Be Prepared to Move 

For the week of October 14-20, 2009.

This week, and the next several weeks, a powerful undertow pulls daily life in all its myriad manifestations in a new direction. The zeitgeist is in the midst of a mood swing, and its sway is going to affect everything from simple interactions to tangled webs. Be prepared to move, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. But try not to presume what the final destination will be. This new current runs deep as well as wide, which opens up a broad spectrum of potential and possibility. The best way to handle the intensity of this transition is to set your internal compass on "steady." That way, as the external shifts occur, you can stay centered and grounded within.

Saturn is the prime mover in the transition. In two weeks, on October 29, Saturn moves into Libra, ending its sojourn through Virgo that began in September 2007. Several components of Saturn's move are important. (1) Whenever a planet changes sign, we experience a concentrated retrospective on what's occurred during the phase that's ending. So look back on the last two years and see if you can discern Saturn's pattern in your life. (2) Saturn will retrograde back into Virgo on April 7, 2010, which means all its Saturn, in Virgo, lessons do not have to be learned, completed, and processed in the next two weeks.

(3) Saturn's transit through Libra is, yes, all about relationships. As many of you already know, I prefer to think of "relationship" as a verb rather than a noun; a relationship is something we participate in, not own or possess. As the next two years of Saturn, in Libra, play out, many of us will find ourselves recalibrating how we relate to each other, as well as who we relate to. Keep in mind, your primary relationship is with yourself. Not in a selfish way, but in a paradigmatic way: we treat others as we treat ourselves or would like to be treated. So everyone will experience Saturn, in Libra, regardless of his or her relationship status.

(4) As Saturn enters Libra it also moves into a square with Pluto, a difficult interaction that intensifies our experience of Saturn's move.

Technically, we are already in that Saturn/Pluto square, which is why personal and collective wobbles in the continuum seem to be increasing in intensity (as if that's possible). And that intensification will only increase over the next several weeks, culminating on November 15, when the square is exact for the first time. Be prepared for fanaticism, personal as well as collective. Also anticipate a hardening of hearts, as strict adherence to a certain point of view, symbolized by Saturn, collides with the inexorable process of death and rebirth, represented by Pluto.

Over the course of the next several weeks, this column will explore Saturn's move into Libra, as well as its square to Pluto in greater depth. Just be aware, as this square tightens its grip, self-righteous stands will seem like reasonable solutions. So if at all possible, instead of digging in, soften, and do your best to stay open.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that, too.

ARIES It's been two years of Saturnian devotion to detail, and while accuracy never hurts, part of that insistence to precision inhibited your spirit. Now as the perspective shifts, the burden of responsibility will ease a little.

TAURUS Saturn's challenge to your creative process had the potential to restrain your self-expression. On one hand, it cramped your style, but on the other, Saturn may have turned raw talent into expertise.

GEMINI Saturn's been disturbing your inner waters, with a particular emphasis on family matters, as well as safety issues. Use this time to review what has changed and what still needs your attention.

CANCER Saturn required a conscientious approach to repetitive patterns of the day-to-day. As the emphasis moves away from mundane matters to emotional concerns, you'll be glad for organizational structure you've created.

LEO For two years it's been "all money, all the time" and while that was hard to bear, it catalyzed a new evaluation of what your true currency is. And that realization allows you to confidently carry your financial obligations.

VIRGO Yes, the pressure is off, but before you celebrate with complete abandon, notice what Saturn's two-year journey in your sign taught you about being you. You'll be surprised to realize just how much you've learned.

LIBRA Consider the last two years a psychological makeover in preparation for the next two years of an identify crisis. Don't worry; Saturn is exalted in Libra, a quality that will make your transformation exhilarating.

SCORPIO For the last two years, Saturn restructured your interactions with your community. Notice how comfortable you are in sharing your gifts with others, and what might still need refinement.

SAGITTARIUS Saturn focused on your career, and while this phase may have meant loss or disappointment, at the core its presence helped you to clarify what you really want to do.

CAPRICORN You've been on a vision quest, seeking greater wisdom, and although the search has been valuable, it's also been exhausting. Take a deep breath, and welcome a small break from the intensity.

AQUARIUS Saturn plumbed the deep waters of transformation, and because transformation always requires a death and a rebirth, you're still in a process of becoming. Treat the new you with care.

PISCES Your personal two-year relationship intensive is coming to an end, and even though the world is moving into its own version, you've probably gained enough wisdom to ride those waves with a modicum of ease.

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