Saturn in Capricorn: The pinnacle of achievement (and some practical advice)

Saturn in Capricorn

The view from the top of the mountain

Saturn will be in Capricorn between December 19th, 2017 and December 17, 2020

The perception from earth of the movement of the planets through the symbolic constellations in the sky is one of the great tools that astrologers use to forecast the energies through which we live our life.  These energies operate on the macrocosmic level – everyone on the planet is affected to one degree or another by the movement of the Moon, or any of the planets, through the zodiacal signs.  On the microcosmic personal level, we are especially affected if the transiting planets in the sky trigger something in our own astrological chart.

About Saturn

Saturn is the outermost of the personal planets – the planets that are visible to the naked eye and which represent an aspect of our personality.  Saturn represents the impulse to achieve: to master the material world.  He imposes restrictions and places limitations on the goals and dreams that Jupiter has planted in the psyche. He has the tendency to engender feelings of insecurity, self-doubt and unworthiness.  Traditionally Saturn was known as the Greater Malefic (the Lesser Malefic being Mars) because of the tendency towards negativism and melancholy.  And probably because he ate his children in order to preserve his power which certainly didn’t help his image.

Still, while we can’t deny Saturn’s challenging qualities, his gifts are also great.  In ancient Greece Saturn was known as Kronos, Lord of Time, and under Saturn’s watchful eye we cannot deny that time is fleeting and death is before us making each moment more precious and not to be wasted.  The tests and crises that Saturn often brings with him give us the strength and endurance to prevail and thrive.  The depression that often comes with a prominent Saturn chart placement evolves into self-reliance and a love of solitude.  The pressure to succeed and fear of failure becomes, with a great deal of effort, success in the material world with the accompanying wealth and prestige (for more on this see Saturn: Both Beast and Prince).

Saturn in Capricorn

The zodiacal sign of Capricorn shares Saturn’s love of success and achievement.  Like the mountain goat with which it is sometimes associated, Capricorn relentlessly climbs the mountain of its goals, putting personal emotions and other frivolities aside, in order to ascend to the summit and enjoy the view from the top. Capricorn’s traditional symbol is the “goat fish” – a hybrid creature with the body of a goat and the tail of a sea serpent, combining what we know call “emotional intelligence” of water with the practical ability to achieve one’s goals symbolized by the goat.  Capricorn’s realm includes structures of all kinds – physical, political, and social – and the need to preserve these structures in order to preserve the fabric of human life. Capricorn lacks the desire to take risks or engage in carefree exploration such as Sagittarius does.

Saturn is said to be in its domicile in Capricorn – Saturn is at its most effective and, we might say, happiest when allowed to operate freely in the material and practical world of form and structure.  Saturn’s passage through the signs create tests and obstacles in the matters of that sign.  Saturn’s movement through Sagittarius  (sign of ideology and belief as well as foreign cultures) over the last two years has challenged our ideas on issues  such as immigration and religion.  Saturn’s focus in Capricorn now shifts to the political structures themselves as well as other social structures such as marriage, religious organizations.

What this means for you!

Saturn’s passage through Capricorn can provide a great support to our ventures in the physical world as long as we apply good Saturn principles of proper planning and solid strategy.  Over the next two years, dreams and fantasies with no basis in reality will not be supported.  This is not a time to believe that positive thinking is enough to carry you through to your goals – Saturn’s reward comes through hard work, discipline and structured planning.

Those of us with planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer and of course Capricorn) will be most affected by Saturn’s trip through Capricorn as Saturn triggers those planets.  This may mean success in business ventures, and it also can suggest hardships or an overload of responsibility.  Much of how you are personally affected will be determined both by the other dynamics of your own personal chart and the choices that you make under the Saturn influence. If Saturn is in Capricorn in your own chart, you will be having a Saturn Return sometime during this period.  An excellent time to consult an astrologer!

Here are some ways you can get the most out of this Saturn cycle:

  • Look to the future and create some goals.
  • Get organized. Saturn doesn’t like a mess, and will favor those who have already created structures to support and organize their lives.
  • Make a plan for the future. We often feel like planning for the future limits our possibilities, but plans can always be changed.  For the next two years, your plans are your keys to success.
  • If you find yourself in an unavoidable situation of great difficulty such as the illness of a family member or other personal crisis, try if you can to see this as a normal part of the cycle of life and realize the potential to develop greater strength through the endurance of hardship.
  • Be careful with money.  This is not a good time for speculation although success through careful investment is favored (once the current market frenzy settles down).
  • Emotions can stand in the way under this influence – do your best to try to see through the emotional story to the practical side of the matter.

And, stay tuned to this blog.  I am intending to use this transit to get back to a regular schedule of posting!

By | 2017-12-17T07:53:11+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|11 Comments


  1. Marianne December 17, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for the helpful advice on Saturn’s transit through Capricorn. I love your astrology blog! I’ve been a fan of yours since you started blogging, and I look forward to you blogging more frequently. Have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season, Lynn.

    Cheers Marianne

    • December 18, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Marianne! It’s comments like these that keep me motivated. 🙂 Peace and blessings to you.

  2. Kathy December 17, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Today is my birthday, just a few months after yours I beleive. My only 17/17 year in my life! I am thankful! I am thankful that saturn is leaving my sign! Thank you for the very useful directives!

    • December 18, 2017 at 6:36 am - Reply

      You’re so welcome Kathy. 🙂

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  4. Catherine December 18, 2017 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I am delighted that you will once again be blogging more regularly. I always benefit from your well-written insights.

    • December 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks Catherine!

  5. Lisa Simpson December 18, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Looking forward to Saturn moving into Capricorn. Yeah, I have five planets in Libra and Cancer, (i see you Uranus & Pluto)but I’m Virgo(sun plus two planets) and can’t wait to get my life back to some kind of order. Sagittarius has been too chaotic for me. As an earth sign. I love practically and predictability.

    • December 20, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Nice, Lisa.

  6. Dr. Deb December 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    “Look to the future and create some goals.”

    I am super excited for 2018.

    My BIG goal for 2018 is : My 5 year de-cluttering, which include looking at EVERYTHING.


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