Saturn is the furthest planet from Earth to still be visible with the naked eye, representing an apparent limit to our solar system. Saturn’s cycles are long, solemnly trudging around the zodiac every three decades, marking the maturation and passing of each generation with the unstoppable march of time. Even Saturn’s rings appear to bind and constrict the planet. Accordingly, Saturn is the planet of limits, boundaries, structures, obstacles, hardships, delays, tragedies, maturity, seriousness, responsibility, duty, punishment, foundations, longevity, sacrifice and hardening, the status quo and the old guard. The condition of Saturn at the time of our birth says something about the kind of challenges and fears we face, where we put great efforts with no ease or guarantee of success, where we attempt to build things, the parts of our lives where we are told ‘no’ and where we say ‘no’.
Saturn in Cancer is in a cardinal water sign and bears down on the significations of its ruler, the Moon. Their encounters with Saturn are tribal rites of initiation, hardening and strengthening physically and emotionally to reach maturity as an elder of the community. The hardest questions for people born during these periods are about the limits of community, family bonds and natural environments. How can you measure up to family legacies? How many people can really become part of your family, how many people can you take care of before it becomes too much? How much can you manage and take care of people until it begins to feel intrusive and smothering to them? There can be a strength from one’s parents but also a particular fear of being too settled and hemmed in by your origins. There is a striving toward establishing your own home and tribe, taking responsibility for your environment. This is a stern protector of mothers and families and all that supports life, a conservationist or caretaker of nature.
This is especially true if you were born with Cancer, Capricorn or Aquarius rising. Whether you experience the better or worse significations of this position depends on whether you were born during the day or at night, and the kind of aspects it makes with the other planets.
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