“The impermanence of this present life will force you to leave all wealth behind, but by giving it away, you can take it with you as good karma.” The Dalai Lama

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Dear ONE,

This Fall, Karmic Teacher Saturn wraps up his two-and-a-half-year transit in idealistic Sagittarius and moves into his sign of exaltation, pragmatic Capricorn, on December 19. And since the final degrees of transiting Saturn can pack a big wallop, we’re going to be strongly affected by these energies as they illuminate the karmic lessons still to be fully experienced and integrated into our lives going forward.

This means we have the next two months or so to reexamine how we’ve done with the karmic curriculum of Saturn over the last thirty months, especially in terms of refining and upgrading our core beliefs about what’s most important to us in life, particularly in the houses of our birth charts through which Saturn has been transiting.

For a comprehensive look at everything you need to know about Saturn to support your assessment of the last few years and prepare for what’s to come, I encourage you to check out:

Becoming ONE with the Inner Guru . . . Or How to Make Saturn Your BFF

If you’re not familiar with your birth chart, you can get it here for free: Astro.com

For a brief description of the houses: Astrological Symbols

For a more thorough view: Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology

While Saturn is still moving through Sagittarius, the vibrational energies have quite a different focus and theme than what we will be experiencing in the coming thirty months in Capricorn.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the natural ruler of the 9th house, which governs our search for the truth, philosophy of life, communications on a mass scale (i.e., publishing, movies, internet, etc.), as well as consciousness-expanding journeys. And because Saturn won’t be visiting this sign again for 28 years, the next few months give us the chance to reevaluate the basis for our major life decisions, if we haven’t already.

To make the highest use of this review time, we need to consider making our new criterion one that prioritizes love, compassion, empathy and spiritual growth before money, material security (beyond essential needs), and external power on the ego levels. Essentially, this means that we base our lives on a foundation of faith in the Flow rather than fear and a scarcity consciousness.

When I shared the topic of this newsletter with a dear friend, he responded, “It’s a shame we live in a time where placing love before money is even questionable.” So true!

For example, this could mean tithing a percentage of our income or resources in the form of time or heart energy to loved ones in need, be they in personal relationships or trans-personal, meaning sharing our abundance with those on the planet who are suffering and with whom we feel called upon to assist. This could also mean devoting a portion of our resources to investing in our own need for healing and spiritual growth.

This does not mean using our resources to try to buy love. For love is priceless, as is our health and our time here on earth, and cannot be bought or sold, controlled or manipulated, only freely given, graciously received and appreciated in the Eternal Now. I have had clients with natal Saturn in Capricorn who tried to buy or bind romantic love interests with cash and prizes as a sort of lower-chakra power play and, as you can imagine, the results are never karmically pretty.

This also does not mean placing love for another before love for ourselves when it comes to essential resources if it causes us undue deprivation, unless the feeling to give comes from a place in us in which there are no strings or conditions attached. As selfless love is also love of Self, in that everything we do for others is always for ourselves as well in the bigger picture. How could this not be so? Therefore, maintaining an attitude of healthy selfishness balanced with a heart-centered commitment to do no harm to ourselves or others is the way to go.

The reason that establishing a foundation for a new philosophy of life is so important right now is because Saturn’s journey through ambitious, earthy Capricorn, which rules the 10th house of career, will be shifting our attention more towards “getting ahead” with persistence towards long-rang goals. And while our Saturnian focus will be geared toward success with a willingness to work hard, delay gratification and have patience for long-range results, these energies can also be cold-hearted and mercenary, especially if personal relationships are getting in our way “to the top.”

So, for instance, if a loved one is going through a rough patch, financially or otherwise, through no fault of their own, the heart-centered high road of our new priorities would be to choose to support them by creating and sustaining a safe, sacred container or space for them to go through whatever they need to go through, without trying to control or fix them on our timetable.

This may also mean offering them some financial assistance or a loan, with no emotional or other strings attached even and, particularly, if it slows down our plans for expanding our business or world domination, (two things Saturn in Capricorn loves :)).

Wherever Capricorn resides in our birth charts, transiting Saturn’s karmic lessons will inspire us to grow up and act maturely in all our endeavors in that area of our life. This is especially true for those of us with our ascendant, midheaven or personal planets in Capricorn—the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars—in addition to the other earth signs of Taurus and Virgo.

Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn will bring in an abundance of karmic lessons, or what I call FGO’s, i.e., f**kin growth opportunities, in whichever area of life Saturn is transiting. To make the most of these Saturnian opportunities we’ll need to embrace the soul qualities that are the most character building: patience, hard work, impulse control, delayed gratification and responsibility.

These are all the qualities I was most resistant to in my twenties, as I thought any pursuits other than cultivating pleasure to be of little interest, especially “delayed gratification.” But after my first Saturn return, between the ages of 28 until 30, I surrendered my identity as a party girl, got sober, and cleaned up my act. Since then, I consider myself a “very slowly recovering hedonist:),” as I utilize Taoist and Tantric practices to work with the sense pleasures as a component of my spiritual path.

For more on this: Taoist and Tantric Practices and my erotic/psychic memoir: Cosmic Sugar

Traditionally, when transiting Saturn crosses the angles of our birth chart, i.e. the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses, on average every seven years, major life changes “encourage” us to step into more power and accountability. For example:

1. In the 1st house, it means it’s time to grow up, be more mature and take responsibility on new levels. And if we don’t want to, you can bet the circumstances that Saturn will create will force us to!

2. In the 4th house, childhood “stuff” will come up to be healed in our emotional bodies, giving us the opportunity to let go of our wounded inner child as a default victim identity. This is an exceptionally good time for some psychic counseling.

3. In the 7th house of committed partnerships, we may feel as if it’s time for a serious relationship that will stand the test of time and that frivolous romantic affairs lose their interest. If we’re already married and the relationship is feeling stagnant, it may be time for some couples counseling, as Saturn’s energies in the 7th house teach us that we must “grow deeper or die.”

4. In the 10th house of career, it’s a fabulous time if we’re workaholic by nature. For, if we’re willing to put in the long hours with no let-up, we’ll find ourselves reaping the fruits of the last 14 years of effort in our profession. But if we take any shortcuts or engage in any illegal monkey-business, watch out, because with Saturn there, we could get whacked! (That’s when Nixon was impeached:)).

Whenever I do an astrology reading and inform clients which house or area of the life Saturn will be moving through—which is usually a two-and-a-half-year transit—they always exclaim: “But why does it have to be there?” And I respond, with a smile: “Well, our karmic lessons or, as I like to call them, FGOs (f**kin growth opportunities) have to be somewhere.”

This is especially the response when Saturn is transiting the 2nd house of our finances and personal value system. Because it usually means that we’ll need to “tighten our belts” and evaluate what gives authentic meaning to our life, beyond the cash and prizes. Then we can start investing more of our focus and energy on value fulfillment as we contemplate the true nature of abundance on all levels.

And, in the 5th house, transiting Saturn could put a damper on risk-taking, vacations and romance, but very productive for putting in the hard work on a creative project or dealing with the demands of being a responsible parent. All these karmic challenges strengthen us by helping us develop maturity and wisdom.

So, if you’ve been thinking about gifting yourself or a loved one with an astrology reading from a unique psychic perspective—or are due for your yearly transit update—there couldn’t be a better time!

If you'd like to make the most of this Saturn transit in a conscious, empowered way, rather than feeling like a victim of circumstances beyond your control, an astrological reading from a soul-level karmic perspective is a highly useful tool.

A reading allows you to be more awake and alert to the timing of your internal and external challenges and embrace them as teaching tools for character building, endurance for the road ahead and cultivating soul qualities that are eternal. Now that’s spiritual pragmatism! And let us not forget: Saturn will remain in no-nonsense Capricorn until December 20, 2020.

For more info: ASTROLOGICAL SERVICES at joanpancoe.com

In closing, to make the most of our upcoming Saturn lessons, here are some higher truths to contemplate:

I. The Universe is made up of energy.

II. All energy is CONSCIOUS.

III. Heart energy is the gold standard of the currency that motivates all our desires as co-creators.

IV. There is ultimately only ONE Being . . . with billions of faces.

V. There is only ONE inner teacher . . . And he resides within each of us.

Wishing us all an empowering Saturn journey of embracing the true nature of abundance on ALL levels with gratitude for what is, just the way it is,


“If you don't try to fly,
and so break yourself apart,
you will be broken open by death,
when it's too late for all you could become.”


Author's Bio: 

JOAN PANCOE is a gifted trance channel, karmic astrologer and spiritual teacher in private practice in New York City since 1976.

She is the creator of psychic therapy, ™ a ten-session intensive that utilizes altered states to help release karmic blocks and experience and integrate the soul level of consciousness.

Joan is the author of Openings: A Guide to Psychic Living in the Real World and Cosmic Sugar: The Amorous Adventures of a Modern Mystic, under the pen name, Leela Jones.

In addition, she is a teacher of Tantric and Taoist energy arts and has had three solo shows of her art in New York City.