Great day! The gods are alive in Egypt! Mubarek resigns after thirty years as Egypt’s dictator. There is much to say about the astrology of this event, but as my computer live-streams Al Jazeera’s great coverage, I find myself thinking of Saturn, exalted in its current sign: polite, harmonious, and graceful Libra. When one of the commentators was asked to sum up this moment, he called it “The Dignity Revolution,” praising the calm, kindness, and dignity of the Egyptian people as they held their ground against oppression. For the past weeks, watching the exciting coverage, I saw smiling faces on the long polite lines of protestors heading into Tahrir Square, I saw women standing equally with men, I saw people sharing food and water, parents swinging their children in delight. The Egyptians gave us Saturn in Libra at its finest!
Not surprisingly, Egypt is a Saturn-in-Libra country, heading for its second Saturn return. Mubarak took office during the country’s first Saturn return. If you’ve wondered what Saturn returns mean to countries, these are good events to study. If you’ve got a Saturn return coming up in your own life, know that it’s time to act on lessons learned and change your current structure. But be polite. Especially, be kind to yourself. Act with strength and grace.
Saturn in Libra has been visible in the United States too. There were those embarrassing diplomatic flip-flops in the early days of the Egyptian uprising. That’s the shadow of Libra in Saturn–a government that’s indecisive, vacillating, superficial. But on a more positive note, after the recent horrific shooting of Senator Gabrielle Giffords, throughout the US blogosphere there has been a call for a “new civility” in our political discourse. “Just say No” Republicans sat with “We Don’t Know What We Stand For” Democrats during the President’s State of the Union address. Will their new harmony stick? Will Congress actually work together? If they don’t, Egypt has shown us an interesting way to respond. Remember Ghandi’s example. He had a Libra Sun.