Saturn – The Caged Bird

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Saturn is the Caged bird mentality in the horoscope

Wherever Saturn is in the natal chart, we can all feel like the caged bird. Moreover, if the planet is especially powerful in the horoscope, then we may feel forever trapped, longing to express ourselves fully, craving for freedom, and hoping one day, for some kind of release. The imprisoning feeling can be commonly felt, and many people are left feeling the bitter taste of reality, and this can concern all different themes in life with some common threads – such as the sense of being isolated, separated, lonely, lacking something important which is badly wanted in life.

In the natal chart, Saturn also represents the internal judicial system that is referred to as a conscience and is often harsh and uncompromising. In many ways, it is like the observant and critical function over the whole psychic realm of the personality. We know the function of this planet is to banish anything threatening, it sets limits and creates boundaries, and is highly concerned with self-preservation. In myth, Cronus (Saturn) swallowed his children, and in life much of the expressive nature of house/sign and any other planet that Saturn is contacting is swallowed up.

Saturn is painfully aware of critical judges such as society and parents but also going beyond mother and father and other persons in its severity and unreasoning criticism.There is also a highly mistrusting attitude towards others and the world around us. The planet can also be excessively ambitious, and rigid caught up in defensive complexes. The self-protective mechanism of this Saturn’s operation locks the door of its expression much of the time, for there are powerful fears and we must also deal with some hefty shadow material.

Everybody has a Saturnine component and a lot of the anguish depends on how we can successfully integrate it into the personality. Indeed, Saturn can provide great rewards, and many astrologers believe we earn fruits far more enduring than Jupiter’s, and through making greater effort and meeting expectations it can result in a heightened sense of pride and self-esteem.

But most of us are unable to tap our true potential or realize our own enlightenment because we remain trapped in our material or psychological boundaries. We are chained by Saturn’s rings… Mythic Astrology: Archetypal Powers in the Horoscope

Anxiety can paralyze and we feel awkward and embarrassed

A powerful Saturn can also exert complete domination over a life, creating guilt, as well as inhibiting satisfaction in the real world. Saturn’s do’s and don’ts may be so great ┬áthat the personality has nowhere to turn and shrinks into a box, feeling ineffective in the face of life’s demands. The anxious feelings of Saturn are what can keep us hidden, fearing anything outside our normal comfort zone and ultimately placing many obstacles in our path. Many people suffer from anxiety as it is part of the human condition. On the other hand, some individuals suffer intensely from anxiety; they are severely handicapped in dealing with themselves and their social environment. Generally it can be hard to describe its cause and the feelings usually include apprehension and impending doom. No one feels comfortable with he sense of embarrassment and awkwardness that Saturn brings, and so we fear trying anything new at all.

Being overly defensive also means we block awareness of our real emotions, impulses, desires, and it can hinder accurate assessment and actually lead away from real insight, understanding and sense of reality. Saturn is fundamentally a process of death and rebirth, shedding off illusions and discovering what is real underneath, no matter how imperfect. The sphere of Saturn in the birth chart suggests where in life we have been trapped in a cage, unable to take flight, but also feeling inadequate and too clumsy to spread our wings and soar. In Saturn’s area of life is where we feel our world is the most narrow, and we can withdraw, intimidated by our lack of competence.