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Saturn – Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn is the farthest planet that is visible from Earth with the naked eye. For this reason and because of its famous rings, Saturn represents boundaries and limits. Saturn is the planet of hard work, time and concrete accomplishment.

Saturn is a Yin planet. Although Saturn is seen as the tough and determined mountain goat and an elderly Father Time, Saturn is also the sea goat. Saturn is disciplined and protective of its boundaries, but also receptive to the needs of others. In order to achieve and be recognized, Saturn must be attuned to the gaps that need to be filled. Saturn can see what needs to be done and if it’s necessary, Saturn will do it. Saturn is more adaptive than people realize. Saturn was considered Cold (and Dry) by the ancients. Saturn rules bones, joints, connective tissue, the teeth and the skin. Saturn is also associated with aging and memory.

Saturn is a malefic in the Day sect.


Saturn has Domicile rulership in Capricorn and Aquarius.

Capricorn is a sign of worldly achievement and material success. Saturn can work hard for a concrete goal in Capricorn and it is at home there.

Aquarius is a sign of individuals working together to achieve a group goal. People can only achieve so much on their own. More can be achieved if people combine their efforts in a coordinated way and Saturn is at home in Aquarius.

Saturn is in Detriment in Cancer and Leo.

Cancer is an emotional sign that is ruled by the Moon. Slow-moving Saturn feels uncomfortable when caught up in Cancer’s up and down moods and emotions.

Leo is a fiery sign of expression and playfulness. Saturn is a cold and serious planet that feels out of place in Leo.

Saturn is Exalted in Libra. Libra is a sign of diplomacy where the ability to be emotionally detached is considered a skill. Libra is also a place where real achievements can be made in coordination with others and these achievements may be highly visible.

Saturn is in Fall in Aries. Aries is a place of hot, impulsive action. Saturn is a planet of cool, calculating detachment. Saturn considers before it acts. Saturn has priorities and considers consequences.

In a Day chart, Saturn is the Triplicity ruler of Air signs. Saturn also cooperates with both sect rulers of the Fire signs.

Vibrational Astrology

In Vibrational Astrology, Saturn wants to strip away everything that is not meaningful and long lasting. Saturn asks what will last past death and doesn’t value anything trivial. When Saturn is in a three planet pattern, it focuses the energy on what is essential and real. Saturn can be an ascetic, spiritual and/or analytical influence on the energy.


Saturn NASA Overview
Greek Medicine – Qualities of Planets

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