Saturn, the planet of responsibility, structure, limitations, and karma, changes signs on March 7th, 2023. Ending its two plus year journey through Aquarius, this very grown-up planet will move into deeply spiritual Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac.
Saturn was last in Pisces between 1993 and 1996. This was a period when pop culture was at its height, and it was also a time of moral panic, specifically about the effects of violent video games on children. That was a very Saturn in Pisces influence - attempting to use authority to censor or dictate what influences others.
While Saturn was in Aquarius, from March 2020 onwards, the world faced unprecedented limits on freedom and individuality (ruled by Aquarius), due to the covid-19 pandemic.
As Saturn arrives in Pisces, we are still dealing with the after-effects of this, particularly the effects of lockdowns on mental health.
With addiction and mental health troubles at an all-time high, we can hope that Saturn’s transit through escapist Pisces will lead to some concrete solutions to tackle this rising crisis. At the very least, problems like these are likely to be taken more seriously.
Another thing to be taken more seriously will be our spirituality. We are likely to want a more practical use for our beliefs, so spiritual practices that we can incorporate into day-to-day life will rise in popularity. Tai chi, yoga, and meditation will become important, as science starts to understand their benefits to everyday health, wellness, and happiness.
We may also see an increase in people turning to divination methods and dream analysis to try to make practical sense of their lives and to aid in decision-making.
Pisces rules the entertainment industry, and it’s likely that during the next two years, with Saturn transiting this sign, we will see an increase in safeguards and protections as a sense of collective responsibility grows.
On a personal level, Saturn’s transit through Pisces provides a very helpful grounding for turbulent emotions. Common sense can prevail in even the most difficult of circumstances, and for anyone feeling lost or at sea, this influence will be a safe port in a storm.
However, there’s no doubt that Saturn in Pisces can limit or curtail the imagination. It may be harder to find inspiration, and creativity is likely to take a downturn. Those with sensitive, mystical souls may find themselves shunned in favor of those with practical answers to the day’s issues.
Here’s an overview of what Saturn’s transit through Pisces will mean for YOUR sign. If Saturn is your planetary ruler (that’s Capricorn and, historically, Aquarius) then this transit will be particularly notable for you.
You will also feel its effects more keenly if one of those signs is your Ascendant or your Moon sign, or if Saturn in your natal birth chart is close to an important chart angle, or making major aspects to other planets.
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Saturn in Pisces if you are an Aries (Aries dates: March 20th – April 19th)
This transit marks the end of a karmic cycle for you, and that can be an uncomfortable process. Expect to spend time sorting through your subconscious, processing past trauma, and learning to come to terms with your mistakes. Ultimately, this will be very freeing and cathartic for you, but it won’t be easy on a day-to-day basis. You must get rid of unhealthy attachments; practice acceptance instead and allow the Universe to deliver for you.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Taurus (Taurus dates: April 20th – May 20th)
During the next two years, Saturn will help you re-assess your long-term goals and objectives. This can be an exceptionally productive period, enabling you to pull together a step-by-step route map to your chosen destination. Some friendships and associations will become more serious, if you sense that people share your ‘tribe’ - but some will undoubtedly end as you lose the people with whom you share only a superficial connection.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Gemini (Gemini dates: May 21st – June 20th)
With Saturn moving to the very top of your chart, you will start to see results now for your hard work over the last 12-14 years. You may achieve considerable success in your career - or you may decide that you have gone as far as you can go, leading to a complete change of direction. Your ambitions are very strong and you will need to guard against a workaholic attitude for a while. Don’t allow success to come at a high cost to your personal life, your well-being, or your happiness.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Cancer (Cancer dates: June 21st – July 21st)
During this Saturn transit, you can expect your belief system to come under scrutiny. Your faith and your ideals may be challenged by others, or by you as you grow and change direction. You may convert to or leave a religion, or begin to take your spirituality much more seriously. You’ll want to share your wisdom with others and you can be a natural teacher during this period, but be careful not to push your views where they are unwelcome. Insisting that you are right will alienate people around you - let them come to you when they are ready.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Leo (Leo dates: July 22nd – August 21st)
This very empowering Saturn transit asks you to examine your habits and the amount of power and control you have over your own life. You can use this energy to ditch harmful habits and create positive new ones. You can also use it to learn what you can and cannot change or control - and how to find peace with the circumstances that are beyond your control. Focus on self-development, but be careful not to become cold and distant in a relationship. You may also experience a power imbalance in love.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Virgo (Virgo dates: August 22nd – September 21st)
Saturn’s arrival in your opposite sign will mark an important period for your love life. You will want to commit, and you will demand the loyalty and respect you deserve. If your partner cannot or will not go along with this, a parting of ways is likely. If you’re single, you may feel depressed at times, or lonely. However, if you work on your mindset, Saturn’s transit here can help you to feel empowered in your independence. Stand tall in your own identity and don’t allow it to be defined by who you love.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Libra (Libra dates: September 22nd – October 22nd)
This is going to be an extremely busy period in your life - and perhaps a stressful or pressurized one too. Your responsibilities increase, both at home and work, and you may simply feel that you never have enough hours in the day. It’s vital that you learn to delegate, and that you protect your mental health. On a more positive note, this transit enables you to create more streamlined daily routines, eliminating time wasting and thereby freeing up more time for the things and people you love.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Scorpio (Scorpio dates: October 23rd – November 21st)
During this transit, you will be re-evaluating your talents. You may initially feel something of an ego crisis or a lot of self-doubt. However, ultimately you will be able to find areas in life where you truly shine, and you will emerge with a whole new set of skills and priorities. In your love life, this transit creates an abundance of caution, so it’s not an ideal time for dating; if you’re single, look instead within your existing circle for romance. It could be a lot closer than you realize.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Sagittarius (Sagittarius dates: November 22nd – December 20th)
This Saturn transit asks you to do a lot of inner work, coming to terms with your past and investigating your roots. As Saturn moves through the family zone of your chart, you may also experience an estrangement within the family. However, on a more positive note, this influence also restructures your family life, making your bonds stronger. It may even restructure your home or domestic situation, leaving you in a stronger position than before. Don’t be afraid to take life slowly - there is no rush here. Developing skills in mindfulness will bring you great peace.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Capricorn (Capricorn dates: December 21st – January 18th)
Saturn, your ruling planet, brings you an awful lot of work during this transit. You will be constantly busy with day-to-day matters, which leaves you little time to look at the bigger picture. You may also find that your communication is restricted in some way, perhaps by what is expected of you in your profession. You may not be able to speak out on matters that you’re passionate about, but you can still find ways of disseminating important information. This transit is about balancing learning with the expression of that learning.
Saturn in Pisces if you are an Aquarius (Aquarius dates: January 19th – February 17th)
Saturn, your ancient ruling planet, has been in your sign for the last two years, and now that it is moving on, you may feel lighter and freer. As Saturn heads into the money zone of your natal birth chart, you can expect to make some solid progress, financially. This is a very good time to restructure your finances, creating order out of chaos. Your financial ambitions are growing, but you will need to be patient to see results. Avoid get-rich-quick schemes - if something seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
Saturn in Pisces if you are a Pisces (Pisces dates: February 18th – March 19th)
Saturn’s arrival in your sign marks the beginning of two years of hard work. You now a have chance to make your mark in life, whether that’s your personal ambitions or your career goals. You will need to put in some serious effort here, but if you do, the rewards will come. Sometimes, this transit can bring a lack of self-confidence, but if you are conscious of that, you can avoid it. You will get to know yourself a lot better during this transit; self-understanding will help you to move past the blocks that have been preventing your progress.