Saturn: Who you´re born to be

10 01 2009

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
Shakespeare

Saturn, ruler of the Zodiac sign of Aquarius by day, of Capricorn by night, Exalted by Libra and ruler of the triplicity of air by day is one of the most neglected planets in the solar system.

His traditional rulerships indicate that this planet has most effect and affinity with the air element than with Earth which is generally what the modernists of Astrology regard him as; the block building realist. But not so, Saturn is after all a Gas Giant of the solar system following only Jupiter in Size and mass, with an atmosphere which is quite similar in its composition to the “great benific”.

Saturn´s air makes this planet surely like Venus and Mercury one of the intellectual and social planets, his day time rulership Aquarius gives him the tools and knowledge which imply that he is not “dull” or lacking in potential for either understanding, technological genius, and coherent thought.

Saturn´s “joy” in the 12th house is an interesting fact. Is this because he is happiest in the house of sorrow? A planet of sorrow, like that of the modern planet Neptune? The strange nature of this “joy” for a planet that rules over the sign of humanity Aquarius, is a planet who is happiest alone in the soft and over- shadowed light of the 12th house. Aquarius is the sign of detriment for the Sun, for individual fire, and spontaneous life-force, but Saturn´s exaltation Libra is also a sign in which Sun “falls”.

It´s the sorrow of being human. It´s the sorrow of not being a Sun god, but being a mere mortal, that makes Saturn like to hide away in the 12th house. A lot has been written on the “malefic” nature of Saturn, and in the psychological school on the “experience” or “karma” that the so called teacher of the Zodiac is meant to impart. But this is not the real Saturn.

The real Saturn is in fact the most human like planet of all. Saturn is the human planet because his power is defeated and brought down by his sons. He is the human planet because he is forced out of his place, and forced down, killed off and mortalised by the usurpers. Saturn knows that his time is coming, time of being brought down, leveled, ended, something which the Leo Sun, or the Cancer Moon, Helios and Selene are utterly oblivious of, being true immortals. This is the reason for Aquarius´s refusal to play immortal parts in life, preferring the all so temporary friendship because, after all we´re only here for the day, not staying the night, the night of course belonging to his partner in crime the other malefic Mars and modern Pluto or Hades. A day being equivalent to a life in terms of immortality.

Saturn in the life does symbolise the individual fears, restrictions, and stuff that´s hard, where unprepared for responsibility is forced. But to not become your Saturn sign is to not be fully human. How are we supposed to “be our Saturn”? The nature of the planet is that of accepting not being good enough, like the mythical Saturn, of being allowed only a certain amount of time, in order to be a god, a kind of  mortal god, because to be deposed, de-throned as king of the gods, is death, even for an immortal god, death of self-respect, death of the respect that your sons once held for you and death of those relations and worship that made you immortal in the first place.

Saturn is in fact the Biblical Adam being cast out of the Garden of Eden and forced into living in the Society of Men, (Aquarius) and to work and struggle for food on the desolate Earth (Capricorn), with Eve  the first wife and first to succumb and fall (Libra, fall of Sun).

As planet of the Air triplicity and ruler of Aquarius, Saturn asks why he is alone. He asks why is the land and Earth dark, and in that darkness creates fire, through mental planning, he not only creates fire, something that Leo Sun naturally had, and didn´t need, like a Sahara Lion, but he creates shelter in that wilderness and community, with the first woman, and the sons which are his from that union. Sons that he knows will one day take his place, and probably fight with each other to divide what he has.

Finding Saturn in the natal birth chart is where we will all find exposure like the first man and the first woman. This is the spot where nakedness and weakness exist, but like the first human beings, and like mythological Cronus, we are meant to make the absolute most of before the time is up. Time on planet Earth is under the sole rulership of the planet Saturn, Saturn is where we must ask “there must be something more,” and “there are times when I must try to be so much more alive”.

The Saturn sign is the sign of being human. The Sun sign is the spiritual, the place of God in our lives. Saturn is not the devil, far from it, Saturn is what makes us fragile, where we hide. Saturn in Aquarius is afraid of the friendship of man, feels alone, but is endowed with the purest form of Saturnine air and mental ability to create community, it is up to him to pursue this and become a true Aquarian, in order to be human, and draw upon that pain of being alone to achieve it before his death. Scorpio Saturn is asked to be a strong warrior, he is asked to exhibit the features of Scorpio, to be deep, and passionate, Libra Saturn is asked to be perfect in partnership and to be the perfect Libran diplomat pleasing all and upsetting none.

One great lie of Astrology is ascribing the Sun as the most important influence in the sky. He might be the strongest, the brightest, the most obvious, but it is on the Earth that we live, and in the Air that our existence as human beings is borne out. The most important element in the sky is not the Sun, the undying, spiritual force of warmth, it is the cold ringed planet of sobering and haunting beauty, a silent figure, a figure of insecurity a figure of rage at being out-caste from paradise, a figure sublime in his Aquarian and immensely painful and real state.

Is it consciousness if a being feels nothing but warm Sun on its face? Grass feel this, they grow using sensory data collected from hormones which encourage growth and reproduction. Sentience felt by all creatures are part of the Sun, as well as the Moon. Reproduction is part of the sexual selection as described by Mars and Venus rulerships. Animals share these planetary influences with human beings. But Saturn is the planet who has consciousness. To become your Saturn sign is the greatest challenge that anyone can attempt. The person they are within the human race, the things that they are to be remembered by, and what their children will think of them as is governed by their natal Saturn. This is the real deal. This is your Earth Self, the site where you are a true human being in fault as well as in greatness.

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Saturn in Aquarius

28 12 2008

Saturn is the day time ruler of Aquarius and has triplicity by day also as well as terms in the first six degrees, making Aquarius the stronger placement for Saturn. This is not to say that this placement is “better” for Saturn, just that under the right conditions; diurnally, it has the potential for the greatest essential dignity.

The fact that Saturn has rulership over the sign of Aquarius indicates that contrary to much modern interpretations and psychological analysis, Aquarius is far more like Saturn and concerned with the same things as Saturn than that new rival Uranus. And the fact that Saturn “rules” this sign more so than it does Capricorn (its night time rulership) is testament to the fact that this placement in natal charts is one of the most beneficial and noble placements possible. This is not to say that Uranus, planet of invention and revolution has nothing at all to do with Aquarius, just that Saturn´s essential dignities are here also.

Saturn when found in Aquarian terrain is actually in an air element. Saturn´s nature is to build and to construct. In Capricorn the preceeding sign Saturn had constructed physical basics of civilisation, walls, churches, city halls, and other central government buildings which establish hierarchy and structure. The sign of Aquarius is of a rather different nature, Aquarius is not interested in Pyramid structures within society, but rather in allowing dialogue and representation. Aquarius as the third air sign is most concerned with relationships with people, and people that extend beyond his brothers (Gemini) and beyond his wife and enemies (Libra) and into all people of his nation and even beyond his nation.

These relationships are with people who have no blood relation to himself. They have neither blood relation, nor in fact do they need to have anything in common with him except to bring something to the table that is different and interesting in order for him to learn something new. Aquarius as an air sign gives Saturn the intellectual and spiritual capability to know and awful lot about human nature and about how to get along with people. And true to the Aquarius ideal, people are by far the most interesting thing for Saturn here. It should come as no surprise then that Saturn in Aquarius builds structures where people are given voice and where “equality” is the idea behind it. The Houses of Parliament, the House of Representatives or more simply the “Public House” is in essence of the nature of Saturn in Aquarius. The Pub of course might be deemed as a Piscean invention due to the free flow of drink, but in fact it is primarily a place where people meet, and generally talk, and exchange ideas, it also fits the image of the “water bearer” in that the place is essentially air, but accepts and gives water to all of humanity.

It is interesting to note that Saturn in Aquarius is given a very strong sense of sociability. This is the reason for the liking of all things which allow for free discussion but adhere in principle to a fixed belief system, as Aquarius is one exceedingly fixed and unchangeable sign. Socialism fits into some of the interests of Aquarius Saturn though it is not so much that Saturn here is in revolution against the system, but that Saturn is convinced that all men are equal, and that all deserve a right to life and liberty. Like the other air signs Aquarius is capable of being contrary and in air, Saturn is able to confuse. For in taking up something like socialism, Saturn is in effect only trying to connect with his fellow human being, the idea here is that Saturn wants to build a society, or a civilisation in which all are happy and safe.

The idea is to reject Imperialism and to favour socialism and highlight the suffering of working people, but then to turn against the original idea and to criticise socialist regimes that end up oppressing even worse than the original empire. The dignity of Saturn in this position comes from his desire to serve humanity, this placement is one that lends help and is interested in creating relationships within the human race as a whole based on nothing more than friendship and good will.

This Saturn constructs buildings under the ray of Aquarius which are primarily interested in promoting tolerance, not just tolerance but friendship and community as well as all intellectual and scientific knowledge. Saturn here uses his knowledge and wisdom to construct edifices in the sky; Universities, and places where people meet in the interest of bettering humanity are some of his works. It is not only freedom that Saturn wants here, freedom on a personal level, but freedom and unity, perhaps individual freedom and united humanity.william-blake

Some people with Aquarius Saturn: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles Manson, Jung, Nietzsche, Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Calista Flockhart, Phillip Roth, Herbert Hoover, Sir Winston Churchill, George Orwell, William Blake, Aleister Crowley, Henry VIII, Gustav Holst, Yuri Gargarin, Lord Byron, Bismarck, James Cook, Horatio Nelson