One of the most important changes in the sky from 2012 to 2013 is Saturn finally leaving Libra and moving into Scorpio where it is in mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn. Libra and Capricorn have an adversarial relationship and even though Saturn is exalted in Libra, it didn’t seem to diminish the bickering.
It is easy to forget peace loving Libra is also noted for enjoying a good debate and for changing sides in mid-debate just to keep the ideas flowing. When my Libra Sun mom was growing up, she and her Capricorn sister bickered constantly. She referred to their interactions as part of their “all day argument”. This didn’t bother either of them and they always spoke of each other with respect and appreciation. My mom had much the same pattern with my Cancer sun father, and here again, it bothered me with my sensitive Libra Moon conjunct Neptune more than it did them. Apparently that was simply the way they communicated.
When Saturn entered Libra I thought we would see more compromise by far than we did. It turned out the stressful aspects with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn brought out the argumentative side of Libra rather than the peacemaker. By the time Saturn left Libra for Scorpio, the divisions and polarizations existing both personally and in the collective were deeper than ever, sad to say. Cardinal signs are far better at starting the arguments rather than ending them and I know plenty of people who suffered greatly due to all the acrimonious exchanges of the Saturn in Libra years.
Now Saturn has entered fixed, watery Scorpio and consequently is far less overtly contentious. It is in a harmonious sextile and mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn rather than an abrasive square. The move from an air sign to a water sign also meant going from the gut rather than the intellect. Probably one of the more frustrating aspects of the shift into Scorpio is the serious negotiating will probably take place out of the spotlight, behind closed doors. Scorpio does like to keep everyone in the dark until they have something definitive to offer.
Most astrologers seem to agree as long as Uranus is squaring Pluto (the last exact square is 15 March 2015), the intense sense of polarization will continue. However now that Saturn is working closely with Pluto instead of seeking to thwart him, there is a good possibility progress is in the works to help resolve the worst problems . . . whether the general public knows it or not. One thing I’m sure of is those solutions will be extremely pragmatic and likely to be unpalatable to the idealists among us.
Something else to consider is the need to get in touch with our feeling nature now Saturn is in a water sign. In July 2013 Jupiter will also enter watery Cancer, making this an even greater priority. We will need emotional intelligence then, and in case you are unfamiliar with the term here is a definition:
“Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.”
Myself, I’m very, very glad to have Saturn in Scorpio rather than Libra! It will be interesting to observe the differences going forward.