Over centuries and even millennia classical awareness coalesced and eventually has formulated itself into the present day aggregation of crystallized archetypal forms and energies expressed through the seven classical planets of the solar system and the Zodiac. This dynamic has resulted in the laying of the foundation for the individual and collective consciousness and inner psyche of humanity. All seven classical planets have a profound effect on the human psyche, yet the primary objective here is to focus upon the furthermost of the classical planets, the planet Saturn, and how its literal and figurative associations and related imagery work to affect and to shape the workings, structure and confines of the human psyche and the human mind.
With the Sun providing the central core of awareness, the Moon providing the capability for self-reflection, with Mercury enabling one with the powers of perception and Venus endowing a person with the capacity for making sound value judgments, with Mars providing the impetus for will and action and Jupiter bringing forward the properties needed for growth and expansion, still all these properties and potentialities of these six classical planets would be all in vain if not for the form-giving and substantiating energies and properties of the planet Saturn.
All seven planets are needed to make this recipe for celestial soup work and Saturn is the planet most closely associated with and representative of structure and substance of all types and kinds, especially matter and time. Without the influence of Saturn there would be no concrete awareness of reality, only vaguely grasped expressions of shadowy archetypes and energies. Saturn gives form to Spirit, at least it is the focus through which matter gives form to Spirit within our solar system. Saturn is also the vehicle through which the experience of linear time is meted out and governed.
Saturn, along with Mercury the planet of rudimentary cognition and reason, is the planet of logical thought, very much unlike the planet Jupiter which rules over expansive speculation, philosophy and understanding. Jupiter and Saturn approach the accumulation and assimilation of knowledge and wisdom from two opposing perspectives and in two very distinct and contrasting ways. Still, again it is Saturn which gives form to the world of thought and idea. Conceptualization may begin with Mercury and Jupiter but it is given realization through Saturn. Not to underestimate the importance of Mercury whose role as the primary communicator of and between the planets is indispensable and without which none of the other planets would be able to rationally interact with each other. Mercury combines the awareness of the Sun and the reflective properties of the Moon and processes and refines them and converts them into an intellectual composition which Venus evaluates, Mars acts upon, Jupiter philosophizes upon and finally Saturn actualizes.
Being a co-ruler of the dawning Age of Aquarius, the Sign of modern thought, science and technology, it is little wonder that the influence of Saturn is heavily asserting itself upon individual thought and upon the collective consciousness of society in general today. As such, Saturn forms the basis for much of the paradigms and established scientific viewpoints and perspectives developed over the last few centuries, especially within the collective mindset of the established scientific community. As for the other co-ruler of the Age of Aquarius, the outer planet Uranus provides through its powerful influence the perfect opposing yet complementary energies to the operations of Saturn. Uranus brings to the table insight, inspiration, intuition, innovation, genius, originality, rebellion, revolution and change. When one considers the position of the planet Saturn situated between the planets Jupiter and Uranus a person begins to perceive Saturn’s place within the pool of consciousness which is our solar system. Uranus provides the spark of inspiration, insight and intuition, the spark of genius and through the lens of Saturn the planet Jupiter draws these creative energies towards itself, gathering them and marshaling them, forming them into a cohesive concept or idea and expanding on it, philosophizing over it and then projecting the as yet non-manifest thought, perception or idea back to the planet Saturn for completion and materialization. Yet since the outer three planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, lie outside the orbit of Saturn, they lie outside the realm of Saturn, the realm of the “rational” psyche. Therefore, to access their extra-Saturnian energies, a leap of faith (Jupiter) must occur or the reception of said energies will be relegated to the subconscious, whether for an individual or with the case of the whole of society, to the collective unconscious. Due to the restrictive nature of Saturn and also to the as yet unincorporated quality of the energies of the comparably more liberal and potentially liberating outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, human thought and awareness have through the centuries suffered from a considerable lack of vitality and from a constricted imagination. This is not to say that Mankind has little imagination, on the contrary, yet his conscious command of his imaginative powers and faculties of conceptualization in general leave much to be desired.
Even in his modern mindset Man is caught in the mental web of thinking in finite terms. Almost the entire nature of his consciousness is predicated upon the restrictive influence of Saturn. His ability to reach beyond this celestial curtailment of his awareness and to grasp concepts of an infinite nature or to think in terms of the truly infinite is sorely challenged indeed. His need for concrete, tangible proof of a thing or concept, often painstakingly gained through the logical process and the reasoning powers of the rational mind easily leads him to discount out of hand thoughts and the knowledge or truth to be gained through a purely instinctive and intuitive approach or state of mind. This distrust of the intuitive faculty, this aversion to the infinite in whatever form has resulted in the mental dynamic of being “stuck” or “thinking inside of the box”. This particular property of the human mind has led to a substantial diminishing of the scope and expanse of human imagination and creative human thought. In many ways these impediments, these seemingly concrete and definitive thought constructs of ours are not the sole product of external forces, energies or realities imposing themselves upon human awareness. In actuality, we as thinking beings tend to project our thoughts and expectations upon the external thereby then creating or seeing that which we subconsciously wish to create or to see in the external world. Therefore much of the crystallization of energy into finite form and order, the consolidation of thought into perceived reality is of our own making.
The planet Saturn thrives on structured and ordered logical thought. Where logic or order does not exist Saturn will strive to create it for that is how Saturn operates and assimilates celestial and terrestrial energies. Modern day empirical science flourishes under the influence of Saturn, as also does orthodox religion based upon religious dogma. Saturn is very ill at ease with the radical, chaotic, unpredictable and revolutionary energies of Uranus, the vague and ephemeral energies of Neptune and the annihilating and transformative energies of Pluto. Saturn is very much the planet of the status quo. Abrupt change for Saturn is very hard to swallow. Saturn much prefers stability, balance and predictability in all things. So you can see how any influence or dynamic outside of Saturn’s tidy comfort zone can be quite unsettling to anyone who is heavily influenced by this planet.
Because the energies of the classical planets are bound by the restrictive nature of Saturn and due to the relative conscious inaccessibility of the transcendental energies of the three outer planets, Mankind finds himself caught within the net of the realm of finite thought. This condition is compounded by the transition from the Age of Faith towards the Age of Reason. As Mankind struggles to make concrete sense of his world he tries to construct a seamless mental fortress to surround and to house and protect his often fragile view and grasp of existence and also his conceptualizations of his true place within it. The human psyche is so entrenched in its impositions of form, order and limitation upon both the inner and exterior realms (without realizing that these perceived structures are merely contrived illusions upon our part) that we often fail to grasp and comprehend the truly infinite nature of existence.
At this time in our present evolution for the majority of the multitudes the human psyche and especially the conscious capabilities of the rational mind are ill-equipped or harbor a deep aversion to the concept of infinity, of unlimited potential and boundless possibilities. By its very nature, the conscious rational mind is limited and cannot through the power of logical thought alone grasp the truly infinite nature of existence. The rational mind most always requires tangible proof of a thing or concept as part of the acknowledgement and acceptance of its veracity or existence. To move beyond the limitations of probabilities to the acceptance of infinite possibility requires a letting go of the rational process and requires a leap of faith and the acceptance of the miraculous. This is to say to oneself that all things are possible. This is to truly move beyond the limitations of the planet Saturn and to embrace the true boundlessness of all of existence.