On December 20th, 2017, Saturn moved into the sign of Capricorn and will remain there until December 17, 2020. Saturn takes 29-30 years to complete one rotation around the zodiac. The last time Saturn was in Capricorn was 1989–1992. Prior to this it was 1959-1962, 1929-1933, and 1900-1903.
When Saturn ingresses into a new sign it is always important, but Saturn moving into its home sign of Capricorn is naturally significant. Saturn “rules” Capricorn, as well as Aquarius. This means he is at home there. He is comfortable to do his work properly and live out his purpose because the qualities of Capricorn and Aquarius are conducive to his goals. Capricorn is ambitious and goal-oriented. Aquarius is concerned with revolution and creating a new order. Saturn symbolizes structure and authority, so its journey through these signs reflects the restructuring of government and culture.
Think of Saturn as a wall. Capricorn and Aquarius are on either side of the wall. Capricorn is on the traditional, old-school side, putting out every effort to keep things the same and familiar. On the other extreme is Aquarius, driven to invent a completely new way of living and thinking. Historically, we can reflect that by the time Saturn makes its 5 year transit through Capricorn and Aquarius, a major restructuring has taken place in the government, economics, and socially.
Speaking of walls, one remarkable example of building and tearing one down was in 1961. The Berlin Wall was built to protect West Germany from Communism. Thirty years later, when Saturn moved back into Capricorn, the wall was torn down.
When Saturn moves into Capricorn, we see conservative movements gaining control and people fighting against that for more personal freedom. Efforts are taken to increase government power. There is no surprise our current government is holding on to traditional, conservative agendas and many people are protesting against that.
Another common trademark for Saturn in Capricorn is economic depressions.
Saturn was in Capricorn during the depression of 1783 just after the American Revolution. About 60 years later, after the financial crisis in 1837, a major recession lasted until Saturn left Capricorn in the mid 1840’s. The most recent and memorable depression was when Saturn ingressed into Capricorn in 1929. The excitement of the roaring 20’s came to an end and people around the globe suffered economic fall out until a massive restructuring of economic policy took place.
Personally, we want to look at where Capricorn is in our birth chart. What house does Capricorn rule in your chart? Do you have any planets in Capricorn? If so, you may experience more intense “Saturnian” issues. For the next three years, Saturn will show us in what areas we need to put forth effort so that we can mature. Saturn requires hard work and willingness to put forth energy. With Saturn we earn our reward. If we ignore Saturn’s presence we suffer the consequences: fear, depression, low self-esteem, guilt, regret.
Contact me here if you are interested in a more in depth look at your birth chart to see exactly what you can expect while Saturn is in Capricorn.