We are certainly moving into interesting times. Saturn’s new position in Pisces and Pluto’s new position in Aquarius are creating new patterns and energies to relate to. But is it all bad? Should we fear these changes? And is it different for Witches? I´m going to answer the last question first. In my opinion yes, it is different for Witches. So let´s grab a cup of coffee and look closer into why this might be the case and see if we can bring some light into the other questions as well.
Difficult Planets and Aspects
The planets in the horoscope have different reputations. Some are considered good and others bad, but it is really all energy. Whether an energy is good or bad depends on how we use it and what we do with it. Venus is considered a “good” planet, but I have seen Venus in transit mess up more than one relationship when someone gets carried away by an intensive attraction created by a Venus transit. The attraction many times only last as long as the transit (23 days).
Saturn has a “bad” reputation for creating obstacles, but I have seen many clients getting out of difficult life situations like drug abuse, unemployment, and mental illness during what is considered a challenging Saturn transit (square, opposition, return). In those cases Saturn has supported with the power to deal with the world and make the positive changes permanent.
A person born with many challenging aspects in their chart (a lot of red lines) is considered to have a difficult life with many challenges early in life. Even if that´s true, something happens around the age between 30–40. If that person has worked with the challenges, the tension in their chart (the red lines) between the planets becomes a usable and powerful energy, and then they become a successful, stable, and resourceful person others can count on.
A person born with many easy aspects in their chart (a lot of blue lines) is considered to have an easy life with many blessings early in life. But something happens for them as well around the age between 30–40. If they haven´t worked on developing life skills, self-confidence, and resourcefulness their blessings (blue lines) may become stagnant. They become stuck in life and can literally see how others move beyond them in life.
Why is this important? It is important in how we look at what are seen as challenges and gifts. A challenge that is worked with may change into a blessing and a blessing may become something of a burden if not properly worked with and supported.
My way of seeing astrological and numerological charts is that there are no good or bad charts, planet constellations, and numbers. There are only different charts and numbers. They are maps describing energy and patterns. What we do with that energy and how we change those patterns is up to us.
If Not a Witch, Then Who?
Saturn has the power to shape, form, bend, and banish. It can take energy and manifest it in our world. It can also take energy in this world and banish it. Sound familiar? This is what Witches do. We are good at this, if we take the time (also Saturn) to learn it.
Pluto creates transformation, talks to the dead, breaks generational patterns, seeks out the truth, has the power to end abuse on all levels, ends what no longer serves, and has the power to create a new version of self and life. Witches do all that too, and yes, we are good at it.
If I was going through a difficult period with Saturn, Pluto, or other planets and someone asked me who I would like on my side? The answer is… a Witch! In the medicine bag of the Witch we have tools like plants, crystals, potions, sigils, mantas, connections to totems, ancestors, gods and goddesses, and knowledge about how the universe works. All of these tools can be used to aid in any kind of change or transit.
To put it simple, Witches don´t fear astrological aspects and transits, we work with them.
Saturn in Pisces – Good Times for the Witch?
Saturn is the ruler of the sign of Capricorn (hard work, dependable, structure). It has the power to shape, make form, and turn ideas into tangible things and goals. Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac and the third of the water signs. It rules the twelfth house of spirituality, illusions, dreams, and prophecy. When Saturn is here he can take this spiritual energy and make it into something real in this world.
Perhaps you are good at reading Tarot cards? With Saturn in Pisces, you may get the support to start taking on clients and make it a business.
Do you dream of becoming a professional Witch? This Saturn in Pisces can give you the courage to sign up for professional Witch classes.
Of course there will still be work to do. After all we are dealing with Saturn, the taskmaster. But still, with hard work it is possible to turn those watery, deep, and spiritual gifts into something others can see, touch, and feel.
If you have a spiritual shop or center, if you are working as a reader, healer, or the like, Saturn may work a bit differently. In this case, Saturn is asking you what you need to change at your job to make it work in a better way: Do you need to change location? Do you need to let go of one kind of service to offer another? Do you need more staff or less? What first may seem like a problem may be a blessing in the end when the changes are made.
More Spiritual Interest and Going Deeper
What we do know with Saturn is that it creates physical changes and in Pisces (water) it has a lot to do with spirituality and searching for something more meaningful in life. On the one hand this will probably create more magically-interested customers and more clients who are beginners. On the other hand the ones coming to see you may be searching for deeper spiritual work and understanding.
When Saturn has been in Aquarius (air, mind, social media) we have seen a lot of Witch memes on social media and a lot of categorizing of the Witch, like crystal-witch, green-witch, candle-witch, and so on. With Saturn in Pisces, the search goes further into the more unexplainable and deeper realms, more about the Mysteries and what is going on beyond the public eye.
Another expression of this energy is that of discipline and being prepared to do the work. Saturn in Pisces can assist in being disciplined in doing daily meditations and devotions.
Challenges with Saturn in Pisces
So what are the challenges with Saturn in Pisces? Saturn is not so comfortable in Pisces. He likes form, shape, and order. The world of Pisces and the twelfth house is shapeless, bottomless, and without order. Now this may be more challenging for non-Witches as I mentioned above, because part of the training and work of the Witch is moving between the nonphysical and physical. We do this all the time.
For a person with a great need for control this can be quite a challenge. The sign of Pisces is also a mutable, changeable sign. That means we have a lot of changing emotions around us. It´s one emotion in the morning, another at lunch, and a third again in the evening. With Saturn in Pisces we all need to learn how to surf the changing emotional waves.
The twelfth house ruled by Pisces is the house of secrets, institutions, prisons, hospitalisation — that which is hidden. Saturn can push things that have been deep under water up to the surface. The emotions gets so strong they have to come up and out to have a release. In that way Saturn in Pisces can be an exposer of truths many people have known about, but nobody wanted to talk about.
With Saturn in Pisces we may get help to deal with things that are hard to talk about. Perhaps we seek professional help with family dramas and secrets and we are able to put words on the things that has happened to us.
The last time Saturn was in Pisces was from May 1993 to April 1996, before that March 1964 to March 1967, and February 1935 to January 1938
Dealing with Old Things in a New Way
Right now Saturn is in a good aspect, big trine to Mars (will, power) in the sign of Cancer (family, close relationships) and the South Node (the past, karma) in the sign of Scorpio. This could assist you in dealing with old things, situations and conflicts in a new and perhaps more mature way.
Mars trines Saturn and the South node until the 14th of April
Deep Healing and Defending Your Loved Ones
The sun is in Aries (fire, warrior) right next to Chiron (the wounded healer). Together they continue to work with deep healing, specially connected to the sacred masculine. Together they make a challenging square to Pallas Athena (warrior) in Cancer (family). This could lead to more domestic turbulence. The good side of this aspect is healing for fathers, sons and on the masculine side of the family tree. This healing is strengthened by Lilith Black Moon in trine from 9 degrees in Leo. Perhaps we will see more male leaders stepping forward to protect families and promote healing. This is a good time for ceremonies and rituals for the fatherly line in our ancestral tree.
Lilith Black Moon trines the Sun until the 7th of April
Lilith Black Moon trines Chiron until the 25th August
Choosing Your Words
Right now Pluto (transformation) in Aquarius is making a challenging aspect (square) to Mercury (communication). This makes words extra strong and potentially harmful. When Mercury is together with Pluto they become like a mental laser beam. Perfect for research, in-depth writing and research. A bit tricky in daily conversations with family and friends. This becomes extra strong with the full moon on the 6th of April.
Mercury squares Pluto until the 7th of April
Making an Extra Effort
Pluto also makes a challenging aspect to Vesta (devotion, priest and priestess) in Aries. This can make you feel like you are not doing enough or going deep enough. This can create restlessness and irritation. If you focus your energy and make an extra effort in your spiritual work it can lead to a breakthrough and reaching to the next level. Mercury is right next to Vesta, so remember to write down (Mercury) your insights and what you did to reach them so that you may remember it further down the path.
Vesta squares Pluto until the 28th of April
Other dates to look out for
The 3rd of April Mercury moves into the sign of Taurus. This makes communications slower and more thoughtful.
The 6th of April we have a strong Full Moon in Libra. The Sun is right between Jupiter and Chiron.
The 11th of May Venus moves into Gemini, creating more lovable communication and some charm.
The 20th of April we have a very strong New Moon in Aries with a Solar Eclipse. This happens at 29 degrees in Aries. The 29th degree in any sign is extra strong because it is the last degree before tipping over to the next sign. The next day Mercury goes retrograde until the 15th of May.
Summary: Many things are happening on many levels at the same time. Even if some unexpected hinders may come our way we have a good chance to keep on moving forward to something better. By taking one day and one challenge a time, progress is made. Even if we can´t see all the results from our energy work yet, it is a good thing to think that the Universe is conspiring to our benefit. (Lilith Black Moon trine the Sun and Chiron)
Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red
Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at [email protected].