Thursday, 26 May 2016

Using Your Saturn With Style (Part One)

Ever since the mythological Saturn consumed his own children to prevent an inevitable takeover bid, he has been known as the misery guts of the zodiac. Known as Father Time, Discipline and even Death Himself, Saturn has been the god of fear, endings and pain. But as Liz Greene once said, there is a new way of looking at this old devil and that is by embracing his message: you will get older, you will sound just like your mother or your least favourite teacher or you may even recognise yourself in the way your boss mistreats you and one day you may look back on it all and wish you had done it differently. But there is a way of making Saturn work for you (he likes that) and that is by understanding him through your birth chart. The best news is that when you understand how he works in your chart, you can help others see how he works in theirs. And when you become that Authority Figure, you can guide your employees, your pupils or even your own children through that very complicated path called Life.

Today I'm looking at how teachers can use Saturn to help their pupils. There are also some links to people who got Saturn all wrong and have paid the ultimate price.

NB: Remember your Saturn sign may be different to your Star Sign. Not sure? Why not Skype AstroAlex1984 to find out?

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 McQueenWaylon 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, Muhammad Ali

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 JolieWilliam 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 

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 GoodyLiam NeesonChristiaan 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 ZuckerbergMark TwainMel Gibson, Oprah Winfrey, Steve JobsTom HanksMarliyn MonroeAmy WinehousePaul Newman, Truman CapoteHarper Lee, Evangeline BoothRowan AtkinsonQueen Elizabeth, Annie Lennox (in book)

Bad Guys: Rosemary West (wife of Fred West), Keith Hunter Jesperson

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 TeslaBono, Clark Gable, Cher (in book), Sean Connery (in book)

Bad Guys: Jeffrey DahmerRichard 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.

About the Book

There are two dogs fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one dog is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The dog I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.

Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong dog.


  1. Got to get The Dog you Feed - looks brill. You know I think you are one of the best.

    1. Thank you Chrissy--I'm still playing around with the title. Always appreciate your support x