Monday, 30 January 2017

Saturn-Neptune & Trump’s Immigration Order

President Trump signed on Friday (Jan.27) an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely. The order has been widely criticized and praised—but it led to massive protests at several airports across the country where people with valid documentation were detained. Legal challenges against those detentions were successful. The administration’s response Sunday only made the situation more unclear.  

In this post we attempt to look at the US Sibly solar return chart to understand the reason behind Trump’s order on immigration. Notice that the current Sibly solar return has a Saturn-Neptune square straddling the horizon axis implying that the meaning of the square is going to be significant for the US in 2016-17. The following extract from Astrobarry describes the dynamics of the square.

What's so great about Neptune in Pisces is its unrivalled capacity to arouse greater empathy, compassion, and spiritual understanding for the infinite varieties in which life-force can be expressed. Neptune in Pisces appreciates us all simply for existing, never demanding we fulfill particular expectations or hit certain benchmarks in order to be deemed worthy. This world is necessarily comprised not only of saints and stars and success-stories, but also of the deeply troubled, the ill, the unwise and unkind, the seemingly evil. Still, Neptune in Pisces shuns no one, honoring the ever-gushing river of suffering which weaves through our lives… and sometimes carries us into untoward or destructive behavior.

The clash between Saturn and Neptune, then, asks us to reduce our unfathomable field of endless possibilities (Neptune) to cut-and-dry choices between this and that (Saturn)… and to consequently limit the influence whatever we don't choose holds over our lives. We must willingly put blinders on, not so we may ignore the rest of the universe but simply in order to aim us along on our self-selected journey. Otherwise, it's too easy to get distracted or overwhelmed by the psychic vastness of everyone and everything else—the need, the hurt, the hope, the intoxication—and end up losing our way.
Saturn in Sagittarius now aims to curtail the Neptune excesses in our lives. Too much Neptune saps us of personal will, so sensitive we become to others' disadvantages or distresses that we give too much of ourselves in our attempt to be their savior, and go down along with their sinking ship rather than any lives being saved.

Practically speaking, this Saturn-Neptune square forces us to acknowledge where our wishful thinking, overly idealistic attitude, or self-deluding naiveté has muddled our decision-making. We cannot effectively head a certain direction as long as we're also clinging to motivation-depleting habits, energy-sucking relationships, tortured souls we're trying to rescue, pie-in-the-sky notions about work or money, or unhealthy familial patterns which inaccurately define us, holding us back.
But this act of drawing a firm boundary between past enmeshments and a brighter future of our choosing can feel like a heartless betrayal on our part, as we turn our backs on people, beliefs, or behaviors we once cherished.

If we now progress the solar return chart angles to Jan. 27, when Trump signed the immigration order, we find that the Saturn-Neptune square aligns with the angles on that day!

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