02 November 2017

Advice and Reminders for Saturn Transits

Saturn is the energy of crystallization and homeostasis. This means that it's Saturn's job to slow down energy in order to make it solid. Saturn rules the physical world of matter, because matter is basically energy vibrating so slowly that it appears to be solid. Once energy is crystallized into a tangible form, this solidity needs to be preserved and conserved – that is homeostasis. Avoiding change, sticking to a certain form.

So whenever there is a strong influence of Saturn it means that things become defined, that possibilities narrow down and the tolerance for uncertainty and change decreases. It’s a heavy energy with lots of pressure, it’s all about compressing.
The Saturnian influence can feel very uncomfortable because it makes you more rigid and thus less able to deal with uncertainty and be flexible. You become worried, anxious, insecure and will hate any form of change. At the same time, there is a feeling of lack and deprivation. We are somehow stuck between feeling like the victim of our own circumstances and being terrified of changing anything. This is a very tough spot to be in.Time is another constraint put on us. Saturn makes us feel the pressure of time, makes us scared that we are behind or that we won’t have enough time and resources to get everything done.

The lesson of Saturn

Saturn gives a feeling of deprivation and lack. We feel punished and like a victim. We pity ourselves, look for a scapegoat and divert responsibility, blame someone else. This puts us into a powerless place of inferiority. However, if we identify as a victim, we fail to realize that the problems that are created by your mind can be solved by your mind. We have to take responsibility for them.

Saturn also deals with sickness and disease so both mental and physical ailments can come up during Saturn transits. Especially those which are related to lack - a lack in certain nutrients, a lack in energy,etc. While Saturn was transiting my 12th house (which deals with sleep and the unconscious) I started struggling with insomnia - sleep deprivation.
During times of both mental and physical illness it is important to love yourself and the process of healing more than you are afraid of the sickness. Especially with psychological or psychosomatic problems it is helpful to realize that they start in the mind and that you can end them with your mind. During Saturn transits, the same problem may come back up again and again so remind yourself that a problem only comes back when you are ready for an even higher level of healing.
Saturn is about maturation. According to Erich Fromm, the goal of psychological development and maturation is learning to deal with uncertainty. Psychological illnesses are the coping mechanisms of those who can’t deal with uncertainty in other ways. Dealing with uncertainty, mind you, does not mean getting rid of it. There is no certainty and no security in life. Security only exists in death. Life is insecurity. Being aware of this and not avoiding uncertainty but living in spite of it is psychological maturity and health.
The only certainty is uncertainty. As long as you are alive, there is uncertainty. Certainty exists only in death. So, uncertainty is a good thing! It means you are alive.

Fear is not the enemy

 “Take note that the fear exists, but still go on. That’s what I mean when I say go in spite of the fear. Trembling, okay; shaking, okay – go on! Tremble like a small new leaf in the strong wind. […] So be soft, be tender, be delicate, be afraid, but never be hindered by it and don’t repress it. […] So first drop the idea of dropping fear. Second, accept it; it is part of you. And third, watch it, observe it; try to understand why it is there and what it is. […] The only security possible is to start enjoying insecurity. That looks paradoxical, but all that is true in life is always paradoxical. Truth is a paradox. Love insecurity and it disappears. Not that you become secure, but when you start loving and enjoying insecurity, who bothers? There is no worry, no anxiety about it. And one remains open.” - Osho

This is not hard to do when you realize that that is what you have been doing your entire life. There’s always been insecurity and uncertainty and worry and fear and anxiety but you’ve always kept on living. And it will continue to be this way in the future. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Whether you are afraid or not does not matter.

“Attempting the mastery of fear is useless. In fact, it asserts the power of fear by the assumption that it need be mastered. The true resolution rests entirely on mastery through love.”- A Course in Miracles

Some Advice

Be patient. Don’t hurry the process. Don’t think that you should be somebody else, that you should be somewhere else by now, that you should be doing something else by now. That’s like stirring muddy water. You need to be patient and just wait for the mud to settle and and the water to become clear. This is a process that can’t be forced. Practice patience. Things will fall into place. Things will develop the way they are supposed to. Wait for the lesson that this situation is teaching. Don’t panic trying to go back to how things used to be. You are not a victim and you don’t have to fix anything or perform a certain way. There is no fixed way of how things should be. You can’t hurry this. Trust and give it time.
Change your focus from fear to appreciation and from deprivation to gratitude. Being in complete gratitude for where you are right now will shift your energy.

Reminders:

Life is not a performance. Life has no goal. You can’t get life wrong. There’s no way to get everything done and right, because life is a constant journey and process.
You can always ask for help.
Tomorrow will take care of itself. Just take care of the things you can take care of now.
You are not a victim. You’re exactly where you’re meant to be. Whatever is happening is supposed to happen, be open to seeing why.
The only certainty is uncertainty. Don’t resist life, stay open and curious.
Whether you are scared or not, life will keep on unfolding.
What you resist persists. The assumption that fear needs be mastered asserts its power. Accept that it will always be there but live anyways.

To me personally it was really helpful to read articles and watch YouTube videos about Saturn Transits, because it made me feel like I wasn't just randomly doomed to live a tough life. It made me feel like there was a specific reason for this hard time in my life that you could point out on my astrological chart - Saturn is crossing my Sun and Ascendant.
People are able to predict these hard times when they look for Saturn transits. Other people feel the same way when going through these transits, that's why there's a ton of books and articles about Saturn transits indicating a rough period in your life.
You aren't the only one going through this. I knew my friend was going through the hardest time of her life three years earlier, which was when Saturn was crossing her Ascendant. This made it easier for me to accept that this is simply a phase that everyone will have to go through at some point in their lives.

If you can know for sure that this period will start with your Saturn transit, you can also trust that it will end with the Saturn transit.
That is the main thing that kept me going - Saturn will eventually leave my sign, even if it goes retrograde a few times and I experience setbacks again and again.
There is a season for everything. There are ebbs and flows.There is a time for this to happen, and there is a time for this to end. Just trust the process.
When you know for certain that this period will end, you aren't as desperate for it to be over. You can actually soak up the Saturnian lessons. Saturn wants us to mature and define ourselves and our lives more clearly. I recently heard someone say "Love the obstacle until it ceases to be one." Consciously try to learn as much as you can during this transit, make the most of it. Because it will be over.

28 February 2017

Sun Aspects in Astrology

Since our birth charts reflect a certain moment within the solar system and the sun is at its center, it also stands for our own core, that part of us that everything else revolves around, our essence.

The sun serves as a spotlight in our charts, showing our need to feel special and important, be at the center of attention. It is connected to what we pride ourselves in and how we want to set ourselves apart.The urge of the sun is that of expressing itself and being seen and recognized.
Planets aspecting the sun describe what we want to be recognized for or what we pride ourselves in. They gain great importance since they are put in the spotlight.
That is also why things relating to planets in aspect to the sun can easily hurt our pride or ego - they are the things we want to be noticed and admired for.

The sun is that part of us that wants to realize itself as an individual - finding yourself, creating yourself, expressing yourself - and the planets in aspect to the sun show what helps or hinders us in this process.
Think of it as wanting to be special and your own distinct person, as if being the hero of the story or the protagonist of your own life.
The sun plays the leading star role, it takes center stage (literally).
However, depending on the aspects to the sun, some people may act like supporting roles in their own lives and, rather than craving attention, would rather hide. Some want to stand out while others would rather fit in. Some enjoy attention, others want to keep in the background.
So it has to do with how we feel about ourselves, how important and great we think we are and how talented we experience ourselves to be - the sun's aspects influence our sense of self worth and self image.


Since the sun is the source of light and warmth, it gives generously and does not take anything.
It is our life force, or source of energy, vitality, and confidence and planets in aspect to the sun can either obstruct this light and warmth to come forth or strengthen it and give it unique colors and hues.

"I want to exist from my own force, like the sun,
which gives light and does not suck light."
- Carl Jung

Sun/Moon Aspects
Sun/Mercury Aspects
Sun/Venus Aspects
Sun/Mars Aspects
Sun/Jupiter Aspects
Sun/Saturn Aspects
Sun/Uranus Aspects
Sun/Neptune Aspects
Sun/Pluto Aspects

(still working on the blogposts!)
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