When natal Saturn is in Taurus, the horned Earth sign becomes a generally pleasant surrounding for the ringed planet to function and even prosper. Taurus is all about steady growth, accumulation of wealth and prosperous flourishing. Saturn is considered to be peregrine in Taurus, which means that he is neither handicapped (as when in detriment or fall) nor operating in its full potency (as when in domicile or in exaltation). Saturn feels safe in Taurus, as the sign does not prompt the planet to make hasty decisions. Both types of energies are rather slow in development and manifestation, which gives them the ability to synchronize, focusing mostly on long-term goals. This planetary combination has the tendency to reward the individual in his latter years, as it gradually transforms accumulated efforts into results. It grants the necessary patience to work hard, stamina to endure physical tiredness and a rather cautious approach towards tactics, decisions and especially everything that could be hasty.
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 any such 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 synastries between 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 Taurus are the following:
- April 1969 – June 1971
- June 1998 – April 2001
- The next passage through Aries will be from April 2028 to May 2030
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 Taurus, Saturn is peregrine – which makes other natal aspects to him and his placement by house determine whether he plays a positive or negative role in the natal chart. The planet has a lot of potential to reveal his positive traits in Taurus, mostly because both are skeptic and slow in their functions. Stalling around decisions may frequently bring to such a chart-bearer the wisdom to choose wisely, and even save them from unnecessary risk-taking, and all those types of failures that come from naive choices. At the same time, the ring planet obstructs the externalization of some of those traits connected with Taurus in the natal chart of the native, which are largely defined by the house where both Saturn and Taurus reside. This can be particularly observed in the native’s young years, as afterwards he can cooperate with Saturn and blur any possible disharmony. Generally, this natal placement could complicate anything connected to the individual’s perception of what belongs to him, as Taurus is the sign mostly responsible of personal assets, material belongings, accumulation of wealth and prosperity itself.
Saturn is considered a cold and dry planet, and when placed in Taurus he definitely receives some of the wet and fertile characteristics of the sign. This placement is considered great for people who work in agriculture, as they will be able to invest a lot of physical effort, and in the same time be patient for results, and always able to overcome physical difficulties and obstacles. Needless to say, the combination of Saturn and Taurus gives a rather narrow-minded and persistent person, especially when it is about material gains. This natural stubbornness is the drive which will prompt the individual to reach success in his long-term plans. Such people indeed value material belongings a lot, especially if Saturn makes it a little bit more difficult for them to achieve those, compared to other people. At the same time, the enjoyment of material objects or cash that they manage to hold a grip on, is for them a big pleasure. In case you have this placement and realize that the growth of your wealth is starting to occupy a big part of your reality, try to empower your Jupiterian traits, or whatever placement you have in the chart that operates contrary to Saturn.
This natal placement creates a strong inner need of security, mostly economic and material one. Such tendencies are mostly created during the native’s childhood, by observation of some elder dominant family member, who was probably struggling with those. Usually, Taurus Saturn individuals had an old parent or grandparent who was having a difficult time securing all that he needs, or who was at least perceiving life this way. Thus, the adult chart-bearer recreates the same patterns, always being serious when it comes to financial security and the need of feeling prosperity of some type. This can be particularly observed in natal charts where Saturn plays a vital role through angles and houses, or strongly aspects personal planets. 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 Taurus 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 Taurus gives to a generation, are: slow success, difficulty to change an opinion, a lot of physical work and duties, possessiveness, jealousy and even greed. In addition, such people perceive most relations with other people as an area of fair exchange, which might complicate friendships and love relations because emotions do not follow the rule of the market and trade.
On the other hand, positive traits of this placement are those connected with loyalty, determination and endurance. Tactical self-discipline is one of their strongest traits, they can literally program themselves to dedicate huge amounts of time to their projects, and stay focused on them all the time. The Taurus Saturn individuals may develop good artistic abilities during the latter part of his life, and can dedicate a lot of hours to producing art.
Taurus as a sign is ruling our throat and neck, so any possible difficult aspects to Saturn could have throat problems as a direct effect. The cold nature of Saturn will frequently bring soar throats, coughing, issues with the tonsils and larynx, or even affect the thyroid. If you have this placement, watch out for recurring troubles that might appear in that body area, as Saturn tends to give chronic issues of a certain type.
When a Taurus 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 Taurus 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 even be 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.