Donna Says: A couple of years back, I happened onto a blog created by astrologer and Jungian therapist, Elizabeth Spring. I was so taken by her wise, insightful, and heartfelt writing that I sent her a fan letter and have followed the evolution of her work since. She has recently published an excellent book, North Node Astrology: Rediscovering your Life Direction and Soul Purpose. It’s clear and readable for students at any level of astrology. The following is an excerpt, reprinted here with her permission.
©2008 by Elizabeth Spring, M.A.
It has often been said that under strong Saturn transits one can choose between exhaustion and depression—some choice! It implies that because Saturn is often about doing hard work in the real world that exhaustion is the better choice— indicating as Mark Twain once said: “It is better to wear out than to rust out.” It doesn’t need to be so tiring. So what are the tools needed to successfully navigate Saturnian waters? Here are a few ideas:
1-Be Discerning. You are at a time now when you understand things you didn’t understand even last year. Use your new wisdom to make wise choices based on clarity of intention. Dream into your future and discern the path through the woods. Here is where the quotes: “Know thyself” and “Nothing in Excess” become relevant. At these times there is a necessity to pull back from the excesses of your younger years and to know what you can and cannot do.
2-Take Heart. Find ways to reach out to others and be humble enough to ask for advice. If your marriage is in trouble, ask yourself the questions: Is the relationship the true source of dissatisfaction, or is it the repository of my own misery? How much am I projecting my insecurities onto my partner, and not taking responsibility or even listening ‘with heart’?
3-Go Deeper. Superficial “all or nothing” solutions can be a quick fix and Saturn doesn’t like quick fixes. No quick decisions: instead, hold the tension of the opposites and conflicts within yourself till you see the emergence of a new idea. Then, and only then, is it time to stretch beyond your comfort zones to new places of thought and action. As was said so many years ago:
“Dig deep; the water–goodness–is down there. And as long as you keep digging it will keep bubbling up.” Marcus Antoninis
4-Take Action. Saturn ultimately rewards those that act and depresses those who procrastinate. In ancient texts, Saturn was sometimes seen as a devil who made a hand signal that said: “All that you see, is all there is.” That’s the devil’s lie. Prove him wrong.
So Saturn can be seen as the spirit of Father Time, passing through our lives at these transits and “Returns” in the way Scrooge experienced his encounter with the Spirits of the past, present, and future. The purpose of these visits wasn’t to give Scrooge a bad case of nerves, but to give him a second chance at life. He saw himself differently; he grieved, he tried denying and avoiding, but ultimately he acted, and propelled himself–just in time–into his new life.
Note: You can see another article by Elizabeth on this blog here: Fool’s Gold—the Slippery Slope of the South Node
About the author: Elizabeth Spring, MA is a counseling astrologer and psychotherapist with a background in the work of Carl Jung. Her first book, North Node Astrology: Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose focuses both on helping you navigate life transits as well as understanding your Nodes by sign and house. Book excerpts, table of contents, and reviews can be read on Amazon.com at Amazon.com: North Node Astrology: Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose: Elizabeth Spring M.A.: Books. It can also be purchased on: www.elizabethspring.com Elizabeth offers a discount and a free copy of your astrology chart if you buy it on her website.
More Posts about Saturn on this Blog:
- Saturn’s Delays and Why We Should Embrace Them
- Venus-Saturn Aspects—Waiting for Love
- Why Saturn has as much to do with Luck as Jupiter
- Quotes about Saturn’s Issues—Wise Counsel from our Elders
- Some Life Patterns of People with Uranus-Saturn Aspects in the Birth Chart
- Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself
- Saturn Transits the 7th House—a Rare Interview with Father Time Himself