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Saturn Lord of Karma

Ever felt like Sisyphus?

Your Guide to Spiritual Mastery

Saturn represents authority, discipline, hard work, labour and commitment. It’s also about guilt, resistance and delay.

Saturn in our birth chart is where we feel most inadequate – our Achilles heel. Its the voice that says “You’ll never be good at that!” It is our inner critic and cynic.

Usually someone in our childhood- a parent or teacher – took on Saturn’s role as the authority figure that we fought against.

However if we recognise and become aware of where Saturn is in our birth chart, we can work with it, rather than against it- and in return we can become a master and even a professional in that area.

The key is understanding and recognising the various elements that Saturn represents.


Saturn tests us and will push us to our limits. It rules over time -the Greek god’s name Chronus means time-  and is called the lord of Karma. Saturn’s lessons are discipline, practise and commitment. It has the power to reward like no other planet. Because we work and practise sustained effort, there is a sense of real satisfaction. Mars is exalted in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn.  This is evident through weight training- as we do resistance training and lift heavy weights our muscles get stronger.

It is a spiritual energy that requires us to go within, to meditate, to slow down, listen and witness.  Its here to help us understand that life’s lessons are not meant as punishment, but as learning.

Saturn is said to be the esoteric ruler of this planet- the joke is that we’re the stay after school planet! So what’s your attitude to lessons?

Are you willing to learn? This means connecting with your inner teacher and guide, becoming a Master of your body, emotions and your mind, so you can become strong and at peace.

However it isn’t that easy for most of us! The ego -that part of us that resists discipline and rebels- keeps us stuck.

We keep repeating the same daily lessons- just like Sisyphus in mythology or in the movie Groundhog Day- until one day we learn a different way, and are released.

127 hours movieSaturn and the Moon in the Birth Chart

When Saturn aspects the Moon it can create conditions where we feel unloved and neglected, and set off on a path of independence. Self sufficiency is  no bad thing in itself, except when we believe that we need to do everything on our own and refuse to ask for help.

The movie 127 Hours is a brilliant example of this. A true story of mountaineer Aron Ralston who goes off on his own into the wilderness of Utah and doesn’t tell anyone where he’s going.

He gets into deep trouble. He  slips down a crevice and a 800lb rock falls on him and traps his right arm.  Unable to free himself and with very little water, he goes through a huge process over the next 127 hours. Finally as his body is weakening through dehydration he has an epiphany and discovers how he can amputate his arm and free himself.

So he survives – but at great cost. It’s a story of a man who has the Moon and Saturn together in his chart in the sign of Leo- a brave and courageous heart- but also a wounded one. Before that fateful expedition his girlfriend had dumped him. No wonder- he was emotionally unavailable.

Aron was very independent- however its good to know that this event really did change his life and he found true love. He now has a wife and a child.

Watch it, as its a powerful story that illustrates the Saturn principle. (Its easy to cover your eyes at the gory moment near the end!)

Karma and  Saturn in Scorpio

Its important to look at Saturn in our birth charts as it holds the karmic key. On October 5th 2012 it moves into the sign of Scorpio where it stays until December 23rd 2014.

To understand this transit you need to know what house of your chart is ruled by the sign of Scorpio.

A healing principle

During these years the principle of letting go will be all important.

Saturn was last in Scorpio between 1982 -1985 as it has a cycle of approx. 29 years. Scorpio is an intense sign, traditionally ruled by Mars the God of War. It also has a new ruler in the form of Pluto, God of the Underworld.

Pluto signifies power, psychology, sexuality, transformation and rebirth.

The best news is that there will be a mutual reception with Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. This last happened way back in 1777-1778 just after the American War of Independence had finished.

Scorpio is a water sign and Saturn likes the earth sign of Capricorn, and these two elements work well together.

So this transit will be requiring us all to look deep within and build solid foundations in our lives with maturity and integrity. Pluto rules excrement, sewers and everything underground, and hidden. I think of Pluto like dyno-rod, so its time for us all to have a purge and clean up our act!

It also looks like a positive transit for transforming the debt crisis, banking and economics.


To move forward in our relationships commitment is essential. That means committing to the truth of the relationship. Each partner needs to be willing to communicate and both partners need to be heading in the same direction for a relationship to work. Saturn wants commitment.


“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!’ attributed to Goethe

Completion and the Tarot

Saturn is connected with the tarot archetypes of The Hermit (The Guide), The Devil (Capricorn) and The World (Completion).

In our birth chart it’s our ego which aim is to delay us and keep us in fear. It creates blocks and chronic problems. It can show us how we compensate to cover up our fear of moving forward.

Saturn has an approx. 28 year orbit which divides roughly into four 7 year cycles. This is important as 7 is the number connected to spiritual truth and wisdom. The first Saturn return happens when we are 28-31 years old and is a crucial time in our lives.

Saturn governs the backbone in our body, so this is a time when we are meant to take on responsibilities and to stand on our own two feet. This happens through making major decisions such as getting married, buying a house, having a child, starting a business or taking on a leadership position and promotion in our career.

The next Saturn return is age 55-58 years old when we move into the spiritual time of our lives. Being of service and working for charity is a way of working constructively with Saturn’s energy.

Saturn in your birth chart

Self Mastery is one of Saturn’s key lessons. In this best selling report Karmic Insight gives concise information of Saturn, balanced with info on the Sun and Moon, your Major Life’s Lessons and the Gifts you have.

“From an esoteric point of view your birth chart is a portrait of your soul’s intention for this lifetime, the lessons to be learned, qualities to develop, problems to be resolved, service to be rendered.  From that perspective, the choices one makes in one’s daily life have reverberations that may last beyond even this lifetime.

This report is written to help you clarify your lessons and goals, illuminate your struggles, and encourage you to move in the direction of your true purposes.”

“Karmically considered, the placement of Saturn in your birth chart indicates where your energetic blockages, weaknesses and fears lie, and the areas of your life where the most concentrated effort and discipline will be required to master and overcome them.

Yet it also points to the aspects of life which can become your greatest strength if you are willing to face your fears and difficulties honestly, and work with them patiently.”

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