Category: Saturn

Lance Armstrong: Another Conspiracy of Silence
It turns out that the seven-times Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong cheated. Apparently, he was doped up to the eyeballs, bullied other team members into joining him and lied and lied and lied. The US Anti-Doping Agency says Armstrong was the leader of “the most sophisticated, [...]
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Astrology of Now: Concrete Dreams
William Turner: Snowstorm at Sea Neptune, the planet of illusion and delusion welcomed Saturn, the planet that rules old age, acquired wisdom, maturity, rules, boundaries, reality into the realm of water this month. What could this mean? Saturn is at 0° Scorpio trining Neptune at 0° Pisces. [...]
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Astrology of Now: Saturn Drinks in Libra’s Last Chance Saloon
Marc Chagall The Eve of the Day of Atonement Today, 27 September 2012, is the Jewish Day of Atonement. The Books of Life and Death have been closed, the tally of good and bad deeds has been taken for the year, and you’ve apologised to your family, friends, colleagues, the milkman for the [...]
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My Mother Says Goodbye to Saturn in Libra
Ivan Shishkin. Autumn My mother is celebrating the end of Saturn’s passage through Libra with a new hip. The symbolism could not be simpler. She has a Sun-Mars conjunction at 24° Libra. This represents both her actual body and her physical energy among other things. Saturn, which rules [...]
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Jubilee: The Cult of the Queen
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Cor blimey, ma’am; 60 years on the throne, god bless her. For a while, it seemed as if it were mainly a marketing opportunity for paper napkin, bunting and biscuit-tin makers. It’s been Union Jacks agogo for a month in the shops and nothing anywhere else. But [...]
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Astrology of Now: Gilded Venus
Yes, I know we like to talk about roses and kisses and sweet romance, about Romeos and Juliets, the ones that got away and the ones that might just come back now that Venus has turned retrograde… But Venus is not just the planet of love – she rules money, cold hard cash. And she’s [...]
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Is this the Most Challenging Saturn Return Ever? Part 3
Ha – I bet you thought I had forgotten, but we are now in full retrograde season, so I am ready to pick up this Saturn Return series where I left off. (Mercury, Mars and Saturn are all doing the backwards shuffle.) In previous posts I gave an overview of Saturn Returns in general (Part [...]
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Afghanistan, Britain and the Uranus Cycle
Second Afghan War Six British soldiers were killed in Kandahar province this week. The oldest was 33, the same age as Jesus when he died, and the youngest was 19. The Afghan War has been going on for 10 years and 153 days. World War Two lasted just under six years in comparison. British [...]
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Astrology of Now: Storm Damage and Waiting
JMW Turner. Snow Storm. Let me tell you why you haven’t heard from me for a few days. This is how it was meant to be. I was meant to go out to France on Wednesday and come back Sunday, having graced my elderly parents with my presence, and caused as little disruption to the […]
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Thatcher’s Legacy, Saturn and Iron
Thatcher: Saturn Rising Recently, I asked a businesswoman friend, who was complaining about bankers’ bonuses, when she thought the rot had set in. She answered with one word: “Thatcher.” And she’s right, what we are experiencing now, financially and socially is the [...]
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Obi Wan Kenobi vs Darth Vader: Saturn vs Pluto
Here is the question that Iris asked on this site: Could you say a bit about how you would distinguish the cutting away of the unnecessary by Saturn from the letting go of the unnecessary by Pluto? How might they feel different? Iris is right: both of these planets bring loss and even death. [...]
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Is This The Most Challenging Saturn Return Ever? Part 2
Saturn is in Libra Oct 29, 2009 – Apr 7, 2010    Jul 21, 2010 – Oct 5, 2012 Sept 21, 1980 – Nov 29, 1982     May 6, 1983 – Aug 24, 1983 Nov 20, 1950 – Mar 7, 195      Aug 13, 1951 – Oct 22, 1953 Oct 7, 1921 – […]
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Is This The Most Challenging Saturn Return Ever? Part 1
In the past 12-month, I have read a lot of charts for people experiencing either their first or second Saturn Return. And the more I have looked at these charts and talked to these individuals, the more I have asked myself: did these Saturn Return generations get dealt the nastiest planetary [...]
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Barter = Commerce Libra Style
I could trade some apples. I’m rather pleased. I have just arranged to exchange astrology lessons for acupressure sessions. I like barter as a form of exchange. You don’t have to get any banks involved – nor any middlemen, sales reps or big corporations. The scales of Libra are [...]
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Astrology of Now: History Turns a Corner
Hey, slow downThis is a re-enactment of a Roman chariot race in modern Jordan. OK – so here we are, turning a corner in history. We’re driving around a long curve though, and we still can’t see where we’re going. I can tell you with absolute certainty that things will [...]
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Are You a Pirate or an Able Seamen?
“Why join the navy when you can be a pirate?”  Steve Jobs Especially if Johnny Depp is your co-pilot. Let’s say pirates are unconventional, rule-breaking mavericks. (Not cut-throat criminals in need of a wash.) We’re talking metaphorically here. In contrast, the [...]
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When Saturn Goes Off the Rails
  In the third instalment of her thought-provoking series on Saturn, OA guest Isy explains what happened next and what that means to you. If you need to catch up, click  the links below to read the two previous instalments to this series. The (Kind of Creepy) Birth of Venus Castration, [...]
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The (Kind of Creepy) Birth of Venus
In the second post of her three-part series on the myth of Saturn, guest blogger Isy Tifft, takes a look at what can happen to a flying penis when it hits the ocean waves.  Alexandre Cabanel’s Birth of Venus (1875). You can see why Napoleon III wanted this painting for himself. In my [...]
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Castration, Rape and a Sharp Blade: Saturn’s Tricky Childhood
Saturn is the master of time and death I’m very excited to have my first guest here at the Oxford Astrologer. My friend and colleague Isy has very kindly agreed to share her insights into that old devil, Saturn. This is the first of a series on the subject. I think her background in [...]
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Why I’m Not Surprised by the Riots
Brixton 1981 Well, what a welcome home. Back in October last year, I said we might get a royal wedding and riots in the coming months. Have a look at what I wrote  here. I came to this conclusion by using some simple but highly effective astrology. I noted that Saturn, the planet of [...]
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