Belief Under Pressure: Saturn in Sagittarius


Painting by Alexander Jansson Saturn’s transit of Scorpio is coming to an end, albeit it temporary. On January 26, 2017 Saturn will move into freedom loving Sagittarius and stay there until June 21, 2017 when he will retrograde back into Scorpio until October 26, 2017. Saturn will then move back into Sagittarius where he will remain until he moves into the next sign of Capricorn on January 24, 2020. Suffice it to say that Saturn will be doing a dance between the signs of Sagittarius and Scorpio in 2017 and finally by October 2017 he will stay in Sagittarius for two and half years.

When Saturn changes signs, it is big astrological news, as he only changes signs every two and half years. He is the slowest moving planet other than the outer planets, and when he moves big shifts happen that can alter the course of one’s life. In the pantheon of planetary deities, Saturn is known as the planet of reality and deep change, therefore the the house that he is transiting at any given time undergoes a huge restructuring. When Saturn first moves into a house, whatever isn’t going to stand the test of time dissolves so that we can rebuild what will sustain us into the next phase of our life. This is a very creative process, and it can be very exciting and liberating if we let go of resistance and surrender to what is happening. Saturn (Shani) In understanding Saturn’s transits, it best to first understand how the energy of Saturn functions in our lives. We tend to fear Saturn as he represents authenticity, limitations, old age and responsibility. He is the planet of obstacles. delays and letting go. He is a planet of separation, yet he is also the planet of deep commitment and dedication. Although Saturn brings change, there is nothing to fear from Saturn, as he is our greatest teacher. Although Saturn brings hard lessons he also gives us the ability to be strong and create things that endure. At his best, Saturn can bring enormous greatness through discipline, ambition, hard work, tenacity and perseverance. A mature Saturn is like a yogi in meditation giving us the ability to feel peaceful in solitude, possess unwavering spiritual discipline, be detached, develop equanimity and accept the very real limitations of life.

The Sign of Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a outgoing fire sign that is seeking ways of expanding consciousness. This can happen through the acquiring of knowledge, through foreign travel and spiritual and religious belief and experiences. At its core, Sagittarius is about the quest for truth, freedom, justice and integrity. It is a sign that is righteous, virtuous and adheres to a strict moral and ethical code. Here in lies the shadow side of Sagittarius, where it can produce a self-righteousness, intolerance and rigid adherence to rules. It can create dogmatic and zealous philosophies that lead to wars over religion and belief.

Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius is asking us to dig down deep and ask ourselves what we believe in, what our philosophies are and what is worth fighting for. We may find ourselves unable to tolerate injustice and immorality like never before. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes. There may be times where we feel limited in our freedoms and expansion. We may question what it means to be free. During this time our beliefs will be redefined, restructured and put to the test. It is a good time to look to the wisdom of teachers, sages and to study the past to redefine our philosophy, our sense of purpose and very reason for being. How will Saturn in Sagittarius Effect You? (Please note: the rising and Moon signs are based on the Sidereal Zodiac which differs form the Tropical Zodiac by approximately 23 degrees.)

Aries Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 9th house, your morals and ethics and what you believe will under go a complete transformation.You may take up a course of study, go back to school or discover a religion or spiritual tradition that resonates with you. In any case, the deeper questions of life are on your mind. One or more teachers come into your life that shine light on your path and give you the knowledge and tools that lead to an expansion of consciousness. Multiple trips abroad are likely, and you may even travel for study and spiritual purposes. As this three year transit progresses, you may find yourself questioning your purpose in life and redefining what gives you fulfillment. A career or job shift is likely as Saturn reaches the end of his transit in three years. This is a time for education and skill building that will serve you well in three years time when Saturn moves into your tenth house of career. Taurus Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 8th house, this is a time where you root out and face one or more of your fears. It is time to dig down deep and make changes from within and maybe even let go of a desire that is controlling you. It is a time to experience deep emotional and psychological transformation that sets you free on one or more levels.You may be asked to give up support from another, whether it be physical, emotional or financial and rely on yourself. Your way of relating on an intimate level will come under examination and change significantly. The subject of your death and afterlife will come to the foreground.In three years time, as Saturn reaches the end of your 8th house, a change in job or career is likely. Saturn’s aspect to your 5th house of children and romance indicates a time when there could be a separation from a child as in a child going off to college or moving out on their own. Simultaneously you may find yourself involved in a new romance and/or creative project that keeps you busy and productively focused.

Gemini Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 7th house, the focus is on relationships. This area of life will under go a huge restructuring. If you have been single, you may now find yourself committing to one of the most serious and intense relationships of your life. If you are in a relationship, you may be asked to take more responsibility in the relationship, and rethink your idea of love and how to relate. You may begin to examine your belief system and your purpose. If you have your own business, there will be a major shift in how your company functions. You take it much more seriously now and make big strides in laying a foundation that will last for many years to come. The next three years are transformative years for you and you find that you have the ability to focus deeply and consistently. Saturn’s aspect to your fourth house indicates a change in home and roots. It is likely that you will move by the end of Saturn’s transit in three years time.

Cancer Rising/Moon As Saturn transits the 6th house your daily routine comes into focus. You may change jobs, focus on your health, habits, and work routine. Circumstances will arise that cause you to work hard and take responsibility for your work. You are more organized then ever. If you have employees, there may be problems here and you may have to let one or more go. Over all work life goes very well during this transit. An intense interest in health and healing may develop and you may find yourself trying new ways of eating and new exercise regimens. It’s always a good idea to have a medical check up at this time, as Saturn has a way of bringing out any weaknesses in the body.

Leo Rising/Moon This is an excellent time to a commit to long term creative project. You mind will be a bit more serious and focused than usual, giving you the ability to utilize your talents to produce profound results. There could be a new child coming into your life that will require hard work and responsibility. In general, this is a time when there is more responsibility around children and/or separation from children, as in a child leaving home to go out on their own. If you are in a long term committed relationship, it may come under strain at this time. It is time to commit or not. There is no middle way. If you are not in a relationship, a serious romance may develop. Saturn’s aspect to the 11th and 2nd house may cause you to become more aware of how you are spending your money. You may even want to start creating a budget for yourself. Your social is set to under go a big shift. There will be a cutting away of friendships that are superficial or have lost their relevance to the path that you are on. Virgo Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 4th house your home and roots come into focus. During the next three years, you may renovate your home or move to a new home. You are concerned with what home means to you and where you feel at home. This is a time of setting down roots and creating and solidifying your foundation. You may take on extra responsibilities around the home. In addition, your primary activity in the world now changes. You may have a change in career direction that causes you to radically restructure how you spend your time and energy. Be careful to take rest where yo need it and attend to your health as you take on new responsibilities. Libra Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 3rd house, you may take up a new course of study and/or develop and hone in on a skill and totally commit to it. This is a very creative time. In addition you may begin to determine what information you need to live successfully and cut away the rest. You are learning how to structure your ideas and opinions better and improve your cognitive abilities. Siblings and close friends come under pressure and you could take on responsibilities concerning one or both. There could be additional expenses at this time. Saturn’s glance at your 5th house signals the possibility of pregnancy and/or a new romance. Scorpio Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 2nd house what you value is poised to under go deep change. There will be a big focus on family, either creating your own and/or your family of origin. This is a good time financially as you put a great deal of energy into expanding your resources and transforming your relationship to money. Having security is important to you now. In addition, you may reevaluate your friends and social circles and may let go of friends that are no longer in sync with you.

Sagittarius Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 1st house get ready for big change. This is a time of hard work and responsibility. Career or job come under pressure, and if you have been waffling about which path to take you are certain to make a much needed decision that sets you on a new course. In addition, your relationships come into focus. If you are single, a relationship is likely and if you are in a relationship, it now comes under the gaze of Saturn which means a thorough restructuring. It is also likely that you will move during the next three years.

Capricorn Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 12th house it a time to retreat and take stock of your accomplishments. It is a great time to go be introspective and resolve and let go of emotional and/or psychological issues. Traveling and spending time at retreats and ashrams are favored. It is also a good time to take up meditation and/or other spiritual practices that allow you to transcend the ego. In general it is time of endings, resolutions and conclusions. Aquarius Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 11th house, you now begin to cut away friends and develop a new community. It’s important that your new friendships are deep and transformative as you will not be satisfied with superficial friendships at this time. This is an ambitious time where you begin to see the financial results of the hard work you have been doing for the past two and half years as Saturn transited your 10th house. You now reevaluate your long term goals and what brings you happiness and fulfillment. At the highest level, you may desire to use your talents, skills and resources to be of service in a grander way that you have ever considered in the past. Pisces Rising/Moon As Saturn transits your 10th house, career comes into focus. You will be working hard to establish yourself in a career, as your ambitions are high. There may be some bumps in the road as Saturn transits this house, however, be certain that by the end of Saturn’s two and half year transit you will be firmly on a path and deeply committed to it. Your work responsibilities will be great at this time and you may be down right compulsive about keeping up with the work. As relationships come under pressure as well at this time, be careful not to neglect them as you tirelessly climb the mountain of achievement. If you are single, you could meet someone important now. If you are in a relationship, this may be a time when you are thinking of marriage.

Until next time... With love, Tracy

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