The Lord of Karma Returns Home:
Saturn Transits Capricorn
2017 – 2020
Our tiny blue marbled planet in the lower right corner being monitored from the perspective of that most wise yet strict of cosmic teachers, the Lord of Karma.
“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
– Henry Miller, Capricorn and writer best known for his work “Tropic of Capricorn”
The Lord of Karma. The Great Malefic. The Devil, Himself.
These are the titles associated with the planet whose positioning in the Cosmos during ancient times was considered the border between the known Universe and the Abyss of Nothingness. It’s no wonder that right through to the present day among the heavenly bodies which comprise our Solar System, the planet Saturn has maintained the worst rap possible for millenia.
This almost superstitious emphasis of fearfulness and for lack of a better term “evil” that forebodingly hangs over Saturn is even further emphasized during those choice periods of time when the ringed planet travels through its home turf, namely the sign of the Zodiac it rules over, Capricorn.
As a karmic astrologer, I subscribe to the karmic law of balances which states that nothing in the known Universe is “all” good or “thoroughly” bad. This includes anything considered Saturnine or influenced by the Great Malefic. For although Saturn astrologically deals with such challenging difficulties as Loss, Hardship, and Pain, I am of the firmest belief the Lord of Karma is humanity’s greatest teacher.
The Planetary Devil
The sign which Saturn rules over, Capricorn, is symbolized by the Goat, an animal with cloved hooves and a horned head.
Capricorn’s element is Earth and that which is Earthy in the Tarot is symbolized by the Pentacle, a 5 pointed star placed within an outer circle.
The name assigned to the ringed planet, “Saturn”, looks and sounds a lot like the name reserved for the Kingpin of Hell – Satan.
Goat’s Head (with Horns) + Cloved Hooves + Pentacle (Inverted) + Satan sounding name =
Practically from when the ancient Solar System was first noticed by we Earth folk, the ringed planet has served as the Universal (pardon the literal pun) scapegoat for humanity’s projected Fears and hysterical Worries. Traditionally, anything associated with the Great Malefic was seen as being irrevocably dark or evil, where all one could do during any given Saturn transit was to overreact in a state of irrational fear accompanied with a foreboding sense of dread. Despite this woefully erroneous strategy negating whatever lessons or teachings the Lord of Karma has to offer, the scare tactic of Saturn being viewed simply as the source of all things bad continues into the present day.
The Planet of Toil and Trouble
Let’s now look at Saturn’s planetary symbol or “glyph”:
And compare it to the glyph of the planet which rules over Luck, Bounty, and Blessings otherwise known as “The Great Benefic”, Jupiter.
At first glance the two planetary symbols both contain cross imagery with Saturn’s being right side up and Jupiter’s being inverted.
For both glyphs, the ingrained cross imagery represents the concept of “toil”. With Jupiter, our earthly toil is alleviated by the Heavens taking on the majority of the cross’ length. Thus, it is by the Great Benefic’s influence we humans are bestowed with such beneficial forces as Luck and Good Fortune. With Saturn, earthly toil is clearly our mortal cross to bear during our time spent on this plane of existence.
Even with that said however, with words like “blind”, “random”, and “indiscriminate” often used to further describe the concept of Luck, being in a constant state of luckiness may not always be such a good thing since luck doesn’t require one to take an active role of participation. Said another way, Luck is not something that can be earned. At any given time, we’re either lucky or we aren’t. The slot machine we eenie-miney-mo’d will either hit the jackpot or won’t be able to cough up a single cherry with each pull of the lever.
Conversely, anything associated with Saturn’s influence is achieved by the application of one thing and one thing only – good old-fashioned elbow grease. It’s a common misconception to believe the Lord of Karma’s influence deals strictly with the negative concepts of loss and restriction only. Much like the imagery of the ancient Roman god Saturnus seen below, when viewing the deity’s ever accompanying massive scythe, the phrase “We reap what we sow.” couldn’t be more appropriate, as long as we’re willing to do the work.
The Lord of Karma is an equal opportunity task master.
Not only that, but many astrologers forget that Saturn tangibly rewards those who do their fair share of the toil that’s asked of them during any one of the Lord of Karma’s transits through the Zodiac.
An image of the ancient Roman god Saturnus cruising the cosmos in his winged serpent-drawn chariot accompanied by his handy dandy Time cutting scythe reminding each of us we reap what we sow.
Saturn transits Capricorn
December 19th, 2017 – March 22nd, 2020
And speaking of Saturn’s transits through the Zodiac, a new orbital adventure begins for the ringed planet starting on December 19th , 2017 when Saturn enters the sign it rules over – Capricorn, the Zodiacal sign represented by the ever ascending Mountain Goat with its mysterious Fish’s Tail.
Saturn will remain in its ruling sign until March 22nd 2020 and will return for a 5 month stint back into Capricorn when the ringed planet goes into retrograde, or backwards motion from July 1st until December 16th later that same year.
Each sign is ruled by a planet and the planets which make up our Solar System must travel through all 12 signs of the Zodiac in order to complete a full orbital cycle around the Sun. It’s when a planet transits through the sign it rules over that the influences associated with that planet are at their most concentrated and significantly emphasized for the residents of planet Earth.
The Qualities Associated with Saturn’s Ruling Sign
Capricorn is the last of the Earth signs and the element of Earth focuses predominantly on the tangible or what can be seen, heard, felt, etc. The Earth signs in general (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are especially concerned with the work that they do along with the assets and money they possess but for the sign of the Mystic Mountain Goat the tangible quality valued most is Status. And in this modern day and age, the most obvious way a person gains status is through their work.
Simply said, Capricorn is the sign of the workaholic. For those born beneath this sign their job and career path hold as much importance as their relationship with their significant other. From the perspective of the typical Goat guy or girl – Work is a top priority.
But what good is working your cloved hooves off without having nice things to show for it? For many a Capricorn Status not only deals with the work they do but also the clothes they wear, the car they drive, the neighborhood they live in, etc. This accounts for the Saturn ruled having some of the most expensive tastes out there where only the finest name brands will do.
Owning the latest model of Mercedes or BMW is tangible proof of the Capricorn’s hard work ethic. Possessing things that are of the highest quality and having the best that money can buy is the Goat person’s way of stating to the world “I worked my fish tail to the bone to earn these incredibly expensive things.”
But even with that said, a conservative sense of style along with an aesthetic that’s pricey yet discretely demure suits the Saturn ruled temperament best. Nothing too garishly flashy or overtly loud for these earthy types due to their status driven selves being keenly aware of what their neighbors will think of the possessions they own and the company they keep.
The evolved Cappie appreciates the materials in their life. The unevolved Capricorn is downright materialistic.
Peruse through the closet of the typical Goat guy or girl and more than likely the vast majority of their wardrobe will be in the colors associated with their planetary ruler in variations of Black, Brown, and/or Grey.
The wardrobe of the average Capricorn as seen in variations of Black, Black, and more Black.
Saturn’s Domain of Rulership
The ringed planet oversees the following areas of Life:
Time, Karma, Status, Career, Hardship, Wisdom, Pain, Structure, Seriousness & Intensity, Business, Order, Restriction, Loss, Administration, Tradition, Loneliness & Isolation, Responsibility, Maturity, Rules & Regulations, Sobriety, Boundaries & Standards, the Elderly & Old Age, Depression, Work, Life’s Lessons Learned the Hard Way
Additionally, every planet and sign of the Zodiac is assigned to an area of the human body. Being the planet of structure, Saturn and its ruling sign of Capricorn are associated with that which gives our bodies its tangible form, namely the bones and skin.
One of the more crucial areas of Life Saturn rules over in the modern day is the concept of Time. Alongside being the Lord of Karma, Saturn’s association with old age and wisdom resulted in the ringed planet being further personified as Father Time. Note the Saturnine scythe used as a visual reminder for us to spend our time wisely and responsibly.
In Part II of this Saturnine series Brad will analyze the two biggest sectors of modern life that are most Saturnine to the core and how they both stand to be affected and influenced during the upcoming 2.5 years and beyond as the Lord of Karma’s transits through its own sign – the administration of Politics and the Corporate World.
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