Re-Visioning Saturn: The Workings of Time

Saturn has moved into the Earth sign of Capricorn. Patience. There is a deep affinity between Saturn and Capricorn. As a Capricorn with Saturn strongly placed in my natal chart, I feel a sense of relief. Call this relief a homecoming or a sound grounding force that brings crystalline awareness and a sobering equanimity.

Today, on Monday, January 15th 2018, Saturn will be accompanied by five other planets in Capricorn, including the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto. This means the most inner celestial body of the Moon to the farthest planet in our solar system carry this Capricorn energy, for a time being. In the case of Saturn, two and a half years, from December 2017 – December 2020, it will move through it’s ruling sign of the mountain or sea goat. In the case of Pluto, thirteen years, in the case of the Sun, one month. I think of the signs as  morphic fields of energy, similar to memory banks or the akashic record. They hold all the experiences of all people and all events that have taken place within that sign over the millennia. There is a symbiotic intrahosting between the planetary archetype and the zodiac sign it moves through as our planet and all planets spin through space, vibrating with the intelligence of each sign’s particular harmonic configuration. The timing and the order of this cosmic dance is of no accident. In such, I believe, we must take seriously the timing and order of such cosmic events. I find it is most useful to stay curious as we reflect than jump to strict interpretive and prescriptive conclusions. At the same time, each planetary archetype and zodiac sign carry key signature qualities we can glean a lot of information and guidance from in our meditations.

What is Saturn in Capricorn about? Practically speaking, in our household we have made a yearly budget. We spent time setting clear short term and long term goals that align and serve one another. A daily self-care routine of exercise, meditation, journaling, and eating well. A balance of work and play. We made sure our schedules suit our lifestyle and we took out anything that feels like too much energy for little to no return. We hired our first CPA, our first financial advisor, and made a retirement plan. These examples show what we need, right now, in our household for peace of mind.  And for a Capricorn, peace of mind brings creative freedom and joy that is rarely enjoyed without having structures, plans, and goals set in place. So often people express fear in having a routine, a structure, or a plan in place. That somehow it limits them and their creative flow. However, from a Capricorn’s perspective over the past thirty plus years, I have to proclaim (positively affirm) it does the opposite for me. I have more creative flow, more freedom, and more ease from the conscious goals, plans, and structures I have created for myself and with my husband. I am not talking about arbitrary or societal limits put in place just for the sake of doing the “right” thing. I am talking about taking a lot of time to really know oneself and what one’s needs are in order to feel healthy, happy, grounded, and clear.

As a client of mine says, the cold hard calculus of what we want, what we have, and what we are willing to invest to bridge the gap. Capricorn demands we put aside defenses of escape from our lives through wishful thinking and work with what is right here, right now. There is no jumping to the future and bypassing the present reality of our situation, whatever that may be. In this move, there is a deep acceptance of the present which we cannot stop from the past, and we begin to take responsibility for our karmic web. The way we have prioritized and structured our lives is our example of living our intentions and working toward our personal goals for our family. Each person and each family will have their own goals and intentions depending where they are at in life. Saturn in Capricorn requires (invite is not the energy of this sign) we face these bottom line necessities of survival straight on. My guess is the aversion to require something feels like it is coming from some outside foreign ruler when Saturn in Capricorn says this ruler can all be you for the price of the following…

What is Saturn in Capricorn about? Spiritually speaking, we are asked to reflect on personal authority, inner wisdom, and strength. We are asked to meditate on what it means to be responsible. What are we willing to take responsibility for in our own lives for greater freedom and peace? As a friend of mine says, responsibility is not the truth, it is a place to stand. Over the past year, I have made this my mantra and I can see now how helpful this has been for me. Capricorn energy also has each of us take stock of the state of our social network. How are we being met or unmet by our social networks? As the sea goat climbs the mountain, it climbs the social ladder. Not to be popular or well liked but because it is a social sign of service. Capricorn is the keeper that knows the most efficient way forward and to solving most of life’s challenges is being deeply rooted in concentric circles of supportive systems that are defined by the exchange of everything from goods to services to energy and karma. Yes, productivity and social justice do matter here, in light of calculating what goes out and what comes back in. Are the scales balanced here? If not, are we okay with this, does the exchange of energy out and in come from a place of consent in our being?

The reward is high for the bonds sealed in time. Commitment to one’s deepest and most true self. The practices in place that support life and growth, well-being and love. As I choose to act from a grounded, clear, expansive place from within, I am gifted equanimity and freedom. My challenges do not cease to exist, but as long as I choose to continue to grow the journey feels rewarded enough for me to want to keep going. This is more precious to me than anything as a co-creator with the Divine. Therefore, whatever may keep me from this expansive place of love and trust I will work to release and let go. Most importantly, my practice is to cleanse the ways I have unconsciously imprisoned myself through agreements I have made with myself and others, which no longer represent my truthfulness. This is hard and honest work. From now through eternity, I choose me. And by me, I mean my steadfast loyal and sound devotion to the Cosmos, into which the Weaver has woven me. And as a Weaver myself, I continue to weave and the things I weave will weave and then we shall become interwoven. I love my work and I love my life.

To read my in depth perspective on Saturn you may click here.

Deeper Than Day: Saturn-Neptune Complex and Emotional Boundaries

On this Full Moon we would like to introduce you to our podcast, Deeper Than Day, a conversation born out of our love for depth psychology and archetypal astrology. Hosted by Delia Shargel and Jessica Garfield-Kabbara. To enter this dialogue, visit us at DeeperThanDay.com and subscribe to our blog to follow this podcast.

Astrology is the language of the stars, as psychology is the language of the psyche. Logos, the Word, gives breath to all things, making meaningful the utterance of the cosmos in the patterns of the heavenly bodies, as the utterance of the psyche comes in symptom, feeling, image, and is made meaningful by our attempt to translate our deepest human experience into language.  We invite you to join us in our ongoing dialogue as we explore the phenomenological correlations between cosmos and psyche.

In today’s session we explore the Saturn-Neptune complex and it’s relationship to emotional and energetic boundaries in healing work.

 

Correlations: Re-Visioning Saturn

In this episode of Correlations: The Archetypal Astrology Podcast, Matthew Stelzner, Delia Shargel, and myself have a really meaningful and fun conversation about my article, “Re-Visioning Saturn” published in the Archai Journal. I felt so honored and thrilled as we spent an hour and a half exploring some of my widening sense around the evolution of the Saturn archetype. We discussed the dynamic and static masculine and feminine qualities of the planet, while we deeply questioned the patriarchal worldview the astrological tradition, including archetypal astrology, have emerged. Please join us for another episode.

 

Correlations: Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune Cycle

12828510_980260212051603_4148115394979662469_oAs the New Moon in Pisces lights up the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune t-square in the sky we release the next episode of Correlations: The Archetypal Astrology Podcast recorded on March 4th, 2016, with Delia ShargelMatthew Stelzner, and myself. We have a rich conversation focusing on the powerful Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-Square (and Sun conjunct Neptune) alignment currently in the sky. We explore a range of perspectives on this energy including a deep dive into the nature of narcissism and the spectrum from “healthy narcissism” to extreme pathology (i.e. Donald Trump). We talk about how Trump is a perfect mirror for the American shadow and how he represents an opportunity for us to face ourselves. As always, we welcome your comments and questions.

Correlations: Archetypal Astrology Podcast

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Archetypal astrology podcast where I am a guest with Matthew Stelzner discussing the planetary archetype of Saturn, world transits for the month of October, and transgenerational aspect patterns we share with our parents and children.

To listen to all previous episodes visit here

Archetypal Astrology Online Course and Depth Psychotherapy

 

iNITIATIONoUTLINE

As we approach the Equinox, the balancing point of light and dark, the world feels more alive than ever, rumbling with change and transformation as we continue in the peak of the Uranus-Pluto square alignment, until the year 2020. The return of the repressed and the empowerment of the oppressed are sweeping the world. As a beloved teacher of mine reminded me, “Remember the deep love your soul has for you and take time to nourish your deep roots as you nourish the deep roots of others.” I honor your deep roots as we branch out into the world forming tendrils of alliance with one another as an Earth community.

Teaching this past spring semester was one of the greatest joys of my life and a way to nourish my roots and the roots of others. The semester was fantastic and I could not be more proud of the students and what we co-created together. For those of you who want to learn archetypal astrology for personal or professional development, the twelve-week course I taught last spring, Initiation to Archetypal Astrology: Working with the Fundamentals, is now available online for you to take at your own pace and schedule. By the end of the course you will have everything you need to be fluent in the language and practice of archetypal astrology. You will learn the technical aspects of astrology required to read your own birth chart and transits, as well as those of others. I also offer private one-on-one astrological mentoring for personal and professional development.

It is a great privilege to announce the expansion of my depth psychotherapy private practice in the heart of San Francisco. I have been sitting with clients over the past three years and have opened another office. The love and respect I have for this deep work grows each day. It is a true honor to be with my clients on their soul’s journey. If you or anyone you know feels called to do this type of work with me, I am currently accepting individuals, couples, and adolescents into my practice.

Equinox blessings,

Jessica