Om Sham Shri Shanaischaraya Namah
Like the Jeffersons, Saturn is movin’ on up and there’s gonna be a whole lotta shaking goin’ on. We assess a planet’s impact by seeing what sign of the zodiac it’s in and what that means for us individually as well as those with whom we interact. The longer that a planet occupies a sign or zodiacal constellation, the more long-lasting its results. We can liken it to our inhabiting a hotel for a few days or being at our residence, which we have occupied for years. While the Moon inhabits each of the 12 constellations for 2.5 days, Saturn stays for 2.5 years. Definitely enough time for us to feel its impact. We will feel the impact as Saturn enters Libra.
In the Eastern or “Vedic” system of astrology (Jyotish), Saturn entered Libra tonight. The impact that Saturn has on each individual will vary depending on the personal dynamics of their chart and what planetary cycle they are running. We pay particular attention to where a person’s natal Saturn is placed and where their Moon is placed. It’s also key to see what is natally placed in Libra, as well as what house of the astrological chart it is for a person (i.e. first house, tenth house, etc.), and what else natally occupies Libra.
The personal impact Saturn enters Libra depends on your chart, but here are some generic examples of how these natal Saturn placements may play out, which assumes all other factors being equal. For a Leo ascendant who has a natal Saturn in Libra in their third house, they will have powerful, courageous siblings who will create a lot of conflict. If you are a Cancer ascendant with Libra as your fourth house, then you may feel the urge to move or make major home improvements. You may find issues with contractors and may feel dissatisfied with the repairs or your new place of residence.
For Capricorn ascendants with Libra ruling the tenth house of career, this Saturn brings a position of great authority or responsibility, but they will feel very burdened by the workload and uncomfortable with being in charge.
Those who have Libra ascendants will come out of a period of introspection or withdrawal. They will take on a new form of exercise designed to help them lose weight. Be careful not to tear or injure your muscles. Their wardrobe and hairstyle may change significantly and they will take a lot of short trips over the next few years.
As an Aries ascendant, Saturn will be in your seventh house, the house of relationships and partnerships. This will be a time for re-evaluating your personal and professional partnerships and taking on the issue of “who’s in charge here?”
Saturn has often gotten a bad rap, in that it is a “malefic” rather than a “benefic” like Jupiter or Venus. Yet, being slow moving, it can teach us very valuable life lessons if we are willing to listen. It can make us stronger by facing up to challenges and help us make priorities in our life. Contrary to popular belief, Saturn is there to help us break free of our patterns and conditioning, rather than punish us. It is a matter of perspective; we often lack the objectivity to step back and look at the events of our lives in a semi-detached manner. That is why people often seek out astrologers or counselors, to help them put a blurry picture in focus.
Please note that the more important transit of Saturn into a sign is considered to be its final entry into that sign. Saturn will be in Libra until mid-May and then retrograde back into Virgo (where’s it’s been since 9/9/09) and then re-enter Libra in August and stay until 2014. You may then feel the true impact of Saturn as Saturn enters Libra.
Om Sham Shri Shanaischaraya Namaha