Since I covered progressed Jupiter in astrology recently, I wanted to also go into progressed Saturn. Like progressed Jupiter, progressed Saturn doesn't get as much attention in the progressed chart either because Saturn doesn't move very far in the progressed chart. Saturn spends even longer than Jupiter in one sign, around 2 1/2 years, so progressed Saturn doesn't move that much from the natal positions. For most of us, Saturn will remain in the same sign and house; but for some people, progressed Saturn will change.
You generally need to be born with Saturn late in sign (say 24+ degrees) in order for your progressed Saturn to move forward into a new sign at some point in your life; or you need to be born with Saturn very early in a sign (say under 5 degrees) and turn retrograde quickly for Saturn to move back to the previous sign at some point in your life.
It generally goes the same for the houses; if your Saturn is less than 5 degrees from a house cusp, Saturn may move forward into a new house (if Saturn is in the previous house); if Saturn is in a house and under 5 degrees from the cusp, it may move backward into the previous house (if Saturn moves retrograde).
What do progressed charts mean?
A progressed chart is created by adding one day to your date of birth for every year you've been alive to create a new chart that reflects your maturation and growth into adulthood. We all change with age, and the progressed chart reflects that. It's used in predictive astrology, and tracking the movement of the progressed chart can indicate events in your life and shifting focuses over time.
So wait, can your natal chart change?
Don't worry, your natal chart is still your natal chart. The progressed chart is a brand new chart used in conjunction with your natal chart and transits for predictive analysis.
What the planet Saturn represents in astrology
Saturn is the planet of restriction and limitation, at its core. Saturn can restrict and limit energy associated with whatever is being impacted, and there can be lessons to learn, responsibilities to take on, and discipline to adhere to. In your natal chart, the sign and house position of your natal Saturn can show where you have lessons to learn, are a late bloomer, have to take on responsibilities, or feel restricted and limited in life.
When your progressed Saturn moves into a new sign or house, this can show a shifting in where that energy is expressed, and you may start feeling restrictions and limitations in other areas of life, have other lessons to learn, or take on new responsibilities.
If Saturn is moving forward into a new sign, when at the very end of the sign it's leaving, it'll be at 29 degrees. This is the anaretic degree, a point of extreme energy in the progressed chart, and for that period when progressed Saturn is at 29 degrees, you may feel like you have lessons that you absolutely must learn right now or responsibilities you must take care of right away before you feel you lose the chance (meaning before Saturn changes signs). This can be a critical period that can be unsettling with Saturn.
If Saturn is moving backward (retrograde) into a new sign, when it very first enters that new sign, it'll be at 29 degrees. This can bring that intense energy right off of the bat, but it'll be focused on the new sign instead of the old one (likely the original natal sign).
When your progressed Saturn moves into a new house, this can put Saturn conjunct (aligned with) the house cusp for some time (years). When progressed Saturn is within 1-2 degrees of the house cusp, you'll start to feel it more, and have more responsibilities, more limitations, and more lessons in those areas of life the house rules, and have to be more disciplined, mature, and focused.
Progressed Saturn moving through the signs:
From Aries to Taurus, you may find more lessons to be learned about exercising patience and dealing with stubbornness or stuckness; from Taurus to Aries, you may find more lessons to be learned about taking initiative and taking charge, and taking responsibility for yourself.
From Taurus to Gemini, you may find more lessons to be learned through communication and expression, and being active and engaged; from Gemini to Taurus, you may find more lessons to be learned from slowing things down and making things tangible.
From Gemini to Cancer, you may find more lessons to be learned in dealing with emotional issues, and more responsibilities taken on at home/with family; from Cancer to Gemini, you may find more lessons about how to express yourself, how to communicate, and how to use your mind.
From Cancer to Leo, you may find more lessons to be learned about expressing yourself, getting attention, and using creativity as an outlet; from Leo to Cancer, you may find more lessons to be learned about connecting to your emotions and allowing yourself to feel the hard stuff.
From Leo to Virgo, you may find more lessons to be learned in your daily life, approach to health, or ways of managing stress and work; from Virgo to Leo, you may find more lessons to be learned about how to let yourself let go, let loose, and be in tune with your heart.
From Virgo to Libra, you may find more lessons to be learned in relationships, and more responsibilities taken on with others; from Libra to Virgo, you may find more lessons to be learned through focus on work and managing the little things in life.
From Libra to Scorpio, you may find more lessons to be learned by diving deep into yourself, exploring your dark side and demons, and making major transformations; from Scorpio to Libra, you may find more lessons to be learned from connecting with others, finding more balance, and keeping the peace.
From Scorpio to Sagittarius, you may find more lessons to be learned through expansion and exploration, and allowing freedom without being careless; from Sagittarius to Scorpio, you may find more lessons to be learned by being more serious, digging below the surface, tackling hard issues, and making major transformations.
From Sagittarius to Capricorn, you may find more lessons to be learned through discipline, hard work, ambition, and staying on the right track; from Capricorn to Sagittarius, you may find more lessons to be learned through thinking bigger and brighter, embracing optimism, and giving yourself space.
From Capricorn to Aquarius, you may find more lessons to be learned about being an individual, embracing change and nonconformity, and considering the masses; from Aquarius to Capricorn, you may find more lessons to be learned about being more conventional, disciplined, and thoughtfully planning.
From Aquarius to Pisces, you may find more lessons to be learned about connecting spiritually with others and being of service without total sacrifice; from Pisces to Aquarius, you may find more lessons to be learned about detachment, pursuing your dreams, and taking a wider view.
From Pisces to Aries, you may find more lessons to be learned about doing things for yourself and taking control of your own life; from Aries to Pisces, you may find more lessons to be learned about giving more to others, being in tune with your spiritual self, and improving sensitivity.
Suggested Reading: Progressed Jupiter in Astrology
Mars is the planet of energy and drive, pushing us to take action and go for what we want, when we want it. We can take initiative with Mars, and feel excited about what's possible. We can feel pioneering and enthusiastic, and ready to take action.
In love, Mars brings with it that same energy and drive, helping us to take chances in love and relationships.
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Mars, Transits, & Love Astrology
Mars can help be a catalyst when you first meet someone under positive Mars aspects (conjunctions, sextiles, and trines) to the natal or progressed 5th or 7th house cusps or rulers, or natal Venus. The 5th house is the house of love, the 7th house is the house of relationships and commitment, and Venus is the planet of love and relationships.
You can feel more willing to take a chance, to take the first step, to take initiative, and you don't necessarily have to wait for them to act. You can make the first move with Mars. These aspects don't last very long though, so you've only got a few days to make your move.
Transit Mars in the 5th house can bring extra desire for love and romance, and you can be more open to meeting someone new and exciting, or breathing fresh air into an existing romantic relationship; Mars in the 7th house can bring extra focus on commitment, and you may only be interested in something that can become serious quickly, and can become more committed or take the next step in an existing love relationship; and transit Mars in the 8th house can bring a strong desire for intimacy (or at least a strong sex drive!).
Transit Mars is in a house for about 2-3 months, so you get a longer period to take advantage of Mars energy.
Hard Mars aspects (squares and oppositions) can bring out anger and irritation, and you can feel easily frustrated, so it's usually not the best time to try and work on love! Instead, it's better to keep yourself busy, especially physically.
All hard Mars aspects require you to keep busy to use up the extra energy that the hard aspects stir up. If you don't, that's when lots of fighting can occur, and you can get in some hot water with someone! It can be good for sex though, since that can be a good outlet for the extra energy (though adds to frustration if you're single!).
Mars & Synastry
When you have a Mars connection with someone in synastry, this can show you stir each other to take action. This most likely isn't a connection where you're meant to just kick back together! You can do lots of activities together, and have extra passion together. But you may also fight more with one another than with others, and get under each other's skin sometimes. If everything else is good, then this can be managed, and the fights can be brief and not create any lasting scars.
If you have really good Venus connection to go with Mars, this can create a super romantic connection between you. Venus and Mars go hand-in-hand, playing the astro tango together, and balance each other out nicely (you may want to read the article on Venus conjunct Mars if you've got that!).
In transit, Mars alone won't really give you a lasting connection though, so you do want to see some positive Saturn or Pluto in the mix as well. Otherwise, it may just be a passing fun time!
Suggested Reading: Articles in the Love Astrology Series: Jupiter & Love Astrology, Saturn & Love Astrology, Uranus & Love Astrology, Neptune & Love Astrology, Pluto & Love Astrology, the 12th house, Chiron, eclipses, retrogrades, the Lunar Nodes, and Asteroids of Your Name
The full moon for September comes on the 14th in watery Pisces. Full moons tend to be pretty emotional, and water signs are the emotional signs. So when there's a full moon in a water sign, that can reeeally increase emotions! Pisces full moons can make us extra sensitive emotionally, and we need to be sweet and gentle with one another. Avoid mean words, or you might make someone cry! (even yourself!)
We can be super compassionate, and want to help others as much as possible. Pisces can be very sacrificing, so we may feel like we need to sacrifice something in order to help. That can create some boundary problems though, so we need to make sure we have healthy boundaries and aren't giving away *too* much.
Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, and full moons are tied to endings, so some sort of important ending may come with this full moon. Everything comes to an end at some point, and we may feel now is the time for something to end, to be let go of and moved on from.
Pisces rules the subconscious mind, so we may have an easier time tapping into our subconscious selves and understanding ourselves better. We can focus on issues from the past and work to move on. And intuition can be much stronger, so we can listen to the subtle energies all around us for guidance.
The full moon is sextile (positive aspect, 2 signs away) Pluto in Capricorn, so we can share, be intimate, and make use of passionate energy. The full moon is widely (about 4 degrees) conjunct (aligned with) ruler Neptune in Pisces, which can amplify the Pisces impact, and perhaps reveal something hidden, or make us more vulnerable.
This full moon occurs at 21 degrees 5 minutes Pisces. The major aspects made to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Pisces
Sextile: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Opposition: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Virgo
New Moon in Libra: September 28th 2019 at 2:27PM ET
September's new moon comes toward the end on the 28th in air sign Libra. This comes with the Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Libra, so we can be extra Libra-y! This can help us to focus on the people in our lives, our relationships, and our commitments. We can think more of others, and give more attention to others than ourselves (with the full moon too, so we're really about others!).
We may want more time with others, and can be open to meeting new people, entering into new partnerships, and negotiating, and mediating. We can find more opportunities through others, and we can be supportive of others when they're presented with opportunities.
Libra rules balance, so we may focus on the areas of life we haven't had as much time for lately, and work to restore some balance in our lives. As we feel more balanced, we can become more decisive and confident, so it helps in many ways.
We can be more compromising and diplomatic to keep the peace and get everyone on the same page. We don't want too much strife and arguing. Let's just all work together and everyone gets a small win. Play fair!
The new moon occurs at 5 degrees 20 minutes Libra. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Libra
Sextile: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Square: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Opposition: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Aries
Suggested Reading: New & Full Moons page for interpretations
Pluto is the planet of passion, power and control, and has depth and intensity. This can go to extremes, and can become obsession, rage, and make it difficult to see the forest from the trees. When Pluto is healthy, we're passionate, focused on our purpose, and have strong wills to get through anything.
In love, Pluto brings the intensity and passion, the depth and power, but also sometimes the unhealthy obsession and rage.
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Pluto, Transits, & Love Astrology
Pluto can help you to come together with someone in a strong, intense connection under positive Pluto aspects (sextiles and trines) to the natal or progressed 5th or 7th house cusps or rulers, or natal Venus, and this can be handled with greater ease. Intimacy can feel easier, and you can explore new depths together. You can take the connection seriously, and feel more devoted.
The 5th house governs love, while the 7th house governs relationships and commitment. Venus is the planet of love and relationships, so that's why these positions are in play.
Transit Pluto in the 5th house can make you take love more seriously, and you won't settle for anything superficial; transit Pluto in the 7th house can make you take commitment more seriously, and you can give your all in relationships; and transit Pluto in the 8th house brings Pluto home, helping you feel more intimate and open.
Hard Pluto aspects (conjunctions, squares, and oppositions) can bring out obsessive energy, and you can become quite enthralled with someone, or attract someone enthralled with you. This can bring out intense connections, and sometimes this is very unhealthy or even dangerous.
Pluto is the stalker, the jealous ex, the abusive spouse when not manifesting properly. It can be difficult to let go, and you can latch on irrationally to someone that you shouldn't, or experience someone latching on to you that you want to get away from but can't.
At its core, Pluto is the planet of transformation, and this is most apparent under hard aspects. This becomes crucial for you to navigate the difficult energy. A major transformation in your approach to love, sex, dating, and commitment, to what you give and take in your connections with others, to how and what you share, may need to be undertaken.
Any love and relationship issues need to be addressed, especially the heavier stuff relating to abuse and neglect. Pluto wants you to emerge from the cocoon a beautiful butterfly, but it'll be a jarring process in the meantime!
When you have a Pluto connection with someone in synastry, this can create a very intense connection between you. You can be quite passionate with one another, but this can also mean that you're more aggressive, fight over power and control, and bring out some of the darker sides of one another. The intense connection can help with commitment, but it needs to be healthy, otherwise it can turn toward the bad quickly.
To counter the intensity of Pluto, you usually need some positive Jupiter in the mix. Jupiter is optimistic, light, happy, and this can help to balance some of the intensity and seriousness of Pluto. Having positive Jupiter transits with Pluto can be a great indicator of a solid relationship that can stick around for a while, and not get sucked into the hard stuff.
But without Jupiter, Pluto can be very tricky to manage, especially hard Pluto. When that's the case, you may want to hide on an island!
Suggested Reading: Articles in the Love Astrology series: Mars & Love Astrology, Jupiter & Love Astrology, Saturn & Love Astrology, Uranus & Love Astrology, Neptune & Love Astrology, the 12th house, Chiron, eclipses, retrogrades, the Lunar Nodes, and the Asteroids of Your Name