Updated: Mar 10
Saturn entered Aquarius in mid-December of last year, and he will remain lurking there for over three years. In traditional astrology, Saturn has domicile in this sign, which means that he is comfortable and powerful there. Aquarius is the sign of fixed air. Air signs tend to exert themselves within the realm of thoughts and mental activity, and fixed signs don't like change. They like to be consistent, constant, stable, and immobile.
This Aquarian fixed air tends to feed into mental fixation, worry, and obsessive and compulsive thoughts. Below are some tools you can use to start to make friends with Saturn in Aquarius. With a little practice, you can harness this energy in productive ways, instead of just spinning your mental wheels...
1. Sitting Meditation. Some people find the process of trying to sit and focus on one spot to be really uncomfortable. And it is these folks who could probably benefit the most from a meditation practice. Sitting even for short periods can alter your consciousness and brain structure over time. Like any muscle-building exercise, the process of noticing when your mind has wandered and pulling back to the present point of attention makes your focusing ability stronger over time. It becomes easier to resist Saturn's tendency to suck you down into a whirlpool of repetitive thoughts. In fact, the fixed energy of Saturn in Aquarius can become supportive of a meditative practice that involves resting your attention in one spot for an extended period. Shifting your focus away from worrisome woes and instead focusing on a sensation within your body, for example, can go a long way to releasing stress, fear, and anxiety.
2. Astrological study. Learning about how Saturn and Aquarius function in your own astrological birth chart can function as a form of remediation. As Jung said, "until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate". Something magical occurs when you become aware of archetypes and are able to recognize how they are functioning in your own reality. Saturn resides somewhere within the unique combination of energetic signatures that make up your natal chart, as does the zodiac sign of Aquarius. You may have planets in Aquarius, which will place a special emphasis on those fixed air themes. Studying the house, sign, and aspects of Saturn in your chart, and the house and planets associated with Aquarius in your chart, will help you start to consciously recognize and direct their energies. If you need help reading your natal chart, you can contact me with your birth data and I will give you some key phrases to get you started on studying your Saturn and Aquarian placements. You can also check out writings about Saturn such as The Greatness of Saturn by Robert Svoboda.
3. Traditional planetary remediation. If you're more of a feeler than a thinker, traditional planetary remediation might be your thing. The practice was originally developed by Vedic astrologers a long time ago, and involves developing a direct, experiential relationship with the heavenly bodies. Many of these highly ritualized processes involve communing with the planetary energies on particular days and particular times. If you would like to start working with Saturn, a good starting place could be to set aside some time to connect with him during his day and hour. Saturday is Saturn's day, and he rules the first hour after sunrise of that day, as well as part of the time later in the day. (You can learn more about planetary days and hours here: https://www.astrology.com.tr/planetary-hours.asp . There are also apps you can download that keep track of the days and hours for you.)
Your remediation practice can be tailored to whatever process feels right for you. Usually the practice includes using some objects that are Saturnesque. He likes dark colors, so you could light a candle that is dark in color, wear dark clothing, or hold a gemstone traditionally associated with Saturn such as lapis lazuli, blue sapphire, or a dark stone like onyx. You could try setting an intention like "I would now like to connect with the energy of Saturn, in order to more effectively recognize how he functions in my life, and how I can work with his energies in a constructive way". Then just sit and see what comes to you.
If you're not into passive receiving, you can connect with Saturn by reciting a poem or piece of writing such as the Orphic Hymn to Saturn:
Etherial father, mighty Titan, hear, Great fire of gods and men, whom all revere: Endu'd with various council, pure and strong, to whom perfection and decrease belong. Consum'd by thee all forms that hourly die, by thee restor'd, their former place supply; The world immense in everlasting chains, strong and ineffable thy pow'r contains Father of vast eternity, divine, O mighty Saturn, various speech is thine: Blossom of earth and of the starry skies, husband of Rhea, and Prometheus wife. Obstetric Nature, venerable root, from which the various forms of being shoot; No parts peculiar can thy pow'r enclose, diffus'd thro' all, from which the world arose, O, best of beings, of a subtle mind, propitious hear to holy pray'rs inclin'd; The sacred rites benevolent attend, and grant a blameless life, a blessed end
The process of consciously directing your time, attention, and energy toward Saturn could start to create unexpected and magical changes in your life. There is a rich history of planetary remediation within the field of astrological magic. If you would like to dive deeper into this area of study, I recommend studying with an expert like Austin Coppock.
4. Talk Therapy. Everyone can benefit from having a person or thing in their life with whom they can share their inner world without fear of judgement. You might want to talk to a "professional", if you can find someone you vibe with. Your therapist might be your computer notepad, where you spend time journaling. Your therapy could be meeting with a trusted friend over coffee. Saturn is the ruler of heavy shit, and sometimes your shit can get less heavy if you can talk about it and think about it in the right context. Creating a space and time to purposely focus on these things can reduce the time you spend ruminating about them as you go about your daily life. And you should, more often than not, feel lighter and freer after a therapy session. If you consistently feel worse at the end of this type of work, consider trying a different therapist.
In certain circumstances, Saturn in Aquarius can become stubborn, obsessive, overly detached, and sarcastic. Both the planet and the sign naturally tend toward coldness- physical, mental, and emotional. This configuration will remain in place until March of 2023, so it might be worth taking some time to get to know this energy and learn to use it constructively. You don't want to end this long winter like Jack from The Shining.