What It Means to Be Born During Saturn in Capricorn

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In astrology, your birth chart represents the astrological configuration of the heavens at the time you were born. For a select few, that configuration will be Saturn in Capricorn—a configuration that takes place every 28-30 years. The most recent dates of Saturn in Capricorn are:

  • December 29, 2017, to March 21, 2020
  • February 1988, to February 1991
  • January 1959, to January 1962
  • December 1929, to November 1932

During these periods, the planet Saturn was in the sign of Capricorn, the last of the earth signs. Saturn rules Capricorn, which makes this configuration a powerful one. Astrologers believe it gives those born under it ambition and an urge to make their mark. The combination also reinforces and strengthens qualities such as caution, persistence, and authority.

Personal Obstacles

Saturn in Capricorn is similar to Saturn in the Tenth House—a configuration associated with the father (and authority in general), along with personal obstacles.

If you were born during Saturn in Capricorn, you probably feel the heaviness of life, as if you are carrying the world on your shoulders. You take on many responsibilities, sometimes too many. As a Capricorn, it is wise for you to delegate tasks and surround yourself with helpers to share the load.

A substantial, long-term goal can help Saturn-in-Capricorns focus their energy and bring stability to day-to-day life. Working toward this goal can reduce daily stresses and keep you on the path to achievement.

The Saturn Return is a critical time and sometimes acts as a reckoning of sorts. This is the period when Saturn comes around to your natal Saturn, which happens every 28-30 years. It is a good time to revisit your life goals and assess whether the life you've built is helping you accomplish those goals.

Wise Actions

If you were born during Saturn in Capricorn, you have enormous discipline and personal strength ​when you find ideas that involve your whole self. You know how to manage resources and when the time is right to act.

It is important for you to formalize plans. After all, you are not a talker—you are a doer. And you are happiest when your personal goals align with those of the people around you.

Interpersonal Relationships

Saturn-in-Capricorns may need to overcome resentment or jealousy toward others, especially in terms of status or wealth. You may struggle with feelings of insecurity when you see others being recognized. As a Saturn-in-Capricorn, you want to be respected and taken seriously—especially by your peers.

As a Saturn-in-Capricorn, you have the gifts of extra patience and fortitude, which allow you to deal with the many obstacles that come your way. You are ambitious and have the will to succeed.

You can find stability in a career that challenges you and allows you to fulfill your potential.

Accepting the Status Quo

Saturn-in-Capricorns are more likely to trust authority and resist going against social conventions.

In Understanding the Birth Chart, astrologist Kevin Burk writes:

"Saturn in Capricorn doesn't question the rules, and ultimately doesn't care if the rules are helping people or not. All Saturn in Capricorn cares about is that the rules are upheld, and that we're all accountable for our actions. ... Saturn in Capricorn is the judge that always rules based on precedent—this is the way things have always been done, and this is the way we're going to continue to do them."

Respect for authority may have its roots in your relationship with your father or your relationship with another dominant figure in your life. Your life experiences may encourage you to become an authority yourself.