Understanding Saturn retrograde in a birth chart or horoscope is essential, he is a great teacher. In around twenty-four hours, as I write this Saturn one of the most distant planets from Earth will turn his back on us, and retrograde right up until September 2019. Saturn’s reputation or meaning in astrology is a harsh one, many fear him, really dislike to discuss him or his retrogrades. He’s either portrayed as the wicked step-father with a belt in his hand, ready to teach us all a lesson. Or the grumpy old man…also ready to teach us all a lesson! While these stereotypes (as an astrologer), I don’t necessarily totally disagree with, there is more to Saturn than ‘discipline’ and ‘handwork’…. let’s take a look shall we.
Who And What Is Saturn?
Saturn was first seen by Galileo Galilei around 1610 , he’s the sixth planet from the Sun. Saturn rules over the day Saturday, the Sun sign Capricorn and Aquarius’ traditional ruler before the discovery of Uranus.
The body parts this planet rules over : bones, teeth, hair and nails.
Linked to the colour: Black.
Planet’s energy: The leader, head of an organisation, CEO, boss, authority.
What Astrological Facts Are Key About Saturn?
Saturn is so slow moving it’s crazy , this planet takes on average about two- two and a half years years to move through a sign, that means about twenty nine years or so to circle the whole zodiac. What does that mean you ask? Well, each planet moves through the zodiac as we know, some more faster than others, for example the Moon spends about 2.5 days in a sign, so she will get through all twelve times in record time. Saturn will spend almost two- two and a half years in one, and moves around the atmosphere extra slow which means the impact from his aspects with other planets and transits on our lives are felt over a duration of time.
Secondly, this is why we have what we call ‘Saturn Returns’, ever heard the saying that thirty is the age not to get married before? Or do this, or that? Or that thirty is (for some of us) the age when ‘panic’ sets in. ‘When will I have kids, when will I get married?’ etc. Saturn returns to the position he was at, at the time of our birth , however he does it when we reach around twenty-nine to thirty years old. It is said, this is to check in and see if we have learned our first set of life’s lessons laid out in our birth charts. He then returns to his position at our time of birth in our late fifties, to check in again! This is why, Saturn in my view is more than just a planet that retrogrades every now and then, and also causes some craziness or struggles in life. Once you understand what Saturn represents in your birth chart, you are on a road to self- actualisation as they say, meaning you will have a good sense of direction, of yourself, and what you can do to spiritually grow and involve. You can also understand why you keep having the same experiences in life- that may bring struggles to your door or lack of progression.
Thirdly, due to how slow Saturn moves this means that there will be people born roughly two- three years before or after you, that have Saturn in their birth chart under the influence of the same Sun sign as you. This is good to know when seeking life partners also as it is an indication that your Saturn Returns or even life lessons, could be similar and you can grow together.
So, What Does Saturn Represent in a Birth Chart?
Saturn can show in our birth chart, what area of life we can really transform ourselves or the area that can be transformational for us and learn lessons from to progress. The Sun sign Saturn is under the influence of at your time of birth, can show you how you can transform. And will give an indication of what the theme of your Saturn Returns could be like. For example, my Saturn is under Scorpio- this sign rules over transformation and change, so my Saturn Return years when I was in my late twenties to early thirties, were about ‘transformation’ ‘shedding a skin’ and growing a new one. Let me tell you, I can testify and say, looking back now as an astrologer who has analysed my birth chart until I’m blue in the face, yes ! My first Saturn Return did exactly that! And it all makes sense to me, I did transform, majorly and so did my life. Now in my mid-thirties that looking back shaped me, and I am who I am today due to my first Saturn Return, which includes why I also went on to academically study astrology.
The point is, Saturn is a great healer, yes he is hard work when you don’t understand why the same shit keeps happening, yes he can be hard work when he is in retrograde but you know what? He is the greatest teacher of all the planets in my view, and I love him for that! Even if he’s a pain in the rear end sometimes…most of the time.
How Can I Make The Most Of Saturn In My Birth Chart
Here’s the thing, you need to be ready to embrace his lessons. When we get to the age of thirty(ish) we see ourselves differently, that’s just the way society has made that big 3.0 seem. In terms of astrology it has a different meaning, it’s not about panic, it’s about finding you, and only you. Not rushing down the aisle or trying to start a family, buy a house, own a car, take on massive debts in order to do what society has ‘programmed’ us to believe, we should have by the prime age of thirty. Nope, it’s about looking at your chart in this way.
Where is Saturn located? What house of life is he in?
What does that house of life represent?
What sign is he under?
What does that sign rule over, it’s main energy?
Okay, this is the area I need to be ‘disciplined in’ ‘ learn from or about’ ‘experience changes or some difficulties’ ‘ I must over come or master what this lesson is.’
Okay, the sign ‘s energy is a key to how I can do this?
What element is the sign? Fire, water, earth or air?
What is the mode of the sign cardinal, fixed or mutable?
Reflect, what happened when I was twenty-nine- thirty and the two to three years after? Did I learn anything? What was my struggle back then? Have I overcome it? Or if you are more mature, and approaching your sixties, what’s going on now that is relevant to back then?
We have a thing called a ‘mid life crisis’ partly due to Saturn’s influence and reputation, when we panic, act out of the ordinary or don’t know where we are going, let alone where we have been. To avoid this, recognise what your Saturn means to you and your life in your chart or have it checked.
Saturn In The Elements
Fire- this element deals with passions, progression, creativity, action, movement, confidence.
Water- this element deals with sensitivity, matters of the heart, emotions, flowing through life.
Air- this is the mental experiences in life and thinking/thoughts/learning/academic, communication and speech, even struggles.
Earth- this element deals with stability, grounding building, longevity, achievement, finance, material gains.
Cardinal signs – deal with taking action, instigating things, not letting life happen ( Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Libra).
Fixed signs– deal with keeping the status quo, resistant to change unless they want it, stubbornness. ( Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio.)
Mutable signs- go with the flow, bend and flex, adapt, move through life at a pace that suits them as it comes- (Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini).
What About Retrogrades? And Everyday Transits?
Yes, well Saturn will make aspects to other planets, and retrograde and do what all planets do naturally. During a retrograde generally any planet is forcing us to go back, and look at something again. It is based mainly on the house of life the retrograde planet is traveling back through. Saturn retrogrades around the 29th-30th April read about that on the link highlighted. During this time, it’s the same energy what do you need to go back to in that house of life? While Saturn or any planet is in retrograde? What is there to learn, change, adapt, think about, or restart again?? During these transits, check the house of life that the planet, Saturn in this case is moving back through and what aspects he is making to help you navigate the period of time, so many class as ‘painful’ or ‘fearful’ as it’s Saturn’s discipline period.
Embrace it! I have learned to love Saturn in my chart, and so can you, I have learned to love retrograde and make the most of them and so can you. So, now you understand the whole point of Saturn in basic terms, understand him in your chart and spirituality involve and achieve your true potential. Understand your struggles that could be laid out in your chart, and just waiting for you to understand them and conker them! Put it this way, understanding Saturn helped me make sense of my past, know what I am and am not prepared to take or do, and helped me actually change my career! To my true love which at the time, to my surprise when I analysed my chart deeply is also indicated there too… no coincidence, astrology is real! And a great tool to help navigate life. Do you know what Saturn means in your birth chart? Have it checked over and life may just make a lot more sense. Birth Chart reading is very empowering.
I will do more on Saturn as we move through the retrograde period of 2019, when ends in September stay tuned.
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