Saturn spends roughly 29 years orbiting the Sun, spending about two and a half years in each of the zodiac signs. It is the planet of limitation, discipline, and responsibility. It is concerned with structure and planning so that you get to where you need to go. When Saturn makes a cosmic link to Virgo, an earnest sign concerned with productivity and order, he is in a happy place.
Saturn loves routines and Virgo love improving those routines, so this transit can feel a lot like taking a magnifying lens to our lives and the world around us. We’ll view everything through a more practical and analytical lens, finding ways to make our lives more systematic and efficient. This transit is a time refining things for our benefit.
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When Saturn is in Virgo
Saturn in Virgo highlights flaws in individuals and systems. Inefficiencies are exposed and problems with small details can spur major problems. Stripping down to essentials and rebuilding with different logic and modern techniques can transform weaknesses into strengths.
This desire to find flaws and fix them could lead to all of us becoming a little more critical. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as our critiques are combined with solutions. A diagnosis without prescription is worse than no diagnosis at all. If we get stuck on the same repeated pattern of describing our problems, we will only reinforce our situations. We should also avoid labeling -- it could end up curbing our potential.
A positive effect of Saturn in Virgo is the increased benefits of training and education. A committed and studious approach with consistent practice will maximize our abilities. Technical and professional skills are sharpened through specialized education and practice. Mentorships, on-the-job training, and learning by doing are more effective than theories for developing new skills.
This cosmic combination is also ideal for personal development in physical and psychological ways. Health concerns can spur research and trigger changes that makes one more vital than ever. Therapies of all kinds can produce "miraculous" results with persistence.
Saturn Retrograde in Virgo
Saturn goes through a retrograde cycle every year for about five months. When Saturn retrogrades in the sign of Virgo, the universe is pressing the metaphorical pause button on our plans, so we can evaluate if we need to restructure them. Saturn Retrograde in Virgo knows that no amount of hard work can overcome a faulty system.
This particular retrograde cycle will have us asking ourselves if we’re working harder or smarter. Is our old way of doing things getting us to where we need to go as efficiently as possible? Are we blocking ourselves from progress due to perfectionist tendencies? Saturn Retrograde in Virgo shines a light on these issues, allowing us to make adjustments as needed.
If you were born with Saturn in Virgo
Having a natal Saturn in Virgo means you’re probably very industrious. You’re not afraid of working hard -- in fact, you enjoy it! Your Saturn placement makes you the kind of person who has a "do and then do even more" attitude. You flourish in situations where your contributions are meaningful or where you can fine-tune your skills until you have reached a level of mastery.
Because you have your Saturn in Virgo, you most likely to do well in the sciences, possibly leaning towards careers in medicine, mathematics, and engineering. You have an analytical mind and excel in fields that involve research or strategy. Your gift of precision and accuracy give you an advantage in any task which requires paying attention to the details.
You need a certain level of predictability and control in order to feel comfortable -- sometimes this means you get stuck in a rut because you’re too comfortable. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself settling for limiting situations. The key is not getting caught up in "analysis paralysis" or fear of the unknown. Taking a leap could lead to greater rewards in the long run.
Health -- inner and outer -- is more of a priority for you than it is for other people. Nutrition, hygiene, mental health, and your higher purpose are focal points for you through your life. You may be in constant pursuit of ways to perfect your health and well-being. Striking a healthy balance between self-improvement and acceptance could be a life-long lesson for those with their Saturn in Virgo.
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