Saturn takes about 28-29 years to come full circle. Therefore, every seven years or so, Saturn will transit by a conjunct, square, or oppositional to a natal point. Saturn transits can be considered times of conservation in whatever area of life its aspect is affecting. We generally build up our reserves and conserve our energy during these periods.
Our sense of humor dampens and it can feel like the world has gotten colder as we sense the need for personal responsibility and discipline is upon us. Saturn transits and cycles can be considered cycles of achievement and maturity. These periods in our lives can feel like life’s lessons to some extent. At these times, the challenge is to face reality, thereby offering us much wisdom and even freedom. Square and opposite aspects usually denote big decisions that cause us to live in the present. All transits of Saturn offer us the opportunity to gain inner strength and become more responsible for what we do and say.
Saturn identifies the weakest links in our lives and it is these weak links or foundations that are tested under Saturn’s transits. These transits assist us to build and structure our lives in ways that will reap rewards down the road. Saturn transits generally last months, and there is typically a noticeable pattern involved. The eventual goal is to reach a realistic, balanced and mature state regarding the areas of life affected by Saturn’s transit. It might seem necessary to swing into a negative, overly critical, judgmental and narrow outlook before arriving at this state of balance.
Self-pity and withdrawal might be part of the process at the beginning. Inner strength might be drawn from this extreme swing, as we come to realize that it’s really not as bad as it first appeared to be. We are shedding ourselves of self-delusions during Saturn transits, and this process occurs in stages and can take some time. If we were riding high during a high-speed Uranus transit just before Saturn “hit”, this period can mark a significant time in our lives when we “pay” for the risks we may have taken during that Uranus phase. If Saturn transits come shortly after a Jupiter-themed period in our lives, we may feel particularly hard hit as like, the Jupiter period may have lead us to overspend or ignore our basics. Then as Saturn transits to another personal planet, it “makes a correction” for that situation, at least in part by forcing us to face our personal realities.
Saturn teaches us to work and to save, as well as about the value of moderation and caution. Perhaps the best way to “handle” hard (squares and opposites) Saturn transits to personal planets and points is to avoid fighting these lessons. If the personal planet or point happens to be our chart ruler (the planet that rules our rising sign, Ascendant) we may experience particularly powerful events and circumstances.
A period or phase in life for building a solid foundation. Understand that moderation at this point in your life is necessary to grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Avoid blaming others for where you are at now–doing this will only lead to feelings of melancholy and anger.
Realize that these Saturnian periods are temporary. They’re a time for learning about your personal limits and inner strength. Carry these lessons as you move beyond this phase, as Saturn will re-visit this position seven years later. How its handled now will have an effect on the similar situations at that time.
Be of good courage and faith!