Over the summer and into early fall, the astrological community was abuzz as Saturn was about to enter Sagittarius. Saturn stays in any given sign for two and a half years, and as with all of the transpersonal planets, which correlate to large-scale cultural change, when Saturn switches signs it is a big astrological deal. Astrologers have a field day interpreting the meaning of shift in the cosmos.
So, as I was tracking this conversation about Saturn moving into Sagittarius, I couldn’t help but notice a correlation between this planetary alignment the Syrian refugee crisis that was heating up abroad. Saturn has to do with harsh conditions, and Sagittarius is the sign of the foreigner. With these energies combined, there is an archetype alive in the cosmos right now that speaks of extreme deprivation driving a mass migration.
To add another layer of meaning, Saturn has to do with karma. It goes without saying that a long history of foreign policy blunders combined with corruption in the ruling regimes throughout the region set the stage for this situation to unfold. The refugee crisis is the karma of these misdealings coming home to roost.
The meaning of Sagittatius is multidimensional too. Sagittarius is symbolic of the quest for higher truth. We see the dark side of Sagittarius when personal truth gets calcified into THE (absolute) TRUTH. This is the stuff that political and religious extremism are made of, both of which are key players in this crisis.
I expect to see the refugee crisis continue to play out for quite some time. Saturn is going to be in Sagittarius for until 2017
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