8th March onwards, Saturn transits your House IX: Travelling, and philosophies of life.
This cycle challenges your beliefs, education, worldview, and travel. These are areas of your life that undergoes contraction, restriction, and necessary "slimming down" in order to test for stable foundations. Results in these areas of your life will not be as forthcoming, or with ease, as they have been in the past.
Your ideals, commitments, beliefs, and spiritual goals are in strong focus during this transit. Depending on your age, you come face-to-face with your own self-defeating attitudes, and important work can be done on coming to a more realistic state. This is a grounding energy that gets you back in touch with reality - and you will dedicating yourself to self-improvement.
Belief systems that you may have taken for granted or worked with for many years seem superficial or not particularly useful to you now. The blind faith or optimism that may have carried you to date comes up for inspection.
You might scrutinize the belief system that you have held to date, and question your faith – in others, in yourself, and in life itself. You are seeking out practical and workable solutions to problems. Are your belief systems sound? What do you stand for? What kind of future are you working towards, and why? These are some of the questions this transit stimulates. The spirit that drives you and motivates you to move out and beyond the everyday grind comes up for inspection.
The need for solid, practical training can become very apparent now. This can also be a period of teaching others what you have learned from your work, career, or business. Higher learning and travel might be areas of constriction or you might find that you’re attracted to especially practical studies and that you travel for business more than for pleasure. You are taking a closer look at and perhaps re-assessing your attitude and confidence.
Events will occur that tests your foundations in these areas your life that require a "back to basics" approach in order to build (or rebuild) a strong foundation. There may be tests of sorts in these areas of life, as if the cosmos is checking if the foundations are strong. During this period, anything built on weak foundations may very well crack under the pressure of these tests, and fall apart - gone from your life for good. Those that are strong will endure and strengthen.
You might find that your ability to leisure travel or engage in higher learning is limited now, for whatever reason. Travel may be for business purposes only. You may not be as adventurous, preferring to stick around home and your neighbourhood, or perhaps for some, stuck there.
There could be issues to deal with regarding legal matters, matters of confinement or hiatus, or the need to attend to the care of others. You can experience a strong desire to expand your work, but may find your options limited. Alternatively, you may have taken on so many tasks that you are unable to take on opportunities to expand, grow, or travel.
The end result, as this cycle reaches its climax, you will have a better understanding of what it is that offers you hope and optimism as well as that which fuels your drive. You will be one step closer to knowing where you are headed, and you will have re-built faith in yourself. Ideally, you adopt a more mature attitude towards adventure and facing the unknown. You let go of self-defeating attitudes that have been holding you back, you recognize exactly where you have been overdoing your expectations, and you find new ways to nurture faith, hope, and vision. This is truly a period of self-discovery.
As things start falling apart in the affected areas of your life, it is felt most strongly in the first year of this cycle that lasts approximately 2.5 years.