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1990 Workout (source: YouTube)

This past week was a big week in astrology for everyone. Saturn and Pluto only meet up once every thirty-six years, so astrologers like me have made a big deal about the conjunction.

Personally, however, the big news in my chart happens tomorrow: Saturn enters my fourth house — a part of my chart that the ringed planet hasn’t seen since the early nineties.

In 1990, Saturn entered my fourth house and then made a retrograde pass back into my third house before moving back into the fourth. In December of the same year, I moved from the first apartment I had ever lived in to a condo right across the street from the new YMCA that had recently-opened in my neighborhood. I also started teaching aerobics at the same YMCA (where I still teach fitness classes today) in January of 1991. Both of these events were already planned in the autumn while Saturn was conjunct my IC, in progress during the planet’s retrograde pass, and finalized when Saturn was moving back into my fourth house.

If I look at the month (or months in this case) ahead of the actual ingress of Saturn into my fourth house, the changes I made to my life at that time were not only long-lasting, but also quite character-defining. Spread out over the second half of 1990 and the first couple of months of 1991, they took on a particularly Saturn-like tone, producing slow and steady progress on which I built the foundation upon which I currently reside.

In 2020, Saturn is on a direct path and moving ahead quite rapidly (for a slow-moving planet like Saturn). For that reason, I’m not sure that I can look to the early nineties to fully understand how the planet’s current ingress is affecting me. I do know that I made a big change to my life just a couple of months ago, joining the YMCA as a full-time, salaried employee after almost three decades of working there as a volunteer.

I’m the first person to admit that the YMCA changed my life for the better. Now that I’m working there, I’m learning even more about how and why it has anchored me to the community in which I live. It’s very interesting for me to see how it has fostered my own slow and steady growth as a person over the years. I believe I’m a lot kinder as a result of my association with the organization. Thirty years ago, you couldn’t have told me that I had much room to grow — I thought I knew everything! Thirty years later, with Saturn in the same place in my chart, I can’t believe that I’ve come so far.

“Cafe Astrology” reinforces much of what I’ve already learned about the transit, describing it like this:

The transit of Saturn to the fourth house marks a time of considerable inner “re-working”. In terms of outward signs of achievement, this transit may be the most unremarkable of all the Saturn transits. However, near the end of the transit, and certainly later than that, you will recognize this stage as a critical one in which you made some life-changing personal and psychological advances and developments. During this stage, you are working on solidifying your identity, exploring your roots (where you came from), so that when Saturn begins its transit through the fifth house, you will be ready to differentiate yourself from others and embark on some important work on your ego. For now, however, you will face issues surrounding your attachments to the past. Sometimes this manifests as literal re-organization of your home. Moving house is not associated with this transit as it would if, for example, Uranus was the transiting planet. If moves are made, you might encounter some resistance in yourself. This is not a time when you feel particularly brave in the outer world. However, reorganization in your home, and more importantly, in your soul, embodies the true nature of this transit. Many will go through a major “spring cleaning” inside. Limitations that came from early family conditioning will be brought to the fore. At first, there may be some frustration with your life to date, and how you have limited your opportunities because of early conditioning. A feeling of being alone and unsupported in life may dominate the early stages of this transit. Sometimes, delays and slowdowns are experienced in the areas of health, mobility, and career. As Saturn moves closer to the fifth house, a feeling of some kind of mastery will empower you.

The most interesting thing about that passage is the phrase “working on solidifying your identity.” I’ve passed up job opportunities throughout my life because I refuse to give up my classes at the Y. I’ve flat out told prospective employers that I won’t sacrifice the one thing about my identity that defines me the most in order to make a buck or two. I am a fitness trainer as much as I am a writer, or an astrologer, or a fashion expert, etc. People that refused to understand that never got to work with me. That was their loss.

Anyway, looking back at how Saturn has impacted my life in the past makes me optimistic to see where the planet takes me in the future. I’ve got a big fourth house and it’s going to be there for about three more years. I guess I’ve got a while to figure out where I’m going.

Stay tuned . . .

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