Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn is in Sagittarius from  September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017.

Saturn demands simplicity, definition, realism, and truth wherever it touches our charts. Saturn in Jupiter’s sign, Sagittarius, is contraction versus expansion in motion. Finding a satisfying balance, lying somewhere between being too lax and too controlled, can consume a lot of our time and energy. We seek out growth, but Saturn sees to it that we do so in a disciplined manner. Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles, and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves.

Saturn invokes a craving for the qualities of whatever sign it inhabits or planet it touches. In Sagittarius, we crave knowledge, wisdom, and life experience/meaning, but it will take some time to get there authentically. Saturn seems to slow things down to a near-stall, and this can be agonizing if we are impatient by nature or if we want instant results. Saturn takes its time, and this is a good thing. With Saturn, we can only get to a healthy, balanced place if we take our time doing so, thoroughly.

With Saturn, a desire to gain control is present, and some of us might attempt to control the people in our lives through the information we share with them, or through belief systems by imposing our ideas on others, but it’s a tendency we should try to avoid. Even if we don’t consciously attempt to avoid this kind of behavior, circumstances will be such that these behaviors are punished in some way, or at the very least, we will soon realize that there is no reward for them. Eventually and ideally, we understand that it is only ourselves who we can control.

The more negative expressions of the sign of Sagittarius, such as excessiveness and irresponsibility, are things that won’t work for us now. These become glaring under Saturn’s stern eye. In some manner, we are bound to see that there is a big price to pay for these behaviors, or it will become extremely clear that we have lost time, energy, and happiness with excessive and irresponsible behavior.

Saturn demands definitions, structures, and commitments. But for many of us, as soon as something is defined, structured, or committed, we might feel caged, trapped, or limited. Saturn in Sagittarius can teach us that there is freedom and liberation in abiding by certain rules, and in some level of self-denial. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes.

Sagittarius aims to increase understanding and awareness, and with Saturn here, we need to do so in a structured, realistic way. The same is true for expanding our horizons and thinking in new ways – Sagittarius can be a little “messy” in its pursuit of new knowledge and experiences, and Saturn wants to clean this up. Sagittarius focuses on the big picture and gains confidence as a result, but Saturn wants us to fill in some of the details. Positive thinking is wonderful, but if it doesn’t have basis in reality, it can lead us astray or to disappointment, and this is another of Saturn’s lessons. Saturn aims to cut out excessive or overdone expectations. Under good conditions and ideally, Saturn gives us a dose of realism without pessimism, essentially keeping us in line without dampening our spirits (too much).

Saturn in Sagittarius is looking for practical applications of our personal philosophies. We may be firming up our belief systems, but should avoid rigid thinking. There can be a sense that our freedom is curtailed or limited in some manner until we realize that freedom is not about escaping responsibility – it’s what we can enjoy after tending to our responsibilities. Saturn in Sagittarius will test our moral sense. If we’ve become too moralistic, we may be challenged to walk the talk and practice what we preach.

On a body level and for better health during this transit, it will be important to walk, circulate, build flexibility, and take care of our legs/veins, hips, and thighs. Disciplined or solitary sports may fare well now.

Sagittarius is a very outspoken sign, but with Saturn here, we may take more time with, and before verbalizing, our ideas and opinions. There can be a lot of time taken on formulating and sharing ideas, as we tend to want to be totally correct. There is a big difference between asserting ourselves from a place of healthy confidence, and asserting ourselves brashly and blindly, which can give us a false sense of confidence or bravery. This Saturn transit discourages the latter as we work on the former.

Issues of discipline and structure in teachings/religion, and freedom of thought will figure strongly during this transit. This can be a time for updating skills and knowledge or formalizing learning, getting a degree or other credentials, etc. If we’ve left that undone or not done, this can be a time to return to it (possibly while Saturn is retrograde in Sagittarius). However, we might also question the point or viability of particular degrees or training. We might take a stricter look at how we share knowledge, such as through the internet, and see the need for more laws and rules.

Our faith can be tested, and we may be questioning our most basic of assumptions about life, initially not knowing who or what to trust. Until we adjust to this energy, we can experience a fear of the future, some dashed hopes, worries of public disapproval (an especially real concern with social media), and fear of being held back, limited, restricted, not free, or caged in. Adjustment requires redefinition.

Saturn teaches that freedom is not about escaping our responsibilities nor is it about breaking all the rules. Saturn shows us that we grow through our failures as much as, or perhaps more than, our successes. This is a time for letting go of self-defeating attitudes that have been holding us back, recognizing exactly where we have been overdoing our expectations, and finding new, perhaps more authentic ways to nurture faith, hope, and vision. We are seeing where we’ve been overconfident, sloppy, entitled, and excessive, and how these things have ultimately contributed to stagnation, frustration, or letdown.

This transit is about sincerity and authenticity. It’s a good time to enlist the help of mentors, elders, or authorities on matters. With Saturn, “quality over quantity” applies. We might want to use this cycle to focus on and develop one special project in order to help add purposefulness and depth to our lives. Dedication to one or two meaningful pursuits or undertakings can be significantly more satisfying than spreading ourselves around. In order to really benefit and learn from this period, we need to accept that some options may be limited in order to enjoy a simpler, more fulfilling life.

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