Harsh Mercury – Saturn Aspects

I finally finished a YouTube series on natal Mars last night (or today, technically, at 3am), and have been reflecting on my natal Mercury-Saturn opposition, and how it affected my ability to make those videos. I started the series last year, and didn’t finish until mid-way through this year. That’s a long time to produce 14 videos…especially considering that when I first started this channel, I could record and upload a series of 12 videos in about two days.

The truth is, I recorded the Mars series many times over, and just wasn’t happy with it. I did a full series recording last summer, then scrapped them all. I re-recorded and published Mars in Aries in November, then deleted the rest of the videos. On the third try, I hated every video and took a YouTube hiatus for a couple months. On the fourth try, I managed to salvage everything through Mars in Libra (rejoice!) before deciding the rest wasn’t viable. After that, I went one video at a time, often recording them 4 or 5 times before deciding to publish.

Does that make you mental just to read? Well, this is often the process I go through for everything I write, as well – a lifelong hobby – including private journals that nobody else would ever see. This is Mercury in harsh aspect to Saturn: communicate, then critique immediately…there is no space for creative brainstorming without judgement. To be honest, I probably have it easier than most with harsh Mercury-Saturn aspects, because I don’t have a speech impediment or learning disability which is common. Another side-effect of these two planets in aspect is a tendency towards negativity, limited thinking, and passing judgment. I get a bit of a pass again, because Jupiter is conjunct my Saturn, lessening the effect.

On the positive side, Saturn lends structure and control to Mercury; an astrologer once told me the opposition gives my words power. I don’t know how powerfully my words come across, but the aspect has certainly driven me to learn more and become more articulate, mainly out of fear of ridicule (that’s Saturn clamping down). I still often stumble over my words both in my head and aloud, and have trouble speaking smoothly without pausing or saying “um, ah, like…” and I have a college degree in communications. Yikes!

Natal Mercury-Saturn trines and sextiles are much more smooth and lend power in a harmonious, opportunistic way. However because structure and discipline come easily to these natives, they will ultimately accomplish less than the folks with the squares and oppositions. As I said above, I have worked very hard on nearly every piece of communication I put out, including this blog. I regularly re-write articles to make them more clear, concise, and helpful to the reader (I also do it out of self-judgment). It will be a lifelong process, but I hope to feel accomplished at it when I look back.

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Saturn squares Neptune


This Friday (June 17th), transiting *Saturn at 12º Sagittarius will square Neptune in Pisces. This is a “big deal” transit, because these two planets are slow movers, and it takes a long time for them to get where they’re going. In fact, you may have started to feel this influence a month ago!

*The last time Saturn squared Neptune was November 26th, 2015 – the first of three squares, and the last will be in September 2016 – so this square is a continuation of issues from last November.

Saturn is the planet of restrictions, and it has been in the sign of possibilities – Sagittarius – since 2014. Your potentials are being pared down to only realistic ones. But what happens when Saturn butts heads with the planet of illusion, Neptune? What you thought was a viable option may have been smoke and mirrors. OR, what you thought was clear-cut has many shades of grey. OR, your vision is being tested. Because both of these planets will be retrograde on June 17th, this is an inner faith crisis.

Neptune in Pisces is a double-dose of rosy fog, because she’s in her natural home. But her bad qualities (brought out by the tense square) are exaggerated, too: escapism, disillusionment, and sacrifice. All three Saturn-Neptune squares are asking you, are you truly dedicated to your dream? Is this dream even a possibility? This particular one (the second square) is the internal part of the journey: your inner skeptic is questioning a long-standing dream, and asking if it’s even worth pursuing anymore.

So, who wins in Saturn vs Neptune? Outer planets usually trump ones closer to the Sun. How does the dreamer beat the realist? Faith, acceptance, and unwavering belief in her own vision. Neptune, and its natural sign Pisces, are not often thought of for their “strength.” But this is the strength of water, and water erodes everything over time (see: Grand Canyon).

Remember how water wins over rock: it absorbs a stone thrown into it, and continues flowing. It doesn’t resist or fight back, but it still triumphs. It allows itself to change form, at least temporarily, and in nature if you cannot bend then you break. So allow your dreams to shift and alter needed in the face of limitations, but don’t just give up on them. 😎

 

Saturn Stations Retrograde

On March 25, Saturn stations retrograde at 16º Sagittarius. It will appear to move backwards in the sky until August 13, when it will station direct again. The area Saturn is transiting in your chart is where you are urged to face reality, and pick the most viable options for growth (Sag). The retrograde will prompt you to make sense of the wisdom you’ve gained so far, in your experiences with this transit.

Saturn retrograde is an intense, internal review of the lessons you’ve been learning. It is a temporary pause in Saturn’s direct influence, during which some road blocks can be lifted, however the change in direction can also bring other limitations to light. Because Sagittarius is a sign of multiples, you have been restricted to work on viable choices, and pushed to discard the ones that aren’t realistic. Now it’s time to take a step back, consider what you’ve learned, and do some fine-tuning.

Saturn is about halfway through its transit through Sagittarius. You should have a pretty good idea by now of where your current challenges lie, what options to hone in on, and which ones are no longer feasible. I have published a whole series on Saturn in Sag through the 12 houses, and I’d recommend reading the posts that corresponds to the natal house(s) Saturn is currently transiting in your chart, especially if you feel you could still use some guidance.

Once Saturn stations retrograde

(and through August 13)…it’s time to take stock of commitments, and look inward to make sure you’re on the right track. From 9º – 16º Sag (and the Mutable signs) is the zone to focus on, especially if you have natal planets, angles, or Lunar Nodes in this region, because if so the retrograde can prompt a change in circumstances, or reveal an unforeseen hitch. Natal points in this region will be aspected by Saturn multiple times, which means several chances to get it right.

You’ll be pushed to reconsider what you’ve committed yourself to, particularly since mid-December 2015 (when Saturn first entered the retrograde zone), and what your other present options are, if any. Keep in mind that this is an optimal time to make any necessary adjustments to your vision, not to scrap it entirely!

Saturn in Sagittarius – 12th House Transit


The 12th house represents your subconscious and hidden behaviors (sometimes called your undoing). It is also a house of endings. Saturn in Sagittarius transiting this house will likely coincided with the gradual end of something in your life, although it may be hard to predict because this house is your blind spot. There could be victim or martyr behavior you must give up, or something that needs to be released by way of a personal sacrifice.

If you have Saturn in your 12th house currently, you likely have Scorpio or Sagittarius on the cusp. Scorpio-cuspers are extra private, and may not enjoy looking at their own dark side. You access your subconscious via psychology, astrology or occult means. Saturn’s presence may bring especially painful experiences to you, because you want full control of your shadow side, which ironically slips through your fingers. You may not consciously realize what is ending in your life, except in dreams, but can get a clearer understanding via a tarot or oracle card reading, or talking with a psychic or medium. This will make you feel more powerful.

Sagittarius-cuspers are more light-hearted and carefree about unconscious behaviors. You can benefit from a walking-meditation or yoga; anything physical that lets your mind become free to wander. You may even be great at astral travel. Saturn’s presence can reveal a major blind spot, however, that you will never see coming due to your faith. It may stem from over-enthusiasm, or being too preachy about your beliefs; someone may not be on your level and walk out of your life, and it completely catches you off guard. Your biggest lesson may be that some people don’t want to hear your “truth” because it isn’t their own.

For either of you, this transit can be a confusing time, because the 12th house is hard to grasp. New relationships are not likely to blossom during this time; you are in fact cutting off excess in your life and may end superfluous relationships, or ones that aren’t in alignment with your beliefs. Relocation to a far away place is quite possible, as are changes in study, religion, philosophy, and spiritual beliefs.

Saturn in Sagittarius – 11th House Transit


The 11th house represents friends, groups, and your personal hopes and wishes. Saturn in Sagittarius transiting this house challenges your network of friends, and whether they support you. It can also force you to question whether groups you belong to are in line with your beliefs.

If you have Saturn in your 11th house currently, you likely have Scorpio or Sagittarius on the cusp. Scorpio-cuspers are private about their hopes and wishes, and very loyal when it comes to friends. You’re a friend for life, but once someone betrays you, it’s over for good. Saturn’s presence may cause just an incident to happen, with one or more friends; you can discover that they aren’t as supportive as you thought, or that they have changed. However, new options should become available, in both the friends and the wishes department, if you can focus on realistic options.

Sagittarius-cuspers are popular, have a variety of friends, are generous and fun, and especially love foreign contacts. Saturn’s presence can reveal that your network is thin, perhaps with flaky, unreliable friends that you’ve attracted with your carefree attitude. Or their beliefs are drastically different from your own, and getting on your soapbox gets you kicked out of a group, for example. The challenge is to redefine your own concept of friendship (and personal wishes), and act accordingly to attract people that reflect the new “you.”

For either of you, this transit may see a small-to-drastic change in your network of friends, groups you belong to, and any humanitarian causes you are about. But it can also see a crystallization of some of your highest aspirations into feasible realities. Those that are pipe dreams will dissolve, and those that are possible will begin to develop.

Saturn in Sagittarius – 10th House Transit

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Saturn is at home in the 10th house, which rules profession, public image, reputation, and social status. The cusp of H10 is the angle called the Midheaven (MC), which represents one of your parents (traditionally the mother, in modern astrology the father). Saturn in Sagittarius transiting the MC can coincide with a crisis for one of your parents. Its transit through your H10 brings up challenges involving your career and image.

If you have Saturn in your 10th house currently, you have a Scorpio or Sagittarius midheaven. Scorpio midheavens are secretive and controlling about their profession and image, and have a magnetic quality, but may be manipulative. Saturn’s presence can force you to re-evaluate your approach; perhaps you are a control-freak when it comes to your social media image, preventing you from being seen by the right network of people, or maybe former manipulative behavior has damaged your professional reputation.

Sagittarius midheavens are happy-go-lucky in their image, and competitive in their profession, even if it’s all a game. If you have this MC you may have multiple possibilities for your career, and enjoy foreign travel as part of your profession. Saturn’s presence may alert you to how your public image online has damaged your professional life (too many party pictures, for example), or maybe you haven’t taken your career seriously enough and must make some realistic decisions.

Saturn transiting H10 will require both of you to decide if your current profession and your reputation (including social media image) are in-line with your beliefs, but also if your career provides you with opportunities for growth and expansion. If not, changes may have to be made.

Saturn in Sagittarius – 9th House Transit

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The 9th house rules over faith, spirituality/religion, higher education, and experience with foreign cultures. It is where you seek expansion and opportunities for growth. Saturn in Sagittarius transiting this house will challenge your personal philosophies and spiritual ideals, and may also bring up issues regarding college/higher education, and long-distance travel.

If you have Saturn in your 9th house currently, you have Scorpio or Sagittarius on the cusp. Scorpio-cuspers are private and intense, regarding faith/expansion issues. Spirituality is very personal and deep for you, and you could be very devoted to a religion. Saturn’s presence may shake you up quite a lot, if it has you questioning your faith. You could make some big changes during this transit, once you let go of your tenacious grip on current beliefs.

Sagittarius on the cusp of H9 will make you very inquisitive about education, faith, and foreign cultures. I have this placement, and I have been back to college a multitude of times. Foreign languages and people from other countries fascinate you, and you may change religious practices. Saturn’s presence here could challenge your current spirituality, course of higher study, or ability to travel if you’ve planned to go abroad.

As a society/planet, we will have to deal with changes in faith, scientific study, higher education, etc. If you are experiencing Saturn transit in your 9th house, it’s likely that these universal issues affect you on a personal level. In addition, though you may feel your opportunities are limited at the start of this transit, they will ultimately open up to the realistic avenues of expansion for you.