You are familiar with the story of Sleeping Beauty, so familiar that the horror of it has ceased to horrify. This is the story of a baby, born perfect, sentenced to death. She is cursed in the cradle by a vengeful fairy to die at 16. Only by the actions of a good fairy is her death sentence mitigated to a sleep of 100 years.
You may feel as if your life stopped at a particular moment. It’s as if part, or all, of you was lost; it may even have been sent into a stony sleep. The cause might be an accident, the death of a parent, illness, addiction, war or sexual abuse. Afterwards, life is a long struggle to wake up. A few times it may have seemed as if you had awoken, but really it was a dream within a dream. Sometimes this is labelled Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Child-molesters, child-eaters, feed off the radiance of children, breaking the bright thread of life-force that pulses through each of us, and metaphorically consuming it. Break the thread and then suck out the marrow.
In some myths, Lilith is a demon who steals babies because she cannot have her own. She desires them so much that she snatches them from the cradle, but when she suckles them, her poisonous milk kills the baby, and so she has to find another. It’s as well to remind ourselves when dealing with these dark archetypes that they can be powerfully wicked.
Jimmy Savile, the notorious child molester, had a conjunction of Lilith and the Moon in Virgo.
For more on Savile and the Westminster child abuse scandals, follow these links.
So what has been happening in the sky that has brought child molesting to our consciousness so repeatedly in the past few years.
The truism always was that most abuse took place within the family and that stranger danger was a neurotic fantasy. Statistics would be touted about the low number of child-killings in this country.
But so many cases of organised paedophilia have come to light during Saturn’s transit of of Scorpio, the sign of sex and the dirty underbelly: Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, Haute La Garenne, Islington, North Wales… the list is too long now. Some of those cases are new, some are old, but all are organised gangs of men raping and terrifying children. You don’t have to kill a child to murder her or his soul.
But this has not been the work of Saturn alone. Lilith has been in Leo, the sign of personal identity, the ego, the core person, since early spring, and she has been in a tightening square to Saturn in Scorpio. The victims suffer a loss of that solar energy. The ogre needs it to for his darkness. Lilith in Leo blots out the light of the Sun so that we may see more clearly. She blots out the ego, so that it can be reborn, and sometimes she simply blots out. Victims of these crimes have been trying to get their voices heard for years. It’s as if a room full of talking people fell silent and suddenly you could hear the man in the corner screaming.
In the UK chart this year:
transiting Lilith conjuncted UK Saturn
transiting Saturn conjuncted UK Neptune.
transitingPluto conjuncted the UK Sun
What does the Westminster pedophile scandal have in common with the muslim paedophile rings in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford? The police did nothing, the social services did nothing, whistleblowers were ignored, derided, hounded, sacked. The rationale may have been different, but the fact is that the people who are paid, trained and duty-bound to protect, did not do so. In fact there was a void where there should have been protection.
Saturn and Pluto, the cruel fathers of the solar system, represent both the abusers and the authorities that closed their eyes and ears to the victims. Daddy was either raping or ignoring. And again, as is the way with astrology, they also represent fear. That is how the victims were controlled for years, but something broke through that fear.
You need the screaming, out-of-bounds madness of an unhinged Lilith to break the taboo against child molesting in this culture. However, Pluto is the one who keeps it secret, keeps the victim terrified, relishes the cruelty, imprisons the victim in invisibility, so that no one hears the accusations. At the same time and according to the oppositional laws of astrology, Pluto is also about telling truths that are unsayable.
Currently Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign of government — and we have seen the turmoil this has caused globally: Pluto is a paradigm-shifter. He has been in mutual reception with Saturn in Scorpio. Combine that with the dynamic Saturn-Lilith square and you get change. Saturn and Pluto have actually been working together on this, and for many people this has had remarkable personal consequences. To put it another way, the victims coming forward and telling their stories and being believed has shone a light on a path to healing for others.
We may finally have seen a paradigm shift away from victim blaming during this passage of Saturn through Scorpio and Lilith in Leo.
So how do you reclaim the light? Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to humans. Victims of abuse need to take back the fire in order to live again. That action can be facilitated during a Uranus transit, especially to itself, the Sun, the Moon or Lilith in your natal chart. Like perpetrators, victims often have a powerfully placed Lilith, indeed a lunar conjunction. Uranus is an avatar of Prometheus himself. I have a client who “woke up” during her Uranus Half-Return. Her ego had been devoured by her abuser when she was a small child, and she describes herself as asleep during the first part of her life. Uranus is, of course, known as the awakener.
In Sleeping Beauty, the prince fights his way through a thorny forest to awaken Briar Rose from her deathlike sleep with true love’s kiss. This is true in life: real love can awaken you, but the story is also a metaphor. The prince slashes with his sword, the mind, at the wall of thorns, fear and habits. There is violence in this breakthrough and then the gentlest of kisses. Be gentle with the sleeping part of yourself. In a few days time Venus in Sagittarius (love on a horse) will trine Uranus in Aries, the awakener of the Self.