Saturn has a horrible reputation—it has even been aligned with Satan as the bringer of challenges, obstacles, and misfortune. This is because Saturn makes everything a little more arduous and delayed. If Jupiter is the giver of gifts, Saturn is the opposite. It gives nothing but provides the opportunity for and path toward work and earning, slowly but surely all that we desire. It is not surprising that Saturn rules Capricorn, because as we all know, Capricorns are the workers of the zodiac.
Saturn takes twenty-nine years to orbit the Sun, spending about two and a half years in each zodiac sign. It’s not uncommon for your life to move to a snail’s pace when Saturn lands in your sun sign. It comes in order to teach you lessons you need to fulfill your potential and reach your goal. You might experience a deconstruction that forces you to reevaluate your entire existence. This may seem or even feel bad or traumatic but in reality is a gift, helping you get on the right track. Saturn comes in your world and behaves like the teacher that keeps you after school insisting that you redo every problem until you find the best method to discover the perfect solution. It makes you try every method until you have confidence in your choice and process. When Saturn is done with you, you’ll feel exhausted, but you’ll know what you know. Doubts will dissolve and you’ll be fearless and capable.
Depending on where Saturn lands in your chart, you’ll have plenty of delays in your life. If Saturn lands in your first house, you’ll struggle with confidence and being self-determined. Life will present struggles early in your childhood that seem to thwart your ambition and drive, but in midlife you’ll start to gain momentum and find your power. If Saturn lands in your fifth house, you may have health challenges that work as obstacles to your self-expression. Your desire to express creatively will be hindered and you’ll spend a number of years perfecting it until you’re ready to share it with the world.
The gift of Saturn is that it pushes you to build foundations that can stand the test of time and endure any storm that arises. The contractions and limitations that Saturn creates eventually crystallize into wisdom that will not only benefit you but will serve to help others who might struggle as well. Saturn makes experts and it as simple as that.
If there is a particular area in which you seem to struggle consistently, it’s likely the culprit is Saturn. But remember, the universe is balanced and if something is taken away, something is also given. Keep your eyes open for the gifts and in time the payoff will surely reveal itself.