A few hours after Mercury retrograded last week, Saturn (teacher, discipline, structure, Dweller on the Threshold), entered Sagittarius, sign of the Archer, after two and a half years in Scorpio. Saturn remains in Sagittarius until Dec. 20, 2017. Saturn teaches us caution, helps build foundations of true knowledge and calls us to practical, useful and meaningful living. Saturn teaches moderation. Enlightenment (a fire) comes slowly and in moderation. Or else we burst into flames. Sometimes with Saturn we can feel melancholy, distant and cold. We learn what our limits are. Saturn builds an identification with our courage and inner strength.
With Saturn in Libra, we learned right relations; in Scorpio, discipleship training. In Sagittarius, we begin a new journey. “Out on the plains, in plain sight, on a white horse, Hercules on a noble journey, eyes set on the prize—the mountains of Capricorn.” In Sag we consider what truth and justice are, we attempt to see behind and remove the veils hiding Lady Justice’s eyes. We seek to know our principles, their origins, where they are taking us. We want principles to guide us like an arrow directed at the target of authenticity and truth.
In Sagittarius, we seek knowledge and wisdom that makes us teachers. Saturn, the Great Teacher, sees to all of this. The usual excessive behaviors of Sag are curtailed when Saturn enters Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter’s expansiveness becomes more defined, structured and more realistic—good lessons for both Sag and Jupiter. We become practical and responsible, embarking finally on our “noble journey.”
Esoteric Astrology as News for Week of September 23
Aries March 21–April 20
You’re sensitive to the image projected publically. Much success comes to you in the coming years. Saturn is forming an umbrella of security encompassing all of your endeavors. Saturn is also calling you to learn new things, take up a new study, train, mentor, teach, share knowledge and travel. All of these are offered in the next two years. You expand intellectually which then expands and opens the 12 heart petals.
Taurus April 21–May 21
Beliefs shared with others, intimate connections, money and resources held in common all undergo significant change. Desires and aspirations shift, too. Truth becomes most important. No more illusions, fantasies, make-believe or distortions. Just the plain facts. Reality. Finances, debts and obligations will be tended to. You will ponder upon death and what it means. And consider preparing for this great adventure.
Gemini May 22–June 20
We enter relationships in order to learn how to be in them. So we can have a reflection of ourselves, learning about love (giving and receiving), companionship, cooperation and sacrifice. The next two years focus Geminis on all aspects of relationship. Saturn defines, strengthens, brings structure and responsibilities to, and disciplines all relationships. You will examine partnerships, commitments and what you truly need.
Cancer June 21–July 20
Relationships with family, children, nurture, and things nourishing may test you, along with changes in these relationships. There could be strengthening ties, seeking more recognition or separations. Whatever occurs is for the best. There may be pressure to complete tasks, reorganize the home and work environments, be more responsible, to serve more. You need more sleep in the next couple of years, more rest each day.
Leo July 21–August 22
You may begin to feel that there’s no energy or vital life spark left inside. That your purpose is no longer known. Or that your creativity has disappeared. What’s occurring is a restructuring of the self, a new self is developing, leading to a stronger sense of artistic and creative purpose and expression. Before new identities emerge, the old must die away. You consider past love affairs. Seeing that they were good. Forgiving yourself and them. It’s the season.
Virgo August 23–September 22
Re-evaluate, re-work, re-orient, re-order, re-structure. These are Saturn’s tasks for you for the next two years. These will significantly change you personally and psychologically, slowly over time, creating a state of preparation for greater creative expressiveness. You will tend to your health and well-being, and recognize limitations and ways to better serve and assume more responsibility everywhere. Do not feel burdened. Carry on with a spirit of joy.
Libra September 23–October 22
Saturn will be looking at and assessing your communication skills; how you gather and disseminate information professionally and socially. Saturn will offer new ideas on how to organize thoughts and speak with others. You might sound (and feel) more serious. Learning takes precedence over everything. Events, interactions and communications will be actual learning experiences. You might suddenly feel shy, restrained and thus seek limits and boundaries. Understanding the art of forgiveness becomes a theme.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
The constant pressure felt the last 60 months finally ceases. There’s a feeling, slowly, of relief. You are now to construct a bow and quiver of arrows. You’re to take archery lessons. And study calligraphy. You’re to also study the Ninth Labor of Hercules, understanding it. What occurred in that labor? And how does it apply to you? You are to tend to finances, know you’re worth everything, become practical and slow down. More later.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
You are to follow the directions given above in Scorpio. But more seriously. For you are the “Archer.” Saturn will be creating a complete change of personal identity in the next years. Your physical body must be tended to carefully. You will become more mature, somber. A new sense of self-confidence will form. After the old one fades away. Guard against discouragement, as a new inner courage is being built. Simplify your life in every way.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
You are completing one cycle of life and beginning a new cycle. In the middle of the two there is a transition; a looking inward, a deep reflection of all that’s occurred before. Creating a truthfulness and cleansing, seeking emotions hiding away, bringing them to the light. This may feel uncomfortable. But it’s good and necessary. Saturn wants to take all the goodness within you and prepare the future with it.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
You’ve been a very responsible person these last years, learning about your place in the world. Now things will begin to change. Transitioning into you seeking hopes, wishes and dreams, asking who your friends are and how to build and create community. You search for like-minded others, no longer sustaining casual unhelpful relationships. You consider your happiness, your needs and the future to prepare for. You will do all that’s needed. Steadily.
Pisces February 19–March 20
A new set of rules, agendas, structures, disciplines appear concerning your work in the world. A secure professional foundation of your visions will be built over the next several years. Saturn steps in to anchor what one’s task is in the world. There will be recognition and rewards along with greater duties and responsibilities. It’s important to call forth right discernment, right timing and right choice in all endeavors. These virtues are the result of aligning with the will-to-good. It’s time.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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