Here’s a quick update on this long-term transit-we’re about a year into Saturn in Capricorn, good time for a checkup.
Saturn is the planet of rules and restrictions. It’s the reality check we need so we don’t get lost in dreams. While Jupiter expands and says yes, Saturn realistically sets boundaries and limits so we can measure progress. It’s often described as the heavy of the zodiac, bringing harsh lessons and grim character-building. In truth, without Saturn and its grounding influence we would be awash.
Saturn is the ruler of the sun of Capricorn, so it’s considered at home or in its domicile during this time. That means that Saturn is expressing in its pure form without being muted by other elements. Both planet Saturn and sign Cap are related to the passage of time, longevity, and legacy. Father Time is often associated with these energies, as well as Cronus and Rhea in myth.
Capricorn is the last of the earth signs which are primarily concerned with provable actions. Taurus represents the completed action, Virgo describes the methodology of the completed action, and Capricorn is the overall reason behind each completed action. I describe this as Taurus “I made a brick,” Virgo “This is how I made the brick,” and Capricorn “This brick will build my castle.” For this reason, people working with a lot of Capricorn in their charts are very concerned with reputation and public appearance. They take their personal sense of pride from the responsibilities that make them a part of their community, more than most. They are grounded and practical, with an eye on efficiency as they check their goals off of a usually literal list.
Following Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius from about 2015-17, we are now seeing the effects of the Big Ideas that happened during that time. For instance, a new tax code was passed here in America during heady Saturn Sag, that we aren’t seeing the effects of til now. I expect next tax day to be quite dramatic for some folks. Basically now we have to deal with the consequences of our actions. In another example, we elected a huge racist and now we have kids in cages on the border. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Saturn in Cap is that time.
Didn’t follow your workout regimen? Good luck staying fit during this transit. Didn’t do your homework? Don’t expect to pass the test. Saturn in Cap means your ass has to get to work. What you put in is what you will get out of this time. Anybody coasting is gonna get pushed out the way.
Basically because of the longevity of Cap, this period of time is all about sustained effort. If you don’t keep up your stamina, you’re gonna get left behind. Saturn is here to make you stronger, even if it’s gotta drag you kicking and screaming. There are always lots of karmic lessons that Saturn is trying to teach. This time is the culmination of those lessons-can you keep up? Can you stay on track? Can you maintain your budget? If the answer to these questions is no, get ready for your spiritual ass-whoopin’.
I recorded this video while drinking this summer, I don’t know if it’s any good but I do know that I learned a good Saturn in Capricorn lesson and quit smoking: