Back Into Port


December 19, 2017 at 8:48pm PST / 4:48am UT (20th)


Light House at Camden, Maine by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865)

When Saturn leaves lofty Sagittarius for formidable, no-nonsense Capricorn, his very own earth sign, we somewhat reluctantly bring our ship back into port and return to the more mundane realities of life. The last two and a half years while transiting Jupiter's horizonless realm, Saturn has helped us glean a larger perspective in some way, clarify our personal truth. And now it will be Capricorn's important task to help us transform these new, somewhat fragile insights into something of practical value in the REAL WORLD.

Sagittarian heady idealism and the high value it places on abstractions and other forms of open-ended adventure is all anathema to solemn, grounded Capricorn, who sees this as rather frivolous. And indeed it is frivolous to stay in Sagittarius's realm of ideas, neglecting to do anything tangible or realistic with our grand visions. (Mind-f&%king as Saturn calls it.)

Sagittarius is exploration and theory, Capricorn application and practice. One idealism, the other practicality. They are meant to be a team, Sagittarius and Capricorn, Jupiter and Saturn, not adversaries! And the task over the next two years is not to discard or forget our newly discovered Sag insights, but to use them as a critical guiding light on the course ahead.

So in a few hours, when Saturn enters Capricorn, Jupiter's hot air balloon will be gradually brought down to a safe landing. Practical Capricorn asks us to go beyond mere dreaming and philosophizing. How can we remake our lives into an opus, a masterpiece that reflects who we really are — in our heart of hearts — rather than who we think we ought to be? Carve out a life of substance, that means something, that matters? that works?

Saturn's lessons, on a deeper level, seem concerned with learning how to better listen to those critical whisperings of the soul, and release the false burdens so that a truer aspect of ourselves can be brought forward, our higher potential more fully realized. What is that for you?

Saturn represents the mature, adult act of being responsible and effective in life: the ability to produce a desired or intended result is a Saturn gift.Regaining one's deeper wisdom, truth and peace, however, can be a difficult quest in this distractingly busy, materialistic, often unethical and spiritually-starved world that emphasizes quantity over quality, profit over life, achievement, status and acquisition over personal fulfillment. Through experience, serious contemplation and self-discipline, Saturn strengths, we can transcend the all-too-human tendency toward laziness and escapism and develop real confidence, integrity, and wisdom — Saturn's greatest gifts.

The house of the natal chart through which Saturn is plodding reveals the area of life where renovations are in progress, where we are restructuring, shoring up the foundations, cleaning up our act, dealing with the mess: the chaos, disorder and debris we have allowed to build. Saturn represents the mature, adult act of being responsible and effective in life: the ability to produce a desired or intended result is a Saturn gift. Not bolting at the first sign of trouble, not folding when difficulties, errors, and other pesky problems arise. Saturn and Capricorn both represent sticking to the task until it is done regardless of how difficult the path may be.

"For a long time it has seemed to me that life was about to begin; Real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

— Albert D'Souza



Saturn's entry into Capricorn is especially important for those of us who were born from 1959 through January 1962 and again in 1988 through early 1991 when Saturn was previously in his own home sign. Sometime over the next two years, you will be meeting Saturn personally at either your First or Second "Return" — a major turning point in life.

What is a Saturn Return?

Between the ages of 29 and 30, and again in our late 50s, we complete a major astrological cycle of life experience. This is when transiting Saturn has made his way completely around our natal chart and slides back into home plate, returning to the exact degree he occupied at the time of our birth. At this time, we cross a major threshold to begin the next stage of life. We realize — and maybe for the first time — that we are not immortal, that time is swiftly passing by, and we need to get REAL and figure out what we are doing with this precious gift of life. Most astrologers consider the Saturn Return to be one of the most maturing and important transits during the course of our lives.

The Saturn Return is almost always a time of major change. New relationships begin, while others end or change drastically. You may move or quit your job to start another more fulfilling one. If your primary relationship is unsatisfactory, you may decide to end it. The same is true of any aspect of life you have been tolerating. Issues become much more urgent at this time, and as Robert Hand described it in his book, Planets in Transit, "consciously or unconsciously at this time, you are pruning away everything that is not relevant to who you really are as a human being."

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The lovely painting, Light House at Camden, Maine, at the beginning of this article is by Fitz Henry Lane, also known as Fitz Hugh Lane (1804 – 1865), an American painter and printmaker.

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