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Saturn in Capricorn
Saturn in Capricorn or Saturn in Relation to Capricorn
(from Esoteric Astrology)
1. Saturn—Its Power Exhausted in Capricorn:
2. The Double Influence of Saturn in Capricorn:
3. Saturn in Capricorn in Relation to Initiation:
4. Saturn in Capricorn in Relation to Karmic Opportunity:
[Note that the third and fifth rays pour through Capricorn and only then into Saturn and Venus.]
5. Saturn in Capricorn in Relation to Moses:
6. Saturn, Capricorn and the Third Aspect:
7. Saturn in Relation to Capricorn, Cancer and the Sirian Energy:
Specific Expressions of Saturn in Capricorn
1. Saturn (in Capricorn) in Relation to Etheric-Physical Vehicle:
The general effect is to dry the physical nature and make it more lean. Saturn, in its own nature, does not contribute to robust health, but it can certainly bring endurance. This particular combination contributes strongly to the preservation of the form, probably because it is abstemious and rhythmic, avoiding excess.
In the etheric body, the very Saturnine effect will be to regulate energy flows and to prevent mal-distributions which can lead to all kinds of difficulties (whether through over- or under-stimulation). Much depends upon whether Saturn is well-aspected or not. Saturn is the “Stabilizer”, Capricorn represents order and structure; the result, when functioning well, is to preserve in integrity the natural structure, and to work against the abuses which come from unwise living.
2. Saturn (in Capricorn) in Relation to Astral Vehicle:
Later, upon the Path of Return, the desire nature is definitely regulated for good purpose. Desire is blind and leads into bondage; the consequences of this blindness must be prevented by firm control, for which Saturn in Capricorn is well-suited for the following reasons. Cancer and the Moon are influences resonant to the body of sentiency; Capricorn is the sign opposite Cancer, and Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn) can be thought of as opposing the Moon—qualitatively. Saturn with Capricorn are much more resonant with the physical and mental planes that with the astral nature. The combined rays are all on the hard-line, with the first and third rays doubly accented, and the seventh ray powerful as well, for Saturn has to do with the principle of “order” (EA 20), just as does Capricorn, through its emphasized distribution of the seventh ray.
In any case, Saturn in Capricorn works in opposition to the usual functioning of the desire nature. From a certain perspective, Saturn is in ‘qualitative-opposition’ to Mars as well—Mars being the planet of desire. One can see the value of this combination for anyone upon the Path of Discipleship. Desires must be regulated and directed in accordance with soul intention, and in alignment with the Divine Plan and Purpose—which Saturn in Capricorn represents. The effect upon the astral nature is to constantly face the desires with the fact of law—whether human or divine. The first step towards the transmutation of the astral nature is the factual recognition of its condition, followed by imposed regulation (hopefully not uncomprehending suppression). Saturn is Capricorn is well suited to this end.
3. Saturn (in Capricorn) in Relation to Mental Vehicle:
Later, upon the Fixed Cross, the mind becomes highly organized, building clear thoughtforms according to established spiritual principles. Generically, mind is always the regulator. In the vernacular, to “mind” is to “obey”. Saturn in Capricorn helps to create an authoritative mind, which serves to regulate the two lower vehicles. Thinking, as generated by this combination, is full of rules, regulations, boundaries, and separate, distinct, well-defined structures of thought. The thought-process is full of ‘shoulds’, and acts as the servant of the Freudian “super-ego”, of the “voice of conscience” and, most importantly, of the soul and its laws.
4. Saturn (in Capricorn) in Relation to the Personality as a
Later, however, upon the Fixed Cross, Saturn in Capricorn is the voice of conscience, the chastening voice of the soul, and, in general, the imposed will of one’s superiors. This combination adds to the determination to bring the entire personality under law and order—not the exclusively man-made law, as had been the case before entry upon the Path of Aspiration and Probation, but under soul laws, and the laws of the ashram (to the extent that these are understood). The door to Hierarchy is opened through love, intelligence and discipline. This combination is related to intelligence and discipline, as they are applied in the service of love upon the Paths; of Discipleship and of Initiation.
5. Saturn (in Capricorn) and the Presentation of Opportunity
on the Path of Discipleship:
The Saturn in Capricorn realist is presented the sobering vision of conditions as they are— full of difficulties which are not to be evaded.. These conditions are obstructive and resistant to the development of the second aspect and, therefore, must be changed. Man’s world must be re-organized and re-regulated to serve the Principle of Love-Wisdom (buddhi). This requires great work. Saturn in Capricorn loves work, and if properly motivated, is one of the great workers in the “vineyards of the Lord”. The opportunity in all this evident difficulty is, laboriously build and structure an individual order, a family order, a community order, and a national and international order which reflect the Will, Purpose and Plan of the Inner Government (the Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet).
6. Saturn (in Capricorn) and Choices to be Made and Destruction
to be Endured in order to Promote a Freer Expression of the Soul:
With respect to destruction, Saturn in Capricorn promotes the processes of crystallization, and crystallization precedes destruction. “When crystallisation has reached a certain degree of density and so-called ‘hardness,’ it is easily shattered and destroyed and man, born in Capricorn, then brings about his own destruction;…” (EA 158) A question for those born under this influence is, “What in my life is old and crystallized, requiring destruction?”
If the question can be answered accurately and fearlessly, it will become possible to clear the field of consciousness (and the environment) of those habitual patterns and long-established forms which prevent the entry of the new. The two rulers of Capricorn (Saturn and Venus) illustrate how the third aspect of divinity under Saturn gives way to the second aspect under Venus. Every shattering required of the Saturn in Capricorn combination is designed to establish love-wisdom more fully within the field of matter-form.
7. As “the sacred planets endeavour to fuse the personality
and make it the instrument of the soul and the non-sacred planets influence
more specifically the form nature”, how does Saturn, a sacred planet,
fuse the personality and make it a responsible instrument of the soul
in this particular sign? How does it enforce the law(s) of the soul, and
assist in the fulfillment of the Purpose, Plan and Dharma conceived by
The keynote of Saturn in Capricorn is, precisely, responsibility. The disciple or initiate is always measuring himself against a higher standard, duty, expectation, goal, dharma, etc., (whether internal or external) and seeking to fulfill, conform or perform in a responsible manner. The personality is tightly held in order to enforce responsible action.
Saturn in Capricorn is the task-master, the tough disciplinarian, which will take no excuses from the personality vehicles. It functions impersonally, putting supra-personal objectives first, and personal conditions in a very secondary position. The process of enforcement (and there is no combination more powerful for enforcement) proceeds through “No” and “Yes”—through “Don’t do that”, and “Do that”. If the personality can withstand this rigid discipline, it will make rapid progress, as purpose, plan and dharma are imposed by the higher life upon the lower.
Miscellaneous Meanings of Saturn in Capricorn:
Individuals with Saturn in Capricorn
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