by Robert Wilkinson
Saturn is the most feared and misunderstood planetary force in Astrology, perhaps even more than Pluto. We are told that Pluto is one of those "forces beyond our control," but that Saturn IS our control principle, both how we can and cannot control events and responses, as well as how we are controlled by people and situations. Today we take a new look at how to master Saturn and its lessons.
Among many things, Saturn represents what in esoteric philosophy is called "The Ring-Pass-Not." What is this binding force that teaches us reasonable limits, as well as when we can pierce through those limits into more eternal realms? A while ago I wrote two articles on the nature of the Ring Pass Not. From the original:
The Ring-Pass-Not is comprised of what you are and what you are not, the limit set by your own response to the edge of your fear, as well as the Threshold of Revelation. Your own set limits on what you are willing to accept and BE are other aspects of your Ring-Pass-Not.
We are limited by our ability to act or not act skillfully in situations, this also extending to the emotional and thought levels as well. Become more skillful in surmounting limitations, or find a new way to do something needed, and we will become the teacher we seek, since there is no true separation between the Teacher, the Teaching, and we who are Taught.
In reality there is no limit to the growth of the Soul, but there are limitations of form, different ones required at different seasons of the life. This teaches us a well-rounded Wisdom, and offers textures to our understanding. It is useful to examine how we all (and therefore humanity within us as a seed form) have been limited by various aspects of our understanding that set up certain lessons, both individual and interactive, unique as well as recurring.
The patterns of our lives show us clues toward a larger perspective about things, resources, the players and their roles, and our own relationship to expectations. It is leading each of us, you and me and humanity, beyond old limitations and roles.
From the second article:
The authorship of our existence begins with us. We are learning how to master certain energies that we can fulfill our Dharma, or "true function," in our world. We learn this in many ways until we think we have certain energies down. However, only ego takes any satisfaction in that.
As Eternals having human experiences, even though we may develop some form of material, emotional, mental, and "spiritual" mastery, we still are called to learn how to apply our realizations effectively across the interpersonal and transpersonal dimensions of human existence, as well as the personal. Then we are called to learn to do this in more than one musical key of life. A musician uses all the tones at their disposal. This is the Great Work of the ancient alchemists.
As with any form of learning, it helps for there to be an organized, coherent curriculum. This is what Saturn symbolizes. It is the form given to the Transpersonal Ideal represented by the invisible outer Triad.
Without Saturn we'd be adrift in an infinite sea of lessons, with no beginning, no end, no form, no structure. Saturn represents the outer limits of what we're able to deal with in the moment. These limitations came from somewhere, since none of us is a victim of random circumstances. So just how and why do these limitations come to be?
For your renewed consideration, Saturn and The Ring Pass Not, where you can find the whole of the second article. At the bottom of that article there is a link to the original article. Both are very important examinations of this "binding force," why our lives are structured as they are, and how to break free into the Eternal Life and our Dharma, or "true functioning."
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson