2015, a SATURN cycle
Comprised of the number of the Moon (2), the 0 – or great Void – the number of the Sun (1) and the number of Mercury (5). Added together a number eight: the number of Saturn. Saturn in the Vedic tradition is the catalyst between death and rebirth, and represents the highest agency of personal and collective transformation. Subsequently, this cycle will force humanity into the raw recognition that death is the end station for all and everything. Death is inescapable for all life forms, and it is where we are all going, like it or not. All this jumping up and down, searching for eternal happiness, the pursuit of the almighty dollar, crazy greed mongering and intensifying exploitation of global resources, will in the end amount to nothing more than death.
Saturn is the sobriety planet, insisting on utmost self-honesty, humility and practical realism of how it truly is. Relentlessly Saturn is going to offer these lessons, irrespective of culture, religion, social status, age, gender, belief system, that death is the final station for everything and everyone. This is very hard to embrace, and people go through great acrobatics resisting this, day in and day out, pretending otherwise. We are so absorbed in our own self-delusions and ego distractions that we seek any form of entertainment over and above the facts of death.
We are sold endless trance states via the Internet, via pretentious and dishonest communications, by perpetuating relentless consumerism, pursuing financial get-rich schemes, diet crazes, cleverly packaged magical thinking in the form of self-help “laws of attraction” and so on. Behind all this frantic behavior there is a primal fear nobody wants do deal with: the fear of death.
The Saturn cycle will force us to address all fear. Fear of suffering, of existential angst, fear of death.
When I say: ‘I am’.
I do not mean a separate entity
with a body as its nucleus.
I mean the totality of being,
the ocean of consciousness,
the entire universe
of all that is and knows.
I have nothing to desire
for I am complete forever.
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Saturn is slow moving which is indicated by its Sanskrit name Shanaischaraya. It is cold, dry and tamasic in nature, and considered a malefic planet of darkness. Because it rules over the dark side of human nature, it forces us into deep self-honesty, the place where we really have an awareness of what is right and wrong, our primal conscience.
Saturn is a planet of confinement, and often brings obstruction such as delay, restraint, illness, and impairments to ones movements as it rules over the legs. In extreme cases it represents imprisonment. It can make us feel isolated, morbid, pessimistic, anxious and lonely, and when we go through a Saturn period, particularly the long lasting ones, it visibly ages us. Saturn rules over the nails, hair, teeth, bones and skeleton. In this 2015 Saturn cycle we can expect to confront our self-limitations, having to deal with unpredictable elements arising from within and without, disturbing our cherished dreams. We are forced to work hard in whatever capacity, serve our elders as our healthcare systems are crumbling, and will be challenged by the dilemmas of the poor and downtrodden. This year is likely to be without much fun or humor. Considering last year’s KETU cycle (acting like Mars), where everybody was triggered and angry, this 2015 SATURN cycle could have everybody fearful, feeling restricted and outright depressed.
Globalization is a predominant story of our times. The way we live, the way we think, and everything we consume is connected, and affected by this force. This global interconnectedness and interdependency we are experiencing bring with it added complexities. Forces of globalization, while bringing modernity to developing countries, also ignite political and economic instability. Now every local crisis becomes a global crisis, from downed airplanes, public health concerns like Ebola, financial meltdowns, separatist and religious movements, among others.
Saturn is a rebel at heart, so societies at large will push for more social uprising and will want to revolutionize existing law and order. This could be a year full of global struggle, worldwide spiritual discontent, and alarming climate crisis resulting in economic uncertainty. Unless by now you meditate daily, eat sensibly and sustainably, exercise consistently and have a devoted attitude of faith and surrender, you could easily give into the collective gloominess, forgetting how to smile as you lose sight of the samsaric leela we are all engaged in. This is the play of the gods after all.
The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today. PERSONAL INTEGRITY IS EVERYTHING in this new SATURN cycle!
The task seems hopeless until suddenly
all becomes clear and simple and
so wonderfully easy.
But, as long as you are interested in
your present way of living,
you will shirk from
the final leap into the unknown.
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj