When Saturn transits the Third House the need for security and achievement influences how you think and communicate your ideas. After Saturn’s transit through the 2nd house you should have a secure foundation for your life, so now you begin to work on developing your mind. How this plays out depends on how intellectually focused you are, and whether your work involves communication or travel.
When Saturn moves into your 3rd house it reveals where you need to improve your communication and discrimination skills, and encourages you to pay attention to the way you think. So this is a good time to learn how to discipline your mind and discover new ways of expressing yourself.
You can bring more depth and value to your ideas through structured learning, which makes this is a good time for research and thinking deep thoughts about important subjects. Saturn encourages serious analysis and practical thinking, and helps you to express yourself more clearly.
You may spend more time organising your ideas and restructuring how you think and express yourself, perhaps through writing or teaching. You might study one particular area of interest and really dig deep, or learn new skills that will help you to express yourself with more depth and intelligence.
Saturn in the 3rd house can make you obsessed with details and you may become overwhelmed by huge amounts of information at this time. But this transit isn’t about hoarding facts, it’s about discernment and subtle distinctions. Saturn helps you to focus on what’s really useful to your long-term plans. You might not use all the information you gather now, but it can form a body of knowledge you can draw upon in the future. Learning multiple view points opens up your perspective and helps you to compare ideas, concepts, and methods to find what works best for you.
Your mind will become more serious and cautious, and this helps you to prioritise and not waste time on trivial pursuits. You feel the need to slow down and take time and effort over your communication.
But you may also spend more time worrying or feel insecure about how clever or intelligent you are. Saturn can slow your thinking and make your mind so serious that you fall into negative thinking and start to doubt your ability to understand. Saturn wants you to be realistic about how you think, but that’s not an excuse to beat yourself up every time you make a mistake. If you become discouraged by failure now or feel disappointed with yourself or your life, try to see it as a learning experience. Be more philosophical and don’t take it too personally.
This transit can also mean you spend more time travelling in relation to your work or because of family responsibilities. It may also bring your attention to difficulties with siblings and/or neighbours and acquaintances in your local area. There may be communication breakdowns or difficulties, or feelings of isolation caused by being unable to express yourself the way you would like.
This transit is about building self-knowledge and broadening the scope of your intellect, so whatever happens, ask what you can learn about yourself from the experience and take the time to develop positive mental habits that will improve your life.
Possibilities with Saturn transiting the 3rd:
- Developing a meditation practice
- Spending time reading and studying
- Structured education and learning
- Change in your tone of voice
Watch out for:
- Communication breakdowns
- Feeling discouraged and isolated
- Negative thinking
Ultimately, Saturn in the 3rd house is about getting to know yourself better. Self-knowledge is the foundation for understanding yourself and making conscious choices that help to shape your life the way you want. But you can’t know yourself unless you can think clearly and decide what’s useful and what isn’t. Saturn helps you to see how your mind works and how you use information to define yourself. It demands that you base your thinking on your actual experience rather than relying on abstract ideas or the work of others. If you take the time to deepen your thought process, it will help you to build confidence in your level of intelligence. Then rather than just expressing the half-digested opinions of others, you can learn to actually think for yourself and develop your own ideas.
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