We had a little problem with fleas at our house one summer, so I asked the county extension agent about the best way to get rid of them. His immediate response was, “First and foremost–diligence.” Fleas are nasty little pests that lay eggs which are programmed to hatch and attack the moment they sense movement. That’s why they can survive in an empty house for years unhatched and hungry. You move in, your movement awakens the sleeping beasts, and you’re a hot nutritious lunch. Treatment can vary, but the absolute requirement is, indeed, diligence. We beat the little B<*&#^!ds and they haven’t been back.
That’s a Saturn attack! It was chock full of diligence, dedication, and determination.
New Year’s resolutions come during Capricorn, the perfect time to set up a lofty goal. Capricorn isn’t a goal setter. It’s a goal meeter, willing to site lofty heights with great aspirations and full-follow through. Many of us get a little taste of goal setting at this time of year through our resolutions. The problem is, most of us give in to the Aquarian rebel that follows close on Cap’s heels. We find boredom, another project, or a good revolutionary excuse to drop the diligence. As in, “You can’t make me do that!”
Diligence is the solution that has to be applied to any pest you want to fully eradicate, whether they’re vermin or personal poisons. As we near the New Year, lots of us start making resolutions. Here are some of the top resolutions people make:
- Lose weight/get in shape
- Save money/budget
- Eat right/more healthily
- Quit smoking/drinking
- Spend more time with family/friends
- Decrease stress
- Learn something new/better education
- Volunteer/help others
Most of us give it full steam in the beginning and then fall short of the goal. All Saturn’s restrictions start to wear us down. A Weight Watchers leader once mentioned that they get a huge influx of new members right after the New Year. Health clubs do, too. It’s a result of those lofty New Year resolutions. If everybody had the diligence to meet their goals, we’d have a healtier country and lots of fit people walking around. Unfortunately, people stop going to meetings and don’t make it to the club. So here’s what you need to accomplish anything, not just a New Year’s resolution, and you can find it in your chart:
- Dedication: complete and wholehearted fidelity
- Determination: Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion
- Diligence: conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation
Here are some questions to help analyze and understand dedication, determination, and diligence via Saturn:
- What are you already dedicated to that’s healthy in some way?
- Can you identify how Saturn in your chart represents that dedication?
- What is Saturn’s placement by sign and house in your chart?
- How can you use those Saturn/sign/house qualities to your advantage?
- What chart aspects strengthen or weaken your “complete and wholehearted fidelity” to something? In other words, who are the team players and who are the opponents in your chart?
You might even consider what unhealthy things you’re dedicated to ~ your bad habits. Can you align them with the negative characteristics of a planet or planet’s placement, by any chance?
Map Out Your Saturn
Suggestion ~ map out your Saturn on a blank chart form. Note only Saturn and planets or angles in aspect. Having less to look at might help you more clearly understand your Saturn’s strengths and what undermines you. For example, when I map my Saturn the only major planetary aspect it receives is a square from Uranus. That really helps me understand Saturn’s opponent in my chart since squares are considered difficult aspects. It’s also a generational aspect, so I can look at the generational struggles of my peer group for more help in understanding how this aspect works. Saturn also trines my Aquarian Ascendant and it’s a ruler of Aquarius, so it’s a team player in that regard. As a child, I appeared older, more serious and mature than many of my classmates. As I got older, it helped my serious side shine through. Get beyond surface appearances, though, and the stronger Uranian characteristics in my chart appear.
When mapping my Saturn, I have to consider how it functions in Libra (where it’s exalted) and in the 8th house. Since the 8th house includes other people’s money, taxes, and insurance, I might expect difficulties with a New Year’s resolution that included setting up and sticking to a budget ~ IF I let myself get sabatoged by the square from Uranus. That’s one thing I have to be on the lookout for. I need to put some reins on my sudden urges to spend. Enlist Saturn, control Uranus.
I’ve been accused of being a quitter ~ dropping something for a new interest and not sticking to it over time. Isolating Saturn in this way helps me to understand how I sabotage myself with my Uranian urges. They are oh so much more appealing to me. Their diversity is amazing. Mapping my Uranus tells me more than I need to know about how Mercury, Pluto, the Moon, and Jupiter add to that attraction for something new. It’s so much stronger than my Saturn. By mapping my Uranus, I can understand why I flitter too often and learn how I can strengthen my resolve.
Isolating a planet in this way is only a tool and planets’ aspects should never be viewed as stand-alone characteristics. There are all the other chart factors to consider, of course. This exercise is meant to be a first step in understanding how Saturn’s influence works in your chart, and how it can help you reach any goal you set. With enough diligence, determination and dedication, an understanding of how your Saturn operates optimally, and where Saturn’s opponents are setting an ambush for you, you can lay out a plan for success. If you want more detail, add in transiting Saturn or your progressed Saturn.
If you’d like to map your Saturn (or any other planet), you can download a blank chart form with house meanings here.
I sure would like to hear your thoughts on this. I can always use support for my diligence projects and you probably have help to offer lots of other folks, as well. Use the comments section if you have a question or need support of your own. We’re all in this together.