Saturn in Aquarius 2020-2023 – What to expect



Saturn in Aquarius is one of the most anticipated transits of the year.

Saturn enters Aquarius on December 17, 2020 and will stay in Aquarius until March 2023.

We cannot talk about Saturn in Aquarius without putting it into the context of Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius on December 21st, 2020.

This is not ‘just’ a Saturn-Jupiter conjunction – this is the first conjunction in an Aquarius since the early 15th century and the cherry on top is that it occurs exactly at 0° Aquarius.

In the light of a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction – which will revolutionize our society – you really want to pay attention to Saturn’s ingress in Aquarius on December 17th, 2020.

Saturn And Aquarius

To see what to expect from this transit let’s review what Saturn and Aquarius stand for.

Saturn is the great teacher. Some of Saturn’s keywords are rules, discipline, patience, responsibility, and maturity. Saturn wants us to grow up!

Saturn has spent 2.5 years in Capricorn. Our job in the last 2.5 was to “master” Capricorn, i.e. to learn everything we can about rules, hierarchies and control. And we did (willingly or less willingly).

Now it’s Aquarius’ turn to get scrutinized by the Great Teacher. Of course, any change is uncomfortable at first. Saturn was in Aquarius early this year when the lockdown measures were implemented. These measures forever changed the way we interact with others. We had:

Social (Aquarius) distancing (Saturn).

Air travel (Aquarius) delays (Saturn).

Online (Aquarius) and remote working (Saturn).

Does it mean Saturn in Aquarius is all about restrictions? No. Saturn initially ‘forces’ us to go into unfamiliar territories so that we can have a paradigm shift, and develop the positive qualities of the sign.

With Saturn in Aquarius we bring the following shifts:

  • From herd mentality (blindly and irrationally following the crowd without checking in with one own’s integrity) to good fellowship. We care for others not because we expect something in return, but from a true desire to contribute and make a difference
  • From false democracy (expecting to exercise one’s individual rights, without fulfilling one’s obligations) to true democracy. Democracy means rights, but also obligations. Real democracy happens when people contribute to the best of their ability to a better society
  • From a false sense of freedom (rebellion without taking responsibility) to true freedom that comes from the ability to manage oneself
  • From intellectual snobbery (promoting ‘scientific’ information without fully understanding it, while bullying those who have a different perspective) to expertise based on critical, bias-free thinking, and years and years of study
  • From technology addiction to value creation through technology. Technology was supposed to make our life easier or more enjoyable, not to get us subdued by it. Saturn in Aquarius will expose the limitations of technology and make us use it for what was meant for: to spread knowledge and bring like-minded people together
  • From human resources (people seen as production units) to human capital. When empowered, the human mind can achieve incredible things

There is a reason why Aquarius follows Capricorn. We can not have Aquarius’ promise of freedom unless we learn how to deal with rules, processes, and hierarchies (Capricorn) first.

But with Saturn’s departure from Capricorn, there is nothing left to learn about top-down rules and structures. Saturn in Aquarius will bring us a different type of order.

Saturn is Saturn. It is about structure, discipline and order. But while Capricorn order is top-down (from the leader) – with Aquarius, progress comes bottom-up (from the individual).

With Saturn in Aquarius, the authority is YOU. No need to look for it on the outside. It has to come from within.

Saturn in Aquarius – Holding Space

Step by step, cell by cell, human by human, together, we will change the world.

From December 2020 until March 2023, Saturn in Aquarius will create new structures that will revolutionize our society.

How will it do that?

Aquarius is a YANG sign (as opposed to Capricorn, a YIN sign). If Saturn in Capricorn is concerned with the material world, Saturn in Aquarius is concerned with the spiritual, abstract world.

It’s less about what’s tangible, it’s less about resources. It is more about ideas, policies and new visions for the future. Even if Saturn rules Aquarius, this is not the same Saturn we had in Capricorn!

Aquarius is ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. Saturn and Uranus couldn’t be more different. Saturn is rules and discipline, and Uranus is freedom. And it is exactly this inner conflict and paradox that makes Aquarius so original and innovative.

Many people believe Aquarius people are revolutionaries. Not necessarily. Aquarius is a cool, rational, air sign. And it’s exactly because it is rational and unimpressed with tradition, that it sometimes goes against the norm and shocks everyone.

However, at its core, Aquarius is NOT the street revolutionary that throws Molotov cocktails and gets into fights. Aquarius’ freedom and rebellion come from somewhere else.

Aquarius is an Air sign, so it is about space. Aquarius is also a fixed sign, so it has an immovable quality. If we put the two concepts together we get “holding space”.

Holding space is a term used in coaching and it means being physically, mentally and emotionally present for someone. Holding space means putting your focus on someone, while being judgment-free and allowing the other to ‘just be’.

You are there, you care, but you don’t judge. This is not aloofness (a quality Aquarius is sometimes ‘accused’ of) – this is actually holding space, without allowing your subjective perspective to take over and influence the other.

Saturn in Aquarius will help us create frameworks where we can hold space for others and allow them to express themselves without judgment. Being in that space that Aquarius holds pretty much sounds like the definition of freedom.

What Will Saturn in Aquarius Bring?

What you make of it!

Saturn is the planet of responsibility, and Aquarius the sign of self-autonomy.

One thing for sure. While Saturn is in Aquarius, it will be pretty difficult to blame the government/establishment (Capricorn) for what goes wrong. That’s because Aquarius is NOT the Government. Aquarius is “We, the people”.

Aquarius is that freedom we can only find when we take responsibility for our lives and become fully autonomous.

This type of freedom cannot be found by fighting against the establishment. It can only be found when we stop looking up to the establishment.

It can only be found when we stop looking for answers from the outside. It can only be found when we stop giving our power to another governing entity – from politicians, to our leaders, or our mobile phones.

Any Aquarius transits bring a paradigm shift. Saturn in Aquarius is no exception.

A paradigm shift is a fundamental change in approach or our underlying assumptions – whatever these assumptions may be.

For example, in some parts of the world, people have gone out to vote in higher numbers than ever before, motivated by Aquarius’ civic spirit. They took action.

In other parts of the world, people chose not to vote. Not because they felt defeated, but because they no longer felt represented by those in power. They ‘unplugged’ from the system and just walked away. They become their own authority.

Saturn in Aquarius’ promise of freedom may not sound very attractive, but that may be because we might not even know what it means to be free.

There is no right or wrong way to pursue freedom. As long as we take responsibility for our lives, as long as our choices come from a place of true self-autonomy – we will probably do the ‘right thing’ – for ourselves, and for society as a whole.

The real Saturn in Aquarius revolution will take place within. Not that we won’t have a ‘proper’ revolution. With Saturn square Uranus most of 2021, and with an angry Mars conjunct Uranus and Black Moon Lilith in January 2021, you can bet that people will take to the streets as well.

However, ultimately the real revolution can only take place inside ourselves.

In the next 2.5 years, the fight is not against “them”, but against our own limiting beliefs – against what keeps us small, enslaved and out of integrity.

Instead of delegating the power and responsibility to states and corporations, Saturn in Aquarius will pass the responsibility back to us – how can we, as individuals, contribute to society and make the world a better place?

Saturn in Aquarius is truly our opportunity to build sustainable foundations based on Aquarian values like freedom, personal autonomy, insight, clarity, sharing knowledge, and collaboration.

Most importantly, Saturn in Aquarius is about acknowledging the value of humanity.

Saturn in Aquarius is about how we, as individuals – every single one of us – contribute to a better world – by helping ourselves, our fellow humans and other living beings. The highest manifestation of Saturn in Aquarius is the sum of the sustained actions of each individual to make the world a better place.

Astro Butterfly


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