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    SATURN TURNING DIRECT
    on March 6, 2004 - What Does It Mean?

    By Dr. Eileen Nauman DHM(UK)
    With permission. © Copyright 2004-2014 Eileen Nauman, All Rights Reserved.

    Email: docbones224@earthlink.net
    Website: www.medicinegarden.com

    WHO IS AFFECTED BY THIS PLANET TURNING DIRECT?

    March 6,2004, Saturn is at 6 Cancer 17 and goes direct at 8:51 PM PST.

    Transiting Saturn turning stationary direct has already done its clarifying of issues beginning in mid-February, 2004. Right now there's a lot of pressure on some people; loads that they may feel are just impossible to continue to carry. Now, it is turning direct in early March and finally, the pressure/loads on these individuals will begin to ease up--none too soon as far as they are concerned. Cancer and Capricorn are most affected by this particular heavy planet turning direct in the skies overhead this time.

    If you were born between June 25 through June 29th you are directly affected by this retrogade. The people most affected were born on June 27th.

    By opposition, if you have any planets or cusps at 7 Capricorn, anyone born between December 25 through December 29th, will be most affected. The people most affected were born on December 27th.

    WHO AND WHAT IS SATURN?

    Saturn can be seen symbolically as the banks to our River of Life or the Flow, as I call it. Without banks, without walls or restrictions of some sort, we would ooze all over the place; sort of in a Neptunian directionless hither, thither and yon kind of way. Saturn gives us shape, form, substance and yes, boundaries--that nasty little word that some folks just hate to mutter under their breath :-).

    Saturn is always called bad names by people who are under it's influence but that's not the whole story about this incredible planet. If we did not have bones, a skeleton and skin, what would hold us and our organs and systems together? Nothing would. Saturn rules bones, teeth and skin. So you can see, that it creates a viable, formed vehicle for us to putter around in called a 'human body' :-) That's a boundary too, isn't it? It is the banks for that particular river called a body, if you want to look at it in another way or aspect.

    Yes, Saturn is about responsibility, carrying your share of the load and being held accountable for what you say or do--or say you're gonna do :-) (and if you don't, Saturn is there to tap you on the shoulder and remind you of it.) It is about duty, loyalty, perseverance, endurance, form, shape, substance, boundaries, responsibility, being held accountable to yourself as well as to others, as well as empire building, creating a solid foundation from which to grow from or toward. Without a solid foundation, we become wobbly and cannot fulfill our soul's directive for us this lifetime. We would wander without direction, cause, goals or vision; much less a dream to hold or work toward.

    SATURN REWARDS THOSE WHO WORK HARD

    Saturn is frequently maligned as the 'taskmaster' and pictured as Death. All things have a cycle. All things have a beginning, middle and end, and it is Saturn's thankless job to get us at each of these waves or cycles of opportunity that afford us growth and evolution if we so choose to use his energy in that expression and "form". He gives us the boundaries of life and death; from childhood, to adulthood to old age. It is said that Saturn is a contraction or contractile and associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. He rules the bones of our body. If there is necrosis, holes eaten into our bones, then Saturn is certainly involved. He rules over Calcium, one of the leading minerals that keeps our bones strong and healthy, to keep our 'frame' in good shape.

    The good news about Saturn is--if you work your butt off, are responsible, honest, truthful, and hard working, he will give you the rewards that you have coming to you. So, even on a Saturn direct time, dreams you had long thought impossible, or given up on, are suddenly handed to you out of the blue.

    It's not unusual for Saturn, because of its large orbit about the Sun, to move over one's natal planet or position, then retrograde over it, and then come forward over it a third and final pass. This is what makes folks clench their teeth is this particular occurrence. It doesn't happen to everyone and if you're interested in finding out if you're one of 'em, you should consult with Carol B. Willis, our core faculty astrologer here at The Medicine Garden, for details. She can be reached via email at: cbwillis@lightlink.com

    Some folks get plain lucky and experience only ONE pass over a planet or sensitive position in their natal chart. However, having experienced both, I would rather have the three passes than the one. Why? Because if it's just one pass, then the full brunt of the lesson that we have set ourselves to learn, is gonna hit us right between the running lights. There won't be much preparation time or time to adjust to the lesson at all. Whereas, with a three-pass Saturn transit, on the first pass, you usually get an idea of WHAT it is you're going to have to learn from and grow from. The direct gives us the actual opportunity to work at it and slug our way through it. The final, forward (direct) pass will clean up any little details that have been laying around that we couldn't, heretofore, attend to or clean up. So, give me three passes any day!

    LOOK AT IT LIKE A RIVER WITH BOUNDARIES

    During a direct period, Saturn will be contacting you. You will learn how to walk between two walls of some kind. Saturn, in this particular situation, demands you to open your wings of your own limitation as you perceive it, and flow outward and upward and push beyond what you thought you were capable of, what you thought you could achieve or create. Saturn direct can help us become aware of our real river banks of the self, if you will, in this period. It can also rip off the blind film that covers our eyes and help us see and perceive more deeply into people, situations and events (like this act of terrorism). This is called the gaining of wisdom. For, Saturn rules over wisdom. It is, however, wisdom gained from hard work, experience and on-the-job-training. It is not a grace. It is earned one hard step at a time. But, when you look back at having survived the experience, you will find yourself better educated, wiser and a little more confident than previous.

    Saturn can give us confidence during a direct period, if we choose to carry the responsibility or duty that is accorded us by others or events outside ourselves--or from within ourselves. In the Tarot, Saturn is often seen as the Hermit, hooded and cloaked, carrying a bright lamp that sheds light. During a direct time, when can connect the dots between ourselves and the outer/external event, or with another person or thing that we are currently wrestling with. It can create the light in our own inner darkness and hell that we plunge ourselves into, and provide a way out, an "aha!" that was previously not seen or explored.

    Saturn direct is our compass for the map of life we are walking upon and experiencing. If we stop railing at what life has handed us and instead, buckle down and (as the Nike commercial sez) "Just Do it!" then Saturn will not only lead us into that dark tunnel, but lead us out of it, too. Remember this, during a Saturn turning direct: that it is always darkest before the dawn. That is Saturn. But it also gives you the 'light at the end of the tunnel'--which is when it goes stationary direct (and in this case, we are now in the 'shadow' of Saturn turning direct for four weeks before the actual turn date of 2.22.03 (so, from 1.22.03, we've been in the "shadow" of Saturn's change-up--and that is when the Columbia blew up). It is a time of incredible awakening within ourselves or in regards to others or a situation we may find ourselves within. Be alert. Listen. Hear. For those who have early degrees of Cancer and Capricorn, this is your awakening period. Saturn is showing you the light at the end of your particular tunnel that you have been crawling through on your hands and knees.

    Saturn creates strength in us and this is especially true during a direct time; strength of spirit--quite literally. We may well feel like we've got an invisible hand smashing our face down on the concrete and rubbing our flesh away from our bone, but while this painful process is going on, we are building strength. Helluva way to do it--one way to do it. Saturn bestows grace on those who surrender over to the honing by fire process. And yes, Saturn gives huge rewards for those who have run the gauntlet during the direct. Usually four weeks before it turns direct or a few days or on the day it turns direct, you will receive your just and due rewards or acknowledgment by your peer group.

    So, you want to know how well you did under your Saturn transit? Well, if you get grace in some form as it turns direct, that is your answer. Everyone will get something. It might not be winning the lottery; but it can be something that money can't ever touch or buy: a strength of spirit, a deepening sense of compassion, and understanding of self, others or a particular situation, for example. Unlike Jupiter, which gives grace won from previous lifetimes or things you have done for others in this lifetime, everything given by Saturn is damn well earned!

    KEYWORDS FOR SATURN

    Use the Saturn keywords to help you understand what direct Saturn can potentially mean for you. If you are concerned, please contact Carol B. Willis, our core faculty astrologer for a personal chart reading.

    KEYWORDS, HOW TO USE THEM

    Since Saturn is going direct March 6th and transiting Pluto is going retrograde the same month (March 24th), this is going to be a pressured month for many people. An article on Pluto turning retrograde will be created shortly for more information on this dynamic and transformative planet. You can look at them together and what they may signal to us. Simply take one adjective from one planet (Saturn) and put it with one of the Pluto adjectives. You can make two-word sentences this way (take 1 from Saturn and add 1 from Pluto--there are plenty of combinations to 'play' with here!), and begin to get a feel for what it might rule over in your life should you be in the degrees mentioned above.

    SATURN

    ambition
    arthritis/osteoporosis
    authority
    Bioflavanoids
    business
    Calcium
    caution
    cold
    consolidation
    control
    delay
    discipline
    father
    fear
    Fluorine
    inflexible
    inhibition
    Ligaments
    limitation
    losses
    loyalty
    old age
    Osteoporosis
    PABA
    patience
    practical
    reliable
    responsibility
    restriction
    Skeleton of body
    "Smaller than..."
    structure
    Sulfur
    tediousness
    teeth, bones, joints
    Tendons
    time
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin K


    PLUTO KEYWORDS

    abduction
    compulsion
    contamination
    contempt
    control
    convicts
    crime and the underworld
    death of some thing (spiritual, mental, emotional or physical)
    decay
    deep analysis
    depravity
    destruction
    detectives
    disasters
    elimination
    endocrine system
    epidemics of global proportion
    fanatics
    guilt
    legacies
    mortality
    Orotic Acid (B-13)
    passion
    penis
    Phoenix bird (rising from the ashes)
    power
    prostate gland
    regeneration
    resurrection
    sexuality issues/dysfunction/hyper function
    subconscious mind
    testicles
    transformation (spiritual, mental, emotional or physical)


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