Art by Felix Pinchi Guirre
Saturn has moved into Scorpio for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Saturn is the planet that structures our lives and instills the values of achievement and responsibility. For this reason it is known as the Celestial Taskmaster and often gets a bad rap from astrologers. When prominently placed in the birthchart Saturn often brings hardship and challenge, especially in the younger years. Saturn transits typically bring delays and disappointments and tests of our endurance.
Yet astronomers consider Saturn to be the “jewel of the solar system,” and Saturn’s astrological gifts are many. Saturn takes about two and a half years to transit a sign and it’s entire orbital cycle is 28-30 years. During the time Saturn travels through each sign of the zodiac, it creates new structures and challenges for the areas of life governed by that sign. For example, Saturn has recently ended a trip through Libra, the sign of marriage and beauty, and both of these ideas have been in the forefront of human experience.
So what can we expect with Saturn in Scorpio? Scorpio deals with the underworld of life – the areas of the psyche and human experience which require courage and tenacity to traverse. There is no superficiality with Scorpio – no casual pleasure or enjoyment. Scorpio also deals with intimacy, particularly sexuality – areas of life where we must surrender our own ego in order to merge into an experience that is greater than our individual selves.
Because of Scorpio’s association with sexuality, Saturn traveling through Scorpio is likely to bring up issues of a sexual nature. Saturn was last in Scorpio between 1982 and 1985 as the AIDS epidemic was just beginning (Pluto […]