Dec. 19, 2017 – Dec. 16, 2020
During 2020 Saturn will move into Aquarius for six months (March 21 – Sept. 17) before retrograding back into Capricorn until December 16.

Saturn is often referred to as “The Lord of Karma” or “The Great Malefic” and sometimes “The Task Master,” all of which can provoke feelings of pessimism and negativity. Rarely are Saturn’s countless hidden gifts emphasized upon first contemplating this great planet’s Astrological significations.

Saturn is the planet that represents structure, social-political systems and authority, as well as the awareness of time and karma. He is the harbinger of the blatant recognition that our long standing way of life is no longer serving us. With Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn we will find ourselves investing time to restructure the area of our lives reflected by the zodiacal sign of Capricorn.

Saturn finds itself most comfortable in the sign of Capricorn, as both the planet and sign essentially represent similar ideals: structure and reform (law and order); respect, responsibility, ethics, and accountability; time and maturity; fear and pessimism; reflection of the past and facing the hard cold reality of the here and now; slow and methodical diligence; receiving rewards equivalent to our effort; and so forth. This may all sound like drudgery, but when we adhere to any or all of the above, the rewards can be astounding. An arduous Saturn period can be analogous to the development of the “diamond soul,” which was so aptly referred to in ancient Buddhist teachings and is the result of a life lived consciously and honorably!

Financial Astrologer Raymond Merriman refers to this period as “The Great Reset”! I really like this term because it speaks to Saturn’s themes of restructuring and time. Saturn in Capricorn will bring awareness of outmoded structures and encourage a commitment to restructuring our lives so we can live with authenticity. We will find our personal and collective ideals change during this time. Many of these transformations will manifest in the political sphere through reform or scandals in our governing system. We can expect the general populace to hold our leaders accountable for corrupt and intolerable behaviors of negligence, irresponsibility, sheer recklessness and the like, as Saturn demands that we take responsibility and demonstrate integrity particularly in this arena.

On a more personal level you will feel inspired to develop or expand your vocational skills and possibly seek a new career path. Responsible actions and hard work will be rewarded. Make the most of this period by setting your sights on a path with intentional and attainable goals. This is especially true for Capricorns because Saturn will transit directly over your Sun. If you are between the ages of 28-30 or 56-59 you are experiencing or about to experience your Saturn Return, a major maturation and turning point in your life.

Mindful awareness is required at the onset of a significant Saturn transit and we are encouraged to use integrity in all our dealings throughout its duration. The Saturnian journey often leads us into solemn periods of reflection where we may find ourselves feeling dejected or disillusioned. We may also feel thwarted in our efforts to move into the future we desire because Saturn rejects any attempt that is not in alignment with our highest purpose. Thus, we may also find relationships ending or being reorganized. Although we may experience resistance to such events it behooves us to remember that Saturn is always acting in our best interest and only those people and things that are no longer beneficial to our lives will be eliminated. For this reason, Saturn can simultaneously promote new career heights, responsibilities and leadership recognition. If we consciously embrace Saturn’s wise teachings we can emerge with unexpected treasures and celebrate a more dynamic and productive life.

Saturnian transits and aspects bring us to a crossroads and provide opportunities to hasten our evolution. They usher in a profound time period, which if embraced, can ultimately bring great wisdom and a deeper meaning of life. Awareness of self, including maturation, humility and freedom— by releasing that which no longer serves you—are also characteristic of Saturn’s influence.

Related Article:
The Saturn Return in Capricorn

Copyright 2017 by Linda Kaye

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