Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, cardinal earth, and shares rulership
of Aquarius, fixed air, with Uranus. Saturn is exalted in Libra,
wherein it becomes gentler and more merciful, for of itself Saturn
is the planet of strict justice that demands full payment for
all that it bestows. It is the planet of the concrete and practical,
and gives a vivid sense of material values and what are called
hard facts. When strong it gives most of the virtues of what
may be called the “self-help” type, such as patience,
perseverance, hard work, thrift, concentration, solidity and
The true Saturnian usually believes that nothing
can be won without hard work, and he has both the virtues and
the vices of this belief. It is the planet of real worth, as
apart from show and make-believe, and gives to all things their
permanent and lasting qualities. Its action is slow, thorough
Saturn wants stability, loyalty, restraint and decently old-fashioned
but non-hypocritical honour. Saturn protects the self by surrounding
it with order. The Saturnine cynic can on occasions be both wise
and witty, and the traditional sadness of the clown or “funny
man” is usually Saturnine.
Saturn energy does not represent
truth or absolute reality. It represents a reality that is created
socially, operates within a social universe, and has its greatest
effects upon an individual in a socially defined context.
not pleasant when reaching out to grasp something to be told it
is not attainable. It is not pleasant to encounter one’s
limitations the first time (although it is helpful to know them
and live according to them without resistance). Nor is it pleasant
to encounter the natural consequences of one’s mistakes.
well-known difficulties with Saturn energy result from not understanding
either one’s limitations or the rules
of the game. While Saturn permits and even strengthens certain
aspects of personal reality, such reality cannot come into conflict
with social, collective, or consensus reality. When it does the
rules of collective reality work with an almost automatic quality,
such that one seems to be only suffering the consequences of one’s
actions. From this come the ideas that Saturn brings what one
deserves, or that Saturn is the lord of Karma. Although often
painful, it is such situations that cause one to mature.
time we do what is untrue to our nature, acting not from a real
necessity but rather to fulfil what others may expect of us, we
commit a crime against ourselves that is peculiarly Saturnine.
the planetary embodiment of the forces that shape our lives and
give them form in the context of a social universe, Saturn is
strongly connected to the symbolism of the father.
A strong Saturn
often indicates a particularly powerful experience of the father
principle (though not necessarily the biological father). The
father principle is experienced in all situations that call
for learning a discipline, growing into a social role, or learning
the rules. School is Saturnine. So are teachers and guide figures,
and often one’s boss or employer.
Many of the major crises
of adulthood are represented at least in part by Saturn transits.
These are times when one has to make decisions and pass up one
path in favour of another. In this way Saturn energies actualise
our lives and at the same time limit future possibilities.
Saturnian principle is control and this too is often attributable
to fear, for when we are frightened we attempt to control whatever
is going on. We also want things to be clearly defined. When
Saturn touches a planet we do tend to crave those things that
that planet represents. With the Sun we may crave recognition,
with the Moon nurturance, a home and family; with Venus, love
and affection, and so on.
The purpose of all this denial and
restriction is often to test the validity of what we are doing
or what we think we want. Saturn contacts generally get better
as an individual gets older.
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