When Saturn transits natal Mercury the need for security and achievement influences the way you think and express your ideas. 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 natal Mercury it encourages you to pay attention to the way you think and how effective your communication is. Now is the time to develop clearer thinking patterns and ways of expressing your ideas.
With the hard angles – conjunction, square, and opposition – you may experience a lot of misunderstandings and confusion, and begin to doubt your ability to communicate effectively. You can’t find the right words, struggle to talk freely, or perhaps become quieter. Others may think you’re being rude, indifferent, and aloof, but your mind is just moving slower than usual.
Saturn slows your mind and forces you to really look at what you’re thinking and saying so you can understand yourself better. Your mind will be deeper than usual as you become more serious and thoughtful. You may feel like withdrawing and not communicating with others because it’s easier than struggling to make yourself understood. But this process isn’t about becoming isolated; it’s about developing greater self-awareness and maturity. These transits are about learning new ways to connect with others, and changing how you think and express yourself, and you can only do that if you pay attention to what’s going on in your head.
You may have to work harder to communicate and express yourself the way you want, but you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process. Saturn gives you a greater ability to concentrate, although if you’re not used to it, you may struggle with self-doubt and negative thinking. If you have Saturn in aspect to Mercury natally, then these transits won’t cause you as many problems because you’re used to thinking like this.
Use these times as an opportunity to develop new patterns of thought and ways of expressing yourself. You can have long, serious discussions about heavy subjects and come to a greater understanding of yourself and the world. Saturn transits to Mercury are good for learning, studying and writing, if you’re willing to work hard. Your mind is more discerning so it’s also a good time for planning and business deals.
As with all Saturn transits, it’s best to be constructive and work with the energy on offer. Your ideas may be challenged and you might have to prove yourself or work harder to convince others of the worth of your ideas, but don’t take this process personally. If you identify with your ideas then every time you’re criticised, it will cause you problems. See it as an opportunity to learn about what works and what doesn’t.
Negative thinking will backfire on you and force you to take responsibility for how you communicate with others. You’ll need to be careful that your thought patterns don’t become too fixed and narrow. If you feel depressed during these transits it’s a sign that you need to dig deep to unearth new possibilities for growth. Saturn challenges the way you think to force you to find a new perspective, so now is the time to look at the stories you’ve been telling yourself and to assess how realistic they are.
A good way to work with these transits is to begin a meditation practice. By cultivating silence and inner listening you’ll learn more about how your mind works, and this will also help you to connect more meaningfully with others.
Possibilities with Saturn transiting Mercury:
- Developing new mental habits
- Business deals and transactions
- Study and putting ideas into form
- Planning and organisation
- Cultivating silence and listening skills
Watch out for:
- Self-doubt and negative thinking
- Narrow-mindedness and nit-picking
- Disagreements and misunderstandings
When Saturn transits natal Mercury it brings a more reflective and thoughtful mood. It removes internal and external distractions and forces you to focus on what matters. Your intuition may be harder to access but your mind will be more disciplined, so use this time for getting work done that requires attention to detail or steady work over a long period of time. Self-discipline is only stressful if you resist doing the work. These transits give you the opportunity to make your thoughts more real, to bring your lofty ideals down to earth and give them form. If you’ve been thinking about something for a long time but haven’t done anything about it, Saturn may finally force you to put your money where your mouth is and actually make a decision.
- Planets in Transit – Robert Hand
- Transits – Betty Lundsted
- Saturn in Transit – Erin Sullivan