We’re going to really need to suck it up and tough this out now. Saturn is currently stationing at the 28th degree of Scorpio, turning direct in the very wee hours of Sunday, August 2 at 0:53 A.M. CST. (Or August 1, depending on your time zone.) The incredibly supressive, repressive, frustrating and draining effect of Saturn retrograde that we have been dealing with is currently reaching its head, its breaking point. It will find release in the direct motion of Saturn this weekend. A valve turned on. It would be a mistake, however, to assume release equals relief in this scenario. It is release the way eruptions and earthquakes are release; the way taking the lid off a pressure cooker is release. Some will find themselves left with messes to clean up, as they watch other people pass by seemingly unscathed. Those who do experience relief (and yes, there will be many that do) may still be affected by others close to them taking the hit.
Regardless of how this plays out in real time in our lives, whether we find ourselves on higher ground or are reduced to bitter tears, Saturn direct is forcefully propelling us through this final jaunt of the Saturn in Scorpio themes (read original write-up here), over for good (at least for another 28 years) on September 17. From that previous article:
“Scorpio is a sign that is primarily concerned with how energy works; it shines x-ray vision on the invisible energetic exchanges that runs like a current throughout nearly every aspect of life. Sex, death, money, family karma and legacies, perceived power and abuse of power, soul level trust and betrayal of trust… anything, really, that forms a bond or contract between us and others are the domain of Scorpio.”
There is incredible momentum this August and first half of September, momentum that is working to reshape these energetic entanglements and set us up for a future rooted in our strengthened, well honed individual power, in honest power structures involving those we share our lives and do business with. The release of such incredible energy, while it is hellish in the short term, is better for us in the long term. Power plays tend to lose their power once exposed. Dredging up our deepest, darkest fears forces us to question why we fear the things we do, why fear controls us the way it does and why we surrender our personal control and power when faced with such fears. Saturn deals only with reality; with the way things really are in fact, not as we’d like them to be. Saturn direct in Scorpio these next few weeks will state some rude facts about many, many situations, partnerships, and endeavors that are simply not sustainable and not healthy, no matter how it hurts. There isn’t the time left for playing nice.
Those who have been doing the hardest work and were really paying attention during the first go-round of Saturn in Scorpio and again with this recent retrograde should be savvy enough to recognize that anything that blows up or ends now is ultimately for the best. Trusting in this process is easier said than done, and some will feel so tired and drained that they may feel like throwing in the towel rather than contend with this energy any longer. But allow the process to do its thing. Learn to let go of the things appearing now to be out of your control. Do not sink your precious energies into fighting to save or fix what is collapsing; instead, learn to stay out of the way and protect yourself.
Paths really are being cleared, regardless of whether that is apparent at the moment. Delays and obstacles are signs that the process hasn’t finished its job yet, there is still some work left before progress can move forward. Jumping from the proverbial frying pan into the fire is not a solution to anything. Setting ourselves up for a more energetically sustainable and rewarding future is no small endeavor and simply cannot be rushed. Saturn in Scorpio knows better than to skip steps to get ahead. Respect the wisdom in allowing life to unfold at the correct pace.
One upside is that those who have sunk their teeth into Saturn in Scorpio since it first began in October 2012 and not backed down from the challenges it threw can begin to very quickly see their hard earned results. It is these people who are more likely to experience the relief of Saturn turning direct, along with a strong sense of validation and/or payoff. Clearer pictures will form concerning where the rewards lie- and Saturn always rewards hard work and responsible behavior- and where no further work is necessary.
Saturn direct in Scorpio will very quickly form exact squares to Venus retrograde at 28 degrees Leo (Wednesday, August 5 @ 10:08 A.M. CST) and Jupiter also at 28 degrees Leo (exact Monday, August 3 @ 5:37 A.M. CST). One effect this will have is you will notice people around you who are skipping steps and taking shortcuts to get ahead of the curve they sense is coming; throwing comrades under the bus, shirking responsibility, playing particularly nasty and cruel tricks, passing the buck. Cheating in general will also peak in these last few weeks of Saturn in Scorpio. People will not be playing fair! You might get the feeling that other people are enjoying themselves and having a good time at your expense, as your workload and stress levels go through the roof. You’re not imagining it.
And, for a time it may appear to be working for them, superficially at least. The squares to Venus and Jupiter in late Leo will challenge and potentially undermine our egos, our self confidence, our pride in ourselves, all while we witness cheaters of every stripe get the lion’s share of attention and resources. There is a hell of a lot of unfairness in these squares between Saturn in late Scorpio and Venus/Jupiter in late Leo. This is not a good time to gauge how successful and effective you are/have been in life by measuring yourself against other people. You might say that this is never a good idea anyway; but it is simultaneously more tempting and so much unhealthier now. The squares will be distorting self-worth in some rather dark and negative ways. Do not dwell on who is getting ahead and how they’re doing it. Don’t waste time focusing on how they’re getting a better deal than you. If you know you’re getting a raw deal, then your attention should be on extracting yourself from the equation and investing yourself elsewhere. If you see clearly not everyone who appears to be on top is getting there with integrity, why stick around and feed into it? What you perceive as an inability to move forward at the same pace as others is not necessarily a reflection on you personally. Ask yourself if life is trying to show you that your successes lie in a far different direction than the one you’re pursuing or is visible to you.
The setbacks and delays, the raw emotions and action out, will seem like they are dragging on forever. In truth, they meet a finite turning point on September 17 as Saturn kisses Scorpio goodbye and reenters Sagittarius (taster here) to stay until December 2017. The Sagittarian fires are lit under our feet once again; we draw a definite close on one chapter of life on Earth and move on to the next. Cut and dried. No one will want to hang around soul-sucking energy drains anymore, be they people or situations. People who are eager to get a move on, once and for all, will be particularly sensitive to this shift and will feel it early. The people who were hit the hardest by Saturn in Scorpio will be the first ones bolting out of the gates when Saturn enters Sagittarius. The old heavy work finished, only the future left to explore. With Saturn stationing direct at 28 degrees Scorpio, we’re actually getting there fast. If you’re left wondering whether the current trudge through Saturn in Scorpio is worth it, Saturn in Sagittarius will answer yes. The sudden freeing up of energy brought by Saturn in Sagittarius will only be made possible by Saturn in Scorpio’s efforts at teaching us respect for energy- given and received- in the first place.
We’re almost to the finish line…