Saturn Direct in Aquarius: the Process of Maturation

On October 10, 10:17 PM ET, Saturn stations direct at 6° Aquarius inaugurating a new chapter in our maturation process. The Lord of Time and Karma will keep moving forward until June 4, 2022.

After a few months with many celestial bodies in retrograde motion, planets are now starting to move direct again: Pluto stationed direct just a few days back, Jupiter and Mercury will also station soon. The current astrological transits are supporting change and forward momentum, stimulating tangible progress and decision-making.


Saturn in Aquarius: Paradigm Shift


Saturn teaches us lessons about discipline and delayed gratification. This planet reminds us to be pragmatic, to embrace the awareness of our limitations, to accept the need to take responsibility and mature, to dare to become the authority of our life.

Traditionally, Saturn rules both Capricorn and Aquarius: it is the planet associated with the journey of maturation, self-mastery, and self-responsibility. Aquarius is the archetype correlated with the affirmation of personal freedom, with liberation from internalized conditioning, with groups and community dynamics, with everything innovative and avant-garde.

Saturn’s transit through the sign of the Waterbearer and the larger collective shift from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age highlight the importance of becoming our own authority rather than relying on outdated models and systems. Saturn in Aquarius encourages us to surround ourselves with like minds who share similar visions and inspire us to trust ourselves and our uniqueness.

Aquarius rules the future and our capacity to envision it: while Saturn retrograde is a time to imagine and visualize the world we desire to live in, Saturn direct is a moment to take tangible actions in that direction and work to build new paradigms, systems, and realities.


Saturn’s Motions: Cycles of Maturation


Saturn’s transits mark cycles of maturation, and when Saturn stations retrograde or direct we often experience tangible events that represent a turning point in our lives. The ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius needs approximately 29 years to travel through the entire Zodiac and remains in a sign for about two and a half years.

Saturn’s retrograde phase, lasting roughly four and a half months every year, is a time of incubation, reassessment, and revision of the way we have structured our lives. Saturn has been in retrograde motion since May 23, inviting revamping and redefinition of our individual lives, of the global economy, and of the socio-political structure of society. This transit has the purpose of promoting reflection on themes around personal responsibility, inner and outer authority, our use of time, our relationship with aging, rules, boundaries, and limitations.

Saturn stationing direct represents a moment to begin taking action and implementing changes to integrate the insights we gained during the retrograde and move towards the goals we envisioned. The post-shadow phase of this cycle, when Saturn will transit for the third and last time between 6° and 13° Aquarius, lasts until January 2022. Until then, we will work on integrating and mastering issues and themes that first emerged during the first half of this year.


Saturn square Uranus: Finding Freedom in Structure


Saturn in Aquarius will square retrograde Uranus in Taurus for the third and last time on December 24, 2021. However, we will continue to feel the influence of the Saturn-Uranus square during 2022, as the two planets will move away from each other quite slowly.

Uranus traveling through Taurus has been bringing us back to the essential, inviting us to slow down and embrace simplicity. This transit is connected with disruptions to our comfort zone, disturbances to our stability, radical changes in the financial system, and with the increase in the frequency of extreme natural events. Saturn in Aquarius wants to rebel and break free from old systems and oppressive ideologies. Its purpose is to inspire us to get together to build new and innovative structures that will stand the test of time and support the evolution of humanity.

Saturn square Uranus has been active all year long and represents the characterizing astrological influence of 2021. This aspect reflects our current socio-economic challenges, the increasing polarization and the ongoing clash between past and future, tradition and innovation, and underlines the urgent need for a radical paradigm shift.

The friction and the tension associated with this alignment can be harnessed as motivators, as catalysts for growth, that stimulate us to try out innovative and alternative solutions to the problems we are facing. During the upcoming months, we will have chances to learn to navigate creatively situations of unpredictability and chaos. We will have another opportunity to embrace a new concept of stability and security, find freedom in structure, explore solutions that help us integrate the old and the new, and transition smoothly towards the future.


Saturn stations Direct in Aquarius: Building New Paradigms


Saturn stationing direct represents an invitation to take responsibility for our actions, for our decisions, and for the unfolding of our life. Saturn always makes reasonable demands and teaches us that, if we are patient and dedicated long enough, our efforts will bring tangible results and rewards. Saturn inspires us to see time as an ally, which helps us gain mastery of ourselves and of our craft, build competence and confidence in our skills and capacities.

After detaching from goals and dreams that are the byproduct of our conditioning and don’t align with our soul purpose, we are able to come into contact with our true desires, intentions, and visions. Saturn stationing direct in Aquarius offers us an invitation to connect with our personal genius and do our best to work towards our goals and dreams consistently and to build new paradigms that respect and honor our individuality.

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Saturn Stations Direct: Time, Karma, Character & Realness

On September 29, 1:11 AM EST Saturn stations direct in Capricorn after being in apparent retrograde motion since May 11. On the same day, another major transit is taking place: at 5:49 PM EST, Mars retrograde in Aries squares Saturn for the second time this year.

From our perspective on Earth, Saturn has been moving backward since May 10: the planet of karma and time was already in Aquarius and went back to Capricorn on July 1. Saturn will transit between 25° degrees of Capricorn and 0° Aquarius for the last time before entering Aquarius again on December 17 and staying in the sign until 2023.

Saturn won’t come back to Capricorn until 2047. We have the ultimate chance to integrate the lessons that emerged during the last two and a half years, while Saturn has been there, and to bring more awareness to the themes we experienced during the retrograde.

Since May 10, we had the chance to go within, make sense of previous events, and gain a new understanding of ourselves. It is now time to implement what we learned and make concrete progress in our lives through conscious and sustained effort.


Saturn: Karma and Hard Work


Saturn is often considered the lord of karma. This planet somehow got a bad and scary reputation in traditional Astrology, as he has been associated with limitations, restrictions, obstacles, bad consequences, and delays. Saturn demands commitment and hard work, this is undoubtedly true: he often tests our resilience. Yet, he is always happy to reward sincere effort, responsibility, discipline, honest desire to make progress and improve.

What is sometimes considered “bad karma” can arise when we don’t take accountability for our actions, when we are not true to ourselves, when we conform to others’ expectations, when we succumb to fears and insecurities, when we follow a path that is not ours.

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Saturn in Capricorn is about knowing ourselves, setting goals aligned with our essence, our heart, and our Soul’s purpose, from a place of utmost integrity. If we generate an inner vibration of alignment, fulfillment, and personal satisfaction, we are likely to attract circumstances that match it.


Saturn Stations Direct: Time and Order 


Time always reveals what does not work: when we make choices or build something that is not serving our Soul’s evolution, cataclysmic or sudden changes can take place to allow us to come back to the basics and reconnect to our true nature.

Saturn is often humbling: his transits teach us to have compassion for ourselves and others. This planet is associated with the process of aging, with the right use of power and authority, with order, rules, and structure. Through Saturn, we become conscious of the fact that there is a higher, larger order that we will never be completely aware of yet we need to accept.

How do we use the time we have been given? What do we want to build in our life? What role do we aspire to have in the world? What norms and regulations we need to adapt to in order to get there? These are some of the questions that we will need to reflect upon in the upcoming weeks.

The last few months of Saturn in Capricorn represent an invitation to cut the nonsense, avoid distractions, and release everything that does not offer us practical value and meaning. Once we let go of what is not relevant for our growth, we will be able to create more order in our lives and move forward with more ease.


Mars Retrograde square Saturn: Building our Character


On September 29, Mars retrograde in Aries is squaring Saturn for the second time this year. When the two planets aligned on August 24, Saturn was retrograde and Mars was direct. Now, the opposite dynamic is taking place. Themes that came up for the first time at the end of August could emerge again under a different light: we may be able to see these issues from a different perspective.

This aspect can reflect a fair amount of frustration and anger, linked to the limitations to our freedom and the obstacles on our path. The invitation of the Mars Saturn square is to discover healthy ways to process and release the nervous tension and the stress that we have been accumulating. These are highly emotionally charged days: we need to be particularly mindful to avoid conflicts and impulsive reactions.

Mars retrograde in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn encourages us to cultivate discipline and build our character. Both Mars and Saturn want us to be the masters of our destiny, to step into our personal authority, and take charge of our life. They want us to take responsibility for our shortcomings and to celebrate our successes. With Saturn and Mars, giving up is not an option: they know that we always have the option to try harder or smarter.


Saturn Stations Direct in Capricorn: Making it Real 


A healthy expression of Saturn helps us stay in touch with ourselves and our needs: when Saturn was retrograde, we had the chance to become aware of the external conditioning we received and work on it. As Saturn stations direct, we have the opportunity to let go of the beliefs, the limitations, and the thought patterns that are blocking and slowing us down.

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During Saturn retrograde, the more sensitive people amongst us may have felt a sense of general fatigue and heaviness. We may have noticed the sensation of not being able to build anything steady, make tangible progress, or consolidate what we started. This is now likely to change: after a phase of inner exploration, we are ready to commit to our choices, stick to them, and manifest concrete changes.

Both Saturn and Capricorn are tightly related to our concept, definition, and perception of what is real, measurable, and tangible. Saturn stationing direct inaugurates an eight months cycle during which we can consolidate in the 3D reality what we envisioned during the last few months.

Saturn in Capricorn has a very pragmatic vibe: he encourages us to accept the physical limitations and restrictions that we are facing, yet he wants us to keep working and expanding in the directions that are currently available to us.

Saturn direct is bringing our attention to our duties, responsibilities, and the expectations that other people place on us. We are encouraged to find ways to work with the external conditions and turn them to our advantage by restructuring not only the reality around us but also the one within.

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