Saturn in the Signs

The Character-Builder

Planet Saturn with sun creating flare in background.
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Your Saturn sign reveals where you're most serious and responsible, and where you might sometimes become ​overly so. Your Saturn shows up in the defensive behaviors that are created from fear, and they're often below the radar. Saturn crisis moments are challenges to those coping mechanisms, that protect you, but also keep you from growing.

Life Structure

Saturn shows us how to step up to the plate, in areas where there's the most fear, or the need to reshape the foundation of our lives.

Saturn shows us how to create boundaries and apply ourselves. With Saturn, there can be shattering times, when life falls apart. At other times, Saturn is an anchor that stabilizes your life.

The feared aspect of Saturn is what's confronted when we must grow beyond our set boundaries. It brings us face-to-face with our anxieties, phobias, control-freak tendencies, inner dictator and more. Saturn is associated with karma, and the potent fears carried over from another place and time. In classical Greek astrology, it was assigned the label, the Great Malefic. Today, there's more acceptance of its role as the great teacher, though its lessons are often harsh.

It brings us down to size, and the process is often humbling. It's associated with aging, mortality and making the best use of your time. Saturn's path is to make the best use of what we've got, within the time frame allotted. In the end, we discover that Saturn is our greatest ally. We are pressured not to settle for a half-lived life, but to create the life structures that help us make our dreams real.

Saturn in the Signs

Saturn in Aries is confrontational. They battle with authority while disciplining the action impulse, to master the art of self-assertion and creative risk.

Saturn in Taurus uses time and resources wisely. They are an authority on value and take pleasure seriously. They tend to work and play hard and are the steady builder of wealth, a committed artist.

Saturn in Gemini is a skilled communicator, purposeful messenger, and cultural commentator. They must overcome early muteness.

Saturn in Cancer creates a fortress around emotions. They tend to be highly intuitive about human needs and have many fears about security. They have a wise, caring heart, are motherly, but can be enveloping or manipulative.

Saturn in Leo hides true ambition and is cautious and controlled with self-expression. They become highly skilled artists or speakers and work with focused intensity. They have a larger than life persona and use charisma as a tool. Because they can be egocentric or self-centered they are often a meticulously fabulous entertainer.

Saturn in Virgo is a thorough worker. They are self-sacrificing if not careful. Focused on details, they can be perfectionistic. As a wise healer, they have a holistic in outlook and are a master of daily process.

Saturn in Libra is concerned about fairness in relationships. They have an aversion to disorderly or lowbrow behavior and are often a  champion for justice. They tend to be focused beautifiers and crafty with language.

Saturn in Scorpio has eyes to see in the dark. They are the transmuters of the dead and diseased. They are committed to harnessing considerable resources. They tend to have intense focus, are ambitious, secretive and fearful of self-exposure. They are often learning to wield "terrible" power of both dark and light.

Saturn in Sagittarius is a committed learner, explorer, and traveler. They are able to share experiential knowledge and are serious about play. They are rigidly honest, to the point of being blunt and are protective of freedom.

Saturn in Capricorn is desirous of status and respect, have an authoritarian streak, and incredible fortitude.

Saturn in Aquarius is committed to social circles and group action. They have a disciplined mind that follows quirky threads of inspiration. They're dogmatically rebellious and persistent in the pursuit of personal and collective breakthroughs.

Saturn in Pisces brings form to the spiritual quest by confronting delusions and illusions and reining in the infinite Self. They are disciplined about submerging in the imaginative ocean.