Today I am living in the fifth place I’ve stayed at in the last six months. Tomorrow will begin my last week of work before my Leave. Next week I depart for my six-week trip to Europe, 4-5 of which will be in Italy.
I’ve barely had time to catch my breath and last week the ‘good’ stress manifested into physical and emotional haywire. Thankfully this weekend has been hugely restorative, as I’m housesitting a friend’s spa-like pad, and caring for her two very sweet and rambunctious kittens. (These creatures have been very effective at taking me out of my own thoughts as, for example, I watch them fight over a crumpled piece of paper for half an hour.)
In Vedic Astrology there’s a phenomenon called ‘Saturn Transit’ (Sade Sati) in which the planet Saturn enters one’s moon sign (and the sign before and after) for a period of approximately 7½ years and, depending on who you ask, either makes your life miserable or inspires great growth and change. I’m exaggerating…but it’s essentially known to be an intense period of shift, and the best thing to do is just go with the changes with an open mind and willingness to learn what Saturn teaches.
Saturn is known to remove all that no longer serves us, whether we want it gone or not. Saturn makes those changes we’ve been dragging our heels on making ourselves. Saturn is a disciplinarian; he can seem cold and harsh, but ultimately the changes are for the better. (This by no means fully explains Sade Sati; you’d have to ask a Vedic Astrologer for the expert analysis.)
I was advised that my Saturn Transit was coming, months before it actually started a couple of years ago. Whether I believe in Sade Sati or whether it’s the power of suggestion, I cannot deny that since that time there has been enormous change in my life, not only on an external level, but even more so internally. Remembering the lessons of Saturn has brought me some grounding.
Saturn demands that we pare down, de-clutter, simplify, and organize. He forces us to examine: what is truly important to us?
For most of my life I’ve been on a spiritual search, and I’m sure this will continue throughout…eternity. But this search has often been a bit heavy, wrapped up in analysis and trying to understand things intellectually, or wanting to ‘heal’ things in my life (past, present, and future). In other words, the spiritual path has often been so serious. And while this has served me perfectly in the ways it’s needed to, I’m ready for more fun. For more lightheartedness. For more joy. For more beauty.
And what better place to experience and integrate the pleasures of life, than Italia? The food, the scenery, the language, the wine, the art, the people, the…all of it.
This trip represents my intention to enjoy life without figuring out all the why’s. To let beauty absorb my senses. To, as the kitties do, fully experience and embody what’s right in front of me without figuring out (worrying) where I’m going next. To accept this beautiful gift from the universe without questioning my worthiness for receiving it.
Saturn is known for his heaviness, for putting pressure on us; but maybe he’s teaching me that I am the one – in fact, the only one – who can diminish the pressure and heaviness in my life, by cleaning up all my own self-imposed ‘stuff’. I like this, and I gleefully accept Italy’s role in the metamorphosis.