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Observations: Mars in Cancer, Mercury Retch & Saturn Thoughts

© Diane Lang

Whew! Mercury stationed retrograde yesterday, Mars entered Cancer in the wee hours and the Moon shifted into Libra. The last I like because Libra Moons usually treat me well but the other two, not so much.

This was one of the tougher lead ups to a Mercury Station I’ve seen in quite awhile and largely due to the opposition to Neptune exact on 28 July. Lots of mental whiteouts made writing difficult so I ended up choosing to do simple, routine tasks like picking berries, mowing the lawn, cleaning house and so on. I have Mars conjunct Mercury so when Mercury is acting up, I can turn to physical activity (Mars) and it usually helps me regain mental focus. Part of the transit package over the past few days was a Mars in Gemini trine to my Libra Sun giving it a lift, so choosing physical activity was an easy call.

Now Mars is in Cancer . . . not its happy place. While Cancer is an energetic cardinal sign, it is too sensitive for blunt, direct Mars to operate well. Cancer is a subtle sign and will move sideways rather than confront someone directly when attacked. Mars in Cancer gets a mixed review from me because it irritates my Libra planets no end while being very supportive to my Scorpio planets and Ascendant. There is a day or so in late August when Mars in Cancer will be squaring my Moon at the same time Saturn in Libra is conjoining it . . . there will probably be some less than pretty moments around here. I’m just thankful we get Mars in Cancer squaring Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn out of the way before he squares Saturn in Libra. I’ll take my silver linings where I can get them, thank you very much!

Now I’ve been contemplating Saturn and his effect a lot lately. It would seem the old cold one really does put a damper on the sector of chart he is transiting or lives in natally. For example, if you have Saturn in Aries, normally a very independent sign, chances are you will act more like a Libra who prefers to consult with others before making a decision. Saturn in Libra, or in the seventh house, often chooses (or forces) the individual to learn how to go it alone. In the long run (Saturn) we usually benefit from Saturn’s lessons, unpleasant as they are at the time.

Saturn is currently transiting my eleventh house and conjoining my Moon. The eleventh house is our peer groups and associates and the Moon often represents women in our lives. The eleventh house is ruled by Aquarius and I can make a case for putting cyber-friends and other internet groups like FaceBook there. This past year I have lost touch with some close women friends, both on the internet and in the physical world. I am hoping those people will reemerge once Saturn moves past my Moon but we’ll see.

How was your Mercury Station? What do you think Mars in Cancer will bring you? And I would love to hear what others have to add on Saturn both natally and transiting too. Thanks!! :D


Observations: On Befriending Saturn

© Kari Lang

Of all the outer planets Saturn is by far the most accessible and easiest to come to terms with. Sure, he’s not exactly a really fun guy like Jupiter but at least you can understand him which is more than I can say for Uranus or Neptune, and he often takes the blame for the trouble those others instigate.

One of the reasons Saturn is not so popular is because we have to work hard to gain his approval and rewards. This is something those with a strong Saturn signature natally – Saturn conjoining the luminaries or Ascendant; Sun, Moon or Capricorn rising – have opportunities to learn from an early age. Often they have duties and responsibilities they have little choice in fulfilling and develop good work habits as a result.

Just as the human brain develops slowly over many years with the prefrontal cortex (and the ability to make good judgment calls under pressure) not complete until one’s twenties, it isn’t until the first Saturn Return around age 29-30 we start to understand what it means to behave with maturity all the time. Until then many people still seem to believe in “do overs”.

Uranus is considered the main influence in our teens and twenties and those with strong Uranus aspects often have a much harder time coming to terms with Saturn’s demands to stay the course. If you decide not to show up for work because it looks like a good day to play, that’s Uranus the rebel at work. He can also get you fired unlike Saturn who helps us get to work on time, day in and day out.

Saturn is the one who gives us an honest evaluation of the progress we’re making, no matter how painful. If we don’t have good feedback to work with, we are setting ourselves up to repeat the same mistakes over and over. Check for Neptune aspects if you see someone repeating the same behaviors and expecting different results. Neptune is very good at helping avoid Saturn’s clear sighted view of reality. Which would you rather deal with? The unadorned truth or the polite lie? Guess which one will help you keep your job.

As a person with only a whiff of earth natally (Virgo Midheaven) but Saturn sextile my Moon-Neptune and square my Sun, it’s been Saturn who has kept me on the straight and narrow. I have lived through two Saturn Returns and currently have Saturn in Libra making its second pass over my Moon. The bad press Saturn transits to the Moon have received is contrary to my overall positive experience. I like feeling grounded and sane! :D

If you have a major Saturn transit on the horizon, please don’t worry. If you have been taking responsibility for yourself and your actions, behaving dependably as a friend and on the job and generally accepting the need to take each day as it comes, you will be fine.