by Robert Wilkinson
Saturn just went stationary retrograde at 24 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 (SRX) in early March, and will go direct(SD) in July at 17 Scorpio. You will recall that in the past two years, 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.
Each year Saturn goes retrograde 12 degrees farther along than its previous year, and goes direct 12 degrees further as well. In 2011, SRX at 18 Libra, SD at 11 Libra. In 2012, SRX at 30 Libra, SD at 23 Libra. In 2013, SRX at 12 Scorpio, SD at 5 Scorpio. In 2014, SRX at 24 Scorpio, SD at 17 Scorpio.
This year Saturn will be retrograde until July. So from now till then, we get to review lessons we were first exposed to between late November 2013 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.
In 2013, Saturn’s stationary degree indicated that we would be learning about a higher level of social interaction, group consciousness, and/or meeting people at a more “diplomatic” or “ambassadorial” level of relationship. This was about being our best self in all interactions, rather than casual or with an “everyday” type of attitude. It may be useful to see how you’ve “stepped up” over the past year, and now relate to others with a dignity or respect you cultivated last year.
Now it’s at 24 Scorpio, showing us the theme of 2014. This is the threshold of a review of Saturn’s track over the past three months.
The symbol for 24 Scorpio is “Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man.” Rudhyar says this degree is one of “the power in well-formulated ideas to become actual facts,” “practical inspiration; or else inability to face a vital challenge.”
In the Mandala he states this degree is one of “the need to incorporate inspiring experiences and teachings into everyday living.” He says this is about assimilating “peak experiences,” and allowing that to “transform our everyday consciousness and behavior.” He states the challenge of this symbol is to allow our Soul’s illumination to transfigure our lives.
I interpret this to mean that we will all have opportunities to use what we’ve heard, felt, or thought about to transform our lives and become those truths we’ve heard or experienced. For the next 7 months we’ve entered a time of radical transformation, where we become the inspiration for others’ transformations, and others become our teachers to help us transform our lives. And a sense of frustration is a clear signal to use the truths you’ve found to change your way of acting, feeling, or thinking.
Dr. Jones says this degree is about “recognition for intellectual attainment, and of the supremacy of spiritual over other more tangible forms of authority.” He states that “any higher realization must be brought to earth both for its initial confirmation and its ultimate sharing,” and “aspiration is meaningless until it achieves some practical focus” in familiar realms and events.
He offers the keyword of APPEAL. He states that when this degree works positively, it is “an Almost spectacular ability to enlist the higher potentialities of everyone for some practical need of the moment.” This degree involves faith, magnetism, deeper connectedness, social responsibility, universality, and sustaining ideals.
Obviously this will play out many ways, just as the consequences of 2011, the philosophical completions of 2012, and the refinement of our interactions of 2013 did. People born the middle of February, May, August, and November are profoundly impacted, as are everyone with planets anywhere near 20-28 Scorpio.
21-27 Scorpio are most affected now through early May, and will be again in September, October, and November. 15-21 Scorpio will be most impacted from May through September. And of course, all planets in Scorpio have been restructured or limited by Saturn’s influence since late 2012, and will be through the end of 2014. After that, Saturn enters Sagittarius and begins a new era! I’ll be publishing some articles about Saturn’s aspects to planets in the near future.
So from now through Summer, enjoy taking a new look at lessons begun between November 2013 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. That that you know how to conduct yourself at a higher, more refined level of interacting, allow your spiritual truths to transform your everyday life. You have nothing to lose but your fear and rigidity.
Copyright © 2014 Robert Wilkinson