Saturn is the planet that sets limits for us. Through him we learn to be patient and disciplined.

The planet Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system and bears the name of the Roman god of agriculture. It is famous for its brightly shining rings, which can already be seen with amateur telescopes. They consist of a mixture of dust and ice chunks, which makes it the prettiest planet for enthusiasts. Saturn is easily visible to the naked eye and appears as a slightly yellowish bright star. With binoculars, it gives the feeling of having an elongated star in front of you. Even though it rotates around its own axis within about 10 hours, it takes almost 30 years to orbit around the sun.

Astronomical Significance

Saturn is the second largest planet after Jupiter. It has no solid surface. As a gas planet it consists of hydrogen and helium. The average temperature on Saturn varies approximately between -140°-190°C. For this reason, the ice chunks behave like rocks. Its diameter is about 120,500 kilometers and its average distance from the Sun is just under 1.43 billion kilometers.

Astrological Meaning

Orbit around the sun:

28 – 30 years

Astrological Symbol

Saturn teaches us restriction and limitation. Through him we experience self-discipline and self-control. He is responsible when constriction and obstacles determine life. Burdensome life situations, material limitations and delays are based on his influence.

Traditional events and a conservative approach are based on him. Holding on, separation, authority and hard work are represented by him. He provides information on areas where we must learn patience in order to ultimately succeed.

Organizational skills, loyalty, and public institutions are found in him.

Meaning Retrograde Saturn

The planet Saturn stands for law, justice, responsibility and order. Therefore, during the time when Saturn is retrograde, all authority should be approached with caution. It is not recommended from an astrological point of view to get into unnecessary conflict situations with authority figures or institutions during this time. Even if the law seems to be on our side, all applications or supporting documents should be carefully examined and controlled. Those involved will be held more strictly accountable than at other times. To avoid trouble, the rules of the game should be followed closely.

Saturn is retrograde every 12 1/2 months for about 4 1/2 months.

Retrograde Saturn 2021-2025

July 13, 2025 – November 27, 2025
June 30, 2024 – November 15, 2024
June 18, 2023 – November 3, 2023
June 5, 2022 – October 22, 2022
May 23, 2021 – October 10, 2021

Retrograde Saturn 2016-2020

May11, 2020 – September 28, 2020
April 30, 2019 – September 18, 2019
April 18, 2018 – September 6, 2018
April 6, 2017 – August 25, 2017
March 26, 2016 – August 13, 2016


In astromedicine it gives information about psychosomatic diseases. Depression and the disease itself are indicated by him.

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