When Saturn transits the Eighth House the need for security and achievement influences how you use your power and others’ resources. This can be an extreme and painful transit where the testing of your self-knowledge will work itself out through any or all of these areas: financial, sexual, emotional, psychological, and spiritual.
When Saturn transits the 8th house you’re challenged to transform and redefine yourself down to the most basic levels of identity. This may involve a kind of ritual purging or stripping away of your old identity to make way for the new. It’s about ending old life patterns and letting go of desires and attachments to whatever is holding you back. Once this process is complete, you’ll experience a rebirth, but first you must undergo the death.
Saturn will force you to discipline your desire nature and examine your emotional attachments. This may happen because your desires are frustrated: you can’t get what you need or want, or because you realise that getting what you want isn’t going to make you happy in the long run. You must get rid of anything that gets in the way of you growing into a whole individual.
This is about transformation and self-mastery, and Saturn will encourage you to examine how you use your power on every level. You may experience a lot of suffering during this transit. Your desires and attachments are stripped away and refined until you become more aware of the deeper forces at work in your life and psyche. Saturn won’t tolerate superficial nonsense or avoidance of reality while in this house. It’s not much fun and can feel like going through a kind of personal hell or purgatory, but it’s necessary.
Saturn will force you to confront whatever you’ve been denying or avoiding. You might need to face your darkest fears so you can finally let them go. Issues around the fear of death, control, and the use of power may come up and demand to be dealt with. Your experiences now could bring questions about the meaning of life and death and the reality of your soul into clearer focus, and you may become obsessed by subjects like the afterlife, reincarnation, and the occult. Saturn wants you to face death in a more realistic way and to come to terms with your own mortality and limitations in life.
This house is also about inheritance, which is just another way of saying the past impacting on the present, so you may experience gains through the death of a family member or spouse. The confrontation with death may also encourage you to organise your finances and perhaps draw up a will or take out insurance. There may be lessons around investments and joint assets which could feel restricting at this time.
Not all inheritances are financial and you may be able to free yourself from a long-standing emotional or psychological limitation with roots in the past. This is a good time to dig deep into your unconscious to discover how your conditioning affects your life. You can unearth hidden motivations and perhaps even undo conditioning that’s been in place over many lifetimes, whether your own, if you believe in reincarnation, or an ancestral inheritance. To let go of the past you need to resolve the inner conflicts that hide in the unconscious, so the deeper you go, the more you’ll be able to release.
Possibilities with Saturn transiting the 8th:
- Organising your finances
- Drawing up a will or taking out life insurance
- Exploring the mysteries of life
- Confronting the past
- Achieving self-mastery
Watch out for:
- Loss of essential resources or money
- Trapped in a bad financial deal
- Emotional purgatory
- Facing mortality
The purging and letting go of the past is preparation for when Saturn moves into the 9th house where you’ll incorporate what you learn now into the development of your higher mind. Whatever happens now, you’re seeking to know yourself on a fundamental level and establish soul security. You want to feel at home in the universe and Saturn will take you as deep as you’re willing to go. How far you go with this depends on whether you have a spiritual practice and how much you’re willing to surrender.
The deepest meaning of this house is the importance of the meeting of opposites, and you may explore this through changes to your sex life and by confronting the consequences of how you use your sexual power. You might experience frustration which forces you to be more self-contained, or you may willingly undergo a period of celibacy to explore other ways of using your life force for healing or spiritual work. Taking responsibility like this will help you to explore the transcendent function of sexuality, which is the meeting of the opposites.
Soul security can only be achieved through the alchemy of the union of opposites that produces the divine child, or awakening. Only once you’ve balanced the opposites and integrated the fears of your shadow can you transcend and become whole.
(Personal note: when Saturn was in my 8th house I experienced a wake-up call from hell when my entire life disintegrated. It absolutely felt like purgatory, but it did end. Read about it here: Shadow Attack)
- Planets in Transit – Robert Hand
- Saturn in Transit – Erin Sullivan
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