Saturn is a masculine planet, associated with the king, the mogul, the
monarch, the chieftain, the leader, the father. He is the wisest and strongest man in the tribe who
must take care of and provide for his people. He must keep them safe from
harm. All of this involves the bearing of great responsibility and the
fulfilling of duty and obligations.
A modern day example of Saturn in action is the response of Captian Chesley "Sully"
Sullenberger in handling of what could have been a far worse disaster, the
landing of US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson river.
Captain Sully's courageous and skillful actions saved the lives of 150
frightened and helpless passengers.
Facing your fears and protecting yourself from danger are an important part of
the Saturn energy. The lessons of Saturn involve accepting the
responsibilities required of us, being willing to carry the load, and working
hard to achieve far off goals. There are no frills involved with Saturn.
It requires that you be practical and waste not. Where jupiter wants
to expand, Saturn wants to conserve, to pull in, to constrict.
Where you find Saturn in your chart is where safety and security is most
important to you and where you have lessons to learn about responsibility and
exercising authority. The sign Saturn is in shows the manner in which you
handle your duties and how you display your leadership. Because it requires learning to intract with those outside of ourselves,
Saturn is classified as one of the Social Planets.
A negatively placed Saturn can show painful and guilt-ridden experiences from
past lives related to carrying out your duties. It can also indicate how
you have avoided responsibility or abused your position in the past and may
experience a heavy load there in this life.
The times when transiting Saturn hits your natal planets are times when events
will occur in your life that teach you these nasty and sometimes painful
lessons. Sometimes they bring healing of painful memories. These are
not easy lessons. As Thomas Paine
said way back in 1776, "these are the times that try men's
souls". And women's too.
When Saturn is Retrograde, it is a time of re-doing, refining what you have done
before. In your natal chart, it shows that you have not yet accepted all
of these lessons so you get to do them over again. Saturn has a lot to teach us about self-discipline.
Whether we want to learn it or not, Saturn will insure that eventually we will have to listen.
Saturn is often referred to as "father time", an indication of the
inevitability of aging and eventual death. Its transits demand that
we learn patience and an understanding of the value of life. When Saturn
is positively placed, it shows that you have heeded these lessons in previous
lives and have already paid your dues. You can now reap the rewards and
even become a great leader in this lifetime.