All the planets represent various traits and inclinations that differ from one person to another. The ones we’re born with are interpreted in our natal charts and the current influences depend on how the transits of the planets are angling our natal positions.
The softer angles are referred to as conjuncts (although much energy is produced in conjunct), sextiles and trines (smooth-sailing). Planets aspecting each other at these angels usually result in few problems since they produce smoother energies.
Some astrologers perceive these to represent that experience has already been gained in these areas, perhaps during a previous life. Another idea is that they work to assist to bring about the manifestations that the harsher angels are to realize or bring about.
New Margins and People
Saturn takes 28 to 30 years to complete the entire zodiac ecliptic. It has cycles that encourage strong influences all about lessons we learn and practice toward maturing, build character and become self-reliant. Usual events that lead up to the first Saturn square to natal Saturn occurring at age seven is nursery school, kindergarten, friendships and first grade.
Interactions with others have increased, as well as rules and a schedule to follow. This time period may be somewhat rough or rocky while adapting to being apart from family members and learning about new things. It is natural for children to have some anxiety and a tendency to cling to parents and familiarity for security.
Restrictions and Freedoms
The hormonal system kicks into a new gear around 11-12 years of age leading up to the first Saturn opposition at 14. Our bodies go through physical changes and our feelings may fluctuate in an awkward manner. At this stage we’ve developed and matured to where we’re able to make babies of our own.
The many new limitations may seem more like imposing restrictions than important lessons. A stage of testing new boundaries and adhering to new rules, some with harsher penalties attached. We are not yet an adult and are no longer a child which creates much trial and error in the process.
More adult-like actions and behaviors are expected and we anticipate and expect more freedoms. Additional homework plus beginning to work part-time jobs to have more money or to contribute into the home and thoughts of dating bring a mixed bag of responsibilities as well as freedoms. There may also be times we may feel as if we are being treated too much like a child, and other times when we may still like to behave as such.
Seven years after the opposition brings the second square of Saturn at age 21. Many questions arise to reflect on and make important decisions about.
By this age most people have already given thought to having their own places along with a strong desire to save up for one. Career choices take front and center; what we would like to do and the probable income to be gained. Partners and helpmates and the various choices and possibilities become important things to consider.
College classes, relationships or the hope of one, a stronger emphasis on budgeting our time and finances and reliable transportation are important matters to consider during this Saturn stage of manifestation.
A New Cycle on a New Level
The complete cycle of Saturn returns to its own position at about 29 years of age. It stays in each sign for about two and a half years allowing for different lessons to be learned influenced by the primary traits of the sign its in at the given time.
Saturn is involved in everything of a structural nature. It structures the elements of the planets it aspects in the natal and the current transits as well. The elements are directed toward the areas the signs and houses rule over where the planets are positioned.
Seeking Balance in Routine
Whether a merry-go-round or a roller coaster of a ride, Saturn works with everyone to mature in the best ways possible according to the individual. We may feel like fighting against the constraints we seem to be up against, more often than not however, there’s likely a lesson in the scheme of things. Our vision is limited so our plans may get thwarted.
Personal challenges are ongoing in life and some are more complicated and harsh than others. Having patience for not only others but ourselves also, is a learned virtue. As is also learning when and how to stand up for ourselves whenever the need occurs.
Additional information to obtain from reliable sources, someone to delegate tasks to, better sleep, exercise, nutrition or leisure are all methods to assist. Everyone has a right to their opinion and usually we can agree to disagree when there’s conflict.