Saturn: A New Look on an Old Devil was first published in 1976, yet it is still widely considered to be the best dissertation on Saturn and continues to describe all of our physical, mental, and psychic limits.
It appears that this book’s influence has not lessened at all in the years since its release.
The author, Liz Greene, encourages us to unearth the gold that lies beneath the surface by putting an emphasis on the transformative potential that the archetypal figure possesses.
When we examine the “malevolent” attributes of this planet, we discover something that is significantly more illuminating.
We come to the understanding that appearances can be deceiving, and that underlying what we think to be “evil,” we find something far more enlightening.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
It is not the typical order for astrological readings, but Saturn’s placement in the Water Houses comes first in this analysis.
It is considered that people whose natal charts have Saturn in the 4th, 8th, or 12th houses will have the most difficult time dealing with Saturn’s adverse challenges.
This is especially true given that those houses dominate over the psychic, familial, and unconscious inheritance.
The typical person who has this placement may not be aware of the emotional frustration and pain on the feeling level; as a result, a watery Saturn may find its way to the couch of a therapist.
This is because it is believed to be more problematic on the emotional level, where things lie just below the surface of consciousness.
The Educational Value of Pain
The problem of Saturn is centred on the difficult work of gaining free will, and the degree to which we know ourselves determines the extent to which we are liberated in the Saturnian sector of our lives.
It is the factor that determines the course of our lives and determines whether Saturn will be gold or lead. Liz Greene views Saturn as the contrast between external beliefs, expectations, and fears of failing in the eyes of others.
The author also believes that Saturn represents the educational value of pain.
The result of going through this process is that we are left with an insistant urge to search within ourselves for the ideals that guide us.
Only when we forgive ourselves for our inadequacies and accept them as part of who we are will we be able to escape Saturn’s monstrous side.
A New or Larger Kind of Awareness
In addition to Saturn’s difficult attributes, the encountering of barriers, limitations, and basic lack is what provides the impetus to overcome obstacles and work that much harder.
Liz Greene alludes to the age-old truth that self-discovery is the key to free will, but the reality is that only a small percentage of people have actually had this experience.
We are nothing but a pawn in the hands of fate unless there is an expansion of consciousness, and we are locked away in our own little Tartarus until that time.
This book, Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil, provides an interpretation of all of Saturn’s natal houses and aspects, as well as synastry interactions between two charts. It is a masterpiece that provokes thought and serves as a constant companion in the delineation of Saturn. According to the author, the only way to achieve confidence and greater self-awareness is because of Saturn and not in spite of him.