Time lords over us

Gerard Baden-Clay may be putting up the argument that caterpillars caused the scratches on his torso and upper body.  Obtaining two medical reports from general practitioners (did one disagree perhaps) to support his argument, is not going to cut it in relation to the deep scratches on his face; the very same scratches, which the local constabulary found suspicious enough to call in homicide detectives on the morning of 20 April, 2012.

The fact that he reported his wife Allison as a missing person didn’t cut it with the Queensland Police Service. They could smell a freshly opened ‘can of worms’. This is Saturn at his best.  Saturn can be relied on to open every can of worms in our lives and put it right under our noses. Everyone around us, who has their olfactory sense working, will get a whiff of it as well.

I refer to Saturn as a male, because yet again, in the realm of mythology, we know that the Roman Saturn (in his Greek form Cronus) castrated his father Uranus and caused his progenitor to fall from grace, spilling his seed – thereby impregnating Gaia.  That is the story of the creation of our planet Earth, according to the ancients.  With that as our ancient history, what hope is there for us mere mortals to live a peaceful existence?  Death gets us all in the end.

What happened to Saturn once Daddy was off the scene?  Well he divvied up the spoils of heaven with his own offspring.  The boys: Jupiter (Zeus) got the heavens; Pluto (Hades) got the underworld; Neptune (Poseidon) got the oceans. The girls: Juno (Hera), Vesta (Hestia) and Ceres (Demeter) all got minor roles (so what’s new, eh girls).  Meanwhile, Saturn (Cronus) kept the time-lord, the Dr Who position for himself.

Cronus and Saturn are both referred to as Father Time and are depicted as having a sickle in their hands.  Have you not ever wondered why the figure of Death – a hooded skeleton with a sickle is depicted that way? He even has the ancient time-piece hanging from his wrist.

That’s Saturn, my friends. That very same sickle, which cut dad out of the scene, is used to harvest the wheat – bring in the harvest. This is why, when there is mention of Saturn, some people murmur under their breath ‘karma’ for we reap what we sow.

If you didn’t already notice, the psychological atmosphere is getting cooler now that we are discussing the planet Saturn.  We’ve left the swirling gas of Jupiter and are now on a planet, which takes some 10,759 Earth days (~29 and a half years) to orbit the Sun; more aloof, yet calculated and methodical, absolutely in control and secure in its position in the solar system.

Now don’t get to thinking we only get to face this hoary old goat every 30-odd years. We’re hardly going to get off that easily and nor is Gerard Baden-Clay. Those worms get pretty smelly every quarter (approx every 7 years), that is on the square aspect and super ‘on the nose’ with a quindecile aspect.

Due to the elliptical orbit of Saturn, we have to allow a bit of give and take with the consistency of exact dates and years when Saturn is at a specific point in the heavens.  Thank heavens for computer software is all I can say.

Let’s walk through Saturn and the accused’s natal chart for a start.  Hmmm it’s looking good: There’s no opposition, no squares, no quindeciles and looks like he’s escaped any massive midpoints as well, at least in his birth wheel.  Lucky boy you might think, but ‘no way Jose’.

There is one rather nasty little critter there – the Rx symbol after the planet = Saturn Rx.  Seems like such a small thing but for those who are born when Saturn was in retrograde (Rx) this is a big deal.  Allow me to explain.

Retrograde (going backwards) refers to an optical illusion when a planet appears to be going backwards. Planets don’t have reverse gear. When the spin of the Earth gets our vantage point out of line with a planet as it is making a turn in its own elliptical orbit, we see the planet projected against the sky as if the planet were moving backwards.

Well you might say that we as adults mostly can’t even make out the planet Saturn in the sky with the naked eye, let alone a child, how can anyone be influenced by such a far off occurence? In my opinion, as tiny instinctive beings our senses are more heightened before we get bombarded by life’s challenges; we can feel atmospheric pressure not only of our environment, but we also pick up on the reactions of the emotional beings around us.  Call it ‘animal instinct’ if you will. We inherit this knowing.

Psychologically, the use of the term ‘going backwards’ alone tells us that something is going against the norm; ‘this can’t be good’ Anxiety is never far from the surface, whether we are little children or under the stress of our day-to-day lives, although as adults we are hopefully more skilled at rationalising our fears.  When we are fearful we instinctively turn to our authoritative model to provide us with security and in the case of a Saturn Rx we turn to the father principle (father time).

This is the rule of thumb in astrology. Not necessarily your thumb or mine, so if you have a problem here re authoritative figures being male or female, I suggest that you suspend your belief system for the sake of the exercise.

The authoritative person in our lives is required to give us reassurance that we are safe. For a child this role is accepted, in most societies, as being the father. If the father is absent for some reason (divorced with no regular access, or works for long periods away from home); is withdrawn emotionally (has a dominant female partner); projects onto the child their own painful shortcomings from their childhood regimen – then things can go awfully pear-shaped in that individual’s life.

Gerard Baden-Clay was born with Saturn Rx, as was his younger brother Adam.  Their sister does not have a Saturn Rx in her birth wheel, which would indicate to me that according to the above, ‘daddy wasn’t there for his sons’ when they needed him.  Every time that Saturn went retrograde during these boys lives this anxiety would be reinforced.

Perhaps in some societies, if you are a man, it is okay to tell your daughter you love her, but not show your emotional vulnerability to your sons. Why is this accepted as okay behaviour?

Do you smell the fear of castration here?  I sure do.  I hope this is not going to turn into a castration complex of bwana’s.  Saturn is trying to do his job.  Someone is not listening…  Maybe the old lion was not prepared to give ground and the young lions were not strong enough to challenge him.

I’ll tell you what you do if that’s the case young man.  Get that scythe out and cut the ties – leave home; move away; start your own ‘pride’ in fresh territory.