The trials of existence

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In a natal chart, Saturn rules how you deal with the needs and necessities of existence. In other words, everything that contributes to forming and integrating the individual in the personal, social and moral context is assigned to Saturn.

Building a well-adjusted personality internally and externally is not easy; obstacles and trials slow down our drive towards independence. Saturn’s task is to accompany the individual towards maturity so that they arrive fully formed thanks to the experience accumulated during challenging experiences. This happens around thirty years, corresponding to the first cycle of the planet.

What if the process fails? In most cases, nature forces the person into a sort of existential confinement, unable to overcome the difficulties that arise along the way. That’s why addressing our weaknesses and failures is crucial to building a more robust shelter against adversity.

The challenges of a Saturn transit vary depending on its strength in the natal chart. A well-aspected Saturn prepares for the negative repercussions of the existential trials, allowing them to be transmuted into physical, moral and spiritual advancement. Otherwise, Saturn emphasises the inability to react to life’s tribulations. Below is a summary of the transits of Saturn on natal planets.


Seriousness of purpose, relationships with mature people, assumption of responsibility, preparation period given heavy commitments, accumulation of physical energies. The conjunction is to be considered critical. Negative aspects: mental blocks or depression, poor social contacts, conflicts of competence, rivalries, social misadventures, the tendency to weight loss and colds.


Improvement of the family and domestic situation, tendency to save, a balance between external and intimate needs, integration between home life and working life, real estate buying and selling, taking out insurance, and pragmatism. Direct transit is to be considered critical. Negative aspects: colds, concern for relatives’ health, difficulties in family and personal life, feelings of loneliness and isolation, broken relationships, and emotional misadventures caused by neglect in sentimental matters.


More significant logic leads to a promotion of professional activity, accuracy, and mental insight. The direct transit favours intellectual rather than practical activity. Negative aspects: lousy mood, mental anxiety, excessive caution, incorrect evaluations, pessimistic thoughts, increased critical sense, projects that suffer a defeat, cold communication, sometimes lung disease, and laryngitis.


Consolidation of the emotional sphere, solid and lasting relationships, relationships with more mature people, the prevalence of utility and concreteness, favourable business and professional associations, and attraction towards elaborate artistic forms. Negative aspects: if there is a predisposition, possible diseases of the urogenital system; in women: pregnancy and menstrual cycle dysfunction. Complex relationships with women; estrangements, breakups and financial mishaps.


Stable willpower, success due to tireless work, patience, rigidity, and slow and complete project realisation. Negative aspects: Possibility of injuries and accidents, fractures, cardiovascular disease in old age, high blood pressure, injuries from sharp objects, the tendency to conflict and aggression in critical situations, especially with authorities, obstacles to ambitions, antagonism, and anger.


Socially favourable time for consolidations, help from bosses, savings and life insurance, forward-looking financial attitudes, and perseverance. Negative aspects: conflicts with the environment and social institutions, obstacles that generate frustration, financial problems, social inhibitions, broken ties, and intolerance.


Reorganisation of life and social stabilisation; the direct transit corresponds to a vital maturation on an inner level with the awareness of one’s responsibilities. In general, a reflective and serene period, also at a working and professional level. Negative aspects: Possible illnesses or deaths in the family, a period in which the consequences of past mistakes appear; identity crises, unfavourable businesses, or obstacles placed in the way by superiors and collaborators at work.


Sudden professional successes, balance between the old and the new in life, studies of new disciplines, promptness and determination in dealing with new things. Negative aspects: mental blocks, susceptibility to accidents, excessive criticism; the tension tends to overturn consolidated situations, sense of oppression at work, resignations or layoffs, intolerance towards the organised aspects of daily life.


Prevalence of the spiritual aspects of existence; attempts to understand the profound elements of consciousness. Most of the time, the transit does not allow for the detection of perceptible effects. Negative aspects: chaotic situations, psychosis or neurosis, confused psychic state, alteration of relationships with the environment, slander, vague ideas, sense of insecurity, difficulty distinguishing between reality and illusion; diseases are challenging to diagnose.


Deepening of creative impulses, work energy, accentuation of ambition, social progress, and greater self-confidence. Direct transit is to be considered critical. Negative aspects: limits imposed on one’s freedom of movement, scarcity, heavy burdens, repression of instincts, reduction of expenses, episodes of violence, and enemies.