The word that comes to mind today is: Dredging
Dredging is an excavation activity or operation usually carried out at least partly underwater, in shallow seas or fresh water areas with the purpose of gathering up bottom sediments and disposing of them at a different location. This technique is often used to keep waterways navigable.
Today is the last day of Saturn in Scorpio where its been ”dredging” for the last two and a half years. The sewers have been exposed and for the most part, dealt with. Good bye.
We are now more than ever aware (hopefully) of the insecurities, the old beliefs and the fears that keep us in a self made emotional prison. Now that we are armed with the maturity that came with the hardships, we are ready to move on to something bigger.
Here it is.
Saturn is moving into the last degree of Scorpio for the last time until 2041.
The lessons of the last few years have been difficult. The burdens very real. A slow crippling death to all the illusions about what you thought intimacy meant.
Psychological lessons. Bonds and boundaries between partners.
Corruption of the soul exposed.
The heaviness and the burden felt tremendous. An underground journey where you had to carve a tunnel through solid rocks. Chipping away in the hope of seeing the light…in the end.
Now you are out sitting at the edge of the abyss contemplating the teachings.
Until September 18 when Saturn finally moves out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius, some of the lessons of the last 3 years could come back to haunt you. But don’t be fooled by these hungry ghosts. They are nothing but a shadow, a trick of the light. You have pulled the root cause of the pain and found some gold in the process. You are forever transformed by the darkness. You learned your lessons. You have set the boundaries of what you will accept in your life and what needs to go. There is no need to go back to the abyss. You know what’s there. Courage. Breath deeply…and release. ★
I want to explore death, pain and loneliness. So if you are into positivity and fluffy unicorns these days, you might want to go here instead.
Saturn in retrograde motion is about to go back into the sign of Scorpio until September. I hadn’t put much thinking into it, until a conversation with Ichrak Dahou sparked my interest and got me thinking about all things below ”my belt”. Underneath, hidden, darkness, stillness, power, paranoia are powerful words associated with Scorpio. The sign that we most often connect with decay and the deep transformation that happens when something has reached the point of no return.
What happens when you add Saturn to the mix? Astrologers have spoken extensively on the subject since Saturn just spent the last two and a half years in Scorpio. Austin Coppock does a great job at covering the territory in his 2013 Astrological Almanac and he elegantly navigates from sex to politics in the most eloquent manner.
I found a painting by Swiss Symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin (1827–1901) that strongly conveys what arises in me when I think of Saturn in Scorpio:
There is a desolation that comes with the scorpionic understanding that all things have an end. There is a fatality with Scorpio: ”Life’s a bitch and than you die”. With experience and age which is part of Saturn’s realm, we come to grasp with the multitudes of life’s endings that shape our inner landscape.
Have you ever met someone that has so much pain in their eyes, you can see their soul is burning? Not accepting the natural process of decay creates more suffering. Holding on to the pain somehow can feel safer but it will eventually eat you from the inside out. Using the hurt as the great teacher that it can be is not only how you will polish the diamond but it is also what will make it precious.
I have a feeling that Saturn short stint back into Scorpio for the rest of the summer will have us finally closing some files that we probably should have burned some time ago. But for some reason we decided to hold onto to them. Either because we love to indulge in the familiar or we were just not ready to embrace the change that comes with a new skin. What kind of ”business” and especially ”personal business” do you still have floating around from the last two and a half years which need finalising? Scorpio is a fixed sign, so the process of letting go can be a difficult and complicated one and Saturn’s revisiting last summer’s territory goes to show that there might be more dislodging that needs to happen in order for the light to enter and new life to be born.
In Saturn’s book, after the struggle and endurance test comes refinement and maturity. If you do your homework.
There is something tragic about endings that doesn’t sit well with our need to remain comfortably entrenched in the familiar grooves, but it is a necessary passage in order to bring change and growth. Fear can cripple. Insecurities can become a way we respond to situations, especially in the realm of personal relationship. Saturn returning into Scorpio is the opportunity to take the teachings associated with our suffering and self-protective responses when we feel threatened and use that pain to grow up.
“The true light never hides the darkness but is born out of the very center of it, transforming and redeeming. So to the darkness we must return, each of us individually accepting his ignorance and loneliness, his sin and weakness, and, most difficult of all, consenting to wait in the dark and even to love the waiting… ” -Helen M. Luke