Saturn Around: 1
this short series of articles we are looking at the significance of Saturn
in contemporary esoteric astrology.
excellent work has been done in recent years on this important planet by
the Jungian astrologers, notably, Stephen Arroyo, Liz Greene and the late
Howard Sasportas. Their work is essential reading for any serious student
the esoteric astrologer, however, whose focus is soul-personality
alignment, Saturn has a significance that goes beyond its role as the
authority principle and the lesson-teacher, and certainly way beyond its
reputation as a malefic and bringer of misfortune that was underwritten by
generations of pre-Jungian Astrologers in the West, a perception that is
still upheld in the cultures dominated by the idea of fate.
the esoteric astrologer dealing with mentally developed man, Saturn is the
representative of the Third Ray which expresses the third aspect of
Divinity, the Holy Spirit. Those of us in incarnation in these disruptive
times and wanting to use our lifetimes to the best possible effect, need
to understand this aspect of Saturn thoroughly. And when we do understand
it thoroughly we will never again judge our lives, ourselves or another
because we will understand that each moment, even if
it contains pain or a perceived defeat is a legitimate,
have a responsibility all of us to have adequate expectations of life Why
should we not expect to suffer? It has been a part of
the evolutionary process since time began. Yet, willfully, we hold
onto expectations that make suffering an aberration. So often we fail to
understand because we do not wish to understand if this involves being
parted from out sentimental ideas of how things should be. Shortly we will
be entering the Christmas Season during which
we are encouraged to exchange all kinds of platitudes about peace
on earth. We have no business
expecting peace on earth when we ourselves cannot control the envy, pride
and resentment that exists within us. Where does all the trouble in the
world come from if not from within each of us? Hope has its rightful place
when it inspires, and not when it replaces, human effort. We need the
practice: the evolutionary process has not yet brought us to the place
where we can use
long periods of peace productively.
understand Saturn as the agent of the Third Ray, let us start at the top
with the three Divine aspects that express the totality of Being: Life,
Quality and Appearance; Father Son and Holy Spirit; the first, second and
third Aspects that are expressed through the First Second and Third rays.
In the Theosophical tradition, the Third Ray is called the Ray of Active
Intelligence because, in addition to governing manifestation itself
(Appearance), it governs understanding
of the purpose of manifestation and evolution.
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Rays are all differentiations of the
mighty Third Ray, and represent different aspects of manifestation and
different ways of understanding experience in manifestation.
Third Ray enters our solar system through the constellations Cancer (the
door into incarnation), Libra (the point of equilibrium) and Capricorn
(the door out of incarnation). Once in the solar system it is
fielded by the planet Saturn and our planet Earth. Saturn distributes the
Third Ray to mentally developed man, the Earth distributes to those still
in a mentally undeveloped state. (i.e., without awareness of themselves).
a man who has awareness of himself, then, Saturn represents both the point
reached in the evolution of the personality and the understanding of the
purpose of this evolution. For a man this understanding is the Holy
Spirit; it is this that Christ sent to his disciples as they prepared to
move out into the world alone. He called it the Comforter.
Disciples had a rough ride in the world, Divine sanction did not protect
them from that, but they were granted the ability to understand and were
spared the torment of thinking that their suffering was in vain. It is
when the understanding of the experience becomes separated from the
experience itself, Saturn becomes the malefic.
are not be granted exemption from suffering either but what we are granted
is the ability to understand its purpose and the opportunity to cooperate
with the process of gaining self-mastery . This is the gift of the Holy
Spirit brought into our consciousness and our lives by Saturn, the planet
that also makes us face the consequence of our own thought processes. It
is these thought processes, the product of personality evolution, that
create the world that we see and the limitations and suffering contained
within it. We can either, through understanding, co-operate with the
process and make our thinking more purposeful and more constructive, or we
can remain its victims. If we remain its victims we are victims of fate,
spiders caught up in webs that we have ourselves spun because
fate exists nowhere but in our own minds.
a chart, Saturn by sign and house position describes the state of the
conditioned mind, the mental fabric - containing the idea of Fate - that
creative hierarchy called the human personality has spun over lifetimes.
Each of us in incarnation has a portion of it, for the duration of a
lifetime this portion of the fabric becomes Ďoursí and it forms the
foundation of our personal realities. We act in accordance with the
message that this mental pattern emits, and that message will always be
about self-survival: how to protect the separated self because the
evolutionary process requires perpetuation and continuity. The personality
operates within a perimeter fence created by our mental pattern. This
fence is guarded by Saturn and it will challenge any attempt by other
aspects of the personality, represented by inner planets, to tackle life
in a different way. This is Saturn, the ruler of the zodiacal sign,
Capricorn, serving the aspect of evolution that requires the preservation
of the form. It thrives on the unconscious repetition of the pattern and
its means of enforcement is the fear of disintegration. This is the face
of Saturn that is turned towards the Moon. It is the face of Fate.
that perimeter fence is the higher self, the bridge to the Soul, that has
a different understanding of what continuity involves where the human
kingdom is concerned.. The higher self is governed by Uranus, acting in
collaboration with the other outer planets. Collectively, they place
Saturn under ceaseless pressure, to try and break down the fence and
release consciousness from the limitations imposed by the conditioned mind
and release the potential of that human being. In our personality
consciousness, the result of their efforts is so often is fear and
suffering. But Saturn, as agent of the Holy Spirit understands that aspect
of the evolutionary process too. It understands that the very form that is
has nurtured has to be shattered to release what is contained inside. Turn
Saturn around and you will see the other face, the face that is turned
towards the Sun, the symbol of the soul and the veil of Uranus and
Neptune. This is the face of the Comforter. It is offering understanding.
To be receptive to this understanding, we have to let go of the
expectation that things should be other than they are and become willing
to see things as they are. It is the first stage in making intelligent
choices and it is intelligent choice that will set us free. (see Endnote
the D.K. Foundation, a Third Ray activity, was set up it was felt that
Astrology offered one of the best means available to people on the
spiritual path to increase understanding of
the purpose behind our own lives and the process in which we all
playing our part. All our activities are part of this attempt to increase
understanding and scrape spirituality free from the sentimentality and
emotional indulgence that has become attached to it in recent years.
the following articles, we will be examining Saturn by sign and house
Rumi has said all this so much better:
up nimbly and go on your strange journey
the ocean of meanings where you become one of those.
one terrace to another through clay banks,
your wings with watery silt,
The pitcher breaks.
in the moving river.
long will you make clay pitchers
have to be broken to enter you?
torrent knows it canít stay on the mountain.
and donít look away from the Sun as you go.
him you are sometimes crescent, sometimes full.
quotation from Rumi, in its translation by Coleman Barks, is supplied by
courtesy of Kate Wickens, to whom thanks are due.