Man in the Mirror

a very bad phone “selfie”…but, that’s me- in all my no make-up and bad beanie’d glory.

To continue our little series on Saturn, here are a few more questions that come through the search engine on Saturn and transits of the Ascendant.

Saturn is conjunct my ascendant and making me ugly

Is it true that Saturn transits are skinny transits?

Does Saturn on my Ascendant mean I will get sick?

OK, Saturn can’t make anyone ugly…but it can & often does make us feel ugly! During a recent Saturn/Ascendant opposition I invested very heavily in anti-wrinkle creams for all the extra lines that just turned up in my mirror overnight.

Saturn/ Ascendant contacts are hard- they are all designed to “encourage” us to grow up or take responsibility for ourselves. The 1st house is all about body and appearance, so you will quite literally start to feel your age.

As with all Saturn transits, the first thing you will notice is fear or a feeling that you are being confronted with something that you just don’t want to acknowledge or get real about. In this case, it may be what you are seeing in the mirror. You haven’t changed, but this transit will, at least temporarily, be one where your self -confidence is lacking somewhat.

When Saturn is aspecting the ascendant you may find your first wrinkle, may notice the grey more in your hair, or the way you can no longer wear a colour you previously liked successfully. You may finally decide that silver shimmery eye shadow now rests in that little wrinkle in your eyelid…and decide to wear it anyway!

The whole idea of the lesson is for you to see yourself clearly as you are- all steps in the grand scheme to develop inner strength and an identity based on reality and not external validation. Having said that, many astrologers see Saturn 1st house transits as “skinny” ones as you may start diets or health kicks- but this may depend on the position and strength of your natal Saturn.

Saturn constricts your boundaries, so quite literally your physical boundary ie your body, may shrink. Just make sure that you look at the world with maturity- continuing to behave otherwise can narrow your viewpoint. As with all things Saturn, any weight loss attempts under a Saturn transit will be successful only if you approach it sensibly.

On the other hand, Saturn 1st house transits may make you feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, with tiredness and exhaustion to match…neither of which will assist in making you feel better about yourself. The Saturn lesson is always to focus the effort where it is needed- to waste energy elsewhere can lead to health issues.

Which brings me neatly to the real purpose of 1st house Saturn transits- that of restructuring yourself. When Saturn crosses the ascendant it signals a time where you start to turn your attentions inwards after 14 years of concentrating on your relationships with others.

As with all Saturn transits, you are asked to get rid of something that you no longer need (again, this could be weight, or whatever attachments you have that may be causing you to maintain your weight) but of course you must first become aware that there is something in your life that can be got rid of. So, gaze in the mirror if you will, but also take the time to really get to know yourself, you might be surprised how different you are from what others think you are.

If your Ascendant or Sun is in Libra, this is for you…

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror


I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways


And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer


If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself,

And
Then Make A Change

Lyrics from “Man in the Mirror”, by Michael Jackson

 

Remember, whatever affects the 1st house, also has impacts on the 7th, the 10th and the 4th

1 comment for “Man in the Mirror

  1. August 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Interesting article, Jo, especially as I am experiencing a Saturn transit of my Libran Moon this year (Moon in 7th, rules 4th). I have been thinking a lot about needing to change some of my habits to nurture this new phase in life (a nice way of saying what to do as the body gets older!). I have changed my eating habits considerably and although I’m not dieting, I am eating more sensibly and subsequently have lost 5kg. A positive aspect of Saturn is moderation – boring but true. Lol!

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