Post Conference Workshop: Dreaming New Life: Working with Saturn and Neptune
When great changes come into our lives it is often because a part of our psyche has become overgrown. It has taken up all our attention and energy, while other aspects of self are languishing As much as we might love what we have and wish to keep it, it may be time to let something else emerge. Without a shift of resources there can be a general impoverishment. As Saturn in fiery Sagittarius squares Neptune, it may weaken structures which have grown outworn. It can also bring the energy for incarnating dreams, for bringing the impossible into being. Neptune is a planet of oceanic consciousness of creative imagination. Often its energy lies outside the grasp of the conscious mind, but comes to us in dreams or via our creative voice. We may be asked to let go of something so that the world can light up again. We will explore the houses and aspects activated by these two powerful planets.
Turning Lead into Gold: Planets in Detriment and Fall
Planets in detriment and fall take us on a journey which is often in direct contradiction to their nature. In Cancer, Mars learns to be soft, while in Capricorn, the Moon becomes hard while Saturn in Leo must bring lead to gold, while Jupiter is humbled in Virgo. They lead us onto paths that are often out of the ordinary, and if we can handle them, give unusual rewards once we have dealt with their initial discomfort.
Border Crossings – the 8th House
The 8th house describes the many border crossings of our lives, from sexual initiation, to the passage between life and death. As the entrance to the underworld in Hellenistic astrology, it plunges us into the unknown, and offers an initiation. Depression and guilt may often be symptoms of being ‘stuck’ here. How best to complete the metamorphoses required by transits or natal planets in this house?
Shooting in the Dark: Saturn in Sagittarius
Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius begs the question of belief. In a world shaken by the seven squares of Uranus and Pluto, Saturn asks us to wheel around and take aim at something we believe in. For some of us, the fire blazes, for others it sputters like a guttering candle. Are we going in the right direction? Do we have confidence in the future? As part of the process, Saturn conjures up doubt in a sign that pushes us to seek for meaning. It can create large holes in what once seemed solidly built. The old explanations are undermined by the evidence that much of what we were told to be good and true is no longer working. Saturn is approaching the square to Neptune, destabilizing our old certainties. As old forms weaken, new visions rise to take their place.
In a world that no longer makes sense it is tempting to seize on absolutes. When that happens, Saturn in Sagittarius intensifies the rigidity of the true believer, a hardening of boundaries and beliefs. It wakes up conquerors, spiritual leaders and mystics, and can push us towards new crusades. How do the transits of Saturn in this sign affect us individually, especially as it begins to square Neptune?