Why Is Planet Saturn Such An Important Fixture In Astrology?

Last updated by Susan Taylor

You might think you know everything you need to know about the ‘Ringed Planet’, but we’re here to tell you that you’re very much mistaken. Susan Taylor, our very own astrologer, spills Saturn’s biggest secrets, from its symbolism to its mythology! You'll soon understand why it plays such an important role in astrology and our birth charts.

Why Is Planet Saturn Such An Important Fixture In Astrology?

What is Saturn known as in Astronomy? - The Ringed Planet

Like Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, Saturn is known as a ‘giant planet’. With a diameter of 121 000 kilometers, it’s the second largest planet, yet has a very low density due to the fact that it’s essentially composed of just hydrogen and helium. Despite its size, it turns on itself extremely quickly (10 hours), but takes 29½ years to orbit the Sun.

What does it symbolize in mythology? - God of Time and Agriculture

Known as Cronus in Greek mythology, Saturn is the god of sowing and cultivation. His father, Uranus, was jealous of his extraordinary abilities and attempted to murder him, but he was overpowered, and Saturn took control of the heavens.

That said, he later attempted to do the same to his own children, and whilst he did manage to devour several of his own offspring, his son Jupiter fought him off, and forced him to regurgitate those that he’d swallowed. As a result, he lost his rule of the world, and his kingdom was divided up between his sons- Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto.

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Why is Saturn so important in astrology? - It's the planet of structure

Saturn is of unbelievable importance in astrology, and is capable of bringing about decisive, life-changing events for those it affects. It can be a planet that urges stability and structure, as well as frustration, depending on its position in your natal chart. It has a reputation for hindering romance, as it can often push lovers to question their partner’s intentions.

In spite of this, it’s important to remember that Saturn is on your side! It’s relationship with the Sun aids your career; with Venus it can strengthen your relationships; and with Jupiter your self-confidence can be improved beyond belief.

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Saturn’s effect on astrology

  • The positive effects of Saturn include wisdom, patience, ambition, stability, maturity, concentration, responsibility, and perseverance
  • The negative effects include coldness, inhibition, obsessiveness, greed, and frustration
  • On a symbolic level, it represents structure, time, old age, loneliness, and introversion

Six Things to know about this planet

  1. Orbital period (the time it takes for Saturn to revolve around the Sun): 29½ years
  2. Element: Earth
  3. Body part linked: Skeleton, skin
  4. Bodily functions linked: Excretory system, immune system, muscle contractions
  5. Metal: Lead
  6. Day: Saturday

>>> So, there you go, you’re now an expert on Saturn! That said, there’s still so much to learn about our solar system, especially when it comes to knowing which planet rules over your sign, so open your mind and watch the night sky become alive before your very eyes!

Article presented by Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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