Saturn’s Rings (source: livescience.com)

Saturn moves into a conjunction with my natal Mars tomorrow where it will be within orb for much of the year.

I suppose that I should be worried about this meeting of the so-called “malefics” in my chart, but I don’t believe that it’s going to be that bad. Over the past few years, transiting Saturn has conjoined my natal Mercury, sun and IC, and I’m still standing.

I have to admit that the conjunction of Saturn and the sun was the worst for me because it felt as if someone had thrown a wet blanket over my sense of creativity. While I still haven’t recovered entirely from that event, I have felt as if I’ve been on the upswing for a while now; I can feel the desire to express myself in a creative manner becoming stronger every day.

Traditionally, this aspect between Saturn and Mars is treated as an adverse event by a lot of astrologers: one of the worst transits any of us will encounter. I don’t look at it that way, and neither does “Cafe Astrology.” The interpretation of the transit on the site gives me a little hope for the future:

“The purpose of this transit is to cool your passions in some manner, to conserve your energy for what truly matters, and to discipline your approach to getting what you want from life. Circumstances may be such that you are required to exercise restraint in your life now. You may be encountering resistance or blockages if you push yourself too hard, assert yourself too strongly, or express anger in an excessive manner. Something may happen now that restricts your freedom of movement in some manner, and you are in the position to redirect your energies. Initially, you might feel frustrated and thwarted, or you may experience a lack of drive and enthusiasm. As the transit progresses, you will be learning to direct your energies into endeavors that are truly helpful and useful to you. You might also be learning to curb some of the excesses in your life, as well as to go about getting what you want in a more mature, temperate, and moderate manner. You will be examining the ways you express your anger, how that has hindered you in the past, and how you might better do so in the future.”

I admit that I could learn to direct my energy into “endeavors that are truly helpful.” I actually believe that I’ve been trying to do that since Saturn passed over my IC, but a little thing called COVID-19 threw a wrench into my plans.

Anyway, I’m not going to let the more negative interpretations of this rare event bother me (Robert Hand’s prediction on astro.com is quite grim). Instead, I’m going to focus on putting my life back together in a more productive manner now that an end to the pandemic is in sight. Also, “learning to curb some of the excesses” in my life won’t be a bad thing. Just yesterday, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to eat everything in sight because I want to look good in my Tom Ford jeans. Maybe the real lesson I need to learn from this transit is that I don’t need to be buying things like Tom Ford jeans.

Let’s see how that goes . . .

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