Saturn’s Boundaries — The Outer Planets

tumblr_na59skmiBP1r79qbvo1_500The meaning of boundaries is what separates and differentiates us from one another. The issues of barriers can be an interesting one to discuss, Svend Erik Larsen believes that even the most objective boundary like the curb of a street has a Janus’ face; it is both boundaries between and boundary to. One can see it as a barrier or a gate.

Saturn is the planet that rules over limitations, restrictions and boundaries. Saturn is, in many respects, the greatest boundary of all as it acts as the barrier and the gate to the outer planets. The planet Saturn in astrology rules those areas in life where we feel thwarted and where we are most likely to meet with frustration and difficulties. In Liz Greene’s book, Saturn a New Look at an Old Devil, the author writes:

Saturn…he is the Dweller at the Threshold, the keeper of the keys at the gate, and that is through him alone that we may achieve eventual freedom through self-understanding.

Saturn: Lord of Boundaries

Saturn is the lord of karma, boundaries, time and form, whereas the outer planets signify the greatest movements and evolvement. It would give the impression that Saturn inhibits evolution, wanting everything to remain the same. However, there is a deeper message to be learned, and reaching the outer planets and past the gateway requires a strong sense of self. Once an individual is a fully developed adult, mature, with an emerging ego that can deal with life, it will be better enable them to cope with the transforming energies of the outer planets.

The Saturnian world of limits is limited and for growth, we need change.

“The moment you become predictable, you become a machine. A machine is predictable. It was the same yesterday. It is the same today, it will be the same tomorrow…The day you stop changing, in a subtle way you have died.” Osho

When personal planets aspect the outer planetary energies of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto it requires transformation. The fear is losing control over what is happening, but it also challenges us to go beyond our conscious, beyond anything which has ever been felt before. The outer planets in astrology move beyond the personal values stepping outward into universal meaning, revealing the higher mysteries of nature. On the psychological level, they possess an immense drive and can act destructively, breaking down repressed parts of the psyche. Dane Rudhyar, a pioneering type of fellow, discussed the transpersonal psychology throughout his work, and it is often what astrologers relate to when discussing the outer planets in the birth chart. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are universal, illuminating and expanding in nature.

I began to use the term transpersonal in 1930, long before the movement of transpersonal psychology was started, and with a meaning quite different from the one the word has recently taken on in the field of psychology. I defined as transpersonal a process of “descent” of transcendent spiritual power and illumination through the normal consciousness, and eventually through the whole personality of a human being. The source of that power and light exists in a realm “beyond” the personal consciousness and the ego, it simply refers to expansion…universal experiences.


Following on from the safety, security and containment of Saturn comes the challenger of the status quo – Uranus. We are introduced to the planet that shook up the whole of traditional astrology. Uranian forces in life, tend to throw a spanner in the works making things less predictable and initiating change. The discovery of Uranus – ‘O’ brave new world’ – took us away from the bounds of Saturn and ushered in with it a massive revolution. The outer planets in transit are the big movers and shakers, quite often, they are usually transiting the chart when we hear of these major breakdown and breakthrough stories, when the rubber band feels like it is breaking – an individual might have discovered a life-threatening disease, spiralled into drugs and alcohol, or had a life-changing accident, broke down, woke up and transformed. All the same, it must be stated that not everybody makes it through these “life-changes” intact, and they are changed, but there can be an extensive and stubborn resistance until change is forced. Under the outer planetary transits, there is sometimes a complete breakdown where recovery does not always happen.

Uranus is the planet of awakening and realizing our own potentials, freedom and truth. We are suddenly a teenager again rebelling against the rules, resisting the 9-5 job, and taking an alternative path. Uranus is teaching us that life is not about fear and other people’s reactions; it’s about creating the life we truly want. If we want blue hair, a tattoo, or a job that really fulfills and not just provides the needed security, then this kind of urge usually breaks out under a Uranus transit. In Saturn’s world, we are often chained to rules, other people’s opinions, what is expected, and so we follow the crowd.

Uranus’ evolution has always involved technological advancement, and these developments have taken us closer to god with the ability to be able to fly through man-made machines, rocketing to the stars, using medicine to heal people. It rules the elevation of the physical world (Saturn) into dazzling heights, taking us to electrifying new advancements; this is the meeting of space (Uranus) and the boundaries of the world (Saturn). The word “universe” comes from the Latin unus, meaning “one,” combined with versus, which is the past particle of vertere, meaning “to turn.” The original and literal meaning of “Universe” was “everything is turned into one.”

At one point in time, we felt limited, confined, and imprisoned. Uranus motioned the opening of new horizons exciting and exhilarating us. It rules the digital age, traveling, unlimited internet and information with Uranus in its bits and bytes.

Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils – Alan Lightman 

Today we have become choreographers of the dance of nature, able to tweak the laws of nature here and there. By 2100, we will transition to being masters of nature. Physics of the Future 

We all agree that your theory is crazy. But is it crazy enough – Niels Bohr 


Neptune’s ocean contains lost fragments of collective dreams, forgotten hopes and aspirations. The meaning of this watery god in astrology relates to the transcending of limits, crossing boundaries, and is symbolic of an openness that allows the swirling streams of psychic forces to take hold, sometimes quiet and sleeping, sometimes rising up with great force taking over the individual. The planet wears down and dissolves boundaries. Whereas Neptune frees the mind from the illusion of separateness, Saturn can keep us isolated and alone.

Neptune keeps us from developing into a separate entity and a complete adult. Neptune will give up this self for the greater good, and so comes the conflict between Saturn and Neptune. The more addictive personalities, needy and dependent people are still, in many ways, attached to an “umbilical cord” drawn down into Neptune’s whirlpools of destructiveness. Neptune’s love affair with the notion that there is far more than meets the eye leads to the vast and unlimited, representing anything we can imagine or perceive. But when it meets reality and disillusionment, Neptune people tend to get the psychic blues.

Neptune is the creative font of all life, and imagination is its best resource. One of the things you learn about astrology is that for every counterpart there is always an ultimate purpose behind it all, some kind of bigger goal. The alcoholics and drug addicts and escapists are all trying to reach the divine in exactly the same way as the spiritual person and the artist is attempting to get closer to heaven. Poetry, art, and music use the imagination to open this channel. The nebulous planet is the ultimate meaning, the whole, deeper part of the unconscious, and there is always a spiritual hunger behind the archetype. Neptune is about totally immersing the self in these experiences and is symbolic of a longing to be released from the prison of the body and the agony of being incarnated into flesh.

Neptune is deceptively captivating it can be the angel in our midst and calls the individual, under its influence, with its siren’s song presenting glamorous visions, and hopes of reaching one’s dreams. The collective feeling is a term that was originally coined by Carl Jung; he based his life work on exploring the inner realm of the unconscious, its archetypes, and motifs. Neptune is all about tapping into the springs of knowledge and allowing the imagination to make connections. Neptune works most powerful on a figurative level, relating to images and exploring life through a metaphorical lens. When under the influence of the blue hazy planet the world fascinates and enchants us and its mysteries can never be explained only experienced. The yearning we feel with Neptune is always the search for more of its light. Neptune is fantasia mirroring the world of imaginings and also ruling the feeling below conscious life, without us knowing.


Pluto is about transformation and this birth into a new reality always requires immense struggle, a journey into the self, and it is about eliminating. All of this involves a self-confrontation which sometimes leads to self-destruction as we are wrapped up in this inner-violence, seeking insight in the underworld of the psyche. An inner war is what the individual takes on with its old fears, blockages and the negative self-talk that happens, and much of what it rules is relegated to the deepest parts of the self, under the surface. We battle this energy and there is a death of the old self and a new person is reborn, and this regularly involves the repressed parts of the self, breaking through and delving deep into the unconscious with great emotional upheavals and deepening experiences. Pluto is certainly, even more, blocking than Saturn’s energy and also shares another theme in common – the shadow side of the individual. Fears and phobias that hold us back with the negative self-talk bringing an individual down into depression, and it blocks the future in the process. Most often, there needs to be an abandoning of old self-beliefs, structures or attitudes. Pluto is the giver of riches and if the individual reaches this level of transforming he will receive all the gold by bringing something from the depths of the darkness, the subconscious part of the mind into the light and transforming emotions, feeling a new sense of rejuvenation.

 And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom – Anais Nin

The fact that these planets are so new–after thousands of years at least during which mankind was not conscious of their presence–and that we have become conscious of the existence of our Galaxy, should make us realize that humanity, since the 18th century, is making a transition toward some far greater reality than which has subsisted up to now. It would be an error therefore to interpret the meaning of these planets in terms of established Saturnian values which dominate our consciousness. They must refer to something entirely new upsetting the Saturnine consciousness and rational logic. By Astrology Considerations