March astrology: Saturn is the energy of personal responsibility

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Two major planetary events will take place this month. On the 7th, Saturn will transit into Pisces after being in Aquarius since Dec. 2020. On the 23rd, Pluto will transit into Aquarius after having been in Capricorn since Jan. 2008. I will address the Pluto transit in my column next month. This month I will focus on the Saturn transit.

For about the last 5 years Saturn has been in Capricorn and Aquarius, the two signs it is said to rule. This means that Saturn’s energy has been manifested in a clean and powerful way when in those signs. Pisces, however, is not that comfortable for Saturn.

Saturn is the energy of personal responsibility. It is oriented toward defining concrete goals that can be manifested in productive ways. It tells us where work needs to be done. It can pertain to setting and enforcing limits and boundaries and at times can be rigid and authoritarian. Pisces is mutable (adaptable, flexible) and water (sensitive, intuitive, gentle). It is the sign of the subconscious mind and higher spiritual being. By nature it is humble, compassionate and service oriented.

Pisces is one of the signs of healing, specifically focusing on mental, emotional and psychological healing. One manifestation of Saturn in Pisces is to work to de-stigmatize mental health so that new, more effective ways of understanding and treating mental illness can at least get started. By extension, this can also include creating new paradigms for dealing with the homeless population and prison reform.

It can be hard for Saturn to express itself in its usual defining and controlling way since Pisces is the sign of devotion and unconditional love. It’s as if there is nothing solid enough about Pisces that will enable Saturn to organize a concrete plan and then work to pull it off. With Saturn in Pisces, it’s almost as if its focus has to change from external to internal manifestation. Instead of defining a reality, Saturn in Pisces needs to be open to intuitively realizing what the best and most productive path going forward is. We will need to tune in to the “inner directive” that we receive from the Universe.

If we are off-center, we can experience Saturn as the energy of fear. Because Pisces recognizes that all physical manifestation is an illusion, that we are ultimately and intimately connected to each other and every other living thing, there may be a lot of vague fears that emerge in the psyche (both individual as well as collective). How can we discriminatively determine which fears are real and what to do about them?

It’s been said that of the 12 signs of the zodiac, 11 have a clear sense of self. The 12th sign is Pisces. On the other hand Pisces has an easier time accessing the transcendent consciousness that enables us to connect with Divine Spirit than the other 11. So one thing to remember is to let go of the need for external control and use the self-discipline that Saturn can bring to focus inward. This can help us surrender the sense of an individuated self and put time and energy into selfless service.

We can also use the nature of Saturn in Pisces to develop the spiritual discipline that can enhance our meditation experience. This can help clarify our inner voice and inner directive which in turn can provide guidance into how we can be of the greatest service to others even as we feel protected by the unconditional love of spirit at all times. In this context we can replace fear with faith. Faith is about the power of positive thinking and not about wishful thinking. It reminds us that one way to transcend fear is through responsibility (Saturn) and faith (Pisces).

One of the most important and powerful goals (Saturn) we can set for ourselves this year is feeling and acting from a point of compassion for the suffering in the world Saturn in Pisces could provide the inner guidance to learn how we can be a healing agent in the world.

Aries: After having been in Gemini since August, your ruling planet Mars will transit into Cancer on the 25th. This can be a challenging transit for two reasons. One is that Mars, which is a physical energy, can lack drive and motivation in Cancer. Two, this transit can bring up a flow of emotion that can be hard for you to deal with effectively. Growth can come from tuning in and feeling your feelings.

Taurus: Venus, your ruling planet, enters Taurus on the 16th. This can bring up the desire for harmonious relationships. However, you may be confronted either by a partner or close friend whose values and relationship behaviors significantly differ from you own. Or, you may notice that your values and behaviors are changing on their own. In either case, growth can come from updating these core qualities.

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