Learning from Your Challenges

There is so much talk of late of moving beyond the challenges that you face in your life, but it is also good to remember that your challenges can provide you with great insight into your life path. Why is that? It is all about the planet Saturn. Saturn plays the role of the teacher and mentor in the process of life. And, depending on what house and sign your Saturn is in, in your birth chart, it will inform you precisely where both your challenges and talents lie.

Here is a brief overview on Saturn’s placements and what they indicate.

Saturn in the 1st house (or Aries) - learning about oneself, self-esteem, self-image. This person may struggle with body confidence issues, body dysmorphia or other body-centric challenges. However, this individual can also use their experience with their own self-image to create positive change, by becoming a personal trainer, nutritionist, weight management counselor, therapist and so forth.

Saturn in the 2nd house (or Taurus) - The lessons here are about earned income, money, and personal values. Saturn in the 2nd house teaches that money is not the sole measurement of success, and often the individual will learn about the things in their life that they truly value, instead of what simply the value of something is. Many times this person could gain or lose money in cycles, and may have to learn about themselves through the absence of money or the presence of large amounts of money. Whatever the amount is, this individual will be learning about if they value all that is associated with that amount of money. This person makes an excellent financial advisor, accountant, banker, and can do very well in investments, but only if they are willing to risk pushing themselves outside of their own comfort zone to do so.

Saturn in the 3rd house (or Gemini) - Communication is the key with this Saturn placement. This individual will be learning about how to communication clearly and effectively. This challenge involves both listening and speaking. Once learned, this skill can be an incredible gift that can launch someone into writing, journalism, public speaking and other such professions.

Saturn in the 4th house (or Cancer) - Saturn in this placement teaches about home and family. The lesson here is one of detachment, as in learning to not define yourself based on your family members and home life. Even though detachment is the key, it does not mean that you are to hide away inside of your shell. Detachment will involve participating with what is going on around you, but also knowing that another person’s actions, even if you love them very much, are not a reflection of you. This placement of Saturn can be used for family counseling, real estate, estate planning, family law or similar roles.

Saturn in the 5th house (or Leo) - Saturn in the 5th house teaches us about personal expression. That expression is any activity where the individual is learning to express themselves. This expression can be creative, conversational, athletic, intellectual, or any other way that is linked to the individual’s personal view of their own identity. The talents of this Saturn placement make this person a great coach, mentor, teacher or any profession where the individual is assisting others in expressing who they are.

Saturn in the 6th house (or Virgo) - Try not to get too caught up in the little details! The lesson here is to balance the details with the bigger picture and to learn to prioritize. You do not have to get everything done today, or tomorrow! Learn to relax a little and listen to your inner voice, it will guide you to exactly what needs to be done today. Stop putting pressure on yourself, and use this energy to help others to organize their life. This energy can be used as a professional organizer, in healing professions, and customer service. It is all about helping others, but in a way where you also remember to take care of the details of your life too!

Saturn in the 7th house (or Libra) - Looking in the mirror is the challenge here, and that mirror comes in the form of relationships and partnerships. This is not just relationships in the sense of personal romantic relationships, it can also include friendships, business partnerships and forth. The lesson here is to learn from others what you need to address within yourself. This individual makes a great mediator, arbitrator, therapist, human resources specialist or any other career role where they are helping people to listen to one another.

Saturn in the 8th house (or Scorpio) - One of the biggest lesson for Scorpio Saturn is to release the deep recesses of anger that drive this person to want to feel as though they are maintaining control. That anger is the result of past life energy, and will show itself in many different areas of life, based on that past life history. This individual does very well in professions where they can feel as if they are in control, or have expertise in one of the following areas: investing, insurance, tax management, counseling on sexual issues, grief counselling and funerary services. It is these areas, taxes, death, sex and money, where in the past, this individual felt powerless in some way, so they are back now to learn about that particular area of study, so that they can let go of the deep anger from how others used that area of life against them in the past. (An example would be: someone who was forced into prostitution in a past life would be drawn to work helping others to understand sexual energy and issues about sex.)

Saturn in the 9th house (or Sagittarius) - Saturn will be teaching you about life through other cultures, belief systems and higher education. You may feel like a perpetual student, wanting to learn about and experience as much of life as possible. When you travel (and you love to travel) you will immerse yourself in your surroundings, learning from every experience. This makes you a wonderful travel guide, anthropologist, historian, theologist, scientist or any other profession that loves to explore all that this world (and beyond) has to offer.

Saturn in the 10th house (or Capricorn) - Slow and steady wins the race. Remember the tortoise? Well, he probably had Saturn in the 10th house. This placement teaches the lessons of persistence and perseverance when it comes to your personal goals. With hard work, you can accomplish whatever your highest aim is, AND receive the notoriety for it that you deeply desire. Fame and recognition will come your way at some time in life, but it is up to you as to how you handle it, and also how long or fleeting it may be. Your service to the world involves you accomplishing your dreams and goals, and being an example for others to never give up. If you do not know what area of life to focus your goals and accomplishments on, read the Saturn description for your sign. If you have Saturn in Capricorn in the 10th house, you are here to be famous for being famous. Don’t know what that would look like? Just pick up any newsstand magazine!

Saturn in the 11th house (or Aquarius) - You are here to lean about yourself through advocacy and working with groups for a common goal. At some point during your life, there will be some sort of group, belief system, or cause that you feel strongly to participate with. This may start out as a volunteer opportunity, or could turn into a job role. However, your passion for your chosen cause will be incredibly strong. Saturn is here to teach you that not everyone may feel that same level of passion as you do, and that is okay too. You are here to help change the world, but from behind the scenes, putting the image of the group first. Just make sure you also take time for yourself. Potential career paths for this individual would be lawyer, philanthropist, advocacy group employee, social worker and even politician.

Saturn in the 12th house (or Pisces) - This is a placement that involves learning from being in structured confinement. That can mean, imprisonment, hospitals, certain military situations (like being on a submarine for months at a time), or event mental confinement, and dealing with a mental illness. This individual often has a fear or strong dislike of authority. However, it is usually through dealing with the rules and regulations of others that this person gains a deeper understanding of who they truly are. This individual can also do some great work in similar environments, such as being an addiction counselor, a military leader, hospital administrator or assisting with prison reform. This is also a very intuitive person, and their intuition could guide them into spiritual work and teaching.

Discover where your Saturn is, and also learn about your house and sign combination for it. An Astrologer can also advise you on information such as its connection with other planets in your natal chart. However, the above short descriptions will provide you with a general idea of where to begin. Whenever you feel lost on your life path, Saturn is there to teach you and to guide you. Utilize it energy to help you face your fears, and also learn from them. What you learn about yourself becomes your life purpose to teach others.

Love, Aurora



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Karen Downing is a channel, intuitive reader, coach, speaker and spiritual teacher. While an interest was always there in the background, it was not until 2006 that Karen shed her fear of stepping into her intuitive gifts.

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