Saturn takes its name from the Roman god of wealth and agriculture; its astronomical symbol (♄) represents the god’s sickle. The planet that is nine times wider than Earth moved from Capricorn into Aquarius on December 17, 2020 and will remain in the sign of the water bearer until March 7, 2023. What does this mean for society at large and what trends are we likely to see?
In astrology, the planet Saturn is associated with limitation. He’s the taskmaster of the zodiac, where Jupiter expands, Saturn constricts. Although the themes of Saturn may seem depressing and restricting, the planet helps to bring meaning and structure to our world. Saturn knows the limits of time and matter, it rules our boundaries, our responsibilities, and our commitments. Saturn teaches lessons of patience, he makes us aware of the need for self-control, and helps us to identify of our limits.
With a very different energy to Saturn, forward-looking Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius. Before astrologers knew Uranus existed, Saturn was recognised as the ruling planet of Aquarius. This certainly explains the duality of this air sign; on one hand Aquarians can be somewhat serious, aloof and stubborn, on another incredibly kind, social, humanitarian and inventive.
There’s one thing for sure, Aquarians are non-conformists. They are the freethinkers and change makers of our world.
The last time Saturn was in technological Aquarius was between February 1991 – January 1994, which was around the time the world wide web was invented and began to really take off. Key themes of the period included humanitarian breakthroughs, technological advances, and even a breakdown of system of institutionalised racial segregation in South Africa. We also saw the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Here are some key events from the last Saturn in Aquarius period:
• Apartheid was dismantled between 1990 and 1994
• The dissolution of the Soviet Union on 26 December 1991
• The beginning of the Web as a publicly available service. The Internet arrived on August 6, 1991, born at CERN
• The Internet was made available for unrestricted commercial use and the number of computers on the net reached 1 million (1991)
• A report stated that 2.5 million people in Europe were homeless
• The Pentium microprocessor was introduced by Intel
• Windows NT 3.1 was released by Microsoft
• Dyson sold the first bagless cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner
• Yitzhak Rabin came to power in Israel promising to pursue peace talks with PLO
• Signing of the Maastricht treaty on 7th February 1992 by 12 member states. This was the foundation treaty of the European Union
• The maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Endeavour began when the spacecraft was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 7th 1992.
For the current Saturn in Aquarius period from 2021 to 2023, it’s very possible we may see further breakthroughs in the areas of inequality and racial discrimination. This is a time where humanitarian causes come into the limelight and activist groups gain momentum. In addition there could be technological advances, peace negotiations and breakthroughs in space explorations.
This is a positive time for those working tirelessly for the greater good of humanity and our beautiful planet.
The hammer and sickle are a symbol of the communist movement. With Saturn in Aquarius it is possible that we could see some major changes in communist countries including China and North Korea. Global alliances and groups could also undergo radical changes. Will we see some positive changes with the European Union? It’s definitely possible.
When it comes to the less fortunate in society, we may hear news about the number of poor and homeless people affected by poverty, and those who found themselves overlooked during the pandemic. Their plight could well come into the spotlight, and this revelation could lead to reforms in policy, with a focus on the wellbeing of our people and social welfare system.
Finally, with Saturn in Aquarius we’ll definitely see a spotlight on technology. How will the internet move forward during its first Saturn return? Will cyber security be challenged on a major scale? Could space exploration provide some major discoveries of our time? The next two years could certainly bring some exciting developments in technological advancements and innovative inventions, as well as providing positive breakthroughs in humanitarian endeavours.