A journey into the realm of Gods, Goddesses and the human heart
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A large number of people, are undergoing their second Saturn return, all those who are about 57-58-59 years old.
Many of us were born with Saturn at the last degrees of Virgo, especially those born in 1951, but as from August 1951 Saturn traveled through Libra up to October 1953.
There is a difference between these two positions, as Saturn expresses its energies different in each sign.
In many cases, at this age, women have already gone through menopause and men through their andropause (male menopause).
Unfortunately, in most cultures, this is an age in which we are “officially” “old”. It’s the first real confrontation with what society calls “the third age”. First third?
The last third?, the third opportunity? I prefer to see it as a new opportunity to do what we have really come to do and be in this lifetime.
Fortunately, today, the “60s″ are almost like being 40.” Even so, our body begins to show the way we have treated through out our life. Those of us who have had more years of living healthy than not, we find ourselves with all our physical strength and mental capabilities, those who didn’t, will now be suffering the consequences of this.
By now we should know, that the worst abuse that one can commit against oneself, is to ignore who we actually are, going through life being a cultural puppet, saying and doing what is expected of us, without the courage to take the great risk of being oneself.
The secret revealed to us at the end of our 50s, is the need to put all the attention on being true to ourselves, especially if we have spent our life meeting the needs of others and vice versa, if one has lived obsessed with oneself, this is the time to meet the needs of others.
Carlos Castaneda in his “teachings of Don Juan” said that the “wise man” after fighting all his life against the natural enemies of man, such as Fear, Clarity and Power, should be then confronted with “old age”, which made us feel tired.
Still, I prefer to see this process as The Great Opportunity. At 60, we also experience the 5th return of Jupiter, and as it happens on each return of this planet, doors open to new dimensions. “Each time” the return of Jupiter happens, every 12 years.
Between 54-55, we also go through the second Lunar Return, by progression, as the first Progressed Lunar Return(at age 27-28) also coincides with the first return of Saturn, this is without a doubt a true rite of passage of a State of consciousness to another. Our childhood and youth, are instinctively reviewed and deeply understood, sometimes for the first time we get to see clearly the source of our problems in life.
A profound sense of freedom occurs, when we become aware that there is nothing we can do to alter the past, but that there is much to do about what remains of life.
Once again, great courage is necessary, to get back to the challenges of life rather than remaining inactive, feeling that is too late for change, for ever regretting the mistakes of the past.
Since we are talking about Saturn, there is some professional element in this crisis (crisis = opportunity for change). If since your first saturn return, you’ve been doing what your soul asked you to do, this may be a moment of great harvest, where the Cosmos gives back, for the efforts made in the past. If on the other hand, you’ve spent all 28-30 years doing work that did not voice your soul, then this is the great opportunity for you to give yourself this benefit and right, of being able to give form and expression to who you really are.
NEVER too late for this. Even if it happens 5 years before you die or the last year of your life, this gives meaning to your existence, and there is no age or time limit for it to happen. Yes, there is, what the Greeks called KAIROS, or “the right time”. And we all have our Kairos, it happens when it should, when we are ready.
According on what house in your birth-chart, you experience your Saturn return, you will know where you have this opportunity to restructure your life, free yourself from family and culture conditioning, so you can close this chapter and redirect your personal energy towards your own truth.
When the return happens in Virgo, it has more to do with the awareness that the actions in our lives should serve others, our community, people in general. In Libra, however, the lesson is in human relations.
What have our personal relationships been like? What have been our expectations? our mistakes?, our successes? our responsibility for failure and success in the relationship of our lives.
Still living in an addictive, destructive or simply unhappy relationship? Have we waged too fast relations which did not meet our expectations? What do we want today of a relationship? Which are the lessons in them? These, are all issues we confront at the second return of Saturn in Libra.
A deep sense of loneliness is common in these moments, the children have grown, possibly you are divorced, or you are widowed, but the awareness that universal love, is not only possible, but an important part of our development, is very helpful.
Great time to study that subject you loved all your life but never had time to do. Start Yoga o Feldenkrais, Tai-Chi or any other physical exercise like walking, to keep your body strong and flexible.
The cultural voice that says, it’s too late to start that sort of thing, must be discarded. It’s never too late if you are alive.
Each decade in our lives has its lessons and it’s our obligation to discover them.
In Greek Mythology, it is said that if a simple mortal ignores the wimps an desires of a God, will pay for it with his life or eternal suffering, that was called HUBRIS. Translated to everyday life: ” all those parts of your psyche and your soul that you ignore, will haunt you for ever from your unconscious, where you keep them locked”
The process of freeing and expressing these parts of ourselves is often tortuous and painful, but infinitively liberating. Use this important astrological moment of your life, to redirect, recreate your life, to listen to the voices that are calling you from within the darkest areas of your soul. The prize: FREEDOM.

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Venus will enter Pisces on Friday the 12th, just before the New Moon in Aquarius.
It ends the Venus in Aquarius period of 23 days and starts a new one, this time confronting us with the archetypal images of Love and Beauty of Pisces.
How would the Goddess of Love communicate through this water sign, probably THE most water sign of them all.
The concept of Universal Love comes to mind. Love for all living creatures on Earth and the inspiring knowledge of God’s love for Humanity.
Pisces is interested in romantic love, yet this kind of love i not chief in this signs scale of values.
To learn TO LOVE in spite of imperfections, accepting human faults and above all, forgive one’s own faults, seems to be the Piscean’s song.
Any planet in Pisces has difficulties in defining itself. Finding a personal value system, as opposed to society’s or our family’s value system, is a challenge. In other words, learning to live with one’s own value system seems to be a difficult task for Pisces.
Learning to define oneself is already a challenge for this sign. So, it comes as no surprise that the creative world is full of Pisceans. Actors, actresses, painters, musicians are all good representatives of the Piscean struggle for self definition.

Learning to live with one’s own imperfections and acceptance of one’s body rings a bell for most Pisceans.
The story of Afrodite (Venus) comes to mind, who was forced to marry the ugliest goldsmith of the Olympus, Hephaistos (a rejected son of Hera, Zeus’ wife), in spite of being in love with Ares, a beautiful and strong warrior. Some stories even suggest that the symbol of Pisces, are Afrodite and Ares who turned themselves into two entangled fishes, to be able to stay together for eternity.
The story of Afrodite and Hephaistos, is the story of Beauty and Beast, all over again. Don’t forget that Beauty had to fall in love with the BEAST, before he could turn into a beautiful Prince again.
There is an element of victimization in this story, since Beauty and Afrodite are forced by their fathers to such Fate. A hard way of leaning to accept one’s Destiny.
We always hear about Pisces’ creativity, and we only have to look at people like Michael Jackson (Moon in Pisces), Joaquín Cortés, James Blunt, Drew Barrymore, Johann S. Bach, J. Strauss (Sun in Pisces) and finally Penélope Cruz, Barra Streissan, Billie Holiday, Diana Ross (all Venus in Pisces) and so many more, to understand this to be true. But we must not forget the other fish in the equation. The victim, the emotional manipulator, the lazy, inclined to depression, and addictions.
What is most difficult for Pisces, is to find out where their rights end and where other people’s rights begin. The delineation of limits is a real challenge for this sign, but many wise and greatly spiritual people have developed the higher self of this sign which is the true philanthropist, and often spiritual leader.
Is very easy to see the seduction of Venus in Pisces in films, through these Goddesses of the big screen, namely: Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johannson (Venus conjunct Neptune), Angelina Jolie (Sun opposed Neptune). But the true meaning of this short transit of Venus through Pisces, is an invitation to bring to our collective conscience, the need to develop Universal Love, for all of Earth Creatures, and especially us, Humans, without concentrating in our differences of raze, creed, colour or gender. It is time to begin to use the word WE, rather than THEM and I, or THEM and us. There is only US.
If we think of the size of Earth in the immensity of the Cosmos, to think that its inhabitants are divided and fighting against each other, is almost a ridiculous thought.
This is an extremely mellow, creative, musical, passage of Venus through the sign of the fishes, make the most of it, by thinking, that if there is nothing you can do about your present situation, may be there is something you can do, to help others.
Most of us will enjoy this period but Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio will feel the warm breeze of the Goddess more intensely.
On the 17th, Venus will link with Jupiter, and we could have 2 or 3 beautiful days of inspiration and amazing Love. Enjoy!