Game Changers and How They Will Affect You!
The Powerful Transits of Saturn and the Moon’s Nodes
By Howard Beckman, 11/28/12
Some of the most powerful events, or times of greatest upheaval, in a person’s life occur during the return of Saturn to his natal sign (which happens approximately every 30 years) and during the 7 years of Saturn’s “sade-sati” (also occurring every 30 years, for this is the time it takes for Saturn to orbit the Sun). These are times of life we all go through, albeit some experience greater challenges than others. It all depends on the karmic scenario, foretold in one’s personal horoscope.
When Saturn returns to his natal sign it signals new developments, often a completely new chapter of life that is about to begin. It’s a time when a person begins to question everything about life, particularly his or her own path and personal direction. Saturn is an unbending taskmaster and unless we follow a disciplined regime in accordance with what we know is right in life, his malefic effects can beat us into submission. If, however, we follow our higher intuition, take the “high road” so to speak, it is a time of wonder and immeasurable inner growth.
The choice is always up to us. Saturn will force us to accept our karma and bring the truth to our eyes, whether we want to see, or not. We can either go forward “kicking and screaming” as we protest what we see as a time of loss or indignity of being forced to adopt another direction, or we embrace the changes. In following the latter, the path of least “resistance” we take the opportunity afforded us to find profound meaning in our life. Such realizations are enduring and will stay with us, not only throughout this lifetime, but into the next.
Sade-sati is another matter altogether. For some of us Saturn’s transit over the sign previous to the position of natal Moon, natal Moon sign and the sign following its position can be a time of complete loss. We are forced to give up almost all that we’ve known and gotten “used to” in our lives. It will force us to face our deepest fears, humbled in the presence of almighty time. For others it is simply a time of great transformation, and it may further develop those things we have been working towards and attempting to create for ourselves in life.
Rahu and Ketu’s (the north and south nodes of the Moon) “return” is always a time of “facing reality” as well. Approximately every 18 years the nodes of the Moon return to their natal signs. It is always an important time of life and signals new growth. Either expectations become apparent and come within reach, or we understand that it is time to accept what we know is inevitable, changing our direction. Even when Rahu and Ketu arrive in the signs opposite to their natal positions there is often a marked event that manifests or potentials previously untapped come into one’s purview.
Sometimes these planetary returns occur simultaneously. When that happens, look out! You may be hurled into the unknown, thrust into the limelight of success, or brought to your knees, begging to understand the meaning of your destiny.
When these planets conjunct, such as Rahu and Saturn or Ketu and Saturn conjoining in the same sign, it always means great upheavals of one form or another. Between January 14th, 2013 and July 13th, 2014 Rahu and Saturn will be in conjunction in Libra. The exact conjunction of these two powerful malefics will be on September 17, 2013. Political tensions, war and natural disasters will continue and become more devastating. Which countries will be most affected by these travails? It depends on their horoscopes. I will detail the coming year for at least the US, UK and some European countries’ “New Moon” charts early in the new year.
How will Rahu’s entrance into Libra, with Ketu moving into Aries affect you? What are the implications for our own lives as Saturn continues his sojourn through Libra? >It all depends on our individual horoscopes. For some it will be a time of great growth, either materially or spiritually, maybe both. For some it will be a time of letting go, of finding our direction, or surrendering to facing things we have deigned to face for so long.
Astrology is a tool and is used as such by the learned and the savvy among us. “To be forewarned is to be forearmed”. By the same token, to know when not to take a leap of faith, or to stop ourselves from wasting our energy in directions doomed to failure, saves not only precious time, or money, but allows us to direct ourselves in ways that bring the most success and satisfaction. As I always say, “the planets never lie”.