Saturn in Capricorn 2017 -2020 IV

Individual Level and Collective

Reasons Behind Independence Movement, Patriotisms and Racial Conflicts: Definition and Denial of Self

Under Saturn-Pluto aspects, we often observe incidents which involve mass casualties. This could be diseases and natural disasters, but it could also be political conflicts, be it racial, hierarchal or religious. There are always a number of complicated factors behind them; for example, the main factor behind East-West Schism was not only differences on religious perspectives but also huge economic and political feedback.

We may also observe a number of different reasons behind the arguments over Brexit or independence of Catalonia. Some claim that Brexit allows Britain to lower government expenditure, and some blame that Catalonia’s independence movement is mainly because of economic consideration. However, let us put it this way — when nationalism movements or independence movements, self-identification, gender identification, LGBT social movements and religious conflicts take place, we often wonder why people would be willing to take great risk to get injured in order to protect or fight for such recognition or rights. Why are these movements and conflicts which take place in times of Saturn in Capricorn or Saturn-Pluto aspects so intense? When we look back and review the meaning of Saturn, we realise that “definition” is one of those Saturnian attributes. So, how do we define ourselves?

Who am I?

Besides by names, gender and occupations, we define ourselves by our race and blood. When one identifies strongly with something outside, this object becomes the symbol of their self-identification. There could be numerous reasons behind people’s support of Brexit or Catalonia’s independence. To those Brexit supporters, it may signify Britain’s return to its past glory, whereas to those supporters of Catalonia independence, their recognition to Catalonia’s language and culture, together with its glory and its historical independence movement, overshadows their support to the Spanish King. Without the support of such intense self-identification and emotion, people will not come out to sacrifice their freedom and life.

When things that people use to self-identify or define themselves (Saturn) disappear (Pluto), this could mean the disappearance of an identity (nation, religion, faith, organisation or football team that one supports), and this actually is equivalent to a sense of self-denial which is symbolically similar to death itself. From this perspective, perhaps we could better understand those “negligible” voice for independence and those vigorous reaction as a result of suppression, changes and restrictions of nationality, homeland, faith and sexual orientation. Next time, when we are going to laugh at those pitiful voice for independence, those silly Brexit slogans to “take back control”, or those Trump supporters who believe that America will be great again, let us stop and think for a second — this may be stupid and laughable to you, but to these people who identify themselves strongly to their countries and homeland, it is a sense of self-worth which is absolutely undeniable.

Saturn Retrograde and Station

After Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn on 20 December 2017, it will start to station at 9 Capricorn from 12th to 22nd April; then, it will start to retrograde until 6th September 2018 when it is at 2 Capricorn. This retrograde will be very important because it will start its retrograde at 9 Capricorn, a degree which Sun will pass through on 1st January every year. To many newly-established countries and institutions, this is their Sun’s position. For example, in UK’s 1066 chart, its Sun is at 9 Capricorn, and in its 1801 chart, its Sun is at 10 Capricorn. When Saturn stations at this degree, it implies that we should pay more attention to the system of these countries and institutions, or it could be that their leaders will confront challenges.

Saturn will once again start to retrograde from 30th April 2019 to 18th September. During its retrograde, we should be more cautious on constructions, legislation, and organisation or work and projects. We may encounter some frustrations, but this may mean that we discover something which need to be re-evaluated or reconsidered. We may also tend to go inward to find a different way of construction.

Eventually, Saturn will move backward from Aquarius into Capricorn in July 2020, and will stay retrograde until 29th September, move into Aquarius again on 17th December. Symbolically, this is a valuable opportunity for us to review — when Saturn is in Aquarius, we may be keen to establish or construct new structures and systems; when Saturn goes back to Capricorn, it will remind us to assess our upcoming plans and projects with a sense of practicality and a materialistic approach.

When Saturn is in Capricorn and Jupiter is in Scorpio, extremism, patriotism and far-right fascism will arise once again. When political divisions appear and when different parties conflict, perhaps we should bear in mind what we learn from history (Both Saturn in Capricorn and Jupiter in Scorpio are associated to “lessons from history”), and understand the wound from social divisions, conflicts and extremism. Scorpio, which Jupiter is currently in, is a water sign which symbolises emotional persistence, memory and recollection. Besides getting agitated, we may also manifest our empathy and listen to different voices with an open mind. This may lessen our pain. Saturn in Capricorn and Chiron in Aries means that people no longer want to be puppets of the authorities, and they will act accordingly to respond. Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus may ask us to use a practical yet innovative approach to confront the upcoming years.

Individual Level

Individually, Saturn symbolises how a person protects, secures, and becomes more mature and independent. It is how we see our responsibility to our society and family. What is more important is our attitude. If this is your critical Saturn timing, like if your Saturn is also in Capricorn, it means you are going to undergo your Saturn return. Then, the most important thing to do is to introspect about your natal Saturn — its sign, house and aspects will inform what you should cautiously handle. Saturn return which takes place around 28 years old is the most challenging placement. It symbolises the trial for people to become an adult, and that is why it is so important for people to focus on their Saturnian issue in their natal chart. The second Saturn return around 57 years old will require the individual to return his experience to the society. He/She will see what he/she has achieved after all these years. However, he/she will also consider the difference between their own thoughts and social ideology and their retirement plan. Some people might even start to experience the solitude and ageing process of Saturn, while others might choose to do sports, live a healthy lifestyle and adjust themselves so that they can proactively participate in the society.

If your natal Saturn is in Aries, Cancer or Libra, you might also confront challenges when Saturn is in Capricorn. What is going to happen might be related to the theme of your Saturn return. For those who are yet to experience Saturn Return, they may undergo these incidents to have a deeper understand of their own responsibilities and their lifelong challenges, which are their Saturn issues. Major events that happened three and a half years, seven years, fourteen years or twenty-one years ago may also be related. For those whose natal Saturn are in other signs, though they may not encounter challenges as intense as people aforementioned, they still have to observe if transit Saturn will form aspects with any of his natal planets. If so, pay attention to that planet’s placement, sign and house.