What’s stopping you?

On Tuesday (30 April), Saturn slips into retrograde and ‘stations’ or appears to stand still in the sky.


During any planet’s ‘station’, we experience a strong surge in his or her archetypal energy. With Saturn, that means that we are forced to stop and honestly assess the obstacles blocking our path. 


Although no one likes to be made aware of his or her limits, in truth Saturn is doing you a favour.

The end may be in sight – victory at last – but something or someone is keeping you from crossing the finish line and for a good reason. I’m willing to bet that something has do with teamwork – shared endeavours – knowing when and when not to hand on responsibilities. Today, pay close attention to criticism – constructive or otherwise –  because there’s something in it that you would do well to hear.

Frustration

After that, whilst Saturn continues to travel backwards before stationing again (to forward) in September, you’ll have time to make amends. Prepare to share your glory.


  • How is this working?
  • How would you summarise your efforts to date?
  • What is stopping you?

Saturn Return

When a major planet forms a key aspect to its natal, or birth, position, you’re set for a new stage in your personal development. If you’re willing and able to consolidate the challenges presented, you’ll soon be off and away, ready to continue on the next phase of the cycle.

The first of these key aspects to catch your attention occurs when you’re about 28-30 years when Saturn returns to its natal position.

For example, if you were born in June 1989, your natal Saturn is at 11 Capricorn and guess what, in December 2018, he was at 11 Capricorn again. He’ll be back at 11 Capricorn in February 2048 for your second Saturn return, when you’ll (hopefully) be preparing for a happy retirement.


But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

During this, your first Saturn return, you’ll be tested as to any unreal expectations you still carry from childhood; the usual suspects include hassle-free marriages, perfect children, and pinnacle careers with little or no effort. 

To the extent that you’re still clinging to the ‘happily ever after’ fairy tale theme, then get ready for wake-up call. Think of it rather like a ship settling sail on a round-the-world voyage; if advance preparations were not sufficient, there will be trouble.

Consider the ’27-Club’, a term referring to a number of popular musicians like Amy Winehouse, who died at age 27 years, usually as the result of substance abuse or suicide.

Although some struggle to understand why there is a ‘statistical spike’ in musicians who die at aged 27, it’s no surprise to astrologers. The first Saturn return is a time of change, frustration, uncertainty and, sometimes, depression. Although society considers that once you’ve reached your 20’s, you’re grown up and are fully developed. However, psychologically, this is far from the truth.


Saturn Returns are a time of consolidation a ritual rite of passage.

It’s often not until the first Saturn Return that most people become serious about their lives – getting married, having kids, taking on that first mortgage. But there are some like Ms Winehouse, who for whatever reason bow out early in the game, perhaps at some unconscious level preferring to remain forever in childhood.

  • What’s the hesitation?
  • What’s the first step you can take?
  • What’s the worst and best that can happen?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?

Venus in Capricorn – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Whilst Venus was in Sagittarius, it was all smiles and giggles. Now things will start to get serious when on 3 February, Venus moves into Capricorn.

For the next few weeks, partnerships and important relationships of every kind will be characterised by self-control, presence of mind, and a sense of duty and responsibility. Loyalty is back in style.

This has great potential for reward, however, especially on the 18-19th of February.

Think diamonds?

A bit later in the month, around 23-24th February, things may get a bit intense (Venus conjoins Pluto). Resist the temptation to push emotional buttons and instigate power plays. If you do, the situation could get uglier than ever you could have imagined. Likewise, do not respond in like kind if you’re on the receiving end of this.

Instead, do yourself a favour and take a deep breath, keep your head down and mouth shut.

On 2nd of March, when Venus shifts into Aquarius, you can expect some breathing space. 

Life, be fit for it

With the New Moon in Capricorn (1:29 AM GMT on 6th January), you have an opportunity to begin anew to develop yourself physically.

new moon

Whatever your current level of fitness, you can always do more yet this is not to suggest that you should overtax yourself.

Always remember that not everyone is a gymnast anymore than everyone is a tennis star. Some benefit from lifting weights whilst others benefit from yoga. Although it’s difficult not to compare yourself to others, it’s easier to avoid this temptation when you keep in mind that when it comes to physical prowess, we each have our own needs and talents.

So, with this New Moon try something new in your exercise routine – see how you like it – and liking it is definitely more than half the battle.

  • What’s your goal?
  • What’s your action plan?
  • What does fitness mean to you?

The Winter Solstice – what’s your take?

The Winter Solstice is a dark time.

In the northern hemisphere, it is the longest night of the year.

Yet it is also a joyous time, a time of celebration for we know in our hearts that the light will return, yet again.

solstice1

I believe that no one has captured the essence of the Winter Solstice more poignantly than has the 16thcentury metaphysical poet, John Donne, in his work, A Nocturnal Upon St Lucy’s Day.

In this poem, Donne helps his speaker come to grips with a difficult situation.

‘Tis the year’s midnight’ – the winter solstice – when the ‘sun is spent’ and the world’s ‘whole sap is sunk’. Someone important to the speaker, likely a lover or former lover (suggested by the speaker’s address to ‘other lovers’), has died.

It is indeed a dark time.

Yet the cycle of death is now complete – ‘this time to the Goat is run’ – (i.e. at the winter solstice, the sun enters Capricorn, ‘The Goat’, in order to die and be reborn). Because ‘spring’ is connected through rhyme with ‘thing’ (‘I am every dead thing’), there is hope of regeneration not only for the sun but for the speaker as well. In turn, this will ‘fetch new lust’ (the goat being associated with the genitals and the union of male and female powers).

The desolate speaker takes solace from the next (‘summer’) solstice – ‘let me prepare towards her’ (emphasis added) for after ‘midnight’ comes the new day.

With this, Donne has effectively reset the clock and puts a difficult situation into new perspective.

At the Winter Solstice, we can also choose to do the same. This is a time not only of rest and reflection but also of making choices. Will we carry our troubles into the new solar year or, like the speaker in Donne’s poem, set aside that which no longer serves us in preparation for that which is yet to come?

Standing at the gateway to the next cycle of life and light, you are in position not only to cut away the dead wood of winter but also to sow the seeds for the next spring.

  • What will you take away from this poem?
  • What action will you take as the result?

 

___________

A Nocturnal Upon St Lucy’s Day

‘Tis the year’s midnight, and it is the day’s,
Lucy’s, who scarce seven hours herself unmasks;
The sun is spent, and now his flasks
Send forth light squibs, no constant rays;
The world’s whole sap is sunk;
The general balm th’ hydroptic earth hath drunk,
Whither, as to the bed’s feet, life is shrunk,
Dead and interr’d; yet all these seem to laugh,
Compar’d with me, who am their epitaph.

Study me then, you who shall lovers be
At the next world, that is, at the next spring;
For I am every dead thing,
In whom Love wrought new alchemy.
For his art did express
A quintessence even from nothingness,
From dull privations, and lean emptiness;
He ruin’d me, and I am re-begot
Of absence, darkness, death: things which are not.

All others, from all things, draw all that’s good,
Life, soul, form, spirit, whence they being have;
I, by Love’s limbec, am the grave
Of all that’s nothing. Oft a flood
Have we two wept, and so
Drown’d the whole world, us two; oft did we grow
To be two chaoses, when we did show
Care to aught else; and often absences
Withdrew our souls, and made us carcasses.

But I am by her death (which word wrongs her)
Of the first nothing the elixir grown;
Were I a man, that I were one
I needs must know; I should prefer,
If I were any beast,
Some ends, some means; yea plants, yea stones detest,
And love; all, all some properties invest;
If I an ordinary nothing were,
As shadow, a light and body must be here.

But I am none; nor will my sun renew.
You lovers, for whose sake the lesser sun
At this time to the Goat is run
To fetch new lust, and give it you,
Enjoy your summer all;
Since she enjoys her long night’s festival,
Let me prepare towards her, and let me call
This hour her vigil, and her eve, since this
Both the year’s, and the day’s deep midnight is.