In astrology what is saturn

If you're in or approaching your late 20s, you're likely to hear murmurs about the ominous Saturn Return. If you're brave enough to inquire, you'll get the message that you should be afraid, very afraid.

Planets – Saturn

But the purveyors of fear probably won't give you any helpful information about what to expect -- or, more importantly, what you can do. So let's look at what's actually happening.

Saturn takes approximately 29 years to orbit the Sun. Therefore, when you are about 29 years old, Saturn returns to the part of the sky where it was when you were born -- and that's what is know as your Saturn Return. In Astrology, Saturn is the Cosmic Taskmaster -- the demanding teacher who presents you with obstacles and challenges so you can gain strength and wisdom.

Saturn's position in your Astrology birth chart reveals your major life lessons, as well as the fears you have to overcome to achieve success. Saturn also represents what's important to you, and shows the goals you are here to pursue, based on your values. When your actions -- especially your work in the world -- are aligned with your inner Saturn, you experience a sense of integrity and satisfaction.

When you're out of alignment, you feel Saturn's shadow -- restriction, lack and fear. Your Saturn Return -- which typically kicks in around age 27 or 28 -- is a time of coming into alignment with your life's true path. Work tends to be a major theme, and many make significant career changes during this time. Don't think that you're "too old" to take your work in a new direction, or even go back to school for training in an entirely different field. Saturn rules longevity and old age and wants you to imagine yourself at age 80, looking back on your life.

What do you want to have accomplished?

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What will you regret not doing because you were afraid to take a risk? Saturn will give you very clear signals if you're not aligned with your calling and pursuing your passions.

Those who ignore the signs and resist change could be forced by circumstances into a new line of work. Saturn is the "tough love" planet, whose lessons can feel harsh.

Saturn (Astrology)

However, whatever losses you experience during your Saturn Return are really helping you in the long run, compelling you to come into integrity with your truth. Because your Saturn Return is typically a time when you have to "make your own luck," don't expect work opportunities to come falling out of the sky.

Be willing to be humble and start small. If you're interested in pursuing a new path and don't yet have the experience to land a paying job, then volunteer your time. If you can't afford to go back to school full-time, start by taking a class at a community college. When you demonstrate your commitment to your goal by taking one concrete step in that direction, Saturn will reward your effort. In astrology, it stands for sinister things: tradition, the merciless intervention of fate, the unavoidable and the decisive.

The god that it got its name from was a cruel creature, indeed. Saturn castrated his father and ate his children.

Saturn: The Planet of Karma

The planet's astrological traits are not that terrible, but the planet is regarded with some awe in the horoscope. Mainly, it stands for duty and tradition - what is passed on from generation to generation, just because that's how it has to be. Saturn takes almost 30 years to complete its orbit around the sun, and to traverse the twelve signs of the Zodiac. So, it stays for about 2,5 years in each sign. Therefore, people born in the same year pretty much share the same Saturn position, which means that they share moral values and have a similar sense of duty. Of course, other ingredients in their horoscopes vary, so they can still express their Saturn quite differently.

Saturn in the Zodiac Here are short descriptions of how each Zodiac sign influences Saturn, your basic values and sense of duty, when that's where it is in your natal chart. Aries brings a demanding attitude and intolerance. Taurus brings conservatism and fixed values.

Saturn in Astrology

Gemini brings some confusion as to what are lasting values, and a keen capacity to negotiate. Cancer brings a love for the ways of the past and for the bloodline, also some angst. Leo brings a sense of importance, and determination to reach one's goals. Virgo brings a strong conviction of the necessity to strive for perfection.

Libra brings a very firm and usually conservative moral, and unwillingness to tolerate any deviation from it. Scorpio brings strange morals, or none, and many complications. Sagittarius brings a loyalty towards the future, and not towards the past. Capricorn brings a grim and focused mind, set on duty and on doing what must be done. Aquarius brings serenity and a tendency to take everything very seriously.