The Saturn/Uranus square is exact three times in 2021,
giving us a long interval in which to make magic:
from February 17, June 14/15, to December 23/24
To my “Crane Gang,” here comes part two of your Saturn/Uranus Impossible Dream ritual!
In the glow after my first covid shot, the car in front of me all the way from the clinic to the freeway offramp had “GR8TFL” on its license plate. At the same time a song was dimly playing on the radio—only three words of the chorus were audible–“surrounded by miracles.” It was as though an invisible hand kept turning up the volume each time that line was sung.
I know a divine message when I hear one. And it’s gotten me thinking about the many other miracles around. The George Floyd verdict. The Pentagon releasing footage of UFO’s. Congress actually passing a bill that could cut child poverty in half. The US and China have machines on Mars—NASA manufactured some oxygen up there! And just last week, Big Oil suffered an unlikely series of blows, as even their own shareholders demanded they reverse course on climate change. And last but not least, Alabama, after a 30-year ban, is finally willing to let schoolchildren do yoga.
Earlier this year I suggested that the Saturn/Uranus square—the defining planetary aspect for 2021—brings just the energy we need to achieve impossible things.
The Saturn/Uranus square is a tight symbol for old worlds colliding with new ones. It’s easy to see the extreme divisions and dire straits all around. Clashes are ongoing and everywhere—between right and left, the powerful and the powerless, democracy and autocracy, the believers of reason and those who tell lies. Things are tense around the globe.
But every archetype has two settings—the best and the worst. The worst indicates the results that emerge from our unconscious behaviors and choices. These are what I call the “factory settings,” the lower range where humans often reside.
But the higher possibility is to use your consciousness—your intelligence and free will—along with the grit of this rough aspect–to achieve impossible things.
Perhaps no pair of names were better chosen than the ones for two of this year’s Saturn/Uranus heroes: NASA’s Mars rover—named Perseverance, a Saturn word–and its helicopter—called Ingenuity, a perfect word for Uranus. It’s celestially wise to tap into these two qualities now, perseverance and ingenuity. Lean into your own capacities for endurance and creativity to orchestrate your own miraculous year. I have just the ritual to dial you in.
If you already performed my first Saturn/Uranus ritual in February, below is my suggested gesture for the second perfection of this square. If you missed the first ritual, no worries. You can perform it this month and perform act two in December.
The ideal time to do any ritual is whenever you feel most up for it. Always prioritize your internal energy over the outer calendar–as your energy has the greater impact. But if you’d like some extra celestial ju-ju, you can perform the ritual on a Saturday (Saturn’s day). Or when the moon is in either Capricorn or Aquarius (ie, ruled by Saturn or Uranus). Or on the day the aspect is exact (June 14/15 depending on your time zone).
My Impossible Dream Ritual: Your Second Act
1. Retrieve your origami crane. Review the progress of your six impossible dreams (three for the collective, three for yourself). If you no longer feel connected to all six—let yourself reconsider them now. Remember, ritual initiates a conversation with the gods. They speak back to you through what occurs. What have they been saying about your dreams?
One of the surprises that came through for me was with my 3 collective aspirations (about these I felt most hopeless). Yet in the past few months I’ve seen miracles for all of them! Last February I was conflicted about one of my 3 personal goals. My intuition–via my pendulum–urged me to put this particular project on my list, even though I wasn’t really into it. But three weeks later, this unlikely goal blossomed. It’s become the driving passion of my days!
After reviewing my six aspirations, there’s not one that I would change. But it’s perfectly acceptable to do so–in fact, required–for any dream on which you’ve either made no progress or have no energy. Given what you know now, what would be a more appropriate aspiration?
2. Perfect your list of six impossible dreams. Review, revise, recommit. This is the perfect activity for Mercury’s current retrograde, which favors all verbs that begin with “re” (rethink, repair, review, renew). Once you have your list, choose whether you want to write it on a new sheet of paper or unfold and reuse your paper crane. We’re going to bury this list in earth, so I recommend keeping a cheat sheet for future review!
3. Fold your list into a compact size. Choose where you want to bury it. If you have a space outdoors that feels suitable, great! But just as fine is getting a flower pot of any size, filling it with dirt, and burying your aspirations there. If you’d like to keep your aspirations on your altar, the flower pot is the way to go. Most important is understanding the spirit behind this gesture. To burn or bury your wishes is a way of turning things over to the larger forces. You release your aspirations to the archetypes.
4. Now you perform your act of sympathetic magic. In the first ritual you were challenged to fold your dreams into a paper crane. Especially if you were new to origami, this called on your persistence and ingenuity. We’ll do something similar in Act Two. Atop your buried list, you’re going to build a tower of balanced rocks.
To balance rocks on top of each other requires patience and sensitivity. You create something that appears physically impossible, but it’s not (see rock balancing). What a perfect gesture for the Saturn/Uranus square!
With your renewed attention and effort, you reaffirm your willingness and commitment to the gods. First find the rocks. Then let your hands be guided into their placing (you can Google around for examples to inspire you). If you want, you can place the paper crane from your first ritual atop your stack of stones.
When your ritual sculpture is in place, recite the same prayer from the first ceremony, invoking all the important gods of the Saturn/Uranus myth.
Oh Great Powers who turn the world
Whirling through me and all around,
Magnificent, wish-fulfilling Jupiter
Hard-working, goal-driven Saturn
Bright rebel Uranus, full of surprise
Let the Great Goddess
who cares for this world
unbind and unwind the promise
of a better future
and my not so impossible dreams!
I’ll do my part. You do yours.
Ho! So be it. It is done!
Over the next six months, keep doing your part. Let the gods do theirs. Be sure to have fun–persevering and creating–until the Saturn/Uranus check-in at Christmas (the final perfection of this square).
This is the third of three articles on the Saturn/Uranus square: