Jessica Adams looks at Saturn in Scorpio and your horoscope. Updated for 2014-2015 on December 4th 2013.
Saturn enters Scorpio on Friday 5th October at 9.34pm in London. Earlier that day, Mercury enters Scorpio at 11.35am so the entire world will have a clear message that weekend – our new reality check is here. On Sunday 7th October, by the time the appearance of Mercury and Saturn in Scorpio has touched the whole planet, there is a trine between the Moon and Saturn at 2.02am. One area of your life that has not been an issue for years, will now require attention. How will it feel? Heavier. Loaded. A bigger deal in every way.
The Scorpio-ruled house of your natal chart (create your personal chart at www.astro.com if you don’t know) reveals where the lessons will come from. Choose your house system carefully. House systems are like contact lenses – they all work – but you may want to update your prescription occasionally as your vision of the world changes. I was taught the Placidus house system in my teens, but these days I use Aries 0 Ascendant houses. The choice is yours.
Got your personal chart by your side? Now you know which house Saturn is transiting. Here’s a summary of Saturn in Scorpio’s impact on your Sun Sign chart. This is the public you. Solar charts show the headlines of your life because the solar sign house system was first popularised by a media astrologer for a newspaper in the first part of the 20th century.
How Saturn Affects Your Sun Sign – Your Solar Chart
These areas of your life are where the lessons are coming from, through 2014. If you are starting anything new in these areas of your life then take your time. Research is required. People born one sign before yours may have useful advice to pass on. Saturn is all about smart strategy and comparing notes with others will help you.
ARIES Banking. Mortages. Tax. Insurance. Inheritance. Credit Cards. Investments. Leases.
TAURUS Former Partner. Current Partner. Potential Partner. Professional Rival. Personal Enemy.
GEMINI Work. Volunteering. Study. Health. Daily Routine. Lifestyle. Duty. Service.
CANCER Sons. Daughters. Godchildren. Young Relatives. The Next Generation. Children.
LEO House. Flat. Family. Household. Renovations. Neighbourhood. Homeland.
VIRGO The Internet. Telephones. Writing. Speaking. Hearing. Public Speaking. Media. Education.
LIBRA Money. Possessions. Business. House. Flat. Banks. Savings. Debt. Values.
SCORPIO Personal Appearance. Reputation. Name. Profile. Image.
SAGITTARIUS Secrets. Solitude. Sensitive Subjects. Hidden Issues.
CAPRICORN Friends. Groups. Social Life. Social Networks. Teams. Clubs. Associations.
AQUARIUS Career. Course. Volunteer Role. Employment. Profession. Business. Industry.
PISCES Travel. Publishing. Education. Foreign Cultures. Foreign Countries. Beliefs.
Learning to Live with Saturn in Scorpio in 2014
The reality check you are taking about one area of your life, ruled by Scorpio, feeds the desire to escape in quite another. The sense of restriction or confinement you have from Saturn, works in harmony with a longing to plunge into another world, which bears no resemblance to real life. This will be one of the first things you notice about this transit. The desire to escape. And that’s down to Neptune which is now travelling through Pisces.
Escape Routes with Neptune in Pisces
By looking at the house of your natal chart where transiting Neptune passes at 0 degrees of Pisces, you can identify where you are seeking your great escape. Where is the non-reality tempting you? You can also check where Neptune is currently at work in your solar (Sun Sign) chart on this list. Again, this is the public story or the headlines of your life.
Neptune is a simple symbol of other realities. He describes where you drift and float. Where you meander. Where you find a space inside yourself, or in your life, that has a hazy, dreamy quality. Like a saxophone solo. Like anaesthetic. (Both these things were big in the year Neptune was discovered). It’s only human nature to lean wistfully in the direction of an escape from the real world (in one department of your life) when quite another department of your life just became hard work.
How is your solar chart (Sun Sign horoscope) affected? Where is your very public way out of the real world?
ARIES Whatever is submerged or unfathomable about yourself and your life is an escape route.
TAURUS A friend or group invites you to depart reality and plunge into something so different.
GEMINI Your career, course or voluntary role offers a delightful escape from what’s real.
CANCER Travelling, publishing, studying, writing or teaching call you with a siren song.
LEO Other people’s money, homes or possessions (perhaps the bank’s too) offer an escape.
VIRGO Your former, current or potential partner is a blissful way for you to duck reality.
LIBRA There is an aspect of your job, voluntary role or course which is so refreshingly unreal.
SCORPIO The world of children, or those born 20 years after you, offers a sublime escape.
SAGITTARIUS Your house, flat, family, household or homeland lures you into another world.
CAPRICORN Your way with words, ideas or images gives you a sparkling alternative world.
AQUARIUS Your money, house, possessions, business or flat offers such an inviting escape.
PISCES Aspects of yourself (your appearance or reputation) tempt you to depart reality
The Saturn Myth – the God with the Scythe
The myth begins with Saturn’s confinement by his father Uranus, then turns into an act of rebellion by him (when he castrates his father and breaks free). There is temporary victory, as Saturn rules the world. This is then followed by an awful curse, as Uranus tells him that Saturn’s children will also overthrow him – instant karma. To counter this, Saturn eats every baby his wife Ops produces. Then one day Ops tricks him into swallowing a stone, and the new baby, Jupiter, is hidden. Jupiter grows up, returns as the true future ruler of the world and makes the curse come true by overthrowing his father. The irony is, Saturn finds his curse is a blessing in disguse. Taking the scythe which he originally used to castrate Uranus, his father, he ventures into the heart of Italy to use it for cutting corn and wheat – rather than violence – and he teaches the new agriculture to the people. They become rich and abundant, and Saturn becomes acclaimed as the ruler of a new Golden Age. There is a big emphasis on ageing and learning with Saturn because in the Hesiod myth he is a rebellious young man, but once his own son Jupiter has grown up, and he is older, he also hits wisdom. The other association with age and time that we have with Saturn comes from the Greek version of this god, Kronos. Linked to Chronos and chronology. Chronic and ‘chronological order’ are also Saturn key words.
From imprisonment, to liberation, through paranoia, through self-sabotage to a Golden Age. That’s Saturn. Astrology and history hold some fantastic lessons about how to manage this cycle, however. And that’s the whole point. By the time this Saturn in Scorpio cycle is over in your life, you may have potentially become an expert in an area of your world that demands you get real – and learn more.
DATES TO WATCH IN 2014 AND 2015
Saturn transits are always easier once this planet moves through the final third of the cycle, covering the last ten degrees of any sign. In the myth, Saturn had three life stages. Trapped by his father. Forced to eat his own children because of a curse. And finally, the Golden Age when he became a teacher.
Your Saturn Returns also rule one-third of your life. The first Saturn Return covers the first of three decades, to age 30. The second Saturn Return covers the second decade, from around age 30 through 60. The final Saturn Return ends the cycle, covering around age 60 through 90.
Saturn is moving from 20 Scorpio (into The Golden Age) from January through early May 2014, largely serving to give you a break. After that, the familiar frozen, slow or stuck situation returns. Yet from the end of September through the end of December you will have your second break, and by Christmas 2014 Saturn has changed signs. He returns briefly to Scorpio in mid 2015 but again, he is in the final third of the cycle.
For this reason 2014 will be a great deal easier in terms of the Scorpio ruled house of your chart than 2013 which was extremely tough. Just be aware of the Mercury Retrograde cycle in Scorpio in September, October and November 2014 and the partial eclipse in Scorpio on 23rd October. You can track your weekly horoscope on this website for more specific details at the time but you should be very cautious about decisions you are making about the Scorpio ruled house of your chart September-November. Mercury Retrograde may result in a delay or u-turn. The eclipse will not give you the full story.
For more on Saturn you can pick up any of my books online.
Jessica Adams is the author of Essential Astrology for Women (HarperCollins), Astrolove (Corgi) and 2020 Vision (Viking). All books are available at Amazon and Astrolove is available as an e-book for your Kindle or computer desktop.