At the time of this post (July 2014) Saturn is currently in the middle of its tour through the sign Scorpio. Saturn changes signs about every two and a half years, and as it transits through our personal charts it generally represents the areas we will see challenges in. However challenging, it can also represent some of our most concrete realized goals as well. Saturn gives us structures and boundaries in our lives.
Saturn goes stationary direct at 16 degrees of Scorpio on July 20 at 4:36 P.M. EST. As 'the taskmaster' goes direct business and long held plans may start to move forward again. When Saturn turns retrograde, it may seem many of our long-term plans slow down, and it is a period of adjusting and readjusting our and our energies and our strategies. Saturn is retrograde about half the time, and is moving forward about 7 months out of each year.
Saturn will move through the second half of Scorpio summer-winter 2014, and on December 23, 2014 it will enter Sagittarius at 11: 33 A.M. for the first time in 30 years. It will remain here until June 16, 2015 when it transits back into Scorpio for a final three months, entering Sagittarius again September 18, 2015 until December 20, 2017.
Sagittarius is the sign ruling the ninth house of education, foreign affairs and world view. Many views and viewpoints will change with this Saturn placement both on an individual level and the collective level.
Sagittarius' planetary ruler is Jupiter, and Jupiter concerns education, the medical field, religion, churches, young men, governments and laws.
Ideas will change and evolve in our own lives during this cycle of Saturn, and on the collective scale. We can see changes in education, potential scandals in churches and political scandals and issues over laws and boundaries.
As Saturn moves into Sagittarius it will begin its square to Neptune at 5 degrees of Pisces. In 2015 Saturn will move to 4 degrees by the second week of February, coming within a 2 degree close orb with Neptune, representing the first square to the planet of dreams, illusions and delusions. It retrogrades back into Scorpio mid June through mid September (2015) and re-enters the sign of the Archer September 19, 2015 where it will remain until December 2017.
In June 2016 Saturn will square Neptune exact, at 12-11 degrees of Sagittarius-Pisces, and late August-September at 10 degrees.
While Saturn rules our structure, Neptune transits tend to dissolve situations over time. Structures, situations and even relationships may begin to evolve and dissolve into new situations in some cases if this is aspecting your chart. As Neptune dissolves that which we consider our structure some things may come to an end, especially if this aspects a personal planet in your chart.
During this period we could experience an uncomfortable period time where situations, ideas or even people dissolve from our lives and the new has not yet emerged. The old will fade away to make room for the new.
Saturn Neptune squares can relate to confusion and lack of clarity, or out and out lies, told directly, or to ourselves.
On the other hand this transit may help to give concrete realization to long held dreams and during this period they may take form, through hard work (Saturn)
On the collective many ideas will dissolve or change forms. Politics, governments, and laws will all be affected and we may see changes in the legal status of marijuana, water shortages and scandals in the church among other things.
Saturn will square Neptune the first three months of 2015, then again becoming exact in November of 2015. Some of those most affected will be born February 24-28, May 27-31, August 29-September 2, and November 28-December 2. Others affected will be born in the Neptune in Sagittarius generation, 1973-74, or anyone with a mutable personal planet between 5-9 degrees.
In Mundane Astrology, Nicholas Champion wrote, " Green saw this snyod as benefiting democracy, political changes and reforms. Barbault considers this to be the paramount cycle which governs the development of socialism-communism.
He points out in 1846 the (transit) was followed by the publication of the Communist Manifesto, and the main phases of this cycle trace the development and establishment of the main European Socialist parties around 1882 and then the Russian Revolution in 1917 immediately following the next one in 1952 saw the death of Stalin and the beginning of expansion of Soviet Communist influence out into Africa and the third world." He continues, "It coincided with formal conclusion of peace treaties following WW11, the explosion of the first hydrogen bomb, and the death of Joseph Stalin. It also coincided with the death of George VI of England and the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II., and the beginning of an important new phase of the evolution of the British monarchy."
Saturn was last in the sign of Sagittarius November of 1985-November 1988 but did not square Neptune. Saturn in Sagittarius will work well for Leo, Aquarius, Aries, Libra, and be more challenging for Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo, and Gemini or anyone with mutable personal planets. (Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces, and Gemini)