In earlier times referred to as the greater malefic, Saturn is one of the most feared planets in astrology. Its glyph refers to the sickle of Chronos, the god of time in Greek mythology. Saturn rules time and death, but there are some more keywords to it like persistence and cold. In this part of the Planets in Astrology series, you can learn more about Saturn in astrology.

Saturn is the last personal planet and also the last one that can be seen with a naked eye. Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn, and before the discovery of Uranus, it ruled Aquarius, too. Nowadays it's considered the co-ruler of Aquarius. Saturn is exalted in Libra, in fall in Aries and it's in detriment in the sign of Cancer and Leo. In the natural chart, Saturn rules the tenth house of career and public image.

Saturn in the natal chart represents the urge for stability and safety. Saturn concentrates energy and rules the solid state of matter. In astrology, Saturn is the teacher and the judge who wants to know if you have learned the lessons you chose to learn in this lifetime. If you haven't, you will get some more time to do so but keep in my mind that the test will become harder and harder.

What does Saturn Mean in Astrology?

Named after the god of time, Saturn represents old age and old people. Its archetype is the Old Man and the Reaper. Saturn rules barrenness, cold, ice (Saturn's rings consist of ice and stone), even trees that never bloom and bear fruits like pine and willow. Capricorn is the part of the year when winter begins. 

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Even decay and death are represented by Saturn in astrology. However, there is a part of the human psyche that is indestructible and cannot die. Saturn is immortality and eternity. Saturn rules time and tradition.

Saturn is all about form and structure. In the human body, Saturn rules the skeletal system, knees, skin, ligaments, and the gall bladder. Without the skeleton, humans couldn't walk. Saturn rules everything that is hard and heavy in a physical sense, for example, stones.

In human life, Saturn rules hard work and discipline. It shows your responsibility for yourself and your environment.

Organizations and hierarchy are also attributed to Saturn. These persist for decades if not for hundreds of years and they became hard and stiff. There are rules that you have to follow no matter if you like them or not. Saturn rules all authority figures and the government. Obligations and also connected to Saturn, all the things that you don't feel like doing but you must do.

Saturn is about dedication, hard work, persistence, and patience. Here you have to put in the work each day for years and years until you see some result. However, everything that Saturn touches is lasting and permanent, and so is the result of your efforts. Jupiter can give you overnight success, but this is most often not permanent. On the other hand, Saturnian success is. It's about not giving up and going forward no matter hard it is, or to put it short, going slowly but steadily.

Saturn rules career and ambition. It describes your employer and all of the authority figures in your life and your approach towards them. Some of the Saturnian professions are science, a career in the military or the government, working with the elderly and all occupations where you need to be very disciplined and work under austere and hostile conditions. There is no room for novelty when Saturn is in charge, traditions, conventionality, and orthodoxy are all ruled by this planet.

Saturn in the Natal Chart

Where Saturn is in your natal chart, you can expect limitations and restrictions in the connected areas of life. For example, someone with Saturn in the tenth house might face restrictions in their career (or choose the path of a scientist or some other profession related to Saturn). Someone in whose chart Saturn is in the seventh house might marry in older age or someone older. You can expect delays and hardships where Saturn is involved.

If Saturn touches important personal points of the natal chart, it makes the related activities or areas very painful. For example, the disharmonious aspects between Mercury and Saturn make it very hard for the native to express himself. 

Saturn shows in the chart the most important and biggest lesson for us in life. A native who has Saturn in the second house might learn the harder way how to take care of his finances properly or this placement might manifest in the lack of self-esteem.

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Saturn Return 

Saturn makes a full circle around the Sun in approximately 30 years. A Saturn return is when it is transiting over its position in your natal chart. The first Saturn return is experienced in the late twenties. During this time Saturn puts you to the test and wants to see if you learned the matters of the house Saturn is located in your natal chart. 

Saturn transits are never easy, but if you try to use your time productively, the first Saturn return won't smack you in the face as hard as if you were just slacking about. It's related to growing up and indeed this is a period of life when many people do very responsible things like raising a kid, getting married or buying a house. If you are on the wrong track, expect a powerful wake-up call during this time to become aware of that you don't have endless time at your disposal.

On the other hand, Saturn always rewards hard work. And the best of all, Saturn's gifts will stay with you for a long time.

Read more: The tenth house in the natal chart, the house Saturn rules in astrology

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