When transiting Saturn enters Capricorn, he enters his own home where he is considered in domicile. Indeed, Saturn is the ruler of this sign, and of course is at the top of his potency when located here, functioning in a rather well-mannered way. Saturn is considered to be a rather difficult planet to handle, called many times the grand malefic of the skies. Yet when traveling his celestial road through Capricorn, we can say that the difficulties that he imposes are a lot less intense than in all the other signs.
Saturn is a rather slow-moving planet, which needs approximately 29 years to make a full circle around the zodiac. Thus, he spends around 2 and a half years transiting each sign. As a planet, he is of a rather restrictive nature, cooling down everything it touches and giving a rather serious approach. Most people experience him as a difficult planet because he pushes them to grow up and take responsibilities. When his transit aspects personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), they may face real struggles in their everyday reality. Yet, Saturn is also considered to be a great teacher, giving us wisdom through patience and hard work. Indeed, the less we resist what he orders, the less we will feel pressured. Saturn will reward us when we put our best efforts, stop being complacent and organize ourselves. On the contrary, he will pressure us even more if we refuse to respond to his call, and if we turn a blind eye towards any life matter connected with the house that he is transiting.
The current Saturn transit in Capricorn will last from December 20, 2017 to December 17, 2020.
Saturn Transit in Capricorn and Natal Sun
Usually, the most difficult transit that Saturn can make for a person is conjuncting his natal Sun. This transit can even create problems connected with the person’s vitality, health and ego, as our Sun sign represents a large core part of our existence. For many people, the period of such a transit is being perceived as if the light of life is temporarily dimming. They feel captive. Of course, by observing in which house the native’s natal Sun resides, we can understand a lot better which life areas will be more afflicted.
Saturn Transit in Capricorn and Natal Sun in Capricorn
As we already mentioned, when Saturn transits the sign of Capricorn, he is in his own realm. During this movement, he will conjunct the natal Sun of all people whose sign is Capricorn. A positive thing though, is that Capricorn natives already carry the energies of the planet in them. This makes this transit quite easier for them than for any other sign. We cannot say that it will be of a mellow nature; on the contrary. But as real mountain goats, our fellow Capricorns know the Saturnian rough terrain quite well, which makes it quite easy for them to adapt to this temporary upheaval. They already natally have inside them the necessary seriousness and cold-bloodedness, the logic and the tactics, quite everything that Saturn desires. Thus, the ringed planet is a lot less strict towards his own children. They are born ready for such challenges, and they are able to go through them without too many hassles.
Still, this transit may indicate a busy period for individuals with their Sun in Capricorn, probably with a lot of work and responsibilities. The effects of this transit can be felt when Saturn reaches a 5 degrees distance from the natal Sun of the native, yet some preludes can, of course, be felt earlier. You can trace Saturn’s road through the zodiac with the help of an ephemeris, and easily calculate when to expect this transiting conjunction. Many times, Saturn will conjunct one’s natal Sun three times during such a transit, due to his retrograde motion. Usually, the first transit is the easiest one, the retrograde transit the most difficult one, and the last one the most unbearable one because we are already tired from any possible suffering.
If you have your natal Sun in Capricorn, you might be facing your first Saturn Return during the next years. Congratulations, you are officially becoming an adult! You might have heard different stories about the return of Saturn to his natal placement, most of them horrifying. Yet, being afraid does not help – getting prepared does. Here are some Saturn Return survival tips, so that you make this transit more bearable!
Saturn Transit in Capricorn and Natal Sun in other signs
Other signs that might experience this transit in a difficult manner, are Cancer, Libra and Aries. Cancer individuals will experience an opposition to their natal Sun, and by observing the axis of the two houses where this opposition is happening, we can easily understand what type of difficulties this transit will create. Aries and Libra individuals will experience a square between transiting Saturn and their natal Sun, and can also understand its nature if they observe the houses that are involved in it.
The signs that will benefit from the transit of Saturn through Capricorn are the ones that will experience a trine between their Sun and the ringed planet. These are, of course, the two other Earth signs, Taurus and Virgo. For them, the trine brings stability and progress, and they will harvest the product of long-term efforts. Saturn now rewards them for their dedication and seriousness.
The signs of Scorpio and Pisces are mildly feeling some positive vibes through the transiting sextile that Saturn creates to their Sun. The signs of Leo and Gemini are not influenced by this transit. The same applies to Aquarius, yet this is the next sign that Saturn will enter and it is wise to start getting prepared for it. Sagittarius is at last feeling the burden coming off his shoulders, since the sign suffered during the previous 2 and half years. Fortunately for them, it will take decades for Saturn to make his return to Sagittarius again, and they can finally breathe freely.
Saturn Transit in Capricorn and other personal planets in Capricorn
Of course, our natal Sun is not the only parameter in our natal chart. Anyone who has a planet in Capricorn, will feel the planet’s transit. If the planet is a personal one, then the transit will be perceived more intensely. Again, we must note that the house where the transit takes place is of big importance, as it signifies a lot about the nature of the events. In addition, when Saturn is conjuncting a planet in Capricorn by transit, we should see which house is ruled by that planet, to understand even more which life area will receive some echoes.
A transiting conjunction to natal Moon will bring furthermore cooling of sentiments – even if having the natal Moon here makes emotions rather cold. The individual will become rather heartless, using only his logic. He may appear distanced even from his beloved ones, and generally become more a machine than a human being for that period.
A conjunction to Mercury will bring intense intellectual work and structuring of the mind patterns. This transit may bring less communication with people, or difficulties concerning expression. It is a good transit for writing and organizing, yet a bad one for socializing. The key is laconism; the individual will avoid spending his intellect and expression on trivial subjects but concentrate on what really matters during that period.
A conjunction to Venus will make a small break from the small pleasures of life. Again, this also depends on the life areas that Venus rules in our charts, and the house where she resides. Such a transit can mean less fun, less romance, less money and prosperity. It feels similar to a transit to natal Moon, yet is not only connected to our emotions (that are internal), but also to external and material things and situations.
A conjunction to natal Mars may seem quite similar to a passage over the natal Sun. Our lifeforce may be weaker, we can be physically tired, have less power to go on. It can cool down the sexual desire, particularly in men. This transit will make us more conservative, and does not allow us to take risks. Also, it somehow diminishes the natural urge to fight for ourselves, and somehow makes us more passive.
A conjunction to natal Jupiter will tame the expansive characteristics of the grand benefic, and both planets will actually somehow neutralize each other.
Saturn Transit in Capricorn and transpersonal planets in Capricorn
People with transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) in the sign of Capricorn will feel some generational influences, mostly connected with social pressure. Indeed, many young people of our days have been born with their Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, and we have yet to see how this will play out on the collective subconscious of the youth. It will probably be time for them to use technology seriously (Uranus), while also set up more realistic dreams (Neptune). The individuals who have Pluto in Capricorn are still children, and any effect of this transit might still not be observable, yet will probably play out later in their lives – when similar patterns will arise.
We should always remember that Saturn has a special role in balancing our lives through his restrictions. Without them, we would not be able to understand and value our freedom and progress. Without them, we would not care or manage to structure our future. When Saturn approaches us, we should not run. We must listen to what this old man has to say, for it is our own old self speaking. And what he instructs us, is for the sake of our own old selves. Choose wisely.