Saturn ~ Thinking Outside the Rings

300px-Saturn_with_auroras[1]Our good friend Saturn will soon be turning retrograde at 29° Libra and back peddling through the sign of balanced effort from February 8th through June 25th. He’ll trace his steps back to 22.46° Libra before turning direct again.

A few months of “think it over” are looming large.

Saturn represents structure and limitation. We can think of Saturn’s rings as the boundaries he uses to protect us. They are fences built not to keep us in, but to keep the seemingly dangerous and harmful out. The closer those rings are to the planet, the smaller our world becomes. In order to broaden our view and our ability to perform, we need to think outside the rings. The retrograde period is a very good time to do just that.

What do you stand to gain by moving your fences out a bit? Will unnecessary inhibitions allow you more freedom if you think beyond the rings? If you have difficulties with boundaries that are too loose, how might you benefit by moving the rings in?

What you are being asked to think over is dependent upon the house of your chart that Saturn is now transiting. Briefly,

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Thoughts for the New Year

Isle of View CardsEach time the New Year rolls around, lots of us start feeling some serious pressure to make a few resolutions. Transiting Saturn can be a great motivator toward figuring out exactly what you “should” be working on. Wherever he is in your chart gives you a major clue about your homework for the year.

If you’ve been doing a good job on his little tests so far, I’m raising a champagne toast to you. If you haven’t, and have resolved to do a better job next year, I’m raising a toast to you, too.

Remember those times in your life when everything just seemed to come together so nicely? You felt a sense of ease in all areas of your life ~ mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that again? If you’re feeling that way now, my hat’s off to you and I’m raising another toast.

If you’re not feeling that way, maybe these three cards from the Isle of View Insight Cards can inspire you. I’m not making any resolutions this year, but I’m keeping these cards as my daily inspiration for the coming year. Want to join me?

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2011 in Review ~ Rate Your Planets

We’ve all had to endure a year of the punk planets in Cardinal signs. I’ve yet to run into anybody giddy enough to say, Oh, this has been one of my favorite years EVER!

I mean, come on, it was pretty tough on everyone. We’re all a little cranky. But even though it’s been a rough year, we hang on to hope and cross our fingers that 2012 will be better, doomsday prophecies or not.

Here’s a way to take a look at 2011 and rate your planets or, better yet, rate how you lived up to the planets’ expectations of you.

Year End Review

Spend a little time evaluating each planet’s role in your transits this year. Give an overall rating for the inner planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars). They travelled through lots of signs and houses in your chart, so it’s a little harder to pin them down.

For the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), include the houses they visited in your chart as part of the evaluation.

Don’t look for things like Saturn squared my Sun and I didn’t feel like leaving the house all year or Pluto conjoined my Moon and I was miserable. 

Instead, you might write something like this if Saturn was in your 3rd house:

  • I set some boundaries on how I communicate with my neighbors. I won’t  be a part of neighborhood gossip anymore. 4 stars
  • I improved my vocabulary and can now work the NY Times crossword puzzle in 15 minutes! 4 stars
  • I never got around to those driving lessons I promised myself. 0 Stars
  • I told Aunt Ada I’d visit her monthly, but missed a couple of months. 3 Stars

Get the idea?

I created a little worksheet to help you out with this. You can download it here. If you need some help with the houses, download this. Forget about aspects for this exercise.

If you’d like a life review, use this worksheet with your natal chart.

Don’t make snap judgements or give yourself a pass/fail before you start. You might surprise yourself with your overall review.

Just for fun, let’s go ahead and rate the planets, too. Take this poll and vote for your favorite planet of 2011, the one you were happiest with.

Saturn in Libra Meets Mercury Retrograde

Libra, Virgo, or Leo? Which fits best?

Partners and loved ones driving you crazy?

Who is that person who seems to be everywhere you are ~ like an old wad of gum stuck to your shoe?

There’s all this relationship stuff to sort out and reclaim.

Is Saturn in Libra endless or what?!

Is Saturn squaring or opposing your Sun or Moon? How about Venus, Mars, or any of the others?

And let’s not forget little ol’ Pluto and that savage, Uranus, who are still in this endless tug of Cardinal war. And we’re all wondering why we’re feeling “stuck?!?”

But hold on! Mars is rapidly moving to the front lines in Cancer and will join Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus to make this whole line-up a little more interesting…and passionately involved…in a true Cardinal Cross.

Well, if you feel the need to chew on your relationships even more, open your arms and welcome Mercury retrograde. The prodigal trickster returns!

Starting with “I can see everything that’s wrong with this relationship” Virgo and cruising back into “How could I ever have been interested in you” Leo, Mercury Rx could wind up testing our last nerve when it comes to affairs of the heart which includes anyone we love. And then it moves back into Virgo for more sorting out and clinical testing. If you read this blog often, you know I’m a fan of Virgo…but sometimes…sometimes…well, I’d like to stifle my Mercury which is now solidly progressed into Virgo.

Where are you feeling stuck and do you think you can sort it out while Mercury is in retrograde?

Moon in Capricorn ~ You are NOT the Devil


Today’s Moon in Capricorn discovery feels so right. If you’re a Capricorn Sun, Moon, or anything else, and you’ve grown weary of seeing The Devil representing you in the tarot, take heart and get ready to have your spirits lifted. … Continue reading

The Cardinal T-Square of 2010: Saturn, Uranus, Pluto

The much anticipated cardinal T-square of Pluto, Saturn, and Uranus is an event which has many of us puzzled and worried. With these cardinal energies, we can expect times of fast-forward movement, more shocks and changes, and a lot more hard work. 

What these energies also promise is the opportunity for personal and collective transformation, exciting creative breakthroughs, inspired action and promising fresh starts. 

Our ability to keep up with the pace of change will depend upon our readiness to set clear boundaries, plan for the unexpected, hold things in perspective, apply the wisdom of our experience and keep our minds and bodies in balance while all around us is in flux. 

Are you wondering where you can find out more and how all this will affect you? 

The 1st International Astrology Day Blog-A-Thon brings together a collection of helpful, insightful and informative articles on handling the challenges of Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and the cardinal t-square. Over 50 talented astrology writers present a collection of articles designed to help you to learn more about these challenging planetary energies and discover some helpful healing tools and coping mechanisms. Here are descriptions of the article collections and links to take you to them.  

Online starting Friday, March 19, 2010
Pluto Problems Got You Perplexed? Here’s What Helps!

Pluto in Sagittarius was an era of speculation and easy credit, and we expanded far past what was wise. Pluto in Capricorn is a time of facing reality, getting grounded, paying the bills, and being accountable. Coordinated by Donna Cunningham at Sky Writer, the 17 articles in the Pluto collection help you understand a variety of Pluto-related difficulties and suggest resources and healing tools to sort them out. They include the debt trap, sleep disorders, bullying, fertility issues, erectile dysfunction, grief, patterns we carry over from previous generations of our families, grief, healing from abuse, and a variety of other persistent problems. 

Online starting Friday, March 19, 2010
Vibration Presents:
A Collection of Articles about Combining Essences and Astrology 

Not to be confused with aromatherapy, flower essences are a superb, natural, and inexpensive healing tool that can catalyze personal growth and smooth out the rough edges of times like these. The combination of astrology and flower essences is outstanding in helping people understand and address difficulties that arise during difficult transits. Coordinated by Donna Cunningham at Vibration Magazine — educational journal on flower essences, this collection of 15 articles by astrologers who are also essence practitioners will suggest ways astrology and flower essences can enhance one another. 

Online Starting Saturday, March 20, 2010
Take Care of Saturn and Saturn will Take Care of You

Transiting Saturn’s oppositions to Uranus were accompanied by sudden change and shocks to upset the status quo, resulting in economic crisis. As ripples reached our personal lives, our ability to remain flexible in the face of disruptive change is being tested by Saturn in Libra’s square to Pluto in Capricorn and the upcoming entry of Uranus into Aries. Coordinated by Mandi Lockley at Astro Air, the 17 articles in the Saturn collection will help you work with a variety of Saturnian issues. Experienced astrologers invite you to view Saturn not as a planet to be feared, but as a necessary, helpful teacher whose lessons can help you through life’s challenges. Others provide useful resources, down to earth advice, and inspirational coping and healing tools. 

Online starting Saturday, March 20, 2010
Passing the Tests and Trials of Saturn to Build Better Relationships

As the planet of obstacles and inadequacy moves through Libra, all types of partnerships are challenged. Is there an equitable give-and-take in your marriage? Are you having trouble manifesting a satisfying relationship? The articles featured on Sasstrology will do more than offer insight into the meaning of this transit. The experienced astrologers featured here will help you to create solid partnerships that can survive the ups and downs that occur when two souls attempt to create one union. 

Online Starting Sunday, March 21, 2010
Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future

Unpredictable Uranus is ending his sojourn in Pisces and will soon enter irascible Aries. Following a period of reluctantly dealing with the real world, Uranus steps up to proclaim personal freedom. This is not the freedom bell that Uranus usually rings for everyone, but the unabashed self-proclamation of “My Rights, Every Day!” Coordinated by CJ Wright at Auntie Moon, the 17 articles and additional media presentations in the Uranus collection are as erratic as Uranus himself. You will discover some of the disruptive changes Uranus loves to spring on us and receive suggestions on how to work with rather than against yourself as you evolve and grow. 

Multi-Media Heaven
Special Events Created for the Blogathon!

Online Gallery of Cosmic Art 

Uranian Road by Jude Cowell

Visionary artist and astrology blogger, Jude Cowell presents a series of luminous images of heavenly phenomena.  Take time out to rest your mind and feast your eyes on her exquisite slide shows and special galleries at Secret Moon Art by Jude Cowell

Voices from Astrology’s Past—Sound Bytes at the Astrologers’ Memorial 

This vast collection of pages about astrology’s great contributors ably maintained by Liz Houle contains tributes and photos of colleagues we’ve loved and lost. Take a walk down memory lane, starting at this page of sound bites from archived tapes

Forum for Readers’ Experiences and Comments 

Jan Tud (astrogrrl) at Astro Creeps and Tarot Freaks will be hosting a forum for readers’ comments about their experiences with these transits and about the articles. Be sure to register now.