DIY Saturn Transits…



So anyways, I posted some thoughts on Saturn in Sagittarius the other day. The link is here.

But, I hear you ask, what’s it mean for me?

I also heard ‘what’s it mean for Virgo?’ and ‘what’s it mean for Taurus?’ and ‘what’s it mean for Leo?’ etc…

Another thing I hear a lot? ‘When will it be over?’

The thing is, I can’t answer that. Why? Because:

  • Every Saturn transit is personal to you in a way that’s, well, personal to you.
  • Every one of you has Sagittarius in your chart, so will experience in some part of your life.
  • It isn’t just about your Sun sign, it’s about you as a whole…and your chart as a whole…and that’s personal to you.
  • It will never be over because, hello, Saturn is about real life in all it’s textured tones.
  • Finally, because here at Jo Tracey Astrology, it’s about helping you do it for yourself.

So, first up, you’ll need your chart.

If you know your birth time, you can cast your own chart using these instructions.

Otherwise simply follow Solar astrology- I’ve popped the house guide up on the Saturn page.

Don’t know what the houses mean? Check out this post for ideas.

DIYing it…

First up, you’ll need to know your own Saturn story. You can dig out as many textbooks as you like, but this is what makes every single Saturn transit personal to you.

Where is Saturn natally in your chart? This is the area of life where you most need to create order and boundaries. Regardless of the sign that Saturn is transiting, this area will always be where the transit begins to happen. Always.

It’s the area of life where you feel most vulnerable, most alone, where self-discipline is most required and where your hope will be tested by your fears. It’s where you need to mature into, it’s where you feel you’re simply not good enough, or lacking in some way.

Every single Saturn transit you ever have will begin with these themes and help you grow into yourself.

While Saturn is in Sagittarius, you’ll also be looking at faith and comfort zone issues in this part of your life.

I have Saturn in the 1st house, and my biggest fear is that of not being good enough. I feel most vulnerable being me- and my lack of self-discipline both aids and abets this fear.

For me, all Saturn transits impact my health, vitality and self-confidence.

What house/s is Saturn transiting?

If you don’t know, check out the Saturn page for some pointers. I’ll also get around to posting a little something on each house. Maybe.

Wherever Saturn falls in your chart is where you’ll be dealing with questions of faith, optimism, comfort zones and all those other things I mentioned above. It’s where you need to grow up, get real, build boundaries and firm up structures.

If it’s in your 10th, you’ll be getting real about career, work, and the things that keep you within your comfort zone.

If it falls in your 4th, the beliefs and boundaries from your childhood may be questioned. Your physical home-base, and personal comfort zones may be challenged.

In my case, Saturn is transiting the 9th and the 10th houses.

Want a refresher on what house governs what part of life? You’ll find it here, on the Basics page.

Saturn transits of angular houses ie the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th, will work more obviously and publicly. These houses are associated with action.

Saturn transits of succedent houses, ie the 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th, will make you look more closely and work a little harder to identify and take advantage of the opportunity being presented to you. These houses are associated with security.

Saturn transits of cadent houses, ie the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th, will require a deeper focus, an adjustment or change, and will ask you to think, observe and learn from something or someone.

What house/s does Saturn rule natally in your chart?

Regardless of the sign that Saturn is transiting, the outcome of every Saturn transit will be felt here.

Saturn rules my 11th, so every single Saturn transit impacts my hopes and dreams, my networks and circles.

In short, Saturn can be a little like burpees- you know, those exercises where you jump out and jump up- or anything else you really hate doing. It’s usually an indication that you absolutely should be doing that thing you don’t want to, or are scared of.

Don’t know your rulerships? Check out this page

What is Saturn aspecting?

Now look at the planets being aspected by Saturn.

You may have some, you may have none.

Don’t forget to look at your ASC or MC? This should be clearly marked on your chart. This is what I mean when I refer to chart points.

Here’s the thing- Saturn transits aren’t easy…they’re not meant to be. The outcomes can, however, be rewarding- it just may take you a little time and perspective to be able to see that.

What is the nature of the aspect?

While it’s the actual contact that’s important, the nature of the aspect will tell you how easily Saturn’s energy will be integrated. And by easily, I don’t necessarily mean “nice”. I just mean that things- good or bad- will happen quicker, with fewer blockages. Saturn squares can be frustrating, but have great outcomes. Saturn trines may happen quickly- and painfully…just saying…

  • When Saturn is conjunct a planet or chart point, he takes over that planet. Saturn conjunctions can be like lead weights, but whatever survives is solid and worthwhile. There will be change- resistance is futile.
  • When Saturn is opposing a planet or chart point, it might feel as though you are being stretched beyond your limits. You are being tested, and decisions are necessary. This is cliché time- watershed moment, make or break, turning point…take your pick.
  • When Saturn is square a planet or chart point, there is tension and frustration- it’s an action and reaction time. It may also feel a little like a health check for whatever was begun or overhauled when Saturn was conjunct or opposite the planet now receiving the transit. Failed to do something about it then? You’ll feel it now. Think back to the themes of 7 (or so) years ago- for an indication of what’s happening now. If you’ve been doing what you were supposed to have been doing, there’ll be a reminder, but nothing life changing. If not? Well, it’s a little like the motorcycle cop who is always hiding under the overpass on James Ruse drive- instead of waving you on, he’ll pull you over to face the consequences.
  • When Saturn is trine a planet or chart point whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Saturn trines and sextiles can bring solid, practical gifts- rewards for hard work…often the reward is more work!
  • When Saturn is sextile a planet or chart point opportunities may arise.

For timing, you’ll need to refer to the Saturn page or pull out your ephemeris.

Where does the aspected planet live?

This is where the action will also be starting.

What house/s does the aspected planet rule?

As above. This is where the outcome will be.


Sometime over the next 2 ½ years…you’ll need your ephemeris for exact-ish timing.

Putting it together

Most people look at individual Saturn transits and worry. A lot. That’s ok, Saturn does worry well.

In order to maintain a little perspective, I map mine- the way I showed you the other day.

I also do the t-accounts thing. It’s like accounting for astrologers. Mine for Saturn in Sagittarius is below.


Don’t forget…

To check if transiting Saturn will trigger any other major aspect patterns in your chart.

What do I mean by that?

Take my chart for example. Any aspect to the ASC/DC, Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto is likely to trigger the potential of my Grand Trine/ Kite.

Any aspect to Venus will also trigger the square with Jupiter, the inconjunct to Pluto/Uranus, and ultimately that Grand Trine/Kite.


Given that my default position is one of wasting that potential, this is a Good Thing.

Ok…it’s now your turn!

how you feel when Saturn is conjunct your Sun
how you feel when Saturn is conjunct or opposite your Sun