This week, our focus turns to the power of winter and its lessons. On Thursday, December 21st, at 8:38 AM, the Sun will have reached its lowest latitude while climbing through the sky, marking the Solstice and the start of winter. For three days, it lingers at this position, until it slowly reverses its momentum and once again starts its annual trek to bring warmth and abundance back to those of us living here in the northern hemisphere.
Saturn is the Time Lord. This is a cold, hard, exacting job which permits no error. Judgement is stern, just as winter offers little mercy. The world contracts, in the cold, in the darkness, and in the disciplines of survival. Saturn rules all these things, and its sign, Capricorn, eternally guards the gates of winter.
Because Saturn is Time, it was incorporated as agriculture developed. Observing the stars of heaven, and by watching their helical risings, farmers would know when to plant and harvest their crops. Although Saturn specifically rules Winter, as Time Lord he rules the marking of time throughout the year. As a result, for the Romans, Saturn was an ancient Roman god of fertility, especially for agriculture. His reign was thought to have been a golden age, during which agriculture was introduced to Italy. Saturn was identified by the Romans as the Greek god Cronus, was worshiped in the Winter Saturnalia, as well as giving his name to Saturday.
This week, the lessons of Saturn, as interpreted through contemporary culture, will make themselves felt. On Friday the 15th, and Saturday the 16th, first Mars, and then the Sun, will inconjunct Saturn. Then, on Tuesday the 19th, Mercury will do the same. These three successive hard aspects to Saturn will trigger some of the more difficult of this planet's lessons. Depending on where the alignment falls in your chart will depend on just where it is manifesting in your life. If, in addition, you have any planets at either 25¡ Taurus or Sagittarius, you will be urged to proceed with extreme caution.
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