Swan song, you say? A final number. A last hurrah. What has to go? How about dying ideals? Let's let the ideals of the patriarchy die, shall we? It's apropos by the planets.
Even astrological lore has been permeated by the patriarchy. An interesting discrepancy of the natural order of rulerships comes up when we look at Saturn and Capricorn.
Our ancestors, probably the Greeks, who were notorious for editing the divine feminine out of their mythology, aligned Saturn with the masculine principle. Nevermind that the sign Saturn rules is feminine? This is odd. Why would Capricorn be the only sign with mismatched polarity to her ruling planet? Jupiter and Sagittarius are both aligned with the masculine.
At the time before stargazers could see Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, it should of been logical to have a balanced of the masculine and feminine planets. But instead, the Moon is the only luminary given full femininity and rulership over a feminine sign, Cancer. Her counterpart, the Sun, is connected to the masculine sign Leo. Mercury, Venus, and Mars are each given a masculine and a feminine sign to rule. For example, Venus rules both Taurus (feminine) and Libra (masculine). Mercury rules Virgo (feminine) and Gemini (masculine). Mars rules Scorpio (feminine) and Aries (masculine) in traditional astrology.
Yet when we travel beyond the inner planets and get to the two social giants, Jupiter and Saturn, an imbalance occurs. The two largest planets are both masculine? Nope. I don't buy in. I see the veil of the patriarchy.Allow me to pull it back for you.
Saturn is feminine. She is the archetype of the wise old women, not father time. The Crone. The Hag. The Beldam. There is a tiny tale in the word Beldam, once French for beautiful, later reversed to mean an old woman, an ugly or malicious woman, a witch. She used to be honored and respected before she was re-branded and demonized. Similar etymological reversals have been seen in most words from Europe that once honored the feminine.
It has been argued that women gave us the concept of time. It is woman who has an observable menstrual cycle linked to the cycles of the moon. Thank you Leonard Schlain, respected neurosurgeon and author of the book Sex, Time, Power, for pointing this out. It is woman who often outlives her male counterparts, gaining a longer range view of life.
I like to think Saturn is our honored Grandmother Time.
She is feminine and she is in her home sign, land of the original boss babe, Capricorn. Winter solstice 2018 marks the end of her first year in Capricorn. If you can't see emergence of the feminine in politics, news, business, and culture in 2018, you must be sleeping. Expect more of the same themes in 2019. Saturn is chasing Pluto through Capricorn, and gaining ground. We can look forward to even greater era-defining events when they meet by conjunction in 2020. We all know what's coming: women are stepping into their own power and inhabiting powerful leadership roles. You can expect this trend to continue in sync with the astrological zeitgeist.
Capricorn is the sign of restriction, resistance, structure, order, discipline, ambition, the modern idea of career, and one's place in the outer world and reputation. Well, we all know a woman's place is supposed to be in the home with the children, according to the patriarchy. How could ancient astrologers recognize the Saturnine power as feminine and keep their women tied to the hearth? Simple... they didn't. By them, Saturn was associated with the masculine instead.
How unfortunate for humanity... can you imagine a world where woman and the feminine were revered? Honored? Respected? Valued? Believed? Elevated?
It's coming, slowly but surely. So let the patriarchy sing its swan song. Let's lift the oppressions it has cast on all who do not enjoy its misgiven privileges. While we are at it, let’s let the whole harmful idea of white supremacy die too. Shall we end that idiocy already? Of course we should.