An Astrological Philosophy about Walking the Line

...all things are connected and anything in life is possible.
— Riya

We have two cosmic teachers in our Solar System: Saturn the Drill Instructor, and Jupiter the College Professor.

Saturn is a demanding, yet structured energy that can feel like an indefatigable proctor sometimes. You feel like your study materials are insufficient. You may feel like the grading isn't fair. You feel like the lessons are never going to end -- but eventually, they do, and then Saturn unceremoniously moves on to another area of your life that needs crystallization or clarification.

Jupiter not only wants you to pass the test, but wants you to ace it -- and will keep giving you the same lessons over and over in different form with lots of help until you've mastered it, or will build one lesson on top of others that you already know within your Soul. This will prime you to be excited with beginner's mind, and yet patient with others who may not have "converted" yet. Your grading is on a curve, and sometimes you may not do well, but it isn't the end of the world, you just begin again.

And that is the call of Sagittarian energy: to be the approachable sage, the philosopher that enlightens and then shows that he or she puts one shoe on before the other, just like the rest of us. As each year comes to a close, this energy reminds us that all things are connected and anything in life is possible. However, adhering to and finding the overarching truth can be a full-time job for this sign, and thusly hates being fenced in or having their integrity being called into question. Let's see this in action below:

     "I only hope that some people would agree that the task of bringing philosophy to  some of its own limits and metaphors in social science, and that of questioning philosophy's ambiguous contacts with unphilosophical discourses, justify my commitment not to philosophy, nor to an invented Africa, but to what it essentially means to be an African and a philosopher today."        
                          -V.Y. Mudimbe, African philosopher

This is the mutable paradox of the centaur: high minded ideas and higher evolution bridged with "down-to-earth"-ness, mitigating attention to core values without harming others.

With the transiting moon waxing in Capricorn, we should explore how to bring mindful tact to our behaviors. We will experience the expansive energy that will carry us through the holidays, but Saturn's energy will balance this zeal. Don't forget to practice your personal soji. Soji is cleaning that is done by Buddhist monks, not for the sake of cleaning, but to bring mindfulness to a task. What does soji look like for you? It will not be glamorous, it will probably involve some actual cleaning of your home, but it will be cleansing for the spirit as well.

This first decan of Sag will still have some Scorpionic energy, so we will still be digging deep with intensity to find our greater truth. Next week we will talk about how Sag affects other planets!


This dedicated Archer stopped by Neptune on her way to Earth to see what it was about. During her exploration, she found Astrology as a little girl and would peruse the astrology section of the newspaper from time to time for entertainment. One day, Saturn decided to reintroduce himself to her and she has honed this interest for the last ten years. Riya lives in San Diego.