©May 2011 by Fabienne Lopez
Saturn in Taurus
Saturn in Taurus adds further discipline, structure, and grounding to a sign already known for its love of routine, and predictability. Well-placed, Saturn enhances, the lessons of patience and persistence, and the rewards these qualities bring to long-term plans and goals.
On the downside, there are two possible negative manifestations with this placement.
Although, Saturn in Taurus displays an appreciation for the fine things in life, and encourages the day-to-day use of all five senses, it also puts a stress on the grounding process. Due to Taurus’s affinity with food and beauty, Saturn tests our relationship with our own body, the manner we perceive ourselves physically, or how susceptible we are to social pressures about our looks. Non-conformity to the accepted standards brings out insecurities, which, in turn, can manifest as a love-hate struggle with food, plastic surgery, diets, exercise, and grooming.
Another area where Saturn will want those natives to examine beliefs, and attitudes is in relation to money. Saturn in Taurus types often deny themselves the pleasures of life.
Similar to other earth signs, this placement tends to be a workaholic who can experience guilt and shame for indulging in the rewards of his hard work, believing if he does, it will threaten his pursuit of financial security, which, in his mind, comes first.
In the end, Saturn’s lesson in Taurus is to teach the individual how to develop his self-worth by discovering and upholding his own values, independently of society’s judgment and criteria.
Saturn in Virgo
The combination of Saturn’s obsession with responsibility, structure, rules and hierarchy combined with Virgo’s compulsive need for details, yields a sharp and fine mind. One capable of producing thorough analysis, research, and studies full of useful information, tidbits, references, and verifiable knowledge.
On the other hand, this placement can beget a person too mired in particulars; thus, becoming the perfect bureaucrat who cannot stray from following the correct procedures and accomplishes nothing.
Beneath this attitude lies the fear of chaos. Anything outside the normal path of the tried and true is a threat, a disruption to the individual’s sense of security. In the person’s mind both realities are connected and any changes in their orderly routine causes anxiety, distress, confusion, often expressed by illnesses and compulsive behaviors around health, food habits and cleanliness.
For the Saturnian Virgo, the lesson to be learned is a double one. First, achieving results is sometimes more important than observing the rules. Second, accepting the connection between mind and body, each a reflection of the other. An understanding of these two facets can lead Saturn in Virgo to develop its own natural talent for being of service.
Saturn in Capricorn
Saturn is dignified in Capricorn, the sign of its rulership. You would expect little trouble, therefore. Unimpeded by constraints, Saturn can here give free reign to its ambition, desire to accomplish things and produce tangible results, in other to be useful. Yet, the individual with this placement has to contend with the problems rising from his narrow definition of success and achievement.
A Saturnian Capricorn ties his self-worth and self-image to material values and what is socially acceptable. Therefore, he follows the established rules and traditions and can be rigid in his observance of proper behavior. In his mind, this is the way things have been done for centuries and there is no reason for changing them. Saturn in Capricorn is very sensitive to the opinion of others because of his own self-consciousness.
Beneath this strict conduct lies an inherent sense of inadequacy accompanied by a fear of failure. What if he fails to demonstrate his usefulness to society, is unable to build a moral legacy to bequest future generations or cannot ensure the permanence of laws and structures that benefit the development of civilization? Indeed! What if?
Faced with this dilemma, Saturn in Capricorn sometimes chooses not to give voice to his ambition rather than confront the situation. In his eyes, inertia is better than not achieving his goals.
The lesson to be learned is that a lack of drive is not acceptable. One needs to start despite doubts and uncertainties. It is the only way to develop the leadership qualities and understand that structures and rules are not to be followed for their own sake, but for the greater good of all.
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