Saturn Around: 6
is the concluding article in this series.
As an agent in
the process of transformation, knowledge has its limits. There is a
point at which it must become understanding and that understanding must
inform the way we live our
lives: the actions that we take and the way that we use our time, energy
speaking, we spiritually aware people underestimate the scale of the
disparity between what we know and what we are able to do. What push the
two apart are our emotions. In the moment of decision-making or choice we may fear of the
consequences of taking the action that we know to be appropriate, or the
cost may seem suddenly too high, or the case against the action that we
would take is so great that we may question our grasp of the situation,
or we may be overwhelmed with inertia and give up on the struggle.
This is what
it means to be human and unintegrated, and it is for this reason that we
are under the law of fate: we find it very difficult to align what we
know with what we do because of our emotional reactions.
earlier in this series, the sign and house position of Saturn in a natal
chart describes the assumptions upon which we base our lives. These
assumptions are legacies of old ideas about self, the product of past
life memory and conditioning. Generally we do not question them or even
realise that we have them because we are so closely identified with
Saturn and the
Moon, natural allies, will have our lives sewn up unless we are prepared
to challenge the assumptions to which they give rise. In the lives of
people who have no interest in personal development and are simply
concerned with getting by, then the light of the Sun will be very weak
indeed: the reflected light from Saturn and the Moon will be much
stronger and the past will restore itself, taking over the present
lifetime, and like a cuckoo in a nest pushing out what rightfully
alerts us to the limitations inherent in these assumptions and
encourages us to challenge them.
Horoscopy is a
very useful tool in the identification of and description of our
assumptions. It can even show past life patterns and give us the history
of their development during our formative years.
this kind of detail, those of us who are conscious of the way we are
limited by the patterns, and who are aware of our true identities and
what represents the way forward and who are consciously struggling with
the past, feel that we must be making progress. And then we encounter a
situation in which all our all-too familiar fears and doubts come up. We
give into them, we do not take the course of action that we intended and
we realise then that for all out knowingness, we are no closer to
mastery than we were before.
For a lot of
people who are consciously involved with spiritual development, this
realisation can be a big enough disappointment to make them abandon
their attempts to live purposefully. They give into a sense of
unworthiness or feel overwhelmed by the scale of the challenge. Others
deal with the disparity through denial of various kinds, and one form of
denial says that special considerations apply to family and lovers, and
that love is indulgent.
fewer, it seems, are prepared to recognise that this IS spirituality;
that THIS is the transformative struggle that brings about integration,
and prepare themselves to meet the challenge again. The problem is in
The New Age
has been concerned with increasing knowledge, and specifically in
becoming more aware of the soul and its ways; it has not been so much
concerned with turning that awareness into action. That is not a
criticism. It is a statement of fact. In the past twenty-five years it
has become easy to forget that there is a distinction to be made between
knowing and doing.
How many of us
have actually integrated into our daily lives the knowledge that we have
gone out to find or paid to receive? How many of us have rows and rows
of glossy books to which we cannot find the energy to turn when the
going gets rough? How may of us have turned spirituality into a leisure
activity that gets abandoned when reality intrudes. And how many realise
the waste involved in this? It is like getting decked up for the ball
and then declining the invitation.
knowledge is not the end of the process that we call spirituality; it is
one of three stages.
first stage is recognising the need for knowledge.
second stage is acquiring knowledge
third stage is turning that knowledge into understanding so that it
informs our lives and changes being. This is achieved through work
on self i.e., through
action. For this we need opportunities and these opportunities
life supplies in abundance if only we can recognise them.
said: when three things come
together something happens, if they do not then nothing happens.
of the three stages has been a part of esoteric understanding since time
began, but the necessity of the third stage is not yet widely
understood. As yet, our expectations of spirituality are not adequate to
help us deal with stage three but this will change in the coming years,
because this omission is now being addressed from a higher level.
expectations change we will recognise the spiritual opportunity in the
habitual, painful situations that we face in everyday life, the
opportunity to take action and work on self.
We will recognise that it is for this that we are here in incarnation, on this planet which ensouls the principle of strength
At present we
cannot reconcile these difficult situations with our present
expectations that spirituality is about collecting knowledge, feeling
good and going into a special space. For sure, these are experiences
that may inspire and encourage but they are not all there is to
To turn Saturn
around so that it is facing the Sun and not the Moon, we have to remind
ourselves that it is through the quality of our decisions and choices
that we will free ourselves from fate and be prepared to hold steady
whilst our own decisions, made in full consciousness, unleash
consequences and raise our fears. We have to remember when we have
aroused in others the anger or displeasure of which we are terrified, or
when our failure to please has earned us rejection, when no one around
us can agree that we have done the right thing, that
this is what a spiritual challenge looks like in real life.
such as that gained from the natal chart can never be a substitute for
action but it can help us prepare ourselves for the challenges that will
surely come. If we are
dressed we will be more inclined to receive it in a positive way.