Mars and Saturn in your birth chart proclaim your life will involve strife, conflict, struggle and loss. That’s because they’re discordant planets.
And the discordant semisquare, square, sesquisquare and opposition aspects proclaim you’ll experience friction, obstacles, agitation and separation.
These discord markers ensure your character won’t stagnate and cease developing. Struggle and strife incite effort which gets rewarded with an increase in intelligence and ability.
Mars stirs up disputes, antagonism, bitterness, anger and hate and Hermetic astrology teaches that its hot, impetuous inner-plane weather influences about one-fourth of all the troubles experienced by humanity: troubles like warfare, acts of violence, bloodshed, accidents and fires.
It teaches that Mars supplies the energy, initiative and enterprise to build houses, roads and factories, and the resilience to rebuild after its rage demolishes and destroys; and that its aggressive impulse finds useful work combatting ignorance, inequality and poverty.
Saturn evokes struggle, hardship, despair, fear and loss and Hermetic astrology teaches that it’s cold, selfish inner-plane weather influences about one half of the troubles experienced by humanity: troubles like unemployment, financial inequality, destitution, poverty, disease and loss by storm and flood.
It teaches that Saturn supplies the foresight, forward planning, system, organization and labor to manage and prepare for tomorrow; and that its security impulse works to prevent loss and keep the world safe.
Hermetic astrology teaches that Mars and Saturn are secondary sources of inner-world discord.
The primary sources are the four discordant aspects. They give the astral vibrations of Mars and Saturn and the other 8 planets a discordant mode of expression which inclines towards unfortunate events and adversity.
The discordant aspects
A semisquare aspect in your birth chart is formed when two planets are 45 degrees apart in the zodiac (± 6º). It depicts a friction thought compound in your not-conscious soul-mind that works to attract annoying events and irritating circumstances specified by the life-matters and/or people associated with the houses the planets rule. Your discordant response to the painful friction experience is characterized by uncertainty and indecision as you vacillate over an irritating annoyance.
A square aspect is formed when two planets are 90º apart in the zodiac (± 12º). It depicts an obstacle thought compound that works to attract a barrier specified by the life-matters and/or people associated with the houses the planets rule. An obstacle prevents or hinders your progress and your discordant response is characterized by frustration and anger as you struggle to adapt to an acute personal crisis.
A square aspect involving Mars or Saturn has its level of discord significantly increased so the thought-compound it maps can attract serious adversity and grave misfortune.
A sesquisquare aspect in your birth chart is formed when two planets are 135º apart in the zodiac (± 6º). It depicts an agitation thought compound that works to attract a disturbing situation specified by the life-matters and/or people associated with the houses the planets rule. A sharp, sudden disruption unexpectedly breaks up your life and your discordant response is characterized by agitation, distress, anxiety and alarm. Change is forced upon you.
An opposition aspect is formed when two planets are 180º apart in the zodiac (± 15º). It depicts a separation thought compound that works to attract a very difficult severance event specified by the life-matters and/or people associated with the houses the planets rule. Two equally important life matters tear apart and having one means the other is lost and your very stressful discordant response is characterized by mental conflict and split-thinking.
A discordant thought compound in your soul is going to work to attract an event that you consider bad and unfortunate and you’re referencing your birth chart to learn about the misguided learning that is causing you to feel pain and discomfort and what you can do change or modify the offending behavior.
Discord in global astrology
Here on Earth, aka the physical plane, the atmosphere is saturated with Mars and Saturn astral energy. Their aggression, self-interest antagonism, hostility, fear, prejudices and bigotry is chiefly concerned with personal survival.
In global astrology discordant in-sky and cycle chart aspects forecast trouble. It could be an outbreak of hostilities, a destructive storm, a breakdown in trade negotiations, a setback to a proposed plan or difficult economic conditions. Whatever … the astrological discord is having an adverse impact on someone, somewhere on planet Earth.
In the current Jupiter cycle – end date is February 5, 2034 – Jupiter (the planet of finances) is opposition Moon (the common, everyday people) and this high discord separation aspect is adversely impacting every country causing financial troubles specified by the house positions of Jupiter and the Moon in their Jupiter cycle charts. Someone somewhere is struggling with a cost of living crisis and a lack of purchasing power is constraining economic growth.
And in the current Pluto cycle – end date is March 2109 – Pluto (the planet of inversion, misinformation and division) is square Mercury (the science and education agenda and the press) and this high-discord obstacle aspect is adversely impacting every country causing division, disunity and information warfare specified by the house positions of Pluto and Mercury in their Pluto cycle charts. Someone somewhere is receiving and spreading misinformation and creating division.
Mars, the human volcano, serves up a rich diet of animosity and violence. It’s into brute-force, torture, brutality, cruelty, cut-throat competition, gamboling, booze and capital punishment; and its in-sky and cycle chart aspects incline towards conflict, disputation, missile strikes, violence, accidents and fires.
Saturn, the conservative, traditionalist, can always find a good reason to put the brakes on social progress. It serves up a rich diet of fear, grief, suffering and despair. It’s into self-interest, fear-mongering, the status quo, rear-vision thinking, materialism, greed and looking out for #1; and its in-sky and cycle chart aspects inclined towards economic hardship, conservative social developments, disease outbreaks, natural disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes, storms and floods.
It’s estimated that Mars and Saturn cause one quarter and one half of all the trouble here on Earth and judging by the volume of Mars and Saturn events that receive media coverage these estimates are accurate.
Conflict and violence receive a huge amount of coverage and the pictures coming out of the conflict zones show the destructiveness of Mars as its high-discord in-sky and cycle chart aspects write the script for human actors to perform.
But Saturn is inflicting the most trouble. For every person who is killed by a gun, bomb or missile or dies in an accident or fire there’s a grieving child, parent, relative or friend. Saturn’s suffering exponentially increases in response to the discord associated with Mars.
When Mars escalates the hostilities, Saturn escalates the suffering. In the conflict zones both the combatants and civilians suffer long term post traumatic stress, aka shell-shock, as horrific memories, aka nightmares, and panic attacks continually recur long after the fighting has stopped.
And climate change with its destructive weather events causes major trouble as storms and floods destroy and damage homes and crops. Hard working people lose everything and farmers lose their livelihoods.
Discord and you
Hermetic astrology takes the concept of discord very seriously and it’s aware the concept is strictly Hermetic astrology. No one presents or teaches it as an astrological or other concept and it’s aware that you could find it quite a challenge.
In the past too many students failed to understand the concept and this intelligence failure adversely impacted their capacity to clearly comprehend its birth chart function and purpose.
Discord is associated with pain, discomfort, misfortune and adversity so it’s in your best interest to know its role in life and how it’s likely to impact you by referencing your birth chart.
It depicts Mars and Saturn and they and the other 8 planets form aspects some of which could be discordant. You need to know where the discord is in your birth chart but more importantly you need to know what it signifies and what you can do about it.
That’s one of the functions of Hermetic astrology. It’s here to help. It never sugar-coats information, misinforms or lies. Ignored or left unattended birth chart discord will play out exactly as intended.
Hermetic astrology encourages you to clearly understand the concept of discord especially as it applies to you personally by paying special attention to Mars and Saturn and the high-discord aspects in your birth chart.
The discord in your chart identifies defective thought-cell activity, aka character dysfunction, that is predisposed to cause trouble unless you change it.
Whatever … when your back’s against the wall you’ll struggle and your character will undergo development. And that’s why you’re here.
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