Saturn, the father of Jupiter (Zeus), was a most terrifying god to primitive man. Originally called Chronos (Time), and often confused with the Titan Cronus, it was the ancients all-devouring Black Hole with the longest observable repeatable period in the sky, which is around 30 years. Also known as Aeon, he is often depicted as an old man with a long gray beard.
Saturn rules Capricorn and the 10th House (Public Image, Career and Destiny). In the body Saturn rules the bones, skin, and spleen.
As the god of agriculture, Saturn founded human society, and social order. The period of his rule was known as a golden age on Earth, honored by the Saturnalia feast.
Beginning on December 17, the Saturnalia was celebrated for 7 days. All business stopped and executions and military operations were postponed. It was a period of goodwill, devoted to banquets and the exchange of visits and gifts. Slaves were freed, given places of honor at the family table and served by their masters.
Saturn (the stern father figure) and Capricorn horoscopes are associated with restrictions, limitations and fear. But those qualities have their purpose, as they call us to examine those self-imposed limitations within ourselves and free ourselves from them.
Saturn is by nature cold and dry, a melancholy, earthy, masculine, solitary, and diurnal planet. When Saturn rules the ascendant (rising sign), the native is of average stature and dark or pale complexion, has small black eyes, broad shoulders, and black hair, and is ill shaped about the lower extremities.
When Saturn is well dignified, the native is grave and wise, studious and severe, of an active and penetrating mind, reserved and patient, constant in attachment but implacable in resentment, upright and inflexible. If the planet is ill dignified, then the native will be sluggish, covetous, and distrustful; stubborn, malicious, and malcontented.
Capricornians are unable to keep to themselves, and can spread gloom, tension and depression to everyone around them. In the extreme this trait can make them manic-depressive, ecstatic happiness alternating with the most wretched kind of misery for no reason that the subject of these emotions can name.
“Capricious”, they can be surprisingly and suddenly witty and subtle for the dull, prosaic creatures they seem to be, and they also have a tendency to ruin everything earned by their caution and shrewdness by unexpected and utterly irresponsible bouts of flippancy. Another unexpected quality in some Capricornians is an interest in the occult which persists in spite of their naturally skeptical turn of mind.
With subtle intellects, they are capable of profound thoughts with little originality, have good memories and an insatiable yet methodical desire for knowledge. They are rational, logical and clearheaded, have good concentration, delight in debate in which they can show off their cleverness and logic.
Faults to which the type is prone are over-conventionality, bigotry, selfishness, avarice and miserliness, chronic complaining, incessant unnecessary worrying, and severity spilling over into cruelty.
This is a highly practical, unemotional planet, associated with concrete reality, material things, rules and laws, and authority. Saturn is not a creative influence; rather it reminds us of our duty to act responsibly to maintain the established social order, and to develop self-discipline for order in our life and to persist during times of hardship. Those qualities, in turn, are associated with ambition and careers.
Saturnine types of individuals form strong goals early in life, and devote much of the available time to fulfilling them. Serious, focused, reliable, dutiful, responsible and capable beyond their years, they can also be somber perfectionists or depressed, anxious workaholics, especially when stymied in accomplishing their lofty aims.
The older they get and the more of their goals they fulfill, the more they grow mellow and cut themselves some slack. They can become the elders of the tribe with valuable practical experience to pass along. Saturn’s been in Libra since November 2009, and it will stay there (except for a brief retreat into Virgo during spring and early summer 2010) into October 2012.
Saturn in Libra worries about justice, the rule of law, negotiating through disputes, mediating conflicts, and generally using codified procedures to keep people from indulging their instincts to blow each other up and commit acts of violence. Saturn takes 28 years to go all around your chart, Uranus takes over 80 years and Pluto will not make it all the way around your chart during your lifetime. Saturn is not finished with you yet, Virgo.
Saturn is exalted in the sign of Libra, so we find Saturn operating at its very best during most of this year. Saturn is the task master of the zodiac which brings us structure, discipline, hard work, restrictions and fear. Saturn has been squaring Pluto since November 2009, and we may have all witnessed the beginnings of the tearing down of social structures which are no longer working. Saturn in Libra brings social structures into equilibrium, and Pluto destroys that which no longer works.
As the planet of obstacles and inadequacy moves through Libra, all types of partnerships are challenged. The second Saturn return is a much commented upon astrological phenomenon that occurs for everyone around the ages of 58 to 60. It signifies the time when Saturn returns to the sign it was when you were born.
The first time in your life that Saturn returned to Libra, you were close to 30 years old and you were asked to realize that you’re not going to die anytime soon and that what you do has consequences because it affects your future. At the second Saturn return, you are asked to realize that you’re not going to live forever and that what you do has consequences because you only have a certain amount of time left to do what you came to do. The second Saturn return can be difficult because lots of people are not all that anxious to face mortality, don the mantle of wise elder, and accept their responsibilities to the rest of humanity.
Your job as a member of the Saturn in Libra generation is to hold out for justice, law, and fairness anyway. Since Saturn (mastery) will return into the sign of Libra (relationships) this summer 2010 and then be connecting to both Uranus (awakener) and Pluto (transformation) – relationships, Love, Intimacy are all relevant topics. The real hot spot of 2010 is late July/early August, when Mars in Libra also conjoins Saturn.
During the next few months we have Uranus and Jupiter in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra, and all of these making a highly stressful Cardinal T Square to Pluto in Capricorn. On August 21st Saturn squares Pluto, and that brings to an end the intense cluster of difficult outer planet transits. Jupiter and Pluto have moved into Capricorn and Saturn has moved into Virgo. Jupiter Saturn and Pluto have a strong association with the economy.
In traditional astrology Jupiter and Saturn have long been considered to rule the economy and have a strong correlation with the movement of financial markets. Notice how the markets began to lift when Jupiter a Saturn are in fire and air signs. The Jupiter – Saturn cycle is entering its waning (opposition) phase. The exception is 2015 when both Jupiter and Saturn are in fire signs. In Astrology, Saturn represents your sense of practical ambition, your need for status, your concern for your public reputation, your desire for wide recognition.
Generally, Saturn is considered the place which represents our karma or where our life’s lessons must be learnt. Libra is the sign ruling relationships, fairness, seeking balance, peace and beauty, so with Saturn in this sign the universe is asking us to find these qualities in all our partnerships and relationships with others. The Saturn return at age 28-30, and each 28 years thereafter, is considered to be a major milestone in a person’s life. Generation Y born between late September 1980 – late November 1982, will be experiencing their first Saturn return during 2010.
The Saturn return marks the official point of embarking on adulthood, so decisions on marriage, house buying or having children will be utmost in Gen Y’s minds. Baby boomers born between August 1951 and October 1953 will be experiencing their 2nd Saturn return, and will find that decisions made or lessons learned during the past 28 years will effect their lives as they enter the retirement stage.
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