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Just as strong a case can be made that we struggle with emotional stability and maturity. That people are not encouraged to grow up is a problem. That there are so many constantly refreshing sources of instability is an even worse situation.
Saturn in Scorpio is the territory where sex meets the emotions—the hormone drive, hormonal cycles, the deep emotional need to connect sexually in a way that's not merely physical, or a merger of DNA. Saturn in Scorpio is here to help us dredge out these channels. They are so cluttered with emotional discharge it's amazing anyone knows what they feel.
There is a big problem with ignorance around sexually transmitted infections, which is a form of passing around karma through sex. Saturn is saying: wise up, grow up, and get a grip.
We also face a significant problem of hormone pollution. Everything you consume that has touched plastic (including cans, which are plastic-lined), as well as many, many other products, contain hormonally active chemicals. Then there are untold millions of people consuming hormone birth control and discharging it into the public waterways.
In many areas of the United States and other countries, there are just nine short steps between what you flush down the toilet and what comes out of your kitchen faucet. The sewage per se is the last thing we need to worry about; the problem is the contaminants, such as the drugs and, in many places, PCBs at the bottom of riverbeds. PCBs are a form of liquid plastic that was used through most of the 20th century and which still finds its way into nearly everything. They are hormonally active chemicals, like every pesticide, dioxin, and most heavy metals.
I often wonder about the effects of all of this hormone pollution on our behavior and the ways in which we interrelate, which are so dependent on hormones and pheromones. I wonder about how much of the gender anarchy that's so popular now is fueled by toxins on the parts-per-billion level. For years I have been proposing that there is a behavior problem with these contaminants.
Now, that turns out to have some validity. A recent retrospective of prior studies associates reduced lead rates with lower rates of violent crime. The researchers looked at every other social or economic explanation for the trends they could think of—and it turns out that lead is the probable culprit in unexplained, wide-scale violent behavior. We can only wonder what the thousands of other chemicals are contributing to planetary insanity, as well as the political madness that is swallowing all common sense and reason.
One vision I would offer for Saturn in Scorpio is coming to terms with this issue, both as an environmental pollutant and as an emotional pollutant. How many people do you know who suffer from some endocrine disorder? Common ones include endometriosis, diabetes, thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and obesity (often undiagnosed as a hormonal issue).
Saturn in Scorpio is calling for awareness—and for a kind of purge. Do you know the sources of hormone pollution in your diet? Do you consider things like high fructose corn syrup as one of them? What about the hormones present in milk and meat? It's time to get a grip on these issues.
One other not-so-minor point: Scorpio is associated with jealousy and possessiveness, and all the dramas that often ensue from there. Of all emotions, I think jealousy is the one that (suitably) people are the most covetous of; it's treated like an entitlement. I would say more people feel entitled to be jealous than feel entitled to be happy. This is not serving anyone's creative, constructive, or loving purpose.
Saturn in Scorpio is going to push the issue, which has a first cousin—the truth about the sex we want, the sex we actually get, and our whole history. Most of this is left out of the relationship discussion, which is convenient until it is not so convenient at all.
Clip and Save: More Water in 2013
That's just the background! In mid-2013, Jupiter joins Saturn, Chiron and Neptune in the water signs, as it ingresses Cancer. By July and August, there's an impressive lineup in Cancer, which brings the water issue to the most personal level. That's the dimension of home, nourishment, and the choice whether to nurture ourselves and those around us.