In astrology, each planet has some kind of meaning in your birth chart. Many people focus only on their sun sign because that is the most popular piece of astrological information. It is also the easiest piece of astrology information to determine. However, there is so much more to consider!
Saturn is the 6th planet from the Sun. It is famous for its iconic rings, which are comprised of ice, dust, and debris. The planet also has more than 140 moons and hundreds of minor moons.
The planet Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn, whose Greek equivalent is the Titan named Cronus. In Ancient Rome, Saturn was an important deity. A festival, Saturnalia, took place every December that included gift-giving, banquets, and lots of raucous partying. Some modern holiday traditions associated with Christmas are said to have originated with Saturnalia. Saturday is also named after the god, Saturn.
Saturn was the god of wealth, abundance, agriculture, harvest, and time. He was also the father of Jupiter, who ruled over all the gods. Saturn is also the inspiration for the image of “father time.”
What Does Your Saturn Sign Mean?
Saturn represents our commitments, our boundaries, and our responsibilities. If you’re confused about the meaning of Saturn vs. the meaning of Jupiter, one way to think about is that Saturn is a “strict parent” while Jupiter is the “fun parent.” We need both of them for healthy development, but Jupiter’s qualities often feel more easeful.
Saturn encourages us to develop practice and discipline. It is like a teacher that helps us learn lessons from this life and previous lives. Saturn is also often associated with male authority figures in our lives but can represent any authority or teacher. This planet also rules our wisdom and old age.
Saturn takes 28-30 years to complete a full orbit. So, it stays in each sign for about 2.5 years. So, people born in the same period all have the same Saturn sign. However, which house it falls into in the natal chart and its relationship to the other planets in the chart differentiates each person’s Saturn placement, even if they have the same Saturn sign.
What is a Saturn Return?
Every person experiences a Saturn return when Saturn returns to the position it was in when they were born. This happens for everyone between the ages of 27 and 30, 56-60, and 84-90. Astrologers believe these Saturn returns help people enter new phases of life. The first one is the transition into full adulthood, the second one is the transition into maturity or middle age, and the third one is the transition into old age.
Saturn’s return can be a rocky time for many people. During this period people may have to make important decisions that can affect the rest of their lives. They may decide to start a new career, move to a new city, or end or begin a relationship. The time of the first Saturn return is when many people decide to have kids or get married.
Saturn returns are hard because people are creatures of habit. During a Saturn return, everything that person has been doing for the past 27-30 years can change. Those who have the ability to go with the flow may have an easier time with this transitional time.
Saturn Sign Traits
Aries Saturn Sign Traits
Saturn in Aries is a fall placement because Aries is the opposite of Saturn in Libra, which is an exalted placement. This quality makes sense when you think about the qualities of Aries and the qualities of Saturn. Aries is all about impulsiveness and risk-taking, while Saturn is all about boundaries and discipline. This dichotomy can lead to a lot of insecurity and some “stop-start” energy. People with this placement can feel easily overwhelmed by large projects with lots of deadlines. They can also enter into projects with enthusiasm only to realize how much work it is and quickly lose interest. People with Saturn in Aries may have a hard time working with other people. Aries is a headstrong sign. People with this placement may try to lead, but their insecurity from this Saturn/Aries dynamic may prevent them from seeing the best ways to work on a team. Learning how to negotiate through conflicts and collaborate with people can go a long way for people with Saturn in Aries.
Taurus Saturn Sign Traits
Saturn’s disciplined energy gets along well with Taurus’s love of routine and comfort. People with this earthy placement are hard workers. Once they put their mind to something, they are likely to stick with it, maybe too hard. People with Saturn in Taurus might be inclined to put in overtime and work themselves to the bone. Finding balance is a challenge for people with this placement. Saturn encourages us to set boundaries and have routines, but Taurus can give this placement an all-or-nothing attitude. If they try to find balance in more relaxation, they can get into overindulging in comforts or being too rigid about their new balanced lifestyle. The lesson Saturn tries to teach people with this placement is that flexibility can lead to good things in life.
Gemini Saturn Sign Traits
The combination of Saturn’s discipline plus Gemini’s social graces can actually lead to someone who blooms later in life. People with this placement can take a while to find their voice. They are careful people who consider every angle before they open their mouths. Gemini’s love of analysis paired with Saturn’s love of control and boundaries can create anxiety about social interactions. It can also lead them to compare themselves to others. As they mature, people with this placement can come out of their shells and truly blossom, but only if they work to accept themselves as they are, work through their constant rumination, and stop comparing themselves to other people.
Cancer Saturn Sign Traits
The astrological sign Cancer is all about home and family. With Saturn’s influence, this placement becomes a fearful one. People with Saturn in Cancer fear losing their physical home. While people with Cancer suns are all about their family and close friends, Saturn turns this Cancerian tendency into strong boundaries with strangers, which could come off as a fear of strangers or simply a shy demeanor. However, people with this placement also experience the positives of the other side. They often develop a close and loyal inner network of friends and family members. Cancer is also a nostalgic sign. With Saturn’s boundaries, this can affect the future of people with this placement. If they had a difficult childhood, people with Saturn in Cancer are likely to avoid having children or getting into romantic relationships, because they want to avoid repeating the same experience. However, since they are so family oriented if they work through their childhood difficulties and create a family, they may find happiness.
Leo Saturn Sign Traits
Whatever Saturn touches gets its strong boundaries. Leo is normally a bold, attention-loving sign. However, when paired with Saturn it results in people who shy away from the spotlight while secretly desiring it. These unique people need just the right amount of attention – not too much, but not too little. While people with Leo sun can act like they were born to rule, people with Saturn in Leo still have a regal tendency, but they want to earn their position. They will work hard to ascend the throne (or corporate ladder) to prove that they really belong there. People with this placement make great performers, orators, and actors because they have Leo’s amazing presence with a down-to-earth grit that makes them very relatable to a large number of people.
Virgo Saturn Sign Traits
Virgo is a sign that loves order, boundaries, and helping others. This pairs well with Saturn’s influence on boundaries and teaching life lessons. People with this placement of Saturn in Virgo have strong boundaries in one way, but, in another way, they need to learn how to set them when it comes to helping others. People with Saturn in Virgo can get too caught in up their desire to give service that they neglect their own needs. They are also often the star student and high-achieving child who does all their chores. They love getting accolades for doing everything to a T, but this can lead to burnout down the line. The lesson for people with Saturn in Virgo is that it’s ok to rebel a little, and it’s ok to allow a little disorder into life.
Libra Saturn Sign Traits
Saturn in Libra gives this peace-loving sign an edge. This is an exalted placement, meaning Saturn gives Libra a bit more energy and easefulness than other placements. Libra suns are known for trying to get along with everyone, sometimes to a fault. Saturn in Libra people are not trying to keep the peace. They notice any inequality and injustice and allow their outrage to take over. They may have a hot temper, but not usually towards anyone they love. It is directed toward people who they perceive as being unfair. They can have strong black-and-white thinking and see the world through a strong lens of right and wrong. The problem is, the world is full of grey areas. People with this placement can spend all their energy fighting big battles and have none left for themselves. They can also turn this strong passion into a career in law or advocacy. They just need to make sure to take a vacation once in a while!
Scorpio Saturn Sign Traits
Saturn’s lesson for those who have this planet in Scorpio is to differentiate what is true passion from a trigger that sends them spiraling. People with this placement notice hierarchies in everyday life and are very sensitive to anything that sends them lower down the ladder. They are also quite vengeful about these events. However, their revenge doesn’t always extend to people who they view as having offended them. They may turn it onto themselves through the use of drugs or alcohol, unhealthy sexual activity, or compulsive spending or gambling. The key to people with this placement is therapy, counseling, coaching, or self-work to overcome the strong triggers that cause them to self-destruct. With that, they can harness their profound empathy and transform themselves into compassionate people who are knowledgeable about the human psyche and what makes people tick.
Sagittarius Saturn Sign Traits
Sagittarius is a sign of wandering. People with various Sagittarius placements often love traveling. If they don’t they love to travel mentally and explore many different forms of knowledge that help them to understand people and the world better. People with Saturn in Sagittarius do have this tendency, but they also experience a more difficult side to it. They may have a hard time finding a home, or if they do have a home base, they may not feel at home there. They often feel othered in life, even if they have been in the same place or community for a long while. Later into adulthood, this makes them compassionate people who know how to navigate in spaces that are outside of the norm. People with Saturn in Sagittarius may resist the urge to travel, but as they learn life lessons, they can get more into it later in life.
Capricorn Saturn Sign Traits
People with Saturn in its home sign, Capricorn, may have an easeful time with their ambition. While others struggle to rise through structured environments, like a corporate ladder or entertainment industry maze, people with Saturn in Capricorn navigate these with ease. With Saturn’s love of hard work and discipline, people with Saturn in Capricorn are likely to become workaholics. They also choose to surround themselves only with other people who have the same lofty ambitions that they do, which also furthers their goals. Additionally, people with this placement tend to put their work above all else – friends, family, hobbies, etc. However, they do crave intimacy and friendship. Finding balance in life to allow for these relationships to thrive can allow for more happiness in their lives.
Aquarius Saturn Sign Traits
Saturn in Aquarius brings the Aquarian love of collaboration and humanitarian efforts. However, Saturn’s boundaries make these people very choosy about who they will work with and what projects they will work on. Early experiences lead to their social justice passions. As Saturn also relates to work, they also have a way of seeing other peoples’ potential and drawing it out of them to lead to better and better collaborations. People with Saturn in Aquarius hate taking responsibility for their own work. They would rather let the group have the accolades. People with this placement also have a soft spot for others who are traditionally considered difficult, because they see their potential as it relates to group efforts.
Pisces Saturn Sign Traits
The lesson in this life for people with Saturn in Pisces is to sort out what belongs to them and what belongs to other people (aka, boundaries). These natural healers have huge hearts that can lead them to focus their compassion too much on other people. They feel deeply, which can lead to issues with substance abuse and other forms of escapism in an effort to dull the strong emotions. Learning how to say no is a skill with a big payoff for people with this placement. Pairing Pisces’ intuitive and healing powers, with a disciplined pursuit like meditation can have a big payoff for people with this placement. They may receive messaging about creativity or solving problems through structured spiritual pursuits.
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