On December 19, 2017, stalwart Saturn—the cosmic Lord of the Rings—will create a huge ripple effect when it voyages into its home sign of Capricorn until December 17, 2020. Our Saturn in Capricorn horoscopes reveal how the taskmaster planet will revamp your life from the ground up.
Saturn’s last visit to its native soil of Capricorn was from 1988 to 1991—as the cosmic authoritarian takes 27 to 29 years to return to each zodiac sign. And this is a homecoming, since karmic Saturn rules ambitious Capricorn, which could put the spotlight on changes to the economy, government, work, business and structures.
Accountability, integrity, doing the right thing: Saturn in Capricorn is here to bust up any outmoded and corrupt systems. Since both Saturn and Capricorn rule the patriarchy, we’ve been getting a sneak preview with the shocking wave of prominent men being fired for sexual assault and harassment. (We attribute this to a combo of Saturn’s impending shift and Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio on October 10, 2017.) Already Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, both Capricorns, have been fired from prestigious posts—and that may be just a sneak preview of how outmoded, patriarchal systems could crumble, while others become more deeply entrenched.
Here’s hoping that Saturn, the cosmic builder, will also help us create NEW structures, laws and workable systems to help prevent this, so that the victims of these power abuses no longer have to suffer in silence. This visit is unique because Saturn will join powermonger Pluto, the ruler of deep alchemy and the “shadow” side of humanity, in Capricorn—pushing us to transform these societal ills at a fundamental core level.
ARIES: Who’s the boss?
Saturn in the tenth house
The tides turn dramatically at the end of this year, when disciplined Saturn ends its three-year tour of Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn, bringing structure to your tenth house of men, career and leadership. You could incrementally rise through the ranks or gain prominence in your industry. But with regimented Saturn in charge, there will be dues to pay and much midnight oil to burn. The good news? Saturn helps you prioritize and clarify your goals. No more scattering your energy in a million directions, Ram. It’s time to take yourself and your ambitions seriously. While you like to fly free and be spontaneous, you’ll thrive with careful planning and projections. Where would you like to be in five or ten years? The tenth house sits at the very top of the zodiac wheel, and it’s the most public, prominent and status-oriented zone of your chart. With prestige-loving Saturn visiting, it’s time to figure out what you want to be KNOWN for in the world. You may be ushered into an executive role or lauded as an expert in your field. Be prepared: This will not happen without some growing pains or tests of will.
TAURUS: Startup central?
Saturn in the ninth house
The intensity lifts! On December 19, weighty Saturn departs from Sagittarius and your long-term finance zone, lifting the burden from your shoulders (and bank account). The planet of structure and maturity moves into Capricorn, ruler of your worldly, entrepreneurial and knowledge- seeking ninth house until December 2020. In fellow earth sign Capricorn, Saturn is at a graceful trine (120-degree angle) to your Taurus Sun sign, making this cycle a lot more pleasant and easy to manage. The ninth house rules higher education, and with serious Saturn here, you might return to school to pursue a degree or certification. Status-conscious Saturn likes credentials and anything that proves you’ve earned your stripes. Publishing, motivational speaking and entrepreneurship also fall under the ninth house domain. Over the holidays you could spend time working on a business idea or making headway on a writing project. Global connections and travel could become part of your work over the next three years. Is it time to set up your “mobile office” in Bali or Berlin?
GEMINI: Bonds become permanent.
Saturn in the eighth house
Just when you thought you had this commitment thing figured out, a new and even deeper cycle begins. On December 19, Saturn takes a three-year deep dive into Capricorn and your eighth house of merging, soulmates and joint ventures. Some of your relationships could move to a permanent status: marriage, buying property together, having children, combining your finances. Some relationships can be challenged, perhaps leading to a separation or dedicated repair work with a skilled therapist or counselor. This cycle will spotlight money, too. Solemn Saturn is in your eighth house of passive income, borrowed funds and investments. You may get serious about paying off debt or allocating your funds for long-term security. Take everything slow and steady, Gemini, especially when joining forces with another person emotionally, financially or physically. This is where the rubber meets the road—you get the chance to flex your new partnership skills by going deep with one person, learning what “forever” really means—in all its guts and glory.
CANCER: Relationships get serious.
Saturn in the seventh house
Ready to make it official? At the very end of the year, solemn Saturn begins a three-year voyage into Capricorn and your seventh house of committed partnerships. Business and romantic relationships could turn serious. Others could hit speed bumps that reveal flaws in the foundation. Will you both do the work to repair it—or is the struggle worth it? Between now and 2020, you’ll learn the meaning of “for better or for worse” as close alliances are tested and transformed into dynamic duos that can go the distance. Saturn will be joining transformational Pluto—already in Capricorn; an interesting blend. For the past eight years, your closest partnerships have been going through a slow but seismic change. It all began back in 2008, when transformational Pluto entered Capricorn and your committed relationship house for the first time in almost 250 years. (Pluto’s last visit to Capricorn was from 1762- 78.) Pluto is now past the halfway point of its 16-year journey through Capricorn and your partnership house, where it remains until 2024. You’ve evolved so much in your approach to love, Cancer—so keep going!
LEO: Checkup time!
Saturn in the sixth house
Time to get healthy, wealthy and wise? On December 19, Saturn will end its three-year tour of Sagittarius, lifting the weight off your love life and helping your creativity flow unfettered. Now, Saturn will spend the next two-and-a- half years in structured Capricorn and your sixth house of health, wellness and organization. No-nonsense Saturn helps you get down to brass tacks. You’ve had some great ideas, Leo—but what good are they without a plan? Since Saturn rules experts, you may bring in coaches, trainers, consultants or service providers to help you execute your lofty visions into tangible reality. Start small, one bite at a time. With Saturn in this fastidious sector, there’s no cutting corners allowed. Health check? If you’ve been living an all too sedentary lifestyle, or you’ve neglected your body, Saturn blows the whistle. You may have a wakeup call that forces you to restructure your lifestyle, change your eating habits and move. Of course, there’s no need to wait for something like that to happen. Proactively changing your habits will pay off majorly now: better sleep, more energy, and a more balanced life. You’ll need to set clear boundaries to keep stress at bay, too. With Saturn here, you’ll see the physical toll quickly, as your body will both look and feel overtired if you push yourself past your limits. A little bit of daily exercise and clean eating goes a long way!
VIRGO: Love & creativity get serious.
Saturn in the fifth house
The pressure lifts! Somber Saturn spent the last three years in a tough square (90-degree angle) to your Sun sign, an emotional weight-bearing load you’ve been shouldering. Your holiday gift comes from the Ringed One himself, as Saturn shifts into fellow earth sign Capricorn for the next couple years. This will be a much lighter cycle, where Saturn adds helpful structure instead of piling on existential crises and intense life lessons. You’ve had enough of those, thanks! Capricorn rules your fifth house of romance, fertility and creativity, and under Saturn’s tenure, these areas could turn serious. The year could end with a lighthearted love affair turning into a real-deal relationship. There could a pregnancy (or news/talk of one) during this Saturn cycle, but since Saturn can create slowdowns, there might also be some fertility challenges. The larger message is to really make sure your life and relationship are strong enough to withstand some of the upheaval that can accompany the joy of a new family addition.
LIBRA: Planting deeper roots.
Saturn in the fourth house
At the very end of the year, structured Saturn will end its three-year tour of Sagittarius and your third house of communication. This has been a relatively easy period, but the next Saturn cycle may have some challenges. Now, Saturn starts a two-and-a-half year voyage into Capricorn and your fourth house of home, family and roots. It’s time to get serious about your lifestyle, Libra. Maybe you’re wasting money on lavish rent when you could be funneling your funds into a mortgage. You could have a rotating cast of roommates—or you’ll decide to turn that spare room into the headquarters for a home-based business. Your mother or a key female might also play a role in your maturity now, as Saturn moves through your maternal fourth house. Perhaps the clock is ticking (oh, how we hate that phrase) and you need to decide whether or not you’ll have children. If you’re a parent, you may experience extra stress from work/life balance. Or, your children are suddenly all grown up, leaving you with the pangs of an empty nest. You may need to care for an elderly parent (Saturn rules age) or help support your family through a difficult patch. But take heart: Any growing pains with family members during this Saturn transit will help you establish important boundaries and treat each other with mutual respect for the long term.
SCORPIO: A powerful message.
Saturn in the third house
Holiday bonus? The year ends on a relieving note as weighty Saturn shifts out of Sagittarius, lifting the burden from your finances and career. From December 19, 2017 until December 17, 2020, Saturn will be in Capricorn and your third house of communication. This should be a relatively easy Saturn placement, as the ringed planet will form a gentle and supportive sextile (60-degree angle) to your Sun. If anything, Saturn here will help you clarify and simplify your message. You’ll get to the point faster, conveying your message with more authority and confidence. If you’re a writer, teacher or public speaker, this Saturn cycle could help you rise to greater public prominence. This is also a fruitful time to take classes and workshops that build your skills. With Saturn in your neighborhood zone, you could also get involved in local affairs, even running for City Council, taking a leadership role in your school district or spearheading a community interest group. Enough of the lone wolf routine, Scorpio—you need a rock-solid tribe of people who share your interests and vision for a better world. During this Saturn cycle, global change begins in your own backyard.
SAGITTARIUS: Getting grounded.
Saturn in the second house
Sweet freedom! Heavyweight Saturn is finally off your back, easing some of the burden you’ve felt since late 2014. On December 19, the hard-driving taskmaster departs Sagittarius after three years of intensely remodeling your life—from the ground up, in many cases. Now, Saturn will spend the next two-and-a-half years in Capricorn and your second house of work, money and daily routines. It’s time to get serious about streamlining your schedule, lifestyle and financial goals. With strict Saturn here, there may be some lean periods in your bank account, or times when you need to scale back on commitments and expenses. Saturn rules mentors, so tap a seasoned person for their experience. Working with expert financial advisors can help you funnel your funds into retirement and special accounts (college tuition, a downpayment on a home, launching a startup). Sagittarians love to have a million irons in the fire, but during this Saturn cycle, less is more. You’ll get more savvy about how you use your time, too, which could be a challenge for your spontaneous sign. Say “no” to commitments that don’t make your soul sing—it will allow you to say “yes” to things that truly stoke your passion.
CAPRICORN: Major reinvention.
Saturn in the first house
Suit up, Sea Goat: You’re about to go on a huge reinvention tour. In December, your ruling planet Saturn will make its first landfall in Capricorn since February 1988—a homecoming that will also launch a brand-new 29-year life chapter for you. Brace yourself: The choices you make now will set the foundation for the next three decades of your life. (No pressure or anything!) And with Saturn hitting the big reset button, you may find yourself walking down a completely new path. Saturn is the planet of maturity, wisdom and tough lessons, and it can throw challenges in your wake designed to build character and make you stronger. Since Saturn is your celestial guardian, you may have an easier time hosting the cosmic Big Daddy—after all, you’ve been living under his dusty-ringed rule your entire life! But don’t underestimate the “one step forward, two steps back” vibe that often accompanies the start of a Saturn transit. Saturn is like a cosmic tax auditor or building inspector, finding all the flaws and sending you back to the drawing board to repair them. There’s no cutting corners or constructing your life on a shaky house of cards. If you’ve acted recklessly or irresponsibly, Saturn will hold you accountable.
AQUARIUS: Healing and solitude.
Saturn in the twelfth house
Time to turn inward? This December, Saturn will slip into Capricorn, spending the next two-and-a-half years in your twelfth and final house of closure, rest and spirituality. It’s time to dial down the action and adopt a quieter pace. You may find yourself craving solitude or a retreat from the hustle and bustle that’s consumed you for the last three years, while Saturn visited Sagittarius and your social eleventh house. This is all in preparation for Saturn’s return to Aquarius in March 2020 (and settling in for the long haul that December)—its first visit to your sign since 1991-93— kicking off a new 29-year chapter of your life. No small matter there! You’ll want to clear the decks to start this fresh cycle, and with structured Saturn in this internal and reflective zone, some serious soul-searching could be in order. Make time to be mindful, even if that means doing less and asking for support. A wakeup call could come in the form of a health issue, which forces you to make the link between mind and body, and to heal an emotional pattern along with your physical wellbeing. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen, Aquarius—but listen to signals from your body and get any ache or pain checked out just to be safe. Maybe that phantom lower back pain is a sign that you feel unsupported or those recurring bladder infections mean that you’re quite literally pissed off!
PISCES: Powerful alliances.
Saturn in the eleventh house
Free at last! Somber Saturn departs from Sagittarius and your career sector, ending a trying three-year visit that stifled or slowed down your professional progress. Now, Saturn moves on to a much gentler—and dare we say it, easy—run through Capricorn and your eleventh house of teamwork, technology and friendship. Some impressive people could enter your orbit, or you might be invited into some elite and avant-garde collaborations. Compassionate Pisces are friends to the world, but questionable characters can slip under the radar. With mature Saturn here, you’ll be more discerning about the company you keep. There are only so many hours in the day, and Saturn could bring world-changing opportunities that also position you as a power player in your field. A tech or digital project may be the vehicle to get a humanitarian message or a cutting-edge innovation out to a wider audience. Let the networking begin!
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