Saturn is very intense with its retrograde action, conjunction with Ketu into October and opposition with Mars.  Saturdays are very intense or whenever the moon  is conjunct or opposing the complex,  there is anxiety and as always there is nothing to really worry about.   Saturn retrograde is a more powerful malefic and will be more problematic until September.   We are going to have master fear of the future or be miserable until October.

The mind cannot have an emotion on an abstract level so it attaches to something in the environment.  Most of what we fear is mental illusion.  Eckhart Tolle reminds us that 99% of our thoughts are garbage so why by into them?  My mantra for  Saturn is just to recognize the mental noise in your mind and then say, “Saturn you can go now.” I do not need the fear.  We do have power to not just accept the garbage that goes through our head  and our destiny is to command the planets if we are a conscious and spiritual person.

Most of the things we fear never happen and its that 1% surprise element that knocks us out of the park.  Fear is a survival mechanism to keep us out of danger. If we stick our hand into the fire when we are small, we learn not to do it again but then maybe we are inordinately afraid of fire our entire life.   Just remember that most of what we fear does not happen and dismiss it.

Saturn governs the base chakra and often spiritual folks work more on their upper chakras through meditation but if their root chakra is not developed and Saturn is weak in their chart, their financial planning and infrastructure and connection to the earth is a bit out of balance.  This can create a lot of instability and fear. Its like a pyramid. If the base of the pyramid is strongly  supported, the energies can move higher to the peak.  If we have a solid bank account and savings plans then we have the freedom to pursue our spiritual development and not be thrown off balance.  If the pyramid is inverted and there is low energy at the base and all the energy is very strong at the top, then there is no stability to support all the spiritual growth.  The current transits are challenging our systems.

The Capricorn/Cancer axis,  requires security and safety to move forward.  As Saturn reconnects to Ketu in transit through November, it security issues will be up more . Capricorn rising in particular, with a 12th house transit from its home, may feel insecure.

Ketu conjunct Saturn canto stir up unconscious fear and dread and requires looking deeply into those fears and realizing that most of the time, that which we fear does not happen. 99% of the time, the things we fear do not manifest and it is the surprises that get us.

Do more meditation and yoga and breath work to transform the energy. The chair pose in yoga, grounds us to the earth chakra as does the Mountain pose so that we feel our feet grasping the earth and this creates more security in our life.  Use the fear as a wake up call to handle your finances, get into your body and take care of your health.  Look up the magicians “fear sleeve” and expose him for the fraud that he is. You are infinitely safe in this universe. (If you want to connect astrology to hatha yoga and chakra analysis, see our workshop at:   END OF PART 1 ( continued below)



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Afflicted Saturn requires us to go more slowly, to not rush around like a rabbit and not to do too much; otherwise, our anxiety level increases and we are more likely to get sick from hypertension or anxiety-related illness.    Drink more hot water and calming herbal teas, slow down, do slower exercise, get oil massages and eat more hot meals and you can keep this aspect at bay. If you are running a Saturn period or are ruled by Capricorn or Aquarius or are Sagittarius or Gemini rising or moon, you may feel the impact more over the coming year.  It can get handled. The planets are your friends if you heed their advice and do your work.

On a personal level, use the transits to transform your deep unconscious fears, which is what is coming up heal. What are you afraid of? What are you avoiding dealing with? What can you do to get in unstuck?

Again, charts are very individual and we do not ever want to stereotype people by sign but sometimes its a way of putting one’s finger right away on a core problem for the person’s entire life.

See  beyond the doom and gloom. Yes, we have problems ahead but God has a plan, bigger and brighter than we can imagine.  I will leave you with some lines of a closing poem I wrote about Saturn:

The purple dragon  is guarding the gate.

His billowing flames

block the light —

and yet there are no flames.

Walk courageously through his mouth

into  cool waterfalls of laughter.

You are safe.

You are forever safe

in the loving play of the universe.

like the hummingbird floating from comet to comet

rejoicing in the infinite supply of nectar

and dancing on air.

Laugh at Saturn, the great magician.

Demand to look up his sleeves.

Jump off the cliff into

God’s arms





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