Once Saturn heads out of Scorpio again for good, we’ll be back into Saturn in Sagittarius, which will bring those who have this natal position right back into their Saturn Return. I have been getting many clients lately who are of this Saturn generation; the 1986 to 1988 ones, anyway. And interpreting their Saturn for them has made me realize that it’s certainly the most contradictory Saturn placement of all. Saturn represents limits and boundaries while Sagittarius doesn’t believe in limits. So, having Saturn in Sagittarius can make you feel deeply frustrated in life.
Having this Saturn sign is a lot like being a caged animal. Sagittarius is the wild child, the one that roams free with zest and abandon. So, imagine that you were born one day as a little baby cheetah or jaguar or whatever wild beast you would like to be. You look around and you see the vast, wide-open African plains. It looks as if the entire world is yours. Then, suddenly, some cruel human comes around, snatches you up, and throws you into captivity. And there’s a lot less room to explore here. You can only walk so many feet in this faux jungle before you hit a wall and have to turn back around and pace the same place, over and over.
That’s what a Saturn in Sagittarius person feels like. Saturn represents what we worry about and these people worry about being trapped. All Sagittarius planets do. But, while those with their Sun or Moon or Mars in Sagittarius can just be irresponsible and outrun the entrapment, disappearing into the sunset, having Saturn in Sagittarius means that you truly have nowhere to go. You’re stuck there. And wherever Saturn falls into your chart is where you feel stuck. With Sagittarius Saturn in the 4th, you feel stuck in your private life, in what’s comfortable and familiar. With Sagittarius Saturn in the 7th, relationships make you feel trapped. Is it in the 2nd House? Your income is a trap, as well as your value system, because it forces you to be stable.
Therefore, you’re going to cling to whatever freedom you have. And this means your freedom of opinion. This is why Saturn in Sagittarius can be an extremely dogmatic, rigid-minded position, in the negative manifestation. You might feel like you can’t have any fun, you can’t explore, you can’t be a free person. But, you do have the freedom to speak your mind. Yet, you can easily abuse it by shoving your opinions down other people’s throats. When people feel desperate, they will hang on to whatever control they can get. And Saturn is about the control we can try to cling to. With a Sagittarius Saturn, that control is over your beliefs and, subsequently, others’ beliefs.
In the end, there is a part of you that feels responsible for freeing other people. This is essentially your duty in life with Saturn in Sagittarius. You are supposed to teach people, to make believers out of them, to show them what life is about. But, you cannot force them down the path you want them to take. If you do, you’re not freeing them. You’re trapping them, right along with you. These are issues that are going to arise during your Saturn Return, if they haven’t already been addressed. Why must you be the heavy-handed preacher with others? Why do you insist on such a rigid moral code? Situations will occur that challenge you significantly and make it clear that this isn’t the way for you to live. You have to see freedom as something neither given nor taken. It’s a state of mind.
Going back to the caged-animal metaphor, there is a beautiful passage in the novel The Life of Pi by Yann Martel about zoo animals. It’s narrated by a young Indian boy whose parents own a zoo and who has grown up without the sense that zoo animals are treated cruelly. In fact, he makes a very sensible argument on why being a caged animal is no different than being a free one. And I think Saturn in Sagittarius people can really benefit from this outlook:
A sound zoo enclosure is the equivalent (of a house) for a zoo animal... Finding within it all the places it needs – a lookout, a place for resting, for eating and drinking, for bathing, for grooming, etc. – and finding that there is no need to go hunting, food appearing six days a week, an animal will take possession of its zoo space in the same way it would lay claim to a new space in the world, exploring it and marking it out in the normal way of its species...
The boy’s argument is that the lack of “freedom” for these animals is actually not cruel or unfair or something that crushes their spirit. These wild things merely adapt to the limitations, remaining the same creatures they were outside of them. As a Sagittarius Saturn person, this needs to be your outlook. Sure, maybe you’re not living the totally limitless, ultra-exciting life you’d like to live. I think, while growing up, this tends to be a very carefree person. You feel like you have the whole world ahead of you and then captivity happens, aka adulthood. And while this growing-up process happens to everyone, Saturn in Sagittarius folks have a very tough time adjusting to it. It feels enormously crushing to many of these people to have to grow up and settle down. But, like the caged animal, you must simply adapt and realize that you’re still the same being you were before.
Work with those limitations! That’s what we all have to do with our Saturn. With Saturn in this sign, though, it’s much more of a challenge. You must liberate and enlighten yourself, no matter what environment or circumstances you find yourself in. There’s still enough room to explore, to roam, to mark your territory. During your pending Saturn Return, how well you’re able to do this will be tested. I’ve found that the best thing for Sagittarius Saturn people is finding ways to blend the limitations of responsibility with that sense of freedom they want to achieve. Most with this placement will do very well in a job that allows them to explore and not be too tied down. Working in sales, as a freelancer, as an actor or musician, or any other responsibility that could involve travel and embracing the unknown and keeping your options open would be perfect for you.
However, even if you find yourself seemingly stuck, you must realize how much of this is just your perception. You’re living the same life you’ve always lived! It’s just that now you’re in a new habitat with new expectations and boundaries. Whatever house Saturn in Sagittarius falls in will tell you just what habitat you need to adapt to and get more comfortable in. Aspects to Saturn will show how well you’re able to do this or not. It might be very easy to feel like you’re trapped in the life area of your Saturn’s house during your Saturn Return and that nothing exciting at all is happening in this part of life. Sagittarius is about beliefs and if you believe that your life is so painfully boring and that you’re not discovering all that you can, this will be your reality. But, if you believe that there’s always something to learn and grow from, around the corner, no matter what life place you’re in, then you will achieve true mastery of your Saturn.