Saturn in Scorpio

With Saturn in Scorpio, we dig more deeply into the dynamics of our relationships. Saturn demands simplicity, definition, realism, and truth wherever it touches our charts.

When it comes to our closest relationships, we are likely to question their power dynamics and the level of intimacy we have attained. We may be more difficult to please in our close relationships, but the “assessments” we make now are in reality important ones. Partnerships require work, as we learned while Saturn transited Libra, but now the work goes deeper. Are we trying to control our partner instead of putting faith in the relationship?

We might aim to control our behavior and moods, preferring to give off an image of calm, cool, and collected. We can struggle with revealing our dependencies and vulnerabilities with this position of Saturn. The challenge will be releasing our fears and anxieties and expressing them without fear that we may be giving up our power in so doing. By denying our dependencies, we restrict ourselves. Saturn might require us to let go of one or more dependencies on others, a source of financial support, or an addiction. While this may initially feel extremely uncomfortable, ultimately we in fact gain a sense of personal empowerment.

The kind of love we may have sought while Saturn was in Libra may now feel too mechanical, impersonal, and detached. Whether or not true intimacy exists between partners will be called up for inspection during this cycle. Simply being close, spending time with one another, and sharing activities side by side may have previously given us an illusion of intimacy. Saturn in Scorpio will expose these illusions and perhaps leave us wanting for a more penetrating closeness with a partner.

Fears of rejection, of giving up control, and of sharing ourselves are things we are likely to explore or face now.

On a personal level, circumstances are such that how we deal with crisis, intense moments, and feeling powerless or helpless comes up for inspection. Facing feelings of hurt, loss, rejection, and grief instead of glossing over these things can help us to better manage our anger, which is frequently a defense mechanism designed to take us away from feeling these things at a deep level.

Saturn’s transit through Scorpio presents a very strong period for dissecting and studying the unconscious/subconscious, and for seeing how deep-rooted fears and patterns control our lives. It’s also a strong period for dealing with and eventually mastering our addictions.

Restrictions we experience through our debts to others can be magnified, and these can be material, moral, or emotional debts. Saturn’s presence in Scorpio can help us to structure, organize, and make sense out of these debts.

Liberation only comes when we learn to overcome our fears of dependency and helplessness, but first we must feel them at a raw level. The process is unlikely to be straightforward, quick, or easy.

Saturn is now in mutual reception with Pluto (Saturn rules Capricorn, and Pluto is in Capricorn; Pluto rules Scorpio, and Saturn is now in Scorpio). As well, Saturn harmonizes with Pluto via a sextile aspect first on December 26th, 2012, then on March 8th, 2013, and then again on September 21st, 2013. This boosts Saturn in Scorpio’s power and ability to behave in more positive, growth-oriented ways. Saturn’s lessons are more digestible. There can be a natural feeling that deep-seated change is good and necessary. Liberation comes from accepting that we need to let go of certain elements of the past in order to move forward.

The Saturn in Scorpio-Pluto in Capricorn connection can also help us to more clearly understand the long-term benefits of denying certain excessive behaviors in the present. This can help us to conquer some of our addictions, and also our debt. Borrowing from the future and the denial that goes along with it is not as tolerable under this influence, and in fact can become quite uncomfortable.

Saturn does invoke a craving for the qualities of whatever sign it inhabits or planet it touches. In Scorpio, we will be craving intimacy and depth of experience, but it will take some time to get there. Saturn slows things down to a near-stall, and this can be agonizing if we are impatient or desirous of instant results. Saturn takes its time, and this is a good thing. We can get to a healthy, balanced place only if we take our time doing so.

Initially we can experience reluctance to give up our power. With Saturn, a desire to gain control is present, and some of us might attempt to control an “other”, but it’s a tendency we should try to avoid. Even if we don’t consciously attempt to avoid this kind of behavior, circumstances will be such that these behaviors are punished in some way, or at the very least, we will soon realize that there is no reward for them. Eventually and ideally, we understand that it is only ourselves who we can control.

The more negative expressions of the sign of Scorpio, such as manipulative and jealous or controlling behavior, are things that won’t work for us now. These become glaring under Saturn’s stern eye. In some manner, we are bound to see that there is a big price to pay for these behaviors. For example, if jealousy or fear of loss or betrayal has brought us to a point where we are spending a lot of time obsessing, stalking, or devising schemes in our relationships, we may lose our relationships, or it will become extremely clear that we have lost time, energy, and happiness in the process.

We’re likely to deal with issues of blame in our relationships. If we are blaming an existing partner for our unhappiness in the relationship, we’re going to learn that we have to take back, or re-own, responsibility for our own happiness.

Saturn demands definitions, structures, and commitments. But for many of us, as soon as something is defined, structured, or committed, we might feel caged, trapped, or limited. Saturn in Scorpio, with some help from Pluto in Capricorn, can teach us that there is freedom and liberation in abiding by certain rules, and in some level of self-denial. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes.

Saturn’s transit of Scorpio can help us to take steps towards self-mastery and self-empowerment by tackling and mastering things that undermine us and that take away our power, such as compulsive behaviors, addictions, and large debts. We can learn that changes and endings are necessary for growth, and for a better future. We can work on developing our depth of character and our sense of purpose. Saturn in Scorpio can help us to see that experiencing intense feelings can actually lead us toward healing and eventual empowerment. We can learn to manage our shared resources with a partner in a healthier manner. We can let go of unhealthy dependencies and also recognize those dependencies that are natural and necessary. We can more easily pinpoint the things in our lives that make us feel out of control, such as addictions and debts, and work on freeing ourselves of these emotional burdens. We might see more clearly what we are truly lacking that leads us to behave compulsively or to become addicted to substitutes. One of Scorpio’s “lessons” involves learning to dig deeper into the mysteries around us instead of always being content with status quo. Taking the time to understand others’ motives can enrich our feelings of intimacy, forgiveness, and sense of meaning. Scorpio also teaches us that dedication to one meaningful relationship or undertaking can be significantly more satisfying than spreading ourselves around. Here, “quality over quantity” applies. We might want to use this cycle to work on focusing on and developing one special project or relationship in order to help add purposefulness and depth to our lives.

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