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Astrology: Saturn shenanigans

by Janette Dalgliesh
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28 September 2020

Welcome to the final quarter of 2020.

We’re in the Saturn-goes-direct zone, which can feel like “OMFG SO MUCH TO GET DONE AND SO LITTLE TIME!”

Even though there is an exact time (29 September, 1:11AM Eastern US time), as Saturn slows to prepare for the turn, then stops, then slowly accelerates into forward motion again – the whole period feels like turbulent Saturnian weather.

Take a deep breath.

Your brain will give you a ton of crap about how you haven’t done enough / haven’t done it properly / haven’t really earned or deserved the good stuff / haven’t handled the bad stuff well enough …. blah blah blah.

Take another breath.

This is merely astrological weather meeting old brain habits which we ALL inherited from the culture in which we live.

Symptoms of Saturn pressure in the astro-weather?

Perfectionism, obsession with productivity, binary thinking with no shades of grey, judgement and hyper self-criticism.

Symptoms of living in a system based on post-industrial revolution patriarchal thinking?

Perfectionism, obsession with productivity, binary thinking with no shades of grey, judgement and hyper self-criticism.

Symptoms of living in a system based on white supremacy?

You guessed it.

Perfectionism, obsession with productivity, binary thinking with no shades of grey, judgement and hyper self-criticism***

When any planet moves direct after a period in Retrograde, it’s an invitation to embrace a shift in perspective.

Your own personal Saturn cares deeply about the legacy, the work you came here to do.

The socialisation which we all experience creates a framework which can all too easily turn “cares deeply” into “do it properly or not at all” and also “you’ll never be good enough” and also “work harder NOW”.

Our own Saturn cares that we do that thing we came here to do, and that we do it properly.

The systems in which we live take that craving for excellence and twist it into an obsession with overwork and perfection, an inability to take credit for our own achievements, and some nasty brain habits of self-judgement, guilt and shame any time we take a rest.


And the kind of Saturn sky weather we’re having right now can exacerbate all of that.

The good news?

You are not stuck with this. You have a choice.

Consider the possibility that you could – this time – respond with conscious, deliberate kindness.

Binary thinking – that favourite paradigm of all those patriarchal systems – says you either work your butt off and scramble to get it all done OR you give up completely, drop the ball, sit on the couch with chocolate and Netflix until the urge to get shit done goes away.

There’s a third option.

Embrace a beautiful pearlescent shade of grey.

Pick a couple of priorities, based on what would be most satisfying to get done and/or most fun to do.

Do them without needing them to be perfect. As my friend Simone Grace Seol suggests, quit doing your best. (Literally, her book is called Don’t Do Your Best and it’s genius)

And then – however much gets done and however imperfect it is – celebrate the everliving F out of it.

Rinse and repeat.

You’re welcome!

PS if you find Saturn pressure still getting too much for you, check out this oldie but goodie radio episode I made a couple of years ago.

PPS if you’d like to get my eyes on your chart and see how this weather is interacting for you personally, this is a perfect time. Book in and we’ll figure out how best to set YOUR sails to leverage the changing winds of mastery.

*** My thanks to Tema Okun for her excellent research on this concept, available here in full, as well as her acknowledged contributors – including (but not limited to) Andrea Ayvazian, Bree Carlson, Beverly Daniel Tatum, M.E. Dueker, Nancy Emond, Kenneth Jones, Jonn Lunsford, Sharon Martinas, Joan Olsson, David Rogers, James Williams, Sally Yee, as well as the work of Grassroots Leadership, Equity Institute Inc, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Challenging White Supremacy workshop, the Lillie Allen Institute, the Western States Center, and the contributions of hundreds of participants in the Dismantle Racism process

Janette Dalgliesh helps rebel progressive women create their big, world-changing dreams FAST (even if they yet don’t know what that dream is). She uses her unique blend of astrology and neuroscience-based coaching to support her international clientele — the poets, the politicians, the artists and the entrepreneurs — so they can do work which makes a difference, makes good money, and makes their hearts sing.  Find Janette at her website. 

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