Saturn in Scorpio, exaggerated concern

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By this point, I have heard from various friends and several readers that they are concerned about Saturn’s transit through Scorpio. I want to attempt to alleviate those worries or concerns here. And perhaps, this example might help.

Imagine yourself as a baby, about to be born. You are ready, but there is still another day or so before your mother’s water is going to break. Are you concerned? If you believe in reincarnation and the possibility of “remembering” previous difficult births, then heck yes you are concerned. But does that concern always reflect what the circumstances are? Perhaps, at times yes. But if your mother has many resources in place to support you both through the birth, to make you feel welcomed and to continue to let you know that you are loved and taken care of, then your concern, pre-birth, would be an unnecessary fear. Right? Imagine that child has all the resources in place to grow and develop in a caring, healthy environment, if you can.

Is it possible you have heard so many negative things about Saturn and / or Scorpio, that you have potentially skewed fears? Is it possible that these fears are unwarranted? Of course. So here in this post, I am going to mention a few combinations of planets and aspects which might lead to concern being realistic and being worth investigating. But otherwise, without many of these combinations occurring in your chart at this time, then what do you have to worry about?

For those of you who read my blog regularly, this piece of info will be no surprise: Astrology is a complicated subject. If you do not consider yourself to be objective and well-versed in the subject, then it is highly recommended you go out and receive an astrology interpretation from a competent astrologer. Or, better yet, go out and find a competent body-worker and allow them to assist you through releasing any unwarranted tension and concern from your system (Osteopath, Craniosacral Therapist, Zero Balancing Practitioner, Rolfing – Structural Integration, Polarity Therapist, etc).

I mention this because I do not want my suggestions below to cause anyone any more concern than can process – because that is neither my intention nor would that do a bit of good!

Personally, what raises my inner yellow caution flag when I see a major planet like Saturn transiting Scorpio? It is the fact that Scorpio is a Fixed sign. And the Fixed signs are also known as the Serpent signs. They represent karma which is more deeply ingrained. Patterns that are slightly more difficult to uproot. And someone with a lot of Fixed signs in their chart would probably have Saturn aspecting a number of those planets during its time in Scorpio. For instance, say I had my Venus in Aquarius, Uranus in Scorpio, Mars in Taurus and my Moon in Leo (these are the four Fixed signs). Well guess what? First I might have a Grand Cross running, but depending on their degrees, Saturn will be making a hard aspect to each of these planets sometime in the next two years.

In this next paragraph, I am going to speak about Saturn like it is having an effect on the astrology chart. But we should know that this is not the case. The planets do not compel from the outside, rather they reflect one’s inner karma. So do not fear or worship or thank Saturn as an outer “entity,” rather look at your challenges and blessings as ways of purifying negative karma or as ways that your positive karma has ripened. If anything, Saturn is an internal process, simply reflected in your Natal chart.

Saturn, being one of the Lords of Karma (the other being Pluto), often means a test or a challenge when it makes a hard aspect to another planet. But is this always the case? Not in my opinion. For those of us with a strong Saturn in our birth charts, Saturn’s transit can mean a stable, slowly-building time of ease and abundance – provided we follow Saturn’s advice of being disciplined and taking responsibility. Saturn is recommending (often with very strong words) that we take small steps to work towards our goals with solid ethics and effort, and to mature as a result of this mental shift.

What else does Saturn in Scorpio mean in particular? Well first look to see how many planets you have in fixed signs. One? No problem – believe it or not, in this rare case, you may need to build in more stubbornness and rigidity. Two planets? Still no problem, although it is worth checking to see which planets they are. If we have Pluto and / or Uranus and / or Saturn in a fixed sign in our Natal Charts, and if one of these giants are making an aspect to our Sun or Moon, then we should investigate further. Otherwise, two planets in fixed signs is nothing.

And there are flexible or more fluid planets like Mercury, Neptune and Venus – these planets in Fixed signs might not bring as much physical manifestation as other planets would. Although house placement and aspects to other planets make a big difference. So if we have three or four planets in fixed signs, and two of these are the flexible planets just mentioned, again this is probably not an issue. However, trust that Saturn’s transit over these planets and aspects will heat up that particular dynamic in your life. (Meaning understanding house placement and other aspects becomes a must.)

What if we have a majority of our planets in fixed signs? Well then it would be worthwhile to look at your chart more closely. Where are those planets located? Some houses make for easier transits than others, especially with Saturn being the fulcrum as it were. How many of those fixed planets aspect each other in orbs or six degrees or less? If we have Mars at 1 degree of Scorpio, with Saturn at 11 degrees Leo, Moon in 18 Taurus, Jupiter at 19 Scorpio and Pluto at 27 Scorpio, how many of these are actually aspecting each other? In terms of close aspects, just the Moon / Jupiter square, although Saturn and the Moon would be in a wide orb along with Jupiter / Pluto. So this is a more pleasant spread of planets through the Fixed signs.

So you must be discerning to peel apart any subjective concern for your chart and an objective reality of what you are perceiving. In the above case, when Saturn approaches the 18 degree of Scorpio, and especially if it is stationing either retrograde or direct, then that might be a challenging month (or at least couple of weeks). But again, you must apply the idea of frequency-based astrology. If you are at least 40 years old, what was happening the last time Saturn crossed through Scorpio? This time around, unless Pluto and Uranus are making strong difficult aspects, you can expect Saturn’s transit to be easier.

I need to wrap this up soon, but there is one more piece I want to mention. I just touched on it with Pluto and Uranus. Right now, and for the next year or more, there is a transiting Pluto / Uranus square occurring. They are passing through the early to mid degrees of Cardinal signs (Aries and Capricorn respectively). So if you have a plethora of planets in early Fixed signs (with Saturn involved here) and several planets in early to mid Cardinal signs, then I would recommend having your chart interpreted by an open-hearted, choice-centered astrologer. Because then there could be several potential speed bumps to unpack. Otherwise, do not worry about any of the above transits. Just relax and have some tea and rest down when you can.

I hope this has been helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for reading.


Published by Kirby Moore

Kirby Moore is a healing facilitator based in the beautiful rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia. He does sessions in-person and long distance via Skype and Zoom, working with Spiritual Astrology, Somatic Experiencing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Birth Process Work. His healing work is informed by fifteen years of meditation and Qigong practice. He works with client's intentions and deepest longings to attain clear, tangible results. Contact him for more info at (email): kirby [at] mkirbymoore [dot] com

4 thoughts on “Saturn in Scorpio, exaggerated concern

  1. I was born 4/9/61@744amcst and I have Karma in 1 degree, 97 minutes Scorpio but I don’t know what house its in. I also have Dharma in 1 degree 97 minutes Virgo. can u tell me what this means. I am looking it up online and I am not finding the right sites. thank you

    1. Hi Debi,
      I work work with western astrology. I dont know what you are refering to by karma and dharma? Are those planets? Asteroids?

  2. Hi Kirby,

    Thank you for this entry. I have just started looking at my natal chart, and I have a Grand Cross with Saturn in Leo in the 12th House, (Leo is my Ascendant, so the 1st House is somewhat aspected as well), Moon in Scorpio in the 4th House, Sun in Aquarius on the cusp of the 7th House, and Jupiter in Taurus in the 10th House. What is your opinion the lessons here for me to learn are? In terms of the fixed Grand Cross itself, and dealing with this Saturn transit? I will appreciate any ideas you might have. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your comment! Sounds like you have an amazing chart here 🙂 I will email you with one or two questions to clarify. Best wishes, KM

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