Saturn in Aquarius 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023: Saturn Transits
What Saturn’s transit through Aquarius means to you…
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Saturn Transits: General
Saturn in Aquarius 2020 to 2023: General Influences
Saturn in Aquarius Transit: Business
Saturn in Aquarius Transit: Relationships/Love
Saturn’s Transiting Aspects
Saturn in Aquarius and the Signs of the Zodiac (Horoscopes)
Saturn enters the sign of Aquarius on March 21/22, 2020, and then again on December 17th, 2020.
Saturn occupies the sign of Aquarius from March 21, 2020 to July 1, 2020; and then later from December 17, 2020, to March 7, 2023.
Mar 21, 2020 11:58 PM EDT
Saturn enters Aquarius
Jul 1, 2020 7:37 PM EDT Saturn Rx enters Capricorn
Dec 17, 2020 12:04 AM EST Saturn enters Aquarius
Mar 7, 2023 8:34 AM EST Saturn enters Pisces
Saturn takes about 28-29 years to come full circle, and thus spends on average close to 2-1/2 years in a sign.
Saturn transits and cycles can be considered cycles of achievement and maturity. When Saturn forms a hard aspect to a personal point in our chart, we might feel that everything is slowed down–we encounter delays, frustrations, and pressures. But these times also challenge us to face reality, thereby opening ourselves up to increased wisdom and the freedom that comes with living in truth.
Significant decisions are often made during Saturn’s hard transits to our personal planets. These transits slow life down (or at least, that is how we perceive it) and force us to live our lives in the present. Although Saturn transits can make life feel like a drudgery (these are often times when our lives seem to move at a snail’s pace and advancements are hard to see), they also give us the opportunity to gain inner strength, to become more responsible for what we do and say, and to cut out waste or excesses in our lives. Basically, what happens is a form of paring or slimming down in the area of life affected by Saturn. We are getting rid of things in our lives that are not working for us in the real world, and focusing on improving and strengthening the things that do serve a useful purpose.
Saturn transits can also be considered times of conservation in whatever area of life that Saturn is affecting. We generally build up our reserves and conserve our energy during these periods. Delays and little but irksome problems might be experienced. Things break down, our needs often go unmet by others, we often feel misunderstood and even left out, we tend to find others harsh and unsympathetic (although this is often a perception thing – we, in fact, may be lacking a sense of humor), and we often feel burdened or put upon.
Saturn transits teach us to take responsibility for ourselves. At the outset of a Saturn transit, we might feel like the world is a cold place. If we are mature, we will at some point come to the realization that we cannot always pass blame for the problems in our lives. We need to reach within and pull out our own inner strength — to rely on ourselves.
Depression can be a byproduct of heavy Saturn transits. However, if we focus our energies into meaningful endeavors without pushing too hard for recognition or support from others, we can fight the inclination towards a gloom-and-doom attitude. Saturn reminds us of reality and the need for greater self-discipline. Re-organizing the area of life represented by the house or personal point that Saturn is “hitting” can lead to great rewards. Remember that Saturn transits do not completely flatten us, by all means. Instead, they slow us down, force us to live in the here and now, keep us from taking unnecessary risks, and help us to build and structure our lives in ways that will benefit us later.
It is interesting to consider the transits and themes that ran through our lives before our Saturn transits. If we were riding high during a high-speed Uranus transit just before Saturn “hit”, this period can mark a significant time in our lives when we “pay” for the risks we may have taken during that Uranus phase. If we’ve been experiencing heavy Neptune transits, then this can be a particularly disillusioning time. If Saturn transits come shortly after a Jupiter-themed period in our lives, we may feel particularly hard hit as well. Perhaps the Jupiter period has led us to overspend or ignore our basics, and then Saturn moves in to “correct” that situation and to force us to face our personal realities. Life is not, in fact, all fun and games. We have to work and save–and that is what Saturn teaches us. Thus, it is helpful to consider the context of our recent and past experiences when considering how Saturn transits might affect us.
We should also look to the position of transiting Saturn by house, the zodiac signs involved, and the condition of the personal planet/point itself. If the personal planet/point happens to be our chart ruler (that is, it rules our Ascendant), we may experience particularly powerful events and circumstances, for example. If our natal Sun and Moon are in hard aspect to each other, then Saturn transits will be impacting both personal points at the same time. If transiting Saturn is making a hard aspect with a stellium of planets, then we will be experiencing a more complex set of circumstances and attitudes that might have a greater impact than if the personal point alone was affected.
Saturn teaches us about the value of moderation and caution. Perhaps the best way to “handle” hard Saturn transits to personal planets and points is to avoid fighting these lessons. Accept that, at this time in your life, things may move at a slower speed (even a snail’s pace). Saturn wants us to work hard, put our energies into practical, useful, and meaningful projects, and to live in the here and now. This period in your life is a time for building a solid foundation. Understand that moderation at this point in your life is necessary for your spiritual growth and your physical body as well. Avoid blaming others for where you are at now–doing this will only lead to feelings of melancholy and anger. Know that this period in your life, while temporary, is a time for learning about your personal limits as well as your inner strength. Carry these lessons as you move beyond this phase, because how you handle your life now will make all the difference the next time (7 years later) Saturn makes a hard aspect to the same planet or point in your chart.
Important to keep in mind is that while Jupiter is often considered the planet that brings benefits, Saturn’s rewards are usually much greater, if a little delayed!
Background: While Saturn transited Libra from late 2009 until October 2012, our one-to-one committed relationships came up for inspection. We took a more serious, critical look at these relationships, and imbalances were more difficult to tolerate. With Saturn in Scorpio from October 2012 to December 2014 and then June to September 2015, we dug more deeply into the dynamics of our relationships. Saturn in Sagittarius from 2015 to 2017 urged us to take control of our excesses, to question our faith, and to better understand our belief systems. With Saturn in Capricorn from 2017 to 2020, we turned a critical eye to our major structures, governments, institutions, careers, and sense of responsibility. Conservation, moderation, and hard work were rewarded.
With Saturn in Aquarius, Saturn is dignified and functioning well. This is a time for turning a critical eye to our dreams, goals, hopes, contributions, social structures, social lives, friendships, and community involvement.
Saturn demands simplicity, definition, realism, and truth wherever it touches our charts. Saturn also tests, not for the fun of it but for our own sakes. Saturn will reveal weak areas that need strengthening.
Saturn takes its time, and this is a good thing. With Saturn, we can only get to a healthy, balanced place if we take our time doing so, thoroughly.
With Saturn, a desire to gain control is present, and some of us might attempt to control the people in our lives, but this is a difficult and frustrating path to take. Eventually and ideally, we understand that it is only ourselves who we can control. With Saturn in Aquarius, we also recognize that as we are more responsible for ourselves, we impact and improve the community or collective.
While Saturn is in Aquarius, it’s time for a test, slimming down, critical look at, or simplification of:
- our social lives,
- ideals and principles,
- associations and group involvement,
- contributions and community.
We may be clearing out the deadwood and prioritizing quality over quantity.
It’s a great time for technological advances that improve the community, that bring more structure to our lives, and that help us connect more effectively. Even so, there can be more rules and structures imposed upon technology.
We are no longer satisfied with plans, goals, or dreams that don’t hold weight or that aren’t realistic and doable. Our strong sense of both the past and future can lead to powerful decisions and inventions or improvements. Ideally, we’re able to put our egos aside to do what’s best for the collective.
Saturn in its own sign doesn’t look to other influences for approval. It’s the final dispositor and thus has the last word.
This position is sometimes associated with constriction related to the legs, spine, or ankles.
While with Saturn in Capricorn there was a fear of scarcity, having nothing, or losing everything that were powerful motivators, with Saturn in Aquarius, our focus starts to turn to our connection to something larger, to systems, and to individuals. The power of group movements is likely to rise.
There are no shortcuts with Saturn! Patience and effort are valued, but also efficiency.
The rewards are usually delayed, and that’s the point. The results are long-lasting. With Saturn in Aquarius, we get the sense that we should work hard for our ideals if we want these conditions to last, grow, and strengthen.
Aquarius is forward-looking, passing on information to others in inventive ways, and is innovative and unique. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, and can be quite opinionated, intellectual, detached, and fair-minded. Aquarius is non-conformist, often going against the status quo. Reforms and efforts to strengthen, build, or rebuild structures are likely in the areas of groups and communities, friendships, science, technology, astrology, the rights of the individual. We turn a critical eye towards these things while Saturn transits Aquarius.
Some questions emerging during this transit, for example, may be whether or not individuals are taking enough responsibility in their communities, whether or not our social structures are supporting us, whether or not we’re doing the right things for our health, particularly in Aquarius-ruled areas, whether technology is serving us well and how we can improve this, whether or not we’ve prepared or planned ahead for old age, and so forth.
Saturn favors quality over quantity, simplicity over chaos. Saturn in Aquarius, like all positions, has its constructive and destructive potentials. This can be a time of help from groups and friends, for example, but there can be more criticism or pressure from the social group. Ideally, we seek ways to improve, simplify, quantify, and make practical or bring ideas down to earth. Placing restrictions can be supportive only up to a point. A harder look at problematic thinking or biases can be supportive, but with Saturn in Aquarius working poorly, for example, there is always the dilemma or irony of attempts to force-feed progress or progressive ideas, which limits progress. There is a fine line with rules-oriented Saturn in break-the-rules Aquarius, and it’s up to us to marry the two in useful, constructive ways.
The more negative expressions of the sign of Aquarius–such as stubbornness and rigidity, rebellion for the sake of rebellion, trying too hard to prove one’s uniqueness–are things that won’t work for us now. These become glaring under Saturn’s stern eye. In some manner, we are bound to see that there is a price to pay for these behaviors, or it will become extremely clear that we have lost too much time, energy, and happiness on these things. Even so, Saturn invokes a craving for the positive qualities of whatever sign it inhabits or planet it touches. We’re now striving towards more integrity, .
Saturn demands definitions, structures, and commitments. But for many of us, as soon as something is defined, structured, or committed, we might feel caged, trapped, or limited. Saturn in Aquarius can teach us that freedom and liberation can result from abiding by certain rules, and through some level of self-denial. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes, particularly related to our social lives or long-term goals.
Saturn aims to cut out excessive or overdone expectations. Under good conditions and ideally, Saturn gives us a dose of realism without pessimism, essentially keeping us in line without dampening our spirits (too much).
On a body level and for better health during this transit, it will be important to pay extra attention to calves, lower legs, blood circulation, and nervous system. Saturn in Aquarius is associated with contraction and rigidity, stressing the importance of yoga and stretching exercises. Circulation and coordination problems, cataracts, and fatigue are associated with this combination.
Saturn teaches that freedom is not about escaping our responsibilities nor is it about breaking all the rules. Saturn shows us that we grow through our failures as much as, or perhaps more than, our successes. This is a time for letting go of self-defeating attitudes that have been holding us back, recognizing exactly where we have been overdoing our expectations, and finding new, perhaps more authentic ways to nurture our ambitions. We are seeing where we’ve been overconfident, sloppy, entitled, and excessive, and how these things have ultimately contributed to stagnation, frustration, or letdown.
This transit is about sincerity and authenticity. It’s a good time to enlist the help of mentors, elders, or authorities on matters. With Saturn, “quality over quantity” applies. We might want to use this cycle to focus on and develop one special project in the areas of our charts where Saturn is transiting in order to help add purposefulness and depth to our lives. Dedication to one or two meaningful pursuits or undertakings can be significantly more satisfying than spreading ourselves around. In order to really benefit and learn from this period, we need to accept that some options may be limited in order to enjoy a simpler, more fulfilling life.
Saturn in Aquarius in business: Live your truth – be who you are, be honest, be straightforward. However, draw boundaries – keep personal and professional life mostly separate. Be ethical and inclusive.
Saturn in Aquarius in relationships: Long-term compatibilty and shared visions or friendships are taken into consideration more than usual while Saturn transits Aquarius.
In 2020, Saturn is retrograde from May 11th (at 1° Aquarius 57′) to September 29th (at 25° Capricorn 20′).
In 2021: Saturn transits/spans the following degrees of Aquarius in 2021:
1º Aquarius 39′ to 13º Aquarius 31′
In 2021, Saturn is retrograde from May 23rd (at 13° Aquarius 31′) to October 10th (at 6° Aquarius 53′).
During its transit of Aquarius, Saturn forms the following outer planet transits:
Saturn conjunct Jupiter on December 21st, 2020, at 0° Aquarius 29′ (standalone)
Saturn semi-square Neptune on January 20, 2021 at 3° Aquarius 56′ (standalone)
Saturn sesquiquadrate True North Node on January 21, 2021 at 4° Aquarius 05′ (standalone)
Saturn sextile Chiron on February 9, 2021, at 6 Aquarius 16 (Chiron at 6 Aries 16) (first) AND June 24, 2021, at 12 Aquarius 44 (Chiron at 12 Aries 44) AND November 26, 2021, at 8 Aquarius 40 (Chiron at 8 Aries 40) (final)
Saturn square Uranus on February 17, 2021, at 7 Aquarius 14 (Uranus at 7 Taurus 14) (first) AND June 14, 2021, at 13 Aquarius 07 (Uranus at 13 Taurus 07) AND December 24, 2021, at 11 Aquarius 05 (Uranus at 11 Taurus 05) (final)
Saturn trine True North Node on April 9, 2021 at 12° Aquarius 02′ (standalone)
Saturn semi-sextile Jupiter on April 5, 2022 at 22° Aquarius 30′ (standalone)
Saturn square True North Node on April 11, 2022 at 22° Aquarius 57′ (standalone)
Saturn semi-sextile Neptune on May 17, 2022, at 24 Aquarius 59 (Neptune at 24 Pisces 59) (first) AND May 31, 2022, at 25 Aquarius 15 (Neptune at 25 Pisces 15) AND January 6, 2023, at 22 Aquarius 58 (Neptune at 22 Pisces 58) (final)
Saturn semi-square Jupiter on July 21, 2022, at 23 Aquarius 38 (Jupiter at 8 Aries 38) (first) AND September 21, 2022, at 19 Aquarius 24 (Jupiter at 4 Aries 24). The final one happens when Saturn has left Aquarius for Pisces, on March 21, 2023, at 1 Pisces 35 (Jupiter at 16 Aries 35) (final)
Saturn semi-square Chiron on February 23, 2023 at 28° Aquarius 35′ (this continues later with Saturn in Pisces)
Saturn semi-sextile Pluto on March 3, 2023 at 29° Aquarius 34′ (standalone)
This is where I will discuss transiting Saturn’s aspects while it moves through the sign of Aquarius.
Past, Present, and Future Dates for Saturn’s passage through the sign of Aquarius.
Saturn in Aquarius Dates:
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Feb 23 1932 9:46:12 pm EST
…until Aug 13 1932 7:15:18 am EDT
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Nov 19 1932 9:08:36 pm EST
…until Feb 14 1935 9:07:36 am EST
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Jan 3 1962 2:00:50 pm EST
…until Mar 23 1964 11:17:09 pm EST
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Sep 16 1964 5:04:36 pm EDT
…until Dec 16 1964 0:38:17 am EST
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Feb 6 1991 1:51:12 pm EST
…until May 21 1993 0:57:41 am EDT
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Jun 30 1993 4:28:57 am EDT
…until Jan 28 1994 6:42:53 pm EST
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Mar 21 2020 11:58:20 pm EDT
…until Jul 1 2020 7:36:54 pm EDT
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Dec 17 2020 0:03:53 am EST
…until Mar 7 2023 8:34:34 am EST
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Jan 21 2050 8:14:50 am EST
…until Apr 16 2052 8:53:23 am EST
- Saturn is in Aquarius from Aug 8 2052 10:33:52 pm EST
…until Jan 10 2053 9:50:41 pm EST
Saturn is in Aquarius from March 2020 to July 2020, and then from December 2020 to March 2023.
In a general sense, this is how Saturn’s transit through Aquarius might affect the different Sun signs (or, more appropriately, Ascendant signs):
Saturn’s transit of Aquarius for the signs, in brief:
For Aries: Time to clean up your social life and happiness goals. Time to either make dreams a reality or scrap. It’s a good time to see these things more clearly, although sometimes sternly.
For Taurus: You may feel driven to prove or achieve something solid. Your performance becomes public or everyone’s business somehow.
For Gemini: You’re challenged to look at life and your future more realistically and practically. There can be important accomplishments in publishing or education.
For Cancer: You’re challenged to tidy up those things you share with others (money, resources, power) as well as matters of dependence and intimacy. This is a time to tackle fears of losing control.
For Leo: Tests and strengthening of partnerships, one-on-one relationships. Realities are faced. Commitments are made or tested.
For Virgo: You’re challenged to straighten out your daily affairs, work, routines, health, habits, and self-care programs.
For Libra: Creative expression, entertainment, romance, children, and hobbies are areas of belt-tightening, realism, tests, commitments, and increased discipline.
For Scorpio: Home, family, personal, and nurturing or sustenance matters are areas that require increased discipline, realism, tradition, and structure.
For Sagittarius: Increased daily responsibilities or commitments. Serious study or training and detail work, possibly decreased interactions with others, tests of ideas and studies.
For Capricorn: A time for a more responsible and realistic approach to money and possessions. Belt-tightening is in order and very useful. Time to declutter, reduce waste, and make good use of your resources.
For Aquarius: A time of increased personal responsibilities, attention to detail, and efforts to maintain and improve health and personal affairs. You are challenged to become more efficient regarding energy levels and time management.
For Pisces: A time of spiritual renovation, clean-up, and better attention to mental health. You are challenged to take care of unfinished business, regroup, process, and heal. It’s important to rid yourself of regrets or perceived failures and disappointments as a Saturn-Sun cycle enters its last leg before coming full circle.
Saturn’s transit of Aquarius for the signs, in detail:
To follow. Getting reorganized due to the pandemic has delayed this just a little.
(Please note that I have interpreted Saturn in Aquarius in summary format for each sign in the 2020 Preview Horoscopes).
What if you were born with natal Saturn in Aquarius?
If you were born with Saturn in Aquarius in your birth chart, at some point in the approximately two and a half years that Saturn turns Aquarius, you experience your Saturn Return. When this occurs depends on the particular degree of Aquarius. The Saturn Return occurs for everyone at approximately 28-30 years old, again at 56-60 years old, and again at approximately 86-88 years.
A Saturn Return is a time of feeling the weight of our responsibilities, but also for reviewing and questioning our progress, particularly in the material world. We might consider and question whether we’re on the right track with our goals, ambitions, careers, or life path. Once “repairs” are implemented, we might feel that we’re starting fresh. This is an important time for laying down roots for this new Saturn cycle that lasts another 28-30 years. This is a turning point when we feel we’re maturing, not always of our own choosing.
You can read about what this natal or birth position means in Saturn in the Signs.