Saturn in Gemini

Saturn in Gemini

Saturn is the last planet visible to the naked eye. For millennia, it represented the limits of the solar system and came to symbolize time, structure and order. Saturn takes about 29 years to orbit the Sun, spending about two and a half years in each sign of the zodiac.

Saturn is the planet that says "no" but means "yes." The no comes from Saturn showing us what isn't working, sometimes in the form of frustrating blockages or delays. But these help us see where we need to put in effort to make concrete changes. Saturn says "yes" as the planet of crystallization that brings energy into matter.

Saturn's presence in a sign of the zodiac shows us where we are likely to meet limits and how to construct something useful. Gemini is primarily about communication, so problems in this area are more likely now, both on personal and collective levels. This suggests that we each may be challenged to examine how we gather and transmit information, and to question the very ways in which we think. Public issues associated with speech, the Internet and other media should grow in importance during this period.

Ideally, Saturn in Gemini may solidify new forms of communication like the Internet, as well as new bodies of information. Perhaps we'll all be speaking the language of DNA by the year 2003.

Saturn in dualistic Gemini can engender duplicity on one hand and support flexibility and choice on the other. The basic lesson of any Gemini cycle is to remember that perceptions change, that truth depends on where one stands and that there is more than one right answer for most questions.

Since Saturn stays in a sign for more than two years, it does not reveal personal patterns with the same detail as the faster moving planets. However, it does describe tasks and limitations for wider groups of people.

Among those born with Saturn in Gemini are musicians Joe Cocker, Diana Ross, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, John Denver, Harry Chapin, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney. Actors include Ben Affleck, Winona Ryder, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford and Sir Alec Guinness, while directors George Lucas, Martin Scorcese and the multi-talented Orson Welles also belong to this group.

Sports Saturn in Geminis include Billie Jean King and Shaquille O'Neal. Politics has brought us Bill Bradley and Angela Davis. Reminding us of Gemini's duality, and that the universe has a sense of humor, we also find that Monica Lewinsky and Alan Watts were born with Saturn in Gemini.