I actually think I am on good terms with Saturn. Everybody seems to be intimidated by saturn transits because it is the planet of lessons. I've always had an affinity towards the "dark" and "malefic" planets though, having a super strong pluto influence.
I am not afraid of facing shadow aspects and I always root for the underdog. I think it's important to see the ambiguity of each planetary archetype and that none of them are "good" or "bad" planets.
Some of them just have harsher ways of teaching you.
We mature through Saturns lessons and grow from an attitude of fear, which puts us in the position of a slave to an attitude of personal authority, which puts us in the position of the master.
Saturn as your teacher
Saturn is the planet of hard work, discipline, restrictions. While a venus or neptune lesson may be sugercoated and unclear, saturn will make it really hard for you.
Saturn is the authority, he will scold you, call you out and teach you a lesson but he will also mature you, strengthen you, and make you realize that, within yourself, there is the same amount of authority that is outside of you.
As we grow up, we make countless saturn experiences. Saturn is the planet of socialisation. It teaches us to fit in and to restrict and discipline ourselves to be functioning members of society.
Saturn is insanely conscious of what people expect and always anxious to meet up to people's expectations. Saturn wants to fit in, to be accepted.
Maturing SaturnAn undeveloped saturn takes away your individuality, makes you adjust out of fear of being different and wrong and unacceptable. He is the victim of authority. The victim and follower of what people tell him to be. He is hard-working and ambitious but has no personal authority.
A developed saturn, a mature saturn, realizes their own authority, their power to decide what and who they want to be. He is completely self-sufficient, independent and works hard on his own goals and standards, rather than being dictated by other people's expectations.
Representation in the ChartSince saturn always represents authority figures, it usually shows the father in the horoscope.
Sometimes it can be the mother, a teacher, or even peers.
Anyone we give the power to decide over what we do and who we are.
Authority has the word "author" in it, because we have to realize that we have the capability to write our own story, and to plot our own lives and to create our own character.
That's cheesy but totally worth thinking about, because it's so true.
This is the maturing process and the lesson of Saturn - (re)claiming our authority, taking on responsibility, concentrating on ambition rather than fear.
Saturn makes the difference of the state of mind of a master and that of a slave.
Not concentrating on what we lack, but rather what we can offer.
"Fear is a symptom of loss of authority; when we give away our authority, we should be afraid."Caroline W Casey - Making The Gods Work For You
To illustrate this, here's two examples:
Saturn in House 1House of Identity and Self.
Undeveloped Saturn: Fear-based identity, very conformal, trying to fit in and adjust their social mask to fit people's expectations, works hard on themselves and is humble, very serious and pessimistic.
Developed Saturn: Mature mentality, an air of authority, naturally takes on responsibility, wise, gives guidance to others.
Saturn in House 2House of Posessions and Self-Worth
Undeveloped Saturn: Lets other people dictate their self-worth, afraid of not being of value, plays down their talents and abilities, greedy, financial problems.
Developed Saturn: Confident, completely independent of other people's opinions and dictations of what makes them worthy or not, financially independent and stable, wealthy, minimalistic, little material needs
More about Saturn in the 2nd House
I will be writing blogposts about each individual placement eventually!!
I hope you liked this and that you understand the planet better now and that you're less afraid of Saturn, because you know that you can work with its energies to benefit from them :)