This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Saturn transit this year, today is likely to be pivotal for you. Sometime around January 13, when Saturn turned retrograde, you were cast on an inner journey to discover what your unavoidable responsibility is. By now you should have done a lot of soul-searching and reached some conclusions about what’s in front of you. You’re work is cut out for you and now it’s time to hunker down and, in a serious push lasting several months, complete all those tasks leading to a tremendous accomplishment.
“What is a Saturn transit like . . .”
When Saturn is affecting your chart it tends to feel heavy. You feel the weight of life more than usual. You feel serious, and the pressure to take a more professional approach is enormous. You are more aware of your limitations than usual and you feel you must take steps to improve your situation. A Saturn transit is never comfortable, but it calls out the best in us and demands that we perform to, or even beyond, our standards.
“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel. If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you’re having a Saturn transit. (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Saturn.) That sensation of heaviness and duty that’s peculiar to a Saturn transit is because there’s hard work to be done in some area of your life and Saturn is making you aware of it.
You can find out whether you’re having a Saturn transit by peeking at your chart. This year Saturn is covering the space from 27 degrees of Virgo to 4 degrees of Libra. It will affect you if you have any planet in the space from 27 to 29 degrees of any of the four Mutable signs (Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius). It will also affect you if you have any planet in the space from 0 to 4 degrees of any of the four Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).
If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder. This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details into English, instead of astrology symbols. Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located: the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies. When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 27, 28 or 29 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius. Also check to see if you have anything at all in 0, 1,2, 3 or 4 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. If you do, you are definitely having a Saturn transit this year. And knowing that gives you a chance to understand the change you’re involved in and to make use of the pressure, instead of feeling overwhelmed by it.
“How long does it last?”
A Saturn transit will typically last for about 9 months. This year’s Saturn transit will be over in September of 2010. Today is just one part of it, a pivotal day in its flow. If this transits is affecting you, the timing of it will be unique to you. It takes an astrologer to look it up—it’s not something I can just tell you in a blogpost. In an astrology reading you can find out the timing of it and how to move through it consciously, instead of spending this valuable time agitated and disturbed. You can also find out which part of you (i.e. planet in your chart) is feeling the pressure to take responsibility. Is it Relationships (Venus)? Career (Saturn)? Home (Moon)? Or it could be something more subtle.
“What do I do now?”
People generally respond to a Saturn transit one of two ways: either they roll up their sleeves and get to work on the area of life where the pressure is or they run away and stick their head in the sand. Are you using the pressure as a motivation to accomplish things you’ve been wanting to accomplish for a long time or are you avoiding the responsibility you know darned well is right in front of you? The good news is that the moment you decide to be responsible and you take action towards that responsibility, the feeling of heaviness lifts. Saturn has been propitiated and he eases off.
The principle behind Saturn’s pressure is extraordinarily simple: do the work and you’ll get the reward. That’s all. It’s a simple input/output machine and there’s nothing complicated about it.
Face the hard work. Approach it in a practical way. Break down what there is to do into small tasks and do them. Awaken your ambition to build something great out of what you have, and let it take over. Paradoxically, practice, when done properly, does lead to flow, that elusive state where time melts away and you are one with your practice. Ultimately your effort will pay off—that’s Saturn’s promise and believe me, his word is good.
When it’s over, it’s over
Every transit only lasts so long and this one will only last a few months longer. I’m a big fan of taking advantage of transits while they are happening, instead of spending the precious time resisting or waiting for them to be over. A transit is the most powerful while you are in the thick of it. That may be the hardest time to change but it’s also time when the most pressure to change is brought to bear. You cannot afford to be lazy during a Saturn transit because it feels so much worse than laziness usually does. If you decide that Saturn’s pressure is your friend, you can get him on your side. And with Saturn beside you, you can climb—and move—mountains.
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