Saturn in Virgo

Saturn in Libra 2010

Saturn in Libra 2010

Libra by Evelicious

Saturn first entered Libra in late October of 2009, but then retrograded back into Virgo in March, cleaning up issues of healthcare reform and other mundane details of life and the tender ecological balance that holds our body, mind and spirit together.  Saturn’s passage through Virgo encouraged thrift and savings, along with a more cautious approach to life.  Virgo’s domain is the daily details and responsibilities of living in the world, and Saturn has made certain that we attend fully to those details.

Today Saturn moves fully into Libra where it will remain until 2012.

Libra 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.
Saturn 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.
Saturn 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).
Saturn 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.
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).
While 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 achievement!
The 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.
In 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.
I like to think of Saturn as a mentor rather than as the Celestial Taskmaster as he is sometimes known.  Saturn holds our feet to the fire and tells us where we’re being sloppy; where we are underutilizing our talents and taking the easy way out.  Saturn’s gifts include success and accomplishment, and these are no small favors!
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By | 2010-07-21T10:23:34+00:00 July 21st, 2010|Planetary cycles|4 Comments

Saturn at the 29th degree: A fiesta of recalls

Saturn tends to create challenges and shows us where we have to wake up to some cold, hard realities.  As it has traveled through Virgo over the past two and a half years, it’s been bringing up some difficult truths about the healthcare system and in fact our very health itself.  Virgo is associated with health, but also with the mundane details of taking care of life in a body.  Under Saturn in Virgo it was discovered that hormone replacement therapy was actually bad for women.  The cold hard reality of the burgeoning cost and diminishing effectiveness of the healthcare systems around the world has become evident.

Virgo is also associated with perfectionism, work and service, and Saturn’s restriction in Virgo has seen millions of people lose their jobs and have to recreate a new life from scratch.

When a planet is at the 29th degree of a sign it is completing its business there, and as Saturn completes its passage through Virgo there have been a plethora of recalls of all types, as the perfection that Saturn seeks in Virgo reveals the poor quality of many of our products.  These are just a few of the recent recalls in the news:

  • Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of various brands of cereal after a smell in the packaging revealed the presence of a petroleum-based chemical.  This chemical, methylnaphthalene, is approved by the FDA but it is linked to serious  lung damage in some studies.
  • McNeil Consumer Healthcare (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) has been linked to recalls of several of their products over the past year or so because of a musty, moldy smell in the packaging.  McNeil is now under investigation by several government agencies.
  • A children’s jewelry manufacturer, Tween Brands, recalled its jewelry which contained toxic amounts of cadmium.
  • Romaine lettuce in Hawaii and baby spinach in several states were recalled for potential E Coli problems.
  • A cat food manufacturer (Feline’s Pride) has recalled several of its product lines which were contaminated by salmonella.
  • Four states have recalled Diamond dried apricots due to undeclared sulfites that were discovered during random testing.

Then there is Toyota, whose recall of Toyota and Lexus models began under Saturn in Virgo and has continued to expand over the past year to include over 270,000 cars world-wide.

Saturn enters Libra on July 21st, leaving Virgo behind for good.  Hopefully these Virgoan details can be taken care of before then!

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By | 2010-07-15T18:54:20+00:00 July 15th, 2010|Life|4 Comments

Diane says goodbye to Saturn in Virgo

My fellow Libran Diane Lang says goodbye to Saturn in Libra in this wonderful post:

I am past ready for Saturn to finish up his current tour through Virgo and move on into Libra. He reminds me far too much of my Libra mom who had lots of Virgo (and Pisces) in her chart . . . always nagging me unrelentingly about my diet, exercise and getting all my little seasonal chores completed!

That being said, I have made significant progress during the Saturn in Virgo years in fine tuning what it takes to stay healthy in a post menopausal body. Believe me when I say there is a LOT less latitude for fudging by eating too many sweets, high fat foods or not getting out for a good brisk walk on a regular basis. I quit smoking over nine years ago and though there are times when I would dearly love a cigarette, the temptation to smoke again is minor. I would love to indulge myself but since Saturn returned to Virgo in early April, it has been made abundantly clear that is not going to happen. At least not without seriously unpleasant and immediate consequences!

Right now both Venus AND Mars are in Virgo along with Saturn and it sure feels like it. Usually Mars in Virgo transits to my tenth house are about being way busy on the job but this time the parental authority side of the tenth is the stronger voice in my head. My inner parent is pushing hard to keep me on task with putting up fruits and vegetables from our large garden, hence fewer posts here on Libra Seeking Balance – less time at the computer and more time at the kitchen sink.

read more here…

Of course Saturn is always somewhere, and as he continues his travels into Libra we will have to take a close look at our relationships and our attitudes about how we connect with others and ourselves.  But Saturn’s beauty is that he freely gives the rewards of the material world, and that is no small favor!

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By | 2010-07-14T06:18:34+00:00 July 14th, 2010|Astrology|1 Comment

Saturn in Virgo: School lunches pose threat to national security

school lunch threat to national securitySaturn moved into Libra last fall, but earlier in 2010 it changed direction and has now retrograded back into Virgo, the sign of health and the details of life that make up our material world on earth.

So it’s appropriate that a group of retired US military leaders are calling the poor quality of school lunches dangerous to national security because they have helped to increase the number of obese young Americans to the point where 27% of kids aged 17-24 are too overweight to join the military.

“[T]the group is urging Congress to eliminate junk food and high-calorie beverages from schools, put more money into the school lunch program and develop new strategies that help children develop healthier habits.”  It’s those strategies and habits that are governed by Virgo, but it took Saturn to bring in the military!

By | 2010-04-20T07:09:22+00:00 April 20th, 2010|Health & Healing, Life|1 Comment

Saturn retrogrades back into Virgo

Saturn in VirgoSaturn is at its last degree of Libra today before retrograding back into Virgo tomorrow (Tuesday) at around 3:30 pm Eastern time. Saturn has been in Libra since last fall where it has been creating tests and challenges in the areas of partnerships and beauty, as well as our aesthetic ideals.

Virgo is the sign that deals with issues of day-to-day life in a body. The food we eat, the mind body connection and our health, our day-to-day routines such as the work that we get up for every day, and a thrifty and practical approach to our finances. While Saturn was in Virgo it forced us as a global people to look hard at these areas of life and we can argue that Saturn’s entry into Virgo began the practical move towards a more sensible approach to finance that began to bring down the irrational exuberance at the end of the Pluto in Sagittarius era.  Saturn in Virgo also forced us to face the reality of the deteriorating quality of our health, not to mention the healthcare delivery systems, and the fact that the work force is shrinking as manufacturing is increasingly automated and humans are rendered obsolete in many fields.

Saturn will turn direct and begin to move forward again on May 30, but it will remain in Virgo until it re-enters Libra on July 21st. While Saturn travels through Virgo it will no longer be conflicting with Pluto which will bring some relief from the intensity of the Saturn/Pluto square which has been putting a lot of pressure on the need to let go of the past and allow transformation to occur.

Still, when Uranus enters Aries in May and hooks up with Jupiter there will be a lively energy of radical rebellion released into the atmosphere that will conflict with serious Pluto in Capricorn and even without Saturn there will be plenty of planetary intensity in May and June, especially at the time of the eclipse on June 26th which will interact with Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto. That might be a good week to plan a vacation!

This last trip of Saturn through Virgo is a good time to attend to those details of our lives that seem mundane and boring, but which secure the underpinnings of our reality and build a solid foundation for our life on earth. Saving money for the future, eating well and getting exercise, helping others and donating to charity, honoring our responsibilities – all of these will win the approval of Saturn as he completes his work in these areas.

By | 2010-04-06T06:23:22+00:00 April 6th, 2010|Planetary cycles|9 Comments