©2-27-2010, revised 1/2012 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Would you be considered a Saturnian type? You would if Saturn, the sign Capricorn, and the 10th house are strong in your birth chart. Below is a test to give these chart features a score and then a description of what a strong Saturn says about you.
This test is one of a series of similar tests for the outer planets. It assigns point values to various chart features. (In order to find them, you’ll need to be at least an intermediate student or know one who can do it for you.) In each category used, add the total score of all the factors that apply to that item, and write the total on the blank. Then add all the items up to find out how your Saturn ranks.
Here are the orbs I use for aspects: 8° for a conjunction or opposition, up to 6° for a square or trine, 3° for the minor aspects like sextiles, semisextiles, semisquares, quintiles, and sesquiquadrates. The only exception would be a conjunction to the Midheaven or Ascendant, and, using the Gauquelin system, that is 10°.
Here’s the test:
____ Saturn conjunct, square, trine, or opposite the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven, 10 points each.
____ Saturn conjunct, square, trine, or opposite other planets, 5 points each.
____ Saturn in minor aspect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, or other planets, 2 points each.
____ Sun, Moon, or Midheaven in Capricorn, 5 points each. Ascendant (chart ruler) 10 points.
_____BONUS: Saturn in the 10th (not conjunct the Midheaven) or in Capricorn, 5 points each.
____ Other planets in Capricorn, 3 points each.
____ Sun or Moon in the 10th house or within 10° of the Midheaven, even in the 9th, 5 points each.
____ Other planets in the 10th house, or within 10° of the Midheaven, even in the 9th, 3 points each.
____BONUS: Part of a major configuration like a stellium, T-square, or Grand Trine, 5.
____ Add 2-5 points for each other factor you consider important, such as Saturn aspects to the nodes or having a Node or Part of Fortune in Capricorn or the 10th. Specify.
____Total. 0-15 low, 16-25 moderate. 26-40 strong. Over 40, off the charts—check your pulse!
Interpreting your Scores—ARE you a Saturnian?
Saturn Issues: Structure, discipline, desire for quality and accomplishment, maturity, age, passage of time, authority, perseverance, self-discipline, realism, accountability, learning from experience, ability to face and deal with reality, establishing limits/boundaries, raising the bar, standards, taking responsibility.
Worldly matters associated with Saturn and Capricorn: professions, career, big business, corporate sector, executives, bosses and our attitudes toward them, status, expectations and attitudes about success, conservative political eras, depressions and eras of contraction, crackdowns, cutbacks, reality checks.
Examples of Saturnian occupations: Chief Executive Officer, president, administrator or supervisor, urban planner, historian, archeologist, judge, disciplinarian, geologist, builder/architect, gerontologist, orthopedist, safety inspector.
No written interpretation can fully interpret your individual chart, but briefly here are some qualities you might find in someone who has a strong Saturn vs. one with few supporting chart features. (You’ll find sources of more detailed interpretations below.)
If you had a high score, you may be an over-achiever in the matters of Saturn–and probably just about everything else. You probably are a steady, stable, reliable worker, and a comfort to your elderly parents.
What would it be like if you were TOOOOO Saturnian? You’d be rigid, stodgy, perfectionistic, conservative, hypercritical, authoritarian; fearful, depressed and probably workaholic, and you probably wouldn’t be wasting your time on something as frivolous as this.
If you had a low score, you may be under-achiever in the matters of Saturn: What would you be like if you weren’t Saturnian enough? You’d lack self-discipline structure and planning; you might be irresponsible, immature and give up easily and have no solid long-term goals.
On the positive side, you’re probably flexible and easy going. Until you’re challenged by Saturn transits—like the Pluto-Uranus-Saturn cardinal t-square of 2010-12, you might not give a rat’s behind about success, making a mark on the world, or your old age.
So, folks, how did you do? Were the test results accurate about you and your loved ones? This is a new and simplified version of some older tests, so you’re my beta testers. Tell me how it went in the comments section.
Tests for the other outermost planets:
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score!
Finding out More about Saturn
To Read more about Saturn: Several of my ebooks at Moon Maven Publications contain chapters about Saturn, and you get a $15 discount when you order three at once:
- There are separate chapters about Venus-Saturn and Mars-Saturn aspects in Outer Planet Aspects to Venus and Mars. (The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.2)
- Aspects between the Outer Planets: (The Outer Planets and Inner Life, v.3) has chapters devoted to Pluto-Saturn and Uranus-Saturn aspects.
- My classic text, An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness, completely updated in 2004, contains a long chapter about Saturn.
More Articles about Saturn on this blog:
- Saturn’s Delays and Why We Should Embrace Them
- Venus-Saturn Aspects—Waiting for Love
- Why Saturn has as much to do with Luck as Jupiter
- Astrology and Conscious Parenting: Saturn in Synastry
- Life Patterns of People Born with Uranus-Saturn Aspects
- How the Pluto-Saturn Square may Affect People born with that Aspect
- Saturn Transits—What do They Mean to your Career?
- Taming Transiting Saturn
The article collection pages for the Blogathon–with 70 articles by talented astrologers can be found at the links below:
- Pluto Problems Got You Perplexed? Here’s What Helps!
- Look After Saturn and Saturn Will Look After You
- Uranus in Aries: Claiming a Self-Reliant Future ~
About the Author: Donna Cunningham is an internationally-respected author of books, articles, and columns about astrology, flower essences and other metaphysical topics. Her insights reflect her dual background in astrology and psychotherapy. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 40 years of experience in working with people. Her ebooks can be found at Moon Maven Publications (http://www.moonmavenpublications.com) Visit her blog at http://skywriter.wordpress.com.
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Art Credits: That would be me, in a rare moment of artistic flair. I tweaked abd retweaked a photo of the four seasons of Saturn from the Astronomy Picture of the Day.