Saturn’s Transit of Sagittarius: Less Options, More Focus

"Study of Hands" by Durer

“Study of Hands” by Durer

Let’s talk about Saturn’s upcoming transit of Sagittarius. I’ve written a few posts on this, and they are all conveniently filed under a new heading (Saturn in Sagittarius) in the Categories section on this blog.

Any time the planet of rules changes signs, the focus is concentrated on a different part of your life. A commenter with Mutable planets was concerned about this transit. “Mutable” is a category for Virgo, Gemini, Pisces and Sagittarius. Anything in these signs (natal or progressed planets, angles, Nodes or asteroids) will have its focus significantly tightened.

All the Mutable signs like to have options. They explore those options in different ways, but they all share the trait of flexibility. Sag is able to see limitless potential. Gemini spins through constantly shifting choices. Virgo always finds something new to fix. And Pisces drifts above all limits, embracing things that have no form (yet).

Saturn is not flexible. It crystallizes. It makes things real or it ends things.

So you need boundaries, right? You need to know that this is as far as you can go. Or this is where you must concentrate your energy in order to succeed. The Mutables will find that their options narrow, but their focus improves. It won’t feel comfortable, but it will allow these signs to give form to what they may have (up until now) been considering, but not really implementing. Saturn will be the tool that allows the Mutables to achieve mastery.

Here’s a cheat sheet of Saturn in Sag do’s and don’ts:

Sagittarius (Saturn will be conjuncting your sign)

Do: explore in one direction, take responsibility for what you believe in, accept that there will be some areas where you cannot wander, take yourself seriously

Don’t: allow your optimism to be extinguished. Saturn’s limits will be the vessel that allows your fire to burn hotter.

Gemini (Saturn will be opposing your sign)

Do: align yourself with an idea/statement/choice and develop it fully, become a specialist. When other choices are blocked, what’s left is your area of speciality.

Don’t: become cynical if your ideas are challenged. You’ll still have choices, and those will be “Prove it” or “Drop it and move on to something you can prove.”

Virgo (Saturn will be squaring your sign)

Do: stop worrying about what you can’t fix, focus on what you can fix, stop using perfection as an excuse to procrastinate. Saturn will demand that you start now, and he’ll give you the tools to do it right.

Don’t: become weighed down by fear of failure. Saturn will test you, but he’ll be honing your skills in one area so you can succeed.

Pisces (Saturn will be squaring your sign)

Do: start working on that dream, create boundaries for yourself, confront what you’ve been escaping/denying, accept what’s real and what’s not (there’s more information in this post).

Don’t: give up when your faith is tested. The big, beautiful vision needs some friction applied to it before it will stick in the real world.

Saturn will be in Sag from December 23rd, 2014 – June 14, 2015 (when it will Rx into Scorpio) and then from September 17, 2015-December 19, 2017.

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Quiet Insistence: Mercury in Scorpio Sextile Mars in Capricorn

"Athena Pallas" by Rembrandt

“Athena Pallas” by Rembrandt

November 21st’s sextile between Mercury in Scorpio and Mars (at 19 degrees Capricorn) will be pinged by the Moon, as it passes over Mercury a couple of hours after the sextile is exact.

A sextile is muted, but the transiting Moon will add extra resonance. I would describe this influence as quietly assertive. Mercury in Scorpio’s unbending insistence on a particular idea will be powered up by Mars in Capricorn’s ambition. But it won’t be in your face. This is power and support for something that’s been proven. Nothing crazy, nothing alternative. Just a steady push to make yourself heard. You won’t have to shout, because you’ll know you’re right. Mercury in Scorpio actually has more power if you speak quietly.  There’s success here, as long as you have the goods to back up your statement.

You’ll feel this most strongly if you have anything from 18-20 degrees Scorpio or Capricorn.

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Astrology and Predestination

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Excerpt from my latest Sasstrology post (please leave comments on the Sasstrology site):

“Are some relationships inevitable? Astrology can certainly indicate the potential arrival of a long-term union versus a fling, flirt or fantasy. But what about actually crossing paths with your promised love interest? Most reputable astrologers will not offer guarantees, even if they see multiple influences impacting your love life. This brings up the issue of predestination versus free will, and if a relationship that was “meant to be” can actually pass you by.”


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A Tarot Card for the Moon in Sagittarius

9 of Wands from the Illuminati Tarot

9 of Wands from the Tarot Illuminati

In honour of the upcoming New Moon in Sagittarius, here’s a Tarot card associated with the Moon in Sag: the 9 of Wands.

This does not look like a happy card. But it’s encouraging. If you pull it, it means you have the strength to meet the challenge…one last time. This card often comes up when you’re in the middle of a long, tough haul. You’re tired, and you want to quit. But take heart, because you’ve got what you need to cross the finish line. The opposition that you’re sensing is real (you’re not being paranoid) but you’ll be ok as long as you’re prepared to meet what’s coming at you.

This card says “You’re almost there.”

It hi-lights Sagittarius’ optimistic energy. Keep moving forward, because there’s better things on the horizon. The Moon in Sagittarius is about internal reserves of optimism. The precious hope that fuels you, even when you think you have nothing left to give.

When this card is reversed, the opposition that you’re sensing is probably not real. You’re gearing up for a fight that’s never going to happen. Or, you’re in a position of weakness, so you need to back off and regroup.

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New Moon in Sagittarius: The Grand Leap

The Fool from the Rider-Waite Tarot

The Fool from the Rider-Waite Tarot

Can you feel the forward momentum? Sagittarius energy is shaking us loose from the intensive Scorpio drill down of the past weeks.

Venus is already in Sag, but the season officially kicks off on November 22nd with the added bonus of a New Moon (at 0 degrees Sagittarius). Talk about a new chapter. The sign of exploration, expansion and adventure features a Moon that squares Neptune (at 4 degrees Pisces) which will dissolve non-existent boundaries. A square from Neptune makes the impossible, possible. At least, it will seem possible in your imagination. Whether or not reality supports this grand leap remains to be seen. But this is a fabulous Moon for accelerating past old hurts, fears, limits and boredom.

This Moon will add momentum to whatever was indicated around the Venus/Neptune square (and the Mars/Nodal square). It’s a wonderful point to jump off from, although where you’ll land is up for debate. Squares to Neptune are notoriously unreliable. But there are times when you need to push off from what you know, with few guarantees. That’s when you sail past all the rules, and for a brief moment you’re open to anything. 

Sometimes you need to embrace the impossible to catch a glimpse of what’s possible.

This New Moon is all about faith (with a sniff of self-preservation thrown in…don’t do anything too crazy). Mercury (information) in Scorpio will hit Sag’s ruler, Jupiter (at 22 degrees Leo) with an exact square on the same day, suggesting that the events of this Moon will be driven by big ideas/promises/sales pitches. Mercury in Scorpio is fixated on certain ideas, and the square from Jupiter will make this a grand fixation. The Big Idea that is powered by fanatical faith (Jupiter). But can you believe what you’ll hear/discover? Maybe, maybe not. Time will tell. What you can believe is that this energy will open the window and let some fresh air in. New possibilities will seem sooo essential, because someone (you, or someone else) will be passionately convinced. Potentials need fire to feed them and room to grow. That’s what this New Moon will provide.

If you have natal or progressed planets/angles/Nodes from 0 to 4 degrees of the Mutable signs, you’ll feel this Moon most strongly. 21- 23 degrees of the Fixed signs will feel the Mercury/Jupiter square.

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