Saturn – Meaning and Influence in Astrology

Saturn Astrology


saturn symbolSaturn is the most distant planet that can be seen with the naked eye. It is the boundary of the ‘natural’ solar system, because the 3 other planets that lie beyond Saturn are in certain respects ’supernatural’. Saturn symbolizes the human being that has learned all his hard lessons from the earthly life and is ready to enter the domain of the mystery planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). Therefore, Saturn is also known as ‘the Guardian at the Threshold’.

Where Jupiter represents expansion, Saturn represents the opposite: reduction, limitation. Both are indispensable. Limits mark transitions and indicate what the extreme limit is. Saturn is the symbol of those limits in life that cannot be crossed.

When Saturn is well situated in the birth chart, the individual is sparingly, diligent, persevering, reliable, stable, patient and possesses the ability to concentrate. Saturn is also the planet of strict justice. It is conservative and practical and affects the physical life elements; it indicates career and ambition.

When placed unfavorably, one is selfish and stingy; indifference prevails. Saturn represents everything that is old, rigid and traditional and symbolizes materialism, suffering, anguish, setbacks, disappointment and enmity. Also failure, greed, miserliness, oppression, hatred, poverty and chronic diseases belong to its domain. Saturn has a slowing effect on things in general.

Ascetics, hermits, the sober living scholar, the grandfather; old age and older people in general belong to the domain of Saturn. Also all religions which have a god of vengeance; religions that fill the life of men with sacrifices, obligations and penance.

What does saturn represent:

Saturn  characteristics


Tenaciousness, thoughtfulness, perseverance, analytical mind, ability to concentrate. Soundness, thoroughness, control of emotions, a very reserved character.


Egoism, mistrust, pessimism, misanthrope, rancorous and stubborn. Tough, rigid. susceptible to depression.

Other Associations

Zodiac SignCapricorn
Housethe tenth House
Anatomythe bone structure, calcifications, all abnormalities of the skeletal system and teeth
Colourblack, the color of mourning. also: dark green, dark brown
Gemstoneonyx, obsidian and jet
Agefrom 49 to 56 years, awareness of the personal task in this life
Symbolthe mortal cross stands triumphantly over the crescent that symbolizes the soul

Occupation : scholars, researchers, archivists, officials, historians, collectors, speleologists, sewer worker, grave digger, miners and masons. The position of Saturn in your birth chart reveals how you relate to responsibilities. Saturn teaches you to work hard and plays a major role in your work and career.

(this planet rules the sign of Capricorn)

Basic Astronomy:

The last of the planets, in order from the Sun, that can be seen with the naked eye. It takes the planet close to 30 years to orbit the Sun. Saturn is easily distinguished from the other planets by its striking rings.

In Mythology:

He is The Teacher and the God of Harvest (Cronus) and he stands for power of self-control

In Astrology – Chart Interpretation

The ‘Old Wise Man’ Saturn brings a sense of duty and responsibility to our lives. In the natal chart this planet indicates the direction that will be taken, if we follow our sense of duty and discipline to attain our aspiration. In chart interpretation the position of Saturn by sign, house and aspect indicates what kind of lessons must be learned, hardships and limitations conquered in order to grow and acquire maturity, wisdom and acceptance. By the same token this planet stands for boundaries, limitations and restrictions and on the other end of the spectrum its qualities are stability, practicality, work and economy.

Astro Keywords:

experience, responsibility, order, authority, control, patience, old age, coldness and fear

If you have strong Saturn or some planets in Capricorn in your chart you’re likely to identify your self with this quotation ‘Everybody needs a certain level of misery in his life to be happy’


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Saturn, planet of harshness, structure and hard work. It is considered the ruler of Capricorn, and traditionally it was also the ruler of Aquarius. Its natural house is the 10th house.

Notable astronomical characteristics
Saturn is second largest planet in the solar system. It is a gas giant possessing the most distinct and detailed ring system, made up mostly of water ice. It has some of the fastest winds in the solar system. It is the least dense of all planets (considering the average between its rocky core and all of its gases). Its colors are mostly bland, yellowish, but Saturn has a most unique hexagonal cloud structure around its northern pole.

Astrological qualities

Saturn is societal in that it seeks to establish itself within society, rather in consideration of its prevailing winds or closely in tandem with it. It is intrinsic in that its function is more discreet and discriminative by nature.

Saturn is mainly the structural function within society. It is the planet that structures society and upholds it, through organization, persistence and determination, caution and supervision. It tends to identify itself with authority and order. It is managerial by its nature.

It is mainly a planet of hard work and responsibility, maturity. It can also lessen sensitivity to all suffering by crystallizing the emotions, sometimes also having some underlying masochistic psychological twist to it. In a strongly emotional chart it may bring forth a more contorted, problematic nature.

It’s nature is highly critical, sharp and rather elitist. It is more disciplinarian in nature, believes in proper punishment. It can be dictatorial towards its subordinates, especially in a chart that lacks mitigating influences.

More generally, Saturn is the seat of law and order. It has a penchant for societal issues, and often imparts claims of legitimacy to exercise critical power. Those that are born under its rays may be all but too keen to be judge and executioner.

Other influences

In non-natal charts Saturn can reflect difficulties, especially as they rise from lack of tact and sensitivity, lack of consideration, excessive self-interest and other cold calculations, if from the person in question, others in his surroundings, or both. On the other hand, in a good setting it can more significantly reflect itself through organization, hard work at some goal, professionalism and successes through experience and knowhow, all through the house’s domain and sign qualities.

Saturnian vocations

Saturn’s influence in vocation is rather malleable and the exact direction it takes is more influenceable by the other planets, Saturn just makes it more serious, professional, focussed and ambitious. Nevertheless, Saturn tends to push in these direction.
Corporate management or Administration
Business and related entrepreneurship – especially with the enterprising 9th.
Self-employment, in relation to the house focus of the Sun and Mercury. Especially with a strong MarsSymbol of Mars.
Governmental work
Authority or Police – especially with Scorpio influences or those of the lawful 9th.
Education – especially with a strong Mercury and JupiterSymbol of Jupiter influences.
Architecture – especially supported by mixes of influence of the enterprising 9th, of UranusSymbol of Uranus, of imaginative NeptuneSymbol of Neptune or Symbol of the sign of PiscesPisces. The managerial 10th may sometimes feature in addition to, or instead of the 9th. Image:Capricorn symbol small.gifCapricorn placements are also common.


Next planet in astrology: Uranus

Also check out:

Saturn retrograde

Saturn in the houses

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