SaturnSaturn, in Virgo since September 2007, is preparing to move into Libra on July 21st. This has been a particularly intense few years in Saturn-land, since he’s been traveling opposite Uranus and square Pluto. We are having to grow up quickly, get real, come into integrity, and take greater responsibility for ourselves, each other and the planet. The nature of reality is quickly transforming.

One of Virgo’s archetypes is the Servant. Saturn in Virgo says that how we spend our time and energy, on a moment-by-moment basis, reveals the truth of whom or what we serve. “Little things” — like what we eat, how we take care of ourselves and our families, where we work —  make a big difference, to our own integrity and to the life of the collective. In fact, those little moments that make up our days, our years, our lives, are where the power lies.

During Saturn’s visit to Virgo, there’s been a collective awakening to the significance of what we eat, the environmental impact of our everyday choices, how we use our time and energy in our daily lives. Books like Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon’s Plenty, and Colin Beavan’s No Impact Man, and movies like Food, Inc. have brought previously on-the-fringe ideas and information into mainstream consciousness.

“When did taking care of ourselves become something so unimportant that it should be got out of the way rather than savored and enjoyed?” writes Saturn-in-Virgo superhero Beavan. “When did cooking and nourishing my family become an untenable chore? What is more important that I’m supposed to do instead?” (No Impact Man)

Power of the People

“There will only be a war if soldiers are willing to fight.”Mike Prysner, Iraq war veteran and founder of March Forward!

In addition to the “little things,” Virgo also rules the “little people” — the employees and workers, the “Servants,” who keep the world turning. Virgo rules jobs and employment, and, needless to say, this is an aspect of reality that has changed dramatically over the past few years.

Saturn is the planet of authority and worldly power, and an ideal outcome of Saturn’s tour through Virgo is the “little people” waking up to their true power.

The idea that the people “on the bottom,” the masses, have no power, is a deception propagated by the elite few, the ones apparently in control and now attempting to steer the planet to an apocalyptic end. “Big Brother is impotent without a mass perception of ‘little me,'” says David Icke in a recent interview. The title of Icke’s new book, Human Race, Get Off Your Knees, says it all. Over the next few years, whether or not humanity gets off its collective knees will determine the fate of the planet. (Knees are ruled by Saturn.)

Appropriate to these last days of Saturn in Virgo, the other night I watched Michael Moore’s documentary Capitalism, A Love Story (yes, I’m slow). In one of many heartbreaking scenes, a family stands outside their foreclosed home, watching a man board up the doors and windows. The distraught family members plead with the man hammering away at their house, challenging him to question what he’s doing and to do the right thing. The man’s response is, “I’m only a carpenter. I’m just doing my job.

But he’s the guy holding the hammer.

The president of the bank is not about to show up at a family’s home and do the dirty work of kicking them out on the street, facing their tears and anger. Likewise, the CEO of BP is not going to haul his fat pampered ass down to the ocean floor and risk his life on some hair-brained deep drilling scheme. Obama is not going to put on fatigues, grab a machine gun and fly to Iraq or Afghanistan to personally ensure that the region is safe for resource extraction and corporate control.

None of these anti-human, anti-Earth agendas can be executed without the cooperation and participation of the little people.

In the words of Mike Prysner, a courageous Iraq war veteran who is now working to end the war:

“While all those weapons are created and owned by our government, they are harmless without people willing to use them. Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger or lob a mortar round…. They can spend millions on a single bomb, but that bomb only becomes a weapon when the ranks of the military are willing to use it…. Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in another country to make the rich richer. And without racism, soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than with the billionaires who send us to war. (watch the video!)

We can extend Prysner’s words about Iraq to the larger-scale war on humanity and the planet. Changing the course of planetary destruction doesn’t depend on some big heroic savior flying in to save the day. It depends on each one of us, in the ordinary moments of our lives, acting in integrity. Acting in solidarity with the Earth and her inhabitants. Acting from compassion, knowing that we are truly all connected and whatever harm I do to you, I do to myself.

Saturn in Virgo, Part II, Service and Slavery, coming soon!

– Emily Trinkaus