Saturn is currently just past the middle of its tour through the sign Scorpio. Saturn changes signs about every two and a half years, and as it transits through our personal charts it generally represents the areas we will see challenges in. However challenging, it can also represent some of our most concrete realized goals as well. Saturn gives us structures and boundaries in our lives.
Saturn will move through the second half of Scorpio November-December 2014, and on December 23, 2014 it will enter Sagittarius at 11: 33 A.M. for the first time in 30 years, having last transited this sign 1985-87. It will remain in Sagittarius until June 16, 2015 when it transits back into Scorpio for a final three months, entering Sagittarius again September 18, 2015 until December 20, 2017.
Sagittarius is the sign ruling the ninth house of education, foreign affairs and world view. Many views and viewpoints will change with this Saturn placement both on an individual level and the collective level.
Sagittarius' planetary ruler is Jupiter, and Jupiter concerns money, ideals, education, the medical field, religion, churches, young men, governments and laws. Ideas will change and evolve in our own lives during this cycle of Saturn, and on the collective scale or in the world. We can see changes in education, potential scandals in churches and political scandals and issues over laws and boundaries.
Religion and government views, laws, education and our world views will come to the forefront, and this transit will represent a conflict between extremist religious viewpoints, and those of others. This conflict will not be limited to ISIL and the sharia law they push, but can include extremely conservative Christian groups and others and we will see many changes and conflicts.
As Saturn moves into Sagittarius it will begin its square to Neptune at 5 degrees of Pisces. In February 2015, Saturn will move to 4 degrees by the second week of February, coming within a close orb with Neptune, representing the first square to the planet of dreams, illusions and delusions at 4-7 degrees of Pisces/Sagittarius.
By late November 2015 Saturn will be in an exact square to Neptune at 7 degrees of Sagittarius-Pisces and circumstances in the world and our lives will start to change once again.
While Saturn rules our structure, Neptune transits tend to dissolve situations over time. Structures, situations and even relationships may begin to evolve and dissolve into new situations in some cases if this is aspecting your chart. As Neptune dissolves that which we consider our structure some things may come to an end, especially if this aspects a personal planet in your chart.
During this period we could experience an uncomfortable period time where situations, ideas or even people dissolve from our lives and the new has not yet emerged. The old will fade away to make room for the new but it will not happen overnight.
Saturn/ Neptune squares can relate to confusion and lack of clarity, or out and out lies, told directly by others, or to ourselves.
On the other hand this transit may help to give concrete realization to long held dreams and during this period they may take form after a period of time and through a great deal of hard work and effort.(Saturn)
Some of those most affected by this transit will be those born February 24-28, May 27-31, August 29-September 2, and November 28-December 2. Others affected will be born in the Neptune in Sagittarius generation, 1973-74, or anyone with a mutable personal planet between 5-9 degrees.
On the collective many ideas will dissolve or change forms. Politics, governments, and laws will all be affected and we may see changes in the legal status of marijuana, water shortages and problems with water and the ocean, scandals in the church, and the spread of disease among other things.
In Mundane Astrology, Nicholas Champion wrote about Saturn square Neptune: " Green saw this snyod as benefitting democracy, political changes and reforms. Barbault considers this to be the paramount cycle which governs the development of socialism-communism. He points out in 1846 the (transit) was followed by the publication of the Communist Manifesto, and the main phases of this cycle trace the development and establishment of the main European Socialist parties around 1882 and then the Russian Revolution in 1917 immediately following the next one in 1952 saw the death of Stalin and the beginning of expansion of Soviet Communist influence out into Africa and the third world." He continues, "It coincided with formal conclusion of peace treaties following WW11, the explosion of the first hydrogen bomb, and the death of Joseph Stalin. It also coincided with the death of George VI of England and the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II., and the beginning of an important new phase of the evolution of the British monarchy."
Saturn was last in the sign of Sagittarius November of 1985-November 1988 but did not square Neptune. Saturn in Sagittarius will work best for Leo, Aquarius, Aries, Libra, and be more challenging for Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo, and Gemini or anyone with mutable personal planets. (Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces, and Gemini)
In June 2016 Saturn will square Neptune and oppose Jupiter, creating a T- square in the mutable planets and this is a major planetary configuration that will alter many things in the world and our lives. A mutable square's action is variable, less fixed, and more movable. Mutable energy is also thought to be scattered, unfocused and easily distracted.
Neptune in Pisces shows the masses and groups of people around the world will not fare well. Saturn in Sagittarius shows changes in governments, laws and viewpoints, and Jupiter in Virgo shows auditors (when Saturn was in Virgo banks were the issue-08) and Jupiter square Saturn is not positive for financial growth, lack of cohesion in politics, and the spread of disease.
Astrologer Mitch Lewis believes a cure for Ebola will be found, and wrote "So will Ebola be the end of the world? In a word – NO! Will it be cured? Of course. When Saturn squares Neptune. Saturn’s restrictiveness will control the outbreak and lead to a cure. There will be a vaccine developed that will be worth billions of dollars. Also the virus may have more or less run its course by the beginning of 2016. There will still be breakouts, but by then we will be better able to deal with the problem. Unless Ebola mutates very quickly and becomes airborne before a vaccine can be produced and distributed it will not be The Stand. And that is very unlikely to happen. But it could still be very bad before it goes away, at least psychologically.
Viruses run their course. We did not cure the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. It just burned itself out. Ebola will do the same, eventually. You can not quarantine the whole world. You can’t stop Ebola or any other contagion in a global economy. You have to cure it. The crime here is that we’ve known of its potential for decades. But nobody spent the money to find a cure because we work in a capitalist system, and why would anyone spend billions of dollars to cure a disease that may or may not become a pandemic. What kind of a philosophy is that? What could be more valuable than protecting ourselves? "
Saturn-Jupiter has also been associated with Presidential assassinations.