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Saturn in Aquarius: activists and visionaries, get organised!

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On 17 December 2020 Saturn moved into the sign of Aquarius for the second time, after retrograding back into Capricorn at the beginning of July. This time the planet of authority, limits, and structure will remain in the sign of the visionary and rebel until March 2023, bringing with it the capacity to organise our communities in the face of crisis and change.

We will be okay. Saturn in Aquarius has the potential to be a powerful force for positive change in our society. It gives us the gifts of perseverance, stamina, goal orientation and commitment that will help us make the necessary changes and set us on a course towards a more sustainable and socially just society.

Saturn in Aquarius is an interesting combination. Although Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, in many ways the two energies are very, very different. Aquarius is the archetype of the rebel, the visionary, the activist, the one who sees a better way forward for humanity. On the other hand, Saturn rules structure and form, the status quo.

With Saturn in Aquarius we see these two energies combined. Saturn brings its qualities of structuring and building, it’s skill at achieving goals and planning strategically to the social change movement. This could turn what is often perceived to be a bunch of disorganised rabble-rouses into a coherent, structured and organised force.

The danger of course is that one or other of these energies falls into it’s darker, heavier manifestation. Aquarius is not only a visionary and social advocate, he can also be a violent and ruthless terrorist. And Saturn is well known for being heavy-handed when it comes to repression, paternalism and social control.

Like any transit, Saturn in Aquarius could go either way in terms of the impacts it has on the here and now. Much depends on the aspects that are formed to other planets during the course of the transit, but much also depends on our response and the choices we make.

It’s possible that Saturn in Aquarius could manifest as heavier social restrictions placed on the public by panic stricken governments, or people rising up in violent reaction in the name of social justice. But it could also stimulate organised revolutionary actions and a more humanised social structure designed to create greater equity and prepare for a better future.

What does the Saturn in Aquarius revolution look like?

The economic fall-out of the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a global recession. All over the world, families have lost their incomes and may need to simplify their lives and live with less money. They may have to buy less and produce more. They may find that regular things such as fuel for their car become more expensive.

So what does revolution look like in this context? A revolutionary act inspired by Saturn in Aquarius might mean:

  • Setting up a garden at your kid’s school that distributes produce to families in need.
  • Starting a seed bank for your local community.
  • Organising online systems for local trade.
  • Presenting a skill-sharing day where old school crafts such as mending, food growing or preserving are relearned.
  • Organising a roster to pick up food and essentials for the elderly and those most vulnerable to the virus.

This list is only limited by your imagination :)

How will Saturn in Aquarius affect you?

Saturn in Aquarius will be especially relevant to you if you have planets or points in Aquarius, or in the other Fixed signs Taurus, Leo or Scorpio. During the course of the transit Saturn will conjunct any planets in Aquarius one by one, and form squares or oppositions to the planets in Fixed signs. Aspects will be formed to planets in other signs but these will tend to be harmonious and represent less dramatic change.

It’s also helpful to note which house Saturn will be traveling through in your chart during its passage through Aquarius. For example, in my natal chart Aquarius is on the cusp of the 9th House. I may experience limitations in terms of overseas travel and perhaps time and resources for my own personal development, however I may also experience increased commitment to my higher educational goals.

The way Saturn in Aquarius plays out for you will depend on the aspects that are formed to other planets and points in your natal chart. This will occur in sequence over the course of the transit. In my case Saturn will first form a square to Chiron in Aries, then an opposition to Mars in Leo, a square to natal Uranus, a trine to natal Pluto, a trine to natal Jupiter and then a final opposition to natal Saturn in Leo.

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What are your thoughts on Saturn in Aquarius?

Saturn in Aquarius is a big shift in energy and it will have both positive and negative impacts on the world’s economy and social structure. How do you feel this transit will play out? Are you feeling optimistic or do you worry about our capacity to adapt? Can you think of any other revolutionary actions that could support our community during this stressful time?

Please share your thoughts below.

16 Comments on Saturn in Aquarius: activists and visionaries, get organised!

  1. Thanks for your updates. It is interesting, the stern Capricorn containing possible rebel energies. Sounds like a caged pet. Or parent of a teenager! I think we’ve all got to meditate, pray and send loving, healing energy out into the World and to ourselves❤️

    • Sorry, Saturn in Aquarius won’t be pretty! It reeks of oppression and dictatorship! Soviet Nazism
      But after Corona, Satan’s Children will rule so that makes sense……..

      • Personally I prefer not to be fatalistic Dan. Yes Saturn was in Aquarius when Soviet Russia was in a state of extreme dictatorship but what other aspects and factors (astrological and other) were at play at that time? With each cycle of Saturn (and all the other outer planets) humanity evolves just that little bit further. It is our choice how we use these energies. We have creative power in all situations and although we cannot control everything we can decide how we are going to respond to the events around us. Making a pessimistic conclusion at the outset is not helpful. It only makes people feel disempowered and less capable of acting in a proactive manner.

  2. No way do i feel disempowered by negativity= i feel sorry for people who cant Trust in GOD, LOVE and enLIGHTenment. just have to look around, things are getting better. satan is losing ya dillpill!

  3. Jeanne cavanaugh // April 11, 2020 at 1:50 pm // Reply

    I guess we will have to determine what house transiting Saturn and pluto fall into for the United states so we will know how the transits affect us as a country. I can Google it.

  4. I believe our thoughts create our reality. I agree with Dinah, if we shed love and light upon the corona virus instead of fear, we energise saturn in aquarius to vibrate, create and express the positive side of itself, after all saturn in aquaruis is in dignity.
    We need to collectively think corona will bring positvie change, moving into the age
    of aquarius, is this not “the tip” of the transition, into this age.
    Hopefully we move into the liberation energy of aquaruis. Let us remember that saturn is dignified in aquarius, so why not LOVE AND LIGHT thoughts, which become vibrations that will create a dignified reality : Einstein concluded that thoughts create vibrations which create our Reality.
    He also concuded that Love is the most powerful energy there is, because it has no limits.
    Let us empower saturn to bring the change we would like our reality to BE.
    See healing of the planet coming from the virus, see changes in social stuctures that are beneficial
    for all, see people building immunity to the virus, DONT absorb, hear, listen to all the negative
    media info pouring forth from the present negative limiting fear induced saturn rules energy being vibrated upon corona.
    TURN IT AROUND with your thoughts, and allow saturns dignified positive abilty
    to change the world into a better place for ALL.
    BE ever ever MINDFUL of which thoughts YOU place upon corona …..
    is corona going to create a negative or positive reality
    we know there is a choice, the power to choose the outcome lies

  5. If Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn is an indicator of systemic/violence & structural/collapse, then might not Saturn/Aquarius begin the hard work of rebuilding a more just social democracy founded on the principle of equality? With Jupiter moving along with Saturn in Aquarius for the first year, perhaps we might start to believe in the possibility that there could be a future. And one more worthy than simply a restoration to normal.

  6. I have a stellium in Leo so it is a testing time for me. I will have a square to my Scorpio Saturn. A full plate.

  7. Saturn into Aquarius just as the vaccine becomes available in the worst stricken countries I would think is a positive start to his changing signs. Even for those who choose not to have it, if it works then those people won’t be put at risk of those who don’t take it. The short time for tests during development are a concern, but at least with these vaccines we know the race was to be first to market, and so many involved makes it less likely adverse effects have been covered up or hidden. Long term is something we all will have to wait to see the outcome of…. just like any long term transit. Hopefully every individual has actually found honest reporting on all the tests and make informed decisions. Auarius is also the researcher. The rollout in countries is going to take a lot of organisation, forward thinking. and paying the cost of it something governments will have to suck up with emotional detachment. All of those are qualities of Aquarius, so good start and Jupiter hopefully speeding the availability world wide. I live in a country that locked down immediately to erradicate it, I am not keen on getting a vaccine, but have the luxury of seeing the results in countries that get it first before it is given here middle of next year. The economy here shows many businesses bounced back quickly and some are making as much as this time last year, others return a 14% increase in profit, so stay positive. Hopefully all governments are looking at how many of the imports they really need to be bringing in, part of stepping away from business and putting the mighty dollar and tourism ahead of citizens. We can all live with less than we got accustomed to, and do more to help ourselves, a lot of the manufacturing that closed due to cheap imports may get a chance to reopen and go back to produce better quality locally. Now that would boost economies and help climate change, as well as provide more employment and stop the reliance on cheap imports in a positive Aquarian way. Many need to stop worrying about rules and regulations and reacting negatively to them and start looking for positive ways to use the times. We all knew these transits would follow the worldwide effect of Pluto conjunct Saturn in Capricorn, be positive and look at how you can improve your place in the world by seeing the changes you can make. What’s that old saying? something like be the change you want to see. That means letting go of fear, thinking outside the box to find your individual opportunities or direction forward. Stay safe and stay centred. Best wishes to all

    • Irene Williams // December 21, 2020 at 3:59 pm // Reply

      Thank you Maree…. what a wonderfully positive and enlightening comment. I am still learning – both atrologically and spiritually and you comment is like a big hug.

    • Irene Williams // December 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm // Reply

      Thank you Maree…. what a wonderfully positive and enlightening comment. I am still learning – both atrologically and spiritually and it is not easy but your comment is like a big hug.

  8. I’d have to say, I agree with Faith. And as a point of generality, I’ve always felt that the difference between whether a planet/placement/aspect acts as fate, or acts as destiny, is consciousness. In other words, fate is what happens when you don’t make a decision; destiny is what happens when you do. And “decision” is predicated on consciousness. Fate happens ‘at’ you, it controls choices without your consent. Destiny happens ‘for’ you; it becomes a resource one uses to create reality. Once we become conscious of the nature of the planet, we begin to work as co-creators because awareness is the change-factor. Thus, the planets only “rule” us if we remain unconscious of their nature. When we become aware of their natures, we are immediately empowered to utilize their energies. While it can be said that one can mis-use the energy of a planet to create harm, the reality is that such behavior is pretty much an indicator that there is only partial awareness or perhaps even pseudo-awareness driven by unexamined wounds, and frequently ends in the planetary energy backfiring on the user. Thus, how a planet will behave is wholly contingent on how well we understand its energy and how respectful we are of it.

  9. I have natal Saturn in Aquarius in my 10th house of career/highest purpose. My whole life I have been hell bent on transformative justice and human rights (specifically working with First Nations peoples here in so called, Australia). I think this is an extremely special way to begin my first saturn return – may the rebels innovate and build the structures to redistribute resources and power towards sustainability and equality babaayyyyy <3

  10. Kristen O’Dwyer // December 23, 2020 at 1:49 am // Reply

    I have natal Saturn in Aquarius in my 10th house of career/highest purpose. My whole life I have been hell bent on transformative justice and human rights (specifically working with First Nations peoples here in so called, Australia). I think this is an extremely special way to begin my first saturn return – may the rebels innovate and build the structures to redistribute resources and power towards sustainability and equality babaayyyyy <3

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