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Observations: On Befriending Saturn

© Kari Lang

Of all the outer planets Saturn is by far the most accessible and easiest to come to terms with. Sure, he’s not exactly a really fun guy like Jupiter but at least you can understand him which is more than I can say for Uranus or Neptune, and he often takes the blame for the trouble those others instigate.

One of the reasons Saturn is not so popular is because we have to work hard to gain his approval and rewards. This is something those with a strong Saturn signature natally – Saturn conjoining the luminaries or Ascendant; Sun, Moon or Capricorn rising – have opportunities to learn from an early age. Often they have duties and responsibilities they have little choice in fulfilling and develop good work habits as a result.

Just as the human brain develops slowly over many years with the prefrontal cortex (and the ability to make good judgment calls under pressure) not complete until one’s twenties, it isn’t until the first Saturn Return around age 29-30 we start to understand what it means to behave with maturity all the time. Until then many people still seem to believe in “do overs”.

Uranus is considered the main influence in our teens and twenties and those with strong Uranus aspects often have a much harder time coming to terms with Saturn’s demands to stay the course. If you decide not to show up for work because it looks like a good day to play, that’s Uranus the rebel at work. He can also get you fired unlike Saturn who helps us get to work on time, day in and day out.

Saturn is the one who gives us an honest evaluation of the progress we’re making, no matter how painful. If we don’t have good feedback to work with, we are setting ourselves up to repeat the same mistakes over and over. Check for Neptune aspects if you see someone repeating the same behaviors and expecting different results. Neptune is very good at helping avoid Saturn’s clear sighted view of reality. Which would you rather deal with? The unadorned truth or the polite lie? Guess which one will help you keep your job.

As a person with only a whiff of earth natally (Virgo Midheaven) but Saturn sextile my Moon-Neptune and square my Sun, it’s been Saturn who has kept me on the straight and narrow. I have lived through two Saturn Returns and currently have Saturn in Libra making its second pass over my Moon. The bad press Saturn transits to the Moon have received is contrary to my overall positive experience. I like feeling grounded and sane! :D

If you have a major Saturn transit on the horizon, please don’t worry. If you have been taking responsibility for yourself and your actions, behaving dependably as a friend and on the job and generally accepting the need to take each day as it comes, you will be fine.

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16 comments to Observations: On Befriending Saturn

  • Deb

    “I like feeling grounded and sane! :D”

    Hear, hear.

    I especially love your last paragraph. Very helpful to me. Thank you.

    • Diane L

      Thanks, Deb. :)

      Saturn is really very straightforward. He’s made me grumble a time or two but in the end, soooo much easier to deal with than Neptune or that darned Pluto! :P

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Glad it’s going well for you! I had a good transit of Saturn to my natal Moon/Ascendant – felt very grounding, as you say, helping Moon which is also conjunct Uranus — but also trine natal Saturn. So I suppose I also had benefit of the Saturn trine Saturn, too. Saturn transits have often been good for me (I also have Sun square Saturn), but I am a bit leery of the Saturn transit of my North Node coming later this year and stationing Rx next year, just because I’ve had some difficult transits and progressions to that point. But maybe Saturn will be more of a helpful thing there, too.

    • Diane L

      Hi Leslee!

      Saturn transits have often been good for me (I also have Sun square Saturn), but I am a bit leery of the Saturn transit of my North Node coming later this year and stationing Rx next year, just because I’ve had some difficult transits and progressions to that point. But maybe Saturn will be more of a helpful thing there, too.

      Hmmmm, your Nodes do not have any close aspects, do they? Maybe that’s why transits to the North Node can catch you off guard. Saturn to your NNode – serious thoughts about your role in relationships? :P

      xo diane~

      • Leslee

        Saturn to your NNode – serious thoughts about your role in relationships?
        Could be, we’ll see! Will also hit my bf’s Jupiter conjunct my NN and oppose his Sun (28 Aries).

        My natal Saturn does sextile my NNode within 3-4 degrees. So I’ll have that last Saturn cycle aspect before the next return. Serious thoughts of where I’m going…

  • QueenOfCups

    Saturnt transits always seem to reinforce responsibility and maturity for me. They usually aren’t too terribly bad as long as I don’t try to resist whatever it’s trying to tell me.
    I’m wondering about a transit I have coming up involving Saturn. I’ll be experiencing a Neptune square Saturn transit for some time. Have you gone through this? If so, what are your observations on what it’s like?

    • Diane L

      Hi QueenOfCups!
      Saturn transits always seem to reinforce responsibility and maturity for me. They usually aren’t too terribly bad as long as I don’t try to resist whatever it’s trying to tell me.

      That’s it in a nutshell! Excuses don’t cut it with Saturn either. LOL

      I’ll be experiencing a Neptune square Saturn transit for some time. Have you gone through this?

      I have but the most recent transit involving Neptune & Saturn was tSaturn conjoining nNeptune. Vague, unsubstantiated worries that turned out to be nothing. You have a natal Saturn opp Neptune & tNeptune will make a T-Square for literally months later this year. With Neptune doubled up, take care to make sure you are working with good information at all times. Good thing you have a well-grounded Taurus Moon!! :D

      xoxo diane~

  • Merryweather

    I actually have a very fond place in my heart for Saturn, but it wasn’t always that way! True to Saturn ways, I didn’t realize the value of the Taskmaster until I was older! And my Saturn return was all mixed up with Neptune passing over my Moon/Sun/Venus stellium, and as you can imagine, that did NOT go well.

    But Saturn is trining that stellium now, and I really like it. I see the value of what he has to teach, and I’m completely on board. And now that I’ve made my peace with him, I think I’ll be ok when he squares the stellium AND opposes his natal placement in my chart. That may have scared me before… but actually, I think I’m ok with it now! It’s like graduate school – I know what will be expected of me and that I’ll have to keep myself in line, but it’s not something I can’t handle.

    • Diane L

      Hey Merryweather!

      It’s like graduate school – I know what will be expected of me and that I’ll have to keep myself in line, but it’s not something I can’t handle.

      Exactly!! I love to see all these well thought out (Saturn) comments about Saturn.

      Saturn is very, very helpful at delineating problems. Once we have our priorities in place, it is simple to tackle the problem one step at a time. I need Saturn to keep my Moon-Neptune from freaking out and blowing everything out of proportion . . . :P

      xo diane~

  • Joe

    As one with Saturn on the Asc., I can only say “Ayup.” :) I think Cap Moon reinforces all that responsibility, too. I would venture to say that Saturn transiting the IC not that long ago, this was a nadir in my life. Very gloomy and difficult in so many ways, but he’s on the upswing and that has lightened things immeasurably.

    • Diane L

      Hi Joe! :D
      As one with Saturn on the Asc., I can only say “Ayup.” :) I think Cap Moon reinforces all that responsibility, too.

      LOL! So true. My Cappy son-in-law damaged his spine lifting weights incorrectly. His physical therapist said she had never seen anyone so dedicated about doing the prescribed exercises day & day out. It’s been years and he still does them. :P

      Time is always a factor with Saturn as in no quick fixes. When we were children each day lasted forever but the older we get the faster the days seem to pass.

      xoxo diane~

  • Karen

    Saturn has been whipping me hard, even though he is my BFFL – retrograding over Mars and back into opposition with natal Saturn. This square to my Moon, which has also brought about a sextile with natal Venus, has raised so many issues in this home, I will be mentally filing and sorting for quite some time. It has been a bit of a drag hot on the heels of Pluto oppose Sun, BUT, obviously for essential reasons. Overall, and in a good mood, I am fairly content but catch me on a bad mood moment, yikes, not pretty. Not pretty at all.

    Thank goodness for Venus though, her shift in Aquarius really has lightened the load and brought back a lot of my old objective, problem solving abilities. It was all feeling like a never ending wave of bleh there for a bit.

    Two more weeks though, two more weeks and he loosens his grip a touch. Next round, Venus walks with him for a while, more thank goodness!

  • Diane L

    Hi Karen!

    Yes, Saturn squaring the Moon can be a rougher go than the conjunction. Bet you are very, very grateful to see the last of Pluto opposing your Sun. **Gah** Pluto transits have a way of peeling our lives back to bone.

    I can see why Venus in Aquarius is & will brighten your life. Enjoy the break!! :P

    xoxoxo diane~

  • Ashley

    This was a really interesting article. I really enjoyed it. Saturn is kind of like an annoying alarm clock that you wish had a snooze button : )

    I liked your statement about how saturn is what makes us get to work on time. I was trying to remember the other day if I’d ever called in sick on my current job and I realized that in the three years I’ve been there I’ve never called in sick, although I’ve definitely been sick a few times. It seems like saturn can make you really afraid of consequences.

    But I kind of like the way it works. I always feel like I’m never making progress until I’m close to finishing something and can look back and see how far I’ve come.

    Really interesting article Diane!

    • Diane L

      Thanks, Ashley! As annoying as Saturn can be at times, he really is the good guy.

      But I kind of like the way it works. I always feel like I’m never making progress until I’m close to finishing something and can look back and see how far I’ve come.

      So true! :) One of the many reasons it is important to stay in the present as much as is humanly possible.

      Over the years I’ve made many garments starting with the raw wool, washing and dying it, then spinning the yarn before finally getting to the knitting phase. Even then I have been known to rip out and re-knit something if I’m not happy with it. If I dwelt on how much time it was going to take, it is doubtful anything would get done. The trick is doing each step with care and enjoying the process . . . easier said than done! :P

      xo diane~