Saturn/Ketu Connections 2018-19: Cleaning Up the Past
Ketu in Capricorn until March 2019
Saturn in Ketu’s Nakshatra until Nov. 26, 2018
Saturn conjunct Ketu March 7, 2019-Nov. 15 2019 within 5 degrees. 

You are going to be hearing about Saturn conjunct Ketu most of next year as the two planets will be within 5 degrees of each other from March-November 2019.  But it is a longer-term influence even now with Ketu in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn and Saturn in Ketu’s constellation of Mula until Nov. 26th so we had better understand it well now.

Saturn is in Mula nakshatra owned by Ketu until Nov. 26th with the most difficult part of the transit Oct. 21st-Nov. 26 which is Pada 4 bringing up more deep karmic suffering and surprises and general emotional grunge that wants to be healed. .   Ketu is in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn so that is a strong association and connection between the two planets until Nov. 26th.

Ketu, that funny headless mystical guy know in Western astrology as the South node of the moon, tends to take away the material world to point us toward liberation and enlighten us. He is continuing his journey retrograde in Capricorn the planet of responsibility and hard work. Obvious a monk does not like hard work.

What does it all mean? Since Ketu is like Mars, Saturn is one of its greatest enemies. They both are there to guide you toward your spiritual path but can create hard lessons. Saturn separates, and Ketu renounces and Ketu forces us to revisit the past and the Saturn’s transit through Ketu’s nakshatra of Mula is forcing us to take responsibility for our past karma and do the right thing. In the 12 Step Programs, they are fond of saying, “clean up your own messes.” This is a time to re-address people that you have hurt in the past and clean up your karma, to repay debts and to learn the hard lessons of responsibility.

Sometimes there is someone that we had an argument 20 years ago and we have not talked to since then and it festers in our mind like an old wound and blocks our joy from being expressed. This is time to clean up those messes and reach out your hand first and say you are story. Get over the Aries stubbornness of wanting to be right and reach out and say you are sorry.

I have done this, and it is very powerful. Chances are the other person has forgotten or is just as stubborn and will be happy to clear the air. It is particularly powerful with parents and siblings. Why hold onto the past hurts? Even if you are right, clearing the air will free your mind and allow you not to be haunted with regrets. If you owe some old debt, this is a time to work hard and pay it back.
Saturn keeps us anchored in the material world and being responsible, so we are going to have to bear down and learn those lessons. Saturn and Ketu are both wanderers so there may be a tendency to want to run away to an ashram or live abroad to flee the pain of the past, but this transit is beckoning us to clean it up.

Ketu is happy to live simply and not face up to the responsibility of the material world. He would rather refrain from doing the hard work to succeed and would rather hide away in the ashram and meditate all day and not deal with the world. With Saturn in Mula nakshatra there can be intense anger directed at others for the past but Jupiter, the owner of Sagittarius can provide the wisdom to move through the challenges of the subconscious and transform the old energy. Jupiter in Scorpio after Oct. 11th will give support to transforming deep unconscious patterns.

In Mula (Sagittarius 0-13.20) at the galactic center, the goddess Nittriti is there to destroy material desire and move us toward spiritual development. Sometimes the material is taken away from us so that we are forced to move beyond the changing world and create a new spiritual beginning to discover our real purpose on the planet to achieve Union with the Divine and not to acquire the biggest bank account ever. If you have not found your spiritual path and or started your spiritual journey, the transit of Saturn in Mula nakshatra (Sagittarius 0-13.20) will awaken that energy.

The aspect fosters Viragya or disillusionment and detachment. This is often misunderstood and in its highest understanding it is not about escaping the material world for meditation but learning not to be upset and thrown by the winds of change when material existence throws you a curve. It means staying centered in Being and recognizing the ever-changing nature of the physical world when the winds of change hit. One has to find spiritual equanimity or feel suffering.

With Saturn so close to Ketu most of 2019, we are going to have to balance the material and spiritual life. The support will be there from Jupiter as both are in Sagittarius but Jupiter will be 12th houses away making the whole experience ineffable and hard to figure out.

The energy of Saturn/Ketu can sometimes create pessimism and lethargy and it forces us to work hard and be mindful of depressive tendencies in order to move through. Again, initiation onto a spiritual path will lighten this transit, as without a spiritual path, you may find yourself suffering or mired in tragedy or if staying stuck in gloominess, selfishness or fundamentalism. The trick is to let go of the old and the old ways and to accept change and the new of way of doing things. I was going through this now in
finally accepting social media marketing and letting go of all the ways that I use to promote my financial businesses. Accept the new generation and their wisdom and adapt to the changes that are happening in the world or be miserable.

There will be a break in the energy from Nov. 26-March 7th  when Saturn moves into into Purva Ashada Nakshatra (Sagittarius 13.20-26.40). Still with  Ketu in Capricorn until March 2019, we will continue dealing with Saturn/Ketu issues and the need for letting go of the “old” and embracing the “new.”

On the positive side, Ketu/Saturn can give a mastery of precision and detailed work, so craftsmen may benefit from this influence.  There is also a mystical side to Saturn in Mula nakshatra, which will come out more when Saturn is out of the 1st pada of the constellation into 3.20-13.20 Sagittarius March 15th – April 27th. My friend Juliana Swanson notes that it is” a higher more evolved expression can be about awakening sacred power and accessing those mysterious past-life and otherworldly gifts.” More of that mystical part will unfold still in the next few months.

So, this influence will be there for a while for a few years and Saturn in Ketu’s nakshatra of Mula for so much time until late November 2018 will continue this desire to clean up the past and free yourself. The theme will continue into 2019 so get through it now and embrace and transform your past.

Find the courage now with Mars in Capricorn until late October 2018   to apologize to those who you have hurt or injured or apologize to them even if you think you are right. Let it go and find the freedom that Ketu so wants you to find.

Special thanks to my teacher Komilla Sutton and all my Jyotish Gurus and spiritual gurus for their wisdom and continual inspiration.

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