Preparing for Saturn in Capricorn: December 19, 2017 – March 23, 2020

Saturn-with-moonsSaturn is now in Capricorn. The planet of structure and responsibility entered its home base on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:49pm EST.

There some big changes in store for all of us. As above, so below. As the planets enter new eras, so do we. (If you missed my earlier post talking about what this Saturn transit represents, catch up to it here.)

Saturn rules Capricorn, so it is at its most powerful here. Saturn is an efficient task-master, but also a tough-ass influence who will call you out on your stuff.

Amazing opportunities can be created when Saturn is at home in ambitious, driven Capricorn. Capricorn is a sign that wants to make its mark on the world. It wants to achieve.

But its ruler, Saturn is a restrictive energy. It reminds us of the work that needs to be done before we can bask in any glory. (As I write this, I am reminded of the Smiths’ song, “You just haven’t earned it yet, baby…” Saturn might have been channeled when those lyrics were written.)

Saturn is also where we live out some of our biggest lessons. After spending the last three years in idealistic Sagittarius, Saturn was certainly not able to function at its full capacity. I have a feeling that once it shifts into Capricorn, it’s going to find that it has a lot of cleaning up to do – for better or for worse.

For example, about a month before Saturn’s transit into Capricorn, PayPal Canada announced that it had received a Federal Court order requiring that it disclose information to the Canada Revenue Agency for all account holders who were active between January 2014 and up until October, 2017.

Sagittarius was in Capricorn for the bulk of that time, having entered Sag in December 2014.

So anyone account holders who were hoping to fly under the radar and escape the tax collector will now have to get real about their online earnings. And those who had simply failed to file their taxes will want to make sure they have solid records of any business transactions that took place via PayPal during that time.

This is a great example of Saturn’s energy lining up to put things in order. Whether we agree with or like what Saturn does is a whole other matter, of course.

So how you can you prepare for Saturn in Capricorn? Every transit will affect us in its own way, but here are some tips on how you can work with Saturn in the time to come.

Get your life in order. Saturn connects to structure, foundation, and security. Here, your house may be literal or metaphorical. Are you standing on solid ground? What factors continuously threaten your security? Is there anything you’ve avoiding, or putting off, that may lead to bigger problems if left too long?

Saturn will make you take responsibility for the things you’ve been slacking on, or the things you’ve been hoping will go away on their own. Basically, whatever you need to be adult about, Saturn will ask you to get on it.

Try to save for a rainy day. Do you have an emergency savings account? It might not be a bad idea to get one started. Even if it means re-doing your budget, or starting one in the first place. It’s not always easy to save money, especially if things are already lean, or you have debts that are eating away at your income.

Figure out your financial priorities first, and then see what you might able to put aside after that. It’s okay if it’s a longer term goal to start a savings account. Saturn in Capricorn can be financially conservative, and this transit has been connected to layoffs, budget cuts, and recessions, so it doesn’t hurt to try to give yourself a safety net just in case a bubble bursts.  

Stay organized and keep detailed records. This is especially important for anyone who is self-employed or does their own taxes. Saturn in Capricorn would love to give you an audit. It will sniff out anyone who’s been cutting corners, and it will bite you in the butt if you’ve been slacking in your organizational skills. A paper trail can become your best friend over the next few years.

Make sure everything is up-to-date. Do you have any registrations, memberships, licences, website, or pieces of identification that can expire? This is the time to stay on top of all that so that you’re held back by missing paperwork or expired documents. And if you need to register something – like a trademark or business name – now is the time to do it.

If you are self-employed, look at your business model: Is your pricing giving you the income you need, or is it based on what you think people will pay? Do you have plans in place for growth? Are you putting your energy into the right places on a consistent basis?

Saturn in Capricorn offers a great opportunity to build your business, but it will also challenge you to do it right, and do it well.

If you are working for an employer, ask yourself: What would happen if I lost this job? I know it might be uncomfortable to think about that, but that kind of prompt can lead to practical steps that bring you back to the foundation that Saturn wants to see you standing on.

From there, you might ask: Is there a class, conference, or workshop I could attend that will be a good investment in my career? What kind of plan do I have in place in case of emergency or drastic change?

You might also be craving change or challenge in your career. Perhaps you want to feel more focused in your work overall, or you could decide that this is the year you go for that promotion. Use Saturn in Capricorn to build a stronger network, hire a coach, or make your mark somehow.

Show what you are made of.

Until next time,

Liz xo

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