Saturn in Capricorn 2017-2020: A turning point

SaturnOn December 19, 2017, Saturn enters Capricorn, ushering us into a new era of restraint.

A lot of people fear Saturn. This is the planet of rules, structure, maturity, and practicality.

It’s the planet that looks at all your hopes and dreams with great interest. But instead of cheering you on with a supportive, “Go for it,” Saturn asks, “How exactly do you plan to pull this off?”

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, an earth sign that prioritizes ambition, accomplishment, organization, and efficiency.

Saturn is coming home. In Capricorn, it can exert its power perfectly. It can do what it needs to do without restriction.

Saturn in Capricorn will be very different from Capricorn in Sagittarius, which we have been under the influence of since December 23, 2014.

Saturn and Sagittarius are a strange pairing.

Sag is a freedom-seeking fire sign. It doesn’t like to be constrained and prefers to make its own schedule and its own rules. Ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarius can be optimistic to a fault, or it can choose to ignore or avoid the consequences of its actions.

Saturn in Sagittarius isn’t all bad, of course, as astrology is never about absolutes or singular outcomes.

For the past few years, you might have made a commitment to learning and expanding your horizons, mentally or physically, thanks to Saturn in Sagittarius. This transit might have influenced you to sign up for a series of classes, take a dream vacation you’ve been putting off for years, or to invest in your spiritual or personal growth.

But Saturn in Sagittarius might have also made it challenging to save money, which has a way of slipping through our fingers when fire energy is in the mix. Saturn was in Sagittarius during the “roaring” ‘20s, and Capricorn on November 29, 1929, a month after the stock market crash that sent the U.S. and other countries into the Great Depression.

Saturn in Sagittarius can also feel like someone just burst your bubble. If we were at a birthday party, Sagittarius would be the kid holding a shiny red balloon and Saturn would be the mean older sibling coming up from behind to pop it with a safety pin.

But Saturn would say, “It’s for your own good. You’ve got to learn that life isn’t going to be easy all the time.” Sagittarius, however, might rather believe otherwise.

The last time Saturn was in Capricorn was from November 11, 1988 until February 6, 1991, a time of major economic recession throughout western society. While Saturn in Capricorn isn’t always linked to recessions – they come and go, and many other factors play into various world economies – one thing that I’m keeping an eye on is what Uranus in Aries is also up to.

In May 2018, Uranus will enter Taurus, ending a seven-year transit through the fiery sign of the ram. Taurus, like Capricorn, is stabilizing and practical, slowing down Uranus’s eccentric, expect-the-unexpected influence. This will also have a profound impact on us individually and collectively, which deserves a post of its own.

So we have two heavy-hitting celestial bodies making big moves within the next six months. As above, so below.

When the planets enter new eras, so do we.

Saturn will be in Capricorn from December 19, 2017 until March 21, 2020. That gives us three years of Saturn’s full power.

At its full potential, Saturn gives you the opportunity to get real – literally bringing a reality check wherever you need it most.

While Saturn isn’t always the planet that people tend to get excited about, I do find that it can bring amazing opportunities for those who are willing to work with its lessons.

Work is key with Saturn. We need its influence in all areas of our lives. Saturn helps you to understand your limitations, not because it wants to hold you back, but because it wants you to really know what kind of ground you are standing on. The more informed you are, the more you can accomplish.

Saturn shows you where there are flaws in your foundation. If you’ve been cutting corners or trying to rush the process, Saturn will slow you down and make you do it over until you get it right.

If you’ve been refusing to deal with something important – filing those back taxes, putting an agreement in writing, or updating your resume because you can smell another round of layoffs, for example – Saturn will bite you in the butt if you put it off any longer.

“Just do it already,” Saturn says.

That’s why Saturn isn’t always the most popular planet. It can expose poor planning, disorganization, and procrastination. It can make you feel like you’re being tested as you work to get everything in order.

It can also inspire a lot of doubt, worry, and fear. Remember that that can also be Saturn’s task-master energy at work, though. Use your fears as arrows:

What are you most of afraid of losing, or getting wrong? What do you need to do in order to make your plans fool-proof?

Saturn says, “You won’t worry so much when you know you’ve done all that’s necessary.”

It’s a time to cross your T’s, dot your I’s, as the old saying goes.

Saturn in Capricorn will bring a big dose of reality around practical matters such as work and money, especially in Capricorn’s earthy energy. Earth is concerned with the tangible world – what it can touch, feel, and make real.

Start a rainy day savings account if you don’t have one already. Review your budget. Think long and hard about any opportunities that seem too good to be true. 

We have a few years to see how Saturn in Capricorn truly plays out, but I would expect that any businesses – big or small – that have been operating with outdated policies, bad planning, or mismanaged accounting will find themselves in positions to fix those issues, stat.

Here in Canada, we’ve seen the price of housing increase exponentially in many of our major cities. They keep talking about a real estate bust, but it’s yet to be seen. I’m hoping that Saturn in Capricorn might bring in some much-needed change to the market. Currently, even one-bedroom apartments are becoming out-of-reach for many people in big Canadian cities. I know that this isn’t just happening in Canada, either.

While Saturn in Capricorn might sound a bit scary to some, I think it can present us with tremendous opportunity if we all work with it appropriately.

This can be a time to regain control over areas of your life that have felt nebulous, confused, and disorganized. Whatever gets restructured under Saturn’s watch will have ample opportunity to grow into something strong and long-lasting. Just remember to show up and do what you need to do.

Until next time,

Liz xo

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