Woodstock Music & Art Fair (August 15-17, 1969)
It was 50 years ago this week that Woodstock took place. No doubt, most of you are already tired of hearing/seeing/reading about this significant “3 Days of Peace & Music”, but it managed to define a full generation of young people whose time came to be, on that weekend in New York state.
An attempt to recreate the once-in-a-lifetime event this year has ended in defeat. There will not be a Woodstock 50, as originally conceived. That’s a shame, but as any astrologer will tell you, some things can only happen once. If the planets don’t align, nothing can force the Universe to act.
The timing of this chart is set by the very first act to perform: Richie Havens. His claim to fame is that he wrote a song right there on the Woodstock stage: “Freedom”.
That song became the anthem of the Woodstock Generation.
Mars Inconjunct Saturn
(Text from Planets in Youth by Robert Hand)
This can be a difficult aspect because it signifies a conflict between your sense of responsibility and your desire to fulfill your own needs and do what you want. This leads to a struggle within you that may keep you from acting decisively. Instead of deciding what you will do, you feel caught between these two forces, wondering whether you have the right to do what you want. You may feel that others are trying to frustrate you, but it is only your own decisiveness that is causing the trouble. Sometimes this conflict makes you feel irritable and resentful about nothing in particular. Then, when someone happens to act in a way that is obviously annoying, you focus all your built-up anger on that person.
Sometimes with this aspect there really is someone in your life who discourages you and makes you feel that your efforts are futile. You must learn to avoid negative people who make you feel bad about yourself. Your parents should work very hard to give you self-confidence and show you that you are a valuable and important person.
On the positive side, this aspect can mean that you control your aggressions and energies so that they work out constructively. But make sure that you do work out your aggression instead of keeping it hidden, because that can result in sudden bursts of temper, which may work against you. Also, if you repress these energies, they may turn against you and be expressed as illness or accidents. (pages 230-231)
The result was exactly as advertised: three days of peace and music. And more than 400, 000 young people attended. That’s the size of a medium-sized city.
There were no police in attendance, and freedom broke out everywhere…
I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
When I asked him where are you going
This he told me.
I’m going down to Yasgur’s farm
Think I’ll join a rock and roll band
I’ll camp out on the land
I’ll try and set my soul free…
(Woodstock by Joni Mitchell)