by Robert Wilkinson
Saturn just went stationary retrograde at 12 Scorpio. This will be a main lesson for the next 7 months. What does this mean?
At this time in history, Saturn goes stationary retrograde in February, and will go direct in July at 5 Scorpio. You will recall that in the past two years, this meant that Saturn did its review and reflection from February through June, and then re-traced the span until it moved into unknown zones in the Autumn of each year.
This year Saturn will be retrograde until July. So from now till then, we get to review lessons we were first exposed to between November 2012 through now. Scorpio deals with magnetism, loss, intensification of interaction, and feelings of connectedness or an inability to feel closeness. It is the sign where we go beyond forms into essence, beyond appearances into the very magnetism that attracts or repels that which is similar or dissimilar to whatever is the source of attraction.
So Saturn’s stationary degree indicated we would be learning about “facing the consequences” in 2011, and as I recall, I did and everyone I know did. Some consequences were good, some bad, and some clearly indicated it was time to leave “the doomed ship.” In 2012, it was about coming to some sort of “philosophical completion,” which was also the case for me and everyone I know. Now it’s at 12 Scorpio, showing us the theme of 2013.
The symbol for 12 Scorpio is “An embassy ball.” Rudhyar says this degree is one of “social recognition of accomplishment as the substance of a ritual of human association,” “certification of rank,” and “ambition.”
In the Mandala he states this degree is one of “Group-consciousness, as it flowers at the highest level in cultural interchanges between representatives of the elite of the ruling class.” He says this degree requires that we meet other people “at the highest possible level of cultural interplay… rather than with an everyday type of consciousness and behavior.”
I interpret this to mean that we will all have opportunities to become “ambassadors” or “diplomats” in our world, and that for at least the next 7 months we have to be our best in social situations, and meet others at a higher level of cultural interaction. In short, don’t be too familiar, and conduct yourselves at the highest level of dignity and respect, both for self and others. Don’t be stiff, but don’t be casual. Apparently there are times when a certain type of classy “formality” is the best way to be when we’re in public situations.
Dr. Jones says this degree is about imagination as a great “effective corrective” to get ourselves on track, where we can examine our loyalties to see if they are bringing us “the self-fulfillment to which (we) aspire.” He says this deals with the “practical values of life,” and involves “the political organization of society as either a consummation or exploitation of personal potentialities.”
He offers the keyword of DISPLAY. He states that when this degree works positively, it is “an absolute stability of self as a contribution to group integrity.” This degree involves faith, magnetism, deeper connectedness, spiritual sensitivity, universality, and sustaining ideals.
Obviously this will play out many ways, just as the consequences of 2011 and the philosophical completions of 2012 did. People born the end of January and beginning of February, the end of April and beginning of May, the end of July and beginning of August, and the end of October and beginning of November are profoundly impacted, as are everyone with planets anywhere near 4-14 Scorpio.
10-14 are most affected now and in the late Summer and early Autumn, with 4-8 affected in June, July, and August this year (even though you began your Saturn journey in November 2012.) And of course, if Saturn is conjunct, square, or opposed something in your chart, please refer to the recent 3-part series explaining what that is about and what you can do about it.
So from now through Summer, enjoy taking a new look at lessons begun between October 2012 and now. These are the major themes of this year, and we’ll be looking through the retrograde lens through July, and then applying our wisdom and understanding through September. Just show some class and style, meet others at a higher level of interaction, and you might just become the ambassador of your Higher Self!
Copyright © 2013 Robert Wilkinson