On October 5th 2012, Saturn shifts signs from Libra, the sign of relationships to Scorpio the sign of sharing, merging and of power. It will stay in the sign of the Scorpion until the end of 2014. For many of you out there this change is going to prove a huge relief, as Saturn moving through Libra has been a wearing experience. So what did you learn while Saturn was passing through Libra? For many, I will wager that in the past two years, your relationships be them personal or professional came under huge strain. Saturn in Libra is learning to deal with other people in your life and those people putting restrictions on yours; Saturn always puts the barriers up before allowing you to progress onwards. Under Saturn in Libra, new relationships were formed and outworn relationships were broken, many would have been solidified. Now as Saturn has completed it’s work on our relationships in showing the outside world of the commitments to others we have made, it now turns it’s gaze to the internal politics within them. It’s time to get deep, down and dirty.
The first thing to note is that we have some mutual bonding (although with Scorpio’s reputation it could be bondage!!) going on here, as Pluto is in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn and Saturn is moving into Pluto’s sign of Scorpio. This is mutual reception going on and one senses that there is a lot of harmony associated with Saturn’s movement through Scorpio this time, it may not be as difficult as it could be. Now I am not saying that Saturn’s journey through the underworld domain of Scorpio is going to be easy. The land of Scorpio is one of transformation, of learning how to deal with power and how to use control. This is a place where great wealth can be accumulated and ecstatic joy can be experienced, but also where one has to deal with loss and with pain, a never ending cycle that Sun sign Scorpios know so well. Scorpio rules sex and intimacy, and here we explore merging and sharing not only each other’s possessions, but also though our innermost secrets and desires. When the curtains close and passions rise, Scorpio goes to work.
Saturn entering this realm of darkness immediately challenges Scorpio’s control. There may well be areas of your life, and this will equate to the house that Saturn is moving through where Saturn will wrestle control from you. Now this may cause panic, because Scorpio’s effectiveness is based all around control. Have you ever noticed Scorpios going into disintegration mode when they lose something valuable to them, something over which they had control? Saturn is teaching you lessons here, and the only way that you will be able to deal with it’s presence will be to adjust your thinking and ideas and accept that in order to proceed and make progress, you will have to give up something first. Opposing Saturn’s will is akin to banging your head against a brick wall, the only thing is that this wall is made of solid concrete and is several inches (or centimetres) thick. You’ll only be wasting your time and quite frankly you won’t win no matter how hard you try.
The key during this period is to accept the restrictions placed in front of you. It may be that you will have to share responsibilities, allow someone to take over part of what you own, that you don’t fight against giving up some power to gain some freedom, you might bring someone into the most secret and intimate areas of your life or just step up to the plate and face your fears head on. If you do, then you can achieve amazing things under this two and a half year transit, the world can be your oyster. Also bare this in mind. Almost unbreakable bonds will be formed under Saturn in Scorpio, so be sure that wherever connections are made you remain committed and loyal, otherwise any battle for power will be a nasty and complicated one. Scorpio is where jealousy, manipulation, destruction, ruin and death is found, and you wouldn’t want to incite those qualities to be posed against you, would you?
In a wider global context, Saturn in Scorpio really complements Pluto in Capricorn and with the Uranus Pluto square operating throughout the next two years, the healing process of the financial crash we have endured for the past 4 years can start to begin, although it is going to be a long haul and will be associated with a lot of pain, hardship and irritability. Uranus will be inconjunct to Saturn for quite a while in 2013, and those with progressive and radical ideas may find their desires and messages blocked and will no doubt rebel against Saturn’s iron rule.
Between now and the end of 2014, there will be serious implications and decisions to be made in big business and in corporations. Expect lots of company mergers, collaborations and major investment projects especially in the financial world. This is a naturally fixed and conservative influence, so the issues of taxation and who pays what to whom will be a constant theme. The issue of debt also comes to mind. Scorpio rules debt and money owed, and Saturn is going to get tough on this, but not as abrasive as it could be. As these two planets are in mutual reception throughout this two year transit and will be in an opportunistic sextile aspect through a lot of it, so I think that whatever solutions that Saturn (those in charge) will come up with will be acceptable to those who hold the debt and have to pay it off (Scorpio/Pluto). Financial regulations will be imposed now too - Saturn will see to this alright, and banks better get ready to accept the lack of control in their operations that is coming their way!
Anything to do with natural Scorpio subjects may well enter the news for good or for bad reasons. Mining and the exploration of natural resources like oil or coal, or issues of things found underground will be back in the news often, nuclear safety and heavy industry also. Matters of a sexual nature may crop up too, be it through scandal, through relationships or in the medical arena. It’s a fact that AIDS came to prominence in the last transit of Saturn through Scorpio between 1983 and 1985. Maybe the subject of life and death too may be placed on the agenda of governments? Euthanasia is a hot topic right now in Europe, as is abortion, the right to life as well as the death penalty in the United States.
So get ready and pack your supplies for the journey through the inner sanctums of life. Along the way we are going to experience some loss and we will face our deepest darkest fears, but if we go into the underworld with an open mind and a willingness to accept our limitations, then when we reach the light and the gateway to the expansive open world of Sagittarius, we will find ourselves in a much better place than we were when we entered in.