Sun and Saturn opposition-a close encounter in 2008

Astrological fact sheet:
Major Astrological event will take place on 24/02/2008, 15:11:00 IST during Gemini Ascendant with deposition of Moon in Virgo. Sun is with 11:10:55 degrees in Aquarius where as Saturn is with 11:10:55 degrees in Leo. Sun is posited in Saturn's house and Saturn is posited in Sun's house. The another fundamental point is that the Sun is transiting through Rahu's Nakshatara (Shatataraka) and Saturn is transiting through Ketu's Nakshatara (Magah). Both planets are occupied by enemy Signs and enemy Nakshataras, says Ganesha.

As seen from Earth, the Sun lines up in opposition to Saturn once a year: Earth, Saturn and the Sun are all aligned, with Earth and Saturn on the same side of the Sun. This puts Saturn in its annual nominal highest point position; i.e. closest approach to Earth. If the opposition occurs around the time of Earth's aphelion (i.e. the point in Earth's orbit farthest from the Sun), this further reduces the distance between Earth and Saturn, making for a tighter perigee yet: a Saturn super-perigee, as it was. Such an alignment happens only three times per century: the last such occurrence was in 1989, and the only other 20th Century alignments of this type happened in 1901 and 1930. The next one - and the only one of the 21st Century will take place in 2048 the opposition of Sun and Saturn with Saturn at perihelion is another especially prominent case, which occurs thousands of years apart. The last such alignment took place on November 26, 588 CE.

As with all superior planets (those outside Earth's orbit), Saturn is always retrograde when opposed by the Sun, says Ganesha. Both in time and by degree, the aspect occurs at the midpoint between Saturn's retrograde and direct stations. The opposed planet rises as the Sun sets and shines at or near its greatest magnitude throughout the night.

Analysis:
Saturn determines the sign value of this opposition. Spending about 2.5 years in a sign, Saturn is opposed two or three times by the Sun in the course of its sojourn in a single sign. Consequently, the Sun-Saturn opposition happens in the same pair of signs two or three times before moving into the next pair. Each successive opposition occurs roughly 12 degrees in advance of its predecessor.

Doing things the hard way is the core of the Sun-Saturn opposition, nothing good comes easily at such times, says Ganesha. As per observation, corrections of financial markets in recent years have occurred around the time of Saturn's retrograde station, and bottomed out around the time the Sun-Saturn opposition. This aspect signifies, if not outright depression in the broadest sense of the term, at least a seriousness that borders on the grave.

People born under the Sun-Saturn opposition (within plus or minus 3.20 degrees of the exact alignment) are either over-achievers or downtrodden victims. Those who rise to the best potential signified by this aspect are well-organized, ambitious and hard working despite all obstacles - and there are plenty, more than their share. In extreme, these qualities can lead to perfectionism, a destructive obsession to see that no flaws mar their work, their relationships, and their lives. Saturn gets a bad rap in astrology. The Saturn return is a notoriously tough time, and the traditional texts are even worse. On the other hand, some people seem completely defeated by this aspect. It's as if everything in life is a crushing burden to them.

The Sun in Aquarius is a sign of the knowledge pourer. Think better. Read up on enhancing your mind with food here. Sun in Aquarius means the spotlight is on community. We learn, share ideas and acquire knowledge. This is the sign ruled by Saturn whereas Saturn is in Leo which is ruled by Sun. Some of this knowledge leads to changes in the structures that Capricorn sets up; Sun in Aquarius is a time to change our rules for the better.

When Saturn is in Leo (now retrograde), developments in some long term structures in life are on hold. Vital challenges to self expression. Color feels a bit much, we prefer black. The people revolt against the leaders. A positive vision of this energy is that we know the work we need to do and do it.

Ganesha blesses one and all during Sun-Saturn Opposition.

Ganesha's Grace,
Malav Bhatt
The GaneshaSpeaks Team