Saturn is the big news this week. It enters Libra on October 29, and as it begins its new phase, we begin ours. Like any new beginning, Saturn’s journey through Libra is ripe with imagination about what will be, so don’t be surprised if you feel excited about what lies ahead. Yet knowing that excitement and fright are closely aligned frequencies, you might also feel a little apprehension about details of this next Saturn chapter. Saturn is after all sometimes called the “Lord of Karma”; it’s infamous for delivering the bill that divvies up credits and debits — karmic red threads, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual that either still need work or are successfully refined and transformed. And because Libra is all about relating, the emphasis will be on relationships of every denomination, which means it would be wise to anticipate meetings with current, recent, or long-gone lovers, friends, and other intimate partners. Just be aware those meetings can occur in a variety of dimensions — dreams, meditation, memories therapy, or at the grocery store, gas station, or swap meet. No matter where this potential for close encounters unfolds, keep in mind, your primary relationship is with yourself, and then do your best to treat yourself with as much loving kindness as possible.
Libra, symbolized by the scales, signifies an active process. As I said last week, relationship works better as a verb than it does as a noun because relating is dynamic, not static. Relationships often have us swinging back and forth, weighing information, emotions, desires, expectations, disappointment, uncertainty, awareness, resilience, as well as the capacity to give and receive. Those fluctuations, while often frustrating, especially when we don’t get what we want, or confounding, when we realize we aren’t in control, are opportunities to live in the fundamental terrain of the heart. Relationships — all of them — are how we live. And when we experience our reactions, we have a chance to learn first, about ourselves, and then about others, no matter who or what that other may be. A pet is as much a presence in life as a calling. In Egyptian mythology, a scale was used in the judgment of the dead. Maat, the Goddess of Law, Truth, and Justice, would either place herself or a feather on one side of the scale, and on the other side, the heart of the deceased. If the heart were heavy with the weight of hate or other offenses, Ammit, “the Gobbler”, with the crocodile head, would eat it. And that soul would cease to exist.
A heart as light as a feather is an interesting symbol to contemplate during Saturn’s transit through Libra, especially in connection with partnerships, past, present, and future. It’s true…Saturn can be a harsh taskmaster. It is the voice of reality, a voice that never denies what needs to be learned. But even though affairs of the heart are mostly delicate matters, with lessons sometimes painfully hard to learn, as Saturn ventures into the deeply emotional terrain of Libra, making a commitment to heal the wounds of the heart and lighten the load of the soul would be a worthy goal.