Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. ~ Fulton Oursler
A lot of us can identify with that quote ~ especially as it relates to Saturn’s placement in our charts, natally or by transit. When it comes to resolutions, many of them are born of regret or fear. Then why are they so short-lived? Is there a way to give them more endurance?
Natal Saturn shows us what we deal with through a lifetime of lessons. Transiting Saturn shows us what we’re dealing with for a 2½ year moment. By house, it lodges itself in a part of your life that’s very likely to receive stress in some way. If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, you have to look no farther than transiting Saturn.
Here’s the set up for Saturn in Libra, which we’re all experiencing now:
- Libra = Balance, Relationship
- Saturn = Growth through Restriction, Maturation
Whichever house transiting Saturn is visiting in your chart is a great starting point for your resolutions. Why? Because Saturn insists that you take action in that part of your life and bring it to a successful close. Isn’t that what most resolutions are about ~ successfully ridding ourselves of something that we dub “bad?” Even if we’ve made a resolution to do good, be better in some part of our lives, that resolution implies that we’ve failed in the past ~ or that we haven’t done a good enough job. That sounds like Saturn to me.
If you don’t address the issues of transiting Saturn in your chart, you are setting yourself up for heavier burdens, recurring stress, and ultimate failure. It’s not pretty, but it’s true.
Even the word “resolution” works out numerologically to a 4, which I associate with Saturn. 4′s are about organizing, stabilizing, working hard, and slow, steady growth. I’ll never understand why most numerologists associate the number 4 with Uranus. What are they thinking?! If it looks like Saturn and quacks like Saturn, it’s Saturn!
Typical Resolutions and House Associations
Here are the most popular New Year’s Resolutions from usa.gov. (The houses in parentheses are my notes.)
Drink Less Alcohol (12th)
Get a Better Education (3rd/9th)
- Get a Better Job (6th/10th)
- Get Fit (1st/6th/12th)
- Lose Weight (1st)
- Manage Debt (8th)
- Manage Stress (all house polarities)
- Quit Smoking Now (3rd)
- Save Money (2nd)
- Take a Trip (9th)
- Volunteer to Help Others (6th/12th)
43 Things lists these resolutions for 2011 in addition to those in the first list. (The house numbers are mine again.)
- Be happy (5th)
- Fall in love (5th)
- Move out (4th)
- Get married (7th)
Other than “move out,” these seem more like wishes to me and not resolutions. I’m not sure how you can make yourself fall in love or what the odds are of getting married if you’re not involved with someone. Wishes don’t come true unless you put some elbow grease into them. Have you ever been able to make yourself fall in love with someone or make someone marry you, shotgun weddings not included?
Falling in love is about physical chemistry with the infatuation period lasting about 2½ years ~ the length of time for a typical Saturn transit. After the 2½ year honeymoon, most couples have to get down to the business of loving each other ~ past the chemistry and hormones. If you don’t love the warts, too, you never really loved at all.
Be happy. How? There are gazillions of books on the topic. This old resolution post card sums them all up nicely and even it says “try to.” Saturn’s lecture notes on the postcard would be, “Don’t try, do.”
Let’s take a look at a few of the most common resolutions to see what the chances of success might be:
One of the highest ranking resolutions is to lose weight or go on a diet. What are your chances of success with this? If Saturn is aspecting your Ascendant by conjunction, square, or opposition, you’re in luck. You almost don’t have to diet ~ you’ll just stop eating as much. Saturn has a “wasting” effect when it comes to the physical body. Skinny is a Saturn word.
For those of us without Saturn on the Ascendant, we have to learn to do something very, very difficult. After the transit passes and we have a new skinny wardrobe, we have to embrace hunger or the weight is likely to come back. This is why diets don’t work. It’s not a diet ~ its a change of lifestyle. It’s growth through restriction ~ maturation ~ no matter what your resolution may be.
If you’ve dropped the weight during a Saturn transit to the Ascendant and watched it aggressively return, you haven’t learned Saturn’s lesson. You have to balance your relationship (Libra) with food ~ less food. Jupiter has a track record of following Saturn around the wheel and will delightfully pile the pounds back on if you’re not on high alert.
Get Out of Debt
If Saturn is transiting your 8th, this is the spot to focus on. Is the IRS on your heels? Are you being dunned by creditors? Get it together now! Saturn is here to help you do it, but he will bankrupt you if you don’t get on the ball immediately. Just like losing weight, we once again have to embrace hunger, but this time it’s hunger to save. You have to skinny up your expenses. Surprises will pop up. (Uranus is heading toward opposite Aries and there’s nothing he loves better than a good surprise.)
This is obviously a 12th house issue, with all the “self-undoing” the 12th house has going for it. Include all substance abuses in this category ~ all drugs, prescription or recreational. Longterm abuse simply must end. Again, we have to embrace hunger ~ a hunger for reality.
If you have strong third house placements and you’re a smoker, this is an important resolution to make ~ even if you don’t have Libra on the third. Why? One reason is because this house is Gemini’s and Gemini rules the lungs. Embrace a hunger for breath.
Spend More Time with Family (or Loved Ones)
This resolution isn’t on either of the above lists but shows up frequently ~ especially for workaholics. There’s a song title that sums up that resolution beautifully ~ Too Much Saturn and Not Enough Moon. The song isn’t about workaholics, but the thought is certainly apropos for Saturn through the 4th house of family, the 5th house of children and lovers, the 7th of marriage or life partners, and the 11th house of friends. The people in your “circle of trust” are the ones who deserve your attention. If you need to pare that circle down, Saturn will help you get rid of the bad seeds. Embrace a hunger for giving good love.
Resolutions by House
If you need a refresher on house meanings, download this. It’s a blank chart with a wide variety of meanings for each of the houses. Find the house in your chart with Libra on the cusp and look at the topics listed. Chances are good that you can find a resolution based on those meanings.
Be diligent with the issues associated with Libra’s house for your 2011 resolutions. Saturn will be in Libra until early October 2012. That’s almost two years to conquer a Saturn issue, to embrace the hunger and become proficient in this area of your life. You can do it. The teacher is watching and, if you work with him and embrace him, he will bring you lasting success.
Where’s your Saturn and what’s your resolution?
The Wikipedia article on New Year’s Resolutions says, “women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.”
Would you like to make a goal public? Use the comments section to take a first step.
Related Post: Get New Year’s Resolutions Achieved with a Strong Saturn Attack
Note: The quote at the top of the post is by Fulton Oursler. You may not recognize his name, but you’re probably familiar with his work as an author. He wrote the books that two very well-known movies are based on. Those movies are Boys Town and The Greatest Story Ever Told.