Planets: Classical & Modern
Astrology: Planets: Classical & Modern

Western Astrology:  Classical Planets: Saturn

Saturn has rulership over the feminine sign of Capricorn; the 10th house ruler in the natural zodiac,  and is exalted in Libra. Western Astrology:  Classical Planets: Saturn

The seven classical planets are those easily seen with the naked eye, and were thus known to ancient astrologers. They are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Saturn is the planet of restrictions. Discipline and responsibility are important to this planet. Saturn reacts to our actions directly. Saturn indicates our day to day tasks. It shows us our personal 'karma', our duties and our responsibilities. Saturn keeps track of our deeds and teaches us, punishes us and rewards us. It is heavy, immense and set in it's ways. It rules time and loves tradition. This planet is what keeps order. When Saturn ruled in Greek mythology, was the only time the world was at peace and everyone was accountable for their own actions. Saturn's influence is more about restriction. Saturn presents us with difficulties necessary for us to grow. Strict and challenging, Saturn will not leave you alone until you learn the lessons you must in order to progress. Most of us face our "Saturn Return" around our 30th birthday, when Saturn returns to the position it occupied when we were born. This is part of why turning 30 feels like such a downer! Saturn rules the Capricorn Sign in Astrology.

Western Astrology: Classical Planets: Saturn

SaturnSaturn Symbol

Rules the Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius, and is exalted in Libra
Class: Social or Transpersonal planet
Nature: Cold and Dry
Gender: Neutral
Temperament: Nervous
Rules Day of the Week: Saturday
Symbolic Attributes: Control, Deep Study, Fixation
Characterology: Non-emotive, active, secondary, or sometimes, emotive, non-active, secondary. He is a phlegmatic, sentimental or apathetic.
Effect on World Events: Disastrous events
Person's Nature: Wisdom, stability, persistence, 'saturnine' temperament
Element: Earth
Represents: Saturn is a serious planet and helps you lay out your path for success. (Grandparents, wise men, the elderly, scientists and knowledgeable persons)
Effect in Life: Accidents, disease, treachery, bad luck
Effect in Earth: Lead

Western Astrology:  Classical Planets: Saturn

In Roman mythology, Saturn is the god of agriculture, leader of the titans, founder of civilizations and of social order, and conformity. The glyph is shaped like a scythe, but it is known as the "crescent below the cross", whereas Jupiter's glyph is the "crescent above the cross". The famous rings of the planet Saturn that enclose and surround it, reflect the idea of human limitations.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. It is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth.

Radius: 36,184 miles
Distance from Sun: 890,700,000 miles
Mass: 568.3E24 kg (95.16 Earth mass)
Orbital period: 29 years, and spends 2.46 years in each sign of the zodiac.
Length of day: 0d 10h 39m
Moons: Titan, Enceladus, Rhea, Dione, Mimas, Iapetus, Tethys, More

Astrologically, Saturn is associated with the ambition, career, achievement, authority, command hierarchy, conforming social structures but also with limitation, restrictions, boundaries, bad luck , pessimism, practicality and reality. It concerns a person's sense of duty, discipline and responsibility, and their physical and emotional endurance during hardships. Saturn is also considered to represent the part of a person concerned with long-term planning. The Return of Saturn is said to mark significant events in each person's life. According to the 1st-century poet Manilius, Saturn is sad, morose, and cold, and is the greater malefic. According to Claudius Ptolemy, "Saturn is lord of the right ear, the spleen, the bladder, the phlegm, and the bones." Saturn symbolized processes and things that were dry and cold, and therefore inimical to life. It governed the melancholic humor.

"He made the letter Resh king over Peace And He bound a crown to it And He combined one with another And with them He formed Saturn in the Universe Friday in the Year The left nostril in the Soul, male and female."

Before the discovery of Uranus, Saturn was regarded as the ruling planet of Aquarius. Many traditional types of astrologers prefer considering Saturn  as the planetary ruler for both Capricorn and Aquarius. In modern astrology, it is the primary native ruler of the tenth house. Traditionally however, Saturn ruled both the first and eighth houses.

Rules Day of the Week: Saturday

Saturday is ruled by Saturn, the planet of limitations and restrictions. "Saturday's child works hard for a living" thus might refer to the Saturnine nature which is rather serious and responsible.  So one of the reasons we all spend Saturdays running errands and doing odd jobs around the house is because Saturn rules this day. We are called upon to limit our fun to get the job done, and sometimes this involves restricting ourselves in some areas. If you were born on a Saturday, you are a hard working individual that doesn’t "cut loose"too often. You may want to learn to relax a bit more.

Saturn is associated with Saturday, which was named after the deity Saturn. Dante Alighieri associated Saturn with the liberal art of astronomia (astrology and astronomy).

Chinese Astrology

In Chinese astrology, Saturn is ruled by the element earth, which is warm, generous, and co-operative. In Indian astrology, Saturn is called Shani or "Sani", and represents career and longevity. He is also the bringer of obstacles and hardship

Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide information about personality, human affairs and other "earthly" matters.