Saturn in Scorpio 2012-2015
Saturn in Scorpio 2012-2015
Nadiya Shah c. 2012
On October 5, 2012, Saturn will enter the sign of Scorpio for a long-term stay for the better part of the next three years. Saturn only makes a rare visit to each sign once every 28 and a half years, usually marking a phase with a specific characteristic that stands out in our mind.
We learn our most important lessons where Saturn resides. On a soul level, we know it is where our greatest learning is. We will pursue and attract experiences in line with the new sector of our sky Saturn has moved to. We sense, on a deep and sometimes unconscious level, that we must give a new, specific area of life our attention as a way to demonstrate qualities that increase our sense of self-respect. Where Saturn goes, we are asked to be starkly honest with ourselves and admit the reality of the situation, along with understanding what we can do to change it and where we need to practice greater patience, acceptance, or both.
Saturn will be in what is termed “mutual reception” with Pluto. When two signs are hosting each others’ ruling planet, they tend to have an affinity, and work together in greater harmony, helping the best of each sign to come forward. Both planets are stronger when in this harmonious position. Saturn and Pluto already have an easy relationship, based on their characteristics. This placement gives both an extra boost. All of us will feel this connection, but it will be especially prominent for those among the signs represented, in this case, Scorpios and Capricorns.
On the infamous Winter Solstice of 2012, Saturn and Pluto will reach exact precision in their conversation, with a supremely harmonious connection. The planets will continue to dance closely for the better part of the following year, suggesting a strong start to this cycle. There are always times when change seems daunting, especially when Saturn is involved. At this time, and especially on this day, each of us, collectively and individually, will receive our own keys to impressive change, along with the enthusiasm and belief to make it realized. With so much mythological and emotional build up to this historical day, this celestial conversation lends itself nicely for putting past patterns behind us and moving towards a future that feels empowering, with a greater sense of self.
The only times Saturn gets us into trouble is when we don’t listen, resist the lessons, or continue to insist along a path that isn’t in line with a more loving vision of our life. Where Saturn goes, it can feel as if that area of life and the people associated with it have a will of their own. It is at this time that Saturn’s most important lesson comes forward, “Do your best, and surrender the rest.”
The sign Saturn moves into is a place where we, culturally, might contemplate changes but are inclined to stick with tradition. It’s as if there is a “holding on” to the traditional values in that sign, a need to stick with protocol, and follow the established norm.
With Saturn in Libra, we saw plenty of talk around Gay Marriage, but some societies, including that in the USA, might have wished progress was more swift. We should see a shift in that nation’s conversation around marriage equality. Saturn in Libra asked us to have the discussion and get honest with ourselves on the definition of marriage. Now, as Saturn moves on, tensions should ease, and progress for LGBT communities around the world will hit a smoother trajectory.
Scorpio is the sign of merging and sharing assets, whether that’s among people getting married or corporations. Scorpio is taxes as well, and with Saturn in Scorpio, a large part of the international conversation will revolve around taxes; how much to pay, who should pay it, where is it fair, and where is it an obligation. Saturn in Scorpio tends to bring a more conservative approach to taxes, with governments choosing cuts.
Scorpio also rules sex, and involves the sharing physical intimacy requires. With Pluto in Scorpio in the 1980s and 90s, the world saw the dawn of AIDS, as we considered the dark side of sex. Exploring the dark side is one thing Pluto loves to do. Now, with Pluto in the sign of the Corporation working harmoniously with Saturn, I predict corporations will launch new procedures and treatments for those with HIV/AIDS, with a strong likelihood of a vaccine. It is highly possible that the treatments will be priced at an exuberant cost. Pluto in Capricorn is showing us the dark side of business, and with Saturn in harmony, will only further support the structure. We should also see new STDs, more resilient to resolution. Scorpio also rules boils, abscesses, ruptures, and other blistering symptoms, a likely characteristic of the diseases that get the most attention.
Organizations that work to promote safer sex practices should see their cause enter the international dialogue, which will eventually lead to greater visibility. With Pluto in Capricorn in mutual reception to Saturn, structural and corporate support will be a matter of debate, before it eventually becomes accepted. In the beginning of this transit, we can expect the proliferation and promotion of “abstinence based” education, before other practical efforts at preventing STD’s are widely discussed and eventually integrated. Saturn in Scorpio asks that we confront our judgments, expectations, and conventions on areas of sex and intimacy. To do so requires looking at the entire spectrum of belief and expression, at every stage of the process.
Sharing money, as a form of assets, is covered under Scorpio, as the sign oversees banks and loaning institutions, as well as granting bodies. We can expect a debate on regulation, with the larger, corporate banks taking on a form of regulation that is agreed on by the industry as well as governments. We should see the true societal and political power that banks hold, with a widespread belief that it is better to take action to protect and affirm these companies than to see the larger consequences of their failure. With Uranus in a tough conversation with Pluto during this time, chances are, the masses, and particularly the more rebellious among them won’t like these arrangements and will let their discontent be known. Uranus is a planet that rules the masses and rebellion. We are already seeing this discontent play out in the Arab Spring, European Summer, and American Autumn movements around the globe. Uranus will be in a Quincunx aspect, a conversation noted for having to reconcile and find a way to make these seemingly disconnected energies get along, suggesting that people will be able to see the pros and cons quite clearly.
We can also expect large corporations to launch granting opportunities, for new businesses and for students, criticized for being wrought with strings and agenda driven biases. More neutral institutions that rely on grants will increasingly have to go to private companies to meet their fundraising goals. Advertising and content control may need to be relinquished to receive those funds.
Finally, Scorpio rules psychotherapy and psychological regeneration. We should see institutions that provide accreditation to practitioners in the field, as well as study programs and requirements, become much more stringent and specific. Methodologies will be purported based on the traditional and the established. “Tough love” and “father knows best” approaches to psychological therapies and self-help books will become the latest trend in personal knowledge, self-discovery, and well-being.