with you. Here are two relevant issues:

    1) The current film “Taking Woodstock” is worth seeing for several reasons, but in particular it sheds light on your statements above. I just saw the film yesterday, and am still reverberating with what it called up in me, since I was born in 1952, lived through these times, and was transformed by the 1960’s ideals of universal humanity, social justice, an end to the military industrial complex, and a celebration of ALL cultures through music, art, dance, food, religion, philosophy, etc – true diversity as richness of life. THIS is precisely what threatens the political conservative’s image of America as a FIXED point in time – rooted in 1950’s nostalgia.

    2) On a personal level, I am the youngest of three sisters – and we each represent a different generation. My oldest sister became politically conservative in the 1970’s just as I was growing in the opposite direction. Her views continue to reflect a need to see all issues in simplistic right/wrong terms. She has a deep nostalgia for the 1950’s and its supposed “order” before the chaos of the ’60’s.
    My attempts to understand her help me to understand the “fear of disorder” that leads ultra-conservatives to resist social change and to support militaristic approaches to resolving national debates and international differences.

    I feel how difficult it is sometimes not to call my own sister an “idiot” because she has no interest in understanding the complexities behind an issue – the supposed “opposites”. She’d rather listen to conservative media and be told by them exactly how to think. Clearly my outrage toward her at these times is my own struggle, and the planets are mirroring my need to embrace the “opposites” instead of fear them or blame them – whether within my own family or within the nation as a whole. On rare occasions she and I have a true dialog – but it is only when I remain calm and unattached to changing her mind one iota.

  6. Jim Sher says:

    Coincidentally a reader of the blog sent me an article in today’s (9/14) LA Times that speaks to the essence of this article. It examines the fear that is rampant in the extremes of the GOP and also the fear that the more moderate of the party have about the extreme fringe.

    Take a look –,0,940651.story?page=1

  7.' Linda Samuel says:

    Greetings Jim,

    I have Jupiter as my chart ruler, and naturally agree with your optimism about our future – but we have a long way to go.

    As background, I’m also a political science major, worked on Capitol Hill for eight years, and in the district office of a well-known member of the House of Representatives. I’m currently writing a book that among other things gives what I hope to be a true history of the institution of slavery in America. Prior to watching the President’s address to Congress, I had been reading the history of the Congress leading up to the Civil War. The first thing I thought after Rep. Wilson’s violent outburst was the southern Congressmen who led the movement to succeed from the Union. Obama is a Constitional Law professor, so I’m sure it crossed his mind as well.

    I was wondering whether the military would come through the door to protect the Office of the President, as they are sworn to do. There are very specific rules governing decorum when the House or Senate are in session, especially a session called by the President. If you’ve ever been in the House gallery when they were in session you probably know you aren’t even allowed to read anything. Health care reform was the only thing that every one agreed on leading up to the election, with Saturn in Virgo.

    We have a long way to go but I’m convinced the Age of Aquarius will save us all. Sorry for the essay – Jupiter chart ruler and Mercury in the 9th House 🙂

  8.' Robert Gimbel says:

    From my perspective, we are going through a phase transition, from one level of functioning, to another…
    We have just come through, in my estimation, the so-called ‘Apocalypse’…(2001-2009)…and now we are in the time of the ‘Second Coming’…
    We have someone in the White House, that is bringing respectability back to the United States…
    The ghost of the Third Reich, have revealed, it’s ugly head, again…but they cannot win this time…we’ve seen that movie…been there done that…
    It’s just important to realize, to not take this illusion, too seriously and stay centered in your light…
    The old rigid structure is dieing…
    A new evolution has begun…we passed through the time of the ‘Apocalypse’…congratulations…!

    R.g. Madison, WI

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