Whew. . .after a two year stint in Leo, Saturn, the planetary taskmaster, is finally departing for Virgo on September 2, 2007. For those of you who may not know, Saturn is a serious and stern enforcer. By shining a spotlight on our limitations, Saturn expects us to rise to their challenge.
Saturn's influences can be referred to as "tough love." Saturn's stint through Cancer, beginning in June of 2003, spotlighted areas of emotion. The message there was this: If emotions are unbridled, it's possible that others' feelings can become our own. If we are too restrictive regarding them, it's quite possible that Saturn's chill can then freeze others out.
In July of 2005, Saturn trekked into Leo to bring seriousness to issues of ego and of oneself. So during Saturn's stint in Cancer we began to understand how we feel. And during it's stint through Leo, we were then asked to stand up as a living expression of how we feel. Saturn's message in Leo was this: Project our true inner feelings into our outer world.
And what do you get for all of Saturn's influential grief? Maturity and wisdom.
That brings us to September of 2007 and Saturn's crossover into analytical Virgo. A place where, thankfully enough, Saturn isn't too uncomfortable. Therefore, after September of 2007, we may all be breathing a big sigh of relief.
However, the transition has already begun with Venus retrograde occurring right alongside Saturn's shift on the Leo-Virgo cusp. Venus has been kicking around in Saturn's turf and cojoined Saturn three times as a result. And our lady Venus is trekking backwards or retrograde. So she's not really herself right now and is lingering around, kicking up dirt and rocks from the past. And where does lady Venus focus her influence? Romance, love and $.
So for slightly more than a month or so, we have been served visions, thoughts and feelings from the past and have had some decisions to make. It's a time when past loves may reappear suddenly and the influences of past relationships may be revisited in the mind. It's a time of review. What failed? What worked? What associations are positive? Which one's aren't? What made me happy? What made me sad? What did I do wrong? What did I do right?
We've been reviewing some unfinished business, haven't we?
In addition to the Venusian influences above currently taking place, Saturn will also be exerting it's influences on Venuses retrograde phase as well - by offering this to you: That which is deliciously tempting and feeds the ego (but is self-defeating) vs. that which is so downright responsible that it's simply boring.
It's a time to "clean house" and get rid of what is no longer working positively or remaining healthy. And it's nearing it's end, so hopefully, you're tidying up and waxing the floor of your house right now in preparation for Saturn's next area of spotlight in the sign of Virgo - discrimination.
Saturn will ask us to take advantage of Virgo's analytical capabilities and narrow down our findings through the use of discrimination. We are now going to put what we have discovered from the past 4 years under a magnifying glass and further whittle it down to ultimately construct greater happiness for our future.
In Virgo, very little happens by chance or through randomness and serendipity. Virgo is analytical, dutiful, refining and service oriented. Virgo is focused like a laser beam. That means the work will be done on a level of intense focus on details.
So, you may be beginning to see that Saturn is indeed stern, harsh - downright tough . . . .The planets lessons may, at times, be so harsh that it eases us through them by working in baby steps over long periods of several years before eventually dishing out the end result.
Saturn's trek through Cancer asked us to identify with our true selves and get our emotions in check. It taught us not to permit the influences of others to reign over our own thoughts and feelings.
Saturn's crossover in Leo asked us to "publish" our emotional findings and express them in the outer world so that we project that which is our true self.
Then the Saturn-Neptune opposition came along and revealed large gaps between hopes and dreams vs. reality.
Venus moved retrograde on the cusp of Saturn's transition into Virgo which asked us to wrap up some old unfinished emotional business in areas of love and romance and the residual effects from days gone by.
And now it's time for Virgo to step into the spotlight and do the actual WORK of creating whatever it is that we've finally decided we want.
Be your true self, let your true self be known, rid yourself of emotional baggage, and share your life with the positive people and influences of your own choosing. . . . .
and then breath a big sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back for hard lessons that were well learned.