Saturn in Aquarius – What you Already Know and What you Might Want to Know

Saturn the planet of contraction, maturation and crystallization changed signs today – from earth-sign Capricorn to air-sign Aquarius. But you knew that even if you aren’t an astrologer.

Capricorn, a cardinal earth sign, represents social consciousness, our reputation, our career and authority. You may have noticed increased authority in your life these days. Pluto, Jupiter and Mars are also in this sign so don’t think authority will diminish just because Saturn changed signs.

Outer planet energies affect us all similarly on the globe. What’s fascinating about today is how we are sharing a global experience. Think about the mid 1960s. At that time, there were also intense outer planet aspects of Pluto/Uranus conjunct in Virgo opposite Saturn in Pisces. In the west, this led to the Hippie culture and the dissolving of existing social norms and familial expectations. China was experiencing the same energy in a Cultural Revolution that also dissolved ties to the past. There were similarities of energy, but different manifestations.

Today, in contrast, we are experiencing globally same manifestation – pandemic. The government responses are almost identical. Pluto in Capricorn has brought a global infrastructure.

We are now one earth.

Saturn in Aquarius – What You Already Know

Yet today Saturn sneaked out of Capricorn into Aquarius, the fixed air sign of idealistic society, goals, civic and group activity. As Saturn is the contracting principle, you may have noticed that group activities have been curtailed. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus (which itself is transiting Taurus) which is also known as the planet of genius, innovation, technology, electricity and just about anything labelled “ahead of its time.”

Prior to last week, I wouldn’t have imagined the term “social distancing.” But it fits quite nicely with the planetary aspect of Saturn in Aquarius. As my friend says, “You can’t make this shit up.”

So we know that we need to social distance for a while. But how long?

Well, my friends, Saturn is in Aquarius but being one of those far-away planets often appears to travel backwards. So it will go forwards in Aquarius until May then go backwards until September traveling back into Capricorn not moving back into Aquarius until mid December.

Trigger points then are May, September and December. Hopefully that helps you with timing; at least for this year. But Saturn has a 2.5 year transit through each sign so ripple effects will continue for a couple years.

See you at the Christmas party.

Saturn in Aquarius – What You Might Want to Know

If you are American, you might want to know that the US is having its Pluto return (in 27 degrees of Capricorn) real soon. This is the time when Pluto returns to the same position it was when the US was “born” (using 7/4/1776 chart). In the year 2022, the US will have gone through its first cycle of evolution which is in Capricorn so represents its fate as definer of social structure and authority. US authority is already transforming and will continue to evolve.


Don’t know, of course. But when you don’t let go, Pluto will rip the rug out from under you. OHA suggests letting go of old authoritarian habits or they will be “let go of” for us. The evolution of the US affects many as its involvement in global politics is extensive.

Saturn in Aquarius relates to this because the US has moon in rebellious Aquarius. That moon, rather than the watery Cancer sun, is what creates the American rebel who is going to do what it wants regardless of what others think (in political terms “unilateral” efforts).

So then, after the US has its Pluto return, the next year Pluto will start dipping into Aquarius. But when that happens, Saturn will have continued onto Pisces.

What does that mean?

Saturn has an approximately 30-year cycle so spends about 2.5 years in a sign. So Saturn in Aquarius for the next 2.5 years is preparing us for Pluto transformation. It is a very important time for redefining social structures based on modern, innovative ideals.

Who says you can’t reinvent your country every hundred years or so?

And guess what?

You get to decide things, you, the person you see in the mirror. Governments are people too but they are people following Capricorn rules (as are people in corporations).

The social distancing occurring today is for the benefit of national and global health. However, if overused it goes contrary to the right to peaceful assembly. So while it’s needed for a period of time, the Capricorn energy may try to extend it for other purposes. For example, social distancing is detrimental for doing things like creating unions or organizing activist rallies.

It’s something to watch for during times of extreme Capricorn energy as the emerging Aquarius energy tries to gain ascendance.

Some organizations may end their existence, such as the Boy Scouts of America which has gone bankrupt. Other, newer versions of organizations may arise.

Innovation may also take a hit during this time as inventors and entrepreneurs are asked to hold on ideas for the public good. Or possibly those innovations will be used in ways opposed to the original intent. We’re seeing a lot of that with Pluto in Capricorn such as facial recognition being used to target individuals and groups for political purposes.

Saturn in Aquarius To Do List

During this time of social distancing, you might want to start developing your list of characteristics for the ideal society. Plan now so when the energy bursts into manifestation you are ready and not saying, “What do you mean I get to decide which country I want to live in?”

The leaders of this transformation to a more modern society are those born from 1988 – 2011 who had Uranus and Neptune in combinations of Capricorn and Aquarius. There will be arguments, of course, about whether to maintain structures of the past versus developing new structures based on modern technology.

Do we want a local sheriff like in Mayberry or should policing be done by robots that have no emotional biases?

Both Capricorn and Aquarius like order although Capricorn prefers external authority to maintain order and Aquarius likes its own, neatly laid-out plan. Capricorn and Aquarius both approach social planning from a rational rather than emotional perspective.

Saturn in Aquarius is the time to manifest the society in which we truly want to live.


About ohioastrology

I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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