Saturn in Capricorn: 2020-2023

It’s that time again, that every 2.5 years moment where the time changes. Saturn, delimiter and determiner of time, leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn January 23, 2020. 

Saturn in Capricorn

January 23, 2020 – April 28, 2022
July 22, 2022 – January 17, 2023

The last section of this article outlines the birth dates for people who are beginning their first or second Saturn Return. Use code THISISMASTERY to book the Saturn Return reading for 20% off now through January 31, 2020.

Saturn in Capricorn. Wood working tools.

From Zealotry to Sobriety…

We are endeavoring upon the final phase of an unprecedented collective conversion experience, after which each of us finds ourselves definitively on one side or the other. This conversion experience has stoked kindling into a full grown raging Fire, consuming individual volition with it’s irresistible agenda for global change. (This phase continues through November 2020 and overlaps with Saturn entering Capricorn.)

Change ensues when one’s stored up life force catapults the Self into the throes of unmitigated action. This change is infectious, and the only immunity is nihilistic apathy. But the human drive for storytelling and god-making is hard to resist. Consequently, you’ve found yourself swept up in a movement, rallying against a common enemy, laying your individuality at the altar of meaning and significance. Relevance is a survival need, too.

Since January 2017, we’ve been caught up in a squall of rapturous zeal. Who has arrived at this moment consumed by ambivalence, and how did you get that way? Have you been disarmed of your agency? Has the Dogma of Identity gotten the best of you? Has it hijacked your will to make this world some iteration of a reflection of who you are?

You come into an awareness that burns away the dross of ignorance and innocence after numinous experiences like those brought about by exponentially self-imposed climate disaster; being stripped of all manner of emotional and physical autonomy; becoming the convenient scapegoat for all of society’s fears; and being subjected to the worst of what a man and his unclaimed shadow inflicts upon all in his sphere of influence.

Zeal rises up in you like a consuming Fire, transforming the context for how you know and understand everything you thought you knew and understood. Who turned the lights on? And can you unsee it? Nope. It’s too late.

Eventually the Fire dies down into something useable. It becomes a source of warmth and heat, unless, of course, it destroyed its fuel source before it had a chance to get put to use. Righteous anger is unsustainable. It self destructs after awhile. In this moment, a new factor comes into focus. It has been in the background, hovering over us as an unspoken fact of living. That factor is time, and it is time that forces us to sober up. It is time that cools the zeal by separating the fired up from the ready to work and already working.

Saturn as time is a compass that articulates place in space. It’s a reference point for here to there. It’s a consensus, an agreed upon method for organizing the limited amount of daylight and physical energy into viable segments. Time is our fundamental shared reality.

Saturn is Death

Death comes in many forms, most viscerally as the absence of conscious awareness—no presence to bear witness to is-ness. Time is how we negotiate with the inevitable death that mortality brings. This inevitability conceives, gestates, and births urgency. Without death, time is unnecessary math, counting for naught,and measuring in vain. Death conjures the ceilings, walls, limits, and conceptions of an incalculable but sure end. It is the ultimate reference point for deciphering meaning and calculating the value of now.

Death is the irrevocable nature of certain change. There is no return to the womb once you are born. There is no return to the innocence of childhood once you reach puberty in adolescence. There is no unknowing what you’ve come into full awareness of. Even if you can’t recall with your mind, your body remembers.

Saturn in Capricorn brings a reckoning with this inability to forget. It brings the imposition of order through systems and processes as a way to make use of your viable segment of time. It demands competent execution for there is no time for failure. Every minute counts, every now is closer to then—then is death.

What Will You Do With What You’ve Been Given?

The Parable of the Talents is a harsh tale of Saturn and the expectations of its transit through Capricorn.

Three workers were given money by their boss who was leaving for a trip. They were given $5, $2, and $1. The one with $5 increased theirs to $10. The one with $2 to $4. The one with $1 hid theirs under the mattress. They were afraid to lose it and to have nothing to show for what they’d been given. At the end they were punished. Good things were withheld from them. That doesn’t in any way seem fair. They had the most to lose even though they were given the least.

The gravity of Saturn’s sobriety shines through in this teaching. We are each allotted a limited number of minutes, hours, days, and years. And we don’t know when our counting of them will be complete. Do we set ourselves in darkness, watching each moment pass, tick-tock-ticking away until we can know exactly how long we’ve been here? What peace comes with knowing for sure?

Or, do we live each successive now with the urgency of an unknown end, taking risks equal to the opportunity each moment brings? The two who used what they were given are akin to the latter. They matched their gift with effort. But the one with so little, so fearful to miscount a moment, came back with just the $1. At least they knew exactly what they had, right?

Knowing is a trap. But it is one we must negotiate with. Surety is not a panacea for fear. Sometimes fear is fuel propelling us towards our ambitions, other times it’s a blazing red flag admonishing us to stop and go no further. Saturn is both, sometimes simultaneously.

Encountering the Constraints of Reality

What comes as a consequence of rightly discerning the limits of your world, your body, and your mind? What consequences befall those who willfully or unintentionally miscalculate where and what the limits are? Saturn has no care whether you hit or miss, just like a concrete barricade doesn’t move just because you tried not to hit it. Maybe you live a bit longer, maybe not.

Prisons are punishment and Saturn transits can mean we find ourselves enclosed in the walls and ceilings of literal and figurative prisons. We can also willfully impose prisons of torture on ourselves when we’re fixed on tangible cues as the final determiner of the limits of what is and what can be. Still, self-discipline is the empowered way to deal with Saturn. It won’t remove the walls, but control feels like putting the walls there yourself rather than having them imposed on you. This is tricky business!

Mastery is a right relationship with control. It is finding the fulcrum point between imposing one’s will and surrendering to what is. Mastery is manipulating tools or a medium to reach a desired end. A master carpenter has accepted that a hammer is for driving nails and a saw is for cutting wood. It is only in this state of surrender that she comes to know how to use those tools to build.

The child laments over why the hammer won’t cut wood. They sing songs of protest against the hammer’s agenda. Yet, a shift in understanding reveals that the hammer is not at fault. The hammer functions how its creator intended. Surrendering to the limits of the hammer means that you can focus on the real problem. Do you have a saw to cut wood? If so, why aren’t you using it? If not, why don’t you have one?

This is the real work before us. Sober assessments of what is puts problems into perspective and solutions within reach. Capricorn has no tolerance for entitlement. Leave that up to Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo. Entitlement is that same zeal that gets you fired up, but can it sustain the work?

Saturn Return in Capricorn

Your Saturn Return begins the very first time Saturn enters the sign of your natal Saturn, Capricorn in this case—January 23, 2020. Your Saturn Return ends the very last time Saturn leaves the sign of your natal Saturn—January 17, 2023.

You may be unsure of the sign Saturn occupies in your birth chart because you are used to your tropical zodiac birth chart, or because your birthday is on one of the dates mentioned in the Saturn Return in Capricorn section below. Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart and identify where Saturn is. (You can email me if you need further assistance—Oracle at Dayna Lynn dot com.)

The Saturn opposition correlates to the rite of puberty transitioning the child into adolescence at 13/14 years old. Then, the prefrontal cortex reaches a critical turning point in the journey of cognitive maturation. This part of the brain culminates its maturation with the Saturn return which is the rite of passage into adulthood proper at 29/30 years old.

This physiological process occurs as a consequence of experience, not as a detached process programmed without necessitating human “interference.” This is to say that cognitive maturity is not a monolith and it is not promised just because you reach 30 years old. There could be physiological and developmental barriers. Ultimately, your birth chart articulates the circumstances that shape what maturation looks like for you.

1st Saturn Return

March 20, 1990 – June 20, 1990
December 14, 1990 – March 5, 1993
October 15, 1993- November 9, 1993

The first Saturn return situates you on the edge of proper adulthood. This period is marked by constant thoughts of “I wish someone would just tell me what to do!” We often seek out or find ourselves in the company of Saturn figures who act as guide rails as we encounter complex problems. These problems seem to have heavy and far reaching consequences and we question our capability to meet them.

For the Saturn in Capricorn generation endeavoring upon their first Saturn return, it’s imperative that you look at the world around you and recognize the way this present collective dispensation shapes your personal reality. It’s critical that you widen your focus to include the larger containers that form your experiences of time in general and time specific to this moment.

The 18 months leading up to the beginning of your Saturn return have proven that there is a step that comes before reality is solidified. That step is the cultivating of an intentional why. This demands that you not take at face value the limits you’ve perceived, and understand that the limits of the world are the consequence of another’s conviction, another’s identity. It doesn’t have to be yours.

Read the stories of humans during the time of your birth. The early 90s. You were born at a moment where fear of irrelevance and the inevitable death of an old order caused power structures to secure their future, just like the person who was given $1 in the Parable of the Talents. Then, consolidating political and economic power looked like an expanding globalism that sought to completely erase the identities and cultures of old. Seeing death can mean maximizing the present or encapsulating the present. The former is full of life. The latter quickens death.

So, what will you do, on the cusp of full adulthood? Will you take on this world unquestioned? Or, have you seen something you can’t unsee? Have you seen the forces of will that inflict the dogma of a so called reality? What limits, walls, and ceilings have you taken for granted? Will you become propagator of the status quo? Or, will you seek to master a path towards an adulthood of your own shaping and making?

2nd Saturn Return

February 1, 1961 – September 1961
October 7, 1961 – January 27, 1964

This Saturn in Capricorn generation was born during a major global shift in power dynamics. Reality set in after the late 1950s, and the optimism of having survived a second world war wore off. With no common enemy to defeat, we turned towards our communities to find the next demon to slay. Those were the demons of colonialism, anti-blackness, and misogyny.

Your 1st Saturn return in the early 90s was the first major backlash to defeat old power structures experienced at the hand of powerful social movements. From the 1960s to the 1990s societies went from opting out of old power structures to becoming a part of them. For survival, of course.

Welcome to your 2nd Saturn return. You are transitioning into the Crone, the Wise One. Yet, there is fear of falling into irrelevance and an ineffectual life of forgetting and being forgotten. Remember, relevance is a survival need to. Acknowledging that is a step towards making peace with your present stage of life.

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All of the astrology referenced in this article is exclusively applicable to the sidereal zodiac. Use this guide with instructions on plotting your sidereal chart. Here is a post on how I’ve come to use the sidereal zodiac.

2020 Forecast

You can now download the audio and the PDF of the slides from my 2020 Forecast which was broadcast live December 21, 2019.

2020 Forecast by The People's Oracle

There is a time and a season for all things. 2019 in part and the whole of 2020 is a bridge between eras, much like 1959 and 1960. Then we reached a global moment of critical mass, a tipping point toward liberation from colonial occupation in body. Africa. Asia. Black peoples in the United States of America…But we are now in the throes of an even greater more crucial and consequential work—liberating ourselves from colonial occupation of mind and spirit.

Colonization of mind and spirit, more evil and insidious than physical occupation, is a parasitic infection of our individual and collective perceptions, a usurping of the will, and a co-opting of judgement. It steals your conviction to tell the truth. Instead you tell their stories and their truth. That’s the Dogma of Identity and it’s the last vestiges of the colonial occupation we’ve fought so hard to be free from.

In the story of Exodus, the Israelites longed for Egypt after Moses led them out of bondage there. It was familiar. They knew what and when they would eat and drink, when they’d sleep and when they’d work. As oppressive as it was, still they complained and begged to go back. The devil you know, right? They would have rather died in bondage than to complete the laborious work of liberation.

This is where we find ourselves now. Halfway up the mountain, or through the desert as it was for the Israelites, too far to turn back. Still holding on to the familiarity and comfort of identities we’ve adopted for survival. But having already tasted the nourishing waters of liberation, quenching a thirst we could not fully articulate or comprehend.

Telling the stories of our colonizers is comfortable. The entire human nervous system is wired to retell familiar stories like that because familiarity, quite frankly, is easier than liberation (uncertainty) as far as the human brain is concerned. The story of Exodus offers us this possibility: that liberation is not a singular event, but a moment by moment choice to abandon the familiarity of bondage, and to daily strive towards the unfamiliarity of liberation. It’s dedication and devotion to the work that is freedom, making space for divine intervention by matching our level expectation with equal effort.

Shining the light of awareness on oppressors out in the world only actualizes its full liberating potential when you also expose their emotional and spiritual occupation. Otherwise, you become an evangelist and proselytizer, a wanna be mini autocrat seeking to take the place of the colonizer rather than abolish the colony and the power it claims.

To be clear, I’m talking about nations who colonize, abusers who colonize, designations of gender, race, class and the rest that colonize, and the people who find themselves occupied in mind and spirit long after the trauma, violence, and physical occupation has ended. That is all of is, every single one of us!

Enter 2020 with renewed and reignited conviction, fertile hope, and an eagerness and hunger for liberation. Embrace the power in telling your stories, speaking your language, singing your songs. Be ready to work!

A Tarot Reading for the Full Moon in Aries

This was originally published as a thread on Twitter.

(HERMIT)
WORLD
DEATH
6 of CUPS

The card on the bottom when I cut the deck is the HERMIT.

The HERMIT seeks truth. Truth = that which can be perceived with one’s perception and validated with one’s judgment. Everything else is dogma, and the HERMIT is not about that dogmatic life!

The HERMIT struggles to articulate exactly what they’re looking for. INTENTION can’t be quantified. The PURPOSE that compels them can’t be reduced to words or symbols.
The HERMIT can appear to move about aimlessly. But, they know when they’ve found what they’re looking for because there is a resonance that can’t be mistaken.

📌At this Full Moon what inside of you compels you forward, seeking and searching without words to articulate exactly what you are looking for?
Both the WORLD and DEATH provide images of endings. The WORLD illustrates endings that come due to a cumulative progression. Culminations that are both logical and expected.

DEATH illustrates inevitable and irrevocable endings, those permanent endings that can’t be reversed.

The WORLD and DEATH say to us: Pruning old growth and dead weight that sucks the life out of stems that might still bear fruit means that there is still hope and opportunity. All is not lost.

When an orchid reaches the end of a growth cycle the flowers fall and the stems that held them shrivel and dry up. If you’ve never cultivated an orchid you might think that the plant is dead. And when the orchid is ready to flower again it grows completely new stems. This can happy in a relatively short period of time after the old flowers fell off.

📌What old growth are you expecting to bring new life? What keeps you from cutting it off and letting it go?

The 6 of CUPS is the wildcard here! The 6 of CUPS saying that discernment is key. Someone or something from the past can offer nourishment to the dreams and desires that were left in wanting after the old growth is pruned.

📌How are you discerning between barren hopes and dreams and fruitful visions that still offer hope for fulfillment?

📌What people/ relationships revitalize feelings/ desires that have lain dormant during your time of pruning?

This may be a time of letting go of things working out in the way that you had planned, while time and a shifting season offer new pathways to possibilities that seemed impossible.

Mars, the planet in charge of this Aries Full Moon, is in Libra. This is a time of consideration and seeking consensus, where relationships and community provide context for your ambitions.

📌What possibilities reveal themselves when you release the expectation that solely your will and strength be the means by which something can come to be?

You might be tempted to fall back into old emotional habits rooted in those defensive postures that you have worked so hard to ease yourself out of. But at this time, it feels like contortion to fit yourself into those positions.

Courageously say no to all that is dissonant with your intentions. Embrace this return to innocence. Open your eyes to see where your dreams and desires can grow. Surrender like the falling leaves that know their work is done. Clear space for the thing you seek to come.

Sun Sign Horoscopes for Leo Season 2019

Read your sidereal Sun sign horoscope for the Leo Stellium of 2019 that peaks at the New Moon on August 30, 2019. Always sidereal; never tropical.

A stellium is 3 or more planets in the same sign. That gives inordinate influence to the planet responsible for that sign. For Leo that planet is the Sun. The placement of the Sun in your birth chart takes on deep significance over the next month. Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart. Find the ☉ glyph and identify the sign it occupies.

Sun Sign Horoscopes for the 2019 Leo Stellium

How We Got Here

During the Cancer stellium (peaked in late July 2019) you were seeking people, places, and experiences that would meet your immediate needs for food, safety, shelter, and belonging. Your Moon placement in your birth chart, which tells your Mother Story, emerged to be reconciled against your present reality. Your life moved into submission to your body, often despite your intentions and ambitions.

Now during the Leo stellium, (peaks late August 2019) your Sun sign draws focus to your Father Story. It reveals truths about how you seek out and defer to authority. You are discerning the complex balance of submission, projection, and self-determination. Who or what is master of your perceptions and sense of self?

Submission

Yielding the authority of your will and the validity of your perceptions and judgments to someone else.

Projection

Your identity and sense of self witnessed via interaction with other people, and through your experiences out in the world.

Self-Determination

Unyoking your identity and sense of self from your perceptions and judgments of others and the world you inhabit.

Horoscopes for the 12 Sidereal Sun Signs

Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart. The following horoscopes are for your sidereal Sun sign ONLY.

Sun in Cancer

Your perceptions serve your physical body and the need to belong to a place and a people. How your mother (and other significant women) engaged with your primary needs are the reference point for your sense of self.

How are you becoming aware of the ways in which your loyalty to family overrides, undermines, or encourages your loyalty to self?

Sun in Leo

Your intellect serves your perceptions. Your world and the people in it are an extension of your mind and you use your authority to subdue it to your will. You may have experienced your world as an extension of your fathers self.

How has your relationship with your father/ significant men in personal relationships supported or undermined your ability to trust your perceptions?

Sun in Virgo

Your trust in your perceptions serves a drive to quantify it via evidence in the external world. It’s not enough for you to perceive it, you’ve got to be able to prove it with data or tangible evidence.

How are your experiences with men and hierarchies of authority allowing you to reenvision a self that doesn’t need external evidence to be valid?

Sun in Libra

Your perceptions serve the drive to be rational and reasonable. You negotiate with your perceptions in order to align with the consensus of your community and in relationships of all kinds. You see yourself as a person of reason and good sense.

How are you reckoning with the authority of your intellect as you consider other’s ideas of how you see yourself and the world?

Sun in Scorpio

Your survival instinct shapes your perceptions of others and the world around you. You take a defensive stance seeing others and the world as something you need to protect yourself from.

How are you taking risks to be seen out in the world even as your deepest fears are being awakened?

Sun in Sagittarius

Your perceptions and sense of self serve a moral or religious authority. You learned early to see your world and self in terms of right or wrong. You reckon with the moral authority of your father and other men in your life as you come into awareness of yourself.

How is do your intentions and convictions inform your vision of your place in the world, and reinforce your authority over yourself?

Sun in Capricorn

You seek to conform your perceptions to the limitations you experience in your life. Establishing the walls and the ceilings of possibility shapes how you see yourself. You look for where you fit rather than embracing the right to be where you are as you are.

How are new perceptions dismantling your sense of self, and forcing you to embrace a healthy sense of entitlement that conforms the world to yourself rather than yourself to the world?

Sun in Aquarius

You constantly interrogate the authority of your will (and your father’s influence) to shape the world to your being. You define yourself by who and what you are not. You refuse to see yourself in reference to another’s authority and will.

How you are you being challenged to accept that your perceptions cannot be separated from your identity while also maintaining a healthy skepticism from what others reveal about who you are?

Sun in Pisces

Your experience of your father taught you that you must not take your perceptions at face value. Maybe you couldn’t even take your father at face value because of the nature of the relationship. Your instinct to perceive the imperceptible guides you to look for what you can’t see inside of and beyond what you can see, even your self.

How does your drive to maintain a solid and consistent identity feel like a burdensome obligation in the face of a world that is never what it appears to be?

Sun in Aries

You are a matter over mind person. And matter, in this case, is your physical will. Your mind works to translate your capabilities into action. Should or if? It doesn’t dawn on you to ask for permission. You identify with your power to enforce your will.

How is your drive to persevere towards your ambitions being reinforced or made combustible by your entitlement to act upon your world?

Sun in Taurus

You care a lot about what others think of you. Your perceptions are subservient to your need for validation in relationships and community. Your experience of father taught you that your identity was analogous to what is validated and accepted by others.

How is other’s entitlement to enforce their self-perceptions onto the world challenging you to question your impulse to conform your perceptions to what is validated and accepted by others?

Sun in Gemini

You use language to objectify your self and perceptions rather than to see and be them You collect information as a means to a sense of self which can mean that you struggle to truly see yourself. Perhaps your Father Story includes experiences of paternal figures who refused to be identified or pinned down.

How does an emboldening sense of entitlement to solidify your sense of self lead you to new perceptions and interpretations of who you are?

Horoscopes for August/September 2019

Read your sidereal horoscope for August/September 2019. Always sidereal; never tropical. Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart. Read for your Ascendant and Moon sign first, then for your Sun.

On August 8, 2019, Mars begins an amassing of planets in Leo. This Leo stellium culminates on August 30 at the New Moon: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in Leo! This moment is a consequence of:

  • Eclipses in Leo/Aquarius, 2015-2017
  • Events that transpired August/September 2017

Planets in Leo answer to your entitlement to accept that the way you see yourself is the way that you are, and the way you see the world is the way that it is.

CANCER

  • How has your experience of your father and relationships with other men shaped your perceptions of how you earn and spend your money?
  • What is your relationship with food or your material possessions/expenses, and how does it impact changes that have taken hold in your life as a consequence of August/September 2017? 

LEO

  • How do power dynamics with the men/man in your life shape your self-perception?
  • How have changes in your body or personality caused you to change certain lifestyle habits as a consequence of August/Septembre 2017? 

VIRGO

  • How are you reckoning with the authority of those whose judgments are impervious to logic? Have those people changed at all since August/September 2017?
  • How can you learn from them by considering the possibility that some things are the way they are because you say so, not because you have the evidence/data to back it up or even the wherewithal to convince others?

LIBRA

  • What role do mentors, benefactors, and other helpful people (that you may or may not know yet!) play in the realization of your ambitions? And how have those ambitions evolved since August/September 2017?
  • What circumstances particularly pertaining to men (or a man singularly) become the center of your political, social, or professional focus?

SCORPIO

  • What can you learn about trusting your own perceptions and judgments from your mother? 
  • What are your ambitions and who (managers/supervisors/bosses) or what stands between the promotion, prominence, or visibility you seek? What did August/September 2017 teach about how to deal with this now?

SAGITTARIUS

  • What systems or institutions (or clergy, teachers, or politicians) reinforce the convictions you’ve been working so hard to embody and conform your life to?
  • Where can you go (travel/church/temple/university) in order to see yourself in a new light, to illuminate the next level of the self you’ve been stepping into since August/September 2017?

CAPRICORN

  • What boundaries are you implementing as a means to trusting your own judgment with regard to your finances (debt/loans/taxes/credit)?
  • How are you reckoning with dynamics of control and authority as you surrender to the inevitable ending of some important part of your life? If there are no present endings, what ended in August/September 2017 that is especially relevant at present?

AQUARIUS

  • How do you embody your calling to conceive of a self not defined in reference to others, especially partners and male father/authority figures who see your identity as an extension of their own?
  • What relational dynamics from August/September 2017 provide useful context for How you engage in partnership and conflict or establish agreements at present?

PISCES

  • What resistance do you encounter as you embody the courage to trust your own perceptions and judgments in your work/workplace?
  • How is your present work environment similar to or different from what it was in August/September 2017? What lessons from that time period inspire you to step into your authority in new ways at present?

ARIES

  • What power dynamics emerge as you take new risks in your love life/with your sexuality?
  • How do children/creative pursuits/physical fitness serve as the venue for reckoning with men and their (or your) role in shaping your self-perception?

TAURUS

  • What is the legacy of your parents that you encounter in this present work of defining home and solidifying your roots in this world?
  • What lessons from August/September 2017 are relevant to dealing with men in or in reference to your home at present?

GEMINI

  • What is the legacy of male family members that you must reckon with as you step into leadership positions in your immediate family circle?
  • How did August/September 2017 change your family dynamic and how is this present moment a consequence of those changes?