The Crucible of Manifestation
Many will celebrate Saturn’s final departure from Scorpio. It’s been tough going. The combination of Saturn’s insistence that we assume responsibility for our lives and Scorpio’s demand that we embrace even the darkest and most difficult aspects of the self has necessitated facing up to some thorny truths. But as always with Saturn, it’s not been for nought, and as it enters Sagittarius we emerge more resilient, bearing deeper roots which will take a lot of shaking! Saturn in Scorpio has anchored us well, reminding us how strong we can be and how much we can endure. Now, as it prepares to settle into Sagittarius it ups the pace and exhorts us to do the same: enough with the inner enquiry! Time to demonstrate to the world just what we can do with all this wisdom we’ve accrued.
In Sagittarius, Saturn provides containment for the fire of inspiration. It becomes the crucible in which alchemy occurs, changing the base ingredients of our life into the precious metal of awakening. It holds us to account, demanding we honour realistic expectations that stand the test of time, not explode in a burst of inspiration only to splutter and die in the face of the sustained effort needed for manifestation. Saturn requires that we embody our potential not just talk about it, make our contribution not just intend to at some later date when everything else has fallen into place. It wants us engaged and active, prepared to go the distance to claim our place in the evolution of planetary consciousness.
Having undone the knots of denial and repression whilst in Scorpio, in Sagittarius Saturn weaves the thread into constructive hope for the future. As it does so we may encounter our own issues around commitment to the daily grind of awakening when we’re not fired up with inspiration. The sacrifices demanded by deeper insight and greater sensitivity to the consequences of our choices may paint us into a corner on occasion. We discover we simply cannot have everything we want and remain aligned with what we now know to be true. Values must shift and priorities change to reflect new insights and deeper understanding. Whilst Saturn in Scorpio highlights the consequences of past choices, in Sagittarius it reminds us that our current choices create future experience and careful discernment is necessary to ensure positive outcomes that assist, rather than hinder, collective awakening.
There are no short-cuts where Saturn’s concerned. We earn our rewards and must prove our worth. But remember, Saturn’s worth is not that of the world but of the spirit, which knows that the material realm is the stage on which we live this life, not the be all and end all of everything. We must learn to live in the physical and manage its resources whilst feeding our spirit and knowing ourselves as so much more than simply this dense being. In Sagittarius Saturn helps us do this, reminding us there is always a greater design in which we play a part, whether or not it can be seen from our vantage point.
This Saturn is the phoenix rising from the flames of Scorpio, born anew from the heat that has burnt off so much in the past few years. It deepens our roots in the physical realm whilst uplifting us to embrace the formless ones. Saturn in Sagittarius reminds us that inspiration is only of use when we can turn its visions into reality, otherwise it distracts from the more enduring gumption necessary to manifest much needed change. We may aspire to all manner of things but nothing will come of ungrounded inspiration. Action is needed, commitment vital. Saturn places our hopes and dreams in the crucible of manifestation. Its arrival in Sagittarius heralds the time to test them out against reality and shape the future with a deeper commitment to being our fullest, wisest and most authentically engaged selves.