Saturn in Sagittarius Comprehensive Analysis
Below you will find a comprehensive analysis of the Saturn in Sagittarius natal placement. Read this and re-read it if you have to. Upon a firm understanding of the study, you will have completed the final step of our Four Part Study to Mastering your Saturn Return!
Saturn in Sagittarius Dates
Saturn in Sagittarius dates are as follows. The last few cycles of Saturn in Sagittarius were December 2, 1926 through March 14, 1929; May 5 through November 28, 1929; January 12 through May 12, 1956; October 10, 1956 through January 4, 1959; November 16, 1985 through February 12, 1988; and June 10 through November 11, 1988. Saturn is in Sagittarius from December 23, 2014 through June 13, 2015. Then again September 17, 2015 through December 18, 2017, during which time those previously born with Saturn in Sagittarius will be experiencing their Returns.
Issues facing Saturn in Sagittarius
If you were born with Saturn in Sagittarius natal, the issues during your Saturn Return will be about personal freedom, higher education, intuition, teaching, travel, the outdoors, mental health, and animals.
The karmic wounds indicated for those with Saturn in Sagittarius have to do with religious principles, belief systems. Also the search for the truth, misuse of influence, hypocrisy, and the proper use of the “sage” archetype.
Someone with Saturn in Sagittarius cries out for the development of a coherent philosophy of Life. The freshest, most valuable insights will come from your own contemplation. There is little others have to teach you about life. You must experience it for yourself.
People with Saturn in Sagittarius often have a feeling of lack of faith and optimism based on the characteristics of their father. Perhaps he emigrated, was unstable in some way, or didn’t really “belong” anywhere. Maybe a mixed heritage or unusual religious beliefs caused problems. Or perhaps he renounced a religion altogether. It’s likely that your relationship with your biological father and/or your Heavenly one have blocked you from experiencing the breadth of life you desire.
Powerful in Knowledge
Saturn in Sagittarius makes you a powerful knower and conveyor of the truth, yet you have many inhibitions about this based on mistakes made in past lives or things used against you in childhood. Perhaps you encouraged others to take a leap of faith based on intuition and it led to disaster.
You want to be fully intuitive and long to take those big leaps of faith, but you must share what you know responsibly. A lot of testing is required before you are able to properly access this powerful gift.
There is a residual tendency to both balk at the starting gate and to rush success. The biggest mistake of all is to reign in your horse just as it is jumping. This process smoothes out over time and rewards come fully after your second Saturn Return.
In fact, for you, many rewards come later. At the end of your life, you have the greatest blessing of all which is a rare one. It is called the Blessing of Buddha – knowing that you did what you came here to do.
Additionally Exciting Insights for Saturn in Sagittarius
You would love to be enthusiastic and positive about life, to see it as a grand adventure. You would love to nurture others and yourself with optimism and greatness. Also, with a belief in the bountiful goodness of the Creator and of life itself. You long to be in the flow, in higher states of consciousness and in communication with your Higher Mind and that of those around you.
You are attracted to meditation and prophesy. Ultimately you wish to “travel” far and wide. You wish to learn everything there is to know about the world, its geography, its people, languages, and cultures.
Also, you wish to study myths, religions, and beliefs and to travel forward and backward in time. During all this, checking everything out as you go and connecting the dots. It may be that there is a cage you have been keeping yourself in all these years. And you are searching for the key to let yourself out!
These are all things it is appropriate for you to achieve if you will, but pursue them slowly, step by step, being willing to learn and relearn as you go. In a world full of goodness and prosperity, such as you have been used to in past lives, “all things are possible” — at least in theory. People who are positive seem to live better, longer, achieve more, experience more, and are luckier than the rest of us. Something tells you all these things are yours — and they are. But you must earn them.
The Pursuit of Positivity
What you are looking for is a never ending and reliable source of positive energy in life that you can plug into at any time. Consequently, you will get your batteries charged. Ultimately this becomes a problem between you and God. One of forgetting how to plug yourself in because of course God does not fail on the other end as your personal father may have.
Discovering this connection and maintaining it is a function of several things:
- Remembering to plug in – you can do this best with meditation
- Remembering to remember to plug in
- Staying plugged in – mental discipline of a slightly different nature which is the result of spiritual development (such things as yoga, Unity, Science of Mind, metaphysics, Tarot… systems which teach spiritual realities)
- Sustaining and building on the connection until it becomes permanent
The Most Important Goal for Saturn in Sagittarius
Spiritual growth is going to be your most important goal and achievement in life. It is the most appropriate goal possible! It is the bridge you will walk across to the kinds of connections and communication you want to have with others, including an intimate relationship that is long-lasting and trustworthy.
Because of painful experiences with one’s intuition in the past or of being stifled or even disillusioned, those with Saturn in Sagittarius often cut themselves off from their feelings and seeing or perceiving that life has meaning. This may bring difficulty being optimistic about things.
Advice for Saturn in Sagittarius natal placement
Develop faith and confidence both in yourself and in a higher power that can guide, nourish, and help you. Expand your willingness to dream and envision better things in life. Study religion, philosophy, and other subjects that enable you to see a larger, more inclusive view of yourself and the world.
Be generous with your time, energy and resources in helping others achieve a better life, and this, in turn, will benefit you.
Become more aware of the spiritual side of life, the underlying unity, by involving yourself in generous and charitable activities, and by opening up your psychic channels. Meditation practices that develop your intuitive abilities, and learning about the unseen side of life through your own dream experiences or altered states of awareness, can be important steps in your path.
The consideration for Mental Health
Mental health is a major issue for those with a heavy Sagittarius (or Gemini) signature in their charts. As contrasted with depression and psychosis which are “water” conditions, the sorts of problems that arise with Sagittarius energy are sconditions that result from trying to manage an unmanageable environment with the mind. Autism and schizophrenia are dramatic examples. Learning disabilities and hyperactivity are less dramatic examples.
The nature of the problem could be described as an inability to regulate the amount of information which arrives at the brain for processing. In the case of autism, the mechanism seems to shut down. With regard to learning abilities, frustration results along with confusion.
In schizophrenia, the child may have been confronted with a split in the outer world, the home environment. A good breeding ground for the kind of mental illness that manifests itself in the lives of many with Saturn in Sagittarius would be parents of different ethnic, cultural, income, educational, or religious backgrounds, and the lack of a good mediator, such as the presence of an understanding grandparent.
Colloquially we like to say such things “make us crazy” and indeed, such things do. In order to survive, the child may need to become “two different people” or may only be around half the time.
Celebrities with Saturn in Sagittarius
The famous mathematician John Nash was born with Saturn in Sagittarius. He was given the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. His story is well known to most Americans today thanks to the book about his life and the movie based on it called A Beautiful Mind highlighting his struggle with mental health.
At his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Nash indicated when he first noticed the symptoms of his paranoia, around the time of his Saturn Return: “The mental disturbances originated in the early months of 1959 at a time when Alicia [his wife] happened to be pregnant.” The birth of a child is quite a common occurrence around the time of one’s late 20s, but it takes on special significance for someone with Saturn in Sagittarius, and it is usually the birth of the first child.
This amounts to a serious curtailment of one’s freedom and the ultimate commitment to another human being, huge challenges for a Saturn in Sagittarius native. Jackie Kennedy, who was born with this placement, gave birth to daughter Caroline during her first Saturn Return. Ernest Hemingway became a father for the first time during his Return, as did Charles Darwin, both sharing that same astrological placement. Abraham Lincoln made another kind of major personal commitment during his Return when he met and married Mary Todd.
Other Historical Figures with Saturn in Sagittarius natal placement
When looking at the lives of other historical figures with Saturn in Sagittarius one finds little evidence of spectacular or life-changing “outer” events that occur during the Return. In fact, many famous people with this placement are dealing with the most mundane events or figuring out how to live their life after having achieved success when Saturn returns to its original placement.
Michael Jackson’s mediocre follow-up to “Thriller” (“Bad”) appeared during his Saturn Return. Hemingway struggled to complete A Farewell to Arms in 1928 during his Saturn Return, in the shadow of the publication of The Sun Also Rises, the novel which established him as a literary star in 1926. Love in the Time of Cholera was published the year before Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ second Saturn Return.
Here’s an example of what was happening in the careers of some pretty inspiring Saturn in Sagittarius individuals during their first Saturn Return: Martin Luther King, Jr. labored in the trenches of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference just after the Montgomery Bus Boycott ended.
Abraham Lincoln was elected to the Illinois legislature. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was working as a film critic and writer on a newspaper. Gandhi fought injustices in South Africa. Jackie Kennedy was working as an editor for Doubleday and preparing for publication Michael Jackson’s book, a project she found embarrassing and also a headache. Charles Darwin published the journal from his journey on the Beagle.
He continued to work diligently on developing his theories, flooding local breeders with excessive questionnaires about their animals. Meanwhile, his new wife worried he would eventually leave the church as a result. These are all talented and inspiring individuals who didn’t achieve much during the time of their Saturn Return in terms of career. It seems to operate as a time of personal consolidation and inner reflection rather than a period of accomplishment or crisis.
Could a move be in your future?
In addition to finding a pattern of significant births and marriages in their lives, one also notices something else. The Saturn Return for someone with Saturn in Sagittarius might involve a major move. It was during his Saturn Return that Hemingway left Paris.
And it was at his second Return, again occurring in the shadow of another accomplishment – this time the winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature – that he discovered many of the notebooks he kept while in France. And began writing A Moveable Feast, which staved off his depression for a while and postponed what Hemingway seemed to regard as his inevitable suicide. Vladimir Lenin’s Saturn Return brought the end of his Siberian exile and his move to Europe. Usually one finds these people moving from city to country or vice versa, or from one country to another.
You may find that the places of your youth haunt you once you settle down in your new home. But fear not, this is as it should be. Wrote Hemingway during his second Saturn Return, recalling his life before 30: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
The potential to inspire
The individual with Saturn in Sagittarius has the potential to inspire through a commitment to an ideal. Here are some examples which should not be considered an endorsement by me of any one’s particular ideals. They are as follows: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Elie Wiesel, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Che Guevera, Osama bin Laden, Valdimir Lenin, Anne Frank, Ariel Sharon, Yasser Arafat, and Cesar Chavez.
With a potential for disillusionment
It’s also possible for these people to become disillusioned and bitter. No idea or belief seems worthy of commitment or defense. Bill Maher is a good example of this type of cynicism. Noam Chomsky might also fall in this category as someone who is extremely cynical. The rabid and insane rantings of Joseph Goebbels reflect the worst use of Sagittarian energy in its bigotry and racism. One might also take note of Nabokov’s tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a pederast.
Saturn in Sagittarius presents a Fork in the Road
Your Saturn Return will be all about where you fall on that axis. Will you commit to something positive or abandon your search and resolve to drown in a bitter and sordid worldview?
At age 46 Jackie Kennedy began work as an editor. It would have been easy for her to spend the last chapter of her life bitter and reclusive or floating around the world as a socialite. After all, she had been widowed twice and left alone to raise two children whose safety was constantly threatened. But no, the former first lady decided to use her education to participate in an endeavor she believed in. She committed herself fully to a life in New York and to a job as a book editor.
To People magazine, her friend George Plimpton explained of Jackie’s return to work: “I sense a change in her. She’s very much more like the girl I first knew, who had a great sense of fun and enthusiasm. It must be an electrifying, extraordinary thing for her to be on her own. She was always somewhat diminished by the men around her.” In 1979, Jackie explained her decision herself in an essay in Ms. magazine:
What has been sad for many women of my generation is that they weren’t supposed to work if they had families. There they were, with the highest education, and what were they to do when the children were grown — watch the raindrops coming down the window pane? Leave their fine minds unexercised? Of course women should work if they want to. You have to do something you enjoy. That is the definition of happiness: “complete use of one’s faculties along the lines leading to excellence in a life affording them scope.” It applies to women as well as to men.
There is a sense in the lives of people with Saturn in Sagittarius that the great struggle is inward. How does one be true to oneself while striking the balances necessary to be effective in the world? The ultimate Sagittarian challenge is the lifelong journey on the road to knowing oneself. Do not be afraid, even at middle age or beyond, to finally commit to the ideals which energize you, whether those be religious, charitable, or artistic.
Those with Saturn in Sagittarius must make commitments. They must make commitments to loved ones, to the right causes, to their own personal development. They must take leaps of faith – in the evolution of society or the individual or even mankind itself.
Also, in the goodness of humanity and in the arts. Additionally, in the ability of people to change and make peace. Do this and eventually, gradually, through the magic of time, wisdom comes. Then, you will awake to find yourself the moral authority you dreamed of finding.
A quintessential example of Saturn in Sagittarius attaining moral authority
Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers, was born with this placement. He was putting on a now forgotten puppet show during his first Saturn Return while also receiving theological training as a Presbyterian minister. Quietly, diligently, he spent the rest of his life carrying out his mission to minister to the children of America.
Mister Rogers Neighborhood was in its 17th season in 1997 when Mr. Rogers won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the daytime Emmys. Tom Junod described the scene in an article in Esquire:
Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award. There, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show personalities. In front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone, “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence.”
And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, “I’ll watch the time.”
There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of laughter, as people realized that he wasn’t kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch. Rather, he was a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, three seconds — and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran.
The tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly “May God be with you,” to all his vanquished children.
Final Advice for Saturn in Sagittarius
So there you have it. Get married. Have children. Choose a place to live. Work. In other words: Settle down. Then get on with the business of inspiring the rest of us. Make the right compromises and your life will be an especially happy one. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself spiritually dead. “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places,” wrote Hemingway. “But those that will not break it kills.” Commit to life in all its mundane beauty. You will surely touch and inspire those around you, disseminating the wisdom to move us all ahead.