It’s certainly like Saturn to erect scaffolding in the public square for a good old-fashioned public shaming. When the Stone Lord was in Scorpio, famous people were shamed for their dark vices, like drugging women and having sex with them, but now in Sagittarius, the sign of the ethical philosopher, our outrage has shifted.
We’re much more riled up about things like hypocrisy and lies. Poor Brian Williams. A tall story takes a big man down. He said his helicopter caught fire in the Iraq War and it didn’t. We don’t have a birth time for Williams; even so, we can see telling transits in the chart for his birthdate. The Uranus/Pluto square has Williams’ Mars in its crosshairs. Meanwhile Saturn takes aim at his natal Pluto/Jupiter square. (Read more from Anthony Louis and Elsa Elsa.)
But I’m most interested in the fact that we’re so interested. For weeks after American Sniper came out, articles and commentary kept appearing in my news feed, debating whether it was authentic or a pack of lies. Some said the movie lied and the book was true. Others said the book was a lie because their war experience was different. With Saturn in Sagittarius, we are examining the story tellers! People are more suspicious and opinionated. They’re willing to stick pins in helium balloons. Journalists, teachers, scholars, lawyers, politicians, marketers, publishers—shaky practices in these areas might assure a public shaming.
“Uh, remember the Brian Williams thing,” has become a kind of mantra running through celebrity and political interviews. The next sentence uttered is usually a cautious one. “Be accountable” is always Saturn’s message, along with “take responsibility” and “do your duty.” But be accountable and do your duty to what? For the next three years, the answer to that is “the Truth.”
And that’s why my second Saturn-in-Sag Success Strategy is “Be philosophical.” The truth isn’t easy. It’s usually not the first thing that comes into your head and out of your mouth. You have to think about it for awhile. Philosophers ask questions. And that’s what it means to be philosophical. Go to a high place and wonder a little about your life. What does it all mean? What really matters? Listen for some affirmation from your heart (who always has the final say in ethical matters). The truth has a capacity to light up your being. It moves you toward your higher purpose. Use the Saturn-in-Sag years to bring your actions in line with what you’ve always said are your ideals.
Or maybe the mob, with their torches and pitch forks, will start heading for you.
Throughout 2015 I’ll be offering Saturn-in-Sag tips on my blog. See also: