Given for RubiCon on January 10, 2016.
An open hand is a sign of friendship and suggests a mind open to possibilities or exchange, but when the hand becomes a tightly clenched fist we understand by reading body language that the owner of this fist has gone way beyond negotiation and is preparing to make a stand. The fist belongs to unyielding iron-clad Saturn, and only time and the power of persuasion, will ease the taut fist back into a relaxed open palm.
This lecture examines the nature of Saturn’s impassibility through its relationship with the signs and the other planets. Using example charts, it looks at how Saturn’s rulership of the houses affects our own charts, and discusses the circumstances under which Saturn becomes an iron fist and potentially creates disconnection and destruction within our own lives.
Joy Usher is a consulting astrologer based in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, who gained her FAA Practitioners Certificate in 1995. She was one of the first students to gain certification in the Robert Zoller Medieval Astrology Course in the early 1990’s and has continued to pursue her interest in traditional astrology since completing the course. In 2002 she was the co-founder, and remains co-principal, of the Australian astrological school, Astro Mundi, teaching 4 year courses in modern and traditional astrology. She has presented in England and Ireland, and most recently in Phoenix, Arizona, and has lectured at a number of conferences in Australia throughout her 20 year career.