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Lilibeth Esmeralda, Guest Contributor: Is Saturn Such A Malefic?




Is Saturn Such A Malefic?

Stephen Hawking in front of sun with coronal mass ejections.

Stephen Hawking in front of Saturn.

A Capricorn Mythos…?

As an astrologer I’ve conditioned myself to perceive the world through the language of mythology. I’ve just finished watching ‘the theory of everything’ and couldn’t help but see the perfect embodiment of the Capricorn archetype in Stephen Hawking’s life story (who is indeed a Capricorn Sun and Mercury).

The ruler of Capricorn is Saturn, who in ancient astrology was fearfully regarded as the “greater malefic”, a planet whose role was simply to limit, to create obstacles, to challenge. Limitations can come in many forms, and for Stephen Hawking, his limitations are quite clear…but what really struck me about perceiving him as a Capricorn is the side of Saturn that is rarely given any credit.

“…Saturn’s true role is to breed strength. the Capricorn motif is characterized by trials, but also an inherent sense that one must endure by all means, overcome every obstacle, and ultimately become great…”

Although Saturn may restrict, and harshly so, it does not truly weaken–in fact, the beautiful irony about it is that Saturn’s true role is to breed strength. the Capricorn motif is characterized by trials, but also an inherent sense that one must endure by all means, overcome every obstacle, and ultimately become great. Perhaps this understanding is why modern astrology regards Saturn as the great teacher, rather than the greater malefic.

Stephen Hawking not only defied the expectation that he would only live up to two years past his diagnosis–he became a world-renowned scientist whose ideas have inspired and continue to inspire millions. one would like to think that even if he had not grown ill he would have still become who he is today, but I have found it true in my own life and as an embodiment of the Capricorn motif myself, that when something or someone knocks me down, my aim is to rise up ten times stronger than I was before. if it weren’t for all the great restrictions I have faced, I wouldn’t be trying so hard to Defy Every Expectation. Now that is the true source of the infamous Capricornian ambition for success.

Master of Time, Too?

I also found it curiously funny how a theme that has run throughout Stephen Hawking’s work is ‘time’. Saturn also rules time. why? Because even though the struggles we face now may seem all-powerful and endless, with time we are usually able to see how they created the strongest, wisest parts of ourselves–how we learned from them. all true wisdom comes with time. “give it time,” my Capricorn moon mother often tells me.

Every sign has such a beautiful, interesting story to tell. we often watch their stories in movies, or read them in books, or ponder on them through the observance of other people. I cant help but fall in love when I notice the rich symbolism they contain, because I see that same symbolism in every Capricorn I encounter, not just Stephen Hawking.

This is a Capricorn sun, moon and rising appreciation post. I was going to post earlier that “Capricorns are so hot,” but I think this exemplifies my true feelings much better. Thank you for existing.

Lilibeth Esmeralda, June 2015

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