Saturn Stationary, turning Direct
Poor old Saturn. He’s so misunderstood.
Saturn transits are associated with feelings of limitation and restriction. In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Saturn is Sobek, the Old King. This Old King is wise, experienced, and has trouble letting go. Hence the feeling of stuckness that accompanies Saturn transits. We want to move, to change. Saturn says, “no – change is dangerous.” Stay put, stay quiet, and stay small.
Saturn/Sobek is associated with our reptilian brain, the aspect of our animal nature that is always scanning for danger and is ready to respond. This isn’t about thought; this is about instinct. Our reptilian brain wants to keep us alive, and Saturn wants to maintain the status quo. In this way, Saturn is actually a protector; he blocks change that will move us into a new phase. He maintains his control until the new energy is strong enough to break out of his grip.
Think of a cocoon encircling the larvae of a butterfly. There’s a lot going on inside that cocoon, although to look at the outside you wouldn’t know. The larva is being dissolved and a butterfly is forming. The butterfly won’t escape its cocoon until it becomes mature enough to break out on its own. If someone comes along and tries to help the butterfly out by peeling away the cocoon, that butterfly will die. It isn’t strong enough yet. It needs that protective cocoon.
So too with Saturn transits. We need the restrictive confinement of Saturn/Sobek. Our new expression cannot take root within us until it is strong enough to break Saturn’s grip. This takes time, and – wouldn’t you know it – to the ancient Romans Saturn (Cronos to the Greeks), was the god of time.
Saturn/Sobek turns direct on November 4 at 3:03 am EDT. This is a planetary transit, operating on a collective level. Some will feel this energy more than others.
November 2, 2023, by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.