Saturn in Scorpio: Our Fears of Transformation


On Friday October 5, 2012, Saturn made it’s way into Scorpio for roughly a 2 1/2 year stay until the end of 2014. While there are numerous ways to interpret its significance, if we follow the continuum of planetary progression by sign, this should provide us with some very strong clues.

Saturn’s ingress into Libra symbolized the “quality control” phase in regard to relationships. Often, Saturn is unfairly characterized as a “bad” planet. It’s consistently referred to as the “grim reaper” and it’s archetype is painted as a severe taskmaster hopelessly bound to convention.  While I don’t totally dismiss any of these ideas, I think it’s time that we examined the other side of the coin and look at what makes Saturn’s principles and energy so integral to our progress.

Saturn is a planet of responsibility.

Saturn asks that we exercise our internal fortitude in order to respond to the situations which we’ve created in our lives. The ringed planet symbolizes integrity, which insinuates wholeness: that our thoughts, words and deeds are in consistent alignment with one another. This results in an inner compass which becomes undivided. A unified front which we can always consult in times of need. The kicker to this is that it takes WORK AND COMMITMENT : two more Saturnine principles.

Unfortunately, as a general population, we often gravitate toward that which demands the least of us. We’re regularly figuring out ways to cut corners, to get the maximum returns for the minimum amount of  time and effort expended. With Saturn’s move into Scorpio, I expect there will be more emphasis on intense focus of energies.

I must admit that if I were to rank the planets on their “feel good” vibe, Saturn wouldn’t make the top five. However, we must remember that what feels good to us, isn’t necessarily always beneficial to our overall well being. I’m sure most of us can point to an instance where we met disaster all in the spirit of euphoria.

One of the larger questions with this planetary shift is: Are we afraid of our own transformation?

Saturn in Libra was a time signaling the structuring and solidification of relationships. This could be because we entered  some type of  partnership and pushed ourselves toward a greater degree of commitment, or we’ve ended one and now have more clarity and definition as to where we stand in the greater scheme of things. We now have a solid idea of what relationships we wish to invest more time and energy towards, and those which aren’t worth the deployment of our resources. Either way, Saturn in Scorpio offers marvelous growth potential.

We have the opportunity to deepen the relationship bonds which were formed during Saturn in Libra, as well as unearth a more profound version of reality. Coming to terms not only with the riches that reside in our connections , but also the fundamental humanness, frailty and vulnerability which often times surrounds intimate relating. In the words of Carl Jung:

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

If we’ve broken ties with what was dysfunctional or extraneous in our lives, we have a grand opportunity to examine our negative patterns. Complexes, doubts, fears and inhibitions which possibly might have contributed to the overall dynamic. 

Now, we can embark on the road to facing the reality that we’re not what we once were, that things are not the same.

This period asks that we internalize Saturn principles at their most authentic levels. Also, we must keep in mind that Saturn is directly linked to the law of compensation, as we only get out of this process what we’re willing to put into it.

Are we hesitant to participate in this process of self-scrutiny because we’re afraid of what we’ll find? Or, will Saturn in Scorpio be a situation encouraging the sentiments of Marianne Williamson?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequateOur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measureIt is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Psychologist Abraham Maslow calls the phenomena of how we resist personal transformation and repress our greater potential the “Jonas complex”:

“We fear our highest possibilities (as well as our lowest ones). We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under the most perfect conditions, under conditions of the greatest courage. We enjoy and even thrill to the god-like possibilities we see in ourselves in such peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe and fear before these same possibilities.”
During Saturn in Scorpio, the planetary energies are ripe to regenerate the base of our internal power and authority. We must realize that having the courage and dedication to embark on this mission will ultimately produce crisis, which may prove to be quite painful.If we understand that a crisis is simply a turning point in our development where significant decisions must be made, and not a time of catastrophic proportions, then this phase can be seen as an opportunity rather than an ongoing set of problems. Because of our social conditioning, it may be easier to view it as the latter, especially because of the discomfort and upheaval it may bring. However, as Kahlil Gibran simply and eloquently states:
Your Pain is but the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

During this time we may find ourselves confronted with the intense need to examine our shadow. That part of ourselves which we try to bury because we feel it’s “undesirable” and not fit for public consumption.

A point well worth considering is: when held up to the light, the contents of our shadows have a much greater chance of being analyzed in an accurate manner where both the light and dark can be successfully and productively integrated. Otherwise, as Carl Jung suggests:

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

Saturn in Scorpio also suggests that we may find ourselves knee deep in examination of the impact of sex on our psyche. This symbolism summons our willingness, or lack thereof , to transcend, or eliminate our barriers and boundaries which we’ve constructed in order  to protect our vulnerability.

Do we resemble the animal who would rather DIE and be eaten alive than embark outside of its safe territory? Or, are we willing to engage in psychic and emotional nudity and undergo a symbolic death in order to be re-born at a much more potent level of intimacy?

On the whole, Saturn’s passage into Scorpio asks that we become our own psychologist. Demanding that we level with ourselves and be ruthlessly honestWe must tap into the real nature of our motivations. In this case,coming to terms with reality not only strengthens our life development, but it does wonders towards the healing of ourselves and others.



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