Yesterday, my yoga teacher stated an interesting observation. This is more or less what she said:
If you have vices, they will be tested in December. More than any other time of year, there is a tendency to over-indulge: over-eating, drinking too much, spending too much money. If you have family issues, they expand in December.
All of this, in my opinion, is the influence of the sun traveling through Sagittarius. In the US, we start Sagittarius with Thanksgiving: a holiday dedicated to abundance…which then features us eating it all up. And then the very next day is (or was) the official start of the Christmas shopping (spending) season. For much of Sagittarius, we are attending (or avoiding) parties.
Under Sagittarian influence, it is very easy to over-do it. But why is this so and what is the benefit?
Some of this is because Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter: the largest, most expansive planet in our solar system. Jupiter expands whatever it touches. But Sagittarius, as a fire sign, is about doing, and as mutable fire, it is also about uninhibited expression. Sadge is most happy, when he or she says and does what he or she pleases. Those more influenced by Sadge or Jupiter know that at times, words just fly out of their mouths unabated.
Centaurs, and their counterparts the twins, know that the key to happiness is freedom. An evolved version of either also knows that freedom has to exist both ways. If rules are imposed one to another, then rules…are…imposed. Saturnian goats love rules, but Jupiterian centaurs hate them.
In my mind, wherever we over-indulge in December, is where we feel most inhibited the rest of the year. We think we are being “good” spouses, students, workers, and citizens when we temper our desires. After all, Santa (and the US Government?) is keenly keeping tabs on us to see if we are being naughty or nice.
But then the sun dips into Sagittarius and we realize that we feel repressed and cheated. We open our gifts to find that they are just not worth it. “To hell with it all, I’m going to do what I want now!”
Sagittarius/Jupiter energy is the most jovial, the most joyous, the most blissful, when it is allowed to blossom. We all are meant to be that. We all are meant to blossom.
For joy to be experienced, joy has to be expressed…unabated.
Aries, the first fire sign, can have us thinking that the strongest among us are soldiers: those who walk around with muscles and armor, a sword and a shield. But what about those who are naked: open, and vulnerable? Is it not a brave one who speaks his or her truth knowing full well that there may be repercussions? Does it not take tremendous courage to walk around without skin—feeling all of the sting of each blow, yet trudging on painstakingly?
Sadge is not about speaking out for affect. It is not about flinging a jab or a dig with retaliation or to instill a reaction. Sadge is about speaking truth (with a little ‘t’). I say truth with a little ‘t’ because a human person can only speak their own truth, which is what they believe in the moment based on their own existence and experience. None of us really knows Truth with a big ‘T’. Thinking we do is simply a trap of Sagittarius (and the ninth house), which we all have in our charts by the way.
I say to you: be a Sadge from now until Christmas. Over-indulge if you feel like it. Go ahead and call out that elephant in the room. Climb out a bit further on that limb. Be true to yourself first and foremost. Give yourself freedom to express who you are.
And observe where you over-indulge. Think about where it comes from. Have you been holding yourself back too much or for too long? Or maybe you feel like someone or something is doing that to you? Weigh your beliefs and your desires. What desires are you making wrong? If you allowed yourself to have what you really want, would that be bad?
- Sagittarius wants to expand your joy, but is your sadness covering it up?
- Sagittarius wants to expand your abundance, but is your poverty getting in the way?
- Sagittarius wants to expand your pleasure, but is your belief in sin stopping you from feeling it?
- Sagittarius wants to expand your horizons, but are your walls blocking your view?
Everything on the right (above) is like a glass bottle. Everything on the left is like the water inside. Stick it in the freezing air of December, and watch what happens. The liquid expands as it freezes and if the container doesn’t expand with it, it will bust open.
Isn’t that just what we want anyway—to bust through the walls of limitation? Sadge is a fire sign. If walls hold it back too much for too long, it’ll burn them down if it has to.
There is a child-like quality to all of the fire signs. Children are the most authentic among us. They passionately express what they feel. What’s more free than that?!?
Some after thoughts:
Alcohol is often called “liquid courage”. If we over drink, we might be holding ourselves back with fear. The alcohol lowers our inhibitions thus allowing us to express ourselves in a way we don’t otherwise.
Food is meant to give nourishment and pleasure. It should be good for you and taste good. If you are overeating, maybe you are not getting enough nourishment or enough pleasure. One without the other will not sate you.
Nutritionists talk about “empty calories” as calories consumed that do not nourish the body. What about empty calories burned? How many calories are we burning each day on activities that do not nourish our soul?
Maybe you’re not over-indulging at all! Maybe you’re just allowing in a way that would be good for you all year long! Just because someone thinks you’re too much, doesn’t mean you are…
Back in February, I mapped out the relationship between the 2013 Mercury retrograde periods and the movements of Saturn. In two days, Mercury’s last retrograde of 2013 will come to an end when he stations direct. Of course, it will take until 11/27/13 for Mercury to finish his last sweep over previously trodden territory before he can venture into new terrain once again.
Intermittently since February, I have revisited the Dynamic Duo. When I gained new insights, I shared my findings. What I now realize is that it was not simply a duo at play, but really a Trio.
On March 17th, the first time Mercury stationed direct (completing his first retrograde of 2013), he did so at 5o 38’ Pisces. Neptune was at 3o 44’ Pisces at the time and thus they were conjunct.
The second time Mercury stationed direct was on July 20th. Mercury ended his second retrograde at 13o 22’ Cancer. Mercury did not aspect Neptune then. However, he was exactly trine to Chiron (13o 18’ Pisces) and the North Node of the moon (13o 56’ Scorpio), and was square to Uranus (12o 31’ Aries).
On November 10th, Mercury will station direct for the last time this year. He will do so at 2o 30’ Scorpio and exactly trine Neptune at 2o 35’ Pisces. Interestingly, on 11/27 when Mercury finally extends past the point when he stationed retrograde (at 18o 23’ Scorpio on 10/20), he will be conjunct Saturn (at 16o 43’ Scorpio).
In a sense, in this last retrograde period, Mercury will gain information from Neptune when he stations direct, and deliver it to Saturn just as he leaves the retrograde territory. If you consider the entire year, Mercury ended his first retrograde conjunct Neptune, and ends his last retrograde trine Neptune.
As you can tell, I’ve clearly been giving this a lot of thought. And thanks to the personal ways this Astrology has hit me, I’ve been feeling a lot. So what does it all mean (a very Mercury thing to ask)? Well, let’s consider the data.
First of all, we have the three most characteristic planets for three of our elements. In my opinion, there is nothing more airy than Mercury, nothing more watery than Neptune, and nothing more earthy than Saturn. These three working together is nothing less than pure alchemy.
Another way of looking at it is like so. Neptune is the most otherworldly influence upon us. Yes, Uranus is totally out of this world too, but I think we are subject to Neptune more than Uranus. In other words, Uranus tweaks us now and again, but I am not sure we are evolved enough yet to fully utilize his energy. However, Neptune’s influence is more constant and more apropos for this current era. (Again, this is my opinion.) When we get more of Neptune under our belt, we’ll be ready for more Uranus. [Another way to think of it is like this. We are completing (or have completed) the age of Pisces (Neptune). We are just beginning the Age of Aquarius (Uranus). We have 2000 years to get Uranus energy under our belts, but we need to finish up enough with Neptune to pass our tests.]
So the interaction between Neptune and Saturn is to facilitate the grounding of Neptune’s influence into physical life on planet Earth. And it makes sense that the environment for this conveyance would be with both planets in water signs.
Now I said Neptune is watery, but I want to retract that slightly. Neptune is otherworldly. It is the part of existence that is currently experienced as unreal or surreal. Yes, we experience altered states of reality all of the time, but we cannot prove what happens (to others or even our selves). And we certainly have not figured out how to utilize these experiences for our own good or the good of all.
By contrast, if you give someone a hammer and some nails, it takes very little instruction for him or her to make good use of them. Even with something as complex as a car or a computer, we can learn to use them relatively easily. But give someone a psychic or healing gift and it can take lifetimes to figure them out. We, collectively, can’t even decide if these tools are real. Many of us believe (or think that we believe), yet the establishment doesn’t accept them.
So Neptune is not watery per se, but what Neptune rules is more like water to us than any other element. We don’t understand feelings, but we experience them. Similarly, we don’t understand Neptune’s gifts, but we experience them.
Neptune’s gifts may be otherworldly, but they do affect matter—even if our establishment continues to deny the evidence. [For the record, there is enough scientific evidence to prove that psychism and energy healing exists; the scientific community simply rejects, denies, and shuns the data.]
So, this year, Neptune and Saturn executed a plan. Planet earth needs Neptune’s tools, now more than ever perhaps. In order for us to make the best use of what Neptune has to offer, we must integrate it with Saturn.
For example, a psychic may get a message that something dangerous looms just ahead for an individual. But what do they do with that information? Is it appropriate to just walk up to a stranger and say to him or her, “I am told that you will get into a car accident in the next week,” and then walk away?
There are a lot of people out there that believe warning others of every possible danger is the appropriate thing to do. They find out that one human somewhere on the planet got hurt in a particular way, and then warn everyone else of the pending danger that plagues us all. “Did you hear about that one person who got robbed in that one weird way? You had all better watch your backs because they are coming after YOU now!”
[I guess you have figured out that I do not feel this is a very responsible way to act, but I digress a bit.]
Bringing things back on track, I think that Neptune and Saturn decided that the best vehicle (in 2013) for teaching us how to use Neptune’s gifts in a way that Saturn approves is through Mercury. If we come to understand better, then we will likely take more responsibility on our own. Saturn, after all, wants us to choose responsibility. It may seem like he shoves it down our throats like an over disciplinarian father, but that’s not really his intention.
And yet, the reality is, Saturn lessons hurt, and they hurt like hell! Saturn is in Scorpio and that is precisely where his lessons sting the most.
Furthermore, disillusionment hurts too. In order to learn what is true, we have to realize that some of what we thought was true is in fact not true. You cannot have illumination without having disillusionment. Whenever Neptune and Mercury work together, you get both.
Karma, of course, comes into play. For example, on March 17th when Mercury first stationed direct, he did so exactly square to my natal sun. Even though Mercury and Neptune were conjunct, and thus harmoniously aspected, the result was a blow to me. The event was fantasy, but the pain it created was real.
Mercury’s pending station ought not sting me the way his first did. In fact, I feel (hope, and pray) that the pain is past. Mercury first entered this last retrograde area on 10/1 (when he first reached 2o 30’ Scorpio) and that is pretty much right when the pain started for me. I am (perhaps unfortunately) intuitive enough to see pain coming. Neptune has bestowed his gifts to me, but my Mercury and Saturn have not yet caught up. I don’t understand why pain hurts as much as it does (in physical terms) and I don’t understand why it is even necessary to experience such pain (in metaphysical terms). Yet the reality is, at times, we hurt and that pain is real—even if the cause is imagined.
November ought not be as difficult and painful as October was. Mercury, Neptune, and Saturn are dotting ‘i’s and crossing ‘t’s. In my case, I now know why there was pain. I know what needs to be worked on (healed and/or released). I know (generally) what needs to be learned. But I don’t yet know precisely how.
And really, that is the point too. Mercury is merely a messenger. Air is an equal element among the others—it is not the ruler. The mind may never fully understand Neptune or Saturn. We create hard and fast laws about what is right and wrong, but it is never quite that simple. ‘Law,’ ‘right,’ and ‘wrong’ are all intellectual concepts that in practice will never be agreed upon entirely.
For nearly the rest of November, Mercury will retrace the 16 degrees of Scorpio it has traveled twice already. I suspect that many of us will be thinking about the events since 10/1 that brought us pain and difficulty. (And for many of us, what happened since 10/1 simply brought up memories of pains from much further back, so we’ll be thinking about them too.) Hopefully, in November, we won’t suffer for our suffering. In other words, hopefully we’ll be able to look at what happened, but not fall back into the pain, and instead gain some more understanding around it.
For better or worse, we must experience to truly learn. That’s what pain is about. Conceptually, there are acts that hurt people (for example bullying). But until you’ve felt that pain first hand, you don’t really know what it feels like. However, once you’ve felt it, even for a moment, then you know what it is like. And even if you don’t yet know how to help someone in pain, at least you know why to help someone in pain. You know it is important. You know it is right.
2013 will end with more hard Astrology. At that time, all eyes will be on Pluto. All energies will be directed toward transformation. It is not the end of tough times. It is not even the peak of them. But our attention will be pulled in toward it.
In the Tarot, the sword is the symbol of knowledge (air). Knowledge is the approximation of truth—it is, perhaps, on the way. Like a sword, knowledge can cut through obstacles, but it can also pierce the heart. Wielding a sword requires strength, but it is best used with responsibility too.
Mercury has done his job well. He has brought up (brought out) information that was needed. Since he was working primarily with the element of water, everything he delivered came with feeling—the strongest of which was this last round. Neptune and Saturn directed him. It was their knowledge and wisdom he was conveying.
It’s pretty easy to think that all of the difficulty is over once Mercury turns around. “Phew, I’m glad that’s over.” But if you didn’t get the messages sent your way, I suspect they’ll get delivered again at another time.
Maybe someday we’ll learn…
Do you remember, as kids, making houses out of cards? It was fun to see how elaborate a structure you could build before the whole deck crumbled in on itself. It took a steady hand and some nifty tricks to construct a four-story house of cards.
For a minute or two, I want to bring your attention to a few other things as well. For example, consider a cardboard box. Surely many of you have moved once or twice. If you have, you’ve put together your box, taped it up, and loaded it with your belongings. And you likely stacked them up maybe higher than the top of your head. And some of you have certainly gone a bit too far to find the stack eventually buckle and topple.
We all know from that childhood story about three little pigs that the more rigid a structure is, the better it withstands outside forces. It was only the third pig’s brick house that survived the wolf’s mighty breath.
Instead of a modern brick house like you might see in Brooklyn, I want you to consider Machu Picchu, Peru. Why? Because in Machu Picchu, they didn’t use mortar. The stones were simply stacked with such perfection that they have stood for eons. In a way, Machu Picchu is the ultimate house of cards!
So one of our pigs lives in a house of cards, the other in a cardboard box, and the third in an Inca house built of stone. I am going to call these pigs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
I bet you didn’t see that coming! Quite a stretch from the three little pigs to the air signs of the Zodiac!
Today, we are five days from the end of Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio. We are also only two days past the solar eclipse, which occurred in the very same sign. And, on top of all of that, only four short days ago the ruler of Scorpio was part of an exact T-Square with Uranus (the ruler of Aquarius) and the moon (in Libra at the time).
In the past month or so, I have mentioned how eclipses help reveal more light by dragging us through darkness. And I have mentioned that the purpose of Mercury pulling us back over a trodden path is to better prepare us for new roads ahead. And, we have been told again and again that Pluto (and Scorpio) is about death and rebirth.
So what does all of this Astrology have to do with three little pigs and their respective houses? Allow me to give just a little more background and then I’ll bring it all together.
In the Tarot, we have a card called The Moon. If this card were to be associated with Astrology, I could link it to the moon (in general), but I could also link it to a total solar eclipse (specifically). That is because The Moon in the Tarot is about a lack (or deficiency) of light. It is when we cannot see as clearly as we would like.
In my Natal chart, I have Mercury in Gemini, but I also have Mercury in the 11th house, which gives it an Aquarian slant. [It might surprise you to know that I never thought about that before now.] Above, I associated the house of cards with Gemini because Gemini is mutable air. It is the most flexible, changeable, and adaptable. With cards, we can build and rebuild at whim.
We’ve all seen Geminis flit from one subject to the next with nary a breath or conjunction in between (kind of like this post). The gift of Gemini is thinking on one’s feet, but the challenge is focus and longevity. Mercury goes back and forth quickly, rather than taking the slow and steady track.
Aquarius is fixed air, the other extreme. It is also also associated with ideals. Ideals are mental constructs that are held firm. They are not passing whims. Some people spend an entire life attempting to build (or reach) the physical version of their personal ideal, be it a career, a relationship, a book, or a piece of art. Ideal, by definition, is the pinnacle. It is perceived perfection. It is a Machu Picchu. If it is realized (created or manifested into physical form), it can last a very, very long time.
For the record, the reason I think of Libra as the cardboard box is the flexibility that it contains. A cardboard box has much more stability than a house of cards, but is much more flexible than a brick house. It can hold things well, but always has a little play to it. If you stack boxes carefully, they can wobble, but remain standing.
Architects have learned that to build skyscrapers to withstand earthquakes, they must have flexibility. It is in this case where a rigid structure is not best. You will notice, if you visit San Francisco, for example, that you do not find many brick houses there. You’ll find some with brick façades, but not true houses of brick and mortar.
Relationships, like cardboard boxes, will last longer if they are flexible and have healthy boundaries.
As a man with Mercury in the 11th house, I am realizing that my mind is more rigid than I initially thought. Some beliefs I hold so firmly, they are hard to shift. They don’t even jiggle…until the earthquake comes.
Lets consider what happens when we plant an oak tree inside each of our pig houses. The house of cards wouldn’t impede growth even for a minute. And the cardboard box would easily shred once the trunk outgrew it. However the tree would probably grow around the stone walls in Peru. Given enough time, it might nudge it slightly, but I doubt it would knock it over.
The point is: the more rigid a structure, the harder it is knock it over. It takes quite a bit of TNT to demolish a concrete building. Buildings are not much different than ideas. In fact, all buildings start as ideas and only become buildings once the plans are implemented (manifested). And religions, governments, corporations, and mores are no different. They are systems and structures built from ideas—albeit lots and lots of ideas melded together. When they are stable, they last a long time, but when they are super rigid, they fall pretty hard when they are outgrown.
Astrologically speaking, we just went through a profound and painful death. Even though I saw it coming, I didn’t know how much it would hurt.
For some of us, this has been quite personal and quite painful. The ideas and constructs we’ve held the firmest, which are being blasted now, are the ones that hurt the most as they crumble.
I have called this post Mists of Avalon because I (and perhaps some of you) are in the midst of the mists. Some of our old (outmoded) beliefs have died or are very, very sick. They are not working any longer. And because we can’t see the island of Avalon just yet, we are afraid. The Mists don’t just hide what’s in front of us; they hide what’s behind us too. In other words, we can’t get back to where we were either. As much as we may want to go back, it’s simply not an option, or at least not a viable one. Maybe what we had is no longer available. Maybe we’ve changed too much.
The Moon in the Tarot is the Mists of Avalon. It is that time when we can’t see beyond the bow of our boat. Sometimes, we can’t even tell we are moving.
Death/Rebirth is not evolution. It is not incremental. It is hard, fast, and a one-way door. Yes, we can prolong the dying. We can stretch out the decay. We can hold on to the bitter end. But when death comes, it is instantaneous.
The death of beliefs happens pretty quickly too. It may take a bit of time to realize that a belief has died, but that’s something different. And until we can build or find new beliefs, we are stuck in the fog.
The mists are challenging. They are scary. It is easy to think we’ll never see the light of day again. And we know that if and when we do find the shore, we can’t be sure what that land will be like.
However, at the same time, the mists are protective and nurturing…if we let them be. Avalon is such a departure from the mainland. It is a vastly different reality. It is, in part, the manifestation of our dreams, at least as much as we will allow. It is not exactly easy to find or get to. In a sense, we have to die and then cross over to get there.
Unlike the little pigs, my house was made of stone, but painted with all sorts of pretty cards. It looks like a house of cards, but isn’t as easy to change as I thought. The cards were easily shifted and redesigned, and hid the stone underneath.
This season of Scorpio caught me off guard. It ate away the foundation of the stones while leaving the cards in place. But then a passing storm blew it all down. I’m in the midst of the mists, and I can’t tell how far the shore is. I can’t even be sure I’m moving or in which direction if I am.
If you’re in the mists too and feeling lost and alone, here’s a shout out to you. Can you hear me?
This journey just might be a mass migration and not a solitary pilgrimage. If you are one that gets to Avalon first, be sure to shine your light to help the rest of us out…
October is such an interesting month. The first days can feel very much like lingering summer. Back in the old days, when I lived in New England, mid-October was decidedly autumn with leaves changing colors and falling to the ground. And in recent years, late October has looked an awful lot like mid-winter in some parts.
The daylight changes quite a bit too. The rate of change of sunset and sunrise is greater during this time of year. And, of course, we then go and change the clocks near the end of the month, which jumps us into winter literally over night!
It is no wonder that October feels like a death. The light of day goes away. The warmth of summer goes away. The green of spring goes away. In some places, the blue skies all but disappear for a while. While all of this is annual, this year, I suspect it is going to be SO much more profound.
Solar Scorpio doesn’t start until October 22, but a lot is going to occur before then and shortly after. For example, consider this list of up coming Astrological events:
- 10/4/13 at 7:34 pm – Libra new moon, which places both sun and moon in a tight T-Square with Pluto and Uranus (and a loose Grand Cross if we include Jupiter).
- 10/18/13 – Aries Full moon eclipse starts our next eclipse window
- 10/20/13 – Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio
- 11/1/13 – The next exact square between Pluto and Uranus (@9o 26’ Capricorn and Aries). At 12:22 am CDT, the moon passes through 9o 26’ Libra and forms an EXACT (to the arc minute) T-Square with both. Meanwhile, the sun, Mars and Chiron all hover very close to 9o 26’ Scorpio, Virgo, and Pisces respectively.
- 11/3/13 – Solar eclipse at 11o 16’ Scorpio nearly conjuncts Saturn at 13o 53’ Scorpio.
- 11/6/13 – Jupiter stations retrograde in Cancer
- 11/10/13 – Mercury stations direct – still in Scorpio.
You might want to look back at some earlier posts (i.e. A Dynamic Duo and Need versus Desire – Saturn in Scorpio) where I talked about Mercury and/or Saturn since they will conjunct three times over the next two months: 10/8, 10/29 and 11/25.
So what is this time all about? Well, let’s add it up:
- Eclipses are about working with the shadow (so we can better work with the light)
- Mercury retrograde is about looking back (re-doing, re-fining, and re-fixing) so we can better move forward
- Saturn is about taking responsibility for ourselves (and not taking responsibility for that which is out of our control)
Scorpio is at the center of it all, and scorpions are not afraid of damp, dark, narrow crevices deep below the surface.
And we mustn’t forget about the Pluto-Uranus Square of this current era. At the last exact square (5/20/13), Uranus was going forward and Pluto was going backward and people were rebelling against governments. Now Pluto is going forward and Uranus is going backward and the government is decidedly controlling the movement (with its foot firmly on the brake).
Shadows exist at all levels. If you look for them, you will find them: in your government, in your company, in your employees, in your spouse, in your parents, in your kids, in yourself. Some hide their shadows well. Some hang them on the clothesline in the front yard. Some of us fear our shadow more than anything, and some embrace our shadow and tattoo it on our arms.
In order to grow, some animals have to shed their old skins. We do the same thing, it’s simply called death. And yet, for most of us, death is the single most scary concept. We fear our own death and the death of those we love. Thirty-three percent of the Zodiac is fixed, and the fixed vibe doesn’t like change even when it wants change.
One of the hardest things about dying, is we don’t know what we are becoming—at least not with complete confidence. We mostly trust that when we go to sleep, we’ll wake up just fine. Maybe someday we’ll be able to physically and symbolically die with that same amount of ease.
Early man often feared that the onset of a total solar eclipse meant the end of sunlight. We now celebrate these events, as they are spectacular to behold.
It’s funny, living in Austin, TX has shifted a lot for me. I have so much more appreciation for night, dark, cold, clouds, and rain. The sun and its heat are so prevalent, breaks are much appreciated.
The Moon in the Tarot, exemplifies a time when there is not enough light to see clearly. The darkness does not create monsters; it just seems to give them more freedom to roam about. Are we really less safe in the nighttime than in the daytime?
These weeks ahead, we’ll likely experience some time in the shade. It could be a completely personal experience, or we might allow the events in the news to eclipse the light of our day. Work with the shadows that show up. It may be scary, but look at what they show you. You’re going to feel anyway, so maybe consider emoting a little too. Maybe ask a friend for some support when you’re reeling. The nice thing is we don’t all get hit at once. Some of us are more than capable of holding space for you when you most need it, and then another day, you’ll be able to return the favor or pay it forward…
Chiron is not central, but he is involved. I highly recommend watching this brief video about the Wounded Healer:
And lastly, keep in mind that some of this upcoming astrology centers around Libra. Madam Justice exemplifies Libra. She is blindfolded and holding scales. But justice means something different to all of us. We all have different needs and desires. We all feel held back by different forces. Some people really want to be protected, while other just want to be free. While you consider your own preferences, take a moment to recognize that yours don’t and needn’t match everyone else’s. Protect others if you want to feel protected. Give others freedom if you want to feel free.
After my post called Crossing the Bottom of the Sky, I received comments and reading requests from those with similar experiences and/or similar angles in their charts. As a result, I decided to do more investigating into my transits further back. The results were quite interesting.
In Crossing the Bottom of the Sky, I essentially wrote about my experience of the Nodes of the moon crossing my vertical axis. I had been tracking Saturn, but what I most felt were the Nodes. This makes sense. The Nodes’ cycle is much shorter than Saturn’s and is thus more tangible. Saturn takes 29 years to make a full trip around the Zodiac. The Lunar Nodes do the same in 18 years.
If you then consider that you have four primary angles: Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendent, and Medium Coeli, that means the Lunar Nodes transit angles about once every 4 ½ years.
But I don’t want to write about the Nodes; I want to write about Saturn. Similar to the above, Saturn crosses an angle about once every 7 years, give or take. I have long suspected that this is the seven-year-itch we all know about.
Some time ago, I investigated my Saturn cycle—namely when Saturn (in the sky) aspected my Natal Saturn. I looked at my Saturn return (Saturn conjunct Saturn), Saturn opposite Saturn, which just happened about 2 years ago, and the squares in between. When I did that, I saw a long-cycle pattern mostly relating to the major phases of my career(s). The exercise was fruitful, but did not reveal anything extraordinary.
As of result of this most recent Saturn transit, and evaluating a similar transit for a client, I decided to look at my Saturn cycle again, this time evaluating the transits to the angles rather than to my natal Saturn. My jaw hit the table repeatedly.
This month, Saturn crossed my IC. So traveling backward, the last major transit was when Saturn crossed my Ascendant. That happened a single time back in 2006. In fact, the exact date was 8/31/2006. Intriguingly, that was about a week or two before I received a very strong psychic message telling me to move to Austin: a pivotal moment in my life for sure!
But there’s more…
That year, Saturn went retrograde (in my 1st house) on 12/5/2006. Even though I received the message to move to Austin in September, I didn’t do anything about it right away. I evaluated the data—including how I felt about it. And I didn’t talk about it much. I mostly considered whether it was something I was ready, willing, and able to do. Two weeks after Saturn stationed retrograde, I announced my decision.
But then the real work began. I needed to sell my house before I could move. And I needed to do a bunch of stuff before I could sell the house. All it all, it took until the middle of April before my house closed. By April 27th, my move had begun in earnest.
And this is the next part that dropped my jaw. Saturn stationed direct on April 19th, 2007. AND, it had backed up to within TWELVE ARC MINUTES of my Ascendant! Saturn moving forward over my Ascendant told me what I needed to do. Saturn Retrograde back toward my Ascendant helped me clear out the past, and only when Saturn moved forward again did my move actually take place! Very interesting timing, wouldn’t you say?
So OK, I thought, what about the transit before that one?
Saturn crossed my mid-heaven on May 12, 1999—merely 2 months after I moved to San Diego! So Saturn on my Ascendant moved me to Texas, and Saturn on my mid-heaven moved me to San Diego. And what’s even more interesting is that, on the day I actually moved to San Diego (from San Francisco), Saturn (in the sky) occupied the mid-point between my natal Saturn and my MC! My Saturn return—in time—was more than a year earlier…almost two in fact. But the day I moved, Saturn was still only 9 degrees from it.
My Saturn return shifted and changed a lot in my career. By the time it was over, I was back to work—at the same company—but in an entirely different role, and I’m not just talking about my job title. Saturn in my 10th house were some of the best years in my first career.
When Saturn rolled through my 12th house, all sorts of unseen stuff was happening, preparing the big shift from one line of work to the next. And the seven years that Saturn has transited my first quadrant (houses 1, 2, and 3), all sorts of inner development has been occurring.
So, for those of you who like to investigate Astrology as it relates to you personally, looking into your Saturn cycle going backward could be fruitful. But before you do, consider that Saturn is a VERY strong planet in my chart. My stellium (including sun and moon) is in the 10th house, which is Saturn’s home. My Vertex is in Capricorn, and Saturn is one of the two highest planets in my chart. Hell, I’m as much a Capricorn as any Sun in Capricorn I know!
Before I end, I do want to take you back one more iteration. I’m old enough where it was worth looking at when Saturn crossed my Descendant, which it did three times between May 1992 and January 1993. It should not surprise you that:
- 2 months before the earliest transit was the first time I lived alone, and
- 2 months after the last transit was when I started the job I would hold in some form for 15 years.
While that is interesting, this last part is icing on the cake.
In my natal chart, I have Jupiter in the 1st house. Saturn exactly opposed my Natal Jupiter three times. In August 1993, when Saturn (retrograde in my relationship house) opposed my Jupiter, I met a man that I felt an instant connection with. When Saturn next (and for the last time) opposed my Jupiter, that relationship ended in a profoundly painful way. The whole situation induced significant changes in my life that had nothing to do with my career, but had everything to do with my personal relationships.
In looking back, I now understand what that episode was about. I know it was a setup. Saturn was in my 7th house, so the “lesson” was relational, but I now know it was all about me with me (Jupiter in my first house). It has been twenty years since that time, and I’m still gaining insights from it.
And speaking of the 1st house and transits to angles…Mars crossed my Ascendant on Wednesday. Unlike Saturn, I can actually feel a transit like that. The days Mars traipsed the last degrees of my 12th house were not fun. I had no energy whatsoever. And like clockwork, within hours of that transit, I found my energy rising, and my outlook on life rising with it! [It is worth noting that the Sun opposed my Chiron just before Mars crossed into my first house, so I had a double transit on top of the activity at my IC. Heavy stuff!]
Saturn is a difficult planet (and energy) to work with at times. If you’re not left in pain, you could easily be reeling. But Saturn does have a purpose. He is not the gentlest of guides, but he is persistently determined to get you where you want to be.