In astrology, Saturn is the planet of limitation, restriction, and responsibilities. It's very disciplined, focused, and practical, and when impacting your professional life, that energy can be brought into the work you do.
How Natal Saturn Impacts Your Professional Life
For some, Saturn can have a strong influence on your professional life via your natal chart. This can be the case if you have:
- Saturn in the 2nd house (ruling money), 6th house (ruling work), or 10th house (ruling career)
- Capricorn 2nd house, 6th house, or 10th house/Midheaven (which would make Saturn the ruler) or a Capricorn 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler
- Saturn conjunct (aligned with) the 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler, or Ceres (planetary ruler of money)
- Saturn conjunct the 4th house cusp/Imum Coeli (the 4th house cusp/Imum Coeli is on an axis with the 10th house cusp/Midheaven so Saturn would be directly opposing)
Saturn also happens to be the natural planetary ruler of career and ambition, so Saturn can impact you professionally no matter what it's doing in your natal chart, however it can be much stronger for some people if you have those positions listed.
When natal Saturn is strong with the 10th house, this rules your overall career, and you're someone who may either struggle with ambition when young, or be super disciplined. If you know what you want to achieve at a young age, you can go the super disciplined route, and you can work hard until you experience success. Saturn does require you to be smart, take the long road, and be ethical about it, but if you adhere to that, you're someone who can achieve a great deal.
If you don't know what you want to achieve at a young age, this may elude you until later in life since Saturn is the late bloomer planet. You may not feel you have a solid sense of your direction until 30+, but the older you get, the more secure about where you're going you can become, and you may end up in a solid place.
You likely have a career ruled by Saturn (in the government, politics, in a corporate position, as a boss, entrepreneur, or someone in charge in some way, for some examples).
When it's the 6th house, this rules your work environment and the jobs you have, so you can be someone who either takes on lots of responsibilities in your jobs and work environment, or avoids it completely. If you take on the responsibilities, you can manage them well, however you may end up taking on too much and not get fairly compensated or recognized, so it's important not to let yourself be taken advantage of. You may prefer to work on your own thought to avoid that, and you may thrive that way.
If you struggle with workplace responsibilities, you may go from job to job, and your jobs may just be jobs and not something you actually care about. A job that you really love may not come until later in life, and it may take some time to figure out what you should be doing.
When it's the 2nd house, this rules your money, and you can be someone who is either really good with money or just doesn't have enough at all. You're someone who needs to be smart, ethical, and responsible with money, and to think long-term and plan for rainy days and emergencies. If you grew up with money or at least comfortable, this can be easy for you to do, but if you grew up poor or on the fringe, you may struggle with a lack attitude that needs to be overcome at some point. Eventually you can create financial security for yourself, but this may come later in life. You can make money in ways ruled by Saturn.
How Transit Saturn Impacts Your Professional Life
Transit (moving) Saturn can also bring strong Saturn energy to your professional life, but this is temporary (whereas with natal Saturn, it's your entire life). With transit Saturn, it's going to be in effect for 2-3 years by house and several months by aspect.
Transit Saturn can influence your professional life when it's:
- in your natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th houses
- aspecting your natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house rulers, your Midheaven, your natal Ceres, or your natal Saturn
Transit Saturn touring your natal 2nd house can make you feel more limited and restricted financially, though it's fairly notorious for this just being a "feeling" and not the actual reality (so you think you have less than you actually do).
Saturn in the 2nd house can force you to work on old money issues, any ways in which you haven't been fiscally responsible, and to start planning ahead (sometimes way ahead!). You can end up emerging from this transit in a great place financially, and there can be great financial gains made, especially toward the end.
Transit Saturn in your natal 6th house can impact your work life, and you may feel more restricted with the work you're doing, in your job, or with those you work with or for. Generally speaking, if you aren't in love with the job you have when this transit begins, you can hate it with a fervent passion once Saturn kicks in, and you likely either quit or lose your job in some way at some point.
Saturn wants you to do something you love, so it'll force the situation to get that. And Saturn wants you to be ethical, responsible, and smart with what you're doing, so that can be a requirement of any new job.
If you already love what you do and do it well, Saturn touring the 6th house can bring rewards and recognition.
Transit Saturn in your natal 10th house is actually one of the absolute best transits for you professionally if you've been working at a career of ambition for a long time, been smart about it, responsible and ethical, and are passionate about it. When that's the case, Saturn in the 10th house can bring massive success and you can hit the biggest highs of your life. This is where you get promotions, raises, land dream jobs, and get public recognition. It usually comes at the start of the transit.
But if you haven't been doing that, you may experience setbacks, delays, outright failure, and feel lost and confused. Saturn wants you to get on track and will throw you off to get your attention. Work to set goals you believe in, and be smart, ethical, responsible, and disciplined in your approach. If you stick with it, progress can come at the end of this transit.
When it comes to transit Saturn aspects, beneficial aspects (sextiles and trines) can help bring stabilizing energy to your professional life. You can feel secure financially with the 2nd house, stable with your job with the 6th house, and comfortable with your path with the 10th house.
Challenging aspects (conjunctions, squares, and oppositions) can bring restrictions and limitations professionally, and with the 2nd house, you may have financial issues to work through; with the 6th house, there can be work and job issues to deal with; and with the 10th house, there can be responsibilities you need to learn to manage better.
Will Saturn in Pisces Impact My Professional Life?
Saturn entered Pisces on March 7th 2023, where it'll cycle for almost 3 years (until 2026), so your professional life can be impacted by this transit if you have:
- natal 2nd house, 6th house, or 10th house/Midheaven in Pisces (Saturn will transit)
- natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler or natal Ceres or Saturn in Pisces (Saturn will conjunct)
- natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house cusp/Midheaven, natal 2nd, 6th, or 10th house ruler or natal Ceres or Saturn in Gemini, Virgo, or Sagittarius (Saturn will square or oppose)
These are the challenging positions for Saturn in Pisces, and you likely feel extra restricted or have extra responsibilities with your professional life. You need to see where you've been aimless, unethical, irresponsible, or have old issues that need to be worked through, and tackle that. As you work through them, options can open up, though you may still feel somewhat limited and have to learn to work within those limitations.
If any of these positions are instead in Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, or Capricorn, Saturn in Pisces will make beneficial aspects, and this can be a great time for making progress and achieving with your goals, your job, or financially. You can improve stability and feel more secure professionally.
Suggested Reading: How to Survive Transit Saturn in the Houses