This is Saturn. His glyph looks like a lower-case “h” with a cross on the top. Because Saturn is heavy. Do not confuse Saturn with Jupiter, which looks like a number 4.
Where Jupiter is a Bacchanalian sugar-daddy, Saturn is a strict and serious taskmaster. Saturn’s place in the chart indicates where you have to work hard. Hard work in this area will surely pay off, but gains come only through persistence and working within your limits.
Saturn’s position in your chart indicates walls and limitations, and structures that we build to maintain the status quo. Fear and insecurity can keep you from taking responsibility for making needed changes in this area of your life. Negativity and pessimism may creep in here. This is an area where the world doesn’t owe you anything. You have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make it happen.
Saturn completes a circle around the zodiac every 29 years. When you are between 27 and 29 years old, he returns to the place he was when you were born. This return brings an increase in responsibility and tests our maturity. Your Saturn return is one of life’s most important milestones.
- How you handle responsibility, Practical Concerns
- Your boundaries
- Where you feel limitation, restriction, a need for discipline
- Where you feel inhibition or fear
- Structures in your life
- Dogma, Tradition
- Time, Permanence
- Seriousness, Reality
- Hard work
The people and things Saturn represents are:
- Older People, Authorities, and Corporations
- the Skin, Bones, and Teeth
Saturn is limitation. If Saturn is retrograde, you turn it in on yourself. The positive of Saturn is structure, discipline, responsibility. To use this to its best, give yourself these things without beating yourself up.. structure means structuring your work but also means time out to do things that make you happy.
Saturn is the last planet visible without a telescope. Before telescopes were invented, astrologers and astronomers alike considered him the end, the limit, the boundary of the universe. Since the 1700’s, three more planets have been discovered: Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930.