Liz Greene & The Changing Face of Saturn

Is our understanding of astrological principles subject to change? In this article I will present the result of a small study I carried out in Baarle Nassau, a few weeks ago. In 1976, astrologer Liz Greene published “Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil“. As the titel suggests, the book presents a different perspective on a much maligned planet. While the astrological revival, started by Alan Leo in the late 19th century, led to a new wave of astrological literature, the basic premiss of planets being malefic i.e. wholly bad, or benefic, wholly good, remained more or less unchallenged*. Liz Greene’s book introduced the world to “a different model of astrological thinking”. This new branch of astrology later came to be known as “Jungian Astrology“.

In the introduction, Liz Greene writes “…Saturn is known as a malefic planet. Even his virtues are rather dreary – self-control, tact, thrift, caution – and his vices are particulary unpleasant because they operate through the emotion we call fear… This rather depressive evaluation remains attached to Saturn …” pages 10-11. Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil.

The experiment:
In March 2009 in Baarle Nassau I asked a group of around 30 astrologers to come up with key words for the planet Saturn. They were simply told that they were taking part in an astrological experiment. My aim was to see whether our perception of Saturn has changed since the publication of Liz Greene’s book in 1976. Here is a selection of some of those keywords. 

Karma, Dweller at the Threshold, cold, sober, loneliness, skeleton, doorways, skin, walls, fundaments, guilt, frustration, teeth, restrictions, anxiety, fear, difficult choices, dogma, solidity, control.

However, many of the key words had a decidely positive nature. 

Focus on results, responsibility, concentration, form, keeping your word, organised, patience, self control, ability to rise above restrictions, self knowledge, ability to accept what one cannot change. One person even said “Saturn is my friend”…my sentiments entirely.

It is clear that since the publication of Liz Greene’s book on Saturn, our perception of the planet has undergone a significant change. Planetary “holons” are not static. Our understanding of the planets continues to evolve.

* Notable exceptions being: Dane Rudhyar, Lewi Grant

Over Liz Hathway

Liz Hathway is a British born astrologer currently based in Amsterdam. Liz studied astrology at the Kosmos in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and with well known horary astrology John Frawley. Liz also holds an MA (with distinction) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, from the University of Wales, in Lampeter, and was short-listed for the 2016 Alumni Association MA CAA Dissertation Prize.
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