Metaphors, Regulars and Shorts

Metaphors for the Month: Blame the Planets

By Suzanne Wagner

It’s not just “you.”
by Suzanne Wagner


Experiencing “issues” these days? You can pin some of that distress on Saturn in Sagittarius and the square between Saturn and Neptune. The question to ask yourself is: “What side are you on?” Notice the broadness of that question; that’s because it needs to cover all the things that you believe.

Saturn in Sagittarius (2015-2017) is lighter than what we have lived through with Saturn in Scorpio (2012-2015). But it will show you where you are lazy and not in alignment with truth or where you are willing to grow, change, learn and evolve.

Historically, Saturn in Sagittarius has been one of those patterns that caused religious wars and upsets. It’s a good time to ask yourself: “Do my beliefs and my internal gut sense actually match?”

Saturn wants to do the old school, the old ways, the old wisdom. Neptune in Pisces wants to dissolve old structures and beliefs. Saturn wants to build real-life structures that will stand the test of time.

Saturn in Sagittarius is all about getting real about what you believe, getting grounded about your mission and purpose, and recognizing that it is time to learn some new skills so you can showcase your talents and abilities. Under this aspect, you will be sorting the real from illusion and dreams from delusion.

The tendency to want to fall into the illusion of Neptune is strong but the struggle that Saturn brings makes you want to revisit what can and will work.

Saturn will square Neptune on November 26, just in time to cause problems for Thanksgiving. I advise a quiet, small celebration; at least, go out of your way to avoid dinner table discussions about politics or religion. A tremendous amount of change will happen by the end of the year.

To add to the drama, the North and South Nodes (points or poles of the moon) are going to be in the Virgo/Pisces flow throughout most of 2016. Here, the universe is demonstrating that you can traverse all over the place to gather up the information you need to expand. What you need to do is find the place that brings true happiness and true storybook adventure. See where you are unconscious about certain aspects within yourself and where you need to learn to use your skill sets better.

2016 may feel pretty chaotic, as you are challenged to see if you can truly live up to your beliefs. Having a belief is no longer going to be enough. You will have to prove your point and position. If you can’t, your reality may get torn apart by those who can see past your delusion.

What’s interesting is that if you sincerely want to open and you believe in your ability to adapt and change, then you will find that doors will open. But if you believe that you can’t or refuse to change—if you believe the world is falling apart—then you will find your world falling apart. If you believe that all doors are closed, then you will find those doors locked. Thank Neptune for that one.

I compare Saturn’s movement from Scorpio to Sagittarius to the transition from Gandalf the Grey into Gandalf the White. Here is Gandalf slipping into the abyss with the demon. He fights all the way down, never doubting himself, never doubting his power and gifts, not thinking about living or dying but being fully in the moment. At the bottom he finally slays the demon and becomes his masterful self. That is the journey we are all on at this time.

It feels like we are falling into the abyss. And we are. So what are you going to do about it? Are you going to collapse and just allow yourself to die or are you going to fight with the internal demons that keep you small and hidden from the magnificence of your life?

It’s time to wrestle with your dark beliefs that are from another time and place and finally lay them down. Trust your core feelings and allow them to guide you. You’ll discover in this journey where you have been being an idiot. But when you understand that you have the opportunity to step into your mastery, only then from an illuminated place can you open the right doors to the greater reality.

Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She now lives in California, but visits Utah for classes and readings frequently.

This article was originally published on October 30, 2015.