Saturn, which rules the earth sign of Capricorn, is moving from another earth sign (Virgo) into an air sign (Libra). Saturn represents structure, systems, authority, rules, social position/expectations and so forth – and it becomes even more grounded in the material plane when it travels through another earth sign.
This particular earth sign (Virgo) has (since September 2008) influenced Saturn through issues of health and healing. There has been, of course, the seemingly-endless U.S. healthcare delivery debate, as well as dire warnings around the H1N1 virus with its notorious vaccine. While major media have focused on the devastating financial, emotional and physical effects on the uninsured and under-insured in the U.S. (while also presenting frightening stories around the so-called “Swine Flu” epidemic that may or may not materialize), the almost 14-month-long Saturn-in-Virgo signature has sparked a classic “healer's journey” for many others.
This healer's journey has highlighted the connection between career and physical well-being. This last year has been a time when many have realized just how separated they have been from a sense of purpose in their work, to the point where this misalignment has manifested in physical pathology. In the wounded global economy, employment has suffered in general, increasing stress on those who are negatively impacted by a family member's sudden loss of work. In the U.S., lack of employment usually means absence of health insurance, which adds another layer of burden on those who are dispossessed by the economic system. Many are losing their homes as a result of the damaged financial system. All of this serves to weaken the immune system, leaving many open to injuries and illnesses, which only speeds the sense of a downward spiral.
Some, on the other hand, have begun to utilize chaos in the System as a springboard into their life's work. This has meant simplification, getting rid of objects that no longer serve them, cutting back on spending... engaging a process of transformation from one way of life to another. One aspect of the new way of life has been to discover the blessings of a healthy lifestyle, including a natural diet, exercise, meditation and creative expression. Through “embracing the descent” and reaping the wisdom embedded in so-called difficult situations, these brave beings derive spiritual healing and growth from what others experience as pure negativity.
In other words... they turn their lemons into lemonade!
From October 29, 2009 to October 6 2012, Saturn expresses itself through Libra.
Here we may expect issues of social justice, loyalty, fairness, tolerance and openness to new ideas to emerge as dominant influences in our lives. Where some would say that the past several years have seen an assault on the social fabric of the U.S. (and, by extension, the entire world), it would appear that the long-anticipated collective consciousness shift is finally beginning to bear fruit. Even though politicians have been slow to enact genuine reform in response to the overwhelming electoral shift at the end of 2008 (for fear of angering their corporate sponsors), the population continues to insist on a drastic program of change toward a better world. Saturn in Libra, confronted with intransigence within an entrenched System, opens the way for direct transformation from the ground up. Relationships are coming together through powerful social networks like Facebook, allowing people from different ends of the planet to organize efforts toward change. The net effect of this hyper-collectivization is to elevate universal consciousness no matter how much resistance is presented by the corporatist media. There is a definite drive toward the formation of new combinations of talents and gifts, using the Internet and other technical means to overwhelm systems of control, thereby paving the way for the sort of change that seeks to pull the planet back from the brink of disaster.
On a personal level, these next three years are a time of clarity in terms of our individual relationship with social structure. We are drawn to kindred spirits, organizations and movements, joyful as we find that we are not the only ones who desire positive change. This is also a time for the formation of strong personal relationships, including business partnerships and marriage. Existing relationships are re-confirmed and re-dedicated, as we come to realize just how important our family bonds, friendships and partnerships are. Intellectually, we are able to clearly perceive those with whom we wish to align, and the impulse during these three years will be to access new alliances based on the vividness of this understanding.
I don't mean to imply that everything will go easily. Those with an agenda to maintain the status quo will not lay down quietly. Those who are blinded by fear and hatred will not be easily turned from their deep-seated fundamentalist-type beliefs. The world remains polarized on many levels, such that it may take generations before the collective reaches a point of universal peace and goodwill.
What we anticipate through Saturn in Libra, however, is the notion of reaching a critical mass of collective consciousness, such that there will be no going back to the negative entropy that has marked so much of the industrial age. Saturn in Libra brings a level-headedness that allows the collective to effectively (and even dispassionately) deal with the difficulties that have been handed down to the world, paving the way for Saturn's move from Libra into Scorpio... when the old structure finally breathes its last breath, making way for a new creation that more truly reflects the spiritual, emotional and intellectual state of an evolving humanity.