Ego (source: Screen Rant)

Here’s a photo of Kurt Russell in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” His character’s name is “Ego.” I barely remember anything about the movie.

Anyway, I was Googling the word “ego” to look for a photo to illustrate this post because I noticed that Saturn is getting pretty close to the cusp of my fifth house. In about six months from now, it will enter that part of my chart.

I’m actually looking forward to the transit. Saturn’s transit through my fourth house has been everything it was supposed to be. I don’t view Saturn’s transits as negative events. In fact, I prefer to use the phrase “ultimately productive” to describe the influence of the ringed planet. I’m a Capricorn, so I understand the slow and steady nature of Saturn implicitly, as if it was programmed into my DNA. In fact, the interpretation of this period described on “Café Astrology” couldn’t describe the last couple years of my life more accurately:

“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.”

I do believe that I’m a different person than I was when this all started. I’ve stopped actively looking for external validation in my life and I’ve never been more satisfied with myself. However, that might change once Saturn moves into my fifth house on February 27, 2023. “Café Astrology” defines that ingress as follows:

With Saturn moving through the house of creative power, you may feel limited initially by a lack of internal ‘spark’ or ‘spunk’. How you entertain yourself, how you have fun, and issues surrounding how you manage your ego are now coming up for ‘inspection’.

By the end of the transit of Saturn to the fifth house, ideally, you will have a stronger sense of purpose, and a re-worked ego. What makes you unique? How do you handle pride? What are your creative talents? Have you worked hard enough to feel good about “playing hard”? These are issues you will face during the course of this transit. By the time Saturn enters the sixth house, you should have a solid sense of what makes you different than others, and a rather concrete belief in your own creative talents.

Many people go through a period of re-evaluation of their talents — how they have perhaps wasted them to date, and how they can express themselves in a more practical, useful manner.

The fifth house is also associated with love and attention received from others. Issues you will face during this time include how ‘deserving’ you are of special attention from others.

Initially, you may feel unloved, and perhaps somewhat neglected or ignored. As you learn the lessons of this transit, you should learn to love yourself and take pride in yourself. Looking outside of yourself for ‘ego strokes’ (whether through romance or other such ‘applause’) may prove to be fruitless. You will learn through the course of this transit to depend on yourself and to take pride in yourself for what you really are, not only how others see you.

For me, this ingress will also include my second Saturn return: a transit that is demonized by most astrologers. Again, I’m not going to worry about it because I don’t view the ringed planet as a “malefic.” I thrive under Saturn’s influence.

Nevertheless, I am going to look at this upcoming period as a time where putting my ego on display once again might provide me with the chance to rebuild my writing career. For a while, I was quite “out there,” as far as my media presence was concerned. I sought personal validation in the public eye, and I got exactly what I was looking for. Maybe that will happen again. With Saturn, it probably won’t happen overnight, but it is likely that it will happen eventually.

In the meantime, I’ve got another six months to see where this prolonged period of fourth house-inspired introspection will take me. For an extrovert like me, this hasn’t been easy, but it has been “productive.” I’m just happy that I see a change on the horizon. My ego could use some “special attention.”

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