Will the institution of marriage be revived? With structured Saturn touring Libra (the sign that rules weddings) through October 6, 2012, we could see the divorce rate come back down.
Interestingly enough, that very divorce rate began to skyrocket the last time Saturn was in Libra in the early 1980s. Saturn likes things that are built to last, but it will shake up anything that has an outmoded foundation. With feminism and equal rights becoming integrated into society after the 1970s, marriages DID need some reconfiguration. Repeating the ol’ Ozzie-and-Harriet model made no sense, as women were becoming an integral part of the workforce.
Thirty years later, the bridal industry is still booming, but from the statistics, it looks like marriage is more a disposable, replaceable option than “till death do us part.” With all the added stress in the average American’s life, it’s no wonder we get frustrated and just bolt.
Enter Saturn in Libra. Something needs fixing here, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to emerge with a “Nick at Nite” lifestyle redux. That’s just not the world we live in anymore. All the same, love is a timeless emotion, and one of the greatest motivators to this day. Saturn in Libra will teach us new ways to cooperate in the name of love … some more radical than others.
Just look at the TV shows that are popping up. This week’s premiere of “Sister Wives” caused quite a media stir. The TLC reality show follows Utah-based polygamist Kody Brown and the three women he’s been wedded to for the past 16 years. Oh, and their 13 kids too. While the women only sleep with Kody (no dramatic orgies — sorry, folks), they support each other with babysitting, homeschooling and abiding friendship. “Sister Wives” did not serve up much shock value. The members of the Brown family (families?) seem to have a cooperative system all worked out. We’re still trying to find out their astrological signs. Our bets are placed on Kody Brown being a Capricorn — the zodiac’s alpha male and the sign of the father.
Then, there’s Bob and Cortney Novogratz of Bravo’s “9 By Design.” As the cameras roll, they stylishly maneuver through parenting seven kids in New York City … all while renovating and flipping some of NYC’s most interesting apartments. Choosing between career and family? Not even an issue for them, or so it seems. They’ve worked it out, like Kody Brown and his brood.
So maybe this is a sneak peek into what’s ahead for marriage. We’re working out new systems … and oh, how Saturn loves systems! Systems that make sense in this day and age when both parents need to bring home some bacon in order to feed the fam. When people still WANT to spend time together after the wedding bells fade to a distant chime, but have no idea how to juggle all the demands of their lives. The desire to share our lives with others hasn’t changed, in spite of it all.
Stay tuned: “The Love Boat” may soon be making an exciting and new re-entry into our TV programming before 2012.