Saturn turns Direct

Kelli Fox

Saturn turns direct at 25 degrees on September 28th. It turned retrograde in Aquarius on May 10th. Saturn first moved into Capricorn: December 19, 2017 where it will stay until December 16, 2020. Saturn first moved into Aquarius  on March 21st, 2020.

Saturn turning direct will form a square to retrograde Mars in Aries and a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn.

Responsibility, Restriction, and Karma

Saturn will leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn on December 29, 2017. Saturn, the natural ruler of Capricorn, is the planet of responsibility, restriction, and karma. For the planets, the signs are like costumes. Imagine Saturn as a staunch old tycoon. Picture him in Sagittarius’s worn jeans, dirty hiking boots, and a backpack, struggling to go about his business. Imagine his relief when he can finally put on his tailored, three-piece pinstriped suit of Capricorn again. Saturn will stay in his own clothes until 2020.


Strengthens and Solidifies

Saturn restricts, disciplines, and wears away. It doesn’t obliterate, like Pluto, or suddenly, like Uranus. Saturn erodes over time. Saturn isn’t necessarily a destroyer, though. It also strengthens and solidifies whatever passes its test. Saturn is a teacher. It’s not the cool teacher, giving out As to everyone (Jupiter). Saturn makes you learn and earn.

Achieving Real, Practical Goals

The sign of Capricorn is determined, ambitious, hard working, and practical. Saturn in Capricorn is a leader, but it leads by example. Everything it has is useful and earned. During this transit, we may see a global return to focusing on achieving real, practical goals.

Here’s what we can expect from Saturn in Capricorn:

Religious and political fanaticism rose under Saturn in Sagittarius. People became aware of other cultures but not necessarily more accepting of them. However, Capricorn admires the practical over the philosophical. We may be more careful to examine and preserve our own culture.


Saturn in Capricorn is concerned with it’s own people. It may bring about a desire for a stronger border. It doesn’t worry about what the neighbors do (unless they’re making more money). It may mean a more “live and let live” attitude, as Saturn in Capricorn isn’t what others think or feel if it doesn’t directly affect it.

Wise and Experienced

Populism may decline. We will want our rulers to be wise and experienced. On the downside, we could see a rise in oligarchy, or the rule of the wealthiest. Saturn in Capricorn admires wealth and social rank, not equality.

Experience and Maturity

We may return to honoring our elders and accepting aging as normal. Capricorn likes the ageless, like the way people organize themselves into social groups or hierarchies. Humans still relate to each other as we did in the Stone Age. People skills are developed through experience and maturity. Instead of dreading old age, we embrace it.


Capricorn is traditional, and Saturn likes the things that stand the test of time, and even more so if they save time or money. We may see a return to traditional pursuits that seem new, such as permaculture, or cooking dinner from scratch. On that note, even if fossil fuels make money in the short-term, Saturn in Capricorn focuses on long-term gains. Saturn in Capricorn is frugal, and preserving nature is a frugal pursuit. We may see a rise in alternative energy.

Lasting Value

Overall, we may see a three-year arc of refocusing our efforts towards preserving what we have and improving on what’s nearer to us to make it last.

Saturn square Retrograde Mars

This can be a highly frustrating two-week period when we feel too easily repressed, blocked and inhibited. Our energy and drive are diminished and we just don’t feel our usual pep or vitality. What’s worse, when we try to do something, it’s like we’re obstructed at every turn. Circumstances, events and other people seem to seem to unite or even conspire against us. It’s beyond annoying! Anger wells up inside, yet we’re unable to do anything effective about it. Feelings of rage and impotence quickly turn into bitter cynicism. As if this weren’t bad enough, we can even experience problems in our sex lives, even if that’s an area that usually flows smoothly. Any sort of authority figure annoys us now, too, even when they’re right — no, especially when they’re right. This whole scene can get very tiring very fast, and we may feel like giving up and going home in defeat. Well, sometimes that’s smarter than clinging blindly in dogged stubbornness.

Saturn conjunct Pluto

There are two main effects of this rare and extremely potent conjunction: recession and war. Its energy is all about the collapse of the existing order and the shape of the new order that replaces it. Consider the three Saturn-Pluto conjunctions of the 20th century: 1914, which coincided with World War I; 1947, which saw a worldwide recession and the start of the Cold War; and 1982, which brought economic stagnation, the Iran-Iraq War and the invasion of the Soviet Union into Afghanistan. This transit is an agent of change and indicates a period of uprooted order and upheaval, political unrest, purging of the past and limited resources. What starts as a simple crack in the dam develops into a wholesale collapse. This is a heavy period that generally induces a lot of hand-wringing, worry and pessimism. We worry about not having enough of anything, so the natural reaction is to conserve, and even hoard. This is the type of transit that is larger than any one individual; it affects large groups of people. On a personal level, our best bet is to stay informed, avoid control issues and make it a point to remain flexible. Circumstances beyond our control may force us to develop inner strength and endurance.

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