The next two weeks unfold under the keen eye of Saturn, and as the planetary keeper of discernment and discipline culls through the details of the ordinary as well as the extraordinary affairs of daily life many of us are likely to feel as if we’re under the influence of a stern Mercury Retrograde. Expect little to flow lightly. Also anticipate delving intensely into dialogues or diatribes about action and its consequence with yourself and anyone else who will listen.
Saturn is often referred to as the “Lord of Karma.” But it is also called the “Voice of Reality” because of its unstinting devotion to the distillation of wisdom from experience. It won’t be easy maneuvering through any process under Saturn’s scrutiny. And while Saturn’s examination is not quite the equivalent of being probed by Sauron, Saturn’s critical eye does tend to dwell on what needs to be learned. The best way to handle this Saturnian intensive is to assume a beginner’s mind and simply be willing to grow.
All the planets, with the exception of Mercury, previously transiting Aries – Venus, Mars, and the Sun – are now transiting the early degrees of Taurus, which means they are all opposite Saturn, in Scorpio, and it is this concentration of oppositions that inclines the psychic air toward introspection, examination, and in many cases, absorption in finding the flaw. For many of us that focus on what’s wrong is sure to turn into a finger-pointing, faulting-finding, blame-assigning attitude that’s quick to judge others or ourselves. Just be aware, those judgments are part of a process: We are mourning a multitude of losses, actual and ideal, and grieving for what is gone is going to take a long, long time.
The most pernicious of these oppositions occurs between Mars and Saturn. The tension of this particular interaction often manifests through violence aimed at the self or toward others. Mars is the principle of movement. Saturn represents discipline. And when they oppose each other, we often experience a hard bitterness that wants to push past restraints. This opposition begins April 24, is exact and separating on May 1, and lasts until May 7. Pay close attention to children during this time; most of them have a tendency to channel the undercurrents of their immediate emotional environment.
A lunar eclipse on Thursday, April 25, amplifies an already charged emotional atmosphere. During a lunar eclipse, conscious concerns overshadow emotional issues, but this eclipse carries a deeply complex emotional signature: The Moon opposes the Sun, as it simultaneously conjuncts Saturn, in Scorpio. That conjunction opposes the ongoing Sun/Mars conjunction, in Taurus. We tend to feel an eclipse effect several weeks prior to or after the actual event, and while some may want to attribute last week’s events to the eclipse, it is important to remember that we are in the eclipse season. There is a solar eclipse on May 9 and another lunar eclipse on May 25, and we’ve yet to see or feel the combined eclipse effect. What’s more, Mercury will transit the eclipse sensitive point on May 4, and that could also ramp up the intensity.
As the week unfolds, try to keep in mind that Saturn’s critical eye, while stern, also provides the opportunities to grow – for all of us, young or old, naïve or cynical, discouraged or hopeful.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
The secret to your long-term fiscal success is the willingness to look at the facts. Resist telling stories about the hows or the whys of your situation and instead, stay grounded in the reality of what is.
Taurus April 20-May 20
It’s never easy balancing the natural need for compromise that’s required by all relationships with the strong, and equally natural need to stay true to you. Expect to make mistakes; they are a natural part of the process.
Gemini May 21-June 21
It’s a choice: Keep playing those incessant internal anxiety tapes or find a way to train your mind. Sounds simple, but learning to think clearly takes lots of time and lots of practice.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Be specific about what you have to offer as well as what you expect to receive. If you’re clear about your agenda, you’ll handle the needs of others with greater skill.
Leo July 23-August 22
Yes, there are several career opportunities, but to seize the creative moment, you have to first get grounded in the practical aspects of the day-to-day, so you can handle the many demands of the moment.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Be willing to drop the judgments and find a new, generous perspective, and you’ll handle your doubts about the viability of your situation with greater ease.
Libra September 23-October 22
It’s fundamentally a question of values. Take the time to consider what matters most and then contemplate how you can best integrate those ideals into daily life.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
You’ve got those “God-I-wished-you-loved-me-oh-you-do-I’ll-see-you-later-blues” and you’re not sure what to do about it. Here’s some help: Make like a Taoist – take no unnecessary action.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Refuse to engage in negative thinking, and instead use gratitude as a way out of conflict. Holding on to a new attitude may not be easy, but it will change shift your perspective.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Wear a different color. Order a different flavor. Take a different route to work. Choose to be creative in every aspect of your life and you’ll restore your vitality.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
You’re still resting; so don’t push yourself to hard to be out and about. And don’t be afraid you will miss something important – the hubbub won’t disappear.
Pisces February 19-March 20
You’re still talking, but that doesn’t mean you have to say everything. Sometimes choosing not to say something is a kinder and gentler way of speaking from the heart.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail Ralfee@AquariumAge.com. Copyright © 2013 by Ralfee Finn