A column by Bles Carmona
For the week of August 6-12, 2014
ASTROLOGER CHRISTOPHER RENSTROM, SATURN, AND THE FANGIRL
It all happened one Saturday afternoon.
If you’ve been following this column more or less, then you know how much in awe I am of astrologer Christopher Renstrom and hence, yes, I am the “fangirl” in this column’s title. Christopher writes the daily horoscopes for the San Francisco Chronicle (replacing Jeanne Dixon) as well as for SFGate.com. He is also the astrologer for “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger via sheknows.com, as well as the force behind rulingplanets.com, a subscription-based online astrological magazine and advice source. He is also the author of the book “Ruling Planets” which assigns a specific planet to “rule” each of the 12 Western zodiac signs and then explains how all of that goes. He also developed “Ask the Astrologer” for MyLifetimeTV.com. In short, Christopher Renstrom, 53, is definitely a “young astrologer” who has an impressive track record due to his hard work, media savvy, and super-charming personality. I tell you, you should meet Christopher in person. Such a humble man oozing with sweetness and light.
I suppose I should start backtracking a bit because I’d like to explain why I always describe Christopher in superlatives. You see, back in 2008, I wrote a horoscope column for this newspaper, which was actually a dream come true for me since I have always wanted to marry my love for writing with my passion for astrology. However, I still needed pointers in both style and content, and it is to Christopher’s column in the SF Chronicle that I primarily turned to. I read not just what it says for my sign Aries, but for the 11 other signs as well, marveling at his equal parts seriousness and sense of humor. Last year, during a half-day workshop conducted by another speaker, he was in the audience. I sought him out during a break and shyly asked if I can take a picture with him. All smiles and accommodation, Christopher joined me in a selfie. I’ll never forget that moment. Encounter number two was during this year’s Intl. Astrology Day (IAD) conference, when I was manning the registration desk and smiled brightly at him. He said that he remembers me and to send him a copy of our photo together. Needless to say, I was charmed and floored (OK, pick me up from the floor now). Then with this latest Saturnian encounter (I’ll explain later),can you imagine now how elated I am because someone I just admired from afar was for one afternoon to evening just within 5-10 feet of my personal space?! I’m freaking out like any awestruck fan – Christopher Renstrom is an astrological rock star!
Christopher was born in Palo Alto, CA on Dec. 23 – a Capricorn. Then who better to speak on things Saturnian than a son of Saturn himself? In Western astrology, Saturn is known as the ruling planet of Capricorn and Aquarius, in much the same way as Mars rules Aries, for example, or like the Moon rules Cancer. Yes, I admit, this is fascinating stuff to me and it has been ever since I read my first astrology book – “Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs” – when I was 11 years old. Anyway, back to Christopher: he’s now based in Salt Lake City, Utah and visits the SF Bay Area every now and then to deliver lectures and conduct workshops. For the San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS), he presented on “Thund’rous Portents” (Saturn in the context of American history, etc.) on the last Thursday of the month, which is when SFAS usually holds its monthly lectures.
For the National Council for Geocosmic Research-San Francisco (NCGR-SF) Bay Area Chapter, in which I’m serving as one of the Board members, Christopher held a half-day afternoon workshop on “Saturn: A Newer Look at an Older Devil” which, at least in title, is a nod to noted astrologer Liz Greene’s book, “Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil.” Nonetheless, Christopher weaves his tale of Saturn/Kronos from the very beginning: suffice it to say that there were a lot of devouring of children and castration going on at the start. Whew, sometimes mythology is heavy, man. Other visual images he presented were those of Captain Hook (to symbolize being chased by time, among other reasons), Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet where the actor is shown holding the skull of his best friend (Saturn as the planet of predicaments/dilemmas), Tiny Tim of “The Christmas Carol” (Saturn ruling charity), and Richard Nixon (Saturn as the planet of fear). He also presents what he calls “Saturn parables” like the story of Job, “The Christmas Carol,” Oedipus Rex, the temptation of Christ (Saturn = the devil), and Ceres/Demeter reacting by withholding bounty (a Saturnian reaction) when Hades abducts he daughter Persephone into the Underworld. Christopher quotes from original sources as much as possible, including Ovid, Middle Eastern writers, and James Hilton, author of the 1932 novel “The Lost Horizon.”
He also mentions some children of Saturn who comprise those whose signs are either Aquarius and Capricorn: Oprah Winfrey, Christie Brinkley (still beautiful and sexy at 60 – proof of the reverse-aging Saturnian principle: “they look old when they’re young and young when they’re old”), Betty White, and Dame Maggie Smith (Prof. Minerva McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” series and also of “Downton Abbey”).
In conclusion, here’s what we took away from Christopher Renstrom’s lecture about the characteristics of Saturn as a god and what it stands for in individual lives and the collective:
1. Saturn is the god of denial as a survival mechanism.
2. Saturn imparts hindsight.
3. Saturn urges us into resistance to the workaday world by resting on the Shavat/Sabbath. Like Christopher said, “People guard their money but they don’t guard their time,” that he points out is more important.
4. Saturn teaches us through tedium and our response to testing.
5. Saturn helps us get to the bottom of the truth. Truth (Veritas) is the daughter of Time (Kronos/Saturn) and the mother of Virtue.
6. Saturn rules doubt, and doubt is good because then you are motivated to seek the truth (see above).
7. Saturn is the god of irony, the journey through the predicament, paradox, and dilemma.
8. Saturn teaches us life in this world: there is both a dark side and a triumphant side.
9. Saturn remembers, i.e., rules memory.
10. You may not get what you want with Saturn, but you will create an extraordinary life, but an extraordinary life that you may not recognize.
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