Reflections of Mars Retrograde 2018

I believe in Humanity. It is time that I put my sword down for my own good.

“I am free to make choices. I am no longer trapped in my anger. I am free to share my energy constructively with friends, family, and my chosen community. I must let down my sword and only use it for the higher good. I am protected, and here to protect the future. This is what I hear when I think of Mars in Aquarius.

From June 26th to August 27th, Mars will be retrograde in Aquarius. That gives us a chance to acknowledge and uncover our suppressed anger so that we can rebel and protect newfound knowledge. If we fail to recognize this anger within ourselves, then we will project it into our reality

Mars is the planet of energy, fire, protection, and war. Nothing goes past Mars without being dissected and/or burned. With this power, Mars holds the door for new life to follow. And with Mars in Aquarius we can expect this inner fire to rise unexpectedly.

With Mars retrograde, it is best to avoid venturing into new territory until he stations direct. This is the time to review past steps, and see if moving forward is wise. It is also important to note that this is contrary to Mars’ natural expression, so staying still will prove to be challenging. Mars only knows how to move forward and take action. There’s help needed ,and this is where Saturn’s energy is valuable.

With Saturn moving retrograde in Capricorn (his own sign) he seems to not be moving at all. It’s like he is taking his sweet time, and hammering  each lesson in our bones with great care and intention.

Aquarius, the bringer of new knowledge and Saturn being co-ruler  gives Aquarius the qualities that’ll help us stick to our ‘farfetched’ mission. With Saturn retrograde in Capricorn, he’s teaching the importance of inner authority and recognizing that we are the authority of our own lives. Joined with Mars retrograde, Saturn is helping us reassess our authority and teaching us to use our sword wisely.

May you use your words kindly and your energy constructively.

Happy Mars and Saturn retrograde!

 

You are the Star!  | Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo

 

Find your light because on January 31, 2018, at 5:28 am PST, January 31, 2018, at 1:28 pm UT, and February 1, 2018 at 12:29 am AEST the Moon will be eclipsed in the magnificent sign of Leo!

Leo is the heart of the zodiac. If you look at your natal Leo house placement, the house represents where you like to play and what brings you to life. When awakened, this certain aspect of your chart is where your talents lie. There’s a Soul desire to develop these talents. Doing so would benefit your audience, and they would appreciate you for owning and sharing them. Leo is the creative fire that values courage, spontaneity, and the display of skills and talents. When eyes are on Leo, this energy cannot help but perform. With this energy being the focal point at the moment, we are to look to ourselves to see how we value the creative fire as the Leo archetype.

With Moon being in the sign of Leo, we are asked to be courageous in our pursuit and allow closure of the past to take place.

Meaning of the phase of the Moon
The total lunar eclipse represents that the emotional cycle that began August 7, 2017 (Lunar eclipse in Aquarius), is now complete so that the new will arrive and be owned. Whatever took place during the month of August will finally come to an end so let it happen! New lessons are ready to reign and a sense of wholeness is ready to bless you. Perhaps answers, some movement, or a change of heart will happen around this time.You are now able to see a new light and perform in a way that is more in alignment with who you are within. The light can be seen as hope or inspiration and if held on to, it can be yours to keep for awhile!

The Moon phase that will transpire is very special because it is a Super Blue Blood Moon! The last time this has taken place was 150 years ago and we are lucky enough to witness this phenomenon, so don’t forget to take a peek at the Moon. (keep in mind that it may not be noticeable to the naked eye. The Moon is considered Super because it will be closer than usual and blue because it is the second full moon of this month. It is a Blood Moon because it is eclipsed by the Sun.  

About the Super Blood Blue Moon

When the eclipse happens for you

 

 

Okay, so let’s get into the aspects

Aspects
The aspects that I will focus on is the Moon in Leo trine Mars in Sagittarius, conjuncts North Node in Leo,  and opposition to Venus and Sun in Aquarius.

 

Celebrate the Old, Aim for the New | Moon in Leo trine Mars in Sagittarius
With the Moon trine Mars in Sagittarius, you can expect that your energy will be most vitally utilized if you focus on moving on and exploring new horizons. Opportunities will arrive while on your path and it’s up to you to say yes to them. With it being a trine, you can expect opportunities to fall onto your lap instead of you having to actively work for them. I see this as a way of karma paying you for all of the work you have done in the past, so take it on and explore the depths!

I’m really happy to see this trine aspect because this gives reassurance that it’s okay to move forward and to know that there’s more to learn and share with others. Sagittarius has an energy of passion and determination. It’s ready to be charmed by new experiences and learn a new thing or two. So we can expect to have a lot of fun this coming month while Mars is in Sagittarius. Especially if you are open to learning new things from other people.

 

Materialize Emotional Desires | Moon conjunct North Node
With the Moon conjunct the North Node, our emotional nature is all about materializing on our creative expression and finding the hope within us that makes us unique. We are focused on our creative abilities, talents, and the need to be seen for what we can create. (this can be good or bad; you have the choice to create peace or wreak havoc)  This will be a great time to reflect on what is it that you are great at and see if you are working on developing those talents. Also, because of the eclipse, it is now time to recognize how you used to express yourself and how you have decided to use your time. Celebrate how you were and then look to where you are headed. The mantra is simple: create, create, create and be surrounded by warmth and love.


Who am I with you? | Moon in Leo opposes Venus in Aquarius
Moon placed in opposition to Venus in Aquarius makes me a little nervous. This indicates that we may be experiencing some confusion on how we fit into our relationships. With this new light shining there’s some readjusting that must take place within relationships and it can be a little uncomfortable if not done gently. Allow the truth to reveal itself and honest communication to be favored. Either way, the truth must come out so it can have a life of its own and benefit both parties. The energy of Aquarius that Venus is transiting through is all about individuality within relationships. It would be wise to acknowledge this part of the relationship and view the relationship as a way of serving the other while having a sense of Self.

 

Ruler of the Sign | The Sun
The ruler of Leo is the Sun. With it being conjunct with Venus in the Sign of Aquarius, we can expect to review the groups of friends and organizations we associate with and how we express our love to them or vice-versa. The Sun is considered to be in its detriment when in Aquarius. Our focus is on the other instead of ourselves. Personally, I do not find this a detriment, but I can see how it can become a problem. With the Sun being conjunct with Venus, love and relationships are also up for review. There will be special interest in what each individual has to offer to the other. However, individuality amongst the group is very important! Everyone must “show up” and be great on their own so that the group or organization benefits greatly.

 

How this Moon Relate to the Last
On January 16/17, 2018, the Moon was new in Capricorn. This was so that we would emotionally devote ourselves to our chosen path no matter how daunting it may have seemed. We were required to show initiative and to keep climbing the mountain of goals and sacrifice the superficial things that weren’t helping us reach our greater achievements. Now that the Moon is considered Super Blue Blood in Leo, we are to find hope within ourselves. This hope will help us on our journey while closure of the old is simultaneously happening.

 

 

3 Points to take while being the Star of the Show

  • Acknowledge your talents and skills.
  • Review who you associate with and if you are gaining what you desire out of those connections.
  • Meditate with the color yellow or citrine crystal to allow hope and inspiration to increase in your life.

 

 

 

Reform Boundaries | New Moon in Capricorn

Prepare for the breakdown and revelation about your inner nature, because on January 16, 2018, at 6:18 pm (PST), January 17, 2018, 2:19 am (UT) and January 17, 2018, at 1:18 pm (AEST) the Moon will be New, located at 26 degrees in Capricorn.

We are asked to descend to our depths and connect to our primal intelligence to understand our source of authority.


With the Moon being in the somber sign, Capricorn it signals that this is a time to be realistic about who we are and what our environment provides. We have our outstanding new years resolutions, (which have hopefully been a success so far), but with all of this action in Capricorn, we are required to be realistic with ourselves. We must understand where our motives come from, and what we are truly capable of one step at a time.  

Capricorn is the sign of the initiate in esoteric astrology, and the initiate is required to go to their depths alone for no one can do it for them. Plus, who can do it better than the Capricorn archetype? Whom you can become with practice. The energy of Capricorn understands the nuance of the material world and how to organize and use it to its utmost efficiency pertaining to the inner vision. It would be wise for us to do the same with our new year’s resolutions.

So how do we do that? How do we utilize our inner resources and environment so that we are successfully attain our vision? Well, that’s where the phase of the Moon comes in to play.

Meaning of the Phase of the Moon
With the Moon being New or in its dark phase, we are required to go within and understand our inner resources. We are to understand that our emotions are real, and our path demands devotion no matter what it takes. Set an intention to walk the honest path, and confront your emotional ghosts (repressed emotions). Practice this so that you are able to see them, understand them, and learn to love them for what they are in that order. With pure action, they will naturally give you back your decisive authority, because they are a part of you and want to be reintegrated with you!


“Capricorn, the gate through which we finally pass we no longer identify ourselves with the form side of existence but become one with the spirit.” – The Labours of Hercules by Alice. A Bailey


The Aspects
Now, I will cover a few aspects that will transpire during the New Moon in Capricorn, there are many more aspects that will occur during the New Moon, but I will only cover a few.

The Sun, The Moon, Venus, Saturn, Mercury, and Pluto are conjunct in Capricorn. That’s a lot of Earth energy that’s being triggered within us! The Sun, the Moon, and Venus square Uranus 24 degrees in Aries, Saturn trine Uranus 24 degrees in Aries, Venus, the Sun, and Moon conjuncts Pluto 19 degrees in Capricorn. Finally, Jupiter and Mars are conjunct in Scorpio and sextile Pluto 19 degrees in Capricorn.

The Meaning of the Aspects:

Trust the Path, it is Leading you to Something | The Sun, the Moon, Venus square Uranus 24 degrees in Aries
All of this topped with a square to Uranus signals that there’s an important decision that needs to be made. It suggests that you follow through with your breakthroughs, and keep on the new path toward the mountain of goals.

Personally, I feel that I am walking on new ground. I feel nervous about making fast moves and think that the energy of Capricorn has a lot to do with it. I often have to remind myself to slow down and see the truth in each situation; that I have no reason to rush. I am able to see how far I have come and truly feel gratitude, even if my emotional ghosts visit me from time to time. Feelings of being unlovable, misunderstood, and taken for granted are a ghost of mine. They now ask for me to love them, understand them, and appreciate them for who they are. May you be able to confront your ghosts and remember that your emotions are fleeting. Trust your Path.

Sacrifice is the Only Way Out | Venus, the Sun, and the Moon conjuncts Pluto 19 degrees in Capricorn
Our focus, desires, and emotions that are self-detrimental are now asked to be sacrificed to create a fertile ground. Once this is done, the blueprint will be drawn with a clear mind. The blueprint that is being sketched requires some sort of energy to bring it to life. With the Sun (our creative focus), Venus (desires), and the Moon (emotional instincts), there are desires and old emotions that are needed to be sacrificed and left in order to move forward. Think of it like this, in order to have a productive garden you need water, sun, air, time, a medium, and nutrients. This applies to the future and successfully attaining your goals. You need the proper nutrients to feed your foundation. The nutrients are your old desires and repressed emotions that need to be confronted and released.


“The law of Nature is such that those governed by the spirit of obligatory suites shall flourish while those governed by rights shall perish.” – Governing Business and Relationship by A. Parthasarathy

 

Let the Fire of Passion Burn | Jupiter conjuncts Mars sextile Pluto 19 degrees in Capricorn

Let the passion for your vision push you through this transformation period. This time can be challenging if you are not used to Scorpio or Mars’ intense energy. Some attention and energy are required from you to allow the process of death and rebirth to take a toll. However, the sextile signifies that this phase is easy to push through. It’s almost like this transformation period greets us with open arms saying, “About time! Let’s go already and make something happen!”

Ruler of the Sign | Saturn in Capricorn
With Saturn being in his own sign, Capricorn, and following behind the other planets, it reflects that the changes that are taking place with our foundation are truly being solidified like no other way before. Since Saturn is in his own sign only every 29 ½ years, this is tremendously important for our individual and collective evolution. Saturn being home in his own sign yields some really serious material results. We, humans, love things that are tangible because it helps us feel like we are a part of something that is greater than us. So pay attention to where your mind, desires, emotions, and creative attention takes you. Doing so will give you great results in the long run. Remember, slow and steady is the pace. Enjoy yourself.

How Does this Moon Relate to the Past Moon?
During the Full Moon in Cancer, our emotions are heightened and held with greater weight. It was acting as an antenna for the direction that we need to tread. Now that the moon is in Capricorn, it’s time to walk the path slowly, no matter what is required. Take your time and absorb the truth through the lessons that will inevitably come your way. I promise, in the end, you will be more solid than ever before about your goals and be a steady powerhouse that’ll fuel from your core. No one else can do that for you.

3 Points to Take Away to Help You on the Path 

 

How My Quest for Understanding Astrology and Soils Changed My Life

I would like to share myself with you so that you know a little more about me and what lead me down the path that I am on with Emerald Astrology.

My quest for understanding astrology and all of its intricacies started in January 2014, when I was accepted as a student to attend to Maharishi University of Management (MUM). Then in May 2015, I was blessed to learn about soils after having a revelation that I needed to know more about how the soil functions since I stand upon it every day and depend on its health for my life.

From what I can remember, I always had an insatiable hunger to understand the meaning of my life and why things function the way that they do. During my childhood and teenage years, I grew up in the state of Texas and was greatly influenced by the mystics of my family. I got to understand life through the lens of Christianity, but it seemed to be very limiting to me because the questions that I asked could not be answered and if they were, the answer I received was ‘because God said so.’ That answer was obviously not enough for me, but nonetheless, I enjoyed the feeling I received when I thought there was a merciful God looking out for me. (I was, and still am, a mystic at heart.)

However, I soon discovered that my peers were not feeling the same as I was emotionally when I shared my faith with them. I felt there was something missing to my understanding of Christianity that I did not receive.  The knowledge I had didn’t feel holistic to me because when I shared my heart and knowledge with my peers, I felt this disconnect, pain, sorrow, frustration, and loss of hope. Consequently, I thought if I had a more holistic understanding of Christianity there would be a deeper understanding of why this suffering takes place. There would be some Knowledge and Wisdom to it that would help others deepen their human experience.

I finally succumbed to the fact that I needed to learn more about the meaning of life and why it functioned the way that it did and had to go to college to expand my horizon. I drove 1,000+ miles from the South to the Midwest, with my boyfriend at the time, to MUM, eventually heading straight to what my family called the witch’s craft, astrology. (LOL!) Okay, so I didn’t intentionally find astrology, it came to me.

Being at MUM, I was surrounded by people who came from different walks of life and had a wealth of knowledge from different sources. I was geeking out on everything, or in other words, becoming promiscuous with knowledge. Astrology, however, along with a few other topics like the Goddesses and crystal healing, stuck with me.

Aside from my academic studies, I learned about Vedic Astrology and the Vedic philosophies that came with it. I was confused yet fascinated, learning about foreign deities such as Shiva, Ganesha, Lakshmi, and Kali to name a few, and was also blessed to have dreams of me working with them. It was a miraculous time, and it helped me understand more about who I am and what I am meant to do in this life.

I slowly but surely started to understand astrology and how everything on earth interrelated with the cosmos. Through astrology, I eventually started to see how I was changing and becoming more of myself and why my relationships that I had at the time started to fall apart and change form. I then started to understand a little more about how “God” works and how everything in this life is following some sort of law or pattern. I started to understand that I don’t need a false sense of control of what is going on around me and within me, but that I am a part of this ever-changing scheme of life and only a piece of this mandalic puzzle.

Life was beautiful and unfolding its meaning, yet trying as well because not only was I learning this in-depth science on the side and practicing it with friends, but I was also in school and had a relationship that was falling apart.

While in college, I learned that soil is a living organism that is able to create, sustain and destroy life on its own, and I was blown away when I learned that if I worked with the soil, I, too, can benefit and be healthy. I can grow nutrient-dense foods, feel good, be happy, work with my body physically to keep the soil healthy and spread this wonderful knowledge that I gained. I learned that I can now be an alchemist and a mystic at the same time–a person that holds Knowledge and Wisdom about the meaning of life and continues to see the intricacies at work every day.

To tie this all together, learning about soil and astrology has truly brought more meaning and depth to my life by filling in the missing pieces that were lost during my childhood and teenage years. I eventually discovered esoteric astrology and now am able to take my knowledge to a whole other level. I am honored to share this knowledge with you.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey to gain this knowledge. I hope you benefited by reading a little more about me and continue this wonderful journey with me.

If you have any questions or would love to share a comment please don’t hesitate to ask or share. I don’t bite! I would love to chat with you.

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Heal the Soul, then the Soil

This post will go into one of my current core beliefs. Heal the soul before the soil. Or even better, heal the soul while healing the soil.

As a collective, we have strayed away from caring about the soil that supports us every day. We seem to pay no mind to how we treat it, make it someone else’s problem, and expect it not to crumble, lash out, and destroy us. That subtly reflects how we treat ourselves and fellow women and men… but I will go into that another time. That is not what this post is about.

I want to help you see what I see, starting with the soil. When I look at soil, I see a soul. A lot of the time this soul is very quiet, but when you take the time to silence the mind and be with her, she speaks so clearly with subtle movement and rumbling on her own time schedule. This soul is full of pristine intelligence, and I am truly surprised that she has put up with us this long. Although, when karma demands to be paid it’s going to be a hard blow and a slow recovery, so we better, excuse my language, get our shit together.

You see, the soil has a soul. But we have dissected it to its many parts and forgot to put the pieces back together to see the bigger picture. We know that soil is made up of various levels of water, air, sand, silt, clay, biology, electrical charge, and enzymes. However, if we put it back together, you have a soul. A soul that is able to respond to stimuli. A soul that is able to create, sustain and destroy life. It has an essence.

The soil is a lot like us and we are a lot like her.

We can be broken down into different components; bone, blood, enzyme, minerals, electrical charge etc., but when you put it all together you then get thoughts, emotions, and desires; a soul emerges. We have great ability to create, sustain, and destroy life. There is an essence to us.

If you are a parent, look into your children’s eyes. You helped bring this creative being into this world and sustain their life. Look at the state of the world, you helped contribute to destroying it. Just by being alive, you create, sustain, and destroy life. That is how it is, it’s nature; the need for cycles. But to push the earth to the point that we may not be able to sustain human life on earth? By swinging the pendulum of action from one extreme to the next. That’s unsettling. As a collective, we need a spiritual intervention. A spiritual cleanse. We need to wake up and see what we are doing and how we can change the way we operate. Realize who we are and why we decided to be this way.

We need to learn controlled destruction and purposeful right action.

We can look to the soil for ways to do this. Soil creates, sustains, and destroys life and reveals balance and imbalance. Through the “imperfections” we can see various lifeforms in the plant, microbe, insect, and animal kingdom ability to thrive. For example, when you plant a tomato don’t give it the right conditions for it to thrive, pests appear and start to feed on the tomato, killing your precious tomato and returning its nutrients to replenish the soil. However, you can redeem your plant by bringing attention to it. When there is focused attention, you start to see how it functions. If you give your tomato plant attention it starts to communicate by giving signs. If it looks like it is leaning towards the direction where full sun is available, the leaves are starting to become spotted, yellowed and a bit droopy. You then realize that maybe you need to plant the tomato where there is full sun, the soil may not be wet enough or too wet, that the soil needs compost and to be covered with organic matter, and last but not least, plant nasturtium and marigolds near it (friends). Of course, right off the bat, you wouldn’t know these things unless you’ve been gardening for awhile, but by giving attention secrets will start to be revealed. You may even start to include soil testing and get down to the elements and microbial makeup of the soil, which is great by the way!

When there is attention, intention soon follows. Our soul functions the same way as the soils’ soul does. Our signs of suffering and a need for balance reveal themselves through our thoughts, emotions, and actions, while the soil shows its’ way of suffering through manifestations of microbe, plant, insect, and animal life. It may even have emotions, but that is more subtle, and currently beyond my understanding.

But how do we understand what our soul wants when we live in a society that tells us what we want and how we should want it?

That’s where I get into astrology. Astrology is an art and science of the cosmos and the human soul. Through understanding the cosmos’ blueprint of your soul, we can then see what is it that your soul is wanting to express and manifest in this life. How do I do this? By bringing attention to your Moon and Pluto placement. When I bring attention to your Moon and Pluto placement, with your permission, I am able to see where your soul is restrained and desired to be released. I help you bring attention to yourself and create a new intention geared towards your well being. It’s possible then to heal yourself and the soil, which pushes toward healing the earth and all who live on it.

That is why one of my core beliefs is to heal the soul and then the soil, or even better, heal the soul while healing the soil because then you are in alignment to who you are meant to be and how you are meant to impact the world, effectively.

Blessings to you and may you continue on the journey to be connected to your soul and the earth. If you don’t want to do this alone, you can join me and others on this vast journey toward healing by signing up for my Soul and Earth newsletter,
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Transform how you see yourself and the world. 

Love,
LaToya

The Complexities of Scorpio

As many novices of astrology or professional astrologers know, Scorpio is a very complex sign next to Aquarius. Those who have a strong Scorpio placement in their chart require many life and death scenarios throughout their life, and in consequence, can create and attract what they desire with great potency.

There are what are known as the three totems of the Scorpio and once I define them, you will have a sharper view of what kind of Scorpio you are heading towards, or what you are dealing with.

The three totems are: The Scorpion, the Eagle, the Phoenix, and Dove.

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The Scorpion
The Scorpio personality starts with how to use the deadly stinger. Like any young poison bearer, the young scorpion tends to be the deadliest for they do not understand how much of their poison to release into its prey. The young give up an immense amount of its energy to strike at its prey, only to have to gain it back to make the adequate amount of poison for its next attack.

Like the young Scorpion, the Scorpio dominate personality who doesn’t understand their full potential can be deadly to his/her surroundings. He/she can be hypersensitive to not only his/her surroundings, but also to the energy beyond the veil that holds everything in place. They sense what is beyond the naked eye and will attack anything that is perceived as a threat to them. Oftentimes, they will wait until the threat least expect it to attack, so that they can catch it off guard and debilitate it. If the Scorpio is unevolved he/she’ll do this intentionally or subconsciously. They will sting the life out of their surroundings due to the fear that others may do the same to them if they are not careful. As you can see, the Scorpio deals with a lot of power struggles. When Scorpios become aware of themselves, they will notice that they are wasting a lot of their energy on trying to protect themselves from a perceived threat. If the Scorpio’s perception is skewed by their past experiences, they will recreate it over and over again until they learn to fly to higher ground to get a better perspective.

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The Eagle
As the Scorpio evolves; they become aware that they are draining themselves by not fully understanding their current moment. At this point, they will reach for higher grounds and soar towards developing their mental faculties. They will attempt to do this through occult knowledge, science (such as psychology, physics, chemistry), and/or partner with others who are perceived in greater power than they currently are.

Like the eagle, Scorpio (who transforms from the scorpion to the eagle) is now elevated above their situation and gains a greater understanding of how their surrounding functions. Now don’t get it twisted. Scorpio in this stage of transformation still has its poison, but now the poison is not being over used. Now the Scorpio will utilize just enough to slow his perceived attacker down to get a better perspective of how to destroy it without draining him/herself. Through understanding how the perceived attacker functions, the Scorpio can manipulate his/her situation so that he/she comes out on top. However, over time Scorpio will find that the ability to manipulate and take advantage of his/her surroundings without returning anything can be spiritually draining, and leave them with bitter partners, friends, co-workers etc. The Scorpio personality does not like this, they need peace. They need transformation.

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The Phoenix and Dove  
With the knowledge that they’ve gained from their intense studies, the Scorpio finds that they have an ability to heal their surroundings in a way that many may think is not possible. The Scorpio decides that they will use their knowledge to bring beneficial transformation to not only their lives, but other’s as well. They learn to control their poison so that it’ll be used as a medicine, instead of a death potion.

This is where death and rebirth come into play. The Scorpio who decides to transform into the Phoenix tends to rise above devastation with great will by using the catastrophe as fuel to empower their lives. By doing this, they show others their amazing abilities to perform alchemy and inspire hope (aka the Dove).

Those who have a strong Scorpio placement are very powerful in their own special way and should never be underestimated for they have the Divine Will and Power on their side. If the Scorpio decides enough is enough and chooses to tap into their undying fire, they will be unstoppable and create significant change in the world.  May the Scorpio aspire to be the Phoenix that they can be.

What other sign are you curious about? Comment below.

Saturn Demolished My Heart

Okay, my title is a little dramatic so first I would like to make a point that planets can not ‘do’ anything to/for us. They influence circumstances that can encourage beneficial change in our daily lives. Either that be through psychological phenomenon and/or external occurrences.

In astrology, Saturn rules over our limitations, frustrations, and needs for renovation and growth.
In this article, I will share with you what has occurred to me during my Saturn transit retrograde in the fourth house. I will be personifying the planet Saturn because it’s fun to do so and easier to understand in this context. Although, Saturn can be an expression of the psyche if you so prefer to see it that way.
On April 6, 2017, Saturn went retrograde in my natal fourth house in the sign of Sagittarius. Little did I know at the time, I was in for a dramatic inner journey that will change my life forever. While Saturn was in retrograde, it felt as if he was questioning my heart and tore up the foundation of my sense of peace. He then gathered my arbitrary hopes and dreams and threw it out the window to show me what it felt like to be without the clutter and to find true meaning.

My reaction
I am embarrassed and hurt because 1) I saw how I had limited myself by holding on to a dream that was dead. And 2) How was I expected to live out those dreams if I hadn’t taken it into my own hands!? Perhaps, a fairy godmother would come my way and show me a path that leads to the conclusion of my random daydreams? Not sure…

Due to the exposure, I hoped for love, embrace, and understanding. Instead, I confronted with frustration, confusion, and isolation. I wasn’t sure how to communicate what the hell was going on with me. All I had were feelings and fire.

A Clear Slate– Saturn has Gone Direct August 25, 2017
Now that Saturn has gone direct, I know there is support for me to set an intention and to take actions towards my goals. Saturn has helped me declutter my heart’s desires and to work with meaning towards a solid goal for peace.

Saturn, being the alchemist of the planets, extracts that which is impure and takes the remnants to use. He has taught me what was out of place in my heart, what works, and where I needed to perform alchemy. I, placed into my darkness from my nebulous dreams felt mournfully alone but never was I lonely. I was searching for the lead to transform it into gold with Saturn.
Saturn is known to be a malefic planet because the lessons that he has for us is rarely pleasant. Yet, his lessons last a life time, thus is pertinent to take it seriously. With his lessons, there is potential to learn how to be a true alchemist and to see reality as it is.
How has Saturn been affecting you? Have you noticed where limitations were set in your daily life?