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by Joy Usher
I see the bad moon arising I see trouble on the way I see earthquakes and lightnin’ I see bad times today.
John C. Fogerty
n early October 2012 Saturn moved into the sign of Scorpio. It will remain in this fixed water sign until late December 2014 when it will enter Sagittarius for the first time in 30 years. Saturn does one more stint in Scorpio when it retrogrades back into this sign in mid June 2015 and finally leaves Scorpio by direct motion in mid September 2015. Saturn’s last journey through Scorpio occurred through the years of 1983 to 1985. Saturn has just left its sign of exaltation – Libra – and has no dignity in Scorpio, so why should its journey through this sign be significant? I believe Saturn’s pathway through Scorpio has less to do with this planet’s own dignities, and has more to do with two other planets of interest, Moon and Mars, especially if we observe a couple of rules from the past.
The Dispositor : A Planet with ‘Duty of Care’
In the model of the Thema Mundi chart - the theoretical ‘Chart of the World’- the planet Mars rules the signs of Aries and Scorpio. This means that Mars oversees the workings of these two signs so that wherever they lie in a chart, Mars is required to keep an eye on both of them, regardless of where Mars itself is found. Mars is responsible for Aries and Scorpio and has what could be described as an astrological ‘duty of care’ over these two signs. That means not only the signs themselves and the houses they find themselves occupying, but also concerns any planet which finds itself passing through the signs of Mars. Imagine that in the same way as a king is responsible for his land and has sovereignty over his subjects, so too does Mars have sovereignty over the signs of Aries and Scorpio. A king’s law must be followed and a subject is disposed to follow that law, otherwise he pays the price. A planet that finds itself in another planet’s sign is disposed to observe the laws of that ruling planet. This means that any planet in the sign of either Aries or Scorpio is disposed to Mars and must observe and acknowledge his influence over them. Mars is the dispositor of its own two signs, and by association, is also the dispositor of a planet which finds itself in that sign. The state of Mars will have a direct effect on a
these two planets were named as such because of their extreme qualities. They weren’t ‘bad’ in nature – they just brought extremity in temperature to life which in turn resulted in difficulty. they bowed to no other planet’s wishes. The Swift Moving Moon The Chaldean Order of the Planets lists the seven original planets in order of their respective speeds. and isolation in one form or another. and downright foolhardy. the battle between the two forces may alter as swiftly as night follows day and the balance of power may move from one to the other over a period of 12-hourly intervals. The practice of dispositors demonstrates very clearly why the ancients liked the idea of planets being in their own signs of rulership – they were their own dispositors (kings in their own right) and therefore did not have to answer to any other planet. energetic (but not always in a good way). More than having power. to less attractive features such as a tendency to be power-hungry. so it is always important to keep a close eye on the ruler of a particular sign. so too does a planet in poor condition act as a poor dispositor for its signs and any planet unfortunate enough to find itself ‘in the land of’ a misdirected planet. Over the next two years Saturn is influenced by Mars. they had independence and selfgovernance – and as such. Symbolically this means the soul travels past the planet closest to the high heavens (Saturn) and progresses through the faster moving . As the two extremes in temperature. and Mars to the nocturnal. but in the true sense of the word used by Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD. They both shared the quality of ‘dry’ and as such were inclined towards ‘brittleness’ causing or indicating confrontation. As the two planets belong to conflicting sects : Saturn to the diurnal world. and Mars was said to be extremely hot as it lay so close to the Sun in the same model. a lack of ease in daily living arrangements. dictatorial. which means it is disposited by Mars. separation. and therefore must be aware of the dangers it may encounter. to the Sun (1 year). Mars has a way of manifesting or being symbolic for all kinds of conflicting energies ranging from courageous. argumentative. or to retard or enflame growth dangerously in the case of Mars (heat). Mercury (under 1 year) and lastly the Moon which takes only one month to complete its cycle of the ecliptic. to Jupiter (12 years). hardship or at the very least. starting from the slowest planet Saturn which has a cycle of 28 years. Just as a weakened or endangered king often proves to be ineffective in protecting his subjects or anyone passing through his territory.2 planet in Mars’ signs. then Venus (just under 1year). Mars (2 ½ years). these planets had the ability to cause the physical world great stress and to either inhibit or delay growth in the case of Saturn (cold). Saturn in Scorpio : One Malefic Disposited by Another Malefic Some astrologers find the naming of Saturn and Mars as ‘malefics’ to be quite confrontational. forthright and determined. Currently Saturn is traversing Scorpio. and that may not always be a good thing. Saturn was said to be extremely cold as it was the furthest planet from the earth in a geocentric model.
However. Here the limitations of the physical world were experienced. in ancient terms Moon conjunct Saturn meant the bringing together of these two divine parentheses which acted as planetary sentinels for the space the soul needed to cover between heaven and earth – it was a sacred and profound event which happened once a month as the speedy Moon caught up and passed its cumbersome opponent. The Moon in fall can indicate all sorts of generic problems for the nocturnal luminary : illness. and will occupy each sign for just over two days. and the sorrows of the soul could be lightened by the Moon if only for a short period of time. but be aware that Saturn retrogrades back into the late . As the Moon passes through Scorpio. so recording feelings as well as events immediately in the diary is a good idea. In real terms this means there is a potential for all things lunar to take on the handicap of Saturn. until birth occurs at the allotted time. but will the practical world back it up? Are these 2 days a time when we fight more with our loved ones. Lastly. the most ‘earthly’ of the planets. I feel it is worth taking note of this time. the column for Mars shows the state of the Dispositor of both Saturn and the Moon for when they are in Scorpio. present and future 2-day time periods when Saturn has been and will continue to be in Scorpio. Also. The dates I have given for the Moon’s Ingress into Scorpio are taken from the Ephemeris for Greenwich Mean Time. For more accurate timing regarding hours entering or leaving consult a computer generated chart. The Moon is in rulership in Cancer and exalted in the sign of Taurus. The Moon like any other planet finds some signs to its liking and others not so much. or register a separation of some kind? In other words. you don’t necessarily need to mark Saturn’s progress through Scorpio in your diary. and whilst the period is very short. Alongside it is the much shorter period when the Moon crosses Saturn and is in its sign of fall.3 planets’ atmosphere to come to rest at the Moon. This is the kind of testing ground whereby astrologers learn their trade – we have the theory. and emotional distress. The opposing signs mark the Moon’s position in detriment (Capricorn) and fall (Scorpio). a combination of Saturn with the Moon has significant impact on the emotions of the individual and their relationship to their mother. family trauma. In terms of the more modern psychological astrology. It is very easy to forget small incidents in such a short time period. Moon in Scorpio : That Time of the Month The Moon travels approximately 14 degrees a day. physical strain. do we feel the scorpion’s sting more acutely when Saturn and the Moon are disposited by Mars? Do we make critical decisions during this time and then take the time between each conjunction to enact them or recover from them? NB Astrologers or Interested Parties: To Be Marked in Your Diary The following times show the past. experience a decline in our health. the sign of its fall. The dates of the Moon in Scorpio are the ones which need to be recorded in your diary and notes made at or after these two days of the month. it will encounter Saturn over the next two years. only 2 days and will easily pass. Saturn.
I have marked these dates with an asterix in the table below. I would suggest that you pay particular notice to these dates if you have a fixed cross of matter or angles in fixed signs. watch and record what happens when Mars.4 degrees of Scorpio through several months of 2015. the dispositor of Saturn and the Moon. or if you have any sensitive planets in Scorpio as these transiting planetary combinations are likely to act as catalysts for change – and I know how much we fixed signs love change! Also. Moon and Mars will be in mutual reception but both are in terrible condition Mars in Cancer (fall) as above Mars in Leo Mars in Leo Mars in Virgo 6th – 31st October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 16th – 18th October 2012 12th – 14th November 2012 9th – 11th December 2012 6th – 8th January 2013 2nd – 4th February 2013 1st – 3rd March 2013 29th – 31st March 2013(Easter) April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 25th – 27th April 2013 22nd – 24th May 2013 19th – 21st June 2013 (solstice) 16th – 18th July 2013 (Uranus goes retrograde) August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 12th – 15th August 2013 9th – 11th September 2013 6th – 8th October 2013 2nd – 4th November 2013 30th November – 2nd December 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 27th – 29th December 2013 23rd – 26th January 2014 20th – 22nd February 2014 19th – 21st March 2014 (equinox) 15th – 17th April 2014 13th – 15th May 2014 9th – 11th June 2014 Mars in Libra (detriment) Mars in Libra (detriment) Mars in Libra (detriment) Mars in Libra (detriment) Mars in Libra (detriment) Mars in Libra (detriment) Mars in Libra (detriment) . is either in dignity or in debility. as Mars’ condition will affect the nature of the Moon Saturn conjunction (see Mars in Libra from December 2013 until the last week in July 2014!) SATURN IN SCORPIO MOON IN SCORPIO SATURN/MOON’S DISPOSITOR : MARS Mars in Sagittarius Mars in Sagittarius Mars in Capricorn (exalted) Mars in Aquarius Mars in Pisces Mars in Pisces Mars in Aries (rulership) Mars in Taurus (detriment) Mars in Taurus (detriment) Mars in Gemini Mars in Cancer (fall) NB.
I would love feedback if you think it is of note and has been of benefit to be forewarned of the Moon’s movement over Saturn. and whether you noticed Mars’ influence through his role as both of these planets’ dispositor.5 (Neptune goes retrograde) July 2014 August 2014 6th – 9th July 2014 3rd – 5th August 2014 30th September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 1st – 23rd December 2014 * 16th – 30th June 2015 * July 2015 August – 1st September Mars in Libra (detriment) Mars in Scorpio (rulership) Mars will be travelling with Saturn and the Moon will pass both as a conjunction Mars in Sagittarius Mars in Sagittarius Mars in Capricorn (exalted) Mars in Aquarius Mars in Cancer (fall) see above Mars in Cancer 26th – 28th September 2014 23rd – 26th October 2014 20th – 22nd November 2014 17th – 19th December 2013 26th – 29th June 2015 24th – 26th July (Venus and Uranus turn retrograde) * August 2015 * 1st – 18th September 2015 20th.22nd August 2015 16th – 19th September 2015 Mars in Leo Mars in Leo It won’t take much effort to mark the Moon’s position in Scorpio and you might find it very interesting to make a few quick notes on what happens during this time. Good luck and good scribbling! .
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