Saturn, planet of karma and hard work, is in pada one of Shravana nakshatra within the sign of Capricorn from January 22nd to February 20th 2021.

Saturn is at home in this sign where it gives potential for long-term planning and building, and smart thinking now sets you up into the future. Shravana pada one, however relates to Aries navamsha – the underlying spiritual and relationship dimension – where Saturn is weak, so there is a tension here between achieving conventional success and your willingness to play the longer game.

Rushing ahead in Mars-ruled Aries style is not the way, and though you may have energy and initiative, only by staying the course will you ground your desires in the real world. Shravana nakshatra is symbolized by an Ear, which has associations with oral wisdom, speech and listening, so your communication and choice of words are vital too.

Making a strong argument is key, but sticking by your word, being a good listener, and tuning out gossip are points to remember. It is tempting to simply go with your own point of view, or take opinions at face value, but accepting other people’s arguments also gives you a new outlook.

Shravana’s Shakti, or unique gift, is for Connection, so making a mental link and bringing other people in on your discussions makes a creative situation. This transit is good for public speaking, lecturing and studying, as well as for slow and disciplined spiritual practices like yoga and especially mantra-chanting.

There is a collection of planets currently in the sign of Capricorn, where Saturn holds the balance of power, especially with a Mercury retrograde period arriving at the end of January. Decisions you make now are influential beyond the immediate time, and consolidation and gradual build-up hold the answer.

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