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Posts Tagged ‘Sun conjunct Saturn’

Astrology Update, December 22nd, 2017: In the Dark of the Year, Returning to Light

I am returning to this blog after some time away, having spent the greater portion of 2017 fighting cervical cancer, and now in the post-treatment recovery phase.  The remnants of radiation-induced fatigue notwithstanding, I think I’m doing fairly well, though I still have a long road to get back to something resembling “normal.”  My last update, with the link to my Patreon post on the subject can be found here.

Mercury stations direct in Sagittarius today, highlighting matters of communication and enhancing our capacity to communicate actively and in a manner in keeping with our ideals, so today seems like a fortuitous day for returning to this blog.  However, yesterday’s Winter Solstice conjunction of the Sun and Saturn at 0 degrees in Capricorn emphasized the need for understanding and working with our limitations, and that energy is still in play today, so this is also a good time to talk about some changes to this blog resulting from my own limitations.  

Lingering fatigue combined with lessons learned in the past year about what kind of creative workload I can and cannot manage alongside my astrological writing has led me to reconsider how frequently I should post here, so while I am returning to a semi-regular posting schedule, for now it will no longer be the daily schedule that I maintained during the first few months of 2017.  My current intention is to post updates about each month’s Lunar Quarters (New Moon, 1st Quarter Moon, Full Moon, and 3rd Quarter Moon) about a week in advance for each so that those of us who work with the intention setting/building/disseminating framework of the Lunar cycle have some time to prepare for whatever work we choose to do at each phase of the Moon.  I will also be posting updates for each of the major Pagan holidays (Imbolc, Vernal Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Autumnal Equinox, Samhain, Winter Solstice), and may post additional updates on significant astrological events such as eclipses, major planetary alignments, a planet’s ingress into a new sign, or when a planet stations retrograde/direct.  Hopefully this posting schedule will still keep my readers adequately informed while helping me to ease back into regular writing without negatively impacting my ongoing healing process.

My first full astrological post in this new format will be about the Full Moon on January 1st, 2018, and should be up by this upcoming Monday.  Blessings of the returning Sun to all!


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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology of December 10th, 2016: Goals and Comforts


The waxing Saturn/Neptune square gets an oblique revival today, with two sextiles supporting Neptune and the Sun conjuncting Saturn.  Since the sextiles are supporting aspects, they may ease some of the tension of these two outer planets each trying to transform the other and us in the process, but regardless our awareness of the conflict between the real and the ideal is likely to get a shot in the arm.  That said, given the overall positive tone of the day’s aspects, I wouldn’t be surprised if that boost to our awareness lends a practical tone to our daydreams, or a spiritual note to our work.

The two biggest aspects of the day actually struck during the wee hours of the morning – Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces and the Sun in Sagittarius conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius.  Of the two, the Sun conjunct Saturn is definitely the heavy hitter.  With the Sun and Saturn meeting at the tail end of the second decanate of Sagittarius, we may get very serious about our beliefs and goals, and feel a determination to eliminate that which we register as “evil” or opposed to our world view.  Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces may help to soften the intensity of our self-righteousness, or at least help us to see the possibility that there are more ways to experience the world than in simplistic factions of “us or them,” but both Mercury in Capricorn and Saturn in Sagittarius have a tendency toward bluntness, so the early morning hours may find us at our most tactless.

The Moon entered earthy Taurus shortly thereafter, which has had the benefit of grounding and steadying our emotions, but a square to Venus in Aquarius later in the morning can add to the potential friction stirred up by the Sun conjuncting Saturn.  Still, there is also the potential that the Sun conjunct Saturn will help us with our self-discipline, making this morning a good time to get things done so long as we don’t require others to work with us, though with the Moon in Taurus at odds with Taurus’ ruler Venus, some of that self-discipline is likely to peter out by late morning.  The Moon square Venus is not likely to be anywhere near as harsh as other squares, as both the Moon and Venus tend to be sympathetic forces, but in this aspect they do tend to encourage self-indulgence.  Given the serious bent of the Sun conjuncting Saturn though, a little self-indulgence might be needed to balance the scales.

This evening the Moon in Taurus gently brings our attention back to Neptune in Pisces with another sextile, giving a slightly dreamy tone to the evening, but with the fixed earth nature of Taurus continuing to keep us grounded, especially with the Moon/Neptune sextile followed shortly by the Moon trining Mercury in Capricorn.  This is a great time to enjoy a hint of Neptune’s rose-coloured glasses without succumbing to confusion or delusion, and also to express what we feel in a practical manner.  This is a good night for conversation with friends, and a good time to enjoy some creature comforts and unwind.

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