Making Friends With Saturn

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I’m determined to “make friends” with and capitalize on the opportunities which the planetary energy associated with Saturn is offering.

As I’ve matured, I’ve learned to appreciate the depth of symbolism which reflects the archetypal nature of the ringed planet.

In some circles, Saturn is considered to be a “malefic”, but I think it’s important to recognize that there can be a wider context employed when analyzing the planet in its totality. There are definitely two sides to the coin.

While Saturn’s energy is associated with delays, limitations, restrictions and sometimes pain- ALL of these can serve us a tremendous teachers.

Situations where staunch discipline is required and we must delay short-term gratification, or even circumstances where we feel hurt can offer us a top notch education. After all, when we learn lessons the hard way, we’re much less likely to forget them right away.

Saturn isn’t a flashy or glamorous planet by any stretch of the imagination. It’s energy takes us to task: it asks that we get down to business, and engage in finding practical solutions to problems without the aid of quick fixes.

In a world filled with short cuts where the mentality of expecting “something for nothing”  runs rampant, it’s appropriate that Saturn’s reputation is met squarely with its share of grumbling. The more I think about it, I realize that society has a collective fear of Saturnine energies because of our aversion of anything that may be remotely difficult. However, when you analyze what the word actually means, it raises more questions as to why we have such a high level of anxiety.

The word difficult is defined as: “needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with or understand.” Saturn is asking us to actually WORK in order to actualize our aspirations. After all, if we say we want it, shouldn’t we be willing to put in the time, sweat, intellectual or physical rigor to obtain our goals?

As far as Saturn’s relationship with limitations and delays is concerned, sometimes they’re necessary in order to obtain more clarity concerning a person or situation, or better yet, OURSELVES.

It would benefit us all to keep in mind that when it comes to Saturn, we can easily self inflict our pain by attempting to tread the path of least resistance. If we think about our lives more deeply, many of our journeys of self-discovery probably came off the heels of some intensely discomforting circumstances.

I don’t mind sharing that Saturn was in the picture (along with Uranus and Pluto) when I was involved in a tumultuous relationship which I viewed to be limiting. Although there was a high level of discomfort, that experience led me toward the deep exploration and study of the dynamics of partnership Astrology. I was also given cosmic instructions from the taskmaster on the importance of embracing solitude and setting healthy boundaries in relationships. What once seemed painful was merely a reorganization in service of restoring personal congruence.

Saturn is associated with many qualities, but integrity and authority are two that loom large. Regarding authority, Saturn symbolizes our internal locus of control, and the values we’ve worked to discover through time and experience. The breaking of the parental mold, where we firmly place ourselves as the primary manager of our lives.

Integrity isn’t only included in the realm of self-honesty, but it also suggests a wholeness or completeness within our psyche. To be undivided. To have our thoughts, words and actions demonstrate consistency.

During a major “Saturn period”, we may feel frustrated or “fated”, hence the planets reputation as the “lord of Karma”. We may feel as if Senex or “Father Time” is “out to get” us. This simply isn’t true. For these periods of difficulty are necessary to illicit self-exploration as a means to extract meaning out of our situation. Whether it’s a Saturn transit or natal placement, it’s purpose is to show us a specific set of experiences that are required for the development of our WHOLE SELF.

I’m thrilled to say that I’m working on my relationship with Saturn, and I appreciate what I’m learning. Although it’s not an easy task, my hope is that we’ll be friends one day soon, and if there’s a delay on that, I have faith that it’s all in the name of gaining a higher level of clarity about my life and myself.

Photo : Everett Prewitt

 

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Capricorn Sun, Taurus Moon

When I think about the Capricorn Sun, Taurus Moon combination, both the image and idea of blue chip stocks comes to mind.

The reason why people to choose to invest in these stocks and the energy which provides stimulus to earth signs are very similar: a reputation for quality, stability, maturity and a steadiness which can withstand dips between high and low in both the economy and life in general. Essentially, this Sun-Moon blend is stationed on solid ground.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Capricorn and the Moon in Taurus, the individual is fueled by making things happen in an authoritative capacity. Managing, directing and controlling. Straight up running the show,whether this is from an external point of view as a CEO or an internal focus of self-mastery.

In this placement, the life energy is geared toward leading by example and bearing the standard of integrity and responsibility, which means aligning thoughts, words and actions consistently as well as responding to the life conditions that one has created in a constructive manner. There’s also a motivation to achieve and receive status and recognition for one’s accomplishments which have come as a result of hard work,discipline and perseverance.

Capricorn energy lends itself toward having the patience in order to climb even the highest mountain to the pinnacle of success. They don’t just want to show up to the party, they want to be the best. In their mind, if they were going to be average, they could’ve just stayed at home.

As reflected by the Taurus Moon, this individuals emotional and personality needs are to uphold the status quo. To infuse a familiarity into the state of affairs. This is because once they’ve found a “formula” for certain ways of doing and being, they prefer to stick with what works.

As a matter of fact, the bull finds a certain beauty in this simplicity. Nothing fancy, just the appreciation of the sensual pleasures of life, building and maintaining financial and spiritual wealth.

The desire for Taurean comfort also stems from it’s correlation to safety. if one stays in the realm of the known, then there’s a greater likelihood that the more unfamiliar elements of life which disturb predictability can be kept at arms length. Unfortunately, more value is often placed on having the situation remain the same rather than if it’s actually favorable or unfavorable.

It may help individuals with this Sun-Moon blend to possibly reframe their ideas about what constitutes true security. To consider that the process of change holds just as much potential to transform and enrich life as it does to harm or disturb it. 

Also, just because we may have committed to a particular plan or focus in the past doesn’t mean that we’re hopelessly bound to traveling in that direction. We have the freedom to shift as situational and environmental factors reveal themselves.

Strategies can be elastic. You’re capable diversify your portfolio of life options.

Just because a certain system “works” doesn’t mean that it’s going to continue to. After all, people and times have a way of changing, and too much riding on the waves of the familiar can certainly create the element of inertia, which is formally defined as:

” A property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted on by some external force.”

This Sun-Moon combination can work most optimally by taking calculated risks and employing flexible strategies for living.  By periodic assessments of their operational methods. Evaluating based on their effectiveness rather than their familiarity.

I’ve been a fan of Hip Hop Artist A.Z. ever since he made his debut on Nas’ “Illmatic” album. Right here, he’s collaborated with the eclectic producer Rodney Hazard on the track “Vintage”, which captures the spirit of this Sun/Moon blend. Please enjoy: