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Planetary Forces - Saturn
by Michael Santangelo, ND, PhD, LMT,
ATH Co-Editor of Tarot
Editor's Note from Michael Santangelo: This is part one of a series of articles I have written regarding planetary forces in the Major Arcana.
Saturn, the first Chakra Planet
I thought I’d go through the planets associated with each of the chakras. This is important not only from the perspectives of personal development and astrology, but also so you don’t look like a fool at your next esoteric cocktail party when the topic comes up.
The planet associated with the first chakra (located in the perineum) is Saturn.
This planet is paired with Key 21 (The World) of the Tarot’s major arcana. Astrologically speaking, Saturn has often gotten something of a bad rap. You know, terms like “the great malefic” have been offered to describe it. This misses the point. Admittedly, Saturn is a limiter, and tends to slow or obstruct whatever it touches in one’s chart. However, it’s also the planet that allows form to take place. Without the Saturnine influence, nothing could exist materially.
Lead is the metal that correlates with Saturn. Traditionally, nothing is more solid than that, or more grounding. Tethering us to the planet – that’s what Saturn does.
Interestingly, Key 21 and Saturn resonate to the note of A natural. Think it’s a coincidence that A natural is the note that orchestras tune to before they begin a concert (make their music come into existence)? Maybe, but I doubt it. These forces work at an unconscious level and we respond to their call.
Take a moment to thank your Saturn. You wouldn’t be here without it.
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About the Author
Michael J. Santangelo, ND, PhD, LMT, ATH Co-Editor of Tarot, has studied Tarot for over 40 years and is an alternative healthcare practitioner in private practice at Eastwind Healing Center in Iowa City, Iowa. He has taught and written extensively and uses Tarot in his private practice.
Websites: ninemilestofreedom.com & eastwindhealing.com
His Book: Nine Miles To Freedom: The Paths of the Human Psyche
YouTube channel: Drholyangel
Iowa City, Iowa USA