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December 16, 2014

Saturn in Sagittarius

Serious Saturn moves into truth-seeking Sagittarius on Tuesday, December 23rd where it may attempt to enforce intellectual order for most of the next three years. A brief return to Scorpio from June 14 until September 17, 2015 will reopen the issues of power and survival that have been so challenging since Saturn entered this intense sign in October 2012. But for now, letís focus on the next opportunities and challenges we can expect from the ringed planetís change of signs.

One key issue weíll face is the contrast between constraining Saturn and visionary Sagittarius. The planet is concerned with control and dealing with reality as it is while the Archerís sign is aiming its arrow at a future that has yet to come. The hunger for new learning and experiences associated with farseeing Sagittarius could be repressed by boundary-setting Saturn. Itís possible that rigid thinking and backward facing belief systems will reinforce dogma and prejudice. Fear (Saturn) of the future (Sagittarius) serves the anachronistic agendas of fundamentalists of all stripes.

However, a more life-affirming expression of Saturn encourages us to keep our minds open with curiosity and questions, challenging old ideas to adapt to current realities. This is not about abandoning core values but is, rather, about adjusting them to adapt to contemporary issues. Itís helpful to challenge our own beliefs and philosophies instead of clinging to concepts that no longer serve our needs. Truths that cannot change with the times are, obviously, not eternal but are remnants of another era.

Saturn is often skeptical, making it possible that its passage through Sagittarius could deflate the buoyancy of this enthusiastic sign. There are, of course, good reasons to express doubts about our personal and collective states, but crystallizing fear with reason neither reduces suffering or provides solutions. Yet blind Sagittarian faith is equally useless without the planning and patience of Saturn to help make it real. Backing up hope with commitment and work is an effective way to benefit from this future-forming transit.

Cynics can get on the dark horse of despair and ride it all the way to the Apocalypse, but is that what any of us want? Have we humans reached the end of our evolutionary road? What happens to us tomorrow largely depends upon what we do today. Instead of finding perverse delight in stamping out hope, Saturn in Sagittarius can be interpreted as an obligation to be optimistic. It is this commitment to finding a vision not reported in the daily news that allows us to build bridges from the fears of now to a more fulfilling tomorrow. Looking for light in the darkest corners of our hearts and minds is not the naive act of children but is the responsibility of creative, conscious and loving adults.

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Jeff Jawer is well known in the astrological community as an innovative and dynamic teacher, writer and counselor. He is the CEO and co-founder of Jeff holds a B.A. in "The History and Science of Astrology" from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lectures at astrology conferences throughout the world. His scores of articles have appeared in astrology journals in around the globe.

Jeff writes the forecast column for The Mountain Astrologer. He and Rick Levine produce Planet Pulse daily forecasts for Jeff co-founded AFAN and UAC and helped teach the first Astro*Carto*Graphy certification course with Jim Lewis.

Jeff provides private consultations and can be reached by email at

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