Sunday, 4 September 2016

Saturn-Neptune and our perception of time

When we were children, the summer holidays seemed to last forever, and the wait between Christmases felt like an eternity. So why is that when we get older, the time just seems to zip by, with weeks, months and entire seasons disappearing from a blurred calendar at dizzying speed? This apparently accelerated time travel is not a result of filling our adult lives with grown-up responsibilities and worries. Research does in fact seem to show that perceived time moves more quickly for older people making our lives feel busy and rushed. Sept. 2

The worldview underlying astrology sees all of reality as symbolic in nature. To the symbolist, the heavenly bodies are threads within a great tapestry of affinities and correspondences. Thus even when an article is published, the symbolist can find important clues connecting the contents of the article with the planetary configurations at that time.

The author of the article Christian Yates is a Lecturer at University of Bath, UK. A chart for the upcoming third and last exact Saturn-Neptune square on September 10 drawn for Bath has it placed significantly straddling the horizon axis. On the IC [3ar51] is the star eta Horologium [4ar50]. This constellation, Horologium Oscillatorium, was added by La Caille in 1752 to honor Christiaan Huygens who invented the first pendulum clock in 1656. Horologium is from Latin horologium, from Greek orologion, literally 'that which tells the hour', from ora, 'hour', and -logion, that which tells, from legein to tell.

Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn, equated to the Greek Chronos.    In Greek mythology, Chronos in pre-Socratic philosophical works is said to be the personification of time. He emerged from the primordial Chaos and was  depicted in Greco-Roman mosaics as a man turning the zodiac wheel. Often the figure is named Aeon (Eternal Time), a common alternate name for the god. His name actually means "Time", and is alternatively spelled Khronos (transliteration of the Greek), Chronos, Chronus (Latin version). Some of the current English words which show a tie to khronos/chronos and the attachment to time are chronology, chronic, and chronicle.

On the other hand, Neptune  has no notion of boundaries and structures. For Neptune, time is a mirage. While Saturn rules time, Neptune tends to dissolve our perception of time. On September 2 when the article was published, the transit Sun[10vi] completed an exact T-square with Saturn-Neptune thereby triggering it.  So is it at all a surprise that under a Saturn-Neptune square, an article is published which explains why our sense of time changes with age?

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