SATURN TRANSITS CAPRICORN 2017-2020 the Theme is Hard Work & Mastery

Saturn the taskmaster is changing signs. Take heed.

Saturn is an outer planet to be noticed. Not illusive like Neptune, or psychological like Pluto – Saturn works with the material realm. It deals with form and matter. Its behaviours are concrete and irrefutable.

Saturn rules age, maturation, and chronological time. It delivers obstacles and tests to overcome in the manifest realm. It offers opportunities for commitment, endurance, and completion. It brings the necessity of hard work, and eventually, mastery.

Growing up ain’t always easy, but it’s what we’ve got to do.

Some call Saturn the Lord of Karma. The planet of consequence and results. It creates order so that things aren’t simply chaos. It sets boundaries so things can be accomplished. Saturn says that the sum of all actions and experiences have effect, and lead to the inevitable, the unavoidable, the just plain meant-to-be.

Saturn is the planet of manifestation. Not through wishing and hoping our dreams will come true. But from showing up repeatedly, aligning with our purpose, and doing the real work. Even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s inconvenient.

Saturn has one magic equation: Time + Energy + Effort = Mastery.

The more earnest and sincere we are, the greater our eventual reward.

Wherever Saturn transits is where we are working hard. Learning tough lessons. Shedding falsehoods. Gaining wisdom and maturity.

Saturn takes 29.5 to go full circle in orbit around the Sun. It spends approximately 2.5 years in each astrological sign during that process.

Bye Bye, Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn was transiting Sagittarius December 2014-June 2015 and September 2015-December 2017.

Sagittarius is the archetype of the wanderer, the visionary, the pilgrim, and the priest. It is a restless seeker in search of higher knowledge, meaning, and discovery. Sagittarius wants to go, to see, to learn, and to grow. It asks many questions and explores foreign worlds.

Saturn’s recent transit through Sagittarius can best be described as an existential crisis. Faulty beliefs and perspectives have been tested and pruned. We have been working on becoming more authentic and true to ourselves, and building up our ability to live with faith and optimism, even while surrounded by unknowns. Some say ignorance is bliss. But after the last 3 years, we can’t go back and un-know the things we learned. Let’s instead honour what came to light and how much grew.

Acknowledge how you grew since December 2014. What did you learn? What questions were you asking that got answered? Where did you become more honest? What did you discover about yourself, your life, your world? After all your many journeys, what have you come to trust? Which of your many visions will take root?

Consider this your graduation. And after we leave school, we enter “the real world.”

Hello, Saturn in Capricorn.

Saturn entered its home sign of Capricorn December 19, 2017 at 11:48pmEST. It remains transiting the sign until March 21, 2020.

Welcome back to earth. It’s time to get real. With Saturn’s recent transit through Sagittarius, we may have accumulated excess or become scattered. Saturn in Capricorn will remedy that. It asks us to focus on what is essential and let go of the rest.

The last time Saturn transited Capricorn was February 1988-June 1988 and November 1988-February 1991. During that time, the Berlin wall fell. The Soviet union collapsed and the Cold War concluded. Apartheid ended. Faulty structures will deconstruct. Realities will be exposed. We will be facing important facts. Out with the old and in with the lasting.

Saturn, the principle of limitation, is often feared. But be reminded that we live in a dominant culture of comfort and convenience. Saturn in Capricorn is not comfortable or easy, but it is necessary and fulfilling. We can do hard things. Fear is natural, and we need just enough of it in the form of healthy stress to be motivated to achieve.

Stay with the tension. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Saturn in Capricorn says we are here for a reason. Freedom and fun are nice, but we have a job to do, and a timeline within which it needs to be done.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Undermine doubt and replace it with confidence. Obstacles invite us to increase our inner authority. To use our sacred “No.” Saturn in Capricorn asks us to take responsibility for ourselves, our lives, and the shape of our world. It offers the opportunity to rise. It wants to see us fulfill our soul purpose. To ascend the high mountains we were made for.

Go slow and steady. Take it step by step. Create a plan and a timeline. Set manageable and realistic goals. We might have a long way to go, but we aren’t rushing to get there. We want to be methodical and pragmatic in our pursuits.

Make a supportive container that works in favour of your achievements. Set healthy boundaries to contain your energy. Do less to determine better quality.

We can stumble or become paralyzed when we overburden ourselves, becoming crushed under the weight of expectation. Patience is a Saturnine virtue. Set yourself up for success. Your own definition of success. Not the success that belongs to your Dad. Your boss. Your peers or your Facebook followers. Yours.

  • What does a successful day look like to you? A successful week? Month? Year?
  • What makes you feel a sense of self-respect?
  • What are some goals you have yet to accomplish?
  • What are some things you would like to complete?
  • What are your top priorities in life?
  • What are the best uses of your time?
  • Where would you like to deepen your commitments?

Summon maturity. Call upon elders and sources of wisdom for guidance. Saturn doesn’t have to be a mean old patriarch. Maybe Saturn is a silver-decked granny. A two-spirit forest hermit. An ancient butterfly. An accomplished midwife. An adept being who has been-there-done that, who unconditionally approves of you, and is unphased by your failures. It all amounts to experience. If you live it, it counts. Remember, these are your mountains. You can carry them or climb them. Either way, you are loved.

If you are in a relationship, you may consider deepening your partnership. Commit to the people who matter most. Time and energy is well-spent in their presence. Align with folks who honor your contributions. Those who acknowledge and applaud the master within you.

If you are single, deepen your commitment to yourself. When you align with your self-respect and integrity, the love that arises will meet you there like a mirror.

For more tips, remedies, and ritual recommendations for Saturn’s transit in Capricorn, you can purchase Virginia Rosenberg’s online workshop here. No astrology experience necessary – beginners and experts alike are welcome.


Andrea is a writer, astrologer, astrology teacher and tarot reader who combines ancient classical techniques from Esoteric Western Astrology, Hellenistic Astrology, Jaimini and Vedic Astrology into her own unique intuitive astrology system called Sacred Astrology. Check out her Become Your Own Astrologer Course under "Programs" on the menu :)
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