The Planet Saturn & Time  June 24, 2002

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Today’s Wisdom Teaching is focused on the Planet Saturn and the element of TimeTime is one of the basic fundamental themes in the art, and science of astrology and in all of our lives. Understanding time is necessary. The job of building a conscious awareness of the value of time rests upon the shoulders of the planet Saturn.

Where Saturn is placed in your natal chart points you to where you must take the time to develop certain qualities and disciplines, so that you may evolve and grow as a soul. Saturn symbolizes the process of responsibility, discipline, patience and change.

The sign and house position; specific placement in your chart, of Saturn helps to show an individual where he is likely to feel frustrated or meet with difficulties. These obstacles are directly and intrinsically related to where your real growth as a soul will be found. What does Saturn teach us?

 The difficult experiences that are connected with the placement of Saturn are obviously necessary. Without the underlying tension of Saturn there would never be any need to grow. Without Saturn we would lie as a seed in the ground that never pushes through the pressure of the earth above that is necessary to actualize its fullest potential. Saturn is then clearly associated with the idea of potential. When we understand and grasp the meaning of Saturn’s placement in our chart we become conscious of what our soul thought would be our greatest potential in this lifetime. Without consciousness of our placement of Saturn we might understand its graceful teachings as pain and frustration. Saturn’s placement in a chart indicates that it may “take some time” to understand the frustration and pain, but be patient, time does heal. For you, when and at what “time” does Saturn show its hardest lessons?

The Saturn Return

Saturn has a seven-year cycle within its complete twenty-eight year cycle. After twenty-eight years Saturn moves back to where it was when you were born, this is called your “Saturn Return.” The first twenty-eight years of our lives are spent living out the conditions and ideas that are represented by our past. When Saturn returns to its natal position it serves us as a reminder that there may be things in our current life position that inhibit or hold back our essential and natural growth for us to evolve or change. The Saturn return approaches and a person can begin to feel frustrated and restricted or perhaps depressed by the current reality or conditions in their life. This frustration comes because the soul needs to evolve out of the past conditioning and into the future. “I don’t have a lot of time” comes to the foreground and there is an urgency to make important choices. These choices will affect the person for the next 28 years as Saturn makes its next orbit around your natal chart only to return again at fifty-six years for the Second Saturn Return and eighty-four years for the Third Cycle.

If you are in a Saturn Cycle the questions you must ask yourself (relative to the sign and house of your Saturn) are: “Where am I resisting my maturity? What have I outgrown? What continues to take up my time that in my heart I know I have outgrown? “ We are here to evolve and grow as souls. Saturn teaches us that time is part of the equation.

In the past year I have developed the ability to send charts to my clients over email. If you are reading this article, have email abilities and would like a free sample of your chart please email me at: Reference the Weekly Wisdom Teachings in your email and I will send you your chart ? FREE OF CHARGE. I will also indicate where Saturn lies in your natal chart.

“Quote For The Week”



“When the disciple
knows Saturn as the God
who offers opportunity
and does not only
feel him to be Deity
who brings disaster,
then he is on the path
of discipleship in truth
and in deed
and not just

Alice A. Bailey
Esoteric Astrology