(Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… Saturn has retrograded back into Virgo. The advice in this entry all still applies, and you can read the update HERE. Stay calm!)
I was born and raised in Canada, which in most respects is more like America than it is unlike America. But there are certain interesting differences. Like, for example… the pigeons. In both countries, pigeons can be found in any major city, bobbing along and picking at the wreckage left by humans and generally provoking anger at their tendency to crap on things.
In an urban setting, pigeons make an interesting metaphor for the functions of a Saturn transit. Saturn itself is often associated with the detritus pigeons pick off the street. Saturn also has a lot to do with excrement — both literally and figuratively.
Although they are essentially the same birds performing the same function in both countries, I have noticed one distinct difference between the birds in the two countries:
American pigeons don’t keep out of your way.
Canadian pigeons tend to leave a respectful distance between themselves and the foot traffic they encounter every day. American pigeons, on the other hand, seem to take a certain delight in pushing their luck. They’re more “in your face.” They still get out of your way, of course, eventually — cockiness only goes so far as an evolutionary strategy — but they are more blatant. And, as a result, they provoke a greater response from the average person. In America, one is much more likely to hear pigeons referred to as “rats with wings.” I don’t recall a Canadian ever getting annoyed with them to the same degree.
Saturn is on its final swing through Virgo now, where it has played hell with a lot of people’s lives since 2007. There will be a brief retrograde return visit in 2010, but for the most part — we’re done with it. In October Saturn passes into Libra, which may not be great news for Libras — but it is the sign of Saturn’s exaltation, so for many it will be a more comfortable fit.
In my experience, however, it’s the time when Saturn is passing through the end of a sign is that the difficulties of the last two years may not be necessarily worse… but somehow they are more obvious. In other words… those damned pigeons aren’t getting out of the way very quickly or easily.
Be brave. We only have a little further to go. Don’t kick at those pigeons… they’ll be out of your way soon enough.
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