This week (29th October) sees Saturn moving into the sign of balance – Libra. The last time Saturn was in Libra was in the early 1980’s and how things have changed since the days of shoulder pads, the miner’s strike, leg warmers, big hair, who shot JR, Lady Di and that wedding, the Rubiks Cube, the launch of personal computers and the Nuclear Threat.
Saturn often has a bad reputation; he is the planet that so many people dread. He was of course described as the Greater Malefic – the Big Baddie, which reflected his reputation as a planet of restriction, hard work and a lack of joy. I prefer to call him Old Grumble Bum as I see him more akin to a cantankerous old man, somewhat set in his ways but when you look beneath the grumpy exterior there is actually a great deal of wisdom there.
The fact that Saturn is so feared has actually created the problem in the first place – fear creates fear. Yet if we see the good in Saturn, he works with us helping us to achieve our hard-earned goals. Treat him without any respect (and Old Grumble Bum is a term of endearment – which in my connection with him works very well!) and he will not support or guide.
So, whilst many Librans may be dreading the arrival of Saturn into their midst, this particular Libran is actually quite looking forwards to it. It is a time to roll up the sleeves and get some work done, and it is time to stop procrastinating and get on with things.
Saturn is exalted in Libra, which enables this powerful planet to filter through in a balanced way. And balance is the key over the coming months – achieving balance in all areas of our lives.
The challenge is to make some decisions and to move forwards with confidence. Live in fear and they will build up creating obstacles. So, it is time to face our fears head on and to believe in our ability to succeed. Yes, the work may be hard and a little relentless at times, but keep the end goal in sight.
Saturn in Libra is closely related to the drive towards perfection, this can be hard to overcome as the reality is that perfection is hard, if not impossible, to achieve all of the time. So, there is a need to relax the tick box a little and to take a slightly more realistic and pragmatic view of things. Try not to see those little imperfections as failures, and they are not a reason for those close to reject or berate.
Saturn is the traditionalist, and so it is likely that we will witness a resurgence of some traditional values over the coming months – this is maybe no bad thing, as long as the traditions do not involve controlling or denigrating others. Tradition can be about community, helping one another and other positive things – not all traditions are bad.
What also seems clear is that clearer definitions of right and wrong will once again start to re-establish themselves as individuals start to speak up for their rights and the rights of others. The division of humanity by culture, religion, colour, wealth and gender are likely to see a great shift as the collective starts to draw closer towards union and harmony. The ‘blame culture’ in which we live will start to shift towards individual accountability and responsibility once again, that is taking responsibility for our own choices and decisions.
Saturn is likely to challenge each of us on many levels making us question our belief systems, our paths in life, our relationships and our choices. Yet, without this we are unlikely to grow, develop and evolve…