Satori’s post got me thinking about the question of “good value” and how it flows both ways.
Up until recently I held a job in the medical field. I was prompt, efficient, and had a good attitude every day from the first day I started to the last day I worked there. I once described the work as “I’m an ox in harness from 9:30 to 6″ (Taurus on the MC). I worked hard, I enjoyed it, I dealt with the crap that goes along with any job, and the perks and pay were good value for what I gave. Equal input for equal outflow.
The company liquidated a few months after I started working there and the whole process was brutishly mishandled. Everything that could have gone wrong did, simply because the parent company did not care about the people who powered the machine it had purchased. When the holes left by the takeover exposed me to personal harassment, I chose to leave early rather than continue to deal with a situation that had become so imbalanced. Despite the dreadful economic crushing of Saturn in Virgo, I had to make a choice about whether I knew my time, experience, attitude, and energy deserved better– had more “value”– than this. The answer was yes.
If I had not had a cushion of savings and a support network, I would not have had an option in the matter. However, I did have a CHOICE– that most dreaded of things for Libra. I found it significant that I had come to this crossroads.
Over and over, I have worked various entry-level jobs, never committing (Saturn) to a choice (Libra). Now, though, I feel the pressure of Saturn creeping into my third house where Libra sits in my chart. My north node is in Gemini. I have two stelliums in the third and fifth houses (in Libra and Sagittarius/Capricorn, respectively). If I don’t putting all this creativity to work for me, someone else is going to use it for their own purposes– the dark side of Libra!
Throwing energy down a hole is not virtuous, as some Librans may feel when confronted with the negative side of life. “If I only balance this situation out with goodness, and I make some sacrifices, things will go the way I hope.” This attitude only plays into the hand of more aggressive types who may not value your contributions fairly. Too often, Librans go begging when it comes to getting the goods, because they cannot find a way to value their own energy.
I have Moon conjunct Mars in Libra, and it’s been a lifelong struggle for me to define my own values, and work for myself instead of focusing on other peoples’ wants and needs. I am so glad Saturn in Libra is finally here, because it’s a great boost to saying, “Sorry, no,” and “Excuse me, where’s mine?”
Mr. Aquarius has Saturn conjunct Jupiter in Libra and he used this technique to great effect recently when he got a huge promotion at work through patience, diplomacy, respecting boundaries, and using his brain to solve problems. It was an education to watch him in action. Air energy is sometimes difficult to turn into more practical matter (like money), but I really think Saturn in Libra is going to create opportunities for those of us with strong air signatures to find our niche, and in turn be compensated fairly.
If you play well with others instead of running with scissors, isn’t it time to ask for your gold star?