Saturn Transits to the Sun

When Saturn transits the natal Sun the need for security and achievement influences your sense of self and how you express yourself. Saturn represents the structures and limitations of your life, and what you need to do in order to be true to yourself and build the life you want.

When Saturn transits the Sun it’s time to evaluate your identity and how you’re doing to see whether you’re living up to your highest potentials. If you’re not, you’ll be forced to grow up, take responsibility and get your shit together. This is an opportunity to test yourself against reality and make progress towards becoming who you really are, so it’s best to take a constructive approach.

Saturn restricts your energy levels and this forces you to focus on what is most productive in your life and to get rid of anything that holds you back. It can be a stressful time when you feel frustrated or restricted in what you can do, but this is just to help you discover what works and what doesn’t. You may start to feel dissatisfied with how things are, especially if your life doesn’t reflect the real you deep down.

If there’s a difference between who you appear to be and who you are inside, Saturn will force a confrontation with your shadow, and the bigger the difference, the harder it will be. This reality check doesn’t have to be a negative experience, but if you resist the changes you need to make, things are likely to get even harder and more frustrating. You’ll run into a brick wall that forces you to change and get real.

So it’s better to cooperate with the transit and make the necessary changes. If you don’t deal with it this time, it will come back even more forcefully in 7 years time when Saturn makes another hard angle to the Sun.

The sextile and trine transits are the easiest to deal with and you should feel more confident and willing to do whatever is necessary to change at these times. The hard angles – conjunction, square, and opposition – are more challenging but offer the opportunity to let go of the past and refocus your life in a more productive direction. These transits are only really difficult if you haven’t been true to yourself.

Now is the time to evaluate your sense of purpose and what you’re trying to achieve. It can be a turning point in your career where you finally succeed after years of effort. Or it can be a period of disappointment, disillusionment, and failure when what you’ve been doing is proved to be unrealistic.

No matter how talented you are and no matter how hard you work, you can’t do everything you want and sometimes you have to accept that certain limits are necessary. Saturn will force you to accept what is possible and real for your particular situation. However, you may still be able to achieve a lot at these times so don’t give up too easily. If it looks like Saturn is telling you that your dreams are unrealistic, it may just be that you need to change your approach, not give up altogether.

Possibilities with Saturn transiting the Sun:
  • Promotion or recognition for your work
  • Marriage
  • Starting a new business
  • Working on creative projects
  • Giving ideas structure and form
  • Building confidence and self-mastery
  • Greater productivity
Watch out for:
  • Stress and burnout
  • Depression
  • Resentment and resistance against change
  • Low energy
  • Self-doubt and loss of faith in yourself
  • Shadow projections
  • Difficulties with a father or authority figure

Saturn transits to the Sun can be a humbling experience. They may give your ego a hard time but you’ll be stronger for it once the transit is over. Take the opportunity to discover where you have gone wrong in expressing yourself in the past and stay open to the possibility of change. You must create your own life and take responsibility for what you produce. Now is the time to be fully authentic and express the reality of who you are and grow towards developing your own inner authority and sovereignty.


  • Planets in Transit – Robert Hand
  • Transits – Betty Lundsted
  • Saturn in Transit – Erin Sullivan
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