Questions From Readers: Saturn and Virgos

CAG writes: I hear Saturn is bringing good thangs for Virgos?  Starting maybe the 20th of this month, and going for something like 12 – 26 years? Where is he going and what has he been doing to me?

What Saturn is bringing Virgos is relief! For most of the past three years, Saturn has been in your sign, Virgo. On July 21, he will leave your sign for Libra and will not return to Virgo for about another 28 years. That’s how long you have until another stretch of life comes around like the last three years. Now, this doesn’t mean that Saturn isn’t going to influence you in some way. He is always moving through some part of your chart. But the big, inescapable, unavoidable, at times crushing pressure he has put on you will not come back around again for almost 30 years.

Saturn challenges us to act responsibly in and commit to whatever area of life he is moving through in your chart. During the two to two and a half years he spends in your sign, obligations and responsibilities increase. Life becomes more serious, because you are learning to take yourself more seriously. Saturn brings lessons of maturity and competence. Circumstances force you to work hard. If you have been handling your business properly, doing your homework and using your power responsibly, Saturn brings a pay-off and rewards you at the end of his time in your sign.

Here are the dates of Saturn’s most recent transit in Virgo: end of August 2007 – July 21, 2010, with a breather from the end of October 2009 until the first week of April 2010, when he made a foray into Libra.)

One more note about timing: The foundations you laid and progress you made during Saturn’s time in your sign will be tested in about 7, 14 and 21 years (depending on when he contacts the sun in your chart.)

2009: The Year of Simple Pleasures

The vibe on New Year’s Eve was cautious, subdued and purposeful, not exactly conducive to the usual revelry but definitely befitting what awaits in 2009.  The cosmic teacher, taskmaster and all-around party pooper Saturn went retrograde during the day, beginning a five month stretch of revisiting and reanalyzing the soundness of the structures that support our daily lives.  His time-slowing influence permeated the party I attended. Two years ago, some 45-60 people cycled through this party. This year, the guests numbered only 15, and each of us had the task of matching a wine to an appetizer and making a presentation to the group.   Instead of the previous free-for-all at the buffet table, everyone focused attention on one dish and wine simultaneously. First we learned about each, then sampled and went back for seconds and thirds and more before proceeding en masse to the next pairing.  Time passed slowly and steadily. A communal desire for midnight (and going to sleep) hit about 11:30, and most of us resolutely stuck it out.

And then … without the hostess asking or anyone suggesting we do this, the women began quietly and methodically clearing the tables, putting away the food, preparing personal doggie bags, rinsing platters and pots, rinsing and drying four flights of wine and champagne glasses and passing cleaned items to be put away, all the while joking and laughing and telling increasingly revealing stories.  When the last pot was left to soak, it was suddenly nearly 2 AM.

Our experience was emblematic of what awaits in 2009. This is a year of sober, responsible and yet rewarding living:  Tending to the chores and details of life. Giving full attention to each task, without rushing,  enjoying what you’re doing along the way and completing things carefully so they do not have to be redone.  And, where possible, sharing tasks and responsibilities within a small group to make them go easier for all.

I’ve heard comparable stories about New Year’s Day. One friend spent the morning baking bread and reading.  Another, previously one of the world’s most accomplished carousers, welcomed his first year as a 40-year-old by rising early and cleaning his floors and rugs, doing laundry and watering his plants.

Watch for an epidemic of people behaving like grownups. What’s going on is more than acting maturely, though. It’s as if we’ve all entered residential rehab, after the huge excesses of Pluto in Sagittarius, and are regaining sanity and putting our lives back on track through clean and responsible living.  When the rest of the world is in chaos and uncertainty, there’s comfort in keeping your own house in order and indulging in simple pleasures. Details are important. God’s in them, remember.