On January 26, 2017 (6:20 am PT), Saturn will leave its position in sidereal Scorpio, where it has lingered for the last three years, and enter fiery Sagittarius, where, with the exception of four months later this year, it will remain for the next three years.
Of all the planets in the solar system, Saturn wields the greatest and toughest influence, behaving somewhat like a parent who practices tough love. Where Saturn goes, serious work soon follows, and this transition will prove no exception.
While the work can sometimes feel uncomfortable or arduous, it is ultimately leading us toward liberation. With Saturn in Sagittarius, the next three years will be a potent time for spiritual transformation and maturity.
In Scorpio, Saturn took the form of the grim reaper (Saturn’s glyph is in the shape of the reaper’s blade - ♄), cutting down all that no longer serves with his cosmic sickle. In so doing, Saturn brought the value of life and an understanding of impermanence to the forefront of human consciousness.
Now Saturn will throw a spiritual hardball into Sagittarius, the sign of optimism and hope. This new influence will knock down those on high horses and shake dreamers awake. There won’t be much room for blind faith, though, because Saturn prefers the sober (and somber), and will demand to see results. Leaders and teachers who don’t “walk their talk” may face consequences in the real world.
These next three years could prove challenging for ethicists and supporters of human rights. The recent attempt by Congressional Republicans to gut the House Ethics Committee is a clear harbinger of things to come. Ethical and moral standards will be tested during this period, but through facing opposition, they will ultimately be strengthened and refined.
At the same time that Saturn may increase stubborn prejudice and old world conservatism, the heavy influence on Sagittarius could also help to curb the troubling effects of fake news and post-truth conspiracies. Saturn will force us to slow down and think twice about what we’re reading and ingesting, encouraging us to scrutinize our beliefs.
The days leading up to January 26 will be particularly turbulent, especially after January 16, when Saturn enters the final degree of Scorpio. This area of the zodiac—called the gandanta, or karmic knot—teeters on the unstable threshold between water (Scorpio) and fire (Sagittarius). Fire and water don’t mix, and navigating this cosmic threshold could prove awkward, complicated, and ultimately transformative.
After the 26th, Saturn will move into the Mula Nakshatra, known as the Root Star, which resides in Sagittarius. Mula is where the galactic center is located, and where the spiral of our galaxy is rooted. In Vedic Astrology, Mula is said to hold the secret of the origin of life, as well as its eventual destruction and transformation. Mula is also the area of the sky where a particularly calamitous form of Kali, the goddess of destruction, dwells.
Saturn’s journey into the fire of Sagittarius may feel difficult at times, but keep in mind that its ultimate goal is to liberate us from illusion. Humanity is on the brink of shifting to a higher level of consciousness—but in order to arrive there, we have to walk through the collective fire.
For those of us who are running dasha cycles of Saturn, or who have key natal planets in Mula, the influence of Saturn may be more apparent.
Here is your Vedic Saturn Horoscope for the upcoming three-year transit in Sidereal Scorpio. Remember that these are based on your Vedic Sign. You can look at both your ascendant and moon sign to learn how this Saturn transit will affect you.
**This is meant as a rough guide. Everyone will experience Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius according to their unique astrological chart. A better way to understand the changes and shifts coming up is to schedule a one-on–one Vedic Astrology reading with me here.
Aries – Saturn transits your house of higher learning, instigating possibility for diligence in study and serious spiritual work. Those in school will have much work to do, try not to overwork your self. Be patient and tolerant with father figures and teachers. Job changes and travel for work are a possibility, work on your commitments to social causes and positive growth.
Taurus – Some ups and downs with money are possible throughout this Saturn transit. Be clear in financial dealings, especially insurance claims, taxes, and shared recourses. Planning for the long-term future is supported. Research and diligent inquiry can reveal answers to problems that have long troubled you.
Gemini – Greater maturity in relationship and solidifying commitments are in the cards, if you are ready to do Saturn’s work. Separation from business partners or spouses may also occur if responsibilities are not owned up to. Learning new communication skills and taking care of your health is advised.
Cancer – This is a great time to focus and improve organization skills. There is hard work with slow, but steady gains. Be sure to get enough exercise and watch your diet. Better health habits may be necessary. Saturn will help you win over competitors and enemies, but other relationships could come under pressure.
Leo – Conservative thinking, especially in investment, is advised. Working for a purposeful future and having a strong foundation will be constructive in the long run. Children may need more attention. This could be a good time to dedicate to improving education. Working for certifications or taking loans for school may be the next step.
Virgo – Things might go a bit awry at home. It could be necessary to spend extra energy on upkeep of real estate or vehicle. Some financial pressure may occur, but with dedication can find it possible to pay off old debts. Spiritual healing through dream-work and depth psychology is supported.
Libra – This is a time for recovery and coming back into a sense of self-empowerment. If you are a teacher, try not to be hard on your students, and if you have siblings be patient with them. Keep your body moving and your words very clear and truthful.
Scorpio –Financial security and responsibility may come more into focus. Working with your voice, improving how you speak and finding your true and authentic voice is supported. Be sure to eat well. Mal-absorption of nutrients can be healed through earnest improvement of diet. Remember to love and appreciate your family and all you have.
Sagittarius - These next years could feel like a real transformation. Saturn’s transit in your sign is a powerful opportunity for spiritual growth and maturity. Take an honest inventory of your life and get clear with your vision. Be wary of unrealistic or egotistical tendencies – and don’t lose hope! Be sure to take care of your health and rest more, if possible.
Capricorn – Spiritual and charitable work is supported. Try to take it easy, especially if you are feeling anxious or having trouble sleeping. This could be a time of closure, such as moving into retirement, finishing up long-term projects, or changing residence. Tap into your intuition and work on healing unconscious resentment and self-sabotaging tendencies.
Aquarius –Wise, mature and dependable friends are of great importance, others are cut out. Support networks and referral systems grow stronger. Hard work can really pay off in this time, and your career may advance.
Pisces – If you haven’t been feeling satisfied or supported at work, it may be time for a change. There is a lot of work up ahead, don’t overdo it. What you are doing and creating should come from a place of dignity and self-respect.