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Regenerative Force of Saturn

By Angela Pennington

Thoughts of Saturn conjure images of death, darkness, grief and disease. Parasara’s 3, 29 has described Saturn; “Saturn has an emaciated and tall physique, honey colored eyes, is windy in temperament, has large teeth, is lazy, lame, and has coarse hair”. In Western astrology, Saturn is usually depicted as a very old man, carrying a scythe, hour glass or flame. Death is inevitable, and Saturn rules longevity. He constricts and withdraws, degenerating the body and propelling the mind into despair.

The movements of Saturn are slow and methodical, crushing and clearing anything obstructing our Dharma. The “Sat Graha”, planet of Truth. In BPHS Chapter 3, 14-15, the planetary cabinet association is Servant, implying Saturn is directed. Personal accountability becomes the focus. We are a creation of our family and ancestral experiences. Behaviors and attitudes
passed down through generations are ingrained in our subconscious minds. Truth is subjective unless it's generating from the higher self. By turning our thoughts inward and becoming the "observer", we can identify behaviors not in alignment with universal truth. Through Saturn's powerful qualities of grieving, contemplation, meditation and release, we open and begin purifying our minds and hearts.

This is not an easy process because while learning to work with Saturn's powerful influences, we must let go of things precious to us. Saturn forces us to take responsibility whether its paying our bills on time, or supporting our aging parents through declining health. Even if we have a “fight or flight” behavior, Saturn makes sure we stay on our life path. If we veer off course, a door slams shut. If we abuse power, we are brought to universal justice. We find obstruction, limitation and detachment through Saturn. Ultimately, I like to view Saturn as the light obscured by darkness. By facing our fears, we conquer them. By examining our life experiences, and integrating the lessons into who we are we develop ourselves.

Everybody loves to go on vacation and Saturn says “clean the house”. Saturn transits are transitional cycles requiring a release and reconstruction in our thoughts and lifestyle. Not easy but a necessary part of life.

Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. A perfect time to review the previous year and align to positive change.

Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year!

Angela Pennington
Certified Vedic Astrologer
(206) 412-7837
Angela is the Editor of the
ACVA Quarterly eNews

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