by Robert Wilkinson
Saturn goes stationary retrograde on January 25 at 10:11 pm PST, January 26 at 6:11 am Greenwich. This marks a threshold state, and we shall see many ripples on the karmic pond return to center between now and mid-June 2011.
Saturn teaches us lessons and responsibilities as it moves forward each year. When any planet goes retrograde, we get a chance to take a walk back over familiar ground. Saturn will move back to 11 Libra between now and June 12-13, giving us a new look at themes, lessons, and ways to mature our responses wherever we have 11-18 Libra in our chart.
At that time it again moves forward, giving us a 3rd change to learn from and master this span of experience in mid-Libra. So from mid-June through late October, we'll be able to show our ability to respond to these lessons, preparing for new karmic events coming this Winter that will help us pay dues and restore elements of our individuality that may have gotten lost in the past.
Due to the quality of 18 Libra, you can bet we will see or impose consequences wherever this falls. I suspect this will balance accounts, adjust perspectives, and offer opportunities to repair something that was wrecked by thoughtless behavior in the past by self or others.
Rudhyar says this degree is about the "responsibility of individual to society in terms of normal behavior," "return to values," and an "obligation to face objective facts." This degree is also said to concern the "expectable results" of breakdowns in the "constructive relationship" between individuals and society.
Dr. Jones says this is about a demand for being consistent, and "a balance between inner and outer capacities." Here we are responsible for our "essential characteristics," since these show us the need that our potential "be brought to some point of immediate and effective function." The keyword is CONSEQUENCE, and when operating in a healthy way, "a heightened challenge to every special talent."
These themes will be the "bottom tone" or Saturn's "beat" for the next 4 1/2 months wherever it falls in our charts. Saturn's influence can work productively or destructively, depending on how we relate to Saturn's energy. That means we shall either find forms of dominion over our lives restoring just conditions, or bondage to consequences resulting from avoidance, imbalances, or destructive recklessness.
One thing to remember: though some consequences of past or present actions or inactions can be difficult, all must be accounted for and karmically balanced if we are to become integrated Beings living our Higher Self. We shall be getting new perspectives on what we've done or not done correctly since October, with the ability to restore equilibrium in our lives and personalities. Keep that in mind as you encounter opportunities to show maturity in repairing what needs repair.
In part 2, we'll take a brief look at Saturn going stationary in the houses of the birth chart, and what lessons the next few months hold.
Copyright © 2011 Robert Wilkinson