Only three weeks until Saturn turns his back on Scorpio. But this last sprint to the finish will see Saturn making some last ditch changes to the Scorpionic chapter.
It’s been quite a transit. Saturn’s been there since 2012. And it does seem to have had some powerful effects on the collective. This may well have been emphasised by the mutual reception between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn during this period. Pluto rules Scorpio and Saturn rules Capricorn, you see, so during this transit these two uncompromising planets were working together.
What is more during the first part of this transit, Saturn trined Neptune in Pisces, and during the middle passage, Jupiter, the expander and normally a sparring partner for Saturn, was in compatible Cancer. These three are the water signs, of course. They rule emotions and feelings. While Saturn went through Scorpio it did feel like there were some sea changes in our feelings about certain rules of behaviour, particularly in the realm of sexuality.
Changed rules of engagement
Scorpio, ruled by Mars traditionally, is one of the warrior signs.
Saturn rules retreat. We saw the Allied withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Absolute cruelty. Both Saturn and Pluto can be cruel, get them working together and there is potent cruelty. Throw in Uranus in Aries and you get crazy, potent cruelty. Throw in a square from Lilith in Leo and you get deluded, taboo-breaking, crazy, potent cruelty.
As well as beheading, ISIL seems to be specialising in rape and sexual slavery, keeping prisoners (Saturn) for sexual gratification (Scorpio). This war crime has never been sufficiently recognised or punished until this year (see below).
Saturn is the planet most associated with fear and in Scorpio this is fear of the secret assassin, the spy, the dark unconscious. And sometimes fear is well-founded. We’ve seen the entire population of Syria terrorised. We’ve seen the spread of fear of freaky terrorism — like the murder of Lee Rigby last year in broad daylight on a London street. We’ve seen the re-emergence of rule by fear in Egypt. When Saturn goes into Sagittarius, we may well see a heightened fear of foreigners and much tighter border controls.
By virtue of its traditional rulership of the genitals, Scorpio rules sex. The good news may be that Saturn has helped to enforce new rules of sexual behaviour. Combined with Pluto in Capricorn, the sign of the elite, and Neptune in Pisces, the sign of compassion.
A UN summit this summer set out a protocol (Saturn) to end sexual violence in conflict zones (Scorpio).
Widespread revelations about child abuse have forced the powers that be to listen to victims. It’ll be interesting to see if more perpetrators are brought to justice under Saturn in Sagittarius.
Scorpio is the sign of investment, pensions and something for a rainy day. The capitalist system took a huge hit when Pluto, the planet of nuclear explosions, went into Capricorn, the sign of the establishment, governments and the elite. Pluto, of course, delights in revealing corruption, and we’re all pretty au fait these days with just how rotten our economic systems are.
It didn’t happen right away — and it still may come to nothing — but this autumn, Saturn may finally have stepped into the banking scandal. If you remember, back in 2008, it was taxpayers who bailed out failing banks. This November, the Financial Stablility Board — government central bankers — proposed to change the rules about this, so that in future, banks and their shareholders will shoulder the burden. I’ll believe it when I see it, but this is Saturn in Scorpio.
Scorpio is the most private sign and helps us keep our secrets. Questions around freedom of speech and freedom of information will become formalised under Saturn in Sagittarius. But these past two years, Pluto has revealed the extent of surveillance of private citizens by governments and large corporations. Saturn is teaching us to keep it zipped.
In June 2013, Edward Snowden revealed how much the US National Security Agency is watching you. This was a Uranus-Pluto event. Uranus being the lone maverick, Pluto being one in the eye for the government — but the consequences are Saturnian. We are all more conscious of Big Brother, more careful about our privacy, tighter with our personal information (I hope).
Right to be forgotten
In a landmark case this summer (Google v. Corteja), Google was forced to allow a Spanish man to delete old links to his name, which he felt misrepresented him. This was in a European court. This is just one of several cases which are attempting to define and limit the internet. This will probably be a major theme during the Sagittarius transit, since the centaur rules information and publishing.
These are just a few areas that have been touched by Saturn’s transit through Scorpio. On a personal level, you will have been influenced too. Click here for some suggestions by sign. And click here for more articles about Saturn in Scorpio. I’d suggest looking at the house where Saturn has been for you these past two years and asking yourself what the rules are in force.