The Trouble with Twerking
Dancing, something associated with joy and pleasure, is also associated with sex. That is the trouble with twerking as over 30 Scripps Ranch (San Diego) High School students found out in California this year. Twerking is a dance in which you shake your hips up and down in a bouncing motion which causes your butt to shake. It has been around since the 1990’s when it was part of New Orleans bounce music culture (New Orleans hip hop culture). It has been in videos on YouTube since the early 2000’s. This is all to say, twerking is not new. But now, Saturn is transiting Scorpio and these students were suspended from school for using school time and equipment to videotape themselves doing a dance that has been around for decades. It is a dance that evokes knowledge of sex – and in this time of Saturn in Scorpio, that is not acceptable.
A Review of Saturn in Scorpio
The current period of Saturn in Scorpio is:
Saturn in Scorpio: October 5, 2012 – December 23, 2014
Saturn in Scorpio: June 14, 2015 – September 17, 2015
The sign of Scorpio is represented by three symbols, the Scorpion, the Eagle and the Phoenix. Each represents a level of evolution for lowest to highest. The Scorpion is a low tone and is characterized by a vengeful desire to have power over others. The Eagle is a medium tone characterized by the ability to take a longer view of things and have share power. The highest tone is represented by the Phoenix, who having been there and done that, has faced fears and come through the intensity of life and is able to transcend the need for external power because he knows he internally has power through facing the darkest shadow of himself and life fearlessly. Scorpio governs sex and sexuality, the reproductive system, secrets, intensity, obsessions, mystery, and life and death. The planet Saturn, which is the Teacher, is the energy of structure, restriction, safety, having rules, wisdom, respect, learning lessons, security, dealing with hardships and mastering skills or behaviors.
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Combined, Saturn in Scorpio represents a time when we, the collective, get taught some hard, possibly painful lessons about how we are using our power in handling (or mishandling) sex and sexuality, women’s bodies, reproduction, secret, and matters of life and death such as euthanasia, funeral rites and how we deal with bodies after death. This power can be financial, emotional, sexual, or psychological.
Saturn in Scorpio will show us where we have gotten off-track and become dangerously obsessive – where we go to extremes to try to control others and situations beyond our control. It will show us where we have become like the Scorpion – and employ vicious tactics to try to force others to bend to our will. It will also show us where we have evolved and transcended and maturely learned to release control.
Clearly, those who are upset about the Scripps Ranch High School twerking video are, for the most part, upset that they had no control over the sexuality displayed by the students, six of whom were graduating seniors. They nearly missed their graduation ceremony as a punishment for making the video.
Future Trends with Saturn in Scorpio
Under Saturn in Scorpio this time around we can be certain there will be more intense attempts to control people’s sex lives through laws, rules and punishments related to dancing and music that has any sexual connotation, abortion, women’s fertility, birth control, gynecology and obstetrics, women’s rights, and same-sex marriage. There will be financial restrictions and restructuring as well as discussions about what resources we have and whether or not those in power will allow it to be shared fairly. There will be talk about new rules or laws regarding death and dying.
Those in positions of authority should examine history, however before making decisions. This dance-sex connection is one which, unfortunately, has an indisputable history of attracting a lot of intense obsessive attention by those who want to keep control of sex and everyone’s sexuality. History has shown that when Scorpion power-over energy is applied, it only causes more problems or has the opposite effect of expanding rather than eliminating or containing, all the things Saturn in Scorpio wants to decrease or eliminate.
Better results will be achieved through taking the position of the Phoenix and rising above the whole issue of dancing and teenage sexuality. Neither will be ever be eliminated.
(This article is a brief excerpt of a longer one that will be part of a series on this issue. Be sure to look for it!)
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