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Saturn in Libra - Oct. 29, 2009 to Oct. 5, 2012

Libra. Credit and Copyright to endrju100Whew!! Virgo-Suns and Virgo-Risings are breathing a sigh of relief! Finally, the taskmaster and his whip, which he enjoys using generously, are finally leaving Virgo to enter Libra. On October 29 at 1:09 p.m. ET, Saturn will test the Libran air for a few months until April 7, 2010. Then, while retrograde, he briefly returns to Virgo, before settling in Libra for the long haul. Saturn's re-entry in Libra is on July 21, 2010, where he remains through October 5, 2012.

Saturn is said to be exalted (best placement; greatest strength) in Libra. Saturn is the taskmaster of the zodiac whose karmic lessons, once learned, remain with each of us throughout our lives. He represents reality, challenges, structure, foundation, obstacles, hard work, obligations, restrictions, and limitations. He is cold, distant, stoic, determined, persistent ... all business. His function, as he transits through the houses of our birth charts, is to teach us our life lessons.

Libra governs partnerships, relationships, and the ties that bind us through commitment. By nature, Libra is objective, fair-minded, logical, social, charming, friendly, peaceable, seeks balance, and appreciates the aesthetic beauty in its surroundings. Saturn in Libra teaches us about the challenges in relationships, the commitment and work required for healthy connections, the equality and justice within our partnerships, and the objectivity that is sometimes needed especially when passions, emotions, and righteousness arise

Those born between 1982 and 1984 may be experiencing their first Saturn Return (embarking on adulthood); and those born 1952 to 1954 may be going through their second Saturn Return (decisions made during the first Saturn Return often determine the ease or difficulty of the second return). Saturn Returns represent the end of one life cycle and beginning of the next phase.

On the day of Saturn's initial entrance in Libra, Venus is also transiting Libra to help us (and Saturn) get adjusted to the personality change Saturn undergoes. Venus governs our relationships and also rules the zodiac sign Libra. In Virgo, Saturn is practical, analytical, rigid, meticulous, exacting, detailed. In Libra, Saturn is freer to think, move, socialize, interact; it's less about perfection and more about the experience. A few weeks later on November 15, Saturn will begin his stressful square dance with Pluto. This influence lasts through most of 2010 as they square off exactly, move away a little, get closer again, and repeat a few times.

For me, as a late decan Virgo-Rising, most of Saturn's transit in Libra will happen in my natal 1st house (self/potential) while still influencing my natal 2nd house (income/self-worth) which is the house actually ruled by Libra; and as a Cancer-Sun, he will visit my solar 4th house (family/home). Saturn's lesson during his transit in Libra, after having just left my natal 12th (subconscious) and solar 3rd (mind), may be to practice what I've learned/been made aware of mentally. His recent visit through my natal 12 and solar 3rd houses illuminated some things that's been "hidden" from my conscious self. Having been awakened, I'm compelled to act upon them. Money may be tight for a while, and I may have to continue employing some creative budgeting :-) But handling finances is one of his lessons when transiting one's 2nd house. As Saturn turns on the pressure in my natal 1st house of conscious will and personal potential, challenges lie ahead as obligations and my role within the family unit undergo a significant "shift."

==> Updated August 10, 2010: My Twitter and OwningPink pal, Jennifer Shelton of FemCentral (the Virtual Institute for Women), posted this vlog that I found very relevant and useful especially during Saturn's transit in Libra ~ Relationship Patterns & What Your Shadow Says About You. Check it out.

How will this Saturn transit influence your birth chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Libra. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Libra zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for a brief explanation of Saturn transiting those houses.
    • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 7th House
    • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 6th House
    • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 5th House
    • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 4th House
    • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 3rd House
    • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 2nd House
    • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 1st House
    • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 12th House
    • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 11th House
    • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 10th House
    • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 9th House
    • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 8th House
    Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Request a personalized reading on your Saturn Return, Saturn Transit or schedule a Synastry reading. Or cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start or join in on a discussion.

    What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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