By Cal Garrison, a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s Horoscopes are coming out in the afterglow of the Summer Solstice, under the light of a moon that is rolling into Aries as we speak. There is a buffet of aspects that we could noodle around and analyze from multiple angles, but I get bored with that, so let’s focus on the Saturn-Neptune square that’s providing the bass note for everything that’s going on right now.
Let me start out by saying that Saturn is about time, money, responsibility, and all of the stuff that straps us to the third dimension. On the other hand, Neptune is the piece that reminds us that we are boundless spiritual beings, each one with a specific purpose for being here at this point in time. The interplay of contradictory forces led me to consider Neptune more closely, who, of the two, at 11 degrees Pisces, is stronger than Saturn, at 11 degrees Sagittarius.
To understand what the better part of our lessons are all about right now, let’s see what the Sabian Symbols have to say about the 11th degree of Pisces: “Men traveling a narrow path seeking illumination.” Keynote: The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.
“This refers to the ancient and eternal symbol of the Path of Discipleship…” wrote Dane Rudyhar in the “Astrological Mandala.” He goes on to say, “Man is always in the making and remaking. He can always go further, reach beyond. But he has to take the first step. Someone can show him the path, but he alone can do the walking.”
So, if the Neptune vibe holds sway over Saturn, and if our collective spiritual quest is where it’s at right now, are we all on the transcendent track? Or are we totally hung up on money and things? From my perspective, everyone and their mother’s uncle is on a spiritual quest: so yes, it would appear that we are all “on the path.” But when I read the part that says, “he alone can do the walking,” I am reminded of a parable from the Book of Matthew.
It’s the parable of the bridegroom and the ten virgins, five of whom not only didn’t keep enough oil in their lamps, but who fell fast asleep at the moment when the metaphoric man of their dreams arrived. (If you’re interested, the full story is in Matthew 25: 1-6.) But the moral of the tale is held in the fact that the other five virgins had taken the time to fill their lamps with oil, and their eyes were wide open at midnight when the bridegroom finally made his appearance.
Much to their surprise, when the five slacker Virgins asked their more devout and dedicated sisters if they could “borrow” a little oil from their lamps, they soon found out that illumination doesn’t go that way. Locked out of the marriage ceremony they woke up to the fact that it is our preparations, and our authenticity that leads to illumination — you can’t “beg, borrow, or steal” that wisdom from anyone.
The spiritual piece, and the pureness of our relationship to that part of our lives is something that each one of us irons out in the silence of our own heart. The fact that we alone can do the walking matters more than anything. Keep that in mind, and enjoy this weeks’ ‘scopes.