While Pluto shines light on our obsessive thinking, Saturn shows us the way to freedom from preoccupying thought through mindfulness. Meditation, governed by Saturn, refers to the training of the mind to concentrate on positive, present awareness, rather than the imagery that takes hold of the attention through an emotional need. Emotions take part in the threefold process of experience; stimulus, response, reaction. These correspond to the mental and emotional mirroring of outside stimulation that leads to a resulting reaction. There are two modes of response; positive/constructive and negative/destructive. If the personal ego feels a threat from the environment the emotional response is then recorded in the mental substance of memory. As these reactions accumulate, so does the build up of negative energy, that remains unnoticed by the conscious Will. The experience is then etched into the unconscious and emanates out into the ectoplasm of the human aura. The process can be described in another way: A physical reaction to unwanted stress is a rejection of the experience, and is propelled by the emotion called anger. Anger is the ego’s way of separating from threat, discomfort and pain.
Pluto rules the “underworld” or in modern terms the unconscious. Saturn rules consciousness, the conscious mind and conscience. Saturn’s process is one of selectivity. With the help of the meditative process, the conscious mind can examine the content of the unconscious. Thoughts rise up from the subconscious to be observed by conscious awareness, for their value to the individual. Thoughts can be dispelled when deemed as distractions, or proserved when positive and useful. Saturn rules concentration; the ability to focus the mind at a desired point of attention. It does this through practicing to concentrate on one point, such as the breath, the flame of a candle or a part of the body like the hand and fingers. Its process is disjunctive; meaning it has the power to evaluate and compare its usefulness with standards too low for acceptance. Self-evaluation is its purpose.
THE ADVANTAGES OF THE MEDITATIVE MIND
Pluto is like the hard-drive of the mind that stores information to be recalled when needed, and Saturn views and evaluates. Meditation has long been closely identified with the planet Saturn, because personal growth depends upon awareness and accountability for one’s actions and attitude. Saturn’s identification with meditation is the process of concentrating on an object or the breath, and through this passive activity the content of the unconscious rises to the level of conscious recognition. If we are not aware of the content of our thoughts we cannot change them.
Meditation is simply a method of quieting the body so that the content of the mind can more easily be accessed. In this way we can view what the problems are as they rise to the conscious mind from the depths of the unconscious. When we react to stressful situations, it is an emotional response. Emotions are recorded in the mind and the body’s biofield.
The planets during Transits and Progressions draw situations and individuals into our lives to represent parts of ourselves needing fulfillment and/or transformation. This process works through the stress that others cause in our lives. For example, if a person demands something from us, we tend to blame them for the stress we feel when we cannot deliver. But it is really our own inadequacy that we need to address, and then we can see that the stimulus of the other person is not the cause, but what is lacking in ourselves to maturely address the problem. People and situations are doing us a favor of playing the part that brings out our weaknesses. To avoid these is not the answer, and to escape is equally inadequate. What we need to do is to realize that we are on a path toward expanding awareness, and adversity is the key and prodding to advance along the path.
THE DUALISM OF MENTALITY
It is important to strike a balance between desire and satisfaction. Nothing can be achieved without the desire to advance, but nothing can be enjoyed without a sense of boundaries and the peace of mind it brings. To entertain both ambition and restraint, one must work toward balance throughout a lifetime and meditation and concentration is essential for its manifestation. The mind duelistic; we think subjectively in terms of the I, and objectively in terms of environmental factors. But to keep these duel aspects of life functioning in a healthy manner, one must also keep mindful of the moment where the two features of mind take place. The method to assure a balance is through the practice of concentrating on the breath, the hand, a mandala or candle flame or any other object. This is how the attention can be directed by the Will aspect of mentality. To be preoccupied by thought is a sign of not being in control of it. Learning to shift the attention from obsessive thoughts to a neutral object occurs when the process is well understood. Consolidating the direction of thought is governed by the planet Saturn. On the contrary, the broad range of thought is governed by Pluto. Integrating the two vibratory entities in a working coalescence is necessary for a productive life.
Saturn and Pluto can coexist, just as all the planets have relationship with each other in the Solar System. Look to the relationship of Saturn to Pluto in a horoscope and how it fits into the Gestalt. Whether the two are in major, minor or are not in any aspects together, there are both still present in the sky and horoscope to advance our need to both expand and focus the mind and heart toward our purpose in life.
The positive and negative meanings of Pluto:
P: Transcendence, broadened awareness, equality, cosmic consciousness, spiritual power, truth and probity. N: Intrigue, political manipulation, confusion and contrast between truth and lies, investigations for truth finding, criminality, mob and gang rule, hidden motives, hypnotic and compulsive activity.
The positive and negative meanings of Saturn:
P: Conscience, concentration, sensitiveness, maturity, wisdom, conservative, integrity, disjunctive analysis, endurance, patience, discernment. N: Frustration, guilt, fear, anxiety, sadness, self-destructive, isolationism, discrimination.