Old Man Saturn

Posted: August 5, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Here’s my old astrologer friend Steve Jolly’s (RIP) rave about the influence of Saturn that he wrote quite a few years back when a friend was going through the hard yards that Saturn deals out.
It’s not an easy read but his words go true and deepSaturnMo1999Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn (detail in illustration by Mo 1999)

“The Saturn return cycle is a marker of the different ages of life. Our first 28 years is living out karma from past lives, and is symbolised by our domination by parental values. We are adjusting to the world (and the world to us!) without necessarily having our own individual frame of reference.

The second cycle, from 29 to around sixty, is our time of life achievement, where, normally, we create the karma for this life. This is when we stand independent and make our own way. It’s a time of action.

The third cycle is one of reflection and dissemination. Our time for action is largely over and we are preparing ourselves for moving on. This is the “elder” period of our lives, where the wisdom we have accumulated is available to the tribe, where we can pass on the benefits of our successes and our mistakes.

Saturn has the reputation of being a hard planet, a malefic as the old astrologers called it. In large measure this is a reaction of fear. Certainly it represents limitations, obstacles and challenges. But it also represents form and structure, the skeletal framework by which we are able to survive on the material plane. The return period is difficult because it requires us to change structures, to abandon outworn habits and begin a new alignment to the world. Just how difficult this is depends on the individual.

Saturn is also symbolic of age. This is because, in earlier times, many did not even make the first Saturn return, let alone the second. It coincides with the cycles of human achievement, but also of life and death. It is a reminder of our mortality. As we age, we gain experience and, hopefully, the ability to deal with difficulty more easily. It’s for this reason that the second Saturn return is reputed to be “easier”. It’s not the planet’s energy at work here, but our own experience giving us a helping hand.

Similarly, the difficulty or otherwise of a Saturn return depends very much on the chart of the individual, and, probably more on how each of us handles change. Saturn demands acceptance of its conditions and will erode and undermine any structures we have created which do not serve the ultimate purpose of growth and awareness, or which are built on shaky foundations. If we cut corners, it’s a fair bet that when Saturn comes along this is where the problems will lie.

It’s no surprise that your friend felt lonely and depressed at this time. This is Saturn’s form. He is forcing her to evaluate what is really important in her life. This is a time of trial which, when it’s over, will have made her stronger and more self-reliant, ready, in fact, to take on elder status. That’s really something to look forward to. No growth happens without accompanying discomfort…”

  1. Mo Crow says:

    we didn’t get the artist’s grant… which took the wind out of our sails a bit last night but am feeling all stoic and resolute this morning. The process of making the grant application helped get a good artist’s statement together, Madeleine of Artsite Gallery confirmed the dates and costings for the show, the printer is all lined up, the ISBN is sorted, Old Man Crow is well under way with the recordings and the final edit is halfway to being home and hosed, so all we have to do is pull it all together in the next 12 months and celebrate on September 4th next year!

  2. deemallon says:

    sorry to hear! but I like how you are finding the good in the process.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) what else are we going to do? this is an honouring of my best friend’s lifetime of songwriting & hopefully will be a memorable party and jam with lots of old & new friends and if we recoup a few dollars, well that will be the icing on the cake! Also NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) has regular rounds of grants for exhibition costs, will have a go at getting one of those next year.

  3. Carol says:

    Keep plugging away, Mo, there must be a grant out there for you… I’m sorry you didn’t get this one, very short sighted of them, but I know whatever you do, your exhibition will be amazing and wonderful. I’m so looking forward to it.

  4. I like this explanation of Saturn’s stages very much in deed. being myself in the third cycle myself, with whatever ‘wisdom’ I’ve accumulated is always available to to the tribe, sometimes even when not welcomed :-> Too bad about the grant, and you are handling it with grace and courage it seems to me. The work does speak for itself and is quite fine, so perhaps there is another grant just waiting for you to stumble upon it. My wish for you as always is that you may be happy no matter what life throws you, and that you may be easy of heart. Love to you and OMC!

    • Mo Crow says:

      this is just the first challenge in getting the Crow Show out in the world next year, the good news is one of our favourite gardening customers has offered to pay for the opening nibblies and champagne which will be better than the cardboard chardonnay and cheddar on crackers I was planning for hehe!

  5. handstories says:

    Oh, I’m sorry, Mo. You’re right, all process does enrich the experience. The Universe is bound to come together for the two of you around this deep beautiful collaboration.

    • Mo Crow says:

      am loving putting the finishing touches in place, yesterday I listened to the recordings in process and they are getting close, the deadline for the recordings is April 30th next year as Old Man Crow does not respond to pressure in any way, he is a true Gemini embodying the playful element of air and you can’t pin air down!

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