Saturn Neptune transits are tricky and need management. The cold shower of Saturn sensibility being tipped into the warm bubble bath of Neptune is a shock. So it is the week of Saturn square Neptune, the opening stanza. We are all having a sort of Saturn Neptune transit, but it is challenging when it pings off something in your natal chart. The recent challenges of Ronda Rousey and Charlie Sheen are examples.
Saturn square Neptune pricks bubbles and shreds delusions. But if you’re honest with yourself, even gossamer dreams can become more realizable.
The painful bit of it is the lead-up when you’re trying to convince yourself that something too-fragile, out of era or non-sustainable is beautiful. And hey, you’ll have another shot of Lilac Wine while you’re at it. Not with Saturn in call-it-like-it-is Sagittarius, you won’t.
Media-wise, Charlie Sheen and his sorry tale of health woes are totes Saturn-Neptune. It’s not so much a tabloid journalism field day as a tabloid Olympics. The first I heard of this was that an “A-list celebrity” was holed up in his mansion, freaking out as he was H.I.V. positive, had been for a while and had not told anyone. He was worried that the signal of his “genius” would be lost in the noise of the media coverage. Seven hundred ex-lovers threatening to sue you will do that.
Saturn Neptune Transits Are An Icy Cold Shower To Warm Bubble Bath
So obviously H.I.V. is not so dire as it once was and Charlie Sheen should have decades ahead in which to, well, be Charlie. But it is an appalling thing to do to someone else and, I believe, illegal.
Sheen was once a talented actor – Platoon, Wall St, etc. and his salary for Two And A Half Men alone puts him the A-List ranking for money. But heaps of peeps stopped watching/following when he started his epic drug-fueled hate-ranting on any medium that would have him.
As he has been best known for being bat-shit insane, skeevy, and high in recent years, it is interesting that his big concern is legacy. Neptune is heading up to his natal Saturn – this can be amazing if you’re mature and accountable.
Saturn Central is no time to be hiding out from your trillion ex “lovers” with whom you have failed to disclose a potentially life-threatening and sexually transmissible disorder. It also puts the lie to the part of us/him that wanted to see him as a free-spirit, perpetual party-animal. Dionysus crossed with Hunter S Thompson? A shaman of anarchy? Or just an addict with the usual trail of life wreckage in his wake?
How will he choose to handle this? Humbly and with a 12 step vibe, family and any friends he has left at his side?
And…then there is Ronda Rousey…
The UFC fighter and until recently, world champion of the woman’s division is a million light-years away from Charlie Sheen. She is celebrated, athletic and driven. She is cool. But she has also suffered a Saturn-Neptune sting recently, via her defeat at the hands of Sun-Pluto Libran Holly Holm.
Rousey is bearing down on Saturn Return. In one fight, her media vibe seemed to go from the new role model of feminism to outbursts about her hubris and over-exposure. This Salon article sums that end of it up brilliantly. The backlash was brutal.
Neptune is crossing her 10th House, and Saturn is squaring that. She has learned the vile lesson that you can go from crowd favorite to pariah very quickly. The same mass adoration that pumped a multi-faceted career can also manifest as 459,000 (last time i looked) “ha-hah” comments on Instagram. That is hardcore for someone so open, bolshie and champ-like about her intentions to “retire undefeated.”
Illusions Cause Chronic Psychic Fatigue Syndrome
Also, a deeper dimension of Saturn-Neptune: People close to her, including her Judo champion mother, have been critical of her long-term trainer for years, saying her success is despite him and due to her raw talent, not his guidance. He did not cover himself in glory after this defeat either. A Saturn-Neptune square like this can involve being let down by a prized mentor, parent figure, and muse.
A dream that you thought was sustainable turns out to be based on quicksand. A person you thought was your companion or staunch ally takes a side path away from you, and you find out something dirty about them while you’re trudging onward. But there is no point scolding them or even whining. They can’t hear you – your paths diverged a while back. But you’re only now seeing it now.
When you’re having a Saturn Neptune transit, you may think that raw honest realism will wreck everything. But it’s invigorating and an upper. Illusions cause chronic psychic fatigue syndrome.
Image: Douglas Kirkland