Planetary Forces – Saturn

I thought I’d go through the planets associated with each of the chakras. This is important not only from the perspectives of personal development and astrology, but also so you don’t look like a fool at your next esoteric cocktail party when the topic comes up.

[You’re welcome]

The planet associated with the first chakra (located in the perineum) is Saturn.

This planet is paired with Key 21 (The World) of the Tarot’s major arcana. Astrologically speaking, Saturn has often gotten something of a bad rap. You know, terms like “the great malefic” have been offered to describe it. This misses the point. Admittedly, Saturn is a limiter, and tends to slow or obstruct whatever it touches in one’s chart. However, it’s also the planet that allows form to take place. Without the Saturnine influence, nothing could exist materially.

Lead is the metal that correlates with Saturn. Traditionally, nothing is more solid than that, or more grounding. Tethering us to the planet – that’s what Saturn does.

Saturn, the First Chakra planet

Interestingly, Key 21 and Saturn resonate to the note of A natural. Think it’s a coincidence that A natural is the note that orchestras tune to before they begin a concert (make their music come into existence)? Maybe, but I doubt it. These forces work at an unconscious level and we respond to their call.

Take a moment to thank your Saturn. You wouldn’t be here without it.

The World Turned Upside-Down

The title of today’s post is the name of a song that many mistakenly believe the British played at the surrender of Yorktown. The controversy is an interesting read and you can see it here, although Yorktown has nothing to do with the subject I want to write about today. The title, however, is apropos.

You see, The Hanged Man (Key 12 of the Tarot’s Major Arcana) is very much about seeing the world in just such a way — upside down, if you will. Notice how he is suspended, head down, hands bound. Yet, he has a glory about his head and his expression is serene. His legs are in a figure 4, like those of the World Dancer of Key 21 (“The World”) and the Emperor of Key 4. Mythologically, he is often compared to Odin, who suspended himself upside down from the World Tree to attain knowledge.Hanged

This card is associated with the element of Water, the planet Neptune, and the Hebrew letter Mem (water, also considered the Divine Fountain of Wisdom).

One common interpretation for this card when it appears in a spread is “suspension,” as if one is caught in a place where waiting is essential. It is as if conditions are not yet ripe for action. However, I think this interpretation is too shallow, and off the mark a bit.

Rather, those under the influence of The Hanged Man have an opportunity to see things in a new way, to dream a new dream, and to form a new reality (as water is formless and can be molded to any container). The Hanged Man knows that things are not as they seem.

Yet, there is a warning with this card as well. Escapism into fantasy can give the impression of wisdom gained, but it only results in fooling oneself. Neptune, ruler of Pisces, in its negative expression can signify addictions or drug-induced misperceptions. This is one reason why some mystery schools warn against the use of drugs in the pursuit of spiritual growth.

In the everyday world, look carefully at what the mass media feed us. Quite often, it is a corrupted version of The Hanged Man’s view. He reminds us that it is important to shake off the culturally-induced mass hypnosis. Thinking for ourselves by means of the Higher Self is where the true path lies.