The placement of the planet Saturn in your astrological birth chart indicates where your greatest weaknesses, fears and insecurities lie, and the aspects of your life which will require the most concentrated effort and discipline to master and overcome them. Yet it also points to the aspects of your life which can become your greatest strengths if you are willing to face your fears and difficulties and work with them patiently.
The sign Saturn was in when you were born describes the way in which you need to express yourself to overcome your fears, insecurities and shortcomings and become your own authority in life. However, because Saturn is a challenging or “difficult” planet, this usually isn’t easy. We often experience Saturn’s archetype in terms of our Shadow.
In Jungian psychology, the archetype of the Shadow is everything about ourselves we would prefer not to acknowledge. Because we cannot acknowledge it in ourselves, it is very easy for us to experience problems in our life in one of two different ways. We can either overcompensate the sign Saturn was in when we were born or we can project the sign.
In overcompensation too much attention is placed on the sign Saturn was in when you were born and it is overdone in a negative way, causing problems in your life. When overcompensating, you place too much importance on the pressure from Saturn, to the exclusion of other parts of your life.
In projection too little attention is placed on the sign Saturn was in when you were born and it is underdone in a negative way, causing problems in your life. When projecting, Saturn appears as the very qualities you most dislike in others. In either case the Saturn archetype is not being handled effectively.
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