Happy 2023! I hope you had a wonderful time with your friends and family through the holidays, and I wish you a healthy, happy, and fulfilling year ahead. For the first month of 2023, I have a quick tip for you if you’ve set any new year’s resolutions: 2023 begins with Mars and Mercury both in retrograde, which signifies some challenges with starting something new. Mars and Mercury stations direct on January 13th and January 19th respectively, so my suggestion is to build in a 3 week buffer to any resolutions you may have set for yourself :)
In this newsletter, we’ll be going through Saturn’s transit through Aquarius, which begins on January 17th, 2023. Saturn takes 2-3 years to go through each sign, and will leave Aquarius in March 2025. Saturn is the planet of hard work, discipline, and patience - it carries the energies that most people find challenging to connect with, and so it often doesn’t get picked when people are choosing their favorite planets. Actually, Saturn’s big contribution is that he strengthens the areas of your life that he touches by challenging it to be better - we can only build a strong foundation, accomplish difficult goals, and improve ourselves by using Saturn’s energies to actualize and execute. So, in general, wherever Saturn is transiting in your birth chart will experience some initial challenges during the start of this period, and if you work hard and do your homework, that area of life will start to improve as the transit progresses.
The way Saturn’s energies are expressed in Aquarius is that Saturn grounds the abstract ideas that Aquarius brings, allowing these ideas to be brought into conscious thought, and ultimately be actualized and implemented. A great example of this in action is in Carl Jung’s chart, who has his Saturn in Aquarius in his birth chart:
Consistent with his natal Saturn in Aquarius, Jung had a process to help clients actualize abstract ideas, a process he called individuation. This is where he helped clients integrate their unconscious thoughts into their conscious self. Jung believed that this process was necessary for a person to reach their full potential. He also used techniques such as dream analysis and imagination to explore the unconscious mind, helping a person bring their innermost thoughts and feelings to the surface, and consequently, guiding that person to be conscious of his or her thoughts and desires. What a nice way to express the energies of Saturn in Aquarius!
So, back to your life - how does Saturn transiting through Aquarius affect you? I’ve written out some mini-predictions to try and answer this question. Of course, there are many other factors that fill out the picture of your life (most of it individualized from your birth chart), but this transit will show one small perspective. I have arranged these mini predictions according to your Vedic Sun signs; you can find your Vedic Sun sign by finding which date range includes your birthday. Please read the birth times carefully as your Vedic Sun sign can be different from your Western one (reason here). If you know your Vedic Ascendant sign or your Vedic Moon sign, the predictions corresponding to those signs are also applicable to you.
Aries (April 14th to May 14th): This transit brings a heaviness on your relationships with groups of people, including your community and society. You may feel a sense of responsibility to contribute to the greater good, and to use your unique talents and abilities to make a positive impact. A great way to mitigate this is to be conscious with how you balance your individual desires with the needs of the group. And on a positive note, if you work hard and use your talents to benefit your community / company, this transit can also bring a raise after some initial obstacles.
Taurus (May 15th to June 14th): This transit will make you work hard! Saturn is transiting your house of career, and you may feel a sense of responsibility at work. You may find that you become more disciplined with your schedule. This transit also brings a need to adapt to new situations and ideas, and may require you to be more open-minded and flexible. The good news is that if you roll up your sleeves and do your homework, you will achieve career success in the second half of this Saturn transit.
Gemini (June 14th to July 16th): Saturn will be transiting your house of higher learning, and may drive you to learn and improve your skills and knowledge base. Because Saturn is transiting Aquarius, this transit may also require you to be open-minded with your topic of study, and be flexible with the way it is taught to you. This transit may also bring you more challenging experiences with travel, especially initially in the period, but your experience should improve as the transit progresses.
Cancer (July 17th to August 16th): Saturn is transiting your house of transformation and change, and pushes you to take responsibility in removing things that are no longer working in your life, and to build a stronger foundation in the things that are working. As with anything Saturn touches, these changes won’t happen quickly, but with deliberation and discipline, the changes you implement during this period will probably last a long time.
Leo (August 17th to September 16th): This transit can bring initial obstacles in with relationships, and the best way to handle this is to use it as an opportunity to build a stronger foundation with all your relationship. There may be a need to assess the balance of give and take within the relationship, and to take responsibility in ensuring the relationship works for both parties. After the initial obstacles are overcome, this Saturn transit can bring a stronger and more committed long-term relationship.
Virgo (September 17th to October 16th): This transit has a tendency to bring any existing health issues to the surface, and allow you to address them more directly. It may push you to make adjustments in your daily routine, so that you can schedule in a more disciplined health / wellness / fitness routine into your busy schedule. The good news is that after you address any health issues directly that may arise, this transit can bring better health outcomes as it progresses through time.
Libra (October 17th to November 15th): Saturn is transiting through your house of creativity, which suggests that you may need a more disciplined and organized process with your creative endeavors. This include everything creative in your life, from art, to music, to even making babies. During this transit, you may feel pressure to be more productive with your creative endeavors - just relax and stick to your schedule / plan, and everything should work out just fine.
Scorpio (November 16th to December 15th): Saturn is transiting your house of the home, which means that you may feel more responsibility with your home and family life. It can indicate a need for you to be more organized and structured in those areas of life. There may need to be some adjustments in the home environment or family dynamics to meet these increased demands, but if you do your homework and get organized, this transit should bring increased maturity and stability with the home as it progresses.
Sagittarius (December 16th to January 14th): Saturn is transiting your house of short-distance travel and errands, and this may push you to become more organized with managing your daily schedule. This house is also related to communication, which could indicate a tendency to be more disciplined or careful with your speech. As the transit progresses, if you become more practiced at organizing your schedule and speaking with intention, these areas of life will be strengthened.
Capricorn (January 15th to February 12th): Saturn is transiting your house of finances, which indicates increased pressure on finances at the start of this transit. It may make you more responsible or disciplined with your financial affairs, and push you to improve your financial stability. A really good way to channel these energies productively is to create a disciplined budget, and if you stick to it, you should see a stronger foundation for your finances develop as this transit progresses.
Aquarius (Feb 13th March 14th): This transit may bring you an increased sense of responsibility and discipline, specifically with your appearance and how you present yourself to the world. It may also push you to take responsibility in your personal growth and development, and also get more organized with your spiritual practice. A great way to channel this transit’s energies is to build in a spiritual practice into your daily routine, and as this transit progresses, you should start to see this practice bear fruit.
Pisces (March 15th to April 13th): This transit may push you to become more disciplined and organized with your spiritual practice, and take responsibility with your inner life and spiritual growth. It may also push you to explore the depths of your unconscious mind, and dissolve any patterns that are no longer serving you. Because Saturn is involved with this transit, a disciplined practice is required here, and if you stick to that practice through the transit, you should see results as it progresses.
Happy new year again, till next time!