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Saturn in Capricorn December 2017 to December 2020 – Aim High

A new major cycle is about to start.

Saturn moves into Capricorn on the 20th of December 2017 and will stay there until the 18th  of December 2020.

After wandering though the zodiac for 27 years, Saturn finally comes home. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, the sign he resonates with the most.

Indeed, Saturn and Capricorn have many things in common: both Capricorn and Saturn are structured, hardworking, diligent, persistent, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the next best version of themselves.

Because Saturn is at home in Capricorn, this is really good news for all of us. When a planet transits its home sign, it can express its best qualities.

What does it mean that Saturn feels at ease in Capricorn? Take a look at the mountain goat in the photo below.

Saturn in Capricorn

Are you freaking out? Whenever Saturn passes through any other sign but Capricorn, he is freaking out, too. He does not understand the exuberance of Sagittarius. He feels awkward in the deep waters of Scorpio.

But he feels just fine in Capricorn. In fact, he feels extremely comfortable here. Capricorn is the place where he can best make use of his knowledge and skills: determination, persistence, resilience.

We desperately need Saturn out of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter which is pretty much the antithesis of Saturn. While Jupiter is all about exuberance, growth and expansion, Saturn is all about rules, contraction, learning to take responsibilities and becoming an adult.

Do you see the conflict here? Saturn in Sagittarius is like asking the hippie guru to put on a suit and go to the office. Thankfully, on the 20th of December 2017 Saturn is finally out of Sagittarius and he can finally be himself.

But let’s not forget what Saturn stands for: rules, hard work, restriction, patience, structure. Saturn is also the great manifestor,  the only planet able to turn ideas into concrete results.

Saturn will reward you – always – but only when you reach the summit. You need to make your way there by yourself. You need to work hard to receive Saturn’s blessings. The good news is that once you have them, no one can take them away from you. You have earned them with your sweat and tears. You have become a better person.

By the end of the Saturn’s transit in 2020, a new, better you will emerge. But for this, you need to put in the work and be patient.

Saturn also represents boundaries. The ring of Saturn represents our ‘safety zone’, our personal space, what we can rely on, what we are responsible for. Within the safety zone, if you do your job, you are protected. There is no ‘fate’ or bad fortune to blame.

It is only outside the ring belt where life gets dangerous. But inside the safety zone, you know what you get. Saturn is maybe the only planet you can fully rely on. Saturn is mature, solid and predictable. Saturn has your back. You can count on him.

Saturn is the planet that marks the transition between our inner world, what is within our control (the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter)  to the outer world, what is outside our control, represented by outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). Saturn is with one foot in this world, and one foot in the other.

Saturn is thus the gateway between our mortal existence and immortality. Saturn is the teacher who makes sure we are prepared to face our destiny, to fulfill our mission in this lifetime.

Saturn in Capricorn’s motivation is to find the highest peak, to reach the top of the mountain. Saturn in Capricorn never strops climbing. There is no mountain high enough for him. During Saturn’s transit in Capricorn, you into a mountain goat, too.

In the next 3 years there won’t by a peak you cannot climb, there won’t be a goal you cannot reach. Whatever you put your mind to, you can do.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” – Napoleon Hill

What will happen during Saturn’s stay in Capricorn December 2017 – December 2020

Capricorn rules the governance structures of the society: politics, church, the monarchy, big corporations, the monetary system, macroeconomics.  Saturn in Capricorn will bring an extra focus on these structures, by either challenging them, or on the contrary, by consolidating and empowering them. Old systems and structures can collapse, and new systems or structures can come into power.

The key word for Saturn in Capricorn is structure. When the structure is fundamentally solid, Saturn will come to reinforce it. But when the structure, when the foundation is weak, Saturn will come to destroy it in order to create a better, a more solid foundation, a foundation that can pass the test of time (or at least the test of the next 29 years, corresponding to a Saturn cycle).

In 1961 when Saturn was in Capricorn, the Berlin Wall, separating the East and West Germany was built. In In 1989, when Saturn was in Capricorn again, the wall came down. As we can see, Saturn can either build, or destroy, depending on the historical context.

For the upcoming Saturn in Capricorn transit, the “destroy” alternative seems quite plausible, given that Saturn will conjunct Pluto, the great destroyer, in January 2020 (last time the two met was in 1982!).

Fortunately, apart from Pluto, Saturn is making mainly good aspects with all slow moving planets (a trine by sign to Uranus, a sextile to Neptune, a sextile to Jupiter in 2018 and a semisextile in 2019).

What is great about the Saturn Neptune sextile is that both planets are in their home signs (Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces) which means this time Saturn and Neptune will support each other and build on each other’s strengths. Compare the upcoming sextile to the 2016 Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces… we are definitely heading for better times!

Saturn will also be in a trine by sign to Uranus, which is the best aspect you can get.

After we had some very challenging aspects between 2012-2016: the Uranus-Pluto square, the Saturn-Neptune square, the Jupiter Pluto square and the Jupiter Uranus opposition, the sky is finally giving us a break.

No major stressful aspect in 2018 and 2019! In 2020 we will have the Saturn Pluto conjunction, which is probably the most important aspect in 40 years – and by then we can definitely expect major events.

To sum up, during Saturn in Capricorn transit we can expect BIG changes, but the changes will be positive, and necessary. There is not much resistance to the Saturnian agenda in the coming years. All the outer planets will support Saturn in his mission. This means that changes will come, but will be positive. We will be well equipped to overcome them.

What is also worth noting is that in the 2nd part of the Saturn transit in Capricorn we will have a record of 4 slow moving planets in Capricorn: Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter and the South Node.  The last time we had a Capricorn stellium of outer planets was in the late 1980’s – early 90’s, with Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune – all in Capricorn.

Saturn officially leaves Capricorn December 17th of 2020, almost 3 years after the ingress (Saturn will move into Aquarius for few months, from March to July 2020).

So we’re in for 3 years of pure Saturnian energy. Do your job well, and Saturn will reward you big time!

How Saturn in Capricorn is going to affect you

To find out how Saturn in Capricorn is going to affect you personally, look in which house you have Capricorn. The house where you have Capricorn in your natal chart will point to the area of your life which will come into focus. If you don’t know in which house you have Capricorn check out my article about how to read transits in the natal chart.

If you have Capricorn or Aquarius ascendant you will feel the shift stronger because Saturn is your chart ruler (or co-ruler, for Aquarius ascendants).

If you have a Capricorn ascendant, a complete new chapter of your life is about to start. If you have Cancer Ascendant, you will experience the shift in the area of relationships, if you have Aries Ascendant you will start a new career cycle and so on.

Pay attention to what you start now, because you are going to stick with it for the next 29 years of your life – this is, you guessed it, the length of a Saturn cycle.

If your natal Saturn is in Capricorn, you will experience your Saturn Return, one of the most significant transits in one’s life.

If you are at your first Saturn return (if you are born between February 15th 1988 until February 5th 1991) – congratulations! Your first Saturn return means that you will officially become an adult.

Saturn return means that now is the time to grow up and do something with your life. Saturn returns usually bring major commitments in one’s life: marriage, children, buying a property, career advancements.  If you have your 1st Saturn return, be aware that Saturn will also conjunct your natal Uranus and Neptune – so this transit is really BIG for you!

If you have your 2nd Saturn return, the same themes of building new foundations, setting the course for the new phase of your life will come into focus.

But you don’t need to have your Saturn return to be affected by this transit. No matter when you are born, Saturn will bring a particular area of your life into awareness. Saturn will teach you how to become bullet proof in this area of your life, either by fortifying the existing foundations, or by building new ones.

Either way, Saturn will help you clear out any old baggage that holds you back from moving forward in your life, so you can achieve your highest purpose.

Remember, anything is possible with Saturn in Capricorn. Aim high – because this time, you might just get to the top of the mountain.

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Five Planets Retrograde In April – How To Survive Them

In April we have a record number of 5 (FIVE) planets retrograde. The Universe is asking us to “sort out” our life and redefine our reality and how we operate in it. This retrograde period is “three-dimensional” as it will ask us to look at ourselves (our thoughts, our communication – Mercury and our set of values – Venus) at our environment (Jupiter and Saturn) and at how everything  fits together in the grand scheme of things (Pluto).

5 retrograde planets

When is so much retrograde power in the air, we need to slow down any pay attention. Old patterns of thinking and old habits that no longer serve us will be brought to our awareness and challenged.

What is even more interesting is that 4 planets out of the 5 actually change direction in April. Yes, only Jupiter is already retrograde and won’t change direction. All the other planets station and change direction in April, increasing their influence few days before and after their station:

  • Saturn turns retrograde on April 6th at 27° Sagittarius
  • Mercury turns retrograde on April 9th at 4° Taurus
  • Venus turns direct on April 15th at 26° Pisces
  • Pluto turns retrograde on April 20th at 19° Capricorn

So if you have planets or angles around 27° Sagittarius, 4° Taurus, 26° Pisces or 19° Capricorn you will be especially affected. Pay attention especially if you have planets around 26°-27° in any Mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) because the square between Venus and Saturn, – both stationary – will hit you hard.

Retrograde periods are good times to remember, re-assess , re-think, repair ,  restructure, re-invent  anything that needs a “RE” in your life.

And although the world will seem to “slow down”,  for some of us things will feel “just right”. Yes, if you have in your natal chart 4, 5 or even more planets retrograde then you will rather feel “in sync” with this energy, especially if you have a combination of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn or Pluto retrograde.

For people with none, 1 or maximum 2 planets retrograde, things will be quite different. For example, I don’t have any planet retrograde. Everytime there are 4 or more planets retrograde I feel very tired, that’s why I learned to schedule holidays around the retrogrades and take the opportunity to recharge my batteries.

Now let’s have a look at how to deal with each of these retrogrades – focus on the one affecting you the most:

Saturn and Venus (26°-27° mutable signs)

I group them together because they are at the same mathematical degree and in square – so if you have planets around 26-27° in Mutable signs both Venus and Saturn stations will affect you.

The transit is quite heavy and will very likely ask you to sort out some emotional baggage from your life – old lovers, events from the past, buried feelings of rejection, isolation, and loneliness.

“The only baggage you can bring is all that you can’t leave behind” – Venus square Saturn will ask you to do some soul searching and decide what are you going to keep in this baggage. What are those key values that you cannot live without?

Anything else can be left behind. Remember, you will carry this luggage for the rest of your life (or at least until you have another potent Venus transit) – so you want to keep it light. How much are you willing to carry on your back from now on?

Now is your opportunity to really incorporate the Saturnine lessons. Your heart will be stronger and wiser after this process. And because Chiron is conjunct Venus, the opportunity for healing is real. Old wounds may the toughest to heal, but it is when we take the courage to face them, that we can release them and set ourselves free.

What to do about Venus retrograde: Make a list with your values, everything that is dear to you. For each value associate an object. How much does the object weight? Write it down – how many pounds/kilos? Now sum everything up. How heavy it is? What do you need to cut from that list so you leave only few items that you can carry on lightly?

Mercury (4° Taurus)

The lesson of this Mercury station is sustained focus. A Mercury Taurus retrograde cycle is here to teach us to focus our mind and be resilient against distractions.

What to do about Mercury retrograde: Make a list with all the worries, all the distractions, all the unfinished tasks that clutter your mind and affect your focus. Then “schedule” 1 hour per day to solve them. You may notice that by simply writing down your unfinished tasks and worries on a piece of paper, by “acknowledging” them, your mind can finally relax and focus on things that are more important. You can do this exercise anytime, best to do it around April 19th when Mercury and Sun will be in an inferior conjunction. Later in April you may discover you have found some innovative solutions for some of your worries, as Mercury will spend quite a lot of time near Uranus.

Pluto (19° Capricorn)

Pluto will activate the Jupiter Uranus opposition, making this station very confrontational – BUT also thanks to the progressive energy of Jupiter and Uranus, this station will give you an unique opportunity to achieve great progress in the area of your life (the house) transited by Pluto.

When direct, Pluto transforms matter and energy from one state to another. When retrograde, Pluto purges the “toxins” from the body, the mind, the spirit, so that a new cycle of life can emerge. What needs to be purged from your life?  Pluto stationary retrograde will ask you to allow natural death to take its course for anything that no longer serves you.  Let nature have its way. You will not only “survive” without this debrief, but you will be better equipped for the future.

What to do about Pluto retrograde: Keep a diary and write down in detail each event, each thought, each feeling that triggers a defense mechanism inside you. For each of these items, write down what are you afraid of losing if you “submit” to change. And then write down what could be the possible “benefits” for each of these changes. 

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Saturn is Square the Nodes of the Moon

The past creates the future and the future is a reflection of the past.

The Nodes of the Moon represent the pathway of our soul’s evolutionary journey from the past (the South Node) to the future (the North Node).  The North Node is the direction our Soul longs to go towards in this life, our calling, and the South Node is the direction we need to move away from—the default patterns “inherited” from another life. Yet, you cannot cut the cords of the past. The past needs to be acknowledged. Our future self is just a step forward, another ring in a tree trunk.

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Saturn rules our conditioning or the way we were taught and brought up in the world, our “playground” – remember Saturn has rings? The ring marks the border between what is allowed and was is not. It reminds us of our boundaries, responsibilities and commitments. That’s why Saturn is associated with restrictions and limitations, but with this, it also brings structure and meaning to our life. Saturn has the power to manifest whatever we put our mind to, as long as feasibility criteria are satisfied. Saturn’s lessons actually help us to grow. Saturn cherishes maturity and experience.

Saturn square to the North Node and to the South Node plays an extremely important role in our evolution.

The Nodes call for a development of the Saturnian function, and a wise use of our natural talents and resources. Saturn wants to break down the ego structures that no longer serve us in order to “create” a better version of ourselves. But for this, we must develop strength, order and self-discipline.

Are you stuck in your life? You know if you are stuck in your South Node when everything is quite ok …but something is not quite right. There is something in your psyche that tries to convince you that where you are is good enough (South Node). But still, deep down, you know you are stagnating. You know that you are being called towards something else. That you were brought into this world for a purpose  (North Node). You don’t know what that is yet but you know you need to move towards it, even if the possibility of the unknown frightens you.

The effects of this transit have been present for a few weeks already and will continue for a new more weeks. We will all feel this transit, and those of us with planets and angles around 12° in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) will feel it even more.

Questions to reflect upon during the Saturn square Nodes transit:

  • Do you live in the past, present or future?
  • Do you play small or do you take chances in your life?
  • Are you self-disciplined enough to make good progress towards your goals? Or you’re rather scattered and uncommitted?
  • In which areas of your life you need to overcome your insecurities? Do you explore the fullest potential that you are capable of being?
  • How do you get to your North Node? What has been left unresolved from past and needs to be addressed, now or never?
  • Can you appreciate your unique features and regard them as a beauty all your own? Can you say “I am good enough”?
  • Where is the clutter in your life? In your living room? In your relationships? Your career? Your health? How are you going to get rid of it?
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Jupiter Square Saturn

 

Jupiter in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius around May 26.

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The planet of beliefs, spirituality and abundance (Jupiter) gets crossed with the serious and disciplined Saturn. The result? I wiser Jupiter, and a more relaxed Saturn.

Because Jupiter and Saturn are interpersonal planets (so is not much we can do really to influence this aspect), we will be asked to adjust our beliefs, while keeping the faith that the universe is working in our best interest.