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!
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.