What do you think of when you think of a teacher? A rigid taskmaster with a red pen, or a benevolent guide who has students standing on desks reciting poetry?
We all have something we could teach others. It might be a skill, or some specialized knowledge, or the story of your experience that will save someone the trouble of taking a risk themselves. It’s not just in a classroom. Have you ever thought about how you approach teaching others?
We could look at a few things. Mercury will show you how you communicate, your style- you might be precise like a Virgo, jocular like a Sadge, or direct like an Aries. But getting them to learn the lesson, the process- how do you do that? I see two big hitters on opposite sides of the spectrum, that together make the best teachers: Jupiter and Saturn.
You use your Jupiter to inspire. You’re going to be a cheerleader, encourage openness, have fun with the topic. You might make a mess, you’ll welcome risk and be very tolerant of mistakes. Imagine a language teacher getting her students to express themselves in a conversation. They reach further as their competence increases. They expand. It won’t help them to nitpick; it will often discourage further learning.
Saturn is the authority figure. It’s not just facts and figures- you are going to give assignments, and your student is going to be tested. The student is going to understand there are rules, and that in order to accomplish a specific thing, this is what has to happen. A pastry chef working with his apprentice on a cake is going to outline the exact process, the exact ingredients and amounts needed, and the student will know exactly what the finished product is supposed to be. You want your student to be contained and bound by established procedure, or he will fail.
How is it that constricting Saturn and expansive Jupiter, that work so differently, end up teaching so much together? Because once you know the rules (Saturn) you can embellish them (Jupiter) to innovate. The classically trained painter goes wild and becomes Picasso. The actor riffs off a script. And the Jupiter-guided student, encouraged to explore and discover, amasses real, solid knowledge. And just like that, the amateur becomes the expert, and the student, the teacher.
How do you teach? Are you a taskmaster, a cheerleader, or both?