Saturn in the last degree of Scorpio (29 Scorpio) since September 1 stays there until September 17 when he bids Scorpio adieu for another 29 and a half years and moves into the sign of Sagittarius.
Sometimes likened to the grim reaper, Saturn is often feared by astrologers. Known as the “Lord of Karma” and “Father Time,” this planet’s ability to strike terror in the hearts of mortals has existed since the ancients watched his movements closely and with fear over millennia.
In reality, however, the archetype of Saturn–always serious and never a barrel full of laughs–represents for us all the process of maturation.
When Saturn comes calling (either through a transit to one of our natal planets or important points, via another planet in the sky aspecting our natal Saturn, or simply through the house he’s currently transiting in your chart), he’s asking us to GROW UP.
As Peter Pan figured out, growing up is often not much fun. It means taking on responsibility, viewing our world through a much wiser lens, and building for ourselves the kind of foundation (be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual) that will last.
Saturn represents boundaries.
In one’s natal chart, the planet Saturn signifies the authoritarian parental figure in our early lives–be that our mother, father, or anybody else who played this role when we were young–who restricted us from running willy-nilly into the street to be hit by a truck.
Sometimes this part may even have been played by a parental substitute such as an institution, corporation, or religious or governmental body that provided foundational support (for better or for worse), but who also imposed restrictions upon you.
I refer to Saturn as the planet who’s energy reminds us that we can’t have dessert until we finish our dinner, and that we can’t go out to play until we’ve done our homework…
Saturn’s TRUE purpose?
To lay the foundation upon which we may build our lives so that we may–through recognizing appropriate boundaries–realize our dreams through grounding them.
This, in turn, allows us to actually manifest these dreams into something REAL, and thereby fulfill this lifetime’s karmic destiny–a.k.a. our soul’s true purpose!
LETTING GO OF ALL THAT NO LONGER SERVES
September 17 marks the end of Saturn’s two and a half year journey through Scorpio, the archetypal energy of transformation, death, rebirth, sexuality, deep trust & bonding, joint resources, and other peoples’ money.
The Scorpio archetype often represents secrets–particularly around anything considered to be “taboo,” such as sex, death, & rock ‘n roll (nah, just kidding, haha– well, about the rock ‘n roll, that is…)
Saturn in Scorpio has already brought to the surface all kinds of “secrets” that have shaken the foundation of those for whom he’s hitting sensitive chart points.
The coming to light of Bill Cosby’s sordid sexual past (during which he sexually violated unwilling women) and the recent release of Ashley Madison subscriber names (those who sought secret sexual liaisons specifically for the purpose of cheating on a spouse or significant other) are but only two relatively recent examples…
There are many more skeletons that have floated to the surface for many of us since Saturn entered Scorpio in October 2012.
Ah, but here’s the key: The Pluto-ruled Scorpio archetype is about all those nasty things that lurk beneath the surface. Saturn’s journey through this sign has pried these nasty’s (the TRUE motivations behind your thoughts, desires, actions–of the venal, carnal and just-about-any-kind) from your innermost psyche, and allowed them to float freely to the surface.
To be cognizant of what lurked beneath your consciousness is to be free of their negative effects upon you.
Ergo, Saturn’s trip through Scorpio–while not exactly a bed of roses–has been extremely lightening (and enlightening!) in its own way…
So what skeletons have come out of your closest since October 2012 when Saturn entered Scorpio?
What long-held secrets, sexual relationships (compulsive or otherwise), joint financial resources, and distrust/trust of another/others can you breathe a sigh of relief to now have revealed to the world?
In the end, which of these secrets has freed you from your torment, your anguish, or the just plain exhaustion of repressing, stuffing, sitting on, or preventing them from reaching the cold hard light of day?
As Saturn readies himself to enter Sagittarius on September 17 for the next two and a half years–it’s time to ask ourselves if we’ve got something still to confess and release…
…something hidden so deep that we must decide if it’s easier to continue along the same path forward than it is to turn around and go back…
During these next few days, Saturn is asking us all to reflect upon what has either already been taken from our lives, or what still needs to go.
It’s now or never, folks, because Saturn’s determined to have you release from your subconscious all of those secrets that grip you by the throat and demand you shove your hand in your pocket and pay up–or else…
And that’s because Saturn KNOWS that it’s these things, hidden deep within, that keep you from realizing your dream–particularly if that dream is currently UNREALISTIC or ungrounded.
Whatever has left your life, or is yet to leave–whatever cat’s gotten out of the bag–is intended to make you stronger, not weaker, and able to stand on your own two feet–alone…