Real Power: Saturn's Transit of Scorpio

This post about Saturn's wind-down in Libra generated requests for a look at his tour of Scorpio.

So here we go.

First, let's get something straight about Scorpio. All the ugly stuff people love to hate about this sign (manipulation, obsession, revenge) is generated by Scorpio's fear of losing power. The sign that generates raw power is obsessed with losing it. Hence Scorpio's association with death; there is no greater loss, and Scorpio will be confronted with this again and again until the lesson of acceptance is learned.

There is no greater power than the acceptance of loss. Evolved Scorpios are awe inspiring,  because they flow with the cycles of loss and gain. They are the Zodiac's free-divers. And this is the lesson that Saturn is coming to teach.

Picture the energy of a black hole (Scorpio) squeezed through the eye of a needle (Saturn).  This can manifest as fear (Saturn) of profound change (Scorpio) or focused (Saturn) transformation (Scorpio).  If you have planets in Scorpio, you may experience this as an initial block against your power. You may push forward in your customary way, only to find that you can't go any further.

As Saturn's transit progresses, you can learn to accept these limits and exercise that Scorpio will with maturity. This means accept what you cannot change, and heal (rather than destroy or manipulate) what you can. Remember, the highest expression of Scorpio's power is healing through transformation. Or you can go the other route and batter yourself against Saturn's restrictions, hurting yourself and others in the process. The Scorpion can  learn to use its stinger carefully, or thrash around in panic as the walls close in.

So, yeah. This will be one intense transit. But what did you expect when the Lord of Karma (Saturn) enters the Underworld (Scorpio)? Wherever Scorpio sits in your chart is where you lose it all and gain something else. It's the Phoenix-from-the-ashes area of your life. Here's what to do when Saturn steps in:

  • Be prepared to lose something, even if it's just your sense of control. Saturn will confront you with fears of loss, abandonment, powerlessness and betrayal. Note that the anticipation may be greater than the actual loss.
  • Focus on what's left. What can you do to heal yourself? How can you make the situation work for you? Hint: it will not involve obsessing over what you no longer have.
  • Confront what scares you. This could involve deep intimacy, sharing and merging your resources (financial and emotional).
  • Identify energy that you've directed towards stalking, controlling, manipulating or holding grudges.  Take all that energy and point it in a direction that is brand new and does not involve control over someone else.

The highest potential of this transit is pretty spectacular. Scorpio energy is potent, but imagine what can manifest if it's ultra disciplined and focused on the essentials: fearless intimacy, powerful healing, unstoppable drive. If you've ever crossed paths with a truly fearless Scorpio, you've felt their intense compassion and dedication. That's real power.

Saturn's transit of Scorpio will last from October 5th, 2012 to December 23rd, 2014. It will retrograde from Sagittarius into Scorpio from June 16th, 2015 to September 18th, 2015.