Saturn is the farthest planet from the Sun that we can observe with a naked eye. This gas giant is famous for his rings, which can be even seen with the help of a small telescope. He is named after the Roman God Saturn, equivalent to the Greek Cronus, father of Zeus. Astrologically, he is ruling restriction, thus becoming feared by many people. Indeed, his placements and influences can bring difficulties to the everyday reality of a person; yet, he is also a great teacher passing wisdom.
Saturn is ruling responsibility and seriousness, obligation and dedication. Moreover, he offers to us harvest of results through patience. One must dedicate a lot of time and effort to activate his Saturn; on the other hand the planet’s gifts are long-lasting. He rules the old age, our grandparents and the elders in general. In addition, he is considered to be strongly connected to one’s Karma, and his natal condition indicates karmic debts we might pay from previous lives.
Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn, while is also the older ruler of Aquarius. Since the discovery of Uranus, Saturn remains as the co-ruler of the sign. In addition, Saturn is responsible for the 10th house and makes a full circle around the zodiac in approximately 29 years. He spends about 2,5 years in each sign, and gets into retrograde movement for approximately 5 months every year. A full cycle around a natal chart signifies the passage towards a more mature period. Indeed, the 29th and the 58th year of our life are the rough barriers between being young, an adult and an elder. Saturn is exalted when in the sign of Libra, in fall and weak when in Aries, while operates rather difficultly in Cancer and Leo where he is in detriment.
The passage of the planet through any house, and also its transits to other planets can be experienced as difficult periods due to the limitations that Saturn can impose. Especially conjunctions can be unbearable, as one of the planet’s characteristics is making time pass more slowly (subjectively of course). Thus, any problems that can occur in our lives during those periods are observed through an altered perception of time; moments seem like hours and hours like days. When Saturn has a lesson to give us, it is very important to be serious. When we cooperate with the ringed planet instead of opposing it, he tends to push us rather than to slap us. The transits of Saturn can last up to a year, and require from us organization and effort. The sooner we join forces with him, the sooner we will resolve any troubles and emerge wiser.
Saturn rules everything that is stable, and all activities that include organization of smaller particles in order to form a big one. The planet is the great architect, who slowly but steadily will build a powerful fortress. Indeed, masonry and building are strongly connected to the planet’s realm. In addition, even our bones and teeth (as the most hard and steady parts of our body) are having Saturn as their governor.
He is the master of winter, as during his days the humankind experiences the coldest weather; especially if we count in his older rulership of Aquarius too. Saturn is considered to be the last of the personal planets, as all the rest that orbit further than him are generational and mostly influence mass currents. This is mostly due to their slow orbiting pace, but also due to their distance and non-visibility to the human eye. Their influences are affecting deeper layers of the human-kind, while Saturn is the borderline between personal and collective unconscious.
Of course, as every planet, Saturn has also its dark sides. Some of them include totally merciless behaviors that can reach cruelty. It is no coincidence that the planet and his sign Capricorn are mostly responsible with the Christian archetype of the devil. It can bring hard labor without gains, suffering and melancholy. Other things connected with the planet are emotional distance, denial and depression. In addition, the ancient Greek archetype of Pan has also a lot of ties with the planet and the sign. Pan, the goat-like forest god represents the raw forces of nature, which can even work under very cruel laws. It takes to be strong to survive the difficulties that life brings, both on a physical and a symbolical level. Being a governor of this earth sign, Saturn partially rules agriculture and other activities connected with ground and patience. This once again shows us that a Saturnian persistence can in the end bring a good harvest as a result.
Due to his connection with the 10th house, the planet governs career and authority positions. Saturn shows a slow and gradual growth, through the establishment of a correct system and the implementation of wise tactics. The knowledge that one can obtain through patiently pushing his way up the hierarchical ladder can make him become the wise elder who organizes the others below them. Of course, Saturn can also make someone very despotic when he claims an authority position. It signifies the master who pressures the ones that reside lower in the pyramid of hierarchy.
It is obvious that Saturnian transits are not the easiest periods of a person’s life; we must usually readjust ourselves, even by letting go of things we like and are a stable part of our reality. Frequent problems that arise are connected with the cold nature of planet Saturn: There can be a lot of nervousness and lack of joy, hair loss, changes of hair color to white or silver shades and health issues. This painful transition can be surrounded by a lot of stress and hard work, while also frequently involves paying debts; both to people, institutes and of course to ourselves.
As Saturn is a rather slow moving planet, its passage through a sign creates problems to all the people born under it. Of course, each one of them feels that transit in a different house, having different life areas affected. Also, the severity of a Saturn transit largely depends on his natal aspects, while also on the natal aspects of the planets he is conjuncting by transit.
As a planetary force, Saturn requires from us to grow up. Whoever is more receptive to the planet’s energy will eventually have a more harmonious passage towards the next age category. Those who tune in with its powers will be offered his gifts, which are can bring success in their elder age.
Every individual should research his natal Saturn placement in order to understand better its functions. Many times, Saturn is operating as a malefic because human beings tend to yearn for easy gain without a lot of effort. Thus, the house where it is natally located should be examined better, so that we see which sections need to be empowered, while also possible karmic dues that need to be paid first.
Find which house is Saturn located in your natal chart, and read the respective article to uncover more about its functions.