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Astrology: Saturn Planet Explained Part One

Updated on February 22, 2016
A painting of Saturn by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
A painting of Saturn by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo | Source
The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn | Source

Saturn in Astrology is represented as a Planet and rules over the zodiac sign of Capricorn. It also rules the tenth house. Traditionally Saturn ruled over Aquarius before the planet Uranus was discovered. As stated before in my hub, Astrology Jupiter Part One, Saturn, along with Jupiter are considered a social planet. There are only two social planets in astrology. A social planet is said to be a planet that best represents the relationship of an individual in a community.

This relationship is marked by the constant struggle between the personal and collective ideals. A social planet also battles back and forth between urge to expand (Jupiter) and the need to withdraw/self-limit (Saturn). This becomes a lifelong task for the native to figure out to balance personal and collective pursuits. Also is the task of learning how to balance the urge to expand itself and enjoy excess while pleasing the stern and inhibiting Saturn. Overall, Saturn takes about 30 years to go around the sun. This means that Saturn stays in each sign for a period of two and half years.

Saturn devouring his Son by Francisco Goya
Saturn devouring his Son by Francisco Goya | Source

In ancient roman mythology Saturn is the god of civilization, agriculture, social order and time. Saturn’s period of rule was during the Golden Age of peace and wealth. Saturn in roman mythology is the father of Jupiter.

The Greek counterpart is Cronus, the king of the gods. A common myth is that Cronus ate and devours his children as a way to prevent a prophecy that stated one of his children will later dethrone and surpass him to become king. Even so, he was tricked by his wife Rhea into swallowing a stone and thus his son, Zeus was born. The moral of the story is that we must, through Saturn’s ignorance, learn to face our fears.

Saturn woodcut by Guido Bonatti
Saturn woodcut by Guido Bonatti | Source

Saturn rules over the tenth house and eleventh houses though traditionally Saturn ruled over the first house (the house of self) and eighth house (house of death/sexuality). The tenth house rules over the career and is the most public and highest position of the natal chart. This position is our career achievements through the eyes of the public. The eleventh house represents friendships and what social groups we are drawn and belong to.

Saturn represents limitations, government, restrictions and society structures; basically all the boring, un-fun stuff. It is interesting to note that Saturn as a planet has rings which is unique feature that is different from the other major planets. The rings of Saturn can be seen as the limitations placed on man. Saturn in astrology is all about setting up structure through hard work, discipline and a sense of responsibility. Just as planets like Jupiter can be benefic, there are also maleic planets. Saturn is seen as greater malefic planet, one of the “bad” more difficult planets in astrology that is said to bring hardships and misfortune. Uranus and Pluto are also seen as malefic planets too; while the planet Mars is considered a lesser malefic. Even so, like Jupiter, Saturn is a great teacher that is meant to teach. Teach us that through hard work and adversity can lead to endurance, strength and character; along with success.

Saturnus/Saturn by Polidoro da Caravaggio
Saturnus/Saturn by Polidoro da Caravaggio | Source

Saturn in our natal chart is reflects areas of life where we our abilities and skills are limited and needs improvement. Saturn constantly tests us and our ability to overcome these limitations. If we don’t put in effort and try to resist Saturn we fail this test; but if we somehow manage to pull through and overcome these obstacles we pass this test.

There are many tests and trial that we must overcome in life. Ultimately the only way to improve and pass is through discipline and hard work, there is no easy way out for Saturn. To conclude, Saturn like Jupiter is a teacher that teaches us lessons about life and about hardships. Lessons needed to grow and succeed in life.

Planet Saturn by Hendrik Goltzius ... Saturn sure loves eating babies
Planet Saturn by Hendrik Goltzius ... Saturn sure loves eating babies | Source

This concludes part one of the Saturn series. Stay tuned for Part 2 hub on Saturn. In this hub I will be discussing exalted, fall and detriment signs of the planet, Saturn.

Thank You for Reading!!. Have any questions, and/or opinions comment below.

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    • deecoleworld profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from USA

      Thank You ... those pictures are creepy especially goya's version .. the first time i saw it i was really grossed out. are you a capricorn by any chance

      btw thank you for reading :)

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Those paintings and statues of Saturn devouring his children always give me the chills. Brrrrr. But this is a great hub, the Great Teacher has certainly given me a few lessons. Nice work! Voted up!


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