About Saturn in Astrology
Along with Jupiter, Saturn is one of the social, mid planets and its position in an astrology chart describes how we connect with the structures and expectations of society. Saturn describes the limits, delays and difficulties we may face and what they can teach us. When Saturn is retrograde as it has been since the end of April 2019, these blocks tend to be turned inward. We may have found ourselves faced with the walls we have built inside ourselves, to keep us safe and help us to conform to the expectations of others. When Saturn goes direct, we may become more consciously aware of these inner structures and can begin to build a healthy relationship with them. In astrology, Saturn is the planet of boundaries and we need both inner and outer boundaries to function as human beings in society. During Saturn retrograde we may have been focusing on inner boundaries and these may have been tested or challenged. Saturn is the planet of hard work and discipline and where Saturn is found, there is always effort required. Under Saturn retrograde, we may have been seeking to understand why we do the work and where we need to make an effort. When Saturn goes direct, the time for thinking is over and it's time to get our heads down and do the work. Saturn is the planet of manifestation and as it moves direct we are able to take the first steps towards manifesting the plans we've been putting together in the past few months. This astrological influence can also bring our karmic journey to a head. It's a good time to wrap up any outstanding issues. It's a time for focus and self-discipline.
Capricorn Traits and Characteristics
The sign of cardinal earth, those with strong Capricorn energy have a strong need for stability and structure in their lives. Playing an active role in society and having that role recognized is likely to be important to them, and they can be quite conventional, with a strong need to fit in. Knowing their place in the hierarchy of society brings a sense of security and even identity. Work is generally important to Capricorn and at times they may struggle with work life balance, especially if they define themselves by their work or their public role.
What does it mean if you have Saturn in Capricorn?
Saturn is “dignified” as the ruler of Capricorn and these two energies share similar symbolism. In Capricorn, Saturn manifests in a “pure” way, able to focus on achievement and ambition. Authority is likely to be an important issue with Saturn in Capricorn and any internalized issues around how we relate to outer authority may begin to manifest as Saturn goes direct. Ultimately, Saturn is about finding our inner authority and a sense of self mastery, a confidence born of experience and s-knowledge. Self-determination and taking responsibility for our own lives are important with this placement and as Saturn moves direct, we may find ourselves forced to take responsibility for any worries or concerns we have been suppressing or internalizing. In astrology, Saturn symbolizes control, whether we are being controlled or are in control, and Saturn in Capricorn asks us to take control of our inner selves as well as the world around us. We may need to be careful not to impose our will on others, rather we need to be in control in a way which allows for flexibility and empathy for others.
Horoscopes for Saturn Direct and Retrograde in Capricorn
Aries Horoscope (Aries dates: March 20 – April 19)
As Saturn moves direct in fellow cardinal sign Capricorn, you are able to find a framework or structure for your drive and ambition, tempering your fiery impulses and maybe even slowing you down a little. Aries, your progress may not be as fast as you'd like but it will be solid and lasting. Any delays or obstacles are likely to turn out to be important karmic learning experiences. With a little focus and discipline, Saturn in Capricorn brings the power to manifest your goals.
Taurus Horoscope (Taurus dates: April 20 – May 20)
Saturn moving direct in Capricorn brings persistence and drive to achieve your goals, Taurus. You may be challenged to overcome and fears or insecurities which hold you back. Beware of a tendency to focus too much on the material as this may mean that you get stuck in a rut, working hard for the sake of it and losing sight of what the work means to you. There's a risk of taking yourself too seriously with this placement so remember to have some fun as well.
Gemini Horoscope (Gemini dates: May 21 – June 20)
Saturn moving direct in Capricorn brings a reminder of the need for focus and discipline, Gemini, especially if you tend to be easily distracted or to scatter your energy. However, this focus may be difficult to achieve or to grasp, leaving you stuck in a comfort zone of abstract ideas which never quite manifest. To overcome this, make a decision to focus on one or two things and the practical steps you need to take to manifest them. - and then get down to some hard work!
Cancer Horoscope (Cancer dates: June 21 – July 21)
As Saturn in your opposite sign of Capricorn shifts out of the retrograde phase, fears or insecurities may be coming to the surface for you. These may relate to the material realm, perhaps around money or financial security, but are likely to have deeper roots in your need for emotional security. A sense of belonging is important, but needs to come from something more than conforming to the expectations of others. Taking responsibility for your own security, material and emotional, is likely to prove liberating. This could be a karmic time for you.
Leo Horoscope (Leo dates: July 22 – August 22)
Saturn shifting from retrograde to direct motion in Capricorn can bring the discipline and focus to manifest your dreams and achieve your ambitions, but connecting with that sense of focus may not come as easily as you'd like. Paying attention to the practical steps which will get you where you want to be is likely to be helpful. If you find yourself seeking external validation or public recognition, check in with your inner motivations and consider what connects you with your own inner authority.
Virgo Horoscope (Virgo dates: August 23 – September 22)
Saturn moving direct in Capricorn is likely to activate your more critical side, so that you may need to be careful not to be too hard on yourself and perhaps also on those around you. The hard work and discipline of Saturn come quite easily too you so be careful not to get too caught up in work or to take yourself too seriously. Considering how you are giving service and how your personal goals contribute to the greater whole is likely to give you a sense of perspective.
Libra Horoscope (Libra dates: September 23 – October 22)
Your strong people skills add empathy and compassion to the ambitions and discipline of Saturn in Capricorn. Any delays or obstacles your zodiac sign faces at this time are likely to come from your desire to please everyone and you may need to find a balance between your natural diplomacy and your desire to get things done. Saturn in Capricorn can help you to manifest your ideals, Libra, but also brings a dose of karma and reality and the need to focus on the world as it is rather than as you wish it was.
Scorpio Horoscope (Scorpio dates: October 23 – November 21)
As Saturn moves direct in earthy Capricorn, it activates not only your ambition and drive but also your ability to manifest your goals through increased self-esteem. You are able to connect with your inner power and focus your intense emotional energy towards a specific, tangible goal. Be aware of a tendency though Scorpio to seek control over your external environment as well as your inner self. You may need to practice relaxing that control and taking a more flexible approach to get to where you want to be.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Sagittarius dates: November 22 – December 20)
Saturn moving direct in Capricorn brings some discipline and structure which allow you to manifest your dreams, especially if you have a tendency to dream big but lose yourself in possibilities rather than making them real. Saturn can be a helpful teacher, Sagittarius, who keeps your eyes on the prize and strengthens your belief systems. Saturn can be a harsh taskmaster, and asks what kind of a teacher do you need, or can you be for others? Be careful of getting tied to rigid versions of the truth.
Capricorn Horoscope (Capricorn dates: December 21 – January 19)
As Saturn moves direct in your own zodiac sign, you may feel able to get moving again after a long period of energy turned inward. You are able to re-connect with your ambitions and goals, and may find a renewed clarity of purpose, especially if you've been working through any insecurities during the retrograde period. Now it's time to move into your happy place of focused hard work and discipline, to build new structures which allow you to climb your mountain. You are self-disciplined and may become an authority figure to others.
Aquarius Horoscope (Aquarius dates: January 20 – February 17)
Saturn’s shift into direct movement brings the ability to manifest your ideals and also a dose of reality, compelling you to focus on the world as it is rather than as you wish it could be, Aquarius. You may need to be careful not to get caught up in rigid-thinking or self-criticism, as Saturn can exacerbate your zodiac sign's tendency towards perfectionism and excessively high standards. Your natural self-sufficiency is likely to be high at this time and your willpower is strong.
Pisces Horoscope (Pisces dates: February 18 – March 19)
Saturn in Capricorn brings you the ability to ground yourself and to put a framework in place which brings a sense of emotional as well as material security. As one of the most nebulous zodiac signs, a lack of inner boundaries can be a karma issue for you, and you may have been gaining an awareness of this during the retrograde period. Now its time to put both external and internal boundaries in place which allow you to channel your creativity without scattering your energy."