Saturn, Commitments and John Mayer

“I am drivin’
85- in
the kind of mornin’
lasts all afternoon –
Just stuck inside the gloom.

4 more exits to
my apartment
But I am tempted
to keep the car in drive
And leave it all behind.” John Mayer

“Socrates had it wrong; it is not the unexamined but finally the uncommitted life that is not worth living.” William Sloane Coffin

The planet Saturn is associated with gloom and in the old texts an adverse  condition created by Saturn was often diagnosed as melancholia – a precursor to what can be commonly referred to as  depression in contemporary times.

John Mayer, the singer and songwriter, has also written a song  about gravity – another Saturnian force. Saturn governs “the rules of the road” and is what holds our feet to the fire as far as commitments, duties and obligations are concerned. A stressful relationship to Saturn in a natal chart can indicate a person who can get sometimes overwhelmed by the burden of commitments and needs to periodically review the nature of these obligations and evaluate whether the level of commitment is still appropriate or whether some form of adjustment is needed.

John Mayer has a strong Saturn in his chart as well the Moon conjunct Neptune. Moon/Neptune aspects are often seen in the charts of visionaries, mystics and artists. It has a very ethereal nature to it and often seeks to be away and escape from the more mundane, burdensome aspects of everyday life. It can be  prone to addiction if creative and spiritual gifts are not honored and an appropriate outlet provided for them.

In a natal chart a connection between Saturn and Neptune can represent the kind of friction so often present in the lives of artists – as they struggle to put a vision of some kind into form.

We are in a sense entering a new era with Saturn now in Capricorn. It bodes well to take another look at your commitments and whether you provide enough space in that context for your personal life to thrive. Sometimes is can be just a matter of tweaking.

There is a lot of opportunity for accomplishment with Saturn in Capricorn for the next two and a half years or so and there is a very powerful alignment of planets in the chart for the Solstice – making this a very good time for bringing clarity to this area.

One of the Sabian symbols for this placement is,”The human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.”

Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill


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