Astrology 8/8-8/14: Ludwig’s Ladder

Astrology 8/8-8/14: Ludwig’s Ladder

On Saturday, August 13th, Saturn stations direct at 9 Sagittarius. Retrograde since the 25th of March, the slow planet is finally ready to assume forward motion. Although technically direct as of Saturday, Saturn is slow to pick up speed, and will remain in the single degree of its station for the rest of the month. It is here, at 9 Sagittarius, conjunct the fixed star Antares, that Saturn awaits Mars, who is accelerating toward their union on the 23rd of August.  As far as this week is concerned, Saturn’s station gives it a serious air. Deadlines burn bright, obligations internal and external become clear, and the pace of work may feel more mandatory than natural.

Saturn’s Station is a call to turn and face your responsibilities. In their own way, our responsibilities are a sort of Anti-Medusa. When we avoid and look away from them, they turn slowly turn us to stone, our vitality slowly sucked away by building guilt and anxiety. Yet when we turn to face them, their features soften considerably. They are no monsters, merely things that need doing. So turn and face the imagined Medusa of your obligations. The face you will see is not terrifying and punitive, but instead wise, calm and practical.

Saturn’s station this week will serve quite well as a check-in as to how you’re doing with Saturn’s time in Sagittarius, as this week’s station is a conveniently located at half time. Saturn first entered the Archer’s sign during the last days of 2014 and has plans to leave right around Christmas of 2017. Right now, in August of 2016, we’re far enough in for the themes and challenges to be abundantly clear, yet time enough still remains to work on the issues we haven’t yet gotten a handle on, as well as to make some course-corrections in the areas where the we’re heading on an errant trajectory.

So far, its been more difficult than it should be to get Saturn in Sagittarius right. Jupiter, Neptune and Mars have all complicated the job that Saturn tasked us with the Archer’s sign. Wile Mars and Neptune each have one final wrench to throw into the works, Saturn’s direct station this week begins a period of forward movement that will see the slow but steady planet break free from interference and move into a much more auspicious period.

This period, on the whole, is not a time for the construction of magnificent and permanent edifices. Do not feel that you need to build cathedrals. Instead, what is called for are useful, but less daunting infrastructure projects, like bridges- whose support allows us to get from here to where we are going. Some of them may even be cast aside after they have served their purpose.
The 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, in his famous Tractatus, wrote of the masterful edifice of logic he had assembled that it was like a ladder, which could help the mind ascend to a certain elevation of perspective. Yet despite the elegant construction of his ladder, he said that once climbed, it should be discarded. So as Saturn stations, consider what walls you wish to climb, and what ladders you’ll need to get there.

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Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at
Aries: The Ram
Taurus: The Bull
Gemini: The Twins
Cancer: The Crab
Leo: The Lion
Virgo: The Virgin
Libra: The Scales
Scorpio: The Scorpion
Sagittarius: The Centaur
Capricorn: The Goat
Aquarius: The Waterbearer
Pisces: The Fish
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Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


  1. Jaan 6 years ago

    Thanks Austin.
    What level of attention / concern should we give to Mercury’s entrance into the RX zone of his retrograde phase on the 10th in Virgo?

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      Austin Coppock 6 years ago

      Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it this week. If you want to keep it in your peripheral vision, it wouldn’t be a waste of time, but we’re still weeks away from the station. As a general rule of thumb, I shift my attention from peripheral to full gaze when the station is a week, or less, away.

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