This week we pick up our zodiacal thread once again by returning to our Astro 101 series with Capricorn. Marked by the Sun's crossing of the Winter Solstice, Capricorn is a hard time of the year when the Sun is at its lowest. It's cold and frozen. Since this sign is ruled by Saturn, the Lord of Time, age and experience, it's a difficult season which shows little mercy. In the body Saturn rules the skin, bones and skeletal system. Together, these give the body both definition and limits. The bones are the structure to which our muscles and sinew are attached. They tend to be inflexible, and even when joints are involved, their range of motion is limited.
In life, and depending on where it falls in your chart, Saturn is the arena in which we must discipline ourselves and learn to work within constraints. Rather than seeking help from others, Capricorn tends to be self-reliant. With Mars in Capricorn (the position of its exaltation), this is the home of self-made men. They learn to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps. In youth, both Saturn and Capricorn can be frustrating. They have had neither the time nor the experience to develop the resources they need to carry on. But since this is the sign of age and maturity, eventually Saturn can focus and help people to rise to the top. This is the segment of heaven that deals with those in positions of power, the executive, the President or even the father of the family.
When Saturn is well placed in the chart, the person is grave, profound, prudent and cautious. They are possessed of excellent organizing and executive abilities. They have contemplative natures and are very practical and frugal. They can be ambitious and persevering, and patiently work towards their goals. They are able to carry out schemes of considerable magnitude. They are not demonstrative and do not readily show their feelings or empathy. They tend to favor the established order, and so are generally conservative in nature.
When Saturn is not well aspected, these individuals can be bigoted, acquisitive, irritable, discontented and complaining. They meet many delays and disappointments and give way readily to adverse circumstances, feeling as though they already know the outcome (through experience). In disposition, they too can be cold and quiet, like the meadow after a snowfall. They are driven by their careers. Finances are important to them, and they will work hard to establish fiscal reserves.
In the same way that the skeleton is the structure of the body, so government is the structure of society. The same personal attributes listed above can be applied to running a town, city, state or even the country. When was the last time you sat on your town manager's lap? With time, Saturn and Capricorn learn to delegate authority. They develop administrative staff and a system of hierarchy. They are loyal and highly respective of rank, seniority, and responsibility. Capricorns rules buildings and walls. Architects fall under this celestial vibration.
Naturally, Saturn rules Saturday, and as an earth sign it often deals with property and real estate. Learning to work with Saturn can also imply learning to deal with old age and the seemingly increased burdens of gravity, conditions as inevitable as sands through the hourglass.