will be entering the sign of Libra on October 29, leaving the
sign of Virgo where it has spent the last two years and some
months challenging all of our conventional ideas about health
and healing and ensuring that we embrace the Virgoan virtues
of modesty, thrift and caution.
is the sign of relationships and balance between two polarities.
In Libra we understand the yin and the yang, the plus and the
minus, the inner and the outer, and recognize that both ends
of the polarities are valid.
is said to be exalted in Libra, but this does NOT mean that
everything Saturn touches while in Libra is hunky-dory. Saturn's
crochety penchant for discipline and commitment is best expressed
through the harmony of relationships, and the desire of Libra
for balance and harmony helps to bring out the best of Saturn.
However, Saturn has a tendency to create tests and challenges
in any sign that he passes through, and he particularly dislikes
an over-romanticized and impractical view of the world. In any
area of life or the political spectrum where strange bedfellows
have been made, Saturn is likely to shine his microscope and
reveal the chinks in the construction of our sandcastles.
in Libra also brings a desire for charm and a harmonious approach
to life as we saw when Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Jimmy
Carter in the 1980 elections just after Saturn had entered Libra.
Saturn desires to build structures, and in Libra Saturn wants
structures that will build relationships and alliances. But
Libra can also sometimes be superficial, with its love of beauty
and an appearance of harmony. A president like Reagan was made
for Saturn in Libra and his charm and good looks gave the impression
that John Wayne was in the White House. It was arguably a presidency
that was more style than substance. (Reagan had Libra on the
Midheaven, in case you were wondering).
rules diamonds, the brilliant jewel that is created when a lump
of coal is put under tremendous pressure. This is the perfect
metaphor for the way that Saturn works in our lives, and whether
we end up with coal or a diamond really depends on us and how
well we manage the tests that Saturn puts in our path. Saturn
cycles can be depressing and burdensome, or they can be times
of material success and wealth.
I mentioned recently, Saturn's passage through Libra coincided
with one of the worst recessions in the 20th century in 1982.
Saturn conjoined Pluto at the time, and during Saturn's passage
through Libra we will see Saturn forming a square to Pluto.
Libra is ruled by Venus, and Venus is involved in the attraction
and creation of wealth so Saturn's passage through Libra can
create tests and challenges in the realm of prosperity and force
us to evaluate (Saturn) what we value (Libra).
Saturn is passing through Libra it will be evaluating our progress
in all Venus-related issues. Much attention is given to Libra
and Venus's rulership over relationships, and all kinds of alliances
will be both forged and tested under the influence of Saturn
in Libra. Other aspects of Libra include beauty, and with Saturn
(aging) in Libra (beauty), we may find ourselves faced with
some difficult facts about the processes that we use to stave
off the aging process. We could also embrace the aging process
and discover the beauty that lies in the growing strength and
stability that we experience with age, a true Saturn in Libra
forging of alliances requires the kind of balance and integration
for which Libra is well-known, and Saturn's travel through Libra
will bring with it a requirement that we consider all sides
of a question in order to bring about a truly harmonious result.
Libra is the consummate diplomat and negotiator, and during
this period great things are possible in the realm of peace
negotiations. Saturn in Libra also tests our ability to make
commitments. The generation with Saturn in Libra has exemplified
this challenge as Saturn in any sign shows where we feel insecure
and where we need to compensate.
any matter with which Saturn becomes involved, he does not give
success easily. It must be earned, and the Saturnian qualities
of discipline, hard work and achievement must be utilized. This
will be particularly important when Saturn and Pluto face off
in a square formation. The first phase of that cycle occurs
in November of this year and will be in range through February
of 2010 . As I have said often in these pages, this will likely
instigate another crisis of confidence that challenge the recovery
of the global economic systems.
then retrogrades back into Virgo in March where it will clean
up the last of its Virgo business, such as health care reform
and completing the process of instilling the values of thrift
and economic conservatism.
are likely to see a resurgence of optimism next spring when
Jupiter (abundance and expansion) conjoins Uranus (radical change
from the status quo) and I'll be writing more about that phase
of the cycle as we get closer to the time.