2nd July 2013: Saturn completing its retrograde cycle in Scorpio

by Sarah on 02/07/2013


The Power of Deep Truth


Sarah Varcas

Saturn is now preparing to end its retrograde journey through Scorpio in a week’s time. When it turned retrograde in the middle of February I wrote about the unearthing of secrets and Saturn’s demand that we live our lives with integrity, deceiving neither others nor ourselves. In the intervening months Saturn has been working hard to show us where we are doing exactly that and to get us back in line with authenticity and truth. As a result we may well have discovered that it’s a lot harder to be truthful than one might at first imagine, especially with ourselves! We adopt all manner of twists and turns within our own psyche to avoid facing unpalatable truths whose acceptance may require significant adjustment in ourselves and our lives. But Saturn’s not one to accept ‘no’ for an answer, and if there’s work to be done it’ll make damn sure we do it!!

In the sign of Scorpio our self–deceptions may be particularly well hidden, often behind the pursuit of truth about others. The penetrating gaze of Scorpio insight can all too readily be focused ‘out there’, as a defence against turning it back upon oneself. When Saturn travels through the sign of the Scorpion we are all encouraged to penetrate not the psyche of others but the hidden depths of our own minds and hearts, in which dwell all manner of shadows that we may not care to explore. The extent to which we have done this in the past few months will largely dictate the ease with which we can move forward in the coming ones. If we have spent the first half of this year making an inventory of all the ways someone else needs to change, we could be in for a rude awakening in the coming weeks. If we have made even apparently unsuccessful attempts to change our own modus operandi and embrace more truth and authenticity in our own lives, Saturn will reward our efforts with a clearer path ahead.

But whatever we’ve done in the past few months, it’s never too late to change if we recognise now that we have been avoiding the real ‘work’ in favour of tinkering around on the side-lines. Self-discipline will be needed, and a willingness to change habits of the mind and heart. We may need to make amends, or take responsibility for issues that we have previously blamed upon others. Apologies may be in order, as may the willingness to accept an apology thereby allowing someone else to move on, free from the burden of past mistakes.

Saturn in Scorpio always encourages us to work with the root cause of something, not the surface impression. Finger pointing is only ever a surface impression, as is the resignation of self-blame. We must look beyond both of these in order to penetrate the complexities of life which reveal a myriad of forces and influences at play in any one situation, such that establishing guilt and blame becomes irrelevant in the greater discourse of insight and liberation.

Ultimately Saturn in Scorpio teaches us that we are all the cause and we are all subject to the effect. No one is only innocent victim and no one solely the evil aggressor. Until we can recognise both of these identities inside us, along with countless others that occupy space in our hearts and minds, we will never be able to recognise the common humanity which connects us all or the breath of the Divine which breaths us all. The honesty that Saturn demands of us is challenging and powerful. It liberates us to take full responsibility for our lives, to hold ourselves to account at every step. In so doing it leaves us no choice but to be honest and authentic, with ourselves and others. For Saturn in Scorpio there is no other way.

Sending love to everyone.

Sarah Varcas

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