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The tradition of astrology is one in which the client asks questions and the astrologer answers them. The success of the astrologer is generally determined by the accuracy of these answers. This tradition, though, can limit the potentials of astrology, and more importantly, the person who uses it. The reason is that being right is not always helpful. With respect to a natal chart, for example, if an astrologer says, "Pluto in your Seventh House indicates that you attract powerful and manipulative partners," this may be correct. But, where does that leave you? Must all your partners be manipulative? The accuracy of the statement reinforces your negative experiences in relationships. The astrologer may be right, but what's been the effect? It has reduced your hopes for a trusting, non-manipulative partnership. Is this really helpful?

It's understandable that people want answers and that coming up with correct ones demonstrates the skill of the astrologer and the accuracy of astrology. However, the role of the astrologer is much more than the reporter of facts. The astrologer can be a creative agent, a source of ideas and inspiration for creating the future. But, this possibility can only arise if we do indeed have some choice in life. If it's all fated, then there's nothing anyone can do about it. However, if life is a mix of Fate and Free Will (and I believe it is), then there is a place to influence the future. This is a very significant role for astrology.

Saturn, Creative Prediction and Planetary Meanings

Creative Prediction, as I call it, is not about saying that you've got transiting Saturn square your Venus and this is a great time to party. It is, rather, a means of finding positive value in any transit, progression or other forecasting technique. The key to this is meaning. What is the meaning of transiting Saturn? If you believe that its only purpose is punishment, then you might as well stop reading now. Certainly, Saturn has its demanding side. It holds us accountable and places us up against limits. But, it also has the potential to help us build, construct and shape ourselves and our lives with conscious purpose.

Saturn's square to Venus is about reshaping love. The form can come with challenges, that's the most common expression of the square. But, these challenges are most likely to be fair, within your capacity to meet them and, thus, can strengthen Venus in your life. A more detailed description of how this might be done would come through the sign and house placements of Saturn and Venus, as well as other aspects and chart factors.

We can tell a constructive story about any upcoming cycle (or any chart pattern, for that matter). With this approach the astrologer helps the client (or him/herself) produce desirable and realistic images for the future. This creative approach is only limited by the imagination of the astrologer. Good astrology, of course, is true to the symbolism; it's inaccurate to say that Saturn square Venus means expansion of love. Nope, Saturn is contraction, but the good astrologer understands the value of contraction and how to use it productively.

Keyword Brainstorming

If you're short on ideas about combining the meanings of Saturn and Venus (or any other astrological factors), try astrological brainstorming. Take a list of keywords for Saturn and Venus and combine them in as many ways as you can. Even non-sensical ones can trigger creative ideas. For example, with Saturn we have: mature, patient, responsible, constructive, delayed, frustrated, serious, practical, etc. For Venus we have: love, beauty, grace, charm, art, pleasure, etc. Saturn-Venus, then, can bring mature love, constructive art, responsible pleasure, etc. Add the signs for more details. Transiting Saturn in Aries, for example, describes new order or structures, the necessity for independence or being a pioneer. The house Saturn is transiting describes where this can best be expressed. If transiting Saturn is now moving through the Eighth House square natal Venus in Cancer in the Eleventh, this can mean (among other things) that the need to define (Saturn) new conditions (Aries) in intimacy (Eighth House) challenges old relationships (Venus in Cancer) with friends (Eleventh House). Or, the need to focus (Saturn) on one person (Aries) through deep emotional work (Eighth House) meets the resistance (square) of your old love (Venus in Cancer) community activities (Eleventh).

Stringing together factors like these can feel awkward at first, but it's a useful step towardh the creative fluency that makes for effective astrological counseling. Working this way means that the astrologer is dealing with possibilities, not absolute answers. This is vital to the process of discovery that makes choice possible and cultivates creativity. The astrologer, then, changes roles from the arbiter of reality to that of an agent of change, from having the right answer to supplying a variety of possible answers. This also means that the astrologer must be willing to give up her/his power of being right. The desire to create and contribute must at least equal the ego's needs to control with absolutes. This kind of flexibility is appropriate for the health and well-being of the astrologer and the client. It empowers the client who is to be encouraged to reinterpret the information in other ways as she/he sees fit.

Natal Chart Interpretation Principles

These same principles apply to interpreting a natal chart, as well. Too often I've seen astrologers (including myself) victimized by the limits they impose on themselves through their interpretations. "I've got the Moon in Scorpio, so I should just accept emotional suffering in my life." Statements like these are not meaningful, they are curses. They may provide some certainty. (Negativity is an excellent way to control reality.) But, they disempower the person who hears them. If astrology is to be of service to individuals and to our society, it will do well to open itself to all the possibilities available. At this time we no longer need the dogmatic beliefs of the past. Pluto in Sagittarius reminds us that this is a time when religions and philosophies will be transformed or fall into further corruption. Astrology is no exception to this. Approaching astrology with an open mind and heart is the best way to harvest its unlimited supply of inspiration and useful ideas.


Jeff Jawer is a founder of He has been a professional astrologer since 1973 and is well-known as a writer, counselor and lecturer in North and South America, Europe and Australia.

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Other StarIQ articles by Jeff Jawer:

  • House Cusps and Systems   2/8/2014
  • We Are The Transits   1/4/2014
  • The Astrology of Intimacy   7/20/2013
  • Planetary Threads   7/13/2013
  • The Deconstructed Horoscope   6/1/2013
  • The Astrology of Awakening   9/28/2012
  • Astrology Apps for the iPhone   4/28/2012
  • AstroNews April 7, 2009   4/7/2009
  • House Cusps and Systems   8/27/2004
  • The Astrology of Intimacy   6/4/2004
  • Saturn in Cancer: Security and Insecurity   4/22/2004
  • The State of Astrology   10/12/2003
  • Being and Becoming   9/29/2003
  • Jupiter Opposite Neptune   2/10/2003
  • Saturn-Pluto Revisited   9/20/2002
  • Astrology's Archaic Truths   6/27/2002
  • Astro-Ecology   6/13/2002
  • Pisces to Aquarius   11/10/2001
  • Scorpio: Beyond Reason   10/24/2001
  • Caring Curious Carlos   2/25/2000
  • Doug Henning's Final Act   2/8/2000
  • WTO: Shaping the World's Economic Future   12/1/1999
  • The Art of (Non) Communication   10/20/1999

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