Saturn Around 5
Saturn through the houses of
It may be helpful to read this and
the previous two articles in conjunction with the Areas of Consciousness
articles already up on the web site. We are also reproducing the
general considerations that appeared with last month’s article.
this series article we are focusing upon Saturn in the twelve houses but
additional considerations in every case are:
The sign in which
Saturn is found
houses that Saturn rules accidentally, remembering that Saturn is
the orthodox ruler of Aquarius as well as Capricorn.
will always represent the tenth house because it is its natural
ruler. All Saturn situations, therefore, are aspects of the issue
of coming into effective, practical selfhood and are reflective of
experiences with the father (or mother if the mother was the most
links will supply detail about the nature of the inhibition e.g., if
Saturn is found in House I and is the accidental ruler of Houses VII
& VIII, then this indicates that the fear of assertiveness that is a
characteristic of Saturn in House I has its roots in relationship
dynamics. The sign in which Saturn is found will indicate whether the
difficulty is spiritual (fire), conceptual (air), emotional (water), or
order to turn the situation around, in whatever house Saturn is found,
there must be a willingness to acknowledge the problem and the
restrictions arising from it. Saturn is turned around by conscious
effort, not chance. Conscious attention and effort should turn this area
of life into an area of accomplishment, a place of resource in the
lifelong task of developing in the area of life denoted by the placement
of the Sun. But we must always be vigilant to the possibility of
backsliding into old patterns.
Saturn is in the houses of Universal Consciousness, the challenge is
that of integration and finding a purpose. This involves blending the
individuality with something larger and more significant than self and
in a way that does not compromise authenticity or short-change the team
of which one is a part.
Saturn in the houses of Universal Consciousness it is very easy to adopt
the role of the aggrieved, misunderstood outsider. In the 1960s and 70s
western culture celebrated this kind of separatism. It was taken as
evidence of uncompromising individuality. We appear to have moved on
from this now and have a better understanding of the esoteric axiom that
isolation is death. Individuality without a purpose can be very
destructive, both of self and others, because it knows no boundaries.
a person with Saturn in the houses of Universal Consciousness would come
in from the cold then he has to accept that his problem is in his own
defensive attitudes and not ‘out there’ in the folly and foibles of
in the ninth house - a problem of acceptance
Saturn is in the ninth house, a person struggles to accept a reality
that he cannot comprehend through his five senses. Usually, he is not so
much disparaging of others’ apparent incredulity as wistful.
Frequently, he longs to have their conviction but does not know how to
go about it. This, however, is one placement of Saturn where a major
breakthrough is very likely and this may be due to the increasing
currency of the mentally-oriented approaches to spirituality that do
away with the need for religion and belief, as well as the tendency of a
person with this placement to deal with his problem of acceptance
through searching and questing.
easily turned around are situations in which a person has been repelled
by some form of enforced religious experience in childhood. Then he may
reject spirituality altogether. In the final analysis, a person with
Saturn in the ninth house, fears what he perceives as the irrationality
and threat to identity and autonomy involved in religious fervour,
whether that takes the form of submission
A person who has turned around a ninth
house Saturn has, through his own questing and effort, found a
path that is intellectually acceptable to him but which can make
him aware of the limitations of the personality consciousness in
which he is trapped.
in the tenth house - a problem of responsibility
in its own house, is a very powerful planet because it may also be the
most elevated planet (i.e., closest to the Midheaven) and likely,
therefore, to be shedding its light over the entire chart. With this
placement come difficulties with the father who is either absent or
unfit. In both cases the child has no effective role model to show him
how to conduct himself in a socially responsible and contributing way.
The legacy of this is often a sense of inadequacy and an inability to
hold his own in society, the principal problem being a lack of
confidence and the absence of a sense of personal effectiveness. In
human terms, this is one of the more uncomfortable placements of Saturn
because, with it, a person can so easily set himself up to fail through
his lack of confidence in himself.
A person who has turned around a tenth
house Saturn has learned to discipline and motivate himself and
make himself a contributing member of his society.
in the eleventh house - a problem of joining in
in the house of Aquarius is another case of Saturn in its own house, and
here it manifests as a distrust of groups. The reason for this will need
to be sought from the pattern of the natal chart as a whole but it is
likely to involve an over-reliance upon one-to-one relating or a fear of
the loss of individuality. A person with this placement of Saturn will
find it very easy to blame other people for his inability to fit in and
fail to see how his own prickly and often aggressive behaviour in group
situations turns people against him. In one-to-one situations, he may be
wholly different but, eventually, the sense of being an outsider tends
to drive him into a defensiveness that militates against making new
friends and the result of this is often great loneliness. Despite all he
might say, he longs to join in.
A person who has turned around an
eleventh house Saturn forces himself back into the feared group
situations where he will watch himself for anti-social behaviour
with as much vigilance as possible. As is so often the case with
the qualities that manifest through the houses of Saturn,
awareness in connection with the Saturn problem, if it comes at
all, frequently comes relatively late in life. In part, this may
be because in the West we are more inclined to focus on patterns
in one to one relationships than upon group dynamics which are
perceived to be less important.
in the twelfth house - a problem of purposelessness
human terms, the placement of Saturn in the twelfth house of a natal
chart is probably the most uncomfortable because it creates a sense of
purposeless of existence. This is usually an intermittent rather than
ongoing experience, manifesting through bouts of depression and despair
that last months rather than weeks. During these periods, a person is
aware of all the imperfections in the human condition: the pain, the
suffering and death, and cannot see the point of it all. In fact, it is this very experience that gives him his point because,
whether he is aware of it or not, he is engaged in processing the
negativity of the human family and if only he could become aware of it,
he could be so assisted in this sacrificial task from a higher level. This
placement of Saturn is to be found in the charts of many of the
spiritual luminaries of the modern world.
A person who has turned around a twelfth
house Saturn has learned to hold steady, to appeal to a higher
level, and not identify with his periods of black despair,
realising as did the King in the famous Sufi story that ‘this
too will pass’.
month, in the concluding article in this series, we will look at what is
involved in turning Saturn around in everyday life.