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Often called the Lord of Karma for his fearsome ability to keep the timing of our lives and levels maturity with his pivitol transits over our chart, Saturn is often painted in a terribly negative light. But does he really deserve all the bad press or is it a case of don’t believe the hype?

My diplomatic side wants to say that Saturn is good. He brings structure and learnings that everything worth doing does not come without hard work, effort and sheer will but that would be being less than honest and far too superficial for the real meanings of when Saturn touches important points in the natal chart whether by transit, natal or progression.

When dealing with Saturn I always go back to the idea that my parents taught me: if it’s worth having you’re going to have to work for it  or, more succintly voiced so beautifully by Mick Jagger translates to You Can’t Always Get What You Want. That sentiment, in all it’s frustrating, unfair and sad-making glory is the true essence of what Saturn shows you.

This is the major reason he is often referred to as the ‘Greater Malefic’ or the planet of LIMITATION. And going back to the idea that Saturn brings structure, limitation is the word you have to remember because it is not neccessarily bad.  But it is just restrictive and you are going to have to work very, very hard to get beyond the limitation that Saturn is trying to show you without learning a few *cringe* life lessons. I’ve yet to see or hear of anyone who did not change after a Saturn transit.

Uranus and Saturn are similiar in that they bring changes but Saturn brings changes that are like building blocks. One challenge here and another lesson learnt there; Saturn makes you change in small steps but often you will want to fight him at every step because it often uncomfortable, the things he’s asking of you are uninteresting, unimportant or unrecognisable. But it’s okay because he can bide his time.

His transit of one house in the chart will normally last between 2 and 2.5 years, depending on the size of the house and how healthy it was to start with. If you have a house that you are very comfortable operating in then a Saturn transit can be an added value of extra effort, more determination or being happy to get down to work at it. But for those houses where you are less confident or trying to hide from the issues springing from this area of the chart I’m sorry to tell you that Saturn will arrive and you will have no choice but to shut up and take notice, to face the music and cough up to those parts of yourself or the areas of your life that have been neglected.

Because Saturn will not take no for an answer…

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Make the Moon’s transits work for you. Here’s a quick how to guide on using The Moon’s monthly transits to your own chart to schedule the best events for each day and even predict what themes will be important to you at different days during the month coming up. The best bit – you can maximise your month and choose the best days for each of your favourite activities.

I hope you all should know your Moon Sign and what it means by its position in your birthchart? As I mentioned in the earlier post, when the Moon conjuncts that same position each month is when you will feel the most content, the most centred and the most thoughtful. Unless your Moon is badly afflicted and you may want to focus on the time that the Moon conjuncts a happier planet like Sun, Venus or Jupiter.

 

This is also the time of your Lunar Return each month and in the exact minute that it is conjunct the same birth degree you will have a predictive snapshot of the month ahead. Very good predictive tool but to be used only alongside the Solar Return, Progressions and Transits. But I’ll do a separate post on this topic at some other time.

Starting from the day/hour/minute (if you want to be really picky) the transiting Moon hits your natal Moon, you can then follow the rest of it’s transit through the rest of the signs and have a good idea of when you’ll feel like; spending money or saving it, seeing loads of friends or having some quality ‘me’ time, going out for a long run or just mooching on the sofa with giant bars of chocolate! I use this all the time and have found it really helpful in planning my month a little bit more wisely. I hope it’s helpful for you too…here goes…

So, here’s the way to do it. First, find out which house your natal Moon sits. The Moon spends roughly 2.5 days in each sign and because of uneven houses in the natal chart, you might have the Moon in one house for longer if it’s a lot bigger than the others or if you have intercepted signs. When the moon moves through your own houses, you will notice slight shifts in your feelings over those days…

Moon in First House: you will want to be noticed! Good hair days and looking and feeling good about your appearance. You will want a new outfit or wear something that stands out!  Think Aries (traditional ruler of 1st house) and Me, Me, Me! You’ll not wnt to be a couch potato, you’ll want to be running, rushing and dazzling everyone nearby. You will likely feel more assertive, energetic and confident than usual in your emotional matters.

Moon in Second House: you will want to have lots of your things around you. You will want to save, hang on and cling to your possessions, trophies and loved ones. You will want to collect, gather and get more things. Strangely, this influence often makes you want to go shopping but only for valuable or collectible items. It makes you inclined to want to save your pennies so you’ll be looking for bargains. Emotionally, you may be more sentimental, sensual or pragmatic that the norm.

Moon in the Third House: you will want to talk, msg, call and chat to nearly everyone you know (or even complete strangers). You will want to communicate and talk about your feelings to almost anyone. You will feel like moving about constantly. Jiggling about on spot if you have to because sitting still will frustrate you no end! You might take or plan short trips. Your emotions will be thought over and discussed more than at any other time.  You may be more curious, flirty or talkative on these days in your month.

Moon in the Fourth House: you will want to stay close to home during this time of the month. You’ll want to spend time with your family or loved ones. It’s all about having those cosy comforts that make you feel safe are the main focus for the next two days. You will be more sensitive and probably having stronger feelings about everything that matters to you. Think of the crab (Cancer/Fourth House symbol) with his home on his back ready to scuttle away and retreat from the world at any moment.

Moon in the Fifth House: it’s time to Partay! You’ll want to be the biggest, loudest, funnest social butterfly – you’ll be planning social outings, romantic evenings or flirty girls/boys’ nights out. There’s no doubt, you’ll want to indulge your latest hobbies and be out and about on the social scene.  This is the best time in your month to go on a date, have a night out with friends, go play your favourite sports or make a new creative masterpiece. You’ll feel more alive, creative and romantic, so use it!

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Did you know that you can use your Moon sign to be more emotionally intelligent and get the most out of each month? By paying attention to the movements of the Moon as it trails across all sections of your chart within the lunar month (about 27.5 days give or take a few hours…) It will touch on key points, planets, trigger aspects and make its presence known in each house, showing you which parts of your life are going to be the focus for the 2 and a bit days that the moon spends in a house or sign. I like to use the houses because I think this is more accurate than just using the signs.

So, the first place to start is to look at your birth chart. Where is your Moon in the chart? The 1st house? The 5th? This is the house where you will always feel the most powerful effect of the Moon and the most emotionally comfortable.  Then by using your chosen Astrology software take a look at the transits to your birth chart on any particular day in the coming month. You will be able to see the Moon moving through a particlar house and it will be the matters governed by this house that will be front and centre on the date selected. Make sense?

Ok, let’s look at the matters ruled by each of the houses and then you can take a closer look at your Moon’s movements through the chart. This is just shorthand meanings for more in depth explanations of the houses and their meanings, try the articles section of www.astro.com.

1st house = your identity, your social mask, your appearance

2nd house = what you give the most value to, your personal possessions/skills and your attitude to money

3rd house = how you comunicate, your relationship with siblings, short journeys and your intellectual outlook

4th house = what is home, your sense of family, the most influential parent (Mother or Father) and your emotional well being

5th house = what are you attracted to, where and how do you find pleasure, hobbies and interests, creative projects and children

6th house = your daily routine, your work ethic and attitude to serving others, your health

7th house = your most important partnerships (lovers, wives/husbands, business partners), how you relate to others, what you find the most meaningful qualities from others

8th house = your sexuality, your attitude to taboos, death and underworld topics, how you approach other people’s money

9th house = how you learn, your philsophy on life, society and its laws, how you acquire new skills, new cultures and all things foreign

10th house = your public life, your reputation, your career and the lesser influential parent (Mother or Father)

11th house = your humanity, you in group activities, your friends, your idealism about how the world should be

12th house = your dreams, your unconscious motivations, your attitude to making sacrifices, your self-sabotaging behaviours  

Each day the Moon will be in one of these houses and you should be able to follow it’s movements so you can feel how your focus changes ever few days so that new matters are emphasised around you. But, as with everything to do with the Moon in your chart, you are more likely to feel this energy rather than experience it coming from others so pay attention to your inner emotional landscape to see if you can notice when it shifts.

I’ll be back soon to take more about how you can plan your month to the best advantage using only the Moon’s  monthly transits.

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