Saturn in Aquarius
On March 21st, 2020, Saturn first entered Aquarius for a quick 4-month stay, and we began a major shift in astrology. On December 17th, the two meet again for 3 solid years, and this is when seismic shifts in our culture will begin to emerge. Saturn is the god of karma, structure, and order. As a cardinal earth sign, he represents hard work and discipline. Saturn shows us cracks in the foundation of what we have built, both personally and collectively. Aquarius represents humanitarianism and progressive ideas. A fixed air sign, he focuses on mental expansion, and advances in science and technology. Where Saturn represents government and top-down control, Aquarius, the water bearer, represents collectivism and the power of groups.
Saturn and Aquarius meet roughly every 20 years, always bringing shifts in culture, government, and science. During this transit we often see the breakdown of previously existing power structures. In 1994 we witnessed the end of apartheid in South Africa. The power of the people (Aquarius) brought down an oppressive system of government (Saturn). The United States saw great technological advancement with the rise of the internet (Aquarius), beginning in the early 1990s. Society often becomes more free and progressive during this transit. In the early ‘60s we witnessed the rise of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, bringing with it Aquarian ideas of equality, progressivism, and freedom for all people.
Entering into the final and longest pass of this transit, we are experiencing heightened government control (Saturn), as well as revolutionary ideas (Aquarius) and calls to restructure our government. Elected officials are handing down rules and regulations that limit our social contact and group activities. Governments around the world are becoming more authoritarian, but the people are fighting back. Groups of people in the collective are adopting radical ways of thinking, and taking to the streets. This will continue and intensify as Saturn moves more fully into Aquarius. This will be a time of great social change, and, more importantly, immense societal progress. This transit will build upon Aquarian ideals of people power, fairness and equality. We will continue to rebel against oppressive power structures, as well as our own limiting thoughts and beliefs. We are entering the Age of Aquarius.