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Why are those two words so difficult for some of us to say? I once heard this helpful piece of advice: For Libra, love is always having to say 'I'm sorry.' It was helpful because firstly, I'm a Libra rising; secondly, I'm in a relationship with a Venus-in-Libra man; and thirdly, well, I simply understand.
I understand our stubborn Libran insistence on parity; I understand our mutual need to follow all the proper rules of relationship etiquette (like being considerate, and saying I'm sorry); and, I understand that we both have a basic dislike of conflict. All of this means that if nobody says they're sorry, we could stay mad at each other for days –- or for decades. And no one wants that.
'Sorry' is an eventuality for us Libra folks, keeping us in good stead when the rest of the world forgets to say they're sorry and reaps the consequences for the simple, humbling omission that's so hard to do -- but so powerfully good.
If Pluto's entry into Capricorn ushered in an era of accountability, Saturn's entry into Libra on October 30, 2009 (staying there until 2011) sharpens the blade and brings it all down to one fine point: relationships. However will we all get along? This is a pressing question, as how we answer this question will determine how we move forward as people, and as a
people. After all, if our bipartisan Congress were in a marriage, it would be filing for divorce. We wouldn't get away with discounting others' opinions and name-calling in our intimate relationships, at least not without sustaining long-term damage -- the kind that warrants a huge therapy bill -- or worse. Such social coarseness is not such a great way to attract a partner, either.
Saturn's entry into Libra wants us to change all that. This kindly God ever so politely offers that we might pull on old-fashioned values, suggesting they will improve our relationships -- old-fashioned values such as mutual respect, good manners and treating others with common courtesy.
In other words, trash-talking is out
; common courtesy is in
. My teenage daughters have recently becoming enamored with the almighty 'curse word' that simultaneously gives teenagers the illusion of independence, while at the same time diminishing their vocabulary. My husband's standard response is: 'Would you kiss your mother with that mouth?' No, indeed they would not.
Likewise, Saturn in Libra possesses a far more quiet dignity. When we're flustered, we might deeply and empathically genuflect on the other, just to make sure we're being fair. Dramatic hijinks of egoic proportions (also no longer acceptable) will give way to staying cool, calm and collected in the face of conflict, and we'll be far more powerful for it. One day we'll be telling our kids, as though telling a bedtime fairytale: Once, long ago, power-trippers threw their fits and ruled the day. But no longer.
On that day, we'll have discovered something as profound and useful as the discovery of fire: The power of not letting them see us break a sweat.
(And if I've offended anyone by the writing of this article, please accept my most sincere apologies.)