By Barry Kerr
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The Sun moves into Capricorn on December 21.
Saturn is the planet that rules Capricorn and channels the energy of Cap through us. Saturn represents that part of each of us that agreed, as spirit, to come into physical form as a human. Why? To learn all about how the physical realm works so as to bring our light into this dense plane of existence more effectively, becoming conscious of our roles as co-creators of this world. Ultimately, in full consciousness, it is about more beauty, love, joy and fun within a physical form!
But getting there involves many lessons. Thus, Saturn becomes the enforcer of rules, limits, consequences, discipline, and often, pain. Jupiter, our inner magical child of infinite and unlimited spirit doesn’t like this, at least at first.
With time, however, Jupiter learns to appreciate Saturn. Like a loving father who has had to let us learn “the hard way”, Saturn is always right there to lend a helping hand and teach us as soon as we take accountability for our choices and actions, learn our lesson, and try anew. And optimistic Jupiter always wants to try anew.
Saturn takes about 29 years to circle the zodiac. Each seven years or so, as it either squares or opposes it’s original position in your birth chart, you experience a time for making choices, letting go of attachments and taking responsibility. Each of these passages helps define you. Inner promptings and outward events challenge you to let go of past errors of habit and make choices and commitments. Your level of consciousness and self-awareness determines the story you tell yourself, which determines your will to resist or embrace what is needed, which determines your emotional experience.
The big one comes at age 28-30, when Saturn returns to the place it was at when we were born. This 1st Saturn Return is one of the most important and fateful astrological transits in our life. It’s like a reality check on your life. What’s working? What isn’t? In what ways have you been in denial? In what ways have you been distracted from your true path?
Many people experience the painful ripping-away of relationships, jobs and other attachments. Some refuse to let go and suffer pain for years or decades, missing their authentic path of healing and growth. If they cannot take responsibility by their 2nd Saturn Return in their late 50’s, life will feel even more difficult. Their karma becomes harder to resolve. These are the ones who just never seem to grow into self-responsibility.
For others, those who have been conscious enough to make authentic choices and/or corrections ahead of time, the 1st Saturn Return may still impose removals, discipline, limits and more responsibility, but it’s not as painful. They can appreciate that Saturn is providing support by focusing their attention, giving their life definition, and pointing them toward the goals they came to achieve in this lifetime.
To achieve anything in this physical world, to manifest an intention, requires committing to a choice and conforming to the principles of time and space. Sure, it’s not the same in spirit world, but here on/in earth, we’ve agreed to play by these rules. Doing so is rewarded with a sense of fulfillment and peace.
So, as the Sun moves through Capricorn this month, your inner Saturn is calling you to stay more conscious that you are a soul having a human experience, and you are here to bring your infinite source of light and love into manifesting the world you are co-creating for your self and together, collectively, with humanity.
Giving a sharper focus to the Capricorn intention are three major transits. First, the Uranus –Pluto square (individualism, freedom and progress vs. entrenched powers that be) that began in 2007 will continue to provide a greater context to all other transits through 2020. Pluto ultimately intends evolving transformation.
Second, Saturn will trine Uranus through this month and then on and off through 2016. This harmonic angle to Uranus creates an ability to channel the intuitive and liberating force of individuality and change through Saturn’s disciplined and responsible service to stability and structure. This month and this year should be marked by many flashes of revolutionary inspirations making way into what have heretofore been old, tired and obstinate institutions and systems. It’s a time for innovative ideas to get traction in the real world. This applies to your personal life as much as to the world at large. How authentic is your life?
At the same time, Saturn continues to square Neptune all year (see last months column for details). Expect challenges to old beliefs (maybe yours) and further disillusionment with authorities and structures as the collective synergy of conscious souls brings compassion and spiritual awareness to a new world order. At the same time, Saturn may check ungrounded ideals and dreams. Not everyone has awakened…yet.
Uranus, retrograde for most of 2015, goes direct on this Christmas Day Full Moon. “Expect the unexpected” is part of the Uranus force that has ripened and is ready to be unleashed. Then, when the New Moon on January 9 conjoins with volcanic Pluto, we’re on our way! One way or another, 2016 will be a precipitous year, leading to substantial, practical changes to world order in the years to come.
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.