Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturn in Sagittarius--Restrictions of Liberties & Going Local

Saturn from Wikipedia
The best way to understand the Saturn in Sagittarius transit is to travel back 28 to 30 years ago, the last time Saturn traveled through the Sign of the Satyr (November 1985 to February 1988). For me, this represented my days studying at a university, learning about the world, and becoming an exchange student in Canada.

However, for those of us who were alive and at least in our formative years from 1985 to 1988, we can recall that those were the years of powerful dictators, restrictions with travel, underhanded wars kept mostly away from the public eye, religious fundamentalists attacking the rights of women, and censorship, at least in the United States. We were steeped in the the Reagan-Thatcher era. New Wave and punk music gave way to more thoughtful jangly acoustic music with social messaging and we experienced the birth of nihilistic grunge music which left many defiant but in despair.

In Seattle especially, fun pop bands gave way to gloom, heavy drug use, and a music industry that expanded to include far off posts such as Seattle and Portland, Ore (many bands were signed quickly to major labels). But at the same time, all-ages clubs were shut down, censorship was on the rise mainly coming from a group of US Senators' wives led by Tipper Gore (Al Gore's wife). The right to abortion in the US was under fire and the fundamentalist Christian movement gathered momentum while aiming to take women's rights back to the Dark Ages (I'm not exaggerating). Meanwhile, the yuppie movement continued as the "Me Decade" came to a close. And this is just how I experienced the late 1980s when Saturn was in Sagittarius.

Mountains, Capricorn the Climber, Wikipedia
The good news for me was that I did travel and I spent time in Canada. I learned a great deal about the world even before the arrival of the worldwide web and e-mail. I was enamored with world cinema as well as, music from other cultures which started filtering into my life. While money was extremely tight (as it will be with Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Virgo in 2015-16), I managed to get a university education which I enjoyed immensely. However, upon graduating from university, I could only find employment working in service industry jobs. But this didn't prevent me from pursuing a career as a rock musician, music journalist, and producer of a compilation album of Seattle bands which sold most of its copies in Europe and not Seattle.

So what can we expect with Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Virgo? And we must remember we still have a wide square with Uranus and Pluto as well as, an exact Saturn-Neptune square in November depending on where you reside on the planet. The North Node transits out of Libra into Virgo on November 13. In November with the Sun, Mercury, and Venus (last two days of the month) in Sagittarius we experience more Mutable energies and of course, Mutable energies represent change, travel, and communication among other themes.

With Jupiter and the North Node moving into Virgo, we want to fix, purify, and perfect the areas where we have Virgo in our charts. And with Saturn in Sagittarius combined with the North Node and Jupiter in Virgo, we will tighten our belts or end up in debt which leads to self-punishment. Virgo asks us how we want to serve ourselves, others, and the world. But with Saturn in Sagittarius, I foresee more travel restrictions or money restrictions that prevent world travel. Laws could be passed or company's could change terms of use (such as PayPal), that make it hard to do business internationally, especially for those of us working in the intuitive arts, as I've learned recently.

Sagittarius, Wikipedia
Sagittarius energies sober up when Saturn is in this sign and with Jupiter in equally sober Virgo, we're going to see a lot of cleaning up around the mess Neptune in Pisces has brought in the areas of e-cigarettes, vapor, marijuana, drug use, and all those microbreweries. We're going to have to deal with some real issues revolving around addiction especially and the money addiction costs communities in the way of rehabilitation programs, social service agencies, and low-income or transitional housing. Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo along with Saturn in Sagittarius tell us that we can't have our cake and eat it too and there are consequences to face for promoting hedonistic behaviors. Anyone can become an addict when Neptune transits in Pisces because this is double-Neptune energy, which most of us will never get a handle on unless we pursue a spiritual path, and even then, Neptune can trick us such as leaving us addicted to a guru.

Starting in August, Neptune and Chiron transit in Pisces, the North Node and Jupiter transit in Virgo, and Saturn transits back into Sagittarius on September 18. Then in August and September personal planets transit in Virgo and in November and December, personal planets transit in Sagittarius. And on September 13, we experience Solar Eclipse in Virgo. Now, the people most affected by all this mutable energy are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. People with any Mutable Sign on their Midheaven or MC will experience changes in their career, possibly along the lines of new regulations and restrictions. The healthcare, publishing, airlines and travel industries will be most affected as will cruise lines and oversea travel. Immigration issues will also rear their heads as will fear of foreigners (which makes this astrologer sad). When I talk about these energies I'm referring to mass consciousness and not to people who are already awake and aware. We're looking at trends on a global level and not on the fringes of healthy spiritual communities.

Since Saturn constricts and so does Virgo to an extent, I see us as working more within our communities than working with foreign countries and cultures. The localization movements will expand even when dealing with federal and international restrictions imposed upon them. We will spend less time online and more time face-to-face getting to know our communities and fixing problems that face us at home which does involve sobering up and smelling the coffee.  In areas where we haven't taken responsibility in the past, we will mature and again, sober up. Neptune will want us to dream big, but Saturn puts on the brakes and tells us that the grass isn't greener somewhere else, and in fact, it's dying due to neglect. And yet, in some ways the world will seem smaller.

So for those of you wanting to delve into the Saturn in Sagittarius transit, here are some dates of the last Saturn transit in this sign and for its current transit:

Saturn in Sagittarius from 1985-1988

Saturn transited into Sagittarius on November 18, 1985
Retrograde at 9 degrees on March 19, 1986
Direct at 3 degrees on August 6, 1986
Retrograde on March 31, 1987 at 21 degrees Sag
Transits into Capricorn on February 14, 1988
Retrogrades at 2 degrees Capricorn on April 11, 1988
Transits into Sagittarius on June 11, 1988
Direct on August 30, 1988 at 25 degrees Sag
Moves back into Capricorn on November 12, 1988

Current Saturn Transit in Sagittarius 

Saturn moved into Sagittarius on December 24, 2014
Returned to Scorpio on June 15, 2015
Direct on August 2, 2015 in Scorpio
Returns to Sagittarius on September 18/19, 2015
Retrograde March 25, 2016 at 16 degrees
Direct on August 12, 2015 at 9 degrees
Retrograde on April 5, 2017 at 27 degrees
Direct on August 24, 2017 at 24 degrees
Transits into Capricorn on December 21, 2017

I hope you found this article helpful. I can't overemphasize the changing of guards as we move away from the powerful Cardinal planet transits to Mutable planet transits. No one or being on this planet will miss this shift happening in their bodies and their lives. Many people will feel confused and disoriented as this shift occurs, seemingly overnight for those people not following the astrology transits or paying attention in general. We will seem busier cleaning up messes with these transits and then in late summer of 2016, Jupiter moves into Libra giving us more Cardinal energy and then at the end of 2017, when Jupiter is in Scorpio, Saturn moves into its own sign Capricorn, eventually forming conjunctions with Pluto and squaring Uranus. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Also watch for any structure or industry that is too large to crumble under the weight of itself. This includes government and government spending too. When Saturn moves into Capricorn, we will rebuild infrastructure or completely build new structure.

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