We all face fear at one time or another. Maybe for some its part of the daily grind, waking up and going to work to face a boss that you adamantly disagree with, and fearing that if you speak your mind you’ll be reprimanded. Or maybe you face fear of loss in some type of way, where you have to deal with an aging family member. Or maybe there is even the fear of not knowing exactly who you are, and knowing that you need to come face to face with who you are eventually.
I’m not here to tell you that astrology will put an end to fear, or even challenging situations. But what I can say is that studying and understanding your chart does give you insight into the aspects of your chart that you are likely to find answers to some of your most pressing questions about facing your fears.
A fear I think most of us can agree is common is the fear of not knowing the self. The feeling of questioning who we are, and really what is our purpose here. It is calming to know that our purpose can really be nothing but being the best version of ourselves in each moment. Having compassion for ourselves is hugely important in this, and having simple reminders about what we should be focusing on is really a big help. We have literally given ourselves maps of what we should be focusing on at each moment, and for this, we have Saturn to thank.
Saturn gives us focus and concentration in whatever house he shows up in. Saturn shows us what part of our lives needs loving attention, and by attention, we mean intense, deep, pure focus. This focus can really give us a leg up on what it is we need to pay attention to at any moment, and where our lessons are likely to take place. Saturn transits with major aspects usually feel like school, and really school of the best kind. School where our soul gets to lead us where we truly need to go. Where we resist Saturn’s effects can have the opposite effect, showing up in our lives as a blockage, or as something that seems undesirable. Really, Saturn reminds us of the ever-present forces we experience in our daily life, and sometimes there are limits. But limits can be a good thing!
For example, Saturn presents us with our karma, our purpose in the moment, the ways we express our free will, and of course, spiritual development, or lessons. Sometimes we can hear karma and get a bit freaked out. But really, it is just an opportunity to grow and evolve spiritually. Do you ever stop to think that maybe something that isn’t unfolding according to your plans is actually an angel is disguise?
Sometimes the universe puts blockages in our paths to make us literally turn the other direction, and this can be for our own good. I’m sure that we can all relate to this experience. Sometimes we need a gentle push, a gentle reminder to get in tune with what really needs to be happening.
Okay, Saturn, we’re listening! What’s the story you have to tell us now? So Saturn is in Sagittarius for the next 2 ½ years, and this is the case for everyone. However, knowing what house Saturn is transiting in your chart will give you an extra clue into what area of your life you are focusing on, which is unique to you along with the aspects to your other planets. It is likely to be an obvious theme. For example, I got married right at the beginning of Saturn’s transit through my 7th house, the house of marriage, partnerships and commitment to others, and this truly has been the theme of my life for the past 2 years.
Beyond this, Saturn is making some moves this year into oppositions with both Venus and Mercury. This is likely to bring up some stuff, especially for people who have planets and aspects to Saturn in the area of the chart around 28 degrees Scorpio.
Saturn also turns retrograde March 14th and will be in this position until August 2nd. This just means that activity is likely to slow down so that we can really figure out what we need at this time. It is a time of great transformation in general, and this can be useful so that we can actually have some real time to think.
This means that issues with responsibility, possibly separation and loss, and also isolation and possibly depression will kick in for people who have not been honest with themselves. Overall, the message is, take this time to get real with yourself about the things you have been overlooking in your life. Saturn gives us a chance to say no to things that really aren’t serving us, particularly in the house that he is transiting. Saturn is your housekeeper, and he does not like a mess!
As doom and gloom as this sounds, this is really just a wake up call. Have you been honest with yourself? If not, how can you reconcile this within you so as to create a brighter future, one that includes your whole self? This is the ultimate goal of Saturn, as everything, even things that seem difficult and confusing, are all based out of divine love and are opportunities for soul growth.