Saturn In Sagittarius

Mention Saturn and everyone get’s nervous. It’s time to understand what it really means. Astrologers often refer to it as the taskmaster. Like an Olympic coach who criticizes every nuance of a performance  – its aim is perfection – even though it’s an impossible quest. Understood is the knowledge that only by reaching higher and striving to be better can you improve and grow. Saturn entered Sagittarius, the sign of wisdom and beliefs, in December of 2014 and retrograded back into Scorpio in June of this year. On September 19th it will reenter Sagittarius and stay until December of 2017. Sagittarius rules how you acquire wisdom and knowledge, how you deal with differences and new ideas – it’s your beliefs. It’s time to make adjustments, change outmoded ideas and ideals. When you’re in alignment success and happiness are easier to achieve.

Saturn values perseverance, focus and steadfastness – it’s the turtle that wins the race. But what are you persevering for? Are you sure you’re on the right path to achieve your goals? To “know’ what’s right, you have to allow a debate, to see both sides of an issue and not be overinvested in how you get there. Fantasy is Saturn’s enemy, if it’s protected and unchallenged. When they work together everyone wins;  dreams become real, but they’re also capable of withstanding the storms of life. Work with Saturn, it’s your friend.

We all make judgments, some of them we’re aware of, some are passed on to us through our parents and some we create just to feel more in charge and less confused. A judgment is a label; once something or someone is defined you feel free to let it go and stop exploring its possibilities. Judgments are short cuts; they make life easier, at least for a while. When you keep judgments too long, they can prevent your growth — after all you’ve given up on going deeper — you’ve moved on.

Saturn can be your hero in the shadow, the one that shows you the way. To follow Saturn you have to be fearless and willing to look at yourself and your choices. You have to be ready to advance and update your opinions of yourself, life and others. With Saturn in Sagittarius you’ll have to get rid of the fears that no longer serve you. It’s time to move the boundaries of your life so you can have a greater life.

The U.S. Congress is a prime example of rigid beliefs; both the Republicans and the Democrats refuse to cooperate, bringing legislation to a standstill. The elections in 2016 will happen with Saturn in Sagittarius and already the political arena has had a taste of its power — it arrived with the name Donald Trump. His sudden appearance as a Republican candidate and his surprise popularity has forced everyone to reexamine their beliefs — after all, he has broken all the rules and his popularity keeps growing. Mr. Trump is Saturn’s ally, he has done the impossible by getting a great many voters out of complacency and offered them an easy fix to their problems – elect Trump president. Trump has conjured up a presence of boldness, American ideals, independence from being bought and selective honesty. He appeals to people’s self-interest and he continuously throws the press and other politicians off balance. He has shattered his competition’s power by not playing by the rules – something everyone else is afraid to do. Once Saturn enters Sagittarius he’ll be under greater scrutiny. Donald is a Gemini, the sign opposite of Sagittarius. Soon he’ll have to prove he has the credentials, knowledge and the ability to lead America, not just shake things up?

Kim Davis of Kentucky is another manifestation of rigid beliefs that refuse to change. Her denial of marriage licenses to gay’s or lesbians, in spite of the recent Supreme Court decision, has landed her in jail. For some she’s a hero and for others she’s standing in the way of their rights. As a Virgo, she’ll get some support with Jupiter in her sign, but eventually Saturn will square her planets. She’ll be forced to comply or resign. She’s entitled to her beliefs, but she can’t impose them on others. As a government employee she must abide by the law of the land.

Pope Francis has rejuvenated the Catholic Church and has brought a renewed spirit of forgiveness and love since his inauguration in 2013. In his recent letter addressing the “Year of Mercy” he expressed a wish to welcome women who have had abortions back into the church. Priests are given the power “to absolve the sin of abortion” for those who seek forgiveness with a “contrite heart.” His emphasis on mercy rather than judgment is the true power of love. However, he’s challenging old beliefs that are less inclusive. The Pope is a Sagittarian, born December 17th so get used to him stirring the religious pot and challenging others to embrace a greater and less judgmental truth.

Europe has its greatest boundary issues since World War 11. Refugees from Syria are flooding into Europe by the thousands. The humanitarian issues are astounding, but there is also fear, fear that this is a hijrah into Europe: the Islamic colonization of Europe. The immediacy of the crisis creates the need for action without reflection. When solutions are not simple, we are thrown into a battle between fear and humanity, between caution and compassion. The inner war has begun; the solution unsure.

To prepare yourself for what Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius means for you, ask yourself where your beliefs are being challenged? Are they holding you back? Do you truly believe in them or are you just afraid of the unknown? Have you isolated yourself because of self-criticism, or have you placed judgments on others to reduce their power and make yourself seem stronger and more important? If you have no boundaries at all, then you’ll need to get them now – add the word “no” to your vocabulary. Saturn is your opportunity to weed out the ideas and ideals that clash with who you really are. It’s time to be authentic and stand in your truth. The clearer you are about who you are and what you want, the easier it is to achieve your dreams.

Paula Deen — Guilty Or Innocent?

With the anniversary of The March On Washington and the release of Lee Daniel’s The Butler, a brilliant movie about the civil rights era, I was surprised to see that the front-page news was the exoneration of Paula Deen, or should I say her court case on racial discrimination had been dismissed, probably due to a settlement. Is this southern belle, known for her fried food and butter, guilty of more than just an unhealthy diet? I say she’s guilty, but her crime is ignorance.

In her youth Paula was a struggling mom who used her love of food and good business sense to create a dynasty. However, notoriety and an expanding bank account do not guarantee that ones consciousness will also grow. Insisting that blacks use back entrances and separate toilets is abusive in any era, but particularly today. To admit that your dream dinner party includes men dressed as slaves is so out of touch with today’s world that it makes one wonder how a celebrity could be so unconscious. Obviously, Paula never integrated the pain and suffering of African Americans with the joys and privileges of being a white southerner. Before you judge her though, it might be wise to look at your own life. Where are you unconscious? Where do you hold on to the joyful memory of an experience solely by refusing to acknowledge that there was a negative or painful part to it also? Paula lost a fortune and her reputation for her lack of awareness. What could you loose by protecting a portion of your thoughts and memories from the truth?

Pockets of fantasies are dangerous because they make you unconscious and unaware and this leads to trouble. So before you cast the first stone and condemn Paula, figure out what you are keeping on your island away from the rest of your consciousness? Paula Deen reached the top, but she couldn’t hold on to her success, because she wasn’t aware. She saw herself as a good, compassionate, loving woman and she had no concept of how some of her thoughts and habits were hurtful to others. Pain or a loss of financial resources is often the best teacher. Look within and don’t be afraid to live in reality – yours and the reality of others – they both exist.