On Tunnel Times & New Year’s Resolutions & The Meaning of Saturn In Capricorn

I think it’s important to trust the tunnel times and times of fluctuation.

By tunnel times I mean all the dark emotions about our lives that we would prefer to dismiss, feelings like:

jealousy, inadequacy, self-loathing.
And to trust that we will come out of the tunnel with SOMETHING.
Something in our hands.
Maybe no one else will trust us. We have to trust ourselves. That this is how it works.

And to trust the times of fluctuation – which is exactly how it sounds – that we are rising and resting. And the cycle may be uneven, not perfect, unpredictable.

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I am OBSESSED with New Year’s resolutions and I have been searching searching searching searching for mine and I found ONE and then I found another! And it took a while. Like finding coins on the sidewalk. SO OBSESSED I told my Starbucks barista. Sometimes I trusted the process and sometimes I didn’t. I had to flail around in the tunnel. I had to not see. I had to not know. 

And out of that dark place I went to Publix. Where shopping is a pleasure. And I bought the stuff I needed to rest today (under the weather but needed some supplies) AND I bought a notebook so I could write down Resolution no. 1 and Resolution 2 and all attendant details. I wasn’t ready before. I am ready now. Trust the process. Trust you will be ready IF IT IS RIGHT.

And I was watching a YouTuber that I like a lot from the strength-training world (by the way, I was not injured for as long as I thought I might be) and he talked about SETBACKS. They are inevitable. Call it Tunnel Time. Call it Dark Night of the Soul. There are always “setbacks.” We must balance intensity with rest. We must balance effort with recovery and what may appear ugly or stupid to others. They may abandon us when we lose sight of goals. When we flail. Let them go.

LET THEM GO.

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Saturn is changing signs THIS MONTH, from Sagittarius to Capricorn. Saturn will remain in Capricorn about three years. This is the perfect amount of time. TO BUILD.

In plain English: Saturn changes signs and we have to change the way we WORK, The way. The how. The why. Maybe even the where and the who. The bones of our work, our life work.

If Saturn in Sagittarius brought us a philosophical crisis and quest, Saturn in Capricorn ushers in a three-year era of PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FOUNDATION, the bricks of your life, the bottom, the bones, the structure of your life. Saturn rules the bones.

Of what will you become an expert. The only impediment is yourself says Saturn in Capricorn. Will you wise up? Will you rise to the occasion? Will you DO THE WORK. Will you face the fear?

WILL YOU FACE THE FEAR?

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Saturn in Capricorn Through The First House (By Transit)

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So I’m thinking of starting a little series on Saturn through the Houses by transit because Saturn enters Capricorn next month!

The question of the day: WHAT WILL BE?

Well, much depends on your chart of course, whether the sign of Capricorn is unsupported or supported by your planets!!!!

I think this matters MORE than the fact that Saturn is “at home” in Capricorn.

Let’s say Saturn will be transiting your FIRST HOUSE?

In the words of the first astrologer I ever went to, when I was in my mid-20s:

Now you’re back in charge! 

I know many of my clients with Saturn First House transits have heard me use this phrase. It’s still true. I still believe it.

We cannot underestimate this movement from the 12th to the 1st! From dark to light. From above horizon to below. Seems contradictory, doesn’t it?

Saturn through the First House is a powerful Aries/Mars transit (because the First House is associated with Aries/Mars) despite the beginning of going underground!! Houses one, two, three, four, five, and six are BELOW the horizon!!

Make sense? Saturn First House begins a new cycle among all the other cycles you are going through, with or without Mr. Saturn. A cycle of POWER. How do you feel about power? YOUR POWER.

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Some things to remember about Saturn through the First House 

-First House is an ANGULAR (cardinal) house so life will MOVE. Things will change. Momentum! Dynamic experiences. You take initiation even if that initiative is sitting still. The other day a friend said to me: I LEARN BY DOING. I told her that “non doing” is also DOING.

-You will be called upon to be an AUTHORITY or EXPERT in your life and to be the authority or expert OF your life.

-Remember the First opposes the Seventh House. This transit will cause you to evaluate/re-evaluate your Seventh House i.e. OTHER PEOPLE i.e. who is in your life. Remember that the First House squares your Tenth/Fourth axis — career and home EXPECT SHIFTS OR ADJUSTMENTS IN THESE AREAS.

-Saturn is the Boss. BE THE BOSS. Take charge. Take control. Be firm. Have a plan. Commit. GROW UP GROW UP GROW UP GROW UP GROW UP.

Easier said than done? YES. But it wouldn’t be Saturn if it were “easy.” Often enough I talk to clients who say: I am Saturn so will Saturn transits really bother me? I am Pluto (well aspected Moon Pluto conjunction First House) and PLUTO OPPOSE MY SUN BOTHERED ME. Transits don’t happen and NOTHING happens.

Growing up doesn’t mean you need to be like anyone else. Growing up doesn’t mean you need a “normal” job or “normal life” — whatever that means.

Growing up means living YOUR LIFE with integrity. Grow up. Be you. Don’t expect or require anyone to clean up after you. Yes I know many charts/souls in this incarnation have a built-in clean-up crew (you know who you are) but Saturn finds this repulsive when it’s moving through the First House of Be The Boss Of Your Life And Stop Outsourcing Your Responsibility.

Make sense? Let me know! Stay tuned for Saturn in the Second House!

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Pluto Conjunct Saturn And The Death Card

Since I’ve been doing this work, I’ve had a number of clients survive transiting Saturn on their natal Pluto. But yesterday I got to talk to the reverse — transiting Pluto on her natal 8th House Saturn.

It felt like the “Death card” to me — from the Tarot.

She also has Neptune transiting her 10th House and sure, clarity is so-so (or absent!) these days but she can DREAM with this transit. She can create, envision the future.

BUT — she has to pass the almighty Pluto Saturn testing center before she can turn that corner and live again, live from her 10th House (which she must do, being a 10th House Sun).

All this reminded me of a Tarot reading I had the other day with awesome Tarot master/author, Rachel Pollack. She was showing me how I had to do such cards as JUSTICE and TEMPERANCE (both about honesty and balancing) before I could reap the rewards of THE STAR and THE SUN.

Saturn is so hard/hardened/crystallized, we feel we cannot move when we are under this energy. We feel worthless. That all is for nought. And Pluto comes along to peel off the skin, leaving your Saturn even more naked, freezing, hairless, exposed but… ultimately obliterates the limit, restructures and reforms it — leaving behind, in its wake, beauty. A new form.

I do see the Death card as a good card. Once you see it, you “know.” Is it heavy? YES. Is it intense? YES. Things must change? YES YES YES.

It was the first card. Followed by another Major Arcana. THE WORK.

In the deck we were using (there are many renditions of the cards, as you know) we see a number of figures reacting to Death, including a child. Openness. No preconceived notions.

Funny to think of the child self. I have no sentimentality of childhood or family. I was born into death. Moon Pluto conjunction in my 1st House. That was THE transit of the last days of my womb life. Did my mother want to die? Or did she just want to change, to live?

I was born into this dilemma, but for the Pluto person, there is always future because Pluto reminds us that we have a mission journey, that there is a there THERE. Death’s horse is MOVING, always and forever.

Until you pull another card :)

Love, MP

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