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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Skeleton of body
teeth, bones, joints
crime and the underworld
death of some thing (spiritual, mental, emotional or physical)
epidemics of global proportion
Orotic Acid (B-13)
Phoenix bird (rising from the ashes)
sexuality issues/dysfunction/hyper function
transformation (spiritual, mental, emotional or physical)
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