- Eric Francis
Where do you stand with any power imbalances in your life? What about questions of competition versus cooperation, or your sense of responsibility and discipline versus constriction?
These questions are emerging because we’re under the influence of a fair number of aspects to Saturn in Scorpio right now. People often dread Saturn, because it can feel heavy, authoritative or limiting in some way. But Saturn, when you embody it yourself, can actually motivate you to work toward tangible goals – the kind of motivation that comes from within, rather than something that’s imposed on you.
When you take the helm like that (even in small ways), navigating the waters of your life feels damn empowering. Notice that word “empowering”: it has the word “power” in it. Power can be wielded fairly and for the highest good of all concerned; it can also be used to push others down as you maneuver yourself up.
This is all to say that the astrology now and heading into the weekend is a little cloudy – and the implications for cloudy weather (astrological or meteorological) will vary from person to person. But just as clouds in the sky are made from water vapor, so too does this astrological cloudiness involve water – in the form of planets in Scorpio.
Planets in a water sign emphasize how you feel about matters at hand. Emotions can be important barometers; they can also run amok (or run the show) in ways that don’t actually help you in the long run.
So what exactly is aspecting Saturn to bring these themes to the fore? First up is Venus, which is conjunct Saturn in Scorpio today. Venus is named after the goddess of love; Scorpio, ruled by Mars, also relates to relational themes. The goddess of love hooking up with the planet of limits is not necessarily an image of open arms.
You might need to remind yourself today (and for a couple days) that you can afford to be more generous. Whether that relates to generosity with money, erotic energy, time, possessions or some other area of life, you’ll have to figure out for yourself.
Withholding, grasping and clinging are not the same as receiving; one often has to offer what one most wants to possess. If you’re feeling hesitant about sharing, like you don’t have enough, question whether that feeling actually reflects reality.
The Sun is also moving into a conjunction with Saturn (exact Tuesday). So this is a chance to get acquainted with these themes before they’re fully in the spotlight.
Right now, the Scorpio Sun is in a square to Jupiter in Leo. Sun square Jupiter tends toward exaggeration and excess. In combination with the Venus-Saturn aspect, this is an indication not to make a big deal out of it – whatever “it” may be. That might mean not making a big deal out of any feelings of stinginess, for example.
More positively, Sun square Jupiter also indicates the energy to get ahead in some area of your life (and might help with that generosity piece). The trick is not to swerve into arrogance or self-righteousness; at that point, you could tip the balance from “cooperation” to “competitiveness.”
It really comes down to empathy, or being willing to see things from another’s point of view, to avoid abusing power. Come Sunday, Venus will help with that as it leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius.
Where Venus in Scorpio is deep, dark, intense and secretive, Venus in Sagittarius opens things up again. It could take the form of playfulness, a desire for adventure and affection, or an embracing of your spiritual side. Knowing that’s where you’re heading anyway, why not start practicing now?