One of the defining astrological themes of 2021 is the Saturn square to Uranus.
Saturn is the planet of structure and tradition; Uranus is the planet of freedom and innovation. Saturn sets limits, Uranus wants breakthroughs.
As if they didn’t already seem to be at odds, squares are relationships of friction.
This is one of the most archetypal patterns that we encounter in life:
The relationship between structure and freedom, between rules and rebellion, between tradition and innovation.
It is the undercurrent of all change.
Squares are uncomfortable. They don’t give us an escape. And in this story, both are correct and neither emerges as a winner.
Shifting the Frame from Friction to Facilitation
We often think these ideas are at odds. But instead of seeing them as being in competition, we can view them more holistically as partners in the cosmic dance of life.
Creativity needs constraints. Boundaries help us contain and direct our energy to where it can best serve. Limitation and restriction is what gives rise to the need for innovation.
If we don’t have rules for how we operate, if we don’t set limits on our time and availability, we end up overgiving to the point of depletion and burnout.
Without a structure to guide us, our would-be revolution simply goes around in circles.
Our system functions best when we know we are held in a container. When we feel safe, when we feel held, we feel free to fully express.
When Structure Suffocates
And… at some point the very rules, that once served us well can become our prison.
The very structures that once served our safety can now make us feel stifled and suffocated, like old shoes that have become too small.
We never grow out of the need for structure, but we do grow out of the specific structures that once held us.
As we grow, we need different structures to facilitate our evolution.
The challenge is that at some point adhering to the rules became a habit. Fear of the unknown causes us to cling to the structure for safety
To break free of those habits we need a catalyst — a radical change, an uprooting that shakes us out of our complacency, that forces us to let go of the old ways so that we can innovate new pathways to our evolution.
Sometimes we need to uproot the very ground on which we stand in order to create space for the new structures that will hold us.
Walls that protect you
At some point will limit you
Know when to break free