A new University at Buffalo study that assessed bodily responses suggests that standing up for your beliefs, expressing your opinions and demonstrating your core values can be a positive psychological experience. Our happiness, and ultimately our lives, are defined by the choices we make. When we allow other people to tell us how to feel, they are making those choices for us, and we are giving away our truth. Since all truths are true, we must define if it is our ego we are standing up for or something more. When we passionately believe in something, we should let people know why we stand up for those ideals. We may not change the mindset for others, but we may change the conversation. It then leads into different directions of consciousness and people begin to recognize why we are so adamant and passionate about out opinions even if others disagree with them. The findings, published in the journal Psychophysiology, provide new insights into what it's like being alone against the group, investigating the experience as it happens. Aug. 19
To understand what follows, for a moment let us think of several cycles unfolding in time as in the diagram above. As we can see there are moments in time when several of the cyclic waves meet. It is at such moments that the common theme of the various cycles is reinforced. It is this understanding that has led astrologers to recognize that time has a quality. Having understood this let us apply the idea to the current period.
We are not only in a particular lunar month which started on August 2 but during the month there is an important Mars-Saturn conjunction on August 24. Think of these as two cycles that define the quality of this month. The first chart presented here is that of the New Moon drawn for Buffalo. The New Moon is conjunct stars of Cancer and as we saw earlier this is all about the need to emerge into light and illumination from the nest of the collective consciousness that we acquiesce to and uphold. Like the Egyptian Scarabaeus (dung beetle), it is about regenerating, re-birthing or being self-created – no longer a prisoner to the darkness and delusion of collective belief systems .
Next we notice that the New Moon forms a trine with Saturn on the Ascendant which in turn is part of a T-square. Here Saturn is conjunct the star Antares. Antares, Alpha Scorpio, is the heart of the Scorpion. In classical astrology, Antares is the star that asks us to take a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and especially against the established collective consciousness that unwittingly directs our lives when those conditions are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment.
Having understood the deeper message contained in the New Moon, we now look at the chart for the Mars-Saturn conjunction which takes place very significantly on the IC square Neptune and the nodal axis.
Mars is our inner warrior. If we have a healthy Mars, we are able to assert ourselves in relationships, speak up in order to persuade others, and take action to achieve our goals. Saturn , (when undeveloped) is the power of consensus reality or consciousness that swallows our creativity and positive motivation (recall the myth of Cronus eating his children.) The conjunction requires that we be ready to experience the challenge and the star Antares tells us that the best way to do that would be to speak our minds especially if it is about standing up against the prevailing consensus reality.
Finally, Neptune conjunct the south node is referring to the past when were easily influenced leaving us open to dangerous influences in the present and a general loss of will power. The square from Saturn to the nodes has probably left us with a feeling of futility of challenging the consensus reality. But the square to Mars requires that the confidence in the inner warrior must be restored. As individuals we must experience our own power and courage to express exactly how we feel.