The Sun is currently traveling in Cancer, the sign of the People, of Women, and of Wombs. The Sun is symbolic of Kings and leaders and Heads of State. Say hello to Egypt, where only a year ago, a dictator was ousted and a democratic election took place. Morsi of the religiously conservative Moslem Brotherhood was elected, but with only 39% of the vote. In a country where women have been pushing the bar for equality and secularism has been gaining a toe-hold, the conservative leadership was only barely tolerated, until they could not be tolerated any more. The people (Cancer) were not going to settle for a sham of a democracy after so many years of dictatorship under Mubarak... they wanted a democracy de facto, without the accompanying oppression of a conservative party that was more concerned with control, than governing. On Wednesday, the military took over, placing the President under house arrest, and suspending the constitution.
I’m happy they’re gone. They were power hungry. We’re afraid they’ll react violently after this news. But now the people are awake. We know the truth and we won’t elect them ever again.
(as quoted by a young Eyptian engineer)
It is within this atmosphere of instability and change, that we approach the New Moon in Cancer on Monday. A New Moon that coincides with Saturn’s station Direct. One thing that Saturn feels uncomfortable with is change and impermanence. Traveling through Scorpio (issues surrounding sexuality and reproduction), and in mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn, there is a tendency to want to hold on to, or even turn back the clock to the way things used to be. No matter how out-dated, how irrelevant, decrepit, or costly. No matter how much they have to control others, or force others to a regressive conservative ideal that less and less people are buying.
There is another expression of Saturn’s station in Scorpio, and that is about creating and building sustainable structures that we can truly depend on. The key to Saturn’s station Direct, is not about propping up the remnants of the decrepit ideals of a former age with duct tape and rhetoric. It’s about facing reality. As Saturn stations it is closely trine Neptune. Neptune dissolves boundaries, and strives for democratic inclusion. This coming New Moon is in Cancer, the sign of the People, and is about planting seeds in fertile ground that will eventually create a firm foundation that is inclusive of all the people in the society. The military in Egypt have announced a new roadmap for the country’s political future, supposedly agreed on by a wide range of political groups calling for new elections and attempting to secure and guarantee freedom of expression, and representation of all.