October 5th, 2012 Saturn, the taskmaster, moves from "I need to be liked" Libra to intense "I don't care if you like me" Scorpio. The energy shift will be palpable. From light as air to heavy as water, the next 2.5 years will be intense, just when you thought it couldn't get anymore so.
Saturn gets a lot of bad press. He makes us eat our vegetables whether we want to or not, and we can't leave the table until we do. He is stern, he is steady as a rock, he is determined and he has the final word. No use squirming, you can't get away from the lessons he brings, so you might as well eat your vegies now so you can grow into something bigger and better.
Relaxing won't come easy with Scorpio. Nothing comes easy with Scorpio. They revel in the dark underworld, which it rules. They seek to dig down deep and unearth all your secrets, to sift through them and make sense of the other you that you don't really like looking at very much, unless you're a Scorpio, in which case you're in underworld heaven. What are you hiding? Well you can forget that because all your secrets will come out during this transit. You will find yourself in circumstances where you have to look at your worst parts and make peace with them. Like Yoda said, "the dark side isn't stronger, its just easier, more seductive" was surely said about Scorpio. Scorpios are brilliant. Fascinating. Sexy. Driven. Sherlock Holmes is the archetypal Scorpio. Noticing every single detail to discover when is hidden and reveal it. Scorpio sees what others do not, they are hard to understand and need time alone to review their constant revelations. If you are not smart, Scorpio's won't have much to do with you. And Saturn here is going to force you to review your life, your soul, your psyche, your guilt, your demons, your underbelly.
It's also a time when you you think a lot about your sex life. Scorpio rules sex and often goes too far and Saturn will teach limits and call a halt to extremes. (1982 was the last time Saturn was in Scorpio which is when HIV/AIDS had been discovered - and this could be time when a cure is finally found, esp with Uranus in Aries now). Misuse of sexual energy will not be tolerated by Saturn in Scorpio. The news will also be filled with headlines about sexual activities of leaders from Government and churches. Its a gossip columnists dream come true. And yet Scorpio's can be celibate too, walking away from the sex act all together, so this transit will make them look at sex from a different perspective. Maybe its time to step into the earthy world of intimacy. All things sexual are up for review. There is also a strong chance on the negative side for the oppression of women's reproductive rights to get even meaner and a new backlash against homosexuals during this time.
For me one of the more interesting aspects of this is that it also rules the greedy psyche of say the Banker, who is now such a loathed figure around the world. Their greed is going to come up for scrutiny and the world will find them lacking in honor and integrity and demand justice. The 99% have only just begun. The revolutionary times of the 60's is back! Expect the demonstrations to increase dramatically over these years. Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, is about power, and the dark side of that power is obsession with same. Its a psychological lack within themselves. they tell themselves when they get enough money and power they will finally feel sated. Saturn here will make the selfish take notice of their debauchery and force them to change by making their lives very difficult if they don't. This will also be a time for raising money and helping the poor around the world, and bringing to light the vast distance between the rich and poor and its total unfairness. And it is also a time when the good, caring rich people will step out of the shadows and use their wealth for the greater good. Money is not evil nor is being rich. Its just how you use it. Do you share, help others or hurt others and hoard it?
Its also a time to review our values and focus on what really matters....a big bank account or family and friends. Its a time to share feelings, to tell people how much they mean to you and to open your heart more. How easily we swear at one another and how hard it is for us to say "I love you". Time to get our priorities straight.
So you can see that Scorpio is an interesting sign, with focus on important things like sex, power and the psyche. And Saturn is only too happy to help you face those parts of yourself, change what needs to be changed, so in the end you will be a better person. And if you don't change with Saturn, about 5 years later Saturn will rain down a harsh hell into your life and FORCE you to change. So be good to yourself, go with the flow, make friends with bugs and spiders and things that go bump in the night, remember that sex is also about the life force and it is sacred and important, not something to be used to sell beer or to indulge in to forget the real world while you are visiting here on planet earth.
As always, follow the light, follow the higher road, and Saturn in Scorpio will give you new insights into the darker side of God, into your own psyche and help you along your path of becoming a spiritual warrior and light worker in this seriously changing world we live in. Scorpio is the phoenix rising from the ashes. This transit may bring loss, but new life will be borne in its wake. Embrace the ride. As always, you chose to be born now.....and you have a front row seat to the changes coming. Aren't you lucky!
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.