In Pt. 1 of this subject, I covered the progressed Moon cycle and some of how we experience this 27+ year cycle affecting how we feel life on a day to day, week to week, and month to month level. In this article, we'll explore how it relates to the Saturn cycle, the 29+ year cycle that every few decades brings us the dreaded Saturn return, not a bad thing if you know how to deal with it, though it seldom is an easy time due to the endings and realities that impress themselves upon our perception.
The progressed Moon squares the natal position in just under 7 years, more or less depending on the speed of the Moon by progression. This square, occurring when we are young, prepares us for a new experience of our day to day life, usually corresponding with school and the realization that our parents have rhythms that don't revolve entirely around us. The opposition occurs between 12-14 years old, the entry into adolescence.
At 19-20, the progressed Moon "upper squares" our natal Moon, again marking a shift in our public self, our self-image, or our feelings about the direction of our life and how others are viewing us as viewed through our own emotional filters. We get the lunar return around 27, this resetting our emotional defaults due to our subconsciousness recognizing, whether we consciously do or not, that we've now experienced an entire cycle of the zodiac, and that we now are different than we were. We face a new life with a sense of the totality of what we've been through.
A similar thing happens with the cycles of Saturn, but because it is a transit, it represents more the circumstances, limitations, and sense of responsibility that we experience as part of a larger complex of authorities and rules we have little or no control over. Saturn lower squares itself at about 7+, showing a time when regardless of our inner emotional changes and crises, we must try to learn what we can within the binding circumstances Saturn represents. It is the first point at which we come under the authority of those who are not of our immediate family.
Saturn opposes itself at 14+, showing a time when we become oppositional to whatever authoritarian patterns we've been living within, or show that we have mastered to whatever degree the rules and expectations we've been under up to that point. There is a sense of public visibility, but only as a function of the subjective experience we've lived up to that point.
Saturn "upper squares" itself at about 22, preparing us for a period of knowing we are responsible for ourselves within a larger social visibility, and of course finds its way to the Saturn return between 28-29, a point in life when we figure out what we can and cannot live with, and make our move to throw off the chains of social rules that don't apply to us and live our unlived potential. Then the entire cycle repeats again.
That the Moon makes its critical shifts just before Saturn indicates that we sense, or feel, the shift before we confront what we have to do about it. As you can see, the gap between the lunar and Saturn shifts grows in length as we get older, so that by the second lunar return at 55 we are given a 3-4 year gap until we confront the hard realities of the second Saturn return. So we get to shift our experience of the changes before we have to accept new responsibilities and repudiate old limitations.
The lunar shifts occur at the life points discussed above, with more around 34, 41, 48, 55, 62, 69, 76, and 82-83. The Saturn shifts occur at 7, 14, 22, 29, 36, 43, 50, 58-59, 65-66, 72-73, and 79-80. These are approximate, of course, since the speed of the Moon and Saturn shift at different times of the year, and even in different signs. For more precise points in your own charts, please consult an ephemeris or a professional astrologer.
(Originally posted 16 May 2005 8:47 am)