Saturn enters first Aquarius on March 21st, 2020, but slips back into Capricorn July 1st during its annual retrograde cycle. This year’s transition indicates a calling to resolve the lessons of Saturn in Capricorn, while also looking ahead to the a chapter of personal development. On December 16th, 2020, shifts into Aquarius one again, staying there until March, 2023.
See below for guidance on working with Saturn as it transitions in Aquarius, according to your Sign.
Summary of the Themes of Saturn in Aquarius
- A greater focus on issues being faced within communities, or the the collective
- Embracing creative ideas and ingenuity
- Gaining confidence in yourself
- Overcoming fears of rejection
- Developing greater objectivity and awareness to the ways in which your actions/words/behaviors influence those around you
- Learning to share more of yourself in order to create deeper bonds of trust in your relationships
- The willingness to make the changes necessary in order to embrace change
- Developments in technology which further innovate how we communicate, collaborate and stay connected
- Learning to take life less seriously
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Saturn represents the beliefs, values and perceptions that serve as the foundation for the rules and/or limitations to which you subscribe, both consciously and unconsciously, in your day-to-day life.
Saturn is associated with the archetype of Ganesh in the Vedic tradition – the one who throws obstacles onto your path, and challenges you to remove those obstacles, so that you may realize the strength and discipline needed to manifest your soul’s greatest desires in this lifetime.
Saturn transits initially bring the experience of frustration and tension. There is often a feeling of being ‘blocked’ from something that you feel you need or desire. This sets the stage for you to experience Saturn’s lesson, and calling to evolve.
Saturn’s evolutionary function is that it calls you let go of an outdated way of thinking, and develop a new habit, skill or strength through sustained discipline, focus and perseverance.
When working with Saturn’s evolutionary potential, involves realizing a newfound sense of ‘liberation’ by restructuring some area of your life, and the ‘arena’ for that work is indicated by the house where Saturn is transiting.
Questions to ask while Saturn is in Aquarius
- Are you confident voicing your individual perspective even when it might mean taking a ‘radical’ or controversial stance?
- Are you open about your thoughts and feelings with others, or do you alienate those around you by acting ‘cool’ and distant?
- Do you operate within social circles whose values and ideals reflect your own?
- What does it mean to you to serve ‘the greater good’?
General Themes of Saturn in Aquarius According to your Sign
Aries Sun (or Aries Rising)
You have been experiencing a ‘high point’ of achievement in your public life. Your perseverance in the pursuit of your passions is being rewarded through material successes and new opportunities. Well done! You are becoming known not only for your accomplishments, but your work-ethics and core values as well.
Over the next 2-3 years, you will be called to look beyond your own potential for personal gain, exploring the ways in which you may serve the greater good of your community. Others will continue to look up to you as an example of leadership, integrity and the willingness to be a voice of Truth. In what ways can you serve the collective as you strive to realize your highest ideals?
Taurus Sun (or Taurus Rising)
The world is at your feet and you are in a position of increasing influence and visibility in the public arenas of your life. You are gaining maturity and valuable experience, especially by remaining curious and open-minded. You are building the structures in your life that will allow you to be more adaptable and take more calculated risks. You begin to see a silver lining in the face of change, and this allows you to adopt a more optimistic world-view.
Over the next 2-3 years, you will continue to gain recognition for your ambitions, as you understand the ‘game of life’ more clearly. You will be challenged to take strong, decisive action in the pursuit of Truth and your ideals. You are learning to express your opinions, values and creative solutions more confidently.
Gemini Sun (or Gemini Rising)
You are gaining maturity and a deeper understanding of trust, boundaries and forgiveness through intimate relationships, business partnerships and/or family relationships. You are also gaining clarity about your own needs and expectations in these relationships, which may have not been clearly understood in the past. If you are in a long-term relationship, you are learning who you are as an individual, distinct from your partner. You may also need to learn to become more financially independent during this time.
Over the next 2-3 years, you have the opportunity to develop greater confidence in yourself and in what you have the potential to accomplish. Your life begins to operate from a deeper sense of purpose that is more clearly and intuitively felt. You are learning to tap into an internal source of inspiration, wisdom and confidence.
Cancer Sun (or Cancer Rising)
You have the opportunity to realize important ‘truths’ within yourself by examining the way in which you maintain a sense of independence in your relationships with friends, co-workers and romantic partners. How do you assert your personal boundaries, and how do you react when a boundary has been crossed? Do you communicate your needs and expectations clearly upfront, and are your expectations realistic? Be mindful also to follow-through on commitments you have made to others.
You are learning to develop a sense of objectivity about your intimate relationships, as well as in your relationship with money. It’s important to create a sense of financial stability and independence, which may mean avoiding highly speculative investments.
In relationships, its important to keep the lines of communication open with your partner. Are you assuming that your partner has a clear understanding of your desires and expectations? Over the course of the next 2-3 years you may be challenged to explore deeply held desires, fears and old wounds, which you have been avoiding for some time.
Leo Sun (or Leo Rising)
You are being challenged to examine the way your life is organized in support of your overall purpose. At the same time, this is a period of heavy responsibility and hard work, for which you may not be recognized in the short term – be patient and trust that your efforts are not in vain! It’s important to be focused on the ‘here and now’ rather than trying to rush your aspirations for the future.
Look at all areas of your life objectively now. Set realistic goals for yourself and get really clear about your priorities. Notice how you are devoting your time and energy to these. What are your practices and habits for taking care of your health, your personal life, and your responsibilities? Are you balancing these effectively? If not, do you have a clear understanding of your personal boundaries and self-care needs?
Soon, you are going to begin gaining more recognition for your efforts, and you need to consider how you will incorporate this kind of expansion into your life.
Virgo Sun (or Virgo Rising)
How do you express your innermost joys, or have you been taking life too seriously for too long? This is a time for examining how you access your sense of play and creativity, and perhaps learning to give yourself more permission in this space. Relationships that come into your life now, whether are short or long-term, may help you on this journey. Open yourself as much as possible to these opportunities to learn more about yourself.
Although you may be taking on more and more responsibility over the next 2-3 years, it is also important to know that you are valued for more than what you ‘do’. You inspire others through your ideals, your integrity, and your loving nature. You are being seen in a new light by those around you.
Libra Sun (or Libra Rising)
This is an important time when you are being called to assess how your personal relationships are either supporting, or hindering, your emotional growth and wellbeing. You are also learning to navigate difficult confrontations which you may have been unsuccessful with in the past. You are also learning to express desires objectively and directly. Circumstances in your personal life that you have been ‘putting up with’ need to be addressed now, and this may require difficult decisions to be made.
Home and family life may be a central focus now, including increased expenses and/or other responsibilities. Old family wounds may also finally be healed.
Over the next 2-3 years, you will be building a new foundation of self esteem and self-reliance. Your sense of who you are and what you stand for is maturing, as well as the courage voice your personal Truths. By taking on these challenges, you come to realize that you have the power to take control of your life in new ways, and you will begin to attract people to you who reflect this newfound sense of self-worth. You inspire others by sharing your unique perspectives.
Scorpio Sun (or Scorpio Rising)
Are you energetically cutting yourself off from relationships or new opportunities because of a cynical mindset? This is a time for looking deep within yourself to explore your innermost values, desires and prejudices. Saturn is calling you to gain a deeper awareness of your attitude, thoughts, and habits, as well as the circumstances you have been drawing to yourself as a result.
The next 2-3 years will be a time for building a sense of connection with others on a deeply intellectual level. You will also have the opportunity to establish a stronger sense of community with those who inspire your creativity and curiosity. You are also learning how to build meaningful connections while maintaining a sense of your own individuality.
Sagittarius Sun (or Sagittarius Rising)
You are developing a deeper understanding of yourself through an exploration of your personal values, and you may experience a lack of material wealth in order to realize what you really need. Your entire value-system is being restructured on a psychological level now. You are developing a newfound sense of self-worth that is based on your moral and spiritual values as well as the boundaries you set for yourself in your relationships. Trust that everything you need will come to you when you act in alignment with your own personal integrity.
Over the next 2-3 years Saturn will begin to challenge you to bring attention to your intellectual self and the ways in which your life has become structured through your thought patterns, attitudes and style of communicating. Cultivate a sense of objectivity and curiosity about this area of your life. Notice where you may be making assumptions too quickly, thus neglecting important details. Do you alienate others by communicating in a way that comes off as harsh, abrupt or closed-minded?
Capricorn Sun (or Capricorn Rising)
You are awakening to yourself and coming to understand the world on your own terms. You are getting more clear about your fundamental needs and making better decisions on a physical, mental and spiritual level. The discovery of who you are is also leading to clarity about who you are not, or rather that which you are in the process of evolving beyond. As this journey continues, do not be afraid to let all that does not align with your newfound sense of self to fall away.
Over the next 2-3 years, you will begin to gain more clarity about your core values and this may naturally lead you to release attachments to certain comforts or luxuries of the physical realm. Consider the freedom you open yourself up to by simply needing less.
Aquarius Sun (or Aquarius Rising)
The world of the unconscious mind is being explored and restructured now on subtle levels. In your conscious experience, this may bring up intense emotions such as fear, regret, or even despair, which you may at first try to suppress or avoid. Exploring these emotions however will reveal important truths. This inward journey creates an opportunity to become present to that which is ready to be acknowledged, and eventually healed, within the psyche. Gently and with compassion, give yourself time and space for this process to unfold.
Over the next 2-3 years, you will be shifting into a cycle of internal growth. The first step in this process is to reconnect with your fundamental essence, your preferences, desires and needs. You are developing confidence and learning to trust your instincts so that you may always act from a place of integrity. You may also be in the process of identifying the relationships, habits or commitments that are not in line with this maturing sense of self.
Pisces Sun (or Pisces Rising)
You are in the process of exploring the greatest gifts which you have to offer to the collective. How do your unique skills, talents and ideals contribute to the wellbeing of your community as acts of service? How can you overcome fear in order to act with courage and confidence in your public life?
Over the next 2-3 years, you may start to feel frustrated or even pessimistic about your ability to realize your ideal expressions in the world. Your energy is focused on what you ‘can’t’ do, rather than what you can. It’s time for a shift in perspective and the renewal of your faith, trusting that you are in a process of unfolding that requires newfound self-awareness, as well as patience and compassion. Trust that sometimes things need to be in a process of falling apart, in order to eventually come together.
Cautions / Shadow Expressions
- Acting of thinking of oneself as the ‘victim’ / blaming others or blaming fate for one’s circumstances
- Refusal to take action / trying to keep things as they are
- Fear of change
- Wallowing in regret
- Anger or resentment
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