Zodiacal Affinity: Capricorn.

House Affinity: Tenth.

Polarity: Masculine.

Colors: Black and gray.

Anatomy: Skin, hair, bone and teeth. Joints and tendons. The secretive system. The spleen. Hearing.

Metal: Lead.

Gem: Garnet, jet, any black stone.

Astronomy: Saturn is the outermost of the planets of the classical system—the most distant planet visible to the naked eye. It has a day of about ten Earth hours and revolves around the Sun once every 29.46 Earth years.

People: Patriarchs and matriarchs. Elders, hermits and conservatives. Authorities.

Things: Real estate. Heavy items. Foundations and institutes. The established order and the rules and agencies that uphold it. Age, aging and death.

Symbology: The glyph for Saturn is said to be derived from the sickle of Cronos (Time). It is very similar to Jupiter’s glyph inverted.

Saturn is emphasized in the birth charts of avant garde composer Erik Satie, modern artist Wassily Kandinsky,the Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinski, artist Andy Warhol, actress Marilyn Monroe, and singer Tina Turner.

The principle of limitation and definition that provides a sense of security and identity. Saturn defines the sphere of dominion, within which highly organized activity is possible.

Traditional Attributes
The principles of limitation, condensation, restriction, definition, form and structure. Caution, reservations and inhibitions. Discipline, hardships, confinement and delays. Suppression and oppression. Seriousness, patience and prudence. Social and political power. Security and stability. The father image.

Humanistic Interpretation
Saturn represents the principle of form and definition which gives all things their unique qualities and structure of being. It symbolizes the outer reaches of Martian impulses and the dominion of Jupiterian commerce and administration. Saturn is also the principle of stabilization, the security factor which gives order and satisfaction to our activities. In a birth chart, Saturn shows your capacity to structure and order your life. Saturn in your horoscope indicates were you seek your sense of personal identity—how you define yourself. It also shows your need of security, your sense of personal responsibility and how you see your place in the outer world. Saturn symbolizes your personal doubts and fears, and restrictions placed upon you by circumstances.

Gender Shading and Retrograde Indications
Retrograde indications and gender shading for the planets Mars outward can provide an astrologer with a powerful set of keys to psychological dynamics, instruments which can be used with destructive and oppressive results. In a sense, it is fortunate that gender shadings and deeper retrograde interpretations of the astrological planets beyond the earth's orbit are almost entirely unknown to virtually every practicing astrologer today. Although a number of professional and amateur astrologers have attempted to coax me into revealing "the secrets" of gender shading and, especially, retrograde interpretation and how to use astrology to reveal deeper levels of psychological dynamics, none have succeed.
      Their attempts have been unsuccessful because almost everything I have witnessed in recent years indicates that the "astrological community" is simply unable and unready to use such knowledge in a wise and responsible manner. Such knowledge is my both "intellectual property" — accumulated over more than thirty-five years of psychological and astrological study, practice and experience — and the legacy of the continuum of the great pioneers of modern astrology who proceeded me. It is also my duty to use and dispense such knowledge wisely and responsibly.
      The recent resurgence of intense interest in the "legitimatization" and official acceptance of astrology merely reinforces my conviction that the "astrological community" is unfit to handle the real power of astrology. Recent attempts to aid such a program through the establishment of an academic foundation for astrology and the testing and certification of practicing astrologers will ultimately give rise to a power-hungry, controlling, self-perpetuating organization, perhaps not dissimilar to the American Medical Association. Additionally, a legitimatized and officially acceptable form of astrology will necessarily be put to use by exploitive forces in business and politics, and no group or association of astrologers, or college of astrology, will be powerful enough to regulate how the real forces of our society use and misuse the power of astrology. The implications of an officially accepted astrology and the Pandora's Box it will inevitably open has long been a concern of the proponents and exponents of humanistic astrology, a topic explored in-depth in Part Two of my Humanistic Astrology Revisited and in Rudhyar's From Humanistic to Transpersonal Astrology, as well as in his An Attempt at Formulating Minimal Requirements for the Practice of Astrology.

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