Saturn in the Signs
Where is Saturn placed by zodiacal sign in your birth chart? Learn what Saturn, the great teacher, means when posited in the different signs of the zodiac.
Don’t know your Saturn sign? You’ll find instructions below the interpretations for finding out how to determine the sign position of your natal Saturn.
Note that Saturn spends two to three years in the same sign. It’s not a personal influence, but if Saturn is aligned with a personal planet or luminary, such as the Sun or Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars, or is conjunct an angle (the Ascendant, IC, DSC, or MC) the interpretation is far more relevant.
An important note about the dates given below: if a birth date in question falls on any of the cutoff dates, you will need to use a natal chart calculator and know the time of birth to determine the sign of Saturn. You can also use our tables that include times in ET. Dates range only for a century or so!
The following interpretations refer to the planets’ signs in the natal chart. Always keep in mind that interpretations are exactly that–interpretations. It’s a good idea to look for different authors’ takes on these astrological factors to see which ones vibe best with you.
Saturn in the Signs
Saturn in Aries
Dates for Saturn in Aries:
- Apr 25, 1937, to Oct 17, 1937
- Jan 14, 1938, to Jul 6, 1939
- Sep 22, 1939, to Mar 20, 1940
- Mar 3, 1967, to Apr 29, 1969
- Apr 7, 1996, to Jun 9, 1998
- Oct 25, 1998, to Feb 28, 1999
- May 24, 2025, to Sep 1, 2025
- Feb 13, 2026, to Apr 12, 2028
You are highly resourceful. Your ability to start fresh helps you achieve your goals. Saturn in our charts shows us where we limit ourselves due to fears. With Saturn in Aries, you don’t always feel comfortable asserting yourself or pointing/singling yourself out, nor with acting egotistical or self-centered. You may avoid confrontation and fear taking decisive action. You need to be careful not to limit yourself too much due to fear of failure or fear of making a poor decision. Stifling your normal and healthy, more aggressive, competitive, or self-centered qualities can be detrimental to you, possibly causing headaches. You don’t like showing weakness.
Some of your life lessons are to allow yourself to be self-centered sometimes, without apology — in moderation, of course; to build the courage to make mistakes; to let yourself be “wimpy” from time to time, and to learn that NOT coming first is okay.
Mind you, you learn to be very self-reliant because you rarely ask for help! However, it’s a lonely way to live. Watch for relentless self-justifying, as this doesn’t allow you to grow, and it also contributes to the making of poor choices. This can be a vicious circle since making bad executive decisions is another big fear.
Saturn in Taurus
Dates for Saturn in Taurus:
- Jul 6, 1939, to Sep 22, 1939
- Mar 20, 1940, to May 8, 1942
- Apr 29, 1969, to Jun 18, 1971
- Jan 9, 1972, to Feb 21, 1972
- Jun 9, 1998, to Oct 25, 1998
- Feb 28, 1999, to Aug 9, 2000
- Oct 15, 2000, to Apr 20, 2001
- Apr 12, 2028, to May 31, 2030
Saturn in our charts shows us where we limit ourselves due to fear or insecurity. With Saturn in Taurus, your fear of not having what you need, of loss, or of being dependent on others may be more developed than most, and these things may end up limiting your opportunities if left unattended. Part of you could feel very guilty when you indulge yourself, and this can lead to problems, such as binging-purging cycles. You might also have a hard time asking for help. When you feel insecure or vulnerable, you tend to cling tightly to what you have and know. Sensitive areas of the body may be Taurus-ruled areas, including the neck and throat.
Some of your life lessons include: allowing yourself to enjoy your “winnings” from time to time without feeling guilty or somehow wrong — in moderation, of course; building the courage to ask for help when you need it without feeling you’ve failed; going without or giving away something you have, since this helps you teach yourself, in small steps, that you’ll be just fine without, and perhaps even stronger; and questioning your loyalty to the familiar if it is no longer serving you well.
Saturn in Gemini
Dates for Saturn in Gemini:
- May 8, 1942, to Jun 20, 1944
- Jun 18, 1971, to Jan 9, 1972
- Feb 21, 1972, to Aug 1, 1973
- Jan 7, 1974, to Apr 18, 1974
- Aug 9, 2000, to Oct 15, 2000
- Apr 20, 2001, to Jun 3, 2003
- May 31, 2030, to Jul 13, 2032
Saturn in our charts shows us where we limit ourselves due to fear or insecurity. With Saturn in Gemini, you may feel some discomfort or self-consciousness when expressing your lighthearted, superficial, enthusiastic side. You may be bothered by –or suspicious of–people who seem to live on the surface of things, who gossip or talk too much, or who are socially adept. Or, you could hold some disdain for small talk. You could also be more sensitive to criticism than most, although you hate to admit this, and you can be especially guarded in speech or the written word, preferring to get things just right. You might also be afraid of being tied down to routine and as a result, end up with too many projects going at once.
Some of your many strengths include preciseness, accuracy, and logical thinking. You make an excellent teacher or guide. Sensitive areas of the body may be the lungs and nerves, as well as the arms and ribs. You, more than most, need fresh air, light, and movement.
Saturn in Cancer
Dates of Saturn in Cancer:
- Jun 20, 1944, to Aug 2, 1946
- Aug 1, 1973, to Jan 7, 1974
- Apr 18, 1974, to Sep 16, 1975
- Jan 14, 1976, to Jun 5, 1976
- Jun 3, 2003, to Jul 16, 2005
- Jul 13, 2032, to Aug 26, 2034
- Feb 15, 2035, to May 11, 2035
Saturn in our charts shows us where we limit ourselves due to fear or insecurity. It can be difficult to express your needs for nurture with your Saturn in Cancer. You may feel that you are, more often than not, left to your own resources when it comes to sustaining your home or family and getting the care or comfort you need. There can be a strong tendency to dwell on old hurt and misgivings, and this can adversely affect your health and wellbeing. You could feel some resentment, too, that others assume you are the caregiver or the one in control and forget about your needs for nurture. However, you also feel quite uncomfortable in the role of being taken care of, so there is the possibility of a vicious circle or self-fulfilling prophecy!
The hard shell of the crab, Cancer’s symbol, is prominent with this position–it’s a layer of protection since you can feel very uncomfortable exposing your vulnerable side. You dislike the feeling of being dependent or needy. Try not to convince yourself that you don’t need support or intimacy–Saturn has a way of activating our defenses. Insecurities or fears can keep you from opening up. Watch, too, for limiting yourself and passing up opportunities due to a fear of rejection. Love with “strings attached” is most frustrating but hard to avoid with this position. You are cautious, and safety is important to you, more so than most. You will work hard for personal security, home, family.
Problems with this placement have to do with holding onto things and holding things in! You’re inclined to hold on tightly to things of sentimental value. Saturn in Cancer is sometimes associated with poor digestion–breathing exercises and stretching might help. Keeping things to yourself can be a persistent problem that leads to health issues.
This is a good position for historians, collectors, and businesses related to real estate, home, family, and nurture. With maturity and self-awareness, it’s possible to rewrite your story and work on allowing yourself to be vulnerable–in baby steps–until it becomes far more natural for you.
Saturn in Leo
Saturn in Leo Dates:
- Aug 2, 1946, to Sep 19, 1948
- Apr 2, 1949, to May 29, 1949
- Sep 16, 1975, to Jan 14, 1976
- Jun 5, 1976, to Nov 16, 1977
- Jan 4, 1978, to Jul 26, 1978
- Jul 16, 2005, to Sep 2, 2007
- Aug 26, 2034, to Feb 15, 2035
- May 11, 2035, to Oct 16, 2036
- Feb 11, 2037, to Jul 6, 2037
Saturn in our charts shows us where we limit ourselves due to fear or insecurity. It can be difficult to express or identify with your needs for approval or attention with your Saturn in Leo. You may hold some disdain for people who seem to need personalized care or need to distinguish themselves as unique and special. You may deny your own needs for things like showing off, enjoying feedback and attention, and expressing your playfulness, for example. You may go out of your way not to call attention to yourself, but then you feel unacknowledged or overlooked and resentful for it, so there can be a vicious circle involved.
You may also have problems with people who seem to want to control or direct you. You believe that people should be their own authority. You may not want to admit to others or perhaps even to yourself that you want to win or come first. You may worry more than most about your role in a group or setting. You’re proud but insecure, and this combination can limit your opportunities. You, more than most, require that others treat you with respect, and you might take jokes or ribbing seriously. With this position, it’s hard to let yourself go, and you may even convince yourself that you don’t want or need to express yourself openly and without self-consciousness, but doing so can result in denying yourself pleasure.
You may take fun and games quite seriously. Of course, this can also mean you’re very talented at turning a hobby into a business. You’re exceptionally skilled at organizing and management. Health issues sometimes associated with this placement relate to the heart and back–domains ruled by Leo.
Saturn in Virgo
Dates for Saturn in Virgo:
- Sep 19, 1948, to Apr 2, 1949
- May 29, 1949, to Nov 20, 1950
- Mar 7, 1951, to Aug 13, 1951
- Nov 16, 1977, to Jan 4, 1978
- Jul 26, 1978, to Sep 21, 1980
- Sep 2, 2007, to Oct 29, 2009
- Apr 7, 2010, to Jul 21, 2010
- Oct 16, 2036, to Feb 11, 2037
- Jul 6, 2037, to Sep 5, 2039
Saturn in our charts shows us where we limit ourselves due to fear or insecurity. With your Saturn in Virgo, you may feel limited or weighed down by work, routine, service, and attention to detail. You may feel overburdened or often left to your own resources, taking on more work than is fair. Finding the meaning or joy in your work, routines, and service is something to strive toward.
You have an excellent eye for details, but you sometimes get lost in them, unsure of your ability to piece everything together. Or, you might leave things unfinished because of a very strong perfectionist streak. If you don’t finish it, there is no risk of it being less than perfect! Fear of criticism or of making mistakes can severely limit your opportunities, whether to take on new endeavors or to finish the ones you started. Chances run high that the standards you’ve set for yourself are too strict. Watch, too, for a tendency to convince yourself that you just don’t care to get things right, precise, or accurate since this means avoiding the problem. In all likelihood, deep down, you care too much. Tackling the root of the problem with self-honesty can help you to do less fretting and more living. Digestive problems are often associated with this placement.
Saturn in Libra
Dates for Saturn in Libra:
- Oct 7, 1921, to Dec 19, 1923
- Apr 6, 1924, to Sep 13, 1924
- Nov 20, 1950, to Mar 7, 1951
- Aug 13, 1951, to Oct 22, 1953
- Sep 21, 1980, to Nov 29, 1982
- May 6, 1983, to Aug 24, 1983
- Oct 29, 2009, to Apr 7, 2010
- Jul 21, 2010, to Oct 5, 2012
- Sep 5, 2039, to Nov 11, 2041
- Jun 21, 2042, to Jul 14, 2042
Saturn in our charts shows where we limit ourselves due to fear or insecurity. With your Saturn in Libra, you may weigh the different sides to a situation so much that decision-making can be painful at times. You weigh the pros and cons to the point that it’s hard to decide. You have a well-developed sense of fairness and justice.
Your sense of responsibility for others can be so strong that you instinctively resist new connections. You’d rather skip to the comfortable part of a relationship! Watch that you don’t convince yourself that you don’t care when you care so much that you avoid situations that might call for a firm commitment. It’s not that you can’t make commitments–it’s that you take them very seriously. There can be a vicious circle situation in which you feel the need to be independent but then feel lonely in that role. While you’re capable of cooperation and playing nice with others, you sometimes concentrate on the superficiality of what you may see as a social game, making it difficult to take part in it — or trust it. The partnerships you form may be few, but they tend to be long-lasting.
Saturn in Scorpio
Dates for Saturn in Scorpio:
- Dec 19, 1923, to Apr 6, 1924
- Sep 13, 1924, to Dec 2, 1926
- Oct 22, 1953, to Jan 12, 1956
- May 13, 1956, to Oct 10, 1956
- Nov 29, 1982, to May 6, 1983
- Aug 24, 1983, to Nov 16, 1985
- Oct 5, 2012, to Dec 23, 2014
- Jun 14, 2015, to Sep 17, 2015
- Nov 11, 2041, to Jun 21, 2042
- Jul 14, 2042, to Feb 21, 2044
- Mar 25, 2044, to Oct 31, 2044
Saturn in our charts shows where we limit ourselves due to fear or insecurity. With Saturn in Scorpio, you may feel uncomfortable expressing or identifying with your deeper, more irrational emotions such as jealousy. However, denying these things or their expression can limit you.
You may have a hard time admitting some of your emotional vulnerabilities or your desire for emotional intimacy, perhaps even to yourself! Opening yourself up completely can be challenging–it doesn’t come naturally, but with work and effort, you can get there. There can be some tendency to brood or to go cold and silent if you expect others don’t care enough about your feelings. However, it’s essential to recognize that you can run hot and cold on this level–you may yearn for understanding and empathy, but you can feel uncomfortable if you get this attention! Trusting a confidant can be a challenge but also a genuine relief since you bottle up your feelings often to your detriment.
You may also need to work on your attitude towards change, transformation, and growth. A deep fear of change can keep you stagnating in situations that aren’t good for you. Learning not to fully repress certain energies that make you feel uncomfortable or vulnerable is something that comes with time, and it’s an essential process for your better health. It’s also important to watch for hiding and withholding behaviors that hold you back.
Saturn in Sagittarius
Dates for Saturn in Sagittarius:
- Dec 2, 1926, to Mar 15, 1929
- May 4, 1929, to Nov 29, 1929
- Jan 12, 1956, to May 13, 1956
- Oct 10, 1956, to Jan 5, 1959
- Nov 16, 1985, to Feb 13, 1988
- Jun 10, 1988, to Nov 12, 1988
- Dec 23, 2014, to Jun 14, 2015
- Sep 17, 2015, to Dec 19, 2017
- Feb 21, 2044, to Mar 25, 2044
- Oct 31, 2044, to Jan 24, 2047
- Jul 10, 2047, to Oct 22, 2047
With Saturn in Sagittarius, you’re not a big fan of spins or embellishments when it comes to communications–you prefer the simple story. You crave a simple philosophy of life that helps you feel secure and stable. You may need to watch for an attitude that comes across as too doubting, self-righteous, or skeptical. You prefer to work by your own rules, and you are not fond of merely following along to another’s “truth” or belief. With religion or belief systems, there are two main expressions with this position: either to follow a rigid belief system that you one day question, or to denounce organized systems altogether. Your faith may be tested frequently in your life. You may struggle with a real fear of the future until you balance this out.
You can become quite frustrated if you don’t know the “why” behind a matter. You don’t want to act until you have all the information you need, which can, at times, limit you. You can sometimes be a little too hard-nosed and critical of those who bend the rules, and perhaps of things that can’t be proven. You may have a hard or harsh sense of justice.
You can have a hard time expressing enthusiasm without feeling awkward and clunky. Perhaps one of the most significant issues with this placement is that you can have trouble acting on opportunities, finding it challenging to act on impulse or to take a risk. Legal or travel challenges can figure strongly in your life if Saturn is under much strain in the chart. If Saturn is in good or moderate shape, however, there can be some slowdowns in these areas, but outcomes are good. Or, travel seems to happen mainly for work purposes and not often enough for pleasure.
There can be physical challenges related to poor circulation or constriction/blockages related to the legs or hips. Fresh air is vital. One of the greatest lessons to learn in your life is flexibility. While it’s more about your mindset, it can also be true regarding the physical body.
You do have strong ideals and a sense of fairness and a high set of principles, but sometimes no leniency. You don’t like to step out of your mental comfort zone! There is a big fear of being wrong that might ease later in life. Learning to be easier on yourself for mistakes can be mind-opening and relieving.
You seek practical solutions to problems, sometimes (or often) ignoring the emotional or spiritual side of a situation. Watch for adopting intellectual conceit to mask a feeling of vulnerability in the world of ideas.
Saturn in Capricorn
Dates for Saturn in Capricorn:
- Mar 15, 1929, to May 4, 1929
- Nov 29, 1929 to Feb 23, 1932
- Aug 13, 1932 to Nov 19, 1932
- Jan 5, 1959, to Jan 3, 1962
- Feb 13, 1988, to Jun 10, 1988
- Nov 12, 1988 to Feb 6, 1991
- Dec 19, 2017, to Mar 21, 2020
- Jul 1, 2020, to Dec 17, 2020
- Jan 24, 2047, to Jul 10, 2047
- Oct 22, 2047, to Jan 21, 2050
Self-preservation instincts are strong with Saturn in Capricorn. You are far more responsible than most people, but you can have a love-hate relationship with this side of you. In fact, you may set such high standards for yourself that it can feel much more comfortable to denounce ambition and material success entirely. Walking away can give you a sense of being in control, and fear of not being in control can be a driving force in your life! However, this can be limiting and can serve only to feed your insecurities. In truth, there can be strong desires for success buried deep inside you, but you have a hard time accepting your ambitious side. You need to watch carefully, too, for internalizing all of this and becoming somewhat pessimistic, discouraged, or bitter.
In truth, you have a heightened sense of responsibility, and it’s greater than it is for most people. Because it’s so weighty, it can mess you up, and you end up feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, bowing out of things too quickly because you sense they will be far too much to handle. Giving up before you start is a common issue with this natal position. You can be harsher on yourself than is warranted, and this can prevent you from entering a commitment that would otherwise benefit you. Looking around you, you may feel that others seem far less burdened or responsible, and it can seem that life is easier for them. Fear of failure can be a persistent issue in your life, and you can do much to protect yourself from the risks of failing–a defense mechanism that ultimately limits you in critical ways.
Watch for a side of you that is too stern or law-abiding than is healthy for you. You may have absorbed impossible standards for yourself, and it’s best to work on detaching yourself from these, without going too far in the opposite direction. When you were young, people may have treated you as more mature for your age, but this may have put too much pressure on you. In your career, you may struggle with the idea of working for someone, internally rejecting authority. Still, you may struggle with insecurity about being your own boss, as you feel safer when things are predictable. Bones–especially teeth and knees–can be vulnerable parts of the body. If Saturn is well-aspected, this position points to loads of common sense, practicality, and realism. Others appreciate you as a responsible and reasonable person.
Saturn in Aquarius
Dates for Saturn in Aquarius:
- Feb 23, 1932, to Aug 13, 1932
- Nov 19, 1932 to Feb 14, 1935
- Jan 3, 1962, to Mar 23, 1964
- Sep 16, 1964, to Dec 16, 1964
- Feb 6, 1991, to May 21, 1993
- Jun 30, 1993, to Jan 28, 1994
- Mar 21, 2020, to Jul 1, 2020
- Dec 17, 2020, to Mar 7, 2023
With Saturn in Aquarius working at its best, you have just the right amount of skepticism that you take an objective, scientific approach to many subjects. Friends appreciate your impartial and realistic viewpoint. Still, we learn much from Saturn’s position as it shows us some of our fears. With Saturn in humanitarian Aquarius, in the first half of life, you might have some difficulty getting close to others. Mind you, your friendships tend to be long-term, and you certainly take them seriously. It’s just that you may take them so seriously that you frequently need to detach, and this can limit you in the long run. It’s unlikely that you consider acquaintances friends because you can have a rather strict definition of “friend.”
When young, you may seem to get along better with people who aren’t your peers–who are younger and, especially, older than you. In youth, you may fear being the odd man out, and you might go to great lengths to arrange your life to avoid this possibility!
You might also have some difficulties moving out of your comfort zone, particularly socially. You can feel mistrustful of groups, crowds, and networks or networking. You can be somewhat risk- and experimentation-averse when Saturn is operating under strain, although this can work well in moderation. However, once you take on the responsibilities of a friend, you take it very much to heart, and you can be most steadfast and loyal.
You may avoid taking on too many fanciful dreams or plans for the future, preferring not to count on something that hasn’t yet happened. Trusting your intuition takes a lot of time and effort, more so than for most. You’re selective not only with who you get close to, but also to which dreams and hopes you attach yourself to and invest your energy into. As you mature and learn to trust and try new things from time to time, this pressure releases, and you’re more likely to thrive. Feeling alienated can lead to a vicious circle that leaves you feeling even more so over time, so do watch for this tendency.
This position is sometimes associated with constriction related to the legs, spine, or ankles. More clues and refinements to your Saturn lessons in life come through Saturn’s house position and aspects.
Saturn in Pisces
Dates for Saturn in Pisces:
- Feb 14, 1935, to Apr 25, 1937
- Oct 17, 1937, to Jan 14, 1938
- Mar 23, 1964, to Sep 16, 1964
- Dec 16, 1964, to Mar 3, 1967
- May 21, 1993, to Jun 30, 1993
- Jan 28, 1994, to Apr 7, 1996
- Mar 7, 2023, to May 24, 2025
- Sep 1, 2025, to Feb 13, 2026
Saturn in Pisces is somewhat complicated given the vast difference in natures of the planet and the sign. You can feel uncomfortable with what seems to you to be excessive shows of feeling or vulnerability/weakness. However, by not fully allowing yourself these very human qualities, you end up limiting yourself. In truth, you will do much for the underdog, but you don’t feel comfortable feeling like you are one. As such, if someone extends you anything that even mildly resembles pity, you are quick to shut it down. In the process, however, you subtly convey to others that you don’t need kindnesses, compliments, and support, and you could end up feeling quite alone. You might also feel somewhat annoyed by people who seem to play the victim, or on another level, are too “out there” with their spirituality.
As you’re not thrilled about things or situations that make you feel out of control, you may be more adverse to the use of mind-altering substances than most.
Because you feel some inhibition related to emotions, you can end up with more than the usual vague feelings of anxiety, guilt, or fear of the unknown becacuse you’ve rejected them or don’t always process and fully identify with them. Lacking some faith or trust in your intuition (or life itself), you can frequently feel vaguely fearful. Watch that you’re not holding onto problems that are not yours or for feeling unreasonably guilty.
Another side of this sign is that you may often take on the role of the supporter–the strong one. This can also lead to feeling somewhat alone or unsupported. You may feel more comfortable offering tangible help and advice than emotional shows of support. You care, but find it hard to let yourself go on this level. In time, as you recognize how you may limit yourself and your experiences, you learn to identify with the vulnerable, messy, or chaotic side of yourself step by step, slowly but surely.
See also: Saturn in the Houses.
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Interpretations are written by Annie Heese unless otherwise noted.