It's always interesting to read these late in the year and see if your year panned out as they said it would. (Disclaimer: up until the 15th to read.) I don't really relate to my sun sign chart here, but my rising sign one... hoo boy.
"Saturn conjunct the Sun or ascendant is about growth, movement and coming to terms with who you are.
The coming to terms attribute almost always includes a whole lot of growing up. When Saturn is present in your chart, that’s what’s going on. That is the thing to do, and it’s best if you do it well. The Saturn principle in astrology is: become your own inner authority and nobody will have to take that authority over you. Therefore, part of what you’re doing is claiming back authority that was either taken from you or that you delegated at some point; taking that authority also means claiming your responsibility to yourself.
If you go through the process, if you do the work and make the changes and commit yourself to a new depth of integrity, you come out with a promotion. Your life will be better, more grounded, more stable and you’ll be in closer contact with who you are. Saturn transits also indicate times of professional movement, which can range from rearrangement or restructuring to moving up in your profession to a complete change of profession.
Steven Forrest said one of the most insightful things, referring to the Saturn return at age 29, though I will extend it to all major Saturn transits: you know you’ve done the transit well because after it’s over, you like going to work. You have the right job for you, and you do it well. It provides you with the sense of a purpose fulfilled."
Well. So far the professional movement thing is going on....did change jobs a few months before 2013 and it has been rearrange-y and restructuring. I haven't moved up--it was a lateral move--but am considering trying to make a change if I'm allowed to. There are some things I am decidedly unthrilled with in my current position, possibly enough to poison the well, as it were.
But do I like going to work now? Is my purpose fulfilled? Well...no, and I still don't know how to do that in a job context. I fear Saturn will have long moved on...probably to Capricorn...before I get there. If I ever do.
"Saturn will bring a diversity of enforced changes your way, though if you observe carefully you will notice that they are changes you have been wanting to make for a long time — yet to do them you needed some direct encouragement, support and yes, enforcement. One word for this is discipline, which is a form of discipleship, which in this case means following your own will."
Enforced changes: yes, some of that's been happening. This has played out best in my buying a car in 2013, which I wanted to do but without having to deal with godawful car salesmen. I lucked out and didn't have to, and got a car I can afford and have already driven already plenty of times. So yay there. But yeah, encouragement and support were needed there. In other areas, i.e. career changes, that hasn't quite gone as easily. I am getting backed up in making adjustments to the current job, but to some degree I need to adjust my soul in order to fit it. I don't know how that's going.
"You may not have such extreme manifestations, though you certainly feel your pathos. Saturn in Scorpio is here to help stabilize that. It is a kind of clean sweep of the emotions, particularly the deeper passions, something that feels like dredging out a shipping channel so that the ships can move through safely. Right now the channels are so clogged they don’t serve their practical purpose."
Dredging out a shipping channel...clogged channels...yes, this sounds about right.
"On the point of change, I want to suggest you do something that may involve consulting with an astrologer or astrology student: check the exact dates that Saturn makes contact with your Sun or ascendant. This is easy to find out and it differs a little for everyone; you want to know these exact dates (there will probably be three of them). They represent peak moments in the Saturn transit experience, as well as a process of events unfolding. Use these dates well.
If you happen to have any of them this year, I suggest you wait until after the transit happens to make major new commitments."
I have an early ascendant, so...oops, too late! Well, I probably waited until after one of them to buy the car, anyway. I'm too lazy to check in retrospect.
"Our society is in a time crisis. This is on at least two levels, personal and cultural, though they amount to the same thing: the sensation of a perpetually increasing rush, as well as the sense that time is being vacuumed out of existence like air gushing out of a balloon. Many people have their day planners booked for three months or longer, including social events. Others waste vast amounts of time, doing nothing, unable to initiate activity or waiting for something to happen.
Saturn’s presence is a big invitation for you to be conscious of how you use time. This may come in several forms, including the sensation of how much time has passed; the question of whether you have enough time to do what you want to do; your value on your time, including the monetary value you place on your time.
This one is worth discussing a bit more carefully, because of Scorpio’s role as a forum for exchanging resources and Saturn’s role as a regulator of time. You need to think through your value carefully.
Remember as well that in life, you can sell your time, your labor or your ideas. There are some jobs where you punch in and punch out; you sell your time on a kind of meter. Other jobs, like writing, cannot be measured in time; it’s the work product that has a value. Consulting is a mix of time and ideas.
What I suggest you do is figure out how these equations apply to you."
I sell my time for a living... I am not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, once my time's up, I'm outta here and not worrying about it and can do what I want with my work and time. On the other hand, I like the idea of selling ideas, big time. Just not sure how.
I'm skipping all of the sexual tantra stuff because that has no relation to anything with me, but here's the bottom of it...
"You may find yourself with a craving to travel internationally. Just about anywhere will do, but I suggest you focus on the one place that you’ve always wanted to go the most. This starts to engage in early summer. I suggest you plan ahead. Make your short list now and be ready to jump at an opportunity. I mean it. Okay?"
Nope, that never happened. And probably never will because I am the only person on the planet who isn't dying to go to foreign countries--honestly, it's just too damn hard for me and not real and a lot of money that I'd rather spend on things I can buy in America and never fucking mind!
"Also apropos of surprises: while Saturn in your birth sign speaks of slow, steady progress, there is a peak of activity around the time of your birthday. It’s as if there’s a sudden precipitation of events around that time of year."
Hm, not exactly on my birthday, but a few weeks after.
"Two things happen: there is a rather stunning total eclipse of the Sun on Nov. 3, 2013. This is a truly unusual eclipse, which is conjunct Saturn. It happens during a Mercury retrograde. Here is my reading: things that you think might take a long time are actually going to take a lot less time than you think.
In order to take advantage of this, be ready. Put nothing off for the future. When you discover that it’s time to change something, don’t delay: get started. Follow through. Be disciplined and use your time well. I will say it again. Be disciplined and use your time well. It is precious. In truth, it’s all you have."
I...don't know what to say to that.