Saturn in Virgo — watch your health and work

by Marta Morris — 

To the ancients, Saturn was the outermost visible planet and therefore signified boundaries and limitations, hence discipline.

To the ancients, Saturn was the outermost visible planet and therefore signified boundaries and limitations, hence discipline. It is synonymous with time and the father — “father time.” It is indicative of cycles of change in seven-year increments — the “7-year itch.” Saturn also is linked with the pagan holiday known as Saturnalia, which is celebrated a few days after the Winter Solstice (December 21, 2007). All work has been done and a feast (preferably comprised entirely of leftovers unable to be preserved) is enjoyed.

In Virgo since September 3, 2007, Saturn will remain there until July 21, 2010. During this period, we will see the subjects of health and work — employment — receive much attention. This transit will not last long enough to actually accomplish much and may, in fact, make things worse.

On the personal level, this will affect Virgo Sun signs (and any planet in Virgo) the most. Those with Virgo rising will experience much responsibility and have their innate talent for coping tested. This will last at least two-and-a-half years, whereas the actual contact to the Sun would last anywhere from six weeks, at the shortest, to one year on and off, at the longest.

Since most readers only know their Sun signs, we will limit this article to them. Those with Sun in Pisces will have an opponent in the form of a father figure, boss or teacher. This can cause health problems for men, as well as relationship problems that the women in their lives will have to deal with. The same can be said for Sagittarians or Geminis. This will occur in 2007-08 to those born in the first third of the sign (August 23 to September 3). The second third will be affected during 2008-09, and the rest in 2009-10.

Capricorn Sun signs will do well during this transit, as will those with Sun in Taurus who can have some stability with romance or children. With effort, Cancer Sun signs can reconnect with a sibling, buy a used car or successfully fix an existing one, but they must watch what they say. Scorpios can reconnect with old friends and solidify some of their wishes.

Leos might experience cash flow problems, which does not mean they will not have money, but that any money they have will be allocated toward obligations. Librans should tie up loose ends and complete projects.

Aquarians may have problems obtaining loans or problems with wills, and Aries will have health or work adjustments, according to the above-mentioned time table.

What’s interesting on a more generational level is that Saturn will contact the Pluto of those born between 1957 and 1971, again on the above time-table. This will affect work and health issues which have been seriously in the news since September.

Health care will be attacked by our Congress, and just as Medicare (which only began in 1965, with Pluto in Virgo) made our medical care worse, any newly proposed solutions will probably do the same. Work or employment will become scarcer and pay lower. There will be jobs for those who are willing to put on a uniform of any kind, so those individuals with Pluto in Scorpio and born 1984 to 1996 will find employment. Truth in the form of statistics will become important. Saturn is comfortable in Virgo, so achievement through effort is possible.

Another interesting phenomenon will be Saturn’s eventual opposition to Uranus, right around the next Presidential election. Saturn means the “status quo” and Uranus signifies unpredictable change. They are at odds, so I am guessing the unpredictable part will play out, but I do not hold out much hope for any real change.

Going a little further in depth on the Saturn/Uranus opposition (which will have both personal and global effects), I go back to the time when Saturn was in Gemini, Cancer and Leo. Saturn in Gemini opposed Pluto in Sagittarius in 2001. The bottom-line meaning of that opposition was loss at its worst. The exact opposition occurred three times. It was shortly after the exact third opposition, on August 5, 2001, when Saturn began to separate from that long-held energy. September 11, 2001, coincided with the loss that ended many lives and forever changed the rest of us.

Similarly, Saturn in Leo made an opposition to Neptune in Aquarius, which I refer to as “the dark night of the soul.” Many of you can relate its effects during 2006 and 2007. Again, the third and final exact contact was on June 25, 2007, which was followed by the steam pipe explosions in New York City and the collapse of the bridge in Minnesota (decaying infrastructure) on August 1.

The first exact opposition or contact from Saturn to Uranus will occur on November 3, 2008, at 18 degrees of Virgo/Pisces — those born between the 10th and the 20th of the month of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius should take heed. The second exact opposition will occur on February 5, 2009, at 20 degrees — with the same advice.

The final opposition will occur on September 14, 2009, which will affect Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarian birthdays at the end of each sign. Watch afterward, as Saturn separates itself from Uranus. This could create a major earthquake, or a weather disaster like a hurricane. Since it occurs in the area of the U.S. chart dealing with leadership and our very foundation, this could affect real estate on many levels, since disasters are worse than a decline in value.

For more information, consider having your chart done or attending a lecture at the Arizona Society of Astrologers —


Marta Morris has been a member of Arizona Society of Astrologers since 1985, serving on their board for four years. She is a published author, dividing her time between Sedona and Scottsdale, Ariz., 480-663-1565 or 928-282-4231.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 26, Number 6, December 2007/January 2008.

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