Saturn: the catalyst in your natal chart
Some planets take far longer to orbit the sun than Earth does - like 29 1/2 years longer. Saturn is the second largest planet and has the lovely gift of deeply affecting us. Yet despite being a giant mother who takes forever to move around the sun, her day only takes a little over 10 hours to complete, compared to our 24. Saturn plays a huge role in our Natal Charts, and every three decades Saturn makes a full rotation to the exact degree on the day you were born. You will feel this huge energy around the ages 27 to 31-ish, and then again in your late fifties and early sixties, though the first Saturn Return is more impactful on your daily life as it is the first major transition you experience in your current life. It'll hit you again later in life, but as they say, "the first cut is the deepest." This Saturn Return affects us immensely, so much so that we enter an entirely new phase of our lives for the following 29 years. So let's carve into what your Saturn Return is really all about:
Saturn takes about two full years to move through a sign, having you feeling your biggest changes over this two-year period. Saturn has just moved into Sagittarius, so if you're in your late twenties to early thirties, (or born in 1985 to 1988) you will now be feeling your very first Saturn Return. From November 16, 1985 to February 12, 1988, Saturn was in Sagittarius. It flipped into Capricorn from February 13 to June 9, 1988, went back into Sagittarius on June 10, to November 11, 1988, and fully moved into Capricorn again on November 12, 1988, until 1991. So some of you may have had a Capricorn return in those years, but a large portion will be feeling this Sagittarius movement. It has just moved out of Scorpio, so those in their thirties are finally letting their hearty Saturn changes go. For those who had Saturn in Sagittarius, you can expect to feel these big movements until December of 2017. Holy hannah.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT SATURN?
Saturn is the planet of hard work. When Saturn influences your chart, your character is going to be strengthened but it is usually through difficult measures. By no means is Saturn an easy process to move through. Saturn is going to discipline you until it feels you have understood its lessons. Saturn is the planet of limitations, maturity, and self-control. It governs patience, realism and severity. Saturn presents us with obstacles we are meant to overcome, and learn a great deal from. These challenges are what shape us into the being we are meant to be for the next saturn rotation, and ultimately for the rest of our lives. They say your patterns are developed until you turn 30, and after that - that's who you are. It takes a mammoth amount of strength to transform after this age, because your Saturn return has already happened and it dictates part of your greatest change and shift into maturity. Saturn teaches us the lessons we are meant to learn in this life, and some of those aren't easy, but they are often those with the greatest reward. Governed by maturity, you may find you're going through an intense event lately, or over the past couple of years, one that forces you to "mature" or look at your situation from a mature perspective. Saturn rules our destiny. It represents the experiences we can not run from, perfecting our human nature.
Saturn actually retrogrades three times during its two-year transit, sending it back into its previous sign. So while Saturn dipped into Sagittarius in December 2014 until June 2015, and then back into Scorpio for a few months, it officially began its transit in September of this year and will stay that way until December 2017. So you'll be feeling something big - something trying - until 2017.
SATURN IN YOUR CHART
Depending on what sign Saturn falls in in your chart, it shows your relationship with responsibility, endurance and perseverance. A strong influence of Saturn in your chart would make these qualities in you rather redeeming, while a lack of Saturn can make you unreliable and impatient. Unfortunately, if it's influence is negative and imbalanced, it can make you overly ambitious, domineering and selfish. But Saturn is only a fraction of your entire chart, and its influence is not as strong as your sun or moon sign.
Since most Saturns for this return have been in either Sagittarius or Capricorn, I wanted to share what traits you can expect for those signs. If your birthday falls in 1985 to 1988, please check the dates listed above to see if you're a Sagittarius or Capricorn Saturn.
SATURN IN CAPRICORN
Saturn is strong in Capricorn since Capricorn is rules by Saturn, so the positive and negative influences will be felt in this sign depending on your personality and traits. An overactive and negative Saturn will show itself in you with impatience, being self-involved and indulgent, but under a positive and healthy influence it will make you steadfast, reliable and hardworking. In Capricorn, Saturn exemplifies ambition and independence although sometimes this behaviour may be mistaken as oppressive and domineering in the opinions of others. This influence will teach to you to be self-sufficient very early in life, perhaps giving you hard obstacles at a young age. These lessons taught you strength however, and shaped you into the self-sufficient being you are, proving Saturn's hard lessons resulting in good. You prefer to do things yourself - that way you know they're done correctly - and you learn best from doing things yourself. Your personality can sometimes be morose or dwelling, but you have faithful friends, and a good sense of humour, albeit witty. You may feel lonely throughout your life due to past experiences and this feeling may follow you through your life's many stages.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Unfortunately, when Saturn hits Sagittarius, it tends to delay life's successes, and may make your younger experiences rather challenging. Until you learn patience, you may not reap what you sew. You will work hard, harder than most, but it will be a long journey until you see the fruits of your labour. But you will. And it will be worth it. As you age you become deeply wise and visionary, and you have the potential to be a great leader. You may feel an inner conflict between your desire to venture out and experience all that life has to offer with the underlying need for stability and security. This is usually due to a childhood experience, as Saturn Sagittarians tend to have experienced tragedy in their younger years. You are a philosophical thinker, though this can be watered down based on the other signs in your chart - though you would still have the potential to be a pensive and introspective thinker. You may be rather cynical or pessimistic under this influence, and you may really have "to try" to be optimistic naturally.
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