Astrologically, responsibility equates with Saturn. With Saturn, we undertake our duties and obligations seriously and achieve.
When things go wrong however, we’re more reluctant to take responsibility. The downside of Saturn is fault and blame.
Nietzsche has suggested that fault and blame are the bitter fruits of ‘responsibility’. In our society, responsibility is not understood in terms of our ‘ability to respond’ but instead in terms of the spirit of revenge.On the Genealogy of Morals (3:15)
In existentialist terms, the spirit of revenge is a powerful narcotic that numbs the inevitable pain and misery of existence. When we respect misfortune as an inevitable part of living, we can utilise our innate ability to respond to life (Nietzsche).
But whilst embraced by the spirit of revenge, no man can respect true misfortune. He can have no understanding of the context in which misfortune manifests. Focused on channelling his passions into vengefulness and spite, such a man can never respect, let alone love, anybody or anything including himself.
Only a foolish man believes that each misfortune which befalls him, was intentionally directed at him. Yet many of us do just that.
Hands up! Just this morning when I was hurrying to get ready, something fell on my foot and left a huge bruise and I blamed my husband who wasn’t even home.
A more productive approach might be to take ourselves less seriously. This could be achieved through the more positive aspects of irresponsibility – i.e. having some old-fashioned, light-hearted fun. Not only does light-heartedness promote health, but it also helps us to accept the basic realities about life.
The natural antidote of Saturn is Jupiter.
When your Jupiter functions properly, you’re optimistic, take chances and experience good luck. Too much Jupiter however leads to extravagance and frivolity, hence the bad associations with irresponsibility.
In my book, balance is the key to health and happiness. It would seem Nietzsche might agree. According to him (in a theme developed by Kundera in his novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being,) the heaviest burden (responsibility) is also boundless freedom (irresponsibility).
In this regard, taking responsibility for our own lives allows us to accept it for what it is: a game of chance in which sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
Blaming yourself or another achieves nothing but more pain.