Saturday, 19 December 2015

Know Thy Saturn

If you're a teacher then you don't need anyone to tell you how difficult the profession is: long hours of planning and preparation, observations, inspections, lunch and break duties, a constantly changing curriculum, difficult parents (and joke worthy parents evenings when you stay at school until your bedtime to speak to parents you're only going to see once a year and are treated like you're some sort of cheap alternative to babysitting), difficult senior leadership team members, newly qualified teachers that need support, traumatised children and then, there's the marking. And if you have "additional responsibilities" your workload increases exponentially.

When I first got into teaching, I only did it to pay for the astrology classes. I NEVER intended to stay in the profession for more than a couple of years. 

I got into teaching at probably the worse time of my life: I was newly divorced with 3 children in primary school and I was broke. I mean the kind of broke I never thought I'd find myself being. And then I was in student debt. And fellow teachers in training were so young. I remember everyone complaining about how tired they were at 4pm and I thought to myself: "Wow, my day is just beginning." I had the shopping to do, children to collect, uniforms to iron, lunches to pack, supper to get ready, all the household chores and I had to get myself ready for the next day. And of course there was the planning and marking that needed to be done.

I nearly didn't make it through my first term of student teaching. I was totally overwhelmed, I didn't have a clue about how teach, how to deal with difficult staff, coping with the requirements of the university, the emotional demands of returning to high school (every insecurity you've ever felt in high school is re-visited) and of course, my own family responsibilities. But I hung in there--barely.  I was even told, straight up, that I'd "never" be a teacher (I found out later my supervisor was sectioned the next term) Saying "never" to someone like me is never a good idea. . .

My next teaching placement was far better.  The school clearly didn't have the approach of expecting a new teacher to be able to cope with the sudden demands of being a teacher. And my supervisor was completely sane, reasonable and even made me cups of tea on the bad days. You have a lot of bad days as a teacher. You get overwhelmed, tired beyond anything you've ever experienced and you know if you have a sick day you just have twice as much work to do the next day. But you do amazing things too--things you never thought you'd do.

I made things very hard for myself. I took my headteacher seriously when she told me I could not bring astrology into my teaching. I let people call me by my legal name--which I loathe and despise. But it was probably three or four years before I realised I actually wanted to be a teacher. That I loved my job and that I genuinely cared for my pupils and the people I worked with. Besides my own children, there is nothing like realising you've made a difference to someone's life, that you got them on the right path again, that you told them what they were going through was only temporary but you listened carefully and without judgement. But for a long time, I really was there just for the paycheque. 

And then one day, I looked at my class and realised that if I never taught again I'd be sad, lost and bored. The difference? Suddenly I understood my Saturn.

I have Saturn in Pisces and we don't like taking plunges. We're scared of the deep end. We'll paddle on the shores but unless you shove us in, we won't get our hair wet. We don't want to be overwhelmed. But we need to be rescued or to be the saviour of someone else. And the pub. We like to do our planning and marking in the pub. We need to be anaesthetised from the pain of organising ourselves. I resisted taking the plunge and just enjoyed getting my feet wet. Once I realised this about myself, teaching became so much easier. I knew where my weaknesses were (kids will always find your weaknesses!) and even better, I understood my strengths. Authority figures need to understand their Saturn.

In astrology, Saturn is the Great Teacher. He will make your life absolute hell by throwing obstacles in your path (seemingly insurmountable obstacles), he'll take away what you love and punish you for not measuring up. But by god, you will learn. . .but you won't realised his gifts until your final breath. And then you'll wish you had the chance to learn them all over again. 

So once I realised how my Saturn worked by sign, house, aspect and transit, I finally understood that I truly was in the right profession and I took the plunge (OK, I got shoved in). And there is no greater satisfaction than getting that "outstanding" on the inspection and more importantly having the satisfaction of watching your pupils grow up to be really outstanding people. I made Saturn work for me--and he likes that. Saturn needs to be useful, in charge and responsible.

So I wanted to write about it. And I did! And now I'm teaching people about their own Saturn so they can be happier and more fulfilled teachers too. It's a great life. In fact it makes me so happy to do this that I've got a little run down about Saturn for each sign. If you want to know more, get in touch. Remember your Saturn sign is different to your Sun Sign. So go on! Put my Saturn to work! Get in touch (AstroAlex1984 on Skype or leave a comment)

Saturn in Aries

If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Aries, you’ve most likely had serious issues around discipline. You expect a lot from yourself and you make it impossible for others to live up to your expectations. For you, losing or underachieving is unacceptable. Your pupils may be terrified of you or think it a sport to antagonise you. They like to watch the veins in your forehead throb (which will progress to a massive headache later), but kids generally do as you say. For a little while anyway. If you play your strengths right, pupils will like your no-nonsense approach and honesty so long as you don’t come across as trying to overpower them with your authority. Your colleagues are in awe of you, your tidy desk and the way you manage the dinner queue. You’re an easy target for angry parents. To them, you are the amalgamation of every authority figure who belittled them in the classroom or criticised their athletic prowess. And they will want revenge. Everyone will want to take pot-shots at you but no-one will dare to laugh in your face. At least, this is what you tell yourself. If you’re over thirty, you might have realised that walking around with a chip on your shoulder only invites someone to knock it off Love may hurt at this time — if you’re single you might want to get married and if you’re married you might want to be single.
Don’t beat yourself up over your limitations. If you’re over sixty, you might be thinking life would have been better if only you hadn’t been so hard on yourself and the people you purported to love. Try to learn this lesson as early as you can. As they say, life is too short to live it in regret. 

Case Studies: Anna Nicole Smith, Butterfly McQueen, Waylon Jennings, Dustin Hoffman (in book), Siegfried Fischbacher (of Siegfried and Roy) and Pamela Anderson (in book)

Bad Guys: Jordan Brown (11 year old murderer), Timothy McVeigh ("Oklahoma Bomber")

Saturn in Taurus

If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Taurus, you’ve probably found yourself in the role of fund raiser or bean counter because you’re trustworthy and dependable. You look the part of the well-heeled business person and have probably made it known you’ve made some ne investments and can therefore indulge in a little luxury. Conversely, you may be embarrassed by your wealth and go to great lengths to hide it. Your lessons are slow and plodding, making it difficult for more energetic children to get anything out of them. So you just give them more work to do. Colleagues and supervisors try to persuade you to try new techniques, but these just make you suspicious. Your bling — or lack of it — is a frequent topic of conversation, and your pupils will be curious about how you handle your money. Boasting or behaving as if your Be-bop pencil case is the most important thing in the world to you can make you a target for theft, not because you have what anyone wants but because everyone likes to watch you fret over your losses. Nothing beats seeing the normally sedate Saturn in Taurus teacher suddenly click into over-drive. Parents like you because they want to schmooze with you. They think you have connections or the secrets of success. If you’re over thirty, you have probably secured all the wealth you will ever need but think it’s not enough. By the time you’re sixty, you realise there’s only so much caviar one can consume, fancy holidays one can go on or powerful clothes one can wear before you realise you’ve been kidding yourself about the true value of life. Remember, you can’t take anything to the grave with you.

Case Studies:  Bob Dylan (in book), Uma Thurman

Bad Guys: John Wayne Gacy ("killer Clown")

Saturn in Gemini

If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Gemini, you probably have a bad back from all the heavy books you carry around with you. You’re the pub quiz champion but you still fear someone else is smarter than you — and that fear extends to being frightened your pupils will out- do you. So you pile on the homework and mark it with such scarily scathing remarks that even your best pupils come up with creative excuses for not doing it. Parents know you have a way with the critical word and so they avoid you. Take some time and listen to yourself: we know that you have a PhD in particle physics, fellowships with several top universities worldwide and can recite pi to two hundred digits forwards and backwards. You’re smart enough. Get some fresh air, will you? At around the age of thirty, you will probably want to stop teaching kids and start teaching adults. You’ll get your book published and everyone will fawn over it. By the time you’re sixty, you will have amassed a library of books you have written based on a lifetime of research. But you will realise that words are just words and that maybe the word “stupid” doesn’t even exist at all. 

Bad Guys: Myra Hindley, ("Moors Murderer")

Saturn in Cancer

If you are a teacher with Saturn in Cancer and you don’t yet have children, you will be unfailingly worried about your pupils. Do they eat enough? Can they use the washer/drier? Do they have enough money? All teachers find teaching emotionally draining at some point, but you take it to the extreme. You want them to have a better childhood than you did because you couldn’t live with the guilt if they didn’t. Therefore, you overindulge them and do things for them that they should do for themselves. Parents will equally see your soft touch, and unless you are firm with your expectations, they will overwhelm you with their concerns, thus making them yours. If you do have your own children, you may be so wrapped up in your own world that you keep your pupils at an arm’s length and neglect them. For either extreme, keeping your emotions in check is a priority. Depression is a serious illness, one that should not be ignored or allowed to gestate. Thirty is usually the age when family responsibilities lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and you may feel others have treaded into your territory. By sixty, your territory (however you define it) has security to rival that of Fort Knox. Knowing when to open the doors to your life, and when to shove unwelcome guests through it (shutting it behind them of course), is your greatest challenge.

Case Studies: Bette Midler, Janis Joplin, William BoothDiane Keaton, Drew Barrymore, George W Bush, Roy Horn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, William Herschel, Mary Shelley, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas (in book).

Bad Guys: Harold Shipman (most prolific serial killer in recorded history)

Saturn in Leo

If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Leo, you probably tend to favour pupils most like you so that you can coach them towards the perfection you will never achieve. Fortunately for you (or so you think), all your pupils want to be like you. It is nice to have your shining classroom stars, but lay off a bit because the kids think you are rather overbearing; some might even think you’re kind of creepy. Especially when you wear a Batman suit on Mufti Day. Parents find you a little over the top too: what are you implying about their methods of parenting? By the time you’re thirty and you have children of your own, you’ll realise what a tremendous responsibility parenting is. It hurts you to see them make the same mistakes you did and so you go to great lengths to fix your child. If you don’t have children, you turn the critical mirrors onto yourself and loathe your reflection. Put the botox down and come to the playground with the rest of the teachers. We like you, crow’s feet and all. By the time you’re sixty, you will probably have finally learned that the world really doesn’t revolve around you. And then you can really have some fun. 

Case Studies: Hillary Clinton (in book), Elton John (in book), Ian McEwan and Catherine Booth

Bad Guys: Ted Bundy , Elliot Rodger (Isla Vista killings)

Saturn in Virgo

If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Virgo, chances are that your relentless pursuit of delivering perfect lessons, encouraging your pupils to concentrate of important information rather than trivia, as well as your reputation for impeccable time-keeping means you are the head teacher. Parents are scared of you but they respect the high standards you set. In other words, everyone resents you and goes out of their way to avoid you. This is OK by you because being a head teacher is a diffcult job, but someone has to do it and it might as well be you because you’re so much better than the rest of us. By the time you turned thirty, you probably thought it was time to tighten the screws a little more, or you realised that allowing a little mess in your life provides you with the opportunity to get the cleaning products out. By the time you’re sixty, you will realise that you’ve worked hard enough so it’s now time to let someone else take over so you can retreat into your own perfect world and let us mucky pups get on with it. 

Case Studies: Caitlin Jenner, Sigourney Weaver (in book), Karen Carpenter and Olivia Newton John (in book)

Bad Guys:  Anders Breivik, Edmund Kemper (The "Happy Face" Killer)

Saturn in Libra

If you are a teacher with Saturn in Libra, you will be extremely uncomfortable watching pupils make mistakes in relationships. You will see yourself as the referee between ghts, the matchmaker of doomed romances, the objective middle ground between disputes and inevitably the only teacher in the school who tries to play marriage counsellor between warring parents. Don’t kid yourself. You most likely haven’t learned that you can never get other people to magically morph into what you want them to be. By thirty, you are probably still working out that he-(or she)-that-will-never-change is a perfect reflection of the qualities you dislike in yourself. By sixty, you have probably become everything you always said you never would, but you’ve learned to like yourself anyway. 

Case Studies: Jade Goody, Liam Neeson, Christiaan Barnard, Judy Garland, Christopher Reeve (in book)

Bad Guys: David Long, Kip Kinkle (teenage school shooter, (in book), Barry Loukaitis (teenage school shooter, in book)

Saturn in Scorpio

If you are a teacher with Saturn in Scorpio, you are probably very quick at finding someone’s weakness without revealing any of your own. You’re like Ofsted inspectors with an agenda to shut down a malfunctioning school. Everyone’s afraid of you (parents included) because of what they think you might know (even if you know absolutely nothing). If you could just use your ability to capitalise on helping your colleagues to acknowledge their weaknesses without destroying their spirits, you would be an invaluable asset to the staff  team. Like Saturn in Scorpio pupils, you have a dark side that is best hidden from the head mistress but you also have so much more to give if you could just trust your colleagues enough to let them bring out the best in you. Around the age of thirty, you probably had a secret revealed to disbelieving ears. By the time you’ve reached sixty, you probably will agree with what George Bernard Shaw said about teaching the skeletons in your closet dance.
Case Studies: Allen Ginsberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Twain, Mel Gibson, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Marliyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse, Paul Newman, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Evangeline Booth, Rowan Atkinson, Queen Elizabeth, Annie Lennox (in book)

Bad Guys: Rosemary West (wife of Fred West)

Saturn in Sagittarius

If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Sagittarius, you are probably not known for your grace or elegance or for your ability to keep a secret. Colleagues carrying mugs of coffee give you ample room to pass by and the head teacher has learned private conversations with you will be broadcast the next day. You may notice no-one asks you for your opinion (though it doesn’t stop you from giving it!). At around the age of thirty, some crisis in your faith may have caused you to really wonder what life is all about. You may do some travelling, heavy academic research or start attending church again. By sixty, after you have been just about everywhere, you realise the God you have been searching for all your life actually resides quite peacefully in the soul of every being. 

Case Studies: Shia LaBeouf, Princess Charlotte and Shirley Temple-Black (in book)

Bad Guys:  Aileen Wuornos, Mary Bell (juvenile offender), Lionel Tate (juvenile offender),  Perry Smith ("In Cold Blood")

Saturn in Capricorn

If you are a teacher with Saturn in Capricorn, you are a slave-driver and would be a good head teacher, an examinations officer or an Ofsted inspector. If you’ve learned how to balance your home and work life by the time you’re thirty, you’re a very wise person indeed. But you probably haven’t so everyone avoids you because you’re so irritable and grumpy all the time. By the time you’re sixty, you’re probably worn out but eligible for early retirement and can then enjoy the second childhood you missed out on because you were working so hard the first time around. 

Case Studies: Jim Nabors, Nikola Tesla, Bono, Clark Gable, Cher (in book), Sean Connery (in book)

Bad Guys: Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Hickok ("In Cold Blood)

Saturn in Aquarius

If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Aquarius, you probably wear a lab coat and secretly collect data about the colours other teachers wear on a Monday. But you ardently believe that everyone is equal and will be the first to fire off if you think management have indicated otherwise. Everyone loves you at Ofsted inspection time because you’re not afraid to tell the inspectors where to get off  — and you have creative ideas for how they could do it. You’re not afraid of the head teacher because you know the union will back you. By thirty, you will probably have the strong urge to take a secondment and invent something. By sixty, you’ve learned the simplest, most natural things are o en the most delightful: a baby’s smile, the laughter of children, love and wholemeal bread. You’ve discovered it isn’t so bad being human after all. 

Saturn in Pisces

If you’re a Saturn in Pisces teacher, chances are everyone knows they can find you in the pub because you’ve just worked out what your planner is for — and there’s nothing to ease the suffering of having to plan by anesthetising yourself a little first. And there you’ll be, furiously back dating your lesson plans for the inspection the next day. Morning briefings? Was I supposed to be there, you ask. Your colleagues know that you very often won’t have a clue about what’s going on, but they like you because you’re such a nice person. Parents completely take advantage of you because they know you’re secretly still frightened of authority gures. By thirty, you’ve probably finally found a cult to join or a place to retreat to. Or you’ve found something interesting to study and have embarked on a half-baked quest to become an outstanding scholar in that subject. But you still haven’t broken your bad habit of cramming for exams. By sixty, you will have returned to the seas to swim with the dolphins but you have learned that it’s more fun to take the rest of us with you and show us how it’s done. In our imaginations, of course. 

Case Studies: Brittany CherryBen Stiller, Keanu Reeves (in book), Robert Downey, Jr (in book)

Bad Guys: Ian Brady (The "Moors Murderer")

About the Astrologer

Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound research and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via or leave a message in the comment section.

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