Saturn Returns in Sagittarius
Post Saturn Dec 23, 2014-Jan 25, 2017
Jan 26, 2017-Dec 8, 2019
Dec 8, 2019-Jan 27, 2020
By Maharani Rutan©
There has been so much talk about Saturn, Neptune, Eclipses, and Moon and Sun transits and inclinations that it is enough to confuse anyone. Nevertheless, here is another article about Saturn. I hope that this will shed some light on the subject, perhaps making it easier to interpret and understand.
Depending upon which astrology is preferred, I am going to focus primarily on Vedic and Western, though there will be some inferences in areas of progressive astrology; I will try to keep it simple and easily understood.
Saturn has many names. Most western astrology derives from Roman mythology and most of the planets are named after their Gods. The Greeks however, believed every planet is a star and every star cycles around the moon and sun; they can also go backwards. However, little did the Romans and Greeks know that Hindu astrologers were already looking at Saturn long before it became clear that Saturn destroys and Saturn creates.
In Vedic astrology and readings Shani Dev (Saturn) is determined at the time of birth and every human on this earth will feel its affect. Shani is an avatar in the Hindu Ideology. When you upset Shani he brings sadness, loss, grief, and total displeasure of life. But when you do as Shani wants you to do he will brings pure pleasure and showers you with gifts and glory. Shani is a very slow moving planet and Hindu ideology says that Shani mahadasha can last up to 19 years in a person’s life as it moves through each of the houses, anywhere from 2.5 years to 7 years depending upon how many lessons have to be learned.
Whereas, Western astrology mentions that it takes about 30 years for Saturn to move near the sun and moves through each sign for about 2.5 years. During the 2.5 years it restructures everyone’s life, like a hurricane takes it away, which can cause losses, poverty, delays; it can even bring sudden deaths.
In Vedic philosophies, there is an old rule that difficult lessons have to be learned by everyone in this lifetime. For example, if a person has Saturn in their 10th house (Family and structure) they may find those areas have the most difficult lessons to learn where family and their home is. If by any chance Saturn is in their 9th house, it means that they will have difficulties in areas of higher education or education in general. If it lies in the 12th house depending upon which sign is in their 12th house it bring on the characteristics of those that relate to it.
A perfect example would be a person with Saturn in their 4th house which is in Aquarius and it may be retrograding but the funny thing about it is that some may say this person has a quirky family who are fun loving and yet he worries about them a lot. The 4th house is the family. Aquarius is usually a little out there and it is a planet of worries but this person does not have to worry since it is retrograding or maybe they do? But it does not matter, the point was that to be able to understand Saturn at its best is to know where Saturn is positioned in an individual chart or vice versa.
How does Saturn affect one’s life? Though I can’t not really relate to anyone in their lives as each experience is individual, I can only express what I felt when Saturn was transiting in my houses.
When Saturn began its journey through Scorpio in 1982, I was a junior in High School. Working at McDonalds and chasing after unavailable people. I felt as though I was in Neptune heaven. By the time it switched signs to Libra I was working in an office environment making $3.25 per hour (not bad in the 80’s for a 16 year old; McDonalds only gave me $1.50 per hour. It moved back into Scorpio in 1983 and stayed there until 1985. During the two years, I graduated from High School and my family moved from Michigan to Florida. A very important person in my life died and my family was separated between states. After Saturn completely left, my mother’s business boomed, profits went up 200%, and I had a new person in my life. I was working part time for a municipal city and then moved up to stocks and bonds with my salary jumping from $5.50 per hour to $16.00 per hour in a matter of 2 years. Saturn left many gifts at my door during my first transit. It helped me create a reputation, assisted me into moving into the career field, I was engaged to be married in 1987, and I had the support of my family. Unfortunately, Saturn said to me that same year he was not the right one and I did not marry. He passed away in 2000.
But Saturn always comes around and finishes what it began. If your career or relationship is not the right one Saturn will surely wipe it away and bring you what is meant to be and he never gives warning. Just like in the 80’s for me, Saturn energy sometimes catches us by surprise. Often Saturn effects can happen many months prior to the actual transit. For me, it began 9 months before the transit. I met someone that just so happened to have the same birthday as the one I was engaged to, including the year. When Saturn returned back into Scorpio in 2012, it was announced in September that the company I was working for was going to close their doors for good in November 2012. I decided to take a break from it all and moved to PA with my partner and never had thought I would do the things I have done. I moved from one state to another like in the 80’s, closer to where I used to be. I got engaged and later married (something that fell through in the 80’s) and we will celebrate our one year anniversary almost 35 days from when Saturn changes signs. I now wait for my seeds to flourish and see what Saturn has left at my front door.
Remember that just like mercury, Saturn holds everyone prisoner. It just depends upon the sign where Saturn falls. Saturn will enter Sagittarius on December 23, 2014 at 4 degrees, however in the Vedic Philosophies (because their starting point is based on the moon, not the sun) it is moving from Libra and entering Scorpio but it already began on November 2, 2014.
The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was in 1985 and the transit ended in 1988. This transit will retrograde and return back to direct between now and 2018. It will not come back to this degree until well beyond 2030. Some of us will be seniors and may not be able to write about it and a new era will be created by that time.
What is Saturn after all? Everyone is scared when Saturn enters ones sign. Saturn normally symbolizes things in your life that have obstacles and are not stable. If you are young you may have more than one time when Saturn comes around. For me it was twice yet some people have it more than 2 times depending on their age. Saturn causes frustration, responsibilities, and a feeling of being weighed down. Though one does not often know what is making someone feel this way, until changes are made there is nothing clear about what needs to be changed, only that if it is not feasible it will leave. Saturn assists us in creating a life that is more sustainable and makes your dreams and hopes a reality. Looking at your ideas to make sure they are concrete and honest.
Saturn is a teacher and a punishes. Saturn teaches us self-accountability, self-reliance, and independence while maturing us to be better individuals so that we can only rely on ourselves. We have to learn to live in the here and now and not be bogged down with our past as the past is history and we have to become better people through tough times. This can be quite difficult for many as it can cause depression, feeling self-suppressed, hopeless, and when things hit they hit hard. While it never takes us below what we can handle, it causes us to slow down and think about the risks we took and those we are about to take.
Sagittarius often represents truth, spirituality, travel, education and legal matters. People with Sagittarius in their chart are not likely to want to get married but when they do they are loyal as long as the relationship is fun. But when Saturn enters Sagittarius wherever there is Sagittarius placement there is going to be an inelastic approach to religion and relationships. Relationships of all kinds will be tested to see if they are meant be or have structure and things that were once hidden will come clearer. For some people truth may be difficult because it will eventually cause distancing, break-ups, and divorces.
One of the most important sectors which will transform is Higher Education. When Saturn was in Sagittarius last was in the years of 1985 through 1988. Sagittarius focuses on religion, education, and the law. In 1985 the U.S Supreme court ruled that silent prayer lead by a teacher in public schools violated a student’s right to the First Amendment. Another one of the biggest marked changes was The University of Phoenix which created their first on-line campus, offering degree programs, becoming the largest private University in the U.S. Since then many for-profit institutions have felt the havoc of the Department of Education looking into their career placement, marketing practices, and student federal funding. Perhaps Saturn will make it so that higher education has one standard by making for-profit and traditional institutions equally accountable for placement? This is just one of the changes that Saturn in Sagittarius brings; truth in education and truth in justice.
My prediction is that there will be less need for traditional schools as all schools will be equally accountable for their own business duties. I also do believe that traditional schools will gear more towards technical schools and placement will boom as they will become para professionals in their degrees. Many traditional schools are already doing that but the appeal of quick, ready careers will create a boom in the educational industry.
Sagittarius is also about making money honestly, if we are to reverse back even further, the first stock market crash may have been in 1929. Thousands of people lost money and the economy crashed hard. Almost 29 years later it again crashed, could it be that within 2.5 years it may happen again? But remember, there are more rules and policies that won’t allow the crash to be as punitive or would it?
Depending upon where Sagittarius is in your natal, progressed or even Vedic chart different affects will amplify or create intensity.
If your sun sign is a Sagittarius you may become very serious, having to take care of family obligations and limiting yourself to what you say and how you say it. Perhaps you will overcome many hang ups.
These are personal predictions and personal planets play a important role in the Saturn transit. I would suggest you consult my recommended astrologer Leslie Hale or Xtrology for personal details on how this transit will effect you.
If you are a mutable sign (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces) expect your professional life become more mature through Saturn in Sagittarius. You will learn and you will become even more grounded than ever before.
Each sign however, will be affected differently depending upon their chart. Below are abstracts of what you could find during Saturn in Sagittarius. These are not preeminent or sketched in stone predictions and I emphasize that you contact my recommended Astrologers, (here)
I will begin with Mutable signs as they are always grounded and always changeable.
Sagittarius: It’s time for Saturn to strip away things that are no longer of benefit to you. The last 2 to 3 years you have been planting these seeds but now it’s time to let them grow. You are about to put an end to those things that no longer serve purpose. You will spend the next 2 years signing the song “What does not kill you will make you stronger” and you won’t mind your time alone. You may change your hair style or your clothing. You may even end a relationship or a situation and surrender to heal and make a purpose of your life. Perhaps you move away from the country and live in the city. Something has to give and something will give whether you like it or not.
Gemini: You should be feeling a little better. Saturn is questioning your commitment to a relationship. You will either stay in a relationship for a while learning as you go forwards or you may decide this is not the person for you. Whatever the case will be you will feel O.K, whether you are in one or not. Every challenge during the Saturn phase will make you uniquely able to share your experiences which will be full of wisdom and poise. This will in fact ground you and establish you.
Virgo: The last two years were not bad, actually allowing you to talk and express your feelings. The next 3-5 years may be a little tough. It may even cramp your style by using the power of compromise and collaboration but a mother or a motherly figure could cause some problems for you. On the positive side you could purchase a home or become a parent (Watch out Virgo Ladies). You may have to balance your personal life with your career life to bring more structure to your entire life. Make sure you take time out for yourself and decompress every now and then.
Pisces: You will love the next 3 years! As challenging as it may be with hard work, you will receive opportunities of a lifetime. You are ready to be your own leader; you may decide not to work for yourself but work for others to help them. The harder you work and the more self-sacrifice you make without asking for anything in return, your career and long term goals will soar like no tomorrow. This is the most beneficial point of your career.
Cardinal signs have been hit by many aspects in 2013 and 2014 but Saturn could also impact you:
Cancer: Your health and romance may be on the top of your list during Saturn. You will take better care of yourself in areas of health and habits. You will figure out that some doctors or fitness people are not meeting your requirements and you will see what works for you in health regimens. You will feel and look better than ever before. For the next two years your romance soars and passion is delivered. And it’s all because you feel better about your health and how you look.
Libra: All I can say is oh what a relief it is. You may decide to change a career or you may be released of your duty. If money was a problem for you in 2012-14, this is no longer one. Over the next 2.5 to 3 years you will boost your communication skills and look for a larger role in a larger company, or you may lead. With your charisma you could even form bonds with people who have the same ideas as you do and your circle of friends could get larger. Instead of eating Tums, you might be eating caviar and chocolates.
Capricorn: Saturn in Scorpio was not nice to you for the past 2.5 years. Saturn could have slapped you, hurt you, and put you in overdrive. Now it’s time to heal, forgive, reflect, consider, and retreat. Your artistry is absolutely magnificent; you might even get a chance to show it off. Forgiving and moving on is not easy but you might reach deep within your soul to practice spiritual healing for yourself.
Aries: You may have had 5 years of hell in areas of relationships. Beginning in October 2009 when it all began, your areas of commitments and interpersonal relationships have been tested. It bought you pleasure and it bought you pain. Of the people whom you met during those years, those that were meant to be in your life stayed and those that were not left. The next 3 years will not be so difficult for you. You may decide you want to go back to school or go into religious education. You may even go into a whole new profession which could be a leadership style. You may also travel, see different cultures, and breathe as this is nearly the end of a difficult cycle.
Fixed signs were affected by the Saturn in Scorpio and mainly lessons are learned and it’s time to mature.
Scorpio: Breathe, you just ran for the last 3 years. You have cried, been depressed and may have had plenty of time to yourself to self-reflect. The next 3 years are about your finances, career, and the type of work you do. Not only have you worked on yourself but now it’s time to show your true colors. Saturn will assist you in your organization skills, work habits, your principles and ethics, and your earnings will show this. The time wasted on non-purposeful tasks in your work will go if they do not show your true colors. You will no longer tolerate anyone not paying you what you are worth. Or take a job just to take it. Are you ready to soar?
Aquarius: It has been so difficult for you to move up the ladder without restrictions, you may have lost money in ventures, or you may have lost clients because of your health and somehow you had no choice to but to rebuild yourself. You are now ready to be a part of a subculture that cultivates your networking, friends, and associations. It’s time to join a humanitarian cause. If you are into technology I would not be surprised if you met people with wealth and stature.
Taurus: You may become very busy and overwhelmed to the point that you may not have time for personal relationships. But the next 3 years are all about giving your loved one all your time, and the energy spent will be well spent. Be careful with money as you may not have enough or if you have joint money things nay not go well. Be yourself and you will see how things are going to be with you. Don’t be surprised if there is an unexpected pregnancy or a new home.
Leo: What can I say, if you want love here it is but are you going to take love very seriously now? Your career will also soar and your talents will show right through. You may have had difficulties in areas of family for the past two years, especially with a mother or guardian. And perhaps you may have felt restricted in your living environment. Now you will feel relief and you are ready to have some fun.
The predictions above are tendencies not particular to any one sign. If you are looking for an exact determination you may want to contact an Astrologer (here) and find out how Saturn will affect you.
When Saturn hits someone’s natal planet its best to relax through the energy; imagine Saturn like a resistance belt, the more you push the harder it is. Be patient and be more careful not to overreact. Remember, for every action there is reaction; instead of reacting, meditate and use your free will to attract positive light.
In personal relationships illusion will be stripped away letting us see people as they are; this will either bring relationships closer or break them for good. If you don’t listen to you intuitive feelings which tell you to the fate of the relationship then you will run into a very dangerous game which could cause you pain and hardship later on and by that time it may be too late as you are already floating in water.
When Jupiter enters Virgo in 2015/2016 many changes will come to all mutable signs from T square to exact Square. Whatever the case may be, it is similar to the Cardinal Grand Cross so talk to a Cardinal Sign and ask them how their 2009 -2014 was and I will write further as we go into unknown territories.
Be honest in dealings with everyone and know that if truth hurts someone its only because they are not accepting their own self accountability.If you work honestly and hard you will see the best results. Many of you will have romance in the heart and some may have money, but others are transforming like a snake shedding its skin.
Whichever path you choose, or are destined to choose, know that it must be chosen with understanding and love.