Saturn transiting opposite Mercury can feel like make or break. Saturn is about solidity, structure, seriousness, duty, weight. His prime functions in astrology are to teach you, to help you to consolidate your life, to enable you to take on responsibility and to help you master your fears. Mercury however is curious about everything, can turn his hand to anything and always wants to know ‘what’s going on over there?’. He likes the freedom to flit from one thing to another.
Saturn can fill your Mercury with dread. The mind feels weighed down by the dead weight of Saturn. What seemed easy to say before, now seems difficult to express. You may find your ideas drying up; your mind seizing, stumbling over the right or wrong words. People look at you blankly, they don’t get you, and you don’t understand them. You’re having to bite your tongue. You’re having to play Devil’s advocate. You may be plagued by throat infections, hoarseness or laryngitis.
Everyone seems to see things differently. Everyone seems to have a different perspective. You may feel isolated in your opinions, in charge of facts that no one else wants to know. You feel like you know something no one else knows. You feel like everyone knows something you don’t. You have to put up and shut up. You can’t win the argument. You feel like you’re the dissenting voice. Your inner voice becomes cold.
If you’re a writer, your story reaches a dead end, your lead voice is wrong or crippling writer’s block may descend with a crash. You can’t seem to agree with anyone, or yourself. If you’re studying, the course work piles up, your favourite tutor goes off sick, the book that you need at the library always seems to be in another’s hands.
You may find yourself at loggerheads with your siblings, your boss, the authorities, your neighbours, maybe even your friends. Differences of opinion may mean some connections fall by the wayside. You may find yourself experiencing a difference of opinion with your partner, one that has weighty consequences if you can’t strike a balance.
Your mind may mull over old problems. Guilt and fears play over and over. Your inner voice may become authoritative and demanding. Try as you might, you can’t seem to talk kindly to yourself. Inner chatter babbles itself to negative conclusions. The outlook looks bleak. Everything seems serious. You doubt your decisions. Suddenly, regardless of your age, you think of yourself as old – especially when you compare yourself to others.
These are just some of the ways Saturn opposite Mercury can manifest but here’s the good news…
Saturn opposite Mercury is challenging you to learn about others and yourself. Mercury is primarily about self-expression, communication and education. The winged messenger is the go-between between the Gods and Man and the conscious and subconscious. When Saturn challenges Mercury in an opposition, Saturn is teaching you something about your own mind and the way it works. Saturn would like to help you feel stronger mentally and to be certain of the things you know. Saturn is also breaking down those perceptions and connections that no longer serve you and laying the foundations for further learning. He can show you how to express yourself more completely, more holistically, with authority. The opposition aspect suggests that the way he teaches you is through reflection from others. The world you see, the experiences you are experiencing are a projection of your mind. Saturn transiting Mercury generally can be considered ‘you are what you think’ aspects.
Look to the house where Saturn is transiting. This will show you the area of life where Saturn really would like you to deal with reality. Reality is also about the ‘now’. Reality (Saturn) shifts according to your perception (Mercury). Saturn slows down the pace of life, sometimes almost to a stop to absolutely focus your attention. When you see something in slow motion, inevitably you see it in more detail.
When Saturn creates an opposition to Mercury, you have reached a point in your life where what you know needs to be put to the test.
“Did you do the groundwork?” says Saturn.
It’s about putting theory into practice. This may occur through actual tests (for example a driving test or college examination), or through obstruction to your way of thinking or your plans. It may be a time where you are prone to self-doubt but the sooner you push forward with self-discipline and confidence, the sooner you can get things off the ground. Saturn will show you where there are holes in your assumptions and woolly thinking. He’ll show you where you are just plain wrong. He’ll also give you the strength to deal with resistance and cultivate certainty. He’ll show you how to take on more responsibility without breaking.
Saturn is the ease in which an elderly teacher holds an unruly class, the confidence that comes from years of experience. This opposition can bring concrete realisation and great success. It can help you to learn when to hold true to what you think and offers you the wisdom to be flexible when necessary. If you are too rigid in your thinking, that is when things are inclined to break! Writers will learn to work through writer’s block. Students of any age have the opportunity to discover just how much they have learned. Pessimists have the chance to learn how they can control their thoughts and discipline the mind, ultimately creating a clearer path ahead.
The key to Saturn is to work with him rather than against him. Try to push him away and he will give you a big ol’ shove back and tread on your toes for good measure! Let him walk beside you and you’ll find he’s a wise and fascinating conversationalist and you could actually learn a thing or two…
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