Saturn (source: Sky & Telescope)

Saturn conjoins my natal sun tomorrow morning. This is something that only happens about once every twenty-eight or twenty-nine years. It’s a big deal, especially because I’m a Capricorn and Saturn rules over my sun sign.

This aspect is going to provide me with a theme for 2019 since it recurs in August during Saturn’s retrograde phase and again in November once the ringed planet goes direct. Astrodienst offers the following interpretation:

“Roughly fourteen years ago you went through a period of adversity and low vitality. But at the same time you made new beginnings, which are having results now. These efforts will either reach a climax and be successful, or you will realize that they have failed. In any case this is a time of tremendous responsibility and hard work, either to guarantee the successful conclusion of your old projects and endeavors or to salvage the best from the failures.”

I get where the writer (the esteemed Robert Hand) is coming from with this advice. Fourteen years ago, my writing career sort of collapsed as the magazine business slowly started to fail just ahead of the big economic meltdown in the U.S.A. I tried to “rebrand” myself, but it wasn’t enough when all the outlets that had previously hired me were either laying off all non-essential staff or shutting down altogether.

Since then, I’ve decided that working from home isn’t for me. I like to write and I’m eager to put in a couple of hours of writing almost every day, but I can’t handle a home-based job. If anyone ever wonders why I dismiss the Whole Sign House system, it’s because it puts my sun in the fourth house instead of the third. I can’t imagine having a fourth house sun because I am the farthest thing from a homebody. I’d rather be the Jack-of-all-trades that my third-house sun indicates. That is the essence of my being and a hallmark of my Placidus horoscope.

When I admitted that a home-based career was terrible for me, I became a lot happier. That happened when Saturn separated from it’s opposition to the sun about thirteen years ago, so Robert Hand’s suggestion to reevaluate old projects and failures makes a lot of sense to me.

I feel like it’s time to tackle a new project and I’ve started something big and quite ambitious. Of course, I’m not devoting all of my time to it, so it’s going to take a while to get it going. It’s not really a “rebranding” as much as it is a “realignment.” This time around, I understand my strengths and weaknesses much better than I did the last time Saturn was on the same axis as my natal sun.

So, this should be a good, productive year for me. I’m not afraid of Saturn and the way it makes us work hard to get ahead. I know a lot of people who would be blubbering over a transit like this, but that’s not my style. We Capricorns are a different breed when it comes to Saturn’s influences.

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