by Robert Wilkinson
Saturn has been in Scorpio since October 2012, and has put everyone with planets in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius through some heavy changes. We now move into the end game of Saturn in Scorpio.
In a couple of weeks I’ll write more about Saturn going direct and what we can all expect in the times to come as it again traverses the last half of Scorpio and moves into early Sagittarius between now and March 2014. Today I’ll offer you something that picks up a thread from about 7-9 years ago. It’s about ending old relationships and beginning new ones.
As I noted in the first paragraph, all of us with planets in the Fixed signs have been experiencing a lot of changes, endings, and (sometimes) hard lessons related to those planetary functions. Since all of us have these signs in our charts in varying strengths, we’ve all been intensely affected since 2012, and will be through the end of the year. Of course, those with planets in the early part of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius were most heavily affected between late 2012 and late 2013, while those with planets in the middle parts of those signs have been most affected since late 2013.
The rest of this year, as well as June through September 2015, those with planets in the late degrees of the Fixed signs will be most powerfully affected. Where Saturn transits in our charts, we confront what we can and cannot live with. And of course, 99% of our life experiences involve other people to a greater or lesser degree.
When transiting Saturn conjuncts, squares, or opposes a planet, it challenges the relationships in our lives represented by that planet. (I’ll explain more about this phenomenon that “planets are people” in an article coming soon.) During the time Saturn has been in Libra and Scorpio, two signs intimately involved with the relationships in our lives, while we may or may not have ended a significant relationship, I believe most of us have confronted radical relationship changes at some point since late 2009.
Saturn transits require that we redefine our sense of who we think we are, based in the new challenges, duties, limiting conditions, and responsibilities that occur. As we encounter life experiences, we change and become different people in important and far-reaching ways. Saturn transits help us get clear in our sense of who we are and who we’re not in the here and now, and what we can and cannot live with in the life areas affected.
The best of Saturn brings new maturity and wising up in ways we never dream of before they happen. Whatever Saturn touches brings solid understanding about what truly motivates us, as well as clarity about old behaviors that lead only to sorrow, suffering, fear, or a sense of bondage and limitation. These sorts of experiences help us to come out of illusion into a clearer sense of the reality we are supposed to live, that which will bring forth the best understanding in us.
This often involves saying goodbye to certain relationships that have outlived their time in our lives. I believe ending a relationship that is no longer indicative of our Truth of Being opens the door to a more appropriate one to come at just the right time, since Nature abhors a vacuum. We change, and continue to change, throughout life, ideally becoming a deeper, wiser, and stronger person than we were even a short time before.
When it comes to making these kinds of important relationship choices, remember that we cannot lose what truly belongs to us, any more than we can hold on to that which is already fulfilled its purpose in our lives. These passages help us remember that all forms pass away to be replaced with new ones, which are the result of previous thought forms and desires.
Sometimes these new relationships fit our current needs, sometimes not. Then we walk on to even newer experiences and people. That's just the way life is, and it seems to be part of the universal human condition.
We just have to remember not to get into funky attitudes as a result of past disappointments, and stay intensely positive to generate a good future. This brings us forms of happiness we could never imagine before we actively practice generating positivity and the “will to good” to steer our lives away from old unfulfilling relationships and behaviors, and into newer ones that could fulfill a portion of our heart’s desire.
Saturn teaches us to learn to live the best we are able, and fulfill old problematic karmas while maintaining our equilibrium. Once we have had enough challenging relationships, we learn the difference between lesser forms of love and greater ones, and move from heart-challenge to heart-challenge becoming stronger, more lovingly wise and wisely loving to ourselves and others.
Our heart is strengthened over time, becoming a noble form of the heart of humanity. This heart strength and Love is given form and purpose via Saturn. That’s why the Sun is our radiant Light/Life, bounded in the visible world by the understanding of Saturn.
Once we know the source of Light and Life, bound by knowing the outer limits of our purpose and destiny, we can know everything else in between. Then time is our ally, we understand some limits are more boon than bondage, and can relax into becoming the ever-changing perfect manifestation of “the Great Work.”
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson