November 7th, 2004 Saturn Retrograde until March 21st, 2005

By Elizabeth Jones

Saturn rules our responsibilities and prior commitments. Under its influence we can be disciplined, persevering, and goal oriented. During these months while Saturn is retrograde, we may find our focus turning towards taking care of business and paying extra attention to the basic structure of our life. It is a time of reevaluating where we are and how we got here. And most importantly, to take a look at who we have become and if we want to continue creating that in the future.

So, while on the one hand we must honor those things we have a prior commitment to, on the other we will be looking to see if we want to continue those very commitments into our future. During the next several months, we have an opening to do this. To complete certain agreements, to either ourselves or another or even a project, and then to decide if we want to remake those agreements or if it is now that we must let them go, opening ourselves to the next phase of our life.

It is very significant that Saturn turns direct on March 21st, 2004, which is the first day of Spring. At that time, there will be a strong impulse towards the commitments and decisions that will be the support and structure of the next phase of our life. And until that time, we will get the chance to do some major reevaluation and completing of tasks.

There are some keys to figuring this out. One is to look carefully to see if we are doing things out of habit to the point where we are no longer feeling or experiencing the value from those actions. If so, then it may be time to look again before we continue to choose it in our lives. This could apply to a job, relationship, housing situation, our finances, our approach to our health, and even our belief systems.

Another key is to see if we are being nurtured and supported by those things. This is Saturn's last spin in the sign of Cancer, which is very much concerned with what nurtures us. This is especially true in regards to our home environment and our personal relationships. It may be time to let a relationship go that no longer has the vitality needed to create a loving environment for each of you. Or it may be time to move a relationship to a deeper level of commitment. Or it may even be time to look at your own capacity to love and be loved. All of these things may get our attention now.

Another area that will continue to grab our attention during this time is keeping our homes, and country, safe. We are most interested in security in all forms, and will continue to find it entering our media, minds, and conversations. It is most important, however, that we look to see where our true security lies and to resist making decisions from a fear-based platform. This is an ongoing process, but one we must remain conscious of, being careful not to allow our repetitive patterns of thinking to make decisions about our safety.

Overall, this will be a time of completion, reevaluation, maturing, examination of our home situations and basic structure of our lives. Spring brings us opportunities to make new commitments and plans that will better support what we want to create in our future and who we want to become. For now, keep looking at these issues and know that some things just are not going to get resolved until Spring. Thankfully, Saturn can give us the ability to be patient, persevering, and thorough if we consciously choose to access its higher energies.

Expected time of influence: November 5th, 2004 until March 21st, 2005, with a particularly strong influence the entire month of November.

Many blessings,

Elizabeth Jones

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