The importance of this infamous metaphor in the evolution of an individual -- and his experience with personal karma -- is legendary among astrologers.
Because of its involvement with structure, hard work, restraint, control, "paying your dues," and getting along on the bare essentials, Saturn's energy at its best is involved with building and effort -- to produce sound and dependable assets for the future, and at its worst with the judgment of how well we have measured up in our tasks -- with harsh criticism and grudging acknowledgement of adequacy being far more prominent than praise.
When it retrogrades, the need to rebuild and fortify parts of your life -- as shown by Saturn's position in your Natal Chart becomes not only obvious, but often a grinding and burdensome task.
The demands of Saturn are rarely easy -- and yet the future will often show that his insistent warnings that stronger, more durable features would be absolutely necessary to get us through the challenges ahead were true -- in spades.
Now that Saturn has gone direct, the latest stages of our most recent reconstruction efforts are underway ... and to give this taskmaster all the help we can -- because he essentially does have our survival and best interests at heart -- another look at what he is trying to accomplish in your life might not hurt.
This at least gives you a chance to consider what is underway in your life -- and offer conscious help and support to this often maligned and vilified energy.
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* What Does Saturn Represent in Your Natal Chart? -- What is it ... and why is it important? ---> Saturn ... finding stature, taking responsibility ---> Saturn depicts an Inner Self that is careful, precise, methodical and concerned with creating lasting structures in the world. It contains your self-discipline, your sense of responsibility and your ways of relating to authority. It describes your need for status, and is apparent in how you build a career or public reputation to gain public admiration and respect.
Saturn Territory -- What Does Saturn Mean ... by Sign, House, and Aspect ---> Saturn is: Practical ambition, the need for social status, reputation, public recognition ---> Playing by the rules and fulfilling your designated social role ---> Professional contributions, career development and issues
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Our spectacular and remarkable planet is changing at astonishing speed. Rarely are these changes for the better. Few people seem to know ... or care ... or have the will and power to do anything about this. It may not be long before the world humans have known and lived in for centuries is forever lost. We certainly won't be able to make repairs as fast as we destroyed it.
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