According to the
traditionalist, Saturn is the planet of Infortune or the Greater
Malefic. I prefer to describe this unwavering planet as a
taskmaster, The Tester, the Lord of Karma. It rules our ability
to stick to the old traditions, responsibilities, rules and
regulations that we are to follow. Boundaries and limitations
are among the lessons to learn. Saturn governs the principles of
truth; its goal is perfection through the process of testing.
“Man learns the purpose of life is not pleasure, but to gain
experience, patience, humility, wisdom and compassion” –Isabel
Hickey, Astrology, The Cosmic Science.
Also called the
Father of Time, he represents maturity, the old age and the
aging. This ringed planet demands the acceptance of material
values and the necessity to acquire them as temporal test of the
human spirit- thus the name Saturn was mislabeled as Satan, by
some religious faiths.
Saturn rules both
Capricorn and Aquarius. It represents an individual who is
severe, reserved, solitary and patient, someone who will acquire
the goods of the world by slow and steady stages. It relates to
those who work with the earth, farmers and miners, also monks,
solitary religious people and beggars.
If Saturn is badly
placed (by house and sign) in a person’s natal chart, it
indicates someone envious, mistrustful, never content, timid and
the men are said to condemn women. Someone ruled by Saturn is
apt to have a body of medium height and dark eyes. Anatomy ruled
by Saturn includes the skeletal system, bones and teeth, skin,
ligaments, knees, auditory organs, and gall bladder.
Saturn influences all
hard dark stones and lead. It represents places such as the
ruins, obscure valleys, graves, and churchyards.
2009, Saturn has been transiting through the sign of Libra, and
will stay in that same sign until the first week of October
2012. A relationship and relatedness (or the lack of it), may
have been a priority to resolve for the many of us during this
time. Good judgment, diplomacy and tact are tools we can