As the cosmic kaleidoscope shifts again the great teacher Saturn moves from dark, emotional Scorpio into freedom loving, philosophic Sagittarius. The Saturn in Sagittarius transit will last for approximately two and a half years, bringing change not only at the personal level but at the level of our social, ethical and governance systems as well.
Saturn is the principle that causes energy to coalesce into form, the structuring principle that allows the myriad things to become manifest in this physical reality. As the traditional ruler of both Aquarius and Capricorn, Saturn takes the ideas of the Airy Aquarius and builds them into the concrete structures of earthy Capricorn. Saturn holds things together.
As such, Saturn rules all forms of limitation and constraint, bringing order to chaos but also sometimes a sense of heaviness and stagnation. When our relationship to Saturn is not as healthy as it should be we may feel resentful about our commitments, or bogged down in routine and responsibility. For example a relationship founded on Saturn energy has a great deal of strength and mutual commitment, but when this Saturn energy is over-emphasised we may find the relationship feels burdensome, boring or stale.
Sagittarius is a very different energy to Saturn. The archetypal adventurer, ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion, abundance and good fortune, Sagittarius always falls on his feet. He loves to explore new cultures and is always curious to see things from other people’s perspective. While Saturn is all about order and structure, Sagittarius wants to break out of the box, and is always seeking to expand his ideas about the world, always wanting to learn more. Along with travel and adventure Jupiter rules higher learning, developing a holistic worldview and coming to realise that our truth is only one way of seeing the world.
How will the Saturn in Sagittarius transit affect me?
With Saturn in Sagittarius, the principles of contraction (Saturn) and expansion (Jupiter) will come into relationship. How this plays out for you personally will have a lot to do with how you’ve been managing these principles so far. Depending on which has been most dominant in your life, you may be called upon to question any dogmatically held beliefs you have, to expand your view of the world from the narrow point of view you may have been taking, or you may encounter situations that require you to step up and take responsibility, to focus your energy and to bring more order and structure into your life.
For example if you’ve been living your life according to the more excessive, hedonistic principles of Jupiter ruled Sagittarius, running away from any difficult situation you find yourself in, refusing to commit to any form of structure, indulging too frequently in alcohol, rich foods and other stimulants, promising more than you can deliver and then blithely cutting it all loose when it gets too much to handle, without a thought for how this may impact on other people’s lives, well then expect Saturn in Sagittarius to deliver a pretty loud wake up call.
On the other hand if you’re prone to taking everything a little too seriously, dogmatically aligning yourself with a set of moral beliefs or refusing to allow yourself to step outside of your ordered daily routines and structures then Saturn in Sagittarius may bring opportunities to let go of your highly ordered existence and embrace the adventurer within, to open up to a new path, particularly through a course of study, or to seek out new points of view, or other moral perspectives.
Take a look at your natal chart to see in which house(s) the Saturn in Sagittarius transit is occurring, and whether you have any personal planets in Sagittarius that will be triggered. This will give you the key to understanding how this transit will affect you personally. Take some time to explore your personal relationship to the principles of expansion and contraction, chaos and order, freedom and commitment. Notice any emphasis one way or the other. Do not try to force change, neither struggle against it. Instead, allow the universe to gently move you into alignment with its perfect balance.
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Image Taming Wild Horses by George Catlin.