Saturn in Virgo

27 12 2008

In Tropical Virgo Saturn has terms between 18 and 24 degrees. For the rest of this sign Saturn is peregrine having no essential dignity. The lack of essential dignity here arises from the elemental nature of Saturn in relation to that of Virgo. For despite being an Earth sign, Saturn is uncomfortable in Virgo due to the fact that Virgo being ruled by Mercury is a mutable and therefore very changeable sign and contrary to Saturn´s nature.

Virgo is a sign in which speed and “lightness” in wieght, ease of movement and adaptabiliy are key. Saturn being of a melancholic, heavy and slow disposition is not at all suited to acting the part of Mercury, who demands of Saturn speed of thought, and speed generally.  Saturn´s rulership of Aquarius though, a sign of intellect and knowledge means that he is capable of doing Virgo´s work with great skill and understanding, if not innovation.

Virgo is the sign of the healer, nurse, medic, craftsman, clerk and rules over fields of oats and other nutritious and wholesome natural foods. Saturn is not one for all this health conscious stuff, nor is he particularly interested in doing the “hands on” kind of perfectionist work, which amounts to a servitude for him. Saturn is the decision maker and political power, he is the planner, and the inventor (as ruler of Aquarius) but not really at home with being the “doer” or carer. Virgo demands these things from Saturn while he is in this sign, and Saturn must learn patience with details of craft, whether this be in healing or in working in the field, or in some other practice.

Saturn as a matter of course is concerned with defences. In Virgo then Saturn builds according to Mercury´s clever plan. Things that Saturn would do here would be to build hospitals and schools, because through health and education Saturn would see to it that all of its desires for order and civil society are fully functional. Virgo favours cleanliness and is afraid of disease, so Saturn here would be seeing to it that his people are kept well, after all Virgo is symbolised by a human being like the signs of Aquarius and Gemini.

Saturn´s peregrine nature here is testament to the fact that difficulties are brought to him through Virgo. The troubles which befall him here are likely to be health problems, and poor harvests which is the reason in part for Saturn´s concern for these areas. For it is only under great need that Saturn does things in order to protect himself. Having said this, Saturn will build something which is pure, healthy and useful for humanity under Virgo, this is a very considerate Saturn one who will create structures that are necessary for society to function and to live happy and healthy lives.

When in dignity, Virgo Saturn has the potential to improve the mind to a great extent to the point where the ability for careful discernment allows Saturn the possibility of great achievements in any form of written or annotated work. Saturn in Virgo is potentially a great writer or composer, as Virgo gives Saturn the tools of pen, paper and clear and pure thought.

Some people with Virgo Saturn: Robin Williams, Gerard Depardue, Charles De Gaulle, Pope John Paul II, Richard Branson, Antoine Lavoisier, Nero, Erwin Rommel, George Frederich Handel, Johan Sebastian Bach, Alexander Dumas, Agatha Christie, John Calvin





The New World Economy

20 09 2008

Financial meltdown is occurring

Financial meltdown is occurring. This is not scaremongering, this is happening around our heads right here, right now. Banks are going bankrupt. Prices are rising, jobs are being lost, people are losing their homes. The figures we know are just the tip of the iceberg. And just because it is happening slowly, with politicians and commentators debating whether it really is as bad as all that, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

Alistair Darling the Chancellor, the man in charge of the UK economy, said “these are the worst economic conditions for 60 years.” Why would a man in charge of keeping confidence in the world’s Financial Capital, London go and say such a panic inciting thing like that? 60 years ago, there was food rationing, people were starving in the UK, people were entitled to one cup of flour, a spoon of sugar, and a slice of bacon each day.

To look around Great Britain today, you would think that Alistair Darling was making a ridiculous joke, in bad taste considering what the post war generation had available to them. There is wealth, there are huge supermarkets filled with variety, as well as quantity of food, there are jobs, and there are warm centrally heated houses.

But Darling wasn’t speaking of now, of the visible. Darling was talking about what is unseen, like a cobra beneath the night sheets. Just what is there lurking in the shadows to make the man in charge of the worlds most vibrant economy shudder and throw out warning signals? It’s like he’s insuring himself against what’s inevitably going to happen, trying to give a little cover for when the questions come home asking “why didn’t you warn us?” So he can sleep safer in the knowledge that he did warn but people did nothing to try and avert. Is Darling playing the doctor warning the obese that they are in for some health problems in the not too distant future? This is what it sounds like.

Some of the sources of the problems are easy to discern, some of them are complex, and even economists are debating amongst themselves. But whatever the actual reasons, the recession of all recessions is on its way, like a storm surge far out to sea, with the first waves already beginning to splash in the faces of the coastal dwellers.

Economies are not based on the gold standard. This is one of the reasons for the huge wealth wastage. If money is not really based on anything more than paper, there are implications. People and especially lenders and bankers are unaware of its true value. Part of the problem of the American credit crisis was this fact. It mirrors, Rome’s melting down of its gold and silver only to mix in ever increasing amounts of worthless copper and other cheap metals in their money supply during the years when their military and conquests were costing them more than the sum of their empire. Money that is based on debt rather than real wealth is worthless.