Saturn: Life’s Lessons Made Simple

Astrologically, Saturn has a reputation for being challenging or notoriously difficult. The archetypal father figure, Saturn is here to teach us. Most simply, if you are being responsible, disciplined and doing your work, Saturn will be your best friend and guiding light. If you are being lackadaisical then Saturn is going to kick your butt.

Whether by natal placement or by transit, Saturn shows the areas of your life that need the most work. I’m not talking about getting to your job on time, or paying your bills kind of responsibility. I’m talking about the responsibility that comes with having a spirit and dreams, talent and ambition. It’s the responsibility that comes from living here on earth, knowing that you’re going to make your mark and making it a good one.

We often find ourselves struggling with what others expect from us and who they think we are. All the while, denying what we need to feed our essence, consequently stunting our growth. This is where Saturn comes in as a seemingly bad guy because every 27 – 29 years he makes a return to it’s natal position in ones chart, challenging us in many varied ways. All of which depend up where Saturn resides in your natal chart.

Saturn in Aries &/or 1st House – Quite simply you are here to work on yourself – not be selfish or infantile, but to be consciously motivated by your own needs and desires rather than being a door mat. Whether this includes taking care of your body or listening to your inner voice, you are on call to answer to your Self.

Saturn in Taurus &/or 2nd House – The lesson for the day is love and value. How do you show your love? Do the people you admire know it? Are you more in touch with your deepest values or with the close out prices at the mall? Saturn wants you to recognize the spiritual value of “things” and the ultimate value of love, reminding us that we must work hard before we receive the reward.

Saturn in Gemini &/or 3rd House – Here you are held accountable to every word. What you say and how you say it have a direct relationship with your function in your community. Dogmatism is not an option as you are being tested in your ability to remain flexible and open minded. Mastering the art of communication is all part of the job.

Saturn in Cancer &/or 4th House – Both dominance and nurturing are called for with this placement. Balancing your inner masculine and feminine is key. Emotional stability is under the microscope as is your ability to express those emotions in non destructive or crystallized ways.

Saturn in Leo &/or 5th House – Are you having fun yet? Creative self expression is the test. Finding your inner child and letting it’s voice be heard is the only way that Saturn will be happy here. Ironically, it is this very placement that can often inhibit people from experiencing joy. Never lose your sense of wonder – let it be your guide.

Saturn in Virgo &/or 6th House – The test here is one of efficiency and service. Health is also a major factor as we all know that if we don’t have our health we have nothing. Surprisingly, many don’t realize the link between service and health. Think of the last time you went to work – were you happy to go there? Did your work leave you feeling elated or nauseous? Discipline is needed to undertake providing a service that you enjoy, or ultimately your health will suffer.

Saturn in Libra &/or 7th House – Relationships can take on a very serious quality with this placement. How you relate and practice intimacy may need to be loosened up a bit. Often overly concerned with what others think , the lesson here is to be yourself, understanding that those who love you do so because of who you are – not because of what they think you might be.

Saturn in Scorpio &/or 8th House – Transformation is the name of the game here. Recognizing that we all experience life in cyclical form makes it’s easier to flow with our cycles than against them. Get back to your primal nature! Explore your sexuality, your faith and the mysteries of yourself. Leave no debt unpaid and you’ll have no regrets.

Saturn in Sagittarius &/or 9th House – What do you believe? What is your truth? Are you standing up for what you believe in? These are questions you should be asking your self and everyone else. There is a certain sense of duty that follows your philosophies now. Feed your fires of curiosity and wonder, they will keep you warm and guide you on your chosen path.

Saturn in Capricorn &/or 10th House – On the surface it seems to be all about responsibility and discipline, but these are merely the tools needed in order to create a lasting and meaningful legacy for our future generations. Recognizing that all things are connected leaves no room for behavior less than positive. Patience and steady pursuit of your goals is called for here.

Saturn in Aquarius &/or 11th House – Getting to the root of what it means to be human is the job here. Rigidity or repression can cause you serious trouble. Never stop changing your mind. Dive into your humanness, forgive other humans. Make fellowship a priority in your life while recognizing that popularity is not tantamount to friendship.

Saturn in Pisces &/or 12th House – Your inner mystic has work to do. Living spiritually aware is a good start, but the mission is to manifest dreams and visions. Honoring the thread that ties us all together while living in a knot will not suffice. Let your imagination roam, release the artist in you. It’s okay to have your head in the clouds as long as your feet are firmly on the ground.

If you would like a free copy of your natal chart, please email your time, date, and place of birth to cheetah@womensmarchondenver.com.

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Plants and Planets

One of my favorite things about astrology is that it describes the only way in which we are all equal. Living under the same sky not only connects us to other humans but to all life and matter. This is why certain signs and planets are said to rule things, meaning being drawn by the same governing energy. Everyday objects can be designated astrological rulership, giving no end to the possibilities of exploring our world through astrology.

Given that it is summer, I’d like to give you the opportunity to plan and explore your garden with starry eyes. Using plant life to harness and express energy is just another way that astrology can be useful in your everyday life. The following chart is not an exhaustive list; it’s simply meant to give you a place to start.plants planets

An Astrological Guide to Romance

People have long sought ways to please their lovers, often taking extreme measures like altering their bodies to less drastic actions like paying a telephone psychic $5 a minute to find out what their partner wants, likes or needs. It seems too easy that you could just look at a lover’s astrological natal chart and know what’s going to please them, but really it is that easy.

All the energies present at the moment we take our first breath become a part of our astrological make-up, not so different from our biological make-up. Flesh and bones, our bodies are all unique. From Aries to Pisces, our intimate and spiritual needs are all unique. By using a lot of intuitive understanding and a little ancient wisdom you begin to see that we all need the same things just in very different ways. A practice that has been around as long as there have been humans, astrology serves as a useful tool when wanting to invigorate relationships and intimacy, giving us an opportunity to see ourselves and others as all connected.

When beginning the practice of astrology many people stop before they really get started because of the complexity of it all. Astrology is set up on a system of Rulerships, which means that each planet presides over a certain sign, while each sign corresponds to different things and situations i.e. Mars rules Aries, Aries rules action. With 10 planets (the Sun & Moon are called planets to keep things simple) and 12 signs in constant motion, there are endless possibilities in the realm of astrological expression. In order to use astrology you mustn’t get overwhelmed or even feel like you have to understand it completely. Whether you realize it or not, you already have an intuitive understanding of astrology.

The following four steps are simple ways in which you can bring new levels of intimacy and connection to your love life.

STEP ONE: Understand Yourself. Understanding of your own astrological make-up is essential. You must know yourself intimately to share yourself intimately. It’s a good idea to get a natal chart (a map of the planetary placements at the time of your birth) and meet with a professional astrologer. There are also numerous web sites and books made for people wanting to look deeper into themselves through astrology. And even if you just use the Rulership chart included here, you are on your way to understanding yourself through the elements.

Astrologers, books and websites can enlighten you as to why you need clean sheets and a tidy house before you can relax and enjoy a sexual encounter, explaining that Saturn (responsibility and discipline) is ruling your 8th House (sexual expression). This and all planetary placements represent lessons for our spiritual evolution, learned through interactions with others, the environment, and our own awareness. Astrology is often the key unlocking that which we were previously aware, but didn’t understand.

STEP TWO: Understand Your Partner. Just as you can come to have a true understanding of Self through astrology, you can gain this same insight into those with whom you relate. If your partner is inclined to be reserved in bed (maybe it’s that Saturn in the 8th house person) you can recognize and utilize the energy that rules their sexual nature to make them feel more comfortable and connected.

Considering the elements is an essential part of making astrology work for you. For example, someone with a strong Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) influence is likely to enjoy reading erotica to her mate in bed, while someone ruled by Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) may want the spontaneous quickies in dangerous places. Two lovers, one with strong Earth influence (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) and one with strong Water influence (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) may create virtual mud within their love life, or they may nurture (Water) and ground (Earth) each other in a way that makes true romantic bliss is possible. Knowing the inclinations of your partner on an intimate, spiritual level can help you give them what they need without them having to ask- what a gift!

STEP THREE: Use the Moon! Ruling our emotional nature and daily tendencies, the Moon is most like a body function. It reminds us all that we humans are prone to moodiness, inconsistent behavior and sometimes we just can’t help it. Arguments can be avoided or easily resolved when you are tuned into lunar energy, making more time and energy available for lovemaking and intimate encounters.

Focusing on the part of the body that each particular Moon sign represents can increase sensuality and awareness. For example, if the Moon is in Aries you might want to give your lover a temple massage or kiss longer than usual, as Aries rules the head.

Keeping track of Moon signs and how they relate to you and your partners own astrological make-up can help keep things fresh as the Moon changes signs every two and a half days. Obviously there are many calendars you can buy and there are no shortages of the websites listing such information.

STEP FOUR: Stock up! Astrology is more biological than you might realize. Each sign responds to environmental and external factors in unique ways. Whether you are planning or just want to be prepared for a romantic interlude, some essential items include….

Candles/Pillows/Blankets – Get colors that your and your partner respond to on an astrological level, or a color that represents an element you’d like to bring to your intimate unions.

Oil – Simple massage oil can be astrologically correct by adding essential oils or aromas that correspond to the signs.

Music – Astrology works through a system of harmonics created by each planet, much the same way all musical instruments have their own unique sound. Instead of broadcasting through a radio, planetary harmonics are expressed by us everyday in spectacular and beautiful ways. Just as the person we love can make our heart sing, music helps us to transcend time and space, allowing that love to flow through our bodies.

Imagination – Share your fantasies and dreams. Be creative and open yourself to wonders of the body and spirit connection.

Cheetah is available for astrological consultation. Call 720.662.9770 or email cheetah@womensmarchondenver.com.

The Astrology of Food

Astrology is all about correlation – describing through metaphor and archetypal energy the way all things in life connect. The mantra of most astrologers is “As above, so below’ whereas the mantra of most dietitians is “You are what you eat”. Even these two clichés have connection.

Not only can astrology clue you into your boyfriend’s quirky tendencies, but it can also help you to keep him well fed. Astrology offers two ways in which you can do this. First, look at foods that are ruled by the signs and planets to attain that type of energy. For instance, if you want your significant other to do more cleaning around the house, make a meal consisting of poultry and grains, Virgo foods.

The more practical and useful application of astrology in your diet is to understand the mineral salt that is associated with each sign. Vital to good health, the mineral salts perform functions that relate to and compliment the energies represented by the zodiac. The following chart shows foods that are ruled by the signs and planets, mineral salt association for all the signs and then foods that are high in those particular mineral salts.

Don’t forget to kiss the cook!

Initiative & Ambition

Aries: radishes, rhubarb, garlic, mustard, onions, peppers

Mars: basil, capers, cayenne pepper, ginger

Potassium phosphate prevents or alleviates insomnia, headaches, nervousness and rashes:

Potatoes, green vegetables, onions, walnuts, oranges, tomatoes, pineapples, apples, raisins

Attachment & Love

Taurus: beans, spinach

Venus: see Libra

Soda sulphate deters water retention that can cause sweating and tendency to be listless and/or depressed: lettuce, onions, beets, cauliflower, spinach, cucumbers, celery, strawberries and apples

Communication & Discernment

Gemini: Nuts

Mercury: see Virgo

Potassium chloride: strengthens respiratory functions, lowers blood pressure and purifies blood: sweet corn, oranges, bananas, grapefruit, peaches, pineapples, plums, apricots, pears, green beans, turnips, collard greens, brussel sprouts, kale, lettuce, watercress, asparagus, carrots, celery

Emotions & Daily Habits

Cancer: cabbage, pumpkins, common vegetables, crab, cucumbers,

Moon: lettuce, pumpkins, shellfish, soup, turnips, cauliflower, juices

Calcium fluoride supports healthy tissue lining, mucous membranes, bones, teeth and skin: cabbage, kale, cottage, cheese, prunes, meat, egg yolks, rye flour, raisins, oranges, lemons, leeks cheese

Creativity & Vitality

Leo: almonds, citrus fruit, lemons, olives & olive oil

Sun: walnuts, citrus fruits, olives

Phosphate of magnesium facilitates normal blood pressure while promoting efficient functioning of the lungs and nerve tissues: walnuts, onions, coconuts, plums, almonds, blueberries, cucumbers, barley, bran, peas, oatmeal, savoy cabbage, oranges, lemons, lettuce, figs, eggs, asparagus

Efficiency & Intellect

Virgo: grains, oats, millet, poultry

Mercury: carrots, celery, parsley, parsnips

Potassium sulphate maintains healthy skin, nails and hair as well as strengthening and rebuilding nerve cells: carrots, tomatoes, red beets, lemons, celery, grapefruit, parsnips, apples, whole wheat, rye and oats

Balance & Harmony

Libra: strawberries

Venus: apples, artichokes, blackberries, spices, honey, yams, nectarines, pears, pecans, plums, pomegranates, wheat, mints

Sodium phosphate balances acid and alkaline, while also equalizing the body’s water to prevent bloating and water retention: watercress, carrots, spinach, peas, celery, beets, yellow corn, strawberries, apples, raisins, figs, almonds, rice and wheat

Karma & Transcendence

Scorpio: leek, oysters,

Pluto: apparently we don’t need food once we’re out of our body

Calcium sulfate is contained in the skin, mucous membranes and tissues, purifying the body of toxins by aiding the elimination process: onions, garlic, cauliflower, leeks, turnips, radishes, watercress, figs, kale, prunes

Truth & Exploration

Sagittarius: green olives

Jupiter: apricots, asparagus, beets, currants, nutmeg

Silicic oxide is necessary for maintaining the covering of the bones and nerves: asparagus, parsnips, cucumbers, onions, whole wheat, strawberries, barley, rye, red cabbage, cherries, bran, fruit and vegetable skins

Responsibility & Discipline

Capricorn: flaxseed

Saturn: barley, dried fruit

Calcium phosphate supports blood vessels and digestive fluids while building strong bones and teeth: cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, figs, plums, strawberries, almonds, lentils, whole wheat, barley, rye, fish

Progressive & Humanitarian

Aquarius: nutrition/power bars

Uranus: this planet is too busy manifesting change to eat

Sodium chloride, which helps to maintain water content throughout the body: cabbage, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, lentils, figs, strawberries, apples, carrots, radishes, chestnuts

Enlightenment & Dreams

Pisces: fish

Neptune: kelp, lobster

Phosphate of iron oxygenates and purifies the blood while helping to maintain normal blood functions, eases respiration: lettuce, radishes, spinach, dried fruits, beans, strawberries, lentils, onions, cabbage, apples, walnuts, barley