Saturn has long been associated with characteristics of endurance, patience,
stability and melancholy. But it has also been related to physical characteristics
and health concerns as well. By studying this planet and its attributes,
we can gain an understanding of our own health and what therapies we
can use to best strengthen our system.†
Middle Ages, the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto had not yet
been discovered, and Saturn was seen as the planet farthest from the
Earth. Because of this, Saturn was feared as the great malefic, the
darkest planet in the sky and one that could bring pain and restriction
to your life. Today, we have a different view of Saturn, although some
of the remnants of the stories surrounding this planet remain.
It is still
viewed as a powerful and often limiting planet that can have the effect
of constricting our energies. But it is also seen as a planet that helps
focus and concentrate our energies, that helps us to be steadfast and
persevering in our goals. As Jupiter helps us to expand and spread our
wings, Saturn helps us to find our footing, form our foundations and
set our boundaries. Both are essential to finding our path and having
Teeth and Bones
medical astrology, Saturn is linked to our skin, teeth and bones. These
parts of our body form the foundation of our health. The skin is our
basic protective mechanism and boundary against the outside world. The
skin protects us from infection and sickness. When the skin is healthy,
it has a lustrous glow akin to a plant that has just been watered. Our
teeth are the fundamental mechanism for breaking down food into particles
we can assimilate. When the teeth donít function, we canít eat properly,
which affects our digestion and ultimately harms our entire system.
Our skeletal framework is the foundation of our bodyís healthy functioning.
This is easy to see for anyone who has ever had their back go out. Without
a strong back and healthy bones, our inner fortitude weakens and we
become sapped of strength.
Transits: Coming Down to Earth
Saturn makes a transit to a strong point in your chart, there may be
a time of limitation and consolidation. An area of your body could feel
Saturnís heavy influence. Perhaps there will be backache, a skin rash
or a feeling of melancholy. Though we often view these experiences negatively,
it could actually be a profoundly transformative time. When we are asked
to slow down through illness, we are forced to take stock of our lives
and how we are living. If we have been denying tension and moving forward
too quickly and hastily, this may be a perfect opportunity to cultivate
patience and mindfulness. A well-cooked meal that takes a while to prepare
and eat, taking the time to fix something around the house, mending
clothes and doing slow, deep yoga and meditation are all ways to come
into the body and come down to Earth. Saturn might be seen as a devil
to some, but it is actually one of our greatest allies along the way.
Old Devil Can Be a New Friend
strengthen our Saturnian energies and work with difficult transits,
we need to pay attention to our foundations. Saturn teaches us that
all our actions are important, and when we take the time to slow down
and pace ourselves, we can make wise and prudent decisions. Saturn asks
us to build the foundations in our lives so we become more stable and
of running on all cylinders and doing everything at once, it may be
smarter to simplify life and cut out anything extraneous. Saturn can
teach us to delegate, slow down and contemplate our decisions more.
We also need to take precautions and take preventative measures to protect
our health. Regular aerobic exercise will help clear out toxins and
breathe fresh life into our skin. Exercise also helps strengthen our
bones as we get older and they become more brittle and fragile. Yoga
is a wonderful way to purify the body and build up our muscles, which
in turn protect the health of our skeletal structure. Outdoor activities,
including gardening and walking, also provide excellent benefits for
Saturnian problems. The sunshine helps lift melancholy and the fresh
air helps cleanse our skin. The slow pace of activity also helps regulate
our health so that we become more calm and centered.
The Tortoise Wins the Race
with Saturn, it is helpful to view this planet as an old, wise teacher.
Some of the things he says may seem restrictive and require too much
discipline. But in actuality, this venerable master is really trying
to teach us to enjoy our lives over the long haul, not just in brief
bursts of excitement and joy. When we pace ourselves and take time to
create steady foundations, we build a strong constitution that is capable
of bringing us good health over our entire life.