First, I want to wish you all a lovely Holiday Season and Solstice! No matter what or how you celebrate, the end of the solar calendar calls for appreciation of the things you’ve accomplished and the people in your life, as well as introspection for what remains to be done and the road ahead to reach your goals.
The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For thousands of years, it has been acknowledged and honored by many cultures with a sense of rebirth and hope for the return of the light. During the longest night of the year we recognize that darkness is inevitable but look forward to the sense of renewal and warmth that Spring will bring.
The Solstice coincides with the Sun entering Capricorn, but this year it also happens around the same time Mercury ends a retrograde cycle and Saturn moves into Capricorn, a sign it rules, to remain there for two-and-a-half years. This combination is a powerful opportunity to reflect on and clarify what you really want, as it launches big changes that may restructure the very foundation of your life!
Saturn is perceived as a malefic planet that causes restrictions and difficulties, mainly because it rules karma. It’s the archetype of the stern, disciplinarian teacher or parent we’ve internalized to set the structures and rules we may perceive as constrictions to our freedom, self-expression, and desires. But the truth is, those structures and limitations help us discover deeper aspects of ourselves and the inner resources to find true happiness. In other words, karmic situations we feel trapped in help us dissolve the ego-mind, to uncover our true power while developing spiritual responsibility to prevent further obstacles in the future.
In Greek mythology, Saturn was known as Cronus or Kronos, the son of Gaia (the Earth) who ruled during the virtuous Golden Age after killing his father Uranus (the sky); he was later overthrown by his son Zeus (talk about karma!). Although Cronus was considered a cruel and tempestuous figure for the Greeks, the Roman Saturn was mainly associated with the harvest, wealth, and abundance, because he came to power during a time of great morality, peace, and prosperity. These are also Saturn’s rewards if we’re willing to grow emotionally and spiritually through our responsibilities and commitments.
In Vedic astrology, Saturn is the son of Surya, the Sun, and his queen Chhaya, ‘the shadow.’ Saturn’s name is Shani, which means ‘slow mover,’ since he takes his time going through the zodiac, spending around two-and-a-half years in each constellation, and brings results slowly as well. It is known as the planet of Truth and Destiny, sharing the qualities of both his parents: he remains hidden and dark, but also brings about greater awareness and light once he’s taught us what we need to learn and appreciate through the limitations he imposes on the ego.
Saturn In Capricorn Through the Sun Signs
Saturn is at home in Capricorn, and this time also in good aspects with other planets, so it will bring big changes that, although challenging at first and requiring greater clarity and discipline on your part, will be very positive—and necessary. On a personal level, it will highlight a particular area of your life, which you can further explore if you know Saturn’s placement in your astrological natal chart.
You must learn how to bullet-proof this particular area, either by fortifying its existing foundation or building a new one, to reap the rewards of greater maturity at the end of this cycle. Saturn reinforces solid structures and destroys weak ones, so use this as a guideline: dream BIG, commit fully to the achievement of your goals, and be wiling to step out of your comfort zone.
Aside from the individual aspects of your astrological chart, you can expect general changes in relation to your Sun sign as well. These are areas where you may feel the pressure to create change in some way. Here they are according to each sign:
Aries: 10th house aspects. You may feel driven to prove or achieve something solid in your career or contribution to the world; your work/performance/image becomes public.
Taurus: 9th house aspects. You may be challenged to look at life and the future (and your ideals) in a more realistic and practical manner; you accomplish something important in publishing or education.
Gemini: 8th house aspects. You’re pushed to tidying up things you share with others (money, resources, power), as well as matters of dependency and intimacy; it’s time to tackle your need to control and your fear of losing control.
Cancer: 7th house aspects. Your partnerships and one-on-one relationships will either be tested or strengthened, as well as your commitments in this area; time to let go of the toxic ones.
Leo: 6th house aspects. You’re challenged to straighten out your daily affairs, work, routines, health, habits, and self-care programs.
Virgo: 5th house aspects. Your creative expression, entertainment, romance, children, and hobbies may be areas requiring increased discipline, belt-tightening, realism, and commitment.
Libra: 4th house aspects. Matters related to home, family, personal, nurturing, or sustenance require greater structure, discipline, realism, and responsibility.
Scorpio: 3rd house aspects. Increased daily responsibilities, serious study or training may come to the forefront, possibly reducing or challenging your interaction and communication with others.
Sagittarius: 2nd house aspects. This is a time for a more responsible and objective approach to money, possessions, and both external and inner resources (self-value, self-esteem). Belt-tightening may be in order, as well as simplifying and reducing clutter and waste.
Capricorn: 1st house aspects. Personal responsibilities, attention to detail, and efforts to maintain and improve your health and self-perception may come to the forefront. You will be challenged to manage your time and energy more efficiently.
Aquarius: 12th house aspects. A time of spiritual renovation, clean-up, and closer attention to your mental health. You may be forced to take care of unfinished business, regroup, process, and heal. It’s time to rid yourself of regrets, disappointments, or so-called failures, to bring forth your hidden gifts.
Pisces: 11th house aspects. It’s time to clean up or restructure your social life and goals, and either make your dreams a reality or scrap. You will be able to see these things more clearly, but not without a challenge.
Saturn’s essential purpose is to temper the soul; it brings up your weak points to broaden and define the scope of your character, leading you toward emotional and spiritual maturity—through discipline, sacrifice, patience, honesty, work, responsibility, perseverance, commitment, and a humanitarian outlook.
The unfolding of these qualities is Saturn’s mission; it aims to further your development in those areas where you may have lacked experience or clarity—as well as generosity and love—in the past. It may shatter your illusions of false security and purify your ego-mind with the imposition of karmic restraints, but then it rewards you with a inner stability and a stronger sense of self and independence. So contact me today and receive guidance and support to remove the resistance of your ego-mind for the tasks ahead, with a deeper understanding of the issues your soul has come to heal and resolve!
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