Saturn in astrology rules karma, and karma is probably one of the most talked about of the spiritual devices.
Even the most cynical and agnostic people will flip this word out with the ease of a contact-less payment. And although it has degrees of nuance the essential gist of the word is spiritual payback. Specifically, it’s a landmine of cold justice for bad people. There’s comfort for those of us who are hurt by others – others who seem to be able to ride rough shod over our lives without a smidge of accountability or remorse.
Sometimes the word is applied to groups of people. I’ve heard the word karma used to describe people with different views on vaccinations, or on differing sides of human rights matters or even companies who’s shares take a sudden nosedive.
Saturn & Dharma
It’s impossible to understand the word Karma in it’s true original context without understanding the concept of Dharma – and there’s no direct translation into English for this word. Essentially it breaks down to a set of divine laws that all must adhere to during their time on this earth. It acknowledges that the suffering we are born into or experience may be predetermined or earned.
It also states that how we carry ourselves with whatever injuries or afflictions we may experience are as important – if not more so, than why they happened or who caused them. Life itself is a force majeur – an act of God or more accurately an expression of the will of God. Life on this Earth is a river and we are all set adrift. Where we find ourselves in the river is based entirely on who we are and what we do – not because of what others do to us. In this lifetime and in lifetimes before.
The theosophists describe Dharma as the “inner nature of a thing at any given stage of evolution, and the law of the next stage of its unfolding”. Again this hints at a river – a flow that is heading in a particular direction. The personality will fight the river while the soul will follow it because the soul knows where the river leads. Annie Besant said that the key is knowing the stage of your growth and knowing the laws that will allow you to grow further. This principle is the beating heart of Esoteric Astrology.
And on the chart, the trials of karma are ruled by Saturn. Karma forces correction and insists that all debts are paid and in this particular town Saturn is the law. However Karma is like the interest free period on a credit card – the reality of what you’ve been spending doesn’t truly kick in until you reach the 30 day mark. Young souls that lack soul awareness accumulate karma but are still well within the interest free period. They’re free to spend up large and to push that plastic as far as it can go.
But as they reincarnate the only thing they carry into each life is accumulated debt. And as they become soul conscious – as the mind, body and emotions become developed they find themselves starting to incarnate into lives where their credit is lower and their debt is higher. They find themselves born into bodies or minds with illness. They find themselves in the periphery of people who turn them into victims. They struggle with addictions and have personality flaws which poison the way they look at life or relationships with others.
In Esoteric astrology the Moon tells us about past lives, but Saturn reads like a list of our most recent transactions on the divine credit card statement of Karma. It’s notice must be paid to avoid legal action in this lifetime and failure to do so – swimming against current – has consequences. You accumulate more interest and often you find that the problems in your life – as complex and diverse as they first appeared, are in fact the same problems hitting you with more force and more intensity.
A recurring period where you’re brought to account for the same spending history but with more interest accumulated. You find yourself left with less room to breathe. Less people who love you. Less security and less opportunities until you at least make the minimum payment.
Saturn on your chart will tell you where you can make your payment based on the house and sign it’s in. You’ll get an idea of how big that payment’s going to be based on the aspects it creates on the chart – and these aspects will also tell you where you’re going to feel the squeeze if you don’t make payment. And you may joke that you’ll probably never pay off your credit card in this life time but for esoteric astrology this is quite literally the case.
Luckily, we have Saturn – the lord of Karma, to keep a tally and to send us statements. Not just in this lifetime but in every lifetime until our debt is paid in full.