Donna says: Mandi Lockley has written a timely and useful guide for those who will be affected by Saturn’s transit through Scorpio. Included are interpretations of this transit through all 12 houses and to each of the natal planets. This brief excerpt is reprinted here with her permission.
A book excerpt, (c)2012 by Guest Blogger, Mandi Lockley
Saturn moves into Scorpio on 5 October 2012. On 23 December 2014 Saturn enters Sagittarius. Then, on 15 June 2015 Saturn in retrograde re-enters Scorpio, before finally settling in Sagittarius on 18 September 2015.1
Saturn changes signs approximately every two and a half years. Saturn’s energy typically manifests on a social and physical level, but is also evident on the emotional, psychic, and psychological level.
Whatever sign Saturn is travelling through, we witness a crystallisation of that sign’s themes. From late 2009 to October 5, 2012, Saturn was in Libra (save for a retrograde back to Virgo from April to July 2010). This transit dealt with relationships, boundaries in relationships, peace and conflict and issues of sharing, yielding, compromise, negotiation and fairness.
Saturn was comfortable in Libra. This is because Libra is the sign of Saturn’s exaltation which means that Saturn’s energies are easily and positively expressed in Libra.
Now that Saturn moves into Scorpio, the theme of relationships takes a deeper, darker turn. Unlike Libra, Scorpio doesn’t like to yield or compromise. It likes to be in control and prefers to stubbornly hold its ground. In Scorpio, Saturn does not benefit from exaltation. It’s not a debilitating placement for Saturn. It’s just not an especially good one. Saturn in Scorpio is a bit of a lost soul, trying hard to find expression, often needing to go to extremes to get its job done.
There are, however, some definite synergies between Saturn and Scorpio. The fact that both signs are about control is one of the most obvious themes these two astrological characters share. The topics below explore this theme in detail along with the other key themes of Saturn in Scorpio, including some thoughts on how these themes will manifest in our personal lives and in the collective.
With Saturn in Scorpio, life can feel like a perilous mission. We suspect there are hidden dangers around every corner, that dark and secret enemies are lurking, waiting for the opportunity to pounce and rob us of everything we hold dear.
Indeed, Saturn symbolises fear and with Saturn in Scorpio our fears tend to feel deeper and darker.
When we feel scared, it starts on the emotional level and quickly manifests on the physical level, as our bodies prepare to either face our fears and fight for our lives or run away and hide.
In reality, in the developed world, most of us are fortunate enough that we very rarely, if ever, have to fear for our survival. On the whole, we have mastered our environment to the extent that most of us can feed and clothe ourselves adequately, shelter ourselves from the elements and raise healthy offspring to adulthood. When we step outside of our ‘cave’, we are not normally in danger of being predated by wild beasts or slain because another human has his eye on our territory.
The problem is that we have evolved so quickly that our physical and psychological responses haven’t had time to keep up with this new, relatively safe world we have created. Those primal fears of un-foretold calamity, unprovoked attack and relentless predation are still loitering within our psyche.
So, psychologically, the dangers are still there even if physically we are not really at risk. We can all relate to the feeling of anxiety brought on by a real or imagined encroachment of our physical or emotional boundaries. Any parent will understand the intense protectiveness we feel toward our children, that sense of doing whatever might be necessary to keep them safe from harm.
Of course, real physical danger does still exist. It is still a perilous world to some extent. Disease, accident, attack – we read about these things every day and will most likely experience at least one of them first hand at some point. We are right to fear them and we are taught to avoid them by staying healthy, taking precautions and avoiding unnecessary risk.
Problems occur when we let our fear of danger get out of proportion to the threat at hand. Losing the perspective, over-defending ourselves and giving in to irrational fears limits our choices and creates a barrier to positive change and development. Life might feel safer this way, but we also risk missing out on potentially exciting life opportunities and experiences. It’s all too easy to do this, especially in these current times, when the idea of feeling secure can be a hard concept to hold onto.
About the Author: Mandi Lockley is a London-based-astrologer. A former student of the London School of Astrology, she gained the school’s certificate in 2005. She writes extensively on astrology and most of her articles can found at her Astroair Astrology blog. Mandi was the Saturn content coordinator for the 2010 International Astrology Day Blog-A-Thon, which was themed around the Saturn-Uranus-Pluto Cardinal T-Square.Saturn in Scorpio: Your Guide Through The Dark in October 2012 is her first e-book. It is available via Amazon or directly from her blog at http://www.mandilockley.blogspot.co.uk/