building dreams and crumbling empires

Today there is an exact square between Saturn and Neptune. It’s an aspect which we have been feeling the effects of for a little under a year, and which will continue through next year, but it’s exact a few times, and today is one of those times.

While it’s an aspect which could be disillusioning and corrosive of authority collectively (hello religious crises, look out for falling dumped faith) we could also take it as a chance to examine our dreams and ideals, especially our long lasting ones, and deal with the challenges of those things which stand in the way of their realization.

That could be doing work to make the manifestation of those dreams ultimately possible. Or it could be coming to terms with dreams not being possible. There are lessons there, in terms of how much really is realizable with the right kind of work, and what simply can’t be. Even great civilizations become mirages of ruin and mystery with time, but they had their time, and are not less for it.

Give a thought for those things that can’t be, and for those things that couldn’t be forever. That quality is itself very Neptunian, Piscean, a haze of poignant meanings that finally have no regret.

And then, there is the stuff that we must work for, to give us not the dream, but the concrete reality it could inspire; different to what we almost touched in reverie and vision, but alive in flesh and blood, and grit and dirt and warmth. To understand the process of working with dreams in time, and get something of worth, that is part of wisdom.

With this square we can feel a long way off. Cold, wet, polluted with reality, abandoned by inspiration, but it’s just part of the process.

True, it doesn’t care about us, but neither does it harbour any ill will. Any more than the water that wore down the Grand Canyon did for its stone.



grand canyon


USA grand canyon (detail of photo) – No machine-readable author provided. Dschwen assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons



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