In case you haven’t already felt it both in the world and in your personal life, we are currently on the brink of a major change in astrology. The planet Tough-love Saturn has entered Aquarius on Saturday, March 21 and will pass through this sign until March 7, 2023.
This change will teach each of us life lessons and teach us responsibility in new ways. And this period will be particularly difficult for those of us who were born in the early 1990s (from late 1990 to 1994) – but we will get there.
Let’s first talk about what the planet Saturn means in astrology. Saturn represents discipline and boundaries – or, as astrologer Kyle Thomas explains, “karma, hard work and sometimes challenges”. With this planet, the only way out is to pass.
Saturn helps us to focus on self-improvement and to overcome challenges, no matter the size of the obstacles along the way. And it teaches us that hard work can pay off if we are ready to shed our blood, sweat, and tears rather than trying to get out easily. It’s an intense planet, of course, but it always has our growth and our interest at heart.
Saturn in Aquarius: Collaborative focus to the future
Aquarius is the forward-thinking sign of the water carrier. As a fixed air sign, its purpose is strongly to get the job done through its mental energy – thoughts and ideas are a big part of how this sign relates to the world.
When Saturn is there, it places more emphasis on the possibilities that arise in the future. “Saturn, the planet of responsibility and discipline, will enter the mental and analytical sign of Aquarius,” says astrologer Narayana Montúfar. “All the signs will feel a change in the realm of career and responsibility, as Saturn moves to a different astrological placement in our birth charts.”
Saturn offers life lessons and hard love, no matter what sign, and in Aquarius, it’s not there to mess around – but it also means that it has the power to help us make serious progress toward our goals, especially in the career sector. “Saturn will inspire us to connect better with others and to focus on making technological advances in the years to come,” said Thomas.
We are all more likely to rely on collaboration to overcome barriers, as well as the power of the community to come together to bring about humanitarian change on a large scale. Saturn in Aquarius is definitely a difficult but rewarding journey that we undertake together.
Saturn retrograde in July: Grounding
Saturn’s journey through Aquarius is a bit wobbly, as it will be in this sign for about three months before going back to Capricorn for a few months. “In July 2020, Saturn will return to Capricorn again due to a retrograde, the same place it has been since the end of 2017,” said Thomas.
“Life will feel more entrenched until it leaves Capricorn completely in December of this year.” But later this year, on December 17, Saturn will again enter Aquarius – this time for the longer term – where it will remain until March 2023.
During these first months of Saturn in Aquarius (now until July), we will experience what Montúfar describes as a window of opportunity to look to the future.
“Meanwhile, pay attention to the themes that Saturn brings to your life and ask yourself: ‘What do I need to focus on?'”, Says Montúfar. “Maintaining consciousness is very important here because, in December, Saturn will return to Aquarius and this time, it will remain in this part of your chart for the next two and a half years.”
For those born in the early ’90s: Huge shifts in your lives
If you were born in the early 90s, you are officially starting your descent into the heart of your Saturn return period. Here’s the thing: Saturn spends about two and a half years within each sign as it travels through the zodiac, so we don’t undergo any of its sign changes as often as we do other personal planets.
This makes its impact more impactful on longer pieces of our lives. It takes around 29 years to complete a full rotation through the zodiac, and when Saturn returns to the exact place it was when you were born, this is called (unsurprisingly) your Saturn return period.
The return of Saturn is marked by major changes and challenges in the lives of people so expect cataclysmic changes in your romantic relationships (breakups and marriages are common), career paths, life situations, and much more. Most people begin to feel the effects of their Saturn return period as they approach their late 20s.
This means that for those of us born in late 1990 through 1994, you are either in the middle or nearing your first Saturn return period so be prepared for things to become intense. “For those between the ages of 27 and 29 who are about to experience their Saturn return period, this is a big deal! Expect to experience very important events, discoveries, and motivations,” says Montúfar.
While it is impossible to avoid these changes, remember that all this is in the name of life lessons and that the exit on the other side is even stronger. “While some people experience fairly intense Saturn return periods, others do not,” said Montúfar.
“The return of Saturn forces you to pull yourself together, but it also helps you build a stronger foundation for the years to come.” Things can get difficult, but there are many good things about it that you can also expect.
Whether or not you are one of the lucky (or not so lucky) millennials about to survive their Saturn return period, Saturn’s transit through Aquarius over the next few years will mean major changes in our lives.
We will see giant leaps in the limits of technology, we will rely on our friends and collaborators to find solutions to challenges in an entirely new way, and we will propose original ways of thinking to work within the limits of the struggles of life. It may mean some challenges, but it certainly means growth. This is a good thing.