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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 Aries

Saturn in Aries or Saturn in Relation to Aries:

(from Esoteric Astrology)

Saturn Falls in Aries:

“Saturn ‘falls’ in Aries. This has two meanings, for this is a dual sign.

First: Saturn is the Lord of Karma, the imposer of retribution and the one who demands full payment of all debts and who therefore condemns us to the struggle for existence, both from the form side and from the soul side. Saturn, therefore ‘fell’ when man fell into generation. He ‘followed the sons of men down into their low place’.

Second: Saturn’s power is completely ended and his work accomplished when man (the spiritual man) has freed himself from Karma and from the power of the two Crosses—the Common and the Fixed. Esoterically, Saturn cannot follow man on to the Cardinal Cross.” (EA 105)

Saturn Stimulates Discriminative Pioneering:

Saturn in Aries is particularly described by the term, “discriminative pioneering”. (cf. EA 148-149)

Specific Expressions of Saturn in Aries

1. Saturn (in Aries) in Relation to the Three Personality Vehicles:

With this combination, blockages or obstructions focus in the area of the head, causing congestion or insufficient vitalization. Just as Mars promotes the flow of blood or etheric energy to particular areas of the body which correspond to the sign in which Mars is placed, so Saturn restricts this same flow, or concentrates energy/force in a particular locality, thus preventing healthy flow. For some this will mean headaches, or an insufficiently responsive brain (not mind). Saturn also brings unwanted precipitations in the area indicated. Conversely, and in terms of organ polarity indicated by astrology, there may be trouble with the organ system polar to organ system ruled by Aries—namely the kidneys.

Aries is connected with motor impulse—the impulse to take action. Mars promotes the free expression of this impulse; Saturn inhibits. When the physical body should spring into action, there may arise, unaccountably, an hesitation to act. Saturn in Aries acts as a check upon physical impulse. The body is, as it were, “under leash”.

From the perspective of the rays and chakras, Saturn transmits much of the first ray, and is, therefore, related to the head center, and the pressure which that center exerts upon all the others. (It must be added that Vulcan, too, is very much a part of this pressure.) Aries, similarly, is related to both the head and the head center. This combination is therefore related to what might be called the ‘imposition of pressure’ via the head center. Ultimately, this pressure is impelled by soul plan and purpose (which respond to Divine Plan and Purpose).

Instinctual impulse is emotional-etheric-physical. The same restraining power, which operates etherically and physically, operates emotionally. There is the feeling of wanting to do or start something, but of being, somehow, prevented—either inwardly, outwardly or both. This is, however, a good position for administering the restraining will to the desire nature. The combination is a “fall”, and therefore uncomfortable, but, from the perspective of discipleship, Saturn in Aries can contribute to the conquering of the restless instinctual-emotional nature. “Never get angry except on purpose”.

In the mind, this position can work to inhibit thought and mental initiatives. One does not dare to think the new, or to create, mentally, in areas where there is no precedent. The flow of thought may be slowed—the normal impetuosity of the Aries-influence mind, restrained.

But, later, upon the path of discipleship, this can be a most useful position, for the mental processes are subjected to will and purpose. Useless, mental chatter is stilled, and one only begins to think about that which is in line with the Plan.

2. Saturn (in Aries) in Relation to the Personality as a Whole:

This position adds caution to personality behavior. Aries, per se, is always “getting into things”—beginning things, sometimes wisely, often unwisely. Saturn in Aries retrains the eager entry into experience.

In early days upon the Mutable Cross, this may mean many missed opportunities. Circumstance invites, offering the possibility of accomplishment, but the hesitant human does not “seize the day”. Perhaps the memory of so much karma generated unnecessarily acts to restrain. If Pisces is the sign in which long-established karmic conditions have, at long last, to be faced, Aries is the sign in which the seeds of this karma are sown.

When Saturn in Aries is working under wisdom, there is great respect for the Law of Karma, and a reduction of beginnings which will drive the human soul more deeply into form. Upon the Fixed Cross, this position produces the purposeful personality, deeply aware of karmic consequence. The individual knows how to choose (Saturn) his battles (Aries), and faces with courage those conditions which must be faced—of necessity. A high meaning of this combination could be expressed as ‘purposeful beginnings in line with the Divine Plan’.

3. Saturn (in Aries) and the Presentation of Opportunity on the Path of Discipleship:

In the language of esotericism, the presentation of obstacles which must be overcome is called the “presentation of opportunity”. With Saturn in Aries, one is presented with the ‘opportunity’ of difficult but necessary beginnings. For instance, many difficulties lie in the path of something that must be done; the disciple feels the great burden of beginning. His dharmic and karmic responsibilities, however, will not allow him to escape shouldering the burden.

Actually, in many countries of the world, huge, heavy burdens are either carried on the head, or by using the head as a principle means of support. Those who carry such burdens walk very carefully and slowly. This is a graphic symbol of the Saturn-in-Aries attitude.

4. Saturn (in Aries) and Choices to be Made and Destruction to be Endured in order to Promote a Freer Expression of the Soul:

The choices to be made concern what is worth undertaking and what is not — which ‘invitations’ of life to accept, and how to accept them. One may also have to witness his initiatives destroyed if they are insufficiently sound to bear the weight of purpose. One may also destroy the initiatives of others, as when rebellions (Aries) are “put down” (Saturn). Dangerous conflagrations can be “stamped out”; this combination is good at “putting out fires” — for good or ill.

When this Saturn in Aries turns tyrannical, a suggestive image would be the heel of the boot upon the fresh, young shoot; but noxious weeds, too, may be “crushed” before they grow. Rooting them out, however, requires the work of Pluto.

5. 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 vehicles of the personality function under soul plan and purpose, they function harmoniously, Saturn in Aries (like its counterpart, Saturn in Libra) helps to keep the balance between the three personality vehicles, by subduing inappropriate initiatives in any one of them. The vehicles or fields are kept “in leash”, and none is allowed to act entirely independently of the rest.

The soul is intended to “rule” from the plane of mind — at first from the lower mind and then, from that concentration of energy on the higher mental plane which is called “soul”. Aries governs what might be called ‘soul impulses intended to become personality initiatives’. The personality can waste so much precious time following impulses from the three lower vehicles, or from the ambient force fields in which these three lower vehicles function.

For instance, an impulse towards action may be prompted by my own emotional vehicle, or may impress itself upon my astral body from my astral environment (which includes the astral bodies of those with whom I am associated). But, Saturn is the Lord of Time, just as it is the planet of plan and purpose.

By regulating initiatives — confining them, more and more, to those which should be undertaken, whether or not the personality wants to undertake them, this combination makes the personality an instrument of soul dharma, and clears ‘room-in-time’ in the life, for those things that, from a spiritual point of view, must be done.

6. Miscellaneous Meanings of Saturn in Aries:

See that you begin purposefully. See that plans are begun in accordance with the Plan. See that activities are begun aright. See that undertakings are initiated in line with the Law; lawful beginnings.

Individuals with Saturn in Aries

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Alice Bailey
Bela Bartok
Clara Barton
Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Sir Richard Burton
Fyodor Dosteovski
Mary Baker Eddy
Albert Einstein
Desideius Erasmus
Franz Joseph Haydn
Hermann Helmholz
Saddam Hussein
Lyndon Johnson
Helen Keller
Herbet Horatio Kitchener
Douglas MacArthur
Abraham Maslow
Franz Anton von Mesmer
Florence Nightingale
Peter the Great
Gioacchino Rossini
Cyril Scott
George Washington
John Wesley

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