With so many planets residing in Saturn ruled signs in the coming months, it’s as good a time as any to establish or revisit a personal relationship with Saturn. There are many signs that one’s relationship with the planet of frigidity and darkness requires mending. They can range from feeling distant and unfamiliar with Saturn’s characteristics to viewing them with dread and hatred. Whether or not Saturn has a problematic relationship with an individual, there are a few ways to improve or reconnect with the planet.
The best way to establish a relationship with a planet is to approach it with rituals. That would mean starting a ritual practice that follows some key elements. It would require an altar space, altar pieces, images, candles, incense, understanding of planetary days and hours, offerings, and prayers or hymns for invocation. Rituals would be performed, and through the process the person would understand their relationship with Saturn. Through rituals, the relationship between the person and Saturn would change. Performing rituals would be a direct way of figuring out the nature of the relationship, and then working from there to redefine it. There are less formalized and mystical ways to do it, however.
Reflection is an alternate way of connecting to Saturn. There are a few ways to approach it. One method would be for an individual to analyze parts of their life and how they interact with Saturn’s significations. That would mean taking note of people, places, or things that are melancholic, cold, slow, ambitious, stern, serious, exclusionary, repudiative, critical, smell noxious, or are dirty. Going further, the individual would recollect how encounters with Saturn type phenomena felt. Then, it would require finding how they related to one’s own sense of aesthetics, comfort, overall character, and proximity. Likely, there will be a lot of variation but some people will strongly be in Saturn’s camp, while others clearly won’t be. Finally, one could ponder their own ways of working within structures, systems, rules, boundaries, and hierarchies. People might find those organizing principles necessary, orderly, helpful, and essential, or isolating, confining, tyrannical, and oppressive. A different method is just focusing on the question, “What is my relationship with Saturn?” Though it is very simple, the act of directing and concentrating the mind on the question could be enough to come up with a complete answer. Focusing on the problem might give a person enough ideas to understand the relationship, and possibly reshape it. A final way to approach it is to write out how Saturn’s significations appear on a personal level. How much do they resonate? Can one identify with each Saturnian quality? Does one’s life need more or less of these qualities? Any of the three approaches can help to figure out the nature of a person’s relationship with Saturn.
After learning about the personal relationship with Saturn, the next step is to work at redefining it. One way to do that is to brainstorm ways to improve shortcomings when viewed from the Saturn paradigm. Trying to implement changes can bring change and results. It’s a practical, here and now approach. Another way is to be mindful and aware when encountering Saturn type scenarios or situations. Awareness can help to reshape the way people interact with things. Third, one potential way to change the Saturn relationship is understanding and recognizing one’s own relationship with it in the greater context of the universal archetype. It includes being able to compare it to others, and seeing its myriad of daily manifestations. All of these approaches to modifying the relationship center upon reflection.
Saturn figures prominently in current and upcoming planetary transits. Through formal ritual or focus and contemplation, people can reshape the way they interact with the significations of the planet. Every person has a personal relationship with each of the planets that takes on a special characteristic. In daily life, the relationship with the planet is continuous. There are periods of progress and recurrence, as well as success and failure. The suggestion to change the current relationship can sidestep impediments and offer a direct solution to internal problems. People that go to the source and ask for help, petition for feedback, or request lessons can make substantial progress. The planet or deity can teach through synchronicity and other means. Those that learn from understanding and reshaping their relationship with a planet do so through faith, focus, and effort.
David has studied traditional astrology since 2014. The Bay Area native completed Chris Brennan’s Introduction to Hellenistic Astrology course, and attended courses taught by Austin Coppock, Nina Gryphon, and other astrologers. He is interested in exploring the less well known aspects of astrology, divination, and spirituality.