When natal Saturn is residing in Aries, the fiery horned sign may cause some difficulties to the the ringed planet, due to their radically opposite ways of functioning. Aries is all about initiative, acceleration and action, while Saturn prefers stable steps, suppression, delays and seriousness. Saturn is considered to be in fall in Aries, as his sign of exaltation is Libra, which lays exactly on the opposite side. Thus, Saturn in Aries feels rather biased, forced to act quickly and definitely out of his usual rhythms. This contradictory placement gradually teaches the native many lessons connected to time, patience, reservedness and everything that lays between hasty actions and wise decisions. When a native finds the necessary balance between those opposite forces, he can eventually use the benefits of both, eliminating possible handicaps that this natal placement may give. Of course, a well-aspected Saturn will deliver a lot less confusion, and feel rather normal – yet definitely less potent than in other signs.
Additional information about Saturn’s potency in each sign can be read in the article Saturn’s Essential Dignities.
Saturn is considered to be a social planet, along with Jupiter – its archetypal opposite force. While the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) directly affect the characters of each individual, social planets are giving trends that encircle the whole society. The reason is simple; the personal planets are performing a rather quick passage through the signs, which usually lasts a couple of months maximum. Yet, the social planets will need a year or more to pass through a sign; this way they grant similar characteristics to all the people being born during that period. More particularly, Saturn needs around two and a half years to travel through a sign of the zodiac, while its counterpart Jupiter needs a little more than a year. This blend defines a yearly generation; which is rather visible during the first years of a native’s life. During the childhood years, the placement of Saturn determines discipline delivered to the native, while also how it is perceived. As Saturn makes a full turn around the zodiac in approximately 29 years, it needs 14 years to make an opposition to its natal placement. This is roughly when the teen years strike, bringing the first responsibilities and the need to abolish naivety, slowly entering the world of the grown-ups. The joy of childhood is evaporating, father time is bringing the first signs of wisdom and not just knowledge, yet also the first adult problems, pressure and turbulence. The adolescent native is now feeling demands from the world around him, which is naturally not the most desired thing for a youngster. Of course all these steps are a natural process of evolution, preparing the native for his long path through life.
The placement of Saturn in the signs is important, yet a lot less than his placement in the houses and his aspects to other planets (especially personal ones). Each sign will give him some special flavor, a background on which he will operate and support the native’s life. Of course, he will indeed give some special characteristics connected to the sign he is placed in, and some extra boost to activities and archetypes that the sign represents. Yet, it is wrong to perceive such a placement as of high importance for the native’s individual traits; you should regard it mostly as a social phenomenon that develops certain social trends. Do not forget that generations of 2,5 years difference may have Saturn in the same sign, so even in synastry charts the Saturn of two individuals of the same generation can easily conjunct (tightly or loosely) one each other.
Roughly, some of the periods when Saturn was transiting Aries are the following:
- Μarch 1967 – April 1969
- April 1996 – June 1998
- The next passage through Aries will be from May 2025 till April 2028
Saturn is generally governing constriction, stability and seriousness – both on a physical and a spiritual level. He is responsible for long-term plans, while also obstacles that may appear on our way until reaching our goals. We tend to call him the grand malefic of the celestial dome, yet the planet itself does not have such a purpose. Indeed, he can bring delays, difficulties and even disappointments; on the other hand all these can be essential steps for reaching wisdom, experience and preparation for further steps on our path that might be more important. On the other hand, any success that we may receive with Saturn’s help, tends to be long-lasting; a stable platform on which we can build even more. It is not a surprise that on a physical level, Saturn is mostly connected with the human bones and teeth – the thickest and toughest parts of our body. Saturn is the natural ruler of the 10th house and Capricorn, which makes him strongly connected with terms such as career, public image, leadership, steady growth inside social pyramids, reign. Saturn as a planet enjoys organization and planning-ahead, keeping up with deadlines, serious approaches and even voluntary sacrifice of small daily things in front of the long-term goals. In case that those prerequisites are delivered, he helps with a good harvest of results. What Saturn does not like is childish and naive behavior, rushed actions, chaotic patterns and laziness. A real tactician, Saturn will always help those who think before acting, and who try to figure out the optimal decisions. He is logic, he is patience, he is clear mind, he is control. In many occasions, Saturnian interventions can be perceived by the individual as “necessary evil”, as his slap might hurt but in the same time prevent us from the real evil which would come in case we would not be shaken up.
Since the ancient times, the second bigger planet of our solar system took the name of the Cronus, the legendary Titan-God who was father to 6 other Gods of the Greek Pantheon (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia). According to the Greek Mythology, he is afraid of his children becoming stronger than him and overthrowing him, the same way he did to his own father, Uranus. Thus, he decided to devour them – yet his wife Rhea hid the last child (Zeus/Jupiter) in a cave and gave him a rock to devour instead. Zeus managed to overthrow him when he became an adult, releasing his five siblings from Cronus’ stomach too. Eventually, Cronus and the rest of the Titans were defeated in a legendary battle, called Titanomachia, and the young gods became the rulers of the Greek Pantheon. The Latin equivalent of Cronus was Saturn, and it prevailed as the name of the ringed planet both in astronomy and astrology. Saturn’s opposite counterpart in astrology is naturally Jupiter, and they form the Jupiter/Saturn axis as another archetypal Yin/Yang. The one expands, the other constricts – and the balance between those opposite forces is giving a healthy stability.
In the sign of Aries, Saturn is in fall, which does not allow him to operate at its full potency. At the same time, the planet obstructs the externalization of all those traits connected with Aries in the natal chart of the native, which are largely defined by the house where both Saturn and Aries reside. Generally, this natal placement can complicate anything connected to the individual’s ego, as Aries is the sign mostly responsible of all those core elements that create our drive towards actions.
Saturn is considered a cold planet, and when in Aries he definitely cools down the otherwise fiery characteristics of the sign. This can undermine the native’s self-consciousness, especially if some personal planets are natally conjuncting the ringed planet. This initial handicap will force the individual to work on his character, and find himself the road of obtaining self-confidence. It might be signifying an older parent, grandparent or other authority figure, who was using strong discipline during the native’s young age. There is high possibility that such a dominant parent figure was having a military/police career, or having some other background connected to uniforms, discipline and a totally strict and structured way of life. When no personal planets are making important aspects to Saturn, we should look at the forest and not at the tree. We are witnessing here generational currents of behaviors – we should not forget that Saturn is staying in a sign for 2 and a half years roughly! This means that all the people of the Aries Saturn generation, are more or less experiencing similar difficulties considering the expression of their ego. This would be strongly connected to the way they perceive their parents and grandparents, and even to the difficulties that their parents were having during the birth of the individuals. In addition, the whole generation will – in synchronous ways – experience transits of planets to their natal Saturn. Thus, especially slow-moving planets will impose similar effects on the generation, which will of course differ for every individual depending on the house where Saturn resides, and other natal aspects to it.
Generalizing is the only way that we can describe a natal placement of slow-moving planet, and it gets even more difficult as we move further from the Sun towards the outer planets. Pluto, for example, can even define a whole generation of 25 years, so it would be even absurd to try to fit one third of the world’s population into some stereotype. At the same time, as Aries is the natural ruler of the 1st house in Astrology, Saturn in Aries could for many individuals give characteristics as would give Saturn in the 1st house. Still, it is mostly the flavor of this aspect that would have similarities, and not events or predispositions themselves.
Some general traits which Saturn in Aries gives to a generation, are: slow responses, difficulty to step up and fight for yourself, diminished ambitions, delayed initiatives. In addition, these two opposite energies can create obstacles in anger management, mostly leading to passive-aggressive behaviors rather than healthy extortion of accumulated anger.
On the other hand, positive traits of this placement are those connected with patience. Such individuals can be very good in tactics because they do not rush, and will even choose when to get into a confrontation and when not. This may increase the possibilities of victories, as even enemies are very carefully chosen. In addition, this placement diminishes any drive towards risk-taking, which in the long-term may lead to abolishing a lot of statistic possibilities of failures due to hasty decisions.
Aries as a sign is ruling our head, so any possible difficult aspects to Saturn could have headaches as a direct effect. In addition, Saturn placed here makes the body less active, so if you have this placement you should exercise more than others, to keep your vitality high!
When an Aries Saturn is well aspected in a natal chart, the native will be in the long-term successful in the life area that the sign of Aries rules, and any possible obstacles will just empower his march to his goal. On the contrary, bad aspects to Saturn can bring complications, and may be even connected to karmic debts that the native has to pay, as Saturn is considered a planet who connects cosmic energies from the past and the future, and even from previous and future lifetimes. In any case, Saturnian difficulties should be perceived as lessons, and the more open someone is to understand those lessons, the less they might hurt.
Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.