by Robert Wilkinson
Now that we've been living with Saturn conjunct the South Node for a few weeks and will be until mid-December around the time of Saturn's retrograde station, I thought I'd give a reflection on what I've seen so far. Seems like a perfect Mercury RX thing to do, especially since Mercury is the dispositor of Saturn and thus has something to do with how we view it.
I responded to one of many questions about how to use the Saturn conjunct South Node wisely with the following:
I observe that the Saturn-SN conjunction has brought up things and people from the past that are better observed following the line of least resistance, since it seems there's little to do but learn from these various events. Sort of like taking a look at certain assumptions, duties, and obligations accepted in the past but time to shed now.
So far, I have seen it manifest several times recently as an echo from the past while seeing what's not working in the present. Old patterns of assumptions around duties, obligations, responsibilities have been put forth with no possible productive response but silence, letting go, and doing whatever would constitute the "line of least resistance."
Factoring in the Mercury RX influence, I've seen it work as discussing old problematic experiences from the hindsight of sober understanding, and examining inertias from whether they work magnetically in the present or not. The reconnections are great, even if there's a lot we cannot discuss at present. And of course the energies should shift significantly when it moves into Libra and goes stationary direct, still dispositing Saturn.
As the Mercury Retrograde period ends and we prepare to move forward in those areas with the insights gleaned from the past three weeks, we will have a sense of an ending. I would think that the ending, such as it is at any RX ending, will be one of going back as far as we need to in that area, and having retraced that ground there's a new "platform" of understanding enabling us to move forward with a different view. You'll find you can apply this in the coming Mars retrograde as well.
So to sum up, given Saturn's place in early Virgo and Mercury slipping back to a degree of transformation on a social-cultural level revealed as a result of a "mutation" associated with some expiation or dues-paying period, I would think that the outcome of this period is a heart's strength after being as practical as one can while shedding old chains and stones. It's definitely time to let go of useless fear, worry, criticisms of self or others, and do whatever discipline is natural for this time of reconnections, deep feelings, and new heart power leading us to the next stage of our practical discipleship, regardless of the form that takes.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson