EYE ON ASTROLOGY: KETU/SATURN LESSONS REVISIT
Saturn and Ketu are minutes are apart in Sagittarius and this weekend was one of the closest points of the conjunction which will be this tight again late in the summer when Saturn goes direct. Saturn is more intense retrograde and more powerful and this part of the transit may feel the most intense. . We have to remember to be aware of it and dismiss it as maya that is weaving in the mind. There is a real survival energy that comes up as Saturn governs the base chakra and survival and Ketu can have a transcending the material world energy which can have a “give it up energy” and why bother and the combination can be a bit lethal.
This association can bring up emotional despair, melancholy, constriction, gloominess and selfishness. It can lead to stubbornness and fundamentalism and this will be a real problem for months now. It will be important to get exercise, do yoga and meditation and find an outlet to release the explosive energies and regrets from the past. The warrior pose regularly will help focus the 3rd eye so that spaciness from Saturn/Ketu does not lead to mishaps so avoid multi-tasking and focus on one thing at a time to avoid problems. Things can break and fall apart and sometimes you have to just surrender. This past week I got a flat tire on the way to the airport, my 97 year old Dad fell and had to go to the emergency room as did my 15 year old dog and he past and I dropped a plate last night that broke. You have to be surrendered and patient or can lose it.
If you have this combination in your natal chart, it will be activated by this long transit this year and if you are running a Saturn/Ketu or Ketu/Saturn period, it will have a larger impact because the transit will activate the dasha. Sagittarius, Scorpio, Aquarius and Capricorn and Gemini will be most impact by the energies.
Saturn when weak, tends to get stuck with habits and patterns and beliefs from past lives and can create pessimism. When Ketu conjoins it, the past life influence is magnified and constrictive and can create tragic and difficult circumstances to wake you up around being stuck in the past and your past patterns. This is never easy and for those who like Saturnine routines and wanting to stay in control. Ketu will throw in an unexpected wrench or curve ball.
Emotionally it can increase depression and gloom and despair. Suicidal energy can be up if you have a connection to your moon or are prone in this direction. The key remedy is to remember the mantra, this was then, and this is now and get into spiritual practice. If you get bogged down in past regrets and guilt you are done for. You have to find the courage to change and do things differently. If you can let go of the past and learn your soul lessons, then you can transform—but usually not without deep pain. If there is any mental illness, Saturn may activate the deep subconscious pattern grunge of Ketu and plague the mind and July eclipses will particularly activate this energy. Stay on top of your mental health early, begin chanting Ganesh and Durga mantras regularly and know that the mental noise is maya and find ways to blow it way. Watch over family members that may have suicidal tendencies and support them to get professional help.
On the positive side, this combination in Sagittarius is good for spiritual life and can create detachment and possibly support ashram life and running away from the world but most of us have Saturn responsibilities and cannot do this. The positive side is that it is happening in the sign of Sagittarius where Ketu gets a big spiritual lift so Jupiter’s energy will support transformation but Jupiter is e 12 houses away so it will take a great deal of deep subconscious probing to help matters.
Saturn keeps us anchored in the material world and being responsible so we are going to have to bear down and learn these lessons about the material world . 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.
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.
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/Ketu connections in that sometimes it can awaken mysterious past-life and intuitive gifts at best and at the worst it may feel like one is being haunted or cursed.
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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