** Sign. ** Planet for Astrology


In Astrology, Saturn governs ambition, career, authority, hierarchy, and conforming social structures. It concerns a person’s sense of duty, discipline and responsibility, and their physical and emotional endurance during hardships. Saturn also rules our fears and where we pull back the reigns on ourselves. Saturn is morose and cold, melancholic, and serious. Depending on its placement in your chart, it indicates the area of life in which you may feel shame, for a time. This is the area where you have lessons to learn. But this is where your disciplined hard work will lead to genuinely earned, long-lasting success. At its best, Saturn endows organization and order. At its worst, Saturn’s energy is manifested as selfishness. The sign of Saturn also gives clues to the kind of work for which a person is suited and the kind of career he is likely to pursue.

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn and is the planet of limitation and restriction. This can include themes of responsibility such as self-discipline, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. While Jupiter represents the notion of broadening and expansion, Saturn suggests setting parameters and restriction. It brings structure and meaning to the world around us and reminds us of our responsibilities and commitments. Because of this, Saturn is frequently associated with our Fathers or other authority figures. While discipline isn’t always easy or pleasant, it can sometimes help us grow. Embracing and understanding the challenges of the responsibilities in our lives helps us to expand ourselves out of the foundation of structure!

Astrologers of the past regarded Saturn as “evil” and malignant, indicating dire misfortune and misery wherever it was found in a chart. When Venus wishes for love, Saturn denies her. When Jupiter promises good fortune, Saturn delays it. When Mercury brings news, Saturn degrades it, and when Mars goes too hard or too fast, Saturn will crash him.  But this is not necessarily bad. Saturn is associated with the principles of limitation, restrictions, boundaries, safety, practicality, reality, seriousness, and structures. Saturn is the laws, boundaries and limits set by society or karma. Modern astrologers acknowledge that the hardships brought on by Saturn’s limitations, compel one to continue striving for a final product, that although delayed, will be solid and of real worth.

Saturn Planet Summary

  • Planet: Saturn
  • House Ruler: 10th House
  • Ruler of: Capricorn
  • Detriment: Cancer
  • Exalted: Libra
  • Fall: Aries
  • Modality: Cardinal
  • Polarity: Feminine / Yin
  • Light Traits: System/Organisation
  • Shadow Traits: Selfishness
  • Keyword: I ACHIEVE
  • Symbol:

Planet Symbol / Glyph: The Sun

The glyph of Saturn’s shows the cross of matter (reality) over the soul, representing the material nature of man reigning. Note that the symbol of Saturn is the symbol of Jupiter inverted!  

Saturn through The Signs – An Overview

So now that we have discussed Saturn, let’s take a little look at how Saturn manifests itself through the signs of the zodiac in a bit more detail. Every astrological sign has a specific set of qualities – positive and negative.

Below are some of the key traits of each sign of each zodiac sign.

Saturn Sign in Aries

Saturn (to control) in Aries (energetic and urgent).

There’s a conflict between their tendency to act first and initiate (Aries) and their tendency to be controlled and hold back (Saturn in fall). Their desire to do things quickly and straight away (Aries) is balanced by another desire to look before they leap (prudence, earth), and also the desire to work hard and complete the job.  They may be terrified of acting like Aries, but this is what you need to deal with learning. The best quality of Saturn is a system, and the best quality of Aries is leadership.

With Saturn sign in Aries, they can be a very capable leader. This is someone who is not afraid of going out and doing it no matter what it takes or how long it takes. Saturn’s worst quality is selfishness, and Aries worst quality is interference with the plans of others. They’re are also capable of meddling and trying to run the affairs of others. They may run roughshod over them in trying to get them to do their will rather than their own. They can be a real slave-driver. They dislike restraint of any kind and do not take kindly to others telling their pioneering, self-starting efforts. Freedom comes only with responsibility and discipline. Feelings of being inadequate may spur them on to tackle enormous undertakings to feel more valued or worthy. Stress from trying to accomplish too much may make them ill.

Saturn Sign in Taurus

Saturn (to control) in Taurus (Enduring and Possessive).

You may be slow to start speaking and slow in speaking, although when you talk, you usually have something worth listening to (Saturn, Earth, Taurus).You are trustworthy and loyal (fixed sign). You have a strong reluctance to change (enduring earth) and are hard to move from a position once adopted. You are very possessive and may be miserly. You may, however, be quite happy if you have somewhere to live, the clothes on your back, and a few dollars in the bank. In this case, you will appear non-materialistic. But you must have this minimum. If you have Saturn in Taurus, you are very persistent in carrying out your goals. You can be overly concerned with material possessions and in wanting to squirrel away too much for that proverbial rainy day. You tend to place too much emphasis on material goods and possessions for security and if carried too far, you can become miserly and miserable due to worrying about what might happen tomorrow and will you have enough money to cover things. You need to re-evaluate your values and the source of real security. On the positive side, you are a tireless worker and have patience, caution, determination, discipline, organising ability and can go the distance when those around you fall. Hard work is your forte. Your feelings are serious, well-controlled and not easily changed, although at times it may be hard for you to forgive and forget. Loyalty is important to you. Building structures that last is a need you have.

Saturn Sign in Gemini

Saturn (to control) in Gemini (versatile and variable).

If you have Saturn in Gemini, your thinking is deliberate and serious and you possess organization skills, concentration and mental stability. You can focus on deep and difficult matters and come up with practical solutions to problems. You enjoy learning. But there may also be tendencies towards cynicism, depression, and pessimism. Nervous tension can be a problem and the intake of air into the lungs or the oxygenation of the blood can be restricted. Your lungs need plenty of oxygen. It is best for you to sleep in a well-ventilated room. Saturn here steadies your mind and helps control the natural flightiness of Gemini. This is a good position for Saturn, but you may need to develop faith in the future. It will be important for you to discipline your mind and learn to think and act methodically if you are to be successful in anything.

Saturn Sign in Cancer

Saturn (to control) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective)

You seek control in relation to your home and family instinctively and protectively. You feel safe and secure as long as your home is OK. You work hard for your family and home. You use your home to create good feelings and security. You are restricted somewhat by your past. You may feel guilty about the past or your family. You may feel moody or melancholic when what you consider to be your roots are threatened. This may mean you are patriotic.

If you have Saturn in Cancer, you are protective and persevering and you worry over loved ones. You can be moody, fearful and insecure perhaps because you feel unloved, probably by one or both parents. These feelings may bring on within you feelings of inadequacy toward your own ability to be a parent. As a parent you may be very demanding and a strict disciplinarian to your children. Emotional depression is something you need to conquer. Your unconscious fear of being hurt by others can cause you to withdraw from too close an emotional involvement with others. You are kind, but may lack empathy. You can be so busy protecting yourself from hurts that you are unable to see the hurts of others. There is a tendency for improper digestion due to the lack of certain digestive juices in the stomach. It would be best if you did not drink liquids with your meals (except milk, which is a food). There is a need to curb the appetite, as it can get you into trouble. Land and property may give you emotional security and alleviate feelings of not having something to fall back on.

Saturn Sign in Leo

Saturn (to control) in Leo (energetic and urgent).

If you have Saturn in Leo, you possess diplomatic, organizing, executive, and leadership ability along with a strong will. You tend to be self-reliant, conservative, and are extremely efficient. You may have difficulty expressing your emotions and your affections, which may make you appear cold and unloving. You need love, but may not know how to go about giving or receiving it, thus you may isolate yourself from others. Your love is motivated by strong feelings of duty and responsibility and you show your love by taking care of business and doing what is required or by giving material things to loved ones instead of yourself, which is what they really want. On the negative side, you may be cruel and quick-tempered, jealous, and may resort to underhanded means to satisfy your ambitions. Heart trouble is possible with this position. You need to be admired for your ability to get things done efficiently and effectively.

Saturn Sign in Virgo

Saturn (to control) in Virgo (Analytical and Critical)

If you have Saturn in Virgo, you tend to be industrious, efficient, practical, exacting, scientific, organized, shy, thrifty, studious, economical, and punctual. You have common sense and the ability to manage others, but maybe a bit of a perfectionist. Detailed work does not bother you and you are able to focus and concentrate on the various minutia of any project. Your mind is deep and analytical and you probably have a good head for numbers. You may be prone to periods of depression or be prone to hypochondriac tendencies. Your work is usually neat and orderly and you dislike messes and dirt. There may be a desire for solitude. You need to stay busy because boredom brings unnecessary worry. Do not allow yourself to be critical of others.

Saturn Sign in Libra

Saturn (to control) in Libra (Diplomatic and Harmonious)

If you have Saturn in Libra, you are diplomatic, tactful, and you have balanced judgment which inspires trust. In matters if health there may be urinary problems or trouble with the kidneys. Saturn tends to obstruct the filtering action of the kidneys, allowing toxic elements to stay in the blood stream and intoxicate the body. Drinking distilled rather than spring, mineral or tap water would be better for your kidneys. There is a need for you to cooperate and share in harmony, patience, and love with other people. Marriage or partnerships may be restricting, requiring hard work and discipline so that you may learn the lessons of cooperation rather than competition. Marriage and partnerships give you a sense of security and for that reason you seek them out. You may marry for practical reasons, for money, or to someone a lot older or younger. Various possibilities exist with this position. You may take great trouble to find a mate who is able to demonstrate a similar integrity, and thus marry at a later age than most, or you may choose an older partner or a contemporary who is apt to be austere or undemonstrative. A desire for perfection may make you too demanding in the marriage or your view of marriage may be too conventional or old-fashioned. If Saturn is badly aspected, then you may be cold or regard marriage as a yoke with which you do not care to burden yourself. Or lastly, you may tell yourself that you will never find a partner who will measure up to your requirements.

Saturn Sign in Scorpio

Saturn (to control) in Scorpio (Intense and Secretive)

If you have Saturn in Scorpio, you can be very self-disciplined. You have executive ability and are perceptive and accomplished. You may have psychic ability. People may find you difficult to understand because of your reserved exterior and secretiveness. Your mind may be mechanically oriented, and you are resourceful, even under the most adverse circumstances, patient and persistent. The action and energy of Mars combine with the forethought of Saturn in a most excellent combination. Whatever you do is done with intensity. On the downside, though, there is a danger of stubbornness, revenge, lack of forgiveness, resentment, and ruthlessness. Tendencies to grub for money and prestige can cause harm. There can be health problems with constipation or haemorrhoids. There is a need to transform your desires. You need to learn when and how to let go. This ‘letting go’ applies to eliminative bodily functions. Holding onto anger can cause stones to develop in the gall bladder or kidneys.

Saturn Sign in SAGITTARIUS

Saturn (to control) in Sagittarius (Free and Tolerant)

At its best, Saturn in Sagittarius gives a charitable and philanthropic turn to the mind with a desire to benefit and uplift mankind through discipline, system and self-help under just laws and true religious impulse. It brings trust, respect and honor in all undertakings. You are intuitive, philosophical, independent and persistent. Mental maturity comes later in life and promises success. You are generous with a wonderfully developed sense of responsibility. You have administrative and scientific abilities. Benefit can be gained from meditation and introspection. You may have poor circulation in the hips and legs. You need physical exercise and fresh air, especially in your sleeping quarters. On the negative side, you may be cynical, atheistic, selfishly ambitious, dogmatic, insincere and sarcastic. There is a need for everything to be proven before belief is possible.

Saturn Sign in Capricorn

Saturn (to control) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

If you have Saturn in Capricorn, you are ambitious, self-controlled and you have organising ability. You can be a disciplined, patient, hard worker who eventually receives the deserved rewards. There is a tendency to take life very seriously, and duty and responsibility are critical to you. You understand that time and suffering serve a purpose and that happiness is not the final goal of existence. You may find it difficult to divide your energies between work and play. You have the ability to translate abstract concepts into concrete terms. You may experience feelings of loneliness and inadequacy, and that could be one reason why you tend to work so much time and hard. On the downside, prestige and social standing may be paramount to you, and you will be tempted to do whatever you have to acquire them. Selfishness and a great love and desire for power can also be present.

Saturn Sign in Aquarius

Saturn (to control) in Aquarius (Indifferent and Unconventional)

If you have Saturn in Aquarius, you possess practical common sense, self-discipline and inner sources of strength which provide stamina. Although humane in nature with a friendly and sympathetic disposition, you may have difficulty in understanding other people’s goals. You need to learn tolerance for other people and must develop forgiveness. You have the ability to exercise system, organization, discipline and tact in unusual and non- traditional ways. You can think ahead and plan things with an inventive flair. Seeing things in a whole new way is one of your strengths. You tendency is to be serious, impersonal, detached and scientific. On the negative side you can be opinionated, vindictive, cold and uncaring with a tendency to get quite aggravated if your plans are met with opposition.

Saturn Sign in Pisces

Saturn (to control) in Pisces (Impressionable and Inspirational)

If you have Saturn in Pisces, it may be difficult for you to set boundaries for yourself and others, or to be as disciplined and organized as you want or need to be. Things have a way of getting lost in the shuffle of everyday life and it may be hard for you to keep your touch on the pulse of things around you. Sometimes you just get lost in the fog and can’t see your way clearly. You are intuitive, sympathetic, sensitive, imaginative and self-sacrificing. You are a practical idealist and have a tendency to take life perhaps too seriously. You may have the sense that your present life’s troubles are due to actions from the past. And this is probably the truth. You must reap what you have sown in previous lives and Saturn comes to exact his payment. Perhaps this is why you tend to feel more sorrow, perhaps, than the usual person. There can be success in working behind the scenes, away from the public eye, perhaps doing research or working in institutions. On the negative side you can be indecisive and moody, with a tendency to react emotionally to negative conditions or people. Depression can set in if success escapes you or if you feel that you have been unfairly treated. You need to develop faith in the future and let go of the past. Dis-identifying from other people’s troubles will allow you to help them in their own sorrows. Teaching what you have learned in your experiences is a fine road to soul growth.