Saturn Around: 2
Saturn in the natal chart
a natal chart, Saturn by house position and sign describes how the sense
of self has
been assembling itself over lifetimes.
of self as a personality with a separate identity is a precondition
of developing individuality, using that word to mean having the
permanent atoms that create inter-lifetime continuity.
A sense of
individuality is attendant upon the creation of the embryonic causal
body that is the means for the personality to gain soul awareness.
is on the mental plane that the personality comes to knows itself and it
is on the three highest sub-planes of the mental plane that the causal
body is built. This process uses isolation
isolation that is crucial for this process is achieved by the act of
coming into incarnation in personality form.
who has read Charles Leadbetter’s ‘The Masters and the Path’ will
know from his description of the spiritual training of the chelas or
disciples, the role played by applying in a concentrated form the
isolating principle enshrined in the incarnating process. By isolating him
so he has only his own energy field to sustain him, the chela soon learns
about his deficiencies.
of us who have been put through this will readily attest to its
effectiveness. Without stimulants, medication, and certainly without
energetic input from others in the form of healing, the mind very quickly
uses the simplified situation to make connections between an effect and
its cause. In everyday parlance this is called being left to stew in your
own juice, and although not everyone is going to like to hear it put thus,
stewing in our own juice is exactly what we are doing in incarnation.
there is a sufficiently developed level of consciousness, continuity will
express itself in its lowest aspect through repetition and recurrence, not
simply within lifetimes but across lifetimes. Stewing without even bubbles
to create movement!
a chart, Saturn symbolizes what time has made familiar. It symbolizes the
experiences that have gone into making that separated being aware of
himself. Saturn governs survival on the mental level. This is why there is
so much fear connected with moving on from our Saturnian patterns. Its
natural ally is the Moon which governs survival and continuity at the
experiences, stored in the deepest recesses of the psyche, give rise to
our assumptions about ourselves and about life. In a natal chart the sign
and position of Saturn will show what those assumptions are and the nature
of the suffering brought by those assumptions.
our lives, these assumptions are the cause of:
agents for these experiences are frequently personalities, organizations
and situations that we perceive as having authority.
the construction of the causal body embryo, the process supervised by
Saturn continues as before. The isolation of personality consciousness
with its partial view,
its exclusive way of understanding life, its way of enabling us to
link perceived cause with perceived effect, will eventually make us more
and more aware of the personal reality and personal responsibility.
is the point of entry for the western astrologers because western
horoscopy is in the service of the individuated being who has an interest
in his own prospects and well-being and, more latterly since the advent of
psychologically oriented astrology, his own development. And eventually we
have to acknowledge that our personal realities are simply a glimpse
through a keyhole and that our way of understanding life is the source of
skilled astrologer will be able to ascertain from the sign and house
position of Saturn what are his clients assumptions about life and
challenge him with them. It may well be the first time that a client has been encouraged to
question the foundations upon which he has built his life. We
cannot see on what we are standing because our feet cover it! This is how
it is with the Saturnian mindset. It is so much a part of us that we are
identified with it.
that identification is the first step in weakening the hold of fate
because it increases our awareness of choice and breaking out of
repetition and recurrence. Using choice to make Saturn turn away from the
Moon and to start serving the Sun is something that is within the reach of
all westerners now. And Saturn serves the Sun when it assists our
conscious efforts to uncover and manifest our true identity.
Saturn has to lend to this effort are:
the ability to set
and realize goals
before we can turn Saturn around in this way we must first be prepared to
have our basic assumptions about life challenged, and to go through all
the fear that is aroused by choosing not to use our standard defense
we are to go against the grain of our thinking, if we are to abandon the
tactics that time has taught us will protect the person that past-life
memory and conditioning has encouraged us to think we are,
we have to believe there is some point to this. This ability to
understand the cause and the remedy of human suffering and to understand
the purpose behind the suffering, difficulties and misfortunes will
eventually be brought by Saturn over time (lifetimes) but it is a process
that can be speeded up by a spiritual education that encourages
self-responsibility. Understanding is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Making
this gift available is the purpose of the Third Ray traditions of which
Theosophy itself is one.
this state of separation that is the personality, we learn who we are.
This partial view, this restricted way of understanding, this source of
discomfort and suffering, this process supervised by Saturn is the grit in
the oyster’s shell and soul consciousness the pearl.