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Vol. III: Astro-Rayology
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Tapestry of the Gods
Volume III
by Michael D. Robbins

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Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn in Sagittarius or Saturn in Relation to Sagittarius

(from Esoteric Astrology)

Specific Expressions of Saturn in Sagittarius

1. Saturn (in Sagittarius) in Relation to the Etheric-Physical Vehicle:
Difficulties may occur in relation to the general musculature (dystrophy, sclerosis), the hips and the joints of the hips, the sciatic nerve, and, in general the nerves related to the pelvic area and the thighs. The liver, too, under Jupiter, the orthodox ruler of Sagittarius, may be implicated. Problems with locomotion may arise through disorders of the nervous system. Parkinson’s disease is found along the Gemini-Sagittarius axis. By reflex action with Gemini, asthmatic conditions are not uncommon. Debilities which arise relate mostly to movement. Sagittarius is partially related to the sacral center, and has some connection with the solar plexus, as well, through Mars.

If Mars and Jupiter in this sign (and in relation to the physical-etheric body) promote movement, Saturn may bring difficulty, or, conversely, a particular hardiness and determination with respect to intended movement. Much, as usual, will depend upon the nature of aspects.

The effect upon the etheric body is to focus the direction of energy to be spent. Saturn, the planet of economy, is never prodigal, Its influence upon the etheric body (when found in Sagittarius) is to direct energy purposefully according to will or focused desire. It seeks to see that energy/force intended for a certain task does not go astray. Think of the archer—excess or ill-directed motion will ruin his aim and release, and the flight of his arrow will have been for nothing. So Saturn in Sagittarius, with respect to the etheric body, is a position emphasizing control, steadiness and sustained direction.

2. Saturn (in Sagittarius) in Relation to the Astral Vehicle:
This position blocks the easy fulfillment of desire, or, conversely makes one so determined, intelligent and practical that desire is almost certainly fulfilled—eventually. In early days, there is a dogged determination to “get there—somehow”. Sagittarius, ordinarily so “fleet of foot”, is slowed under Saturn, and plodding takes the place of racing forward. Since it is not possible to fulfill all desires, one learns to choose (Saturn) which desires (Sagittarius) are most important; which desires lead to the goal one really values. This is a constructive position, because it checks impulsiveness, and stops the eager rider from mounting his steed and “riding off in all directions”.

Upon the Fixed Cross, this combination makes the one-pointed disciple even more one-pointed. Desire has changed to aspiration, and Saturn focuses that aspiration. We might call this condition ‘undeviating focused aspiration’. Saturn in this sign helps the disciple know what he wants, and to hold the vision of that objective until it is achieved.

3. Saturn (in Sagittarius) in Relation to the Mental Nature:
Very little of value can be accomplished without the power to focus thought. When the stage of mental focus becomes a possibility, Saturn in Sagittarius reduces the chaos of random thoughts and, as it were, “points them all in the same direction”. This influence, therefore, helps to create the one-pointed mind, and later still, the one-pointed disciple. The combination also adds sincerity to the mental process, and truthfulness. Saturn, in general, is realistic and truthful; its more calculating side evolves into a strategic sense, but not into prevarication. Sagittarius is inherently truth-loving (almost to a fault, when blunt and tactless). Thus Saturn in Sagittarius contributes to directness of thought.

As evolution proceeds, this combination develops what might be called ‘disciplic mind’. The disciple is one who has made an important choice about his objectives. He is oriented towards the soul and its work in the world. The man of the world can be easily deflected and preoccupied with worldly and, ultimately, worthless ventures. This is not allowed to the disciple. A mind which never forgets the goal, which captures stray thoughts and reorients them, then masters the discipline of meditation—this is, in part, the mind of the disciple, and to this “state of mind”, Saturn in Sagittarius makes its definite contribution.

4. Saturn (in Sagittarius) in Relation to the Personality as a Whole:
The general effect, even in early days, is to produce a more focused personality. Success in life is conventionally measured by whether or not the human being has achieved his goal. So many untoward things can happen “along the way”. Few there are who complete entirely what they set out to do. Saturn in Sagittarius, because it refuses to waste time on “side issues”, offers a better chance of “getting there”.

On the Path of Discipleship, this influence confers certainty of objective, and helps “keep the eye on the target”. The vision is ever before one’s eyes, and the practical means of achieving that vision are conferred by Saturn. The ability to plan for the future—“long-range (Sagittarius) planning (Saturn)” is a definite strength. Under this influence, the disciple, no matter how temporarily deflected, will right himself, and, reoriented, proceed upon the “way-direct”, to the goal. If the question is, “Who will get there—at last?”, the answer should be, “The disciple with Saturn in Sagittarius.” Although there may be many obstacles (Saturn) upon the Path (Sagittarius), these will be overcome and passed through. The journey is long—this is known by Saturn in Sagittarius individuals; thus, they know how to “pace themselves” for the “long haul”. While Saturn in Sagittarius is not the tortoise, neither is it the hare. It will arrive by following necessary steps to the goal.

5. Saturn (in Sagittarius) and the Presentation of Opportunity on the Path of Discipleship:
On the Path of Discipleship the presentation of difficulties is equivalent to the presentation of opportunity. For the Saturn in Sagittarius individual, these difficulties are the “stones upon the path”, and the obstacles which bar the way. What does one do when one encounters an obstacle upon one’s chosen way? This is a big question. For the individual with this combination, there is “no going back”, and even “going around” is not preferred, but the third ray resourcefulness of Saturn in this sign knows that there are a variety of ways to reach the same objective, and that these “ways” are essentially parallel paths to the same goal. The truth is, that while the goal is determined, every turn upon the road is not. Sagittarius has the “homing instinct”; Saturn is practical enough to know that “all roads lead to Rome”. If the way is blocked, choose another wisely, and continue. Saturn in Sagittarius can be trusted to do this.

Also, it must be recognized that any “return to source” (which is, essentially, the nature of the Spiritual Path) is swimming upstream, or a trek on a road which “winds uphill all the way”. The current is against the swimmer; gravity works against the one who would climb (Capricorn is needed). The very nature of return evokes resistance. Saturn in Sagittarius acknowledges the resistance to be found upon the true spiritual path, and gives the determination to resist the resistance. Jupiter proceeds happily along the way, and “gets there” by good fortune or luck; Saturn is not “lucky to get there”; Saturn in Sagittarius, planned and persisted upon the way, taking many pains to remain on the road. Saturn in Sagittarius deserves to reach the goal, inevitably strengthened for all the trials along the way.

6. Saturn (in Sagittarius) and Choices to be Made and Destruction to be Endured in order to Promote a Freer Expression of the Soul:
One significant choice to be made is, “Which path do I take.” While the end may be in sight, the means to that end (the path thither) is not determined. Intuition or estimation may suggest one path or another, but a choice must be made. And once made, there are all those choices which determine whether one has the vision and steadiness to stick to the chosen path. The possibility of deflection accompanies the traveler every step of the way. One wrong step, one false move, and the traveler is lost. This is ever a danger, which is why the Great Sacrifice stands on watch “until the last weary pilgrim finds his way home.”

The destruction to be endured is the destruction of misguided visions, however attractive. Glamor can enter; a road leading nowhere may seem appealing. Through illusion, one may settle upon and inappropriate objective which offers slim chance of achievement. It is here that the realism of Saturn helps in the process of selection, refusing to take an errant path.

To the idealistic aspirant, the Path may seem like many things which it is not. Sagittarius is idealistic and has “high hopes”. But what is realistic? What is the real Path. Another destruction, is the destruction of naïve high hopes, and, in general, of false hopes. Once de-glamored, the Saturn in Sagittarius person knows what the Path really is, and can help other overly optimistic aspirants, to see more clearly and soberly where they are going and what they have to do along the way.

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 soul?:
When the energies of the three vehicles of the personality are all “aimed in the same direction”, a major obstacle to the fusion of the personality has disappeared. Personality vehicles which have contradictory objectives cannot be fused. For instance, a lazy physical body liking to lie about; an overly emotional astral body, loving the stimulation of incessant dramas; and a curious mind that loves to think about many things—these cannot be integrated and fused because they negate each other’s efforts. But under Saturn in Sagittarius, the discipline of one-pointedness is imposed. The three personality elementals are guided by the director and not allowed a direction of their own. Under such supervision, clearly they become a more useful instrument to the soul.

Sagittarius presents the Vision. If the personality can be motivated by the Vision (Sagittarius), it is far more likely to follow the Laws (Saturn) of the Soul—“of its own free will and accord.” A motivated personality is easier to direct, and moves more surely and swiftly upon the way. Saturn in Sagittarius, when used by the soul, enforces the Laws of the Soul by cutting off options for the pursuit of errant paths. Saturn wields the scythe of realism. Then the disciple will say, there are many possibilities, but “I have no other choice” than to tread the path I have chosen. This combination intelligently reveals the deficiencies of paths leading to lesser goals. One’s dharma, purpose, plan, is ones path in life. If one stays on the soul-seen path (and Saturn does help avoid the tempting byways) then dharma, purpose and plan will be fulfilled.

8. Miscellaneous Meanings of Saturn in Sagittarius:

a. Utilization of the abstract mind
b. Persistence upon the Path of Discipleship
c. Careful one-pointed thought
d. The obstacles of the Path
e. The disciplining of the lunar lords
f. Restraining emotional response
g. Strict morality
h. The tempering of enthusiasm
i. The steady aim
j. Denying all paths but one; the strait and narrow path
k. Taking that road that is the correct one and leading exactly in the proper direction.
l. Difficulty meeting the objective
m. Rigid orthodoxy of thought
n. Limitations on the exercise of intuition
o. Narrow, opinionated thinking
p. Not being able to see ahead; shortsightedness
q. Obstructions to the achievement of one’s goals
r. The power to stop others in their tracks through the power of speech
s. Trouble with locomotion—especially hips and thighs
t. Muscular diseases


Individuals with Saturn in Sagittarius

Robert Bly
Tycho Brahe
Louis Braille
Julius Caesar
Al Capone
Fidel Castro
Paul Cezanne
Frederick Chopin
Father Joseph Damien
Charles Darwin
Anne Frank
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Michel Gauquelin
George Gershwin
Paul Joseph Goebbels
Heinrich Himmler
Genghis Khan
Martin Luther King
Nicolai Lenin
Abraham Lincoln
Franz Liszt
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Maria Montessori
Modest Moussorgsky
Norman Vincent Peale
Samuel Pepys
Edgar Allen Poe
Wilhelm Reich
John D. Rockerfeller
Auguste Rodin
Edmond Rostand
Robert Schuman
Baruch Spinoza
D. T. Suzuki
Andreas Vesalius

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