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Saturn in Aquarius: March - July 2020, December 2020 - March 2023

Mar 21, 2020

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Saturn is moving into a new sign on March 21st, air sign Aquarius! Saturn has been in its home sign of Capricorn, and has been a part of the dominant Capricorn stellium for 2020. With Saturn making a move to Aquarius, it's time to look forward according to So what's the impact of Saturn in Aquarius? Read on!
How Saturn in Aquarius 2020-2023 Impacts You
Saturn in Aquarius takes our focus from the traditional and practical to the unconventional and different. Aquarius likes things to be different, unique in some way, marching to the beat of its own drummer. This is a sign that doesn't like to be boxed in! With Saturn in Aquarius, we may have to address issues that have done just that, boxed us in and kept us from expressing our uniqueness. We're all individuals, and Aquarius wants us to embrace that. While Saturn is in Aquarius, we may be challenged to face old ideas, social norms, and the status quo. If it hasn't been serving us well, then why are we hanging on to it?
Aquarius is ruler of the future, always looking way forward, and this can give Aquarius an objective outlook. Saturn in Aquarius wants us to look toward the future and see how everything fits together as a whole. We can become more concerned about how every piece impacts the next and the next, and take a bigger view of the world and life. There's more than just the here and now. There's infinity!
Aquarius also rules our hopes and dreams. As we're looking toward the future, we're thinking about what we hope to achieve and experience and have, and what we dream it'll look like and feel like. Saturn in Aquarius wants us to get serious about those dreams, to come up with plans to make them reality, so they actually are by the time Saturn leaves Aquarius. This doesn't necessarily mean giving up on dreams that are seen as "unrealistic" - sometimes that does happen with Saturn, but it's really more about doing your homework, making smart choices, being responsible, making plans, and sticking to them.
This sign is the sign of change, so we may see some major changes happening around the world and in our lives. For some, they may be quick and unexpected, but with Saturn, it's more likely the changes are ones we're working for, planning for, and striving for. They're changes not just for the moment, but for many years to come.
Friends and groups are ruled by Aquarius, and some friendships can grow stronger and new friendships can last longer, while others can fade away. Some groups may grow in major prominence, gaining incredible power, while others are torn down and ripped apart. We may struggle at times with coming together and connecting, and need to find our common links.
Aquarius also governs charity, wanting us to be more concerned with something outside of ourselves. We can use the energy to become more involved in causes, to work to help mankind, and to take care of the environment. Saturn in Aquarius can make some environmental issues much worse (since let's face it, we've totally ignored and taken advantage of Mother Earth!). Uranus, natural ruler of Aquarius, is in earth sign Taurus as well, so yeah, let's get serious about this, pronto!
How Saturn in Aquarius Differs From Saturn in Capricorn
Saturn in Capricorn puts Saturn in the sign it naturally rules. Capricorn and Saturn are traditional, hard-working, and practical. Aquarius is totally counter to that! Aquarius is unconventional, different, eccentric, weird. This sign throws out the rule book! Though we shouldn't necessarily do that (Saturn is involved after all). But we should question the rules that we've been living by and get clear about whether or not they're actually doing us some good.
Saturn in Aquarius also ends the Capricorn stellium, and this can pull back some of the really strong, unrelenting, overwhelming at times, energy we've got cooking. Aquarius is a lot lighter as an air sign, which can help us elevate a little.
Special Periods During Saturn in Aquarius
Saturn is in Aquarius until July 1st, and goes back to Capricorn for a few months. When Saturn re-enters Aquarius December 17th 2020, Jupiter also enters Aquarius 2 days later! They're both in Capricorn in 2020, but don't actually conjunct in Capricorn, instead conjuncting early in Aquarius on December 21st (at 0 degrees). This can bring a huge surge in focus on the future, our dreams, what we hope for, and how we come together. All eyes are on the future!
Mercury retrogrades January 30th - February 20th 2021 in Aquarius (but doesn't conjunct Saturn) and January 14th - 25th 2022 in Aquarius (which starts conjunct Saturn). These are the only retrogrades in Aquarius while Saturn is in Aquarius, so it's not too bad. We may feel extra overwhelmed, have sudden responsibilities, and crave more space to be ourselves completely. The 2022 retrograde may feel strongest, and we have to do things right but still leave room for change.
Aside of the early conjunction to Jupiter, Saturn in Aquarius only makes one other major aspect, a square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) to Uranus in Taurus on February 17th, June 14th, and December 24th 2021 (so felt pretty much all of 2021). This might bring some challenges in 2021 with adjusting to changes, with making changes properly and responsibly, and with managing the traditional with the unconventional. We need to acknowledge both and recognize there is a place for both instead of forsaking one for the other. Make practical changes, be unconventional with your goals!
Saturn in Aquarius Conjunct the Outer Planets in Your Natal Chart
Generation Z largely has Uranus at home in Aquarius as their defining astrological position, and Saturn in Aquarius comes to conjunct Uranus. This may bring Zers more into the spotlight, and they may take on a more major role in some way. Saturn conjunct Uranus makes you get real about your dreams and future, and take actual steps to make them happen. Now is the time, now is the time.
Many Zers also have Neptune in Aquarius as well, and Saturn conjunct Neptune demands you make your fantasies reality. Z seems to be hit the most by Saturn in Aquarius, and the challenge is about merging dreams and fantasy with reality. How can you make the intangible tangible?
Final Notes on Saturn in Aquarius
So Saturn in Aquarius doesn't seem as heavy as Saturn in Capricorn, which may be a relief! But we do have to get serious about the future, and it seems like what comes to pass with the Capricorn stellium is what prompts us to look forward further.
Also, right after Saturn leaves Aquarius, Pluto enters Aquarius! Saturn leaves Aquarius March 7th 2023 and Pluto starts moving into Aquarius March 23rd 2023 (that's sure to be a big month!). So we can use Saturn in Aquarius to lay the groundwork for when Pluto is in Aquarius, setting us up for many, many years to come.
Transit Saturn Through the Houses
Transit Saturn in the 1st House
When transit Saturn is in your 1st house, you see yourself for exactly who you are, and this helps you to be more realistic. Denial isn’t something that you can do well now. At the start of this transit, you may see something important happen in your life, for good or for bad. You can spend this transit improving your confidence, not by getting approval from others, but from finding something to pull from within yourself. You often walk away from this transit feeling much stronger and more secure in who you are as a person. You can make changes to yourself, your body, or your outlook. You can take on more responsibility and feel more mature. If you haven’t been behaving well, making good decisions, or denying your responsibilities, this may be a difficult time for you. Try to correct what you’ve been doing wrong, and it’ll improve. Often, this transit is an excellent time for starting something new, but it’ll be long-term and not something you see rewards from in the short-term. You’re making plans for many years to come.
Transit Saturn in the 2nd House
When transit Saturn is in your 2nd house, you must work hard, and you take a more practical approach to what you do. The 2nd house rules your finances, and while Saturn is here, you may feel financially insecure, especially at the start of this transit, even if you’re not actually financially strapped. It’s just worry that something could happen, and you want to secure yourself by having a better cushion. The chances of something actually happening tend to be lower during this transit. This is an excellent time to save instead of spend, to create a long-term financial plan that creates stability in your life, to conservatively invest, and while you may not win the lottery, you can see financial growth over the period of this transit that’s slow but steady. You can learn how to work hard and yield results.
Transit Saturn in the 3rd House
When transit Saturn is in your 3rd house, your optimism is tempered. Reality sets in, and you seem more serious and thoughtful. You may be prone to worry and bouts of anxiety. If you’re predisposed, you can suffer depression or other mental illness during this aspect, but only if you haven’t been doing the proper work to get to the core issue that causes it in the first place. You try to streamline your daily life, cutting out anything that seems wasteful, and become more productive. The way in which you communicate may change, and you become more effective in how you communicate to the world. You could be more quiet as you do that. You may experience issues in your community, with your neighbors, with a sibling, or with technology. If in school, you can go one way or the other, struggling or flourishing.
Transit Saturn in the 4th House
When transit Saturn is in your 4th house, you work on strengthening your home base, your family, and your inner foundation. You could clean up your home, remodel, or move, though none of those things will likely go smoothly and some blocks/delays occur. You can focus on issues with your family and try to work through them to strengthen the ties you have with them. You may decide to cut ties with a family member, recognizing that the relationship can’t be saved. You can take on more responsibility with your family, trying to help them as best as you can. You may feel like you’re too restricted in your life as this transit begins, and have to deal with whatever issues are causing that restriction. This is a good time to tackle your inner foundation and try to make it stronger, more solid, and something durable that will sustain you for some time.
Transit Saturn in the 5th House
When transit Saturn is in your 5th house, your sense of fun may be drained temporarily. You don’t feel up for parties, socializing, romance, your hobbies, or anything that can be construed as fun for you. You’re more serious, and carefully consider what gives you joy in life and why. You have to look at what your own talents are and be honest with yourself about them. Don’t deny what you’re good at and let it waste away. For creative types, you may feel uninspired as this transit begins, going through a creative block, and have to find inspiration within yourself. In romance, you may feel like you have less love in your life, and have to learn to feel worthy of love because you’re a good person and not because of what other people think of you. Self-love is something that you may need to cultivate.
Transit Saturn in the 6th House
When transit Saturn is in your 6th house, you can analyze your daily life, your routine, and see how you can do better. This transit gives you the opportunity to become more productive, efficient, and clear out the stuff that is clogging up your daily life. You can bring more structure and order to your life, get better organized, work out better work schedules, and improve your health. You may experience a health issue during this transit, usually as it begins, and this forces you to confront your health and change your lifestyle. You have to be more responsible when it comes to your health, and this transit makes you learn that. When it comes to work, you may take on more responsibility, or feel stress from too much pressure. It’s likely not as bad as you think it is, but you need to learn to manage your time better and how to focus your energy.
Transit Saturn in the 7th House
When transit Saturn is in your 7th house, you can experience some issues in your existing relationships, and have to face whatever comes up. The problems that do arise are meant to help you improve the relationship, strengthen it, and make it more lasting. Some relationships may come to an end though. You learn what you want and need from someone, what commitment means to you, and what you can contribute to a relationship. You may have some blocks in starting new relationships/partnerships, and be more cautious with what you commit yourself to. This can be a good thing, where you do commit to something important, or to someone. You’re more responsible in your relationships, and you’re concerned with having good, fulfilling relationships, even if it means having far fewer relationships.
Transit Saturn in the 8th House
When transit Saturn is in your 8th house, you need to address your issues with power and control. You may be a control freak, or always hand over the power to someone else, or find yourself constantly struggling over power with people. You have to figure out what the cause of these problems are and work at it. If you’re an obsessive personality or have any addictions of any kind, that can come to light, and you’re forced to face it. If it’s impacting your life in an unhealthy way, Saturn will try to get you to change. Which brings us to change, one of the themes of the 8th house. You can undergo an important transformation during this time, something that is profound and significant, uncomfortable and stressful, but will change your life for the better if you let it. You may need to face issues related to sexuality, intimacy, and shared resources. This is usually a heavy, serious transit.
Transit Saturn in the 9th House
When transit Saturn is in your 9th house, you may question your faith and beliefs. You look at how they’ve been impacting your life and whether they make any sense anymore. You could abandon your faith temporarily, and feel less optimistic than usual at the start of this transit. You have to understand what inspires you and what your true beliefs are. You need to work on blocks with your confidence levels as well, and how you stand in your own way. If in school, you could have some difficulties at first, wondering if you’re studying the right thing, but for many, this is a good time to learn, and older folks may go back to school or begin studying something new that takes them in a different direction. You can experience delays or blocks with travel, or have issues with the law.
Transit Saturn in the 10th House
When transit Saturn is in your 10th house, you focus on building a strong foundation for career success. The 10th house rules your career, and you want to work hard at making career advancement and experience success. You assess the success you’ve had up until this point, and focus on the failures that you’ve endured. If you’ve been working hard and smart, this transit can bring plenty of rewards for your work. If you haven’t been, you’ll face the consequences of your actions. You want to know where you are in your life currently, and how the world views you. You may not like how vulnerable you feel around other people. You can take on more responsibility and be more mature, but it can be a burden. This is a transit that can go either way, being an extremely successful period in your life where you make great strides, or one full of pressure and problems. It all depends on what you’ve done up until this point, and whether you’ve been living properly or not.
Transit Saturn in the 11th House
When transit Saturn is in your 11th house, you may see many friends and acquaintances leave your life. You’re not satisfied with superficial relationships, and this aspect cleans them out. The people who leave aren’t as good for you as they should be, though you may feel lonely at first. You want more meaningful friendships and connections with people. You can become more focused on your future, and your dreams. You may give up on one of your dreams at the beginning of this transit, believing that it’s not realistic enough. It would be better to work hard towards your dreams, and take a slow but steady approach. You’re more practical and realistic with what is required of you to achieve your dreams, and this can help you make a successful plan to attain them. You can dedicate yourself to a cause during this time, trying to find your place in the world.
Transit Saturn in the 12th House
When transit Saturn is in your 12th house, you experience a serious, heavy period of time where you have to clean out your life carefully. You need to let go of baggage and of the things that hold you back. It’s not easy to face your issues, but you have to. The things that you hide from yourself, that you deny are there, are the things that will likely require your attention the most. You can’t run, escape, hide, or deny any longer. Continue to do so, and you’ll face consequences. Fear will grow, and you’ll develop more unhealthy, destructive habits. There’s so much we carry with us that we don’t need over time, and this transit gives us the chance to get rid of that. It’s daunting and it takes time, but it’s rewarding. This isn’t usually a good time to begin anything new, but rather is a time of endings. Be introspective and face your subconscious. This is a good time to start therapy. By the end of this transit, you should have much less weight on your shoulders, and when Saturn moves into your 1st house, you’re ready to hit the ground running.


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