Success, thy name is Saturn. Yet Saturn is such a boogeyman, an object of terror for astrologers, their clients and those of the general public who understand what Saturn demands of us.
Feeling trapped? Guilty? Obligated? Pressure to perform? Blame Saturn. Then roll up your sleeves and get to work because when you do the work Saturn is demanding of you, the reward he promises is sure to follow. It is a simple, if arduous, contract.
Saturn’s purpose is to press you to work, sharpen, hone, structure, build and persist until you master the very thing you fear the most. He’s nobody’s bosom-buddy but with time he can become a staunch friend.
Here are 5 ways, based on the Buddhist language of the Eightfold Path, that Saturn can accelerate your career. If you let him.
- Right Livelihood. The position of Saturn in your natal chart tells you what you should be doing. Paradoxically, that very thing is also your greatest fear. By pushing through your fear, persisting and taking responsibility for it, you win through to your greatest success. You also, along the way, discover what you came here to build and give back to the world.
- Right Reputation. Your Midheaven in your natal chart describes your public face, the image you present when you are seen in your career, your place of business, in the public eye or even on TV. Cultivate this side of your personality and you can shine in public, even if you are normally shy and reserved.
- Right Response. Transits of outer planets (Jupiter, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto and Uranus) to your Saturn are times of career-building activities. Sometimes that involves career-breaking activities or career-explosion activities. Knowing when they are due and understanding their nature can leave you responding to events powerfully while they are happening.
- Right Practice. Transits of Saturn to your natal planets and houses answer the question “where are you supposed to be working hard this year?” Saturn spends about 2-1/2 years in a given sign or house, allowing ample time for practice in the area of life symbolized by that sign or house (i.e. creativity, relationship, communication, etc.). Knowing where Saturn is can help you identify and practice the things that matter and stay on target.
- Right Timing. Your 29-year Saturn cycle is nature’s best gift ever for helping you create and build your long-term goals. The 29-year period between your first and second Saturn Returns is the most fertile period of your career history. You can learn to use its phases to time important steps in the development of your career, reaching for success in exactly the times when it’s reaching for you.
And why do all this? It’s so much easier to go with the flow of life—why bother struggling and pushing toward something so difficult? Saturn’s gift is mastery. It’s really simple—you do the work, and you get the reward. And the satisfaction that comes from a reward worked for and earned beats the satisfaction that comes from merely having it given to you. Excellence must be worked for—so that when you achieve it, you value it and you can teach it to others.