3 Unique Saturn Returns: Rihanna, Emma Thompson & Christopher Plummer

Rihanna, Emma Thompson and Christopher Plummer are individually celebrated for their artistic achievements around the world. Beginning in late December 2017 and through 2018, they also celebrate a Saturn return to their natal Saturn in Capricorn.

They each share the hallmarks of Saturn as expressed through Capricorn: a call to duty, perseverance and prizes won against worldly obstacles. Individually, they will express in some sphere of their life organizational skills that with age and experience lead to accomplished life goals. There may be displays of dour practicality or frugal efficiency. Each will feel a unique interior pause as one Saturn cycle ends and another begins.

In general, Time Lord Saturn returns to a person’s natal position every 28-29 years. Most of us experience the first return before our 30th birthday while many of us will age to understand the second return as we welcome our 58th-59th year. Some of us will physically endure to celebrate a third return as we approach our 88th year. If any soul upon their 117th year reaches the 4th Saturn return….their worldly wisdom is beyond compare.

Saturn returns signify a cycle of world experience has completed. An inner tally of challenges met, hurdles overcome and lessons learned is part of the transit no matter what the native’s age. The return is the culmination of Saturn’s cycle through our lives. The chart below is a cyclic example of Saturn in action for these three individuals.

Saturn’s similarity with a lunar cycle is noteworthy. The moon’s 28-29 day cycle symbolizes the flux and flow of our interior life, while Saturn’s 28-29 year cycle heralds our mastery of this earthly reality. Saturn’s waxing, outgoing square has a first quarter feel, while an opposition alludes to a full moon moment. The waning, incoming square is similar to a third quarter moon which leads to a natal Saturn return and new moon promise.

Rihanna is experiencing a first Saturn return, with the exact transit having occurred on December 24th, 2017. If the reported birth time is correct, the Saturn return will echo through the 9th house spheres of life:  spiritual quests, long distance journeys, life philosophies, higher law and education.  As I write, she is making a public call to end gun violence as she mourns a younger cousin’s tragic death over the Christmas holiday in Barbados.

Christopher Plummer follows with his 3rd Saturn Return on Jan 02, 2018. He recently received a Golden Globe nominee for Best Supporting Actor for the role of J. Paul Getty in the film “All The Money In The World.” With Saturn like discipline, this 88 year old actor credited his early theatre training in allowing him to step in and replace Kevin Spacey over a demanding 9 day re-shoot. Will Plummer be rewarded with an Oscar nod later in January?

Emma Thompson will experience a 2nd Saturn Return in 2018 beginning in February and ending in November. In October 2017 her frank assessment of Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood culture made headlines around the world and illustrated this Saturn in Capricorn native’s ability to overcome career impediments placed in her path. Thompson’s interior dialogue with Saturn will determine the direction of her next 28-29 years. 

Are you born with Saturn in the early degrees of Capricorn? Then you have or will experience a Saturn return in the coming months. Your experience may not be as public as the three mentioned above, but it is a moment to take a deep breath and consider lessons learned, challenges met and plans yet to achieve. The celestial taskmaster has returned and beckons you to grow in maturity and wisdom. Many happy Saturn returns to all.

Matt Lauer: Saturn Returns With Invoice Marked Due

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, NBC fired veteran Today Show host, Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Viewed through an astrological lens, was his second Saturn return involved? Saturn returns every 28-29 years to its natal position and will demand an accounting of past actions before settling accounts and beginning the next cycle of life. Let’s investigate.

Lauer is 59 years old, soon to celebrate his 60th on December 30th of this year. Born in 1957 in New York City, Lauer’s birth time is unknown. Below, Lauer’s natal chart is set at 12N, which allows an astrologer to consider the planetary relationships…but not the ascendant, ruling planet of the chart or the spheres of life where the planetary energies play their parts.

Focus your gaze immediately on Lauer’s natal Sun in the sign of Capricorn, with Mercury in retrograde motion in Sagittarius followed by Saturn in the same natal sign. Natal Mercury retrograde speaks to an internal dialogue that exists before a person will speak the words of everyday life out loud. Paired with Saturn in a loose conjunction, there would be a cautious and skeptic tone added to Lauer’s speech that would extend to his belief systems as well.  Natal Saturn will also limit and discipline an unrestrained Sagittarian wit.

Lauer’s first Saturn return occurred in 1987 at the age of 29, with the planet transiting over natal Saturn three times: direct on Feb 10th, retrograde motion May 20th and completing the cycle in direct motion on Nov 8th. Whether processed internally, externally or most likely a combination of the two, Lauer experienced some sense of completion and adjusted life goals to complement the adult he had become. Note that his divorce from first wife Nancy Alspaugh was complete sometime in 1988.

Lauer’s second Saturn return occurred in December 2016, at the age of 58. This recent, one-time transit set in motion a scenario similar to that of a bill coming due. Public life was going well…Lauer weathered the criticism aimed at his election interviews with both Clinton and Trump while renewing his co-anchor contract thru 2018 with a yearly salary of a reported $20 million dollars.   What other life lessons was Saturn suggesting he learn?  And when?

It is now almost a year later with transiting Saturn and Mercury in Sagittarius having joined in conjunction with Lauer’s natal Mercury (see chart below). Fleet footed Mercury has delivered Saturn’s recurring message and it has illuminated both Lauer’s inner journey as well as conferred very public consequences based upon the many choices he made and lessons not learned over the last 29 years.  Mercury will turn retrograde December 3rd, suggesting that Lauer review the belief systems, gender and cultural mind sets that have lead to this destructive behavior.

Saturn in Capricorn will conjunct Lauer’s natal Sun through the year of 2018: direct motion March 27th, retrograde May 10th and direct on December 9th. Limitations along with taking responsibility for the consequences of past actions will test and challenge Lauer’s sense of self. No transiting planet operates alone and Lauer will experience Saturn’s boundaries and restrictions within the context of all the other energies of the chart.

If Lauer was a client and an accurate birth time was known, I would suggest looking towards the 8th house as well as where Pluto lies.  Precise and intense psychoanalytical examination, followed by elimination and hoped for transformation into a balanced, healthier psyche is certainly called for.

Matt Lauer’s journey continues and only time will tell what Saturn’s third return in 2046 will bring. Lauer will be 88 years old and will have grown not just older but perhaps wiser. Saturn would have it no other way.

Saturn Into Capricorn – An Early Welcome

On December 19, 2017 at 11:49 pm in Toronto, Canada, Saturn will return to the sign of its rulership – Capricorn. The Sun will follow suit upon the winter solstice on December 21st around 11:30 am and join in conjunction with the time lord Saturn in the longest night of the year. This festive season will usher in for most of us living upon the shores of Lake Ontario, holiday parties, ice hockey and getaways to warm weather places.

People living in the northern hemisphere experience the holidays as the Sun’s most southern point in declination, followed by the Sun’s slow climb through the winter months and culminating in the balance of the Vernal Equinox. Sagittarian ruler Jupiter wearing the mythic guise of the Holly King is cosmically overcome by the proceeding Capricorn ruler Saturn as the Oak King in Celtic lore. January becomes an earthbound, stern season of sober reflection, befitting the symbolic horned zodiacal Capricorn goat climbing upward along with the sun towards the far off mountain top. Prudent goals are set, elder sages honored, laws and tradition hold sway, and society rewards those who reach the top.

The Midheaven and 10th house in the flat chart are associated with Saturn and Capricorn, representing our public identity and career possibilities. It is here that benefits are received from a person’s 2nd house set of values and resources and the 6th house rewards of vocational toil. Where Saturn is placed in the natal chart and what sign it expresses its planetary energies in is a person’s apprenticeship in this thing called life.

Within the birth chart, Saturn in Capricorn natives are born with an innate sense of limitation, boundaries, rules and the awareness of the inevitable bottom line. Many with this placement will have responsibility thrust upon them early in life. Their parental figures may believe in the value of discipline, family tradition or tribal custom. Too many rules and restrictions may lead the native into fits of anxiety or irrational fear. Others will gradually learn a work in progress approach to life’s many challenges and will slowly master the situation at hand. Aspects to Saturn will bring greater clarity to any interpretation.

How to work with this universal taskmaster? Take the time to understand the myths, archetypes and dynamism of Saturn. Learn more about how a zodiac sign adds to the basic Saturn expression. Then work with house placement and consider Saturn’s sphere of influence in the chart. Add aspects to further define Saturn’s planetary expression.

Finally, consider where Saturn is in the larger 28-29 year cycle it makes in a natal chart. Native Saturn in Capricorn cohorts will be experiencing Saturn returns beginning in the middle of December 2017 thru December 2020. There will be a brief dip into Aquarius beginning mid-March 2020 followed by Saturn’s retrograde movement back into Capricorn in the first few days of July 2020. Brush up on how to read an ephemeris or learn how to use an astrological software program, like Solar Fire.

Astrology is often associated with the prophecy of Uranus but it is the many hours of study that will lead to an understanding and ultimate mastery of Saturn’s energy.

Saturn Introduced

Somewhere in the middle of life, I was sitting with John Marchesella, a skilled New York City astrologer, for one of many astrological counseling sessions he graced me with over a 20 year period. Though aware of astrology basics, the finer points eluded me back then. He kept repeating basic themes of discipline, mastery, overcoming fear and rising to the occasion and pairing it with the planetary energy of Saturn. Finally, in a fit of impatience I said “Saturn, Saturn, Saturn – what is it about this planet that makes it such a prominent part of life?”   He chuckled and gave me a line or two that smoothed my edges away…but not my curiosity.

Upon the 2017 Fall Equinox, Saturn sits at 21° of Sagittarius and will soon move into Capricorn around the Winter Solstice. This numinous, planetary energy was given form and structure in ancient myth by the Titan god Kronos who swallowed his children in an attempt to avert his eventual removal. Zeus and other Olympians gave battle, forcing generational change.

In modern myth, Saturn is often depicted as an older man in a long robe holding a staff or scythe. The tarot hermit card is an older but wiser archetype worthy of weaving into a more holistic, conscious consideration of Saturn’s energy. Liberating the planetary energy from myth, cultural and gender bias loosens up the many positive possibilities inherent in each of us. Saturn’s many themes include: mortal reality, the aging process, limitations, depression, mastery through discipline, shouldering responsibility and plain hard work.

In the birth chart, Saturn’s themes will be expressed through the lens of an astrological sign and in the sphere of life signified by house placement. For example, Saturn in the mutable, air sign of Gemini will find day to day communications challenging or limited in some way. Place this combination in the public and career 10th house and this may be the executive who enrolls in a speech class to overcome their childhood fear of public speaking.

Saturn takes 28-30 years to cycle through all 12 signs of the zodiac (about 2 ½ years in each sign) and will return natally 2-3 times in the course of a person’s life. These Saturn returns are bellwether moments, where life experiences are tallied and the wheel is set for the next spin of time. An individual’s return will be uniquely sensed and processed either in full awareness and increasing mastery or within the shadows of doubt and lurking disappointment. Either way the celestial taskmaster’s presence will be felt; if not in the day’s waking moments then in the night’s dream world.

The first Saturn return as a person nears 28 to 30 is the final hurrah of youth and the journey towards mature adulthood. Responsibilities normally increase, relationships grow or wither away and life’s purpose continues to be shaped by Saturn’s call to authenticity.

The second Saturn return between 58 and 60 will reflect wisdom hard won through the course of the adult years. Shamans of experience, the wisest among the second Saturn returnees will walk into their elder years laying foundations for future generations.

At the age of 88-89, the third Saturn return signals culmination, an approaching mortality, a final opportunity to bring talent, wisdom and a bit of hard work to relationships and life projects the ancient one loves and cares about.

Weaving Saturn into the larger picture will bring definition and clarity along with the passage of time. Wisdom is always hard won and bittersweet – to be treasured as well as shared for the benefit of all.

 

Capricorn Full Moon: Celebrate Community

pablo Capricorn Full MoonThere’s a Capricorn Full Moon tonight in Toronto, placing itself in opposition to a Cancer Sun, both at 27 degrees. A full Moon is a moment of fruition, a seedling that has grown to maturity, an idea whose time has arrived, and a dream come true. In the sign of Capricorn, we may frolic in stately measure with friends and neighbors, celebrating the worldly wisdom of shared community.

Old man Saturn flourishes in this take charge, earth based sign of the goat, reminding us that our fears are only normal and may be overcome with hard work. Climb up, climb over, go under, find a way through – mastery is yours once the task has been learned. Gather like-minded people of good will and together under this Capricorn Full Moon, work towards community goals that promote equity, justice, and good governance. Today we achieve for tomorrow’s future generations.

Jackson and Miranda Sing in the Key of Saturn and Uranus

Twenty-nine years ago, at the end of August 1987, Michael Jackson released the album, Bad. The seventh cut was “Man In The Mirror” released as a single early in 1988, and hitting #1 in March of that year. Saturn and Uranus in the late degrees of Sagittarius joined energies for most of 1988, signaling changes in worldwide political and financial systems merging with advances in technology and communication. Wall Street tumbled through Black Monday in October 1987. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Personal computing was never the same with the advent of the World Wide Web in 1990.

The sign of Sagittarius speaks to the individual attempting to navigate questions of higher law and freedoms including world philosophies, spiritual quests, and ways of governing. Sagittarian Saturn and Uranus are perfectly reflected in Jackson’s lyrics: “I’m starting with the man in the mirror/I’m asking him to change his ways/And no message could have been any clearer/If you wanna make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”

Saturn and Uranus conjunct roughly every 45 years. The waxing square of this cycle occurred in 1999-2000 with Saturn in Taurus and Uranus in Aquarius. The opposition followed in 2008-10, with a Saturn in Virgo polarized with Uranus in Pisces. The ebbing square will occur in 2021, with Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. The cycle’s rebirth/renewal will occur in July 2032, with Saturn and Uranus conjunct in the mutable sign of the twins, Gemini.  

Take a moment and reflect about your life in 1988. Consider on a personal level how the political structures and technological advances of that time period served as a marker, a spiral forward into a continuum of change that hit hard with the World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001 and into the polarity of 2008 Global Financial Crisis versus the Arab Spring of 2010. In 2016 the world struggles as climate change threatens, the migrant crisis converges with the Syrian war and the US struggles with gun violence and political chaos. Fascism rises in Europe as it reels from militant terrorist attacks. Globally, financial fluctuations make economic inequality a painful reality.

Where to turn for relief? Listen to Lin Manuel Miranda freestyle what would become the opening song of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, in front of skeptical Washington elites in late 2009. Through the reclamation of revolutionary themes, aligned with diversity and strengthened by lyrical rap – American history has been reborn. Let the message rise up and bring hope to listeners around the globe. Individual efforts play a part in the larger cycle and help write the history that matters.

Saturn Square Neptune: Walk Your Talk

79 Woman walk beachSaturn at 12 degrees Sagittarius squares off against Neptune at 12 degrees Pisces in the sky today, both planets in retrograde motion. These planets’ energies tell of the tensions inherent between the hope of spiritual relief against the harsh realities of this world we call home. Retrograde motion implies an interior conversation, subjectively playing out in our psyches.

The planet Saturn is commonly characterized in myth and legend as an elderly man holding a scythe in one hand and an hourglass in the other. The proverb ‘as you sow so shall you reap’ succinctly captures the astrological spirit of Saturn. We toil in this earthly garden, planting our intentions and gathering the results of our hard work within the boundaries of time and space. Some may plant their seeds with fear and anxiety present, often as darkness descends with the sun. Other wiser souls will bend to the task at hand with the light of sunrise, gaining skill and maturity with each intention sowed and result won.

Neptune with triton in hand is visualized as a Roman god of fresh water and the oceans blue. Neptune rides through an aquatic kingdom in a chariot drawn by majestic seahorses, attended by mermaids and water sprites. Water is life and without it all would die from thirst. Astrologically, Neptune has come to symbolize the desire to quench a spiritual thirst. The 1960’s phrase ‘turn on, tune in, dropout’ conceptualizes the possibility of spiritual enlightenment and raised consciousness while intimating illusion and escape. Does one swim in the shallow waters of drugs, alcohol or virtual reality?   Do you choose instead to dive deep into mindfulness, prayer or meditation?

Saturn in philosophical Sagittarius tenses against Piscean Neptune’s kumbaya song of universal love. Practice what you preach. Walk your talk. Let your actions speak as loud if not louder than your words.

Centaur Moon in Conjunct with Saturn

Earlier today, a disseminating moon rested a moment in conjunction with Saturn Retrograde, both at 16 degrees in Sagittarius. The moon began the day at 10 degrees of Sagittarius and will end its gallop at 22 degrees. The centaur holding a bow, preparing to shoot the arrow into flight is an ancient archetype. It represents humanity’s climb from chaos into rule of law and with the flight of the arrow, further into philosophy and intellectual pursuit. Sagittarius is a fire and mutable sign, which leads to arrows flying here there and everywhere! The goal then is to add the discipline and hard work of Saturn to the freely flowing emotion of the moon to achieve a perfect bullseye towards your lofty aims.  Dream big and be prepared to work – the fruits of your labors are yours for the making.  67 Arrow Red Happy After