Saturn is both the blackness of lead and the brilliance of crystal. It can bind and trap us through depression, fear or envy, but equally it can bring focus, maturity and discernment. By transit, it often demands our adjustment to the incarnate world, reminding us of mortality and the passage of time – and yet the lead also contains its measure of gold which is slowly revealed through our labours.
We will first briefly explore the meaning of Saturn, calling on myths, on the symbolism of Saturn within alchemy, and Hermetic Saturn as the source of the contemplative melancholy from which creativity springs. We will then turn to the Saturn cycle, and to the transits of Saturn through the houses and in aspect to planets and angles, which bring the ripening of our creative gifts and the unfolding of our mature sense of achievement and purpose in the world.