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Saturn in Pisces Transit 2023-2026

Saturn in Pisces in 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026: Saturn Transits

What Saturn’s transit through Pisces means to you…

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Saturn Transits: General
Saturn in Pisces 2023 to 2026: General Influences
Saturn in Pisces Transit: Business
Saturn in Pisces Transit: Relationships/Love
Saturn’s Transiting Aspects
Saturn in Pisces and the Signs of the Zodiac (Horoscopes)


Saturn enters the sign of Pisces on March 7th, 2023.

Saturn occupies the sign of Pisces from March 7, 2023, to May 24, 2025; and then later from September 1, 2025, to February 13, 2026.

  • Saturn is in Pisces from Mar 7 2023 8:34:34 am EST
    …until May 24 2025 11:35:31 pm EDT
  • Saturn is in Pisces from Sep 1 2025 4:05:53 am EST
    …until Feb 13 2026 7:11:19 pm EST

SaturnSaturn takes about 28-29 years to come full circle, and thus spends on average close to 2-1/2 years in a sign. It can weave in and out of a sign due to retrograde cycles.

Saturn Transits: General

Saturn transits and cycles can be considered cycles of achievement and maturity. When Saturn forms a hard aspect to a personal point in our chart, we might feel as if everything is slowing down–we encounter delays, frustrations, and pressures.

But these times also challenge us to face reality, thereby opening ourselves up to increased wisdom and the freedom that comes with living in truth.

Significant decisions are often made during Saturn’s challenging transits to our personal planets. These transits slow life down (or at least, that is how we perceive it) and force us to live our lives in the present. Although Saturn transits can make life feel like drudgery (these are often times when our lives seem to move at a snail’s pace and advancements are hard to see), they also give us the opportunity to gain inner strength, to become more responsible for what we do and say, and to cut out waste or excesses in our lives.

Essentially, what happens is a paring or slimming down in the areas of life affected by Saturn. We are getting rid of things in our lives that are not working for us in the real world and focusing on improving and strengthening the things that do serve a useful purpose.

Saturn transits can also be considered times of conservation in whatever area of life Saturn affects. We build up our reserves and conserve our energy during these periods. Delays and minor but irksome problems might be experienced. Things break down, our needs often go unmet by others, we frequently feel misunderstood and even left out, we tend to find others harsh and unsympathetic (although this is often a perception thing – we, in fact, may be lacking a sense of humor), and we often feel burdened or put upon.

Saturn transits teach us to take responsibility for ourselves. At the outset of a Saturn transit, we might feel like the world is a cold place. If we are mature, we will eventually realize that we cannot always pass the blame for the problems in our lives. We need to reach within and pull out our own inner strength — to rely on ourselves.

Depression can be a byproduct of heavy Saturn transits. However, if we focus our energies on meaningful endeavors without pushing too hard for recognition or support from others, we can fight the inclination towards a gloom-and-doom attitude.

Saturn reminds us of reality and the need for greater self-discipline. Re-organizing the areas of life represented by the house or personal point that Saturn is “hitting” can lead to great rewards.

Remember that Saturn transits do not entirely flatten us, by all means. Instead, they slow us down, force us to live in the “here and now,” keep us from taking unnecessary risks, and help us build and structure our lives in ways that will benefit us later.

It’s interesting to consider the transits and themes that ran through our lives just before our Saturn transits. If we were riding high during a high-speed Uranus transit just before Saturn “hit,” this period can mark a significant time in our lives when we “pay” for the risks we may have taken during that Uranus phase. If we’ve been experiencing heavy Neptune transits, this can be a particularly disillusioning time.

If Saturn transits come shortly after a Jupiter-themed period in our lives, we may also feel particularly hard hit. Perhaps the Jupiter period has led us to overspend or ignore our basics, and then Saturn moves in to “correct” that situation and force us to face our personal realities. Life is not, in fact, all fun and games. We have to work and save–and that is what Saturn teaches us.

Thus, it’s helpful to consider the context of our recent and past experiences when considering how Saturn transits might affect us.

We should also look at the position of transiting Saturn by house, the zodiac signs involved, and the condition of the personal planet/point itself. If the personal planet/point happens to be our chart ruler (that is, it rules our Ascendant), we may experience particularly powerful events and circumstances, for example. If our natal Sun and Moon are in challenging aspect to each other, then Saturn transits will be impacting both personal points at the same time.

Suppose transiting Saturn is making a hard aspect with a stellium of planets. In that case, we’ll experience a more complex set of circumstances and attitudes that might have a more significant impact than if the personal point alone was affected.

Saturn teaches us about the value of moderation and caution. Perhaps the best way to “handle” challenging Saturn transits to personal planets and points is to avoid fighting these lessons. Accept that, at this time in your life, things may move more slowly (even at a snail’s pace).

Saturn wants us to work hard, put our energies into practical, useful, and meaningful projects, and live in the present but have an eye on what’s best for us in the long run. This period in your life is a time for building a solid foundation.

Understand that moderation at this point in your life is necessary for your spiritual growth and your physical body as well. Avoid blaming others for where you are now–doing this will only lead to feelings of melancholy and anger. Know that this period in your life, while temporary, is a time for learning about your personal limits and inner strength. Carry these lessons as you move beyond this phase, because how you handle your life now will make all the difference the next time (7 years later) Saturn makes a hard aspect to the same planet or point in your chart.

Important to keep in mind is that while Jupiter is often considered the planet that brings benefits, Saturn’s rewards are usually much greater, if a little delayed!


Saturn’s Transit Through Pisces: General Influences

SaturnPisces symbol

Background: While Saturn transited Libra from late 2009 until October 2012, our one-to-one committed relationships came up for inspection. We took a more serious, critical look at these relationships, and imbalances were more difficult to tolerate.

With Saturn in Scorpio from October 2012 to December 2014 and then June to September 2015, we dug more deeply into the dynamics of our relationships. Saturn in Sagittarius from 2015 to 2017 urged us to take control of our excesses, to question our faith, and to better understand our belief systems.

With Saturn in Capricorn from 2017 to 2020, we turned a critical eye to our major structures, governments, institutions, careers, and sense of responsibility. Conservation, moderation, and hard work were rewarded. With Saturn in Aquarius from 2020 to 2023, we turned a critical eye to our dreams, goals, hopes, contributions, social structures, social lives, friendships, and community involvement.

With Saturn in Pisces, we’re assessing whether our systems are working regarding how we manage our down time, approach spirituality, and exercise compassion.


Saturn demands simplicity, definition, realism, and truth wherever it touches our charts. Saturn also tests, not for the fun of it but for our own sakes. Saturn will reveal weak areas that need strengthening.

Saturn takes its time, and this is a good thing. With Saturn, we can only get to a healthy, balanced place if we pace ourselves doing so, thoroughly.

With Saturn, a desire to gain control is present. Some of us might attempt to control the people in our lives, but this is a difficult and frustrating path. Eventually and ideally, we understand that it is only ourselves who we can control.

With Saturn in Pisces, we also recognize that as we are more responsible for ourselves, we impact and improve the collective.

During this transit of Saturn in Pisces, it’s time for a test, slimming down, critical look at, or simplification of:

  • our attention to mental/emotional health and wellness,
  • our spiritual practices,
  • our dreams, visions, and ideals,
  • our management of down time, rest, reflection, and meditation,
  • our empathy and compassion.

We may be clearing out the deadwood and prioritizing quality over quantity.

It can certainly be a time when we are more cautious and careful in our spiritual or private lives. New ways of approaching times of rest, reflection, and downtime can be in order. We’re doing things differently because of our new perspective on these matters. As we look at these things more critically, different methods/approaches naturally emerge. However, it’s not the time so much for innovation as it is for simplification and quality testing.

We might expect to pour more energy into fixing broken structures, particularly for those in our society who’ve been forgotten or downtrodden. Ideally, we’re able to put our egos aside to do what’s best for the collective. Even so, there can be more rules and structures imposed upon these systems that may feel overly done or restrictive if Saturn in Pisces isn’t working ideally.

On a personal level, we are no longer satisfied with dreams that don’t hold weight or that aren’t realistic and doable. Wherever we find Pisces in our charts is where we’ve lived our lives with fewer rules. We may not see all the details in these life departments, preferring to work on faith that things will work out.

The Pisces areas of our charts is where you find compassion, understanding, perceptiveness, and acceptance, although this is also an area of life where we may turn a blind eye to problems, idealize, glamorize, or waste opportunities. Saturn entering this zone, in its role as the great teacher, is set to change some of these things! It’s a time to tidy things up, set things straight, and define what we’ve felt to be undefinable.

Saturn and Neptune in Pisces

What’s particularly fascinating about Saturn’s transit of Pisces this time around is that Neptune is concurrently transiting the sign, and Neptune’s energies couldn’t be more different than those of Saturn.

Neptune has been in its own sign, Pisces, since 2011, so Neptune has had a big head start on Saturn.

Interestingly, Neptune will be on its way out of Pisces in 2025 and 2026, around the time that Saturn exits the sign. Saturn and Neptune meet in a dramatic conjunction only once they’re in Aries, on February 20th, 2026, although they flirt with one another while they’re in Pisces and both on their way out.

Neptune’s influence in Pisces has been meandering, and Saturn entering the picture can feel quite intense as it’s set to tidy things up, organize, and create rules and boundaries where none of these things have been in place. In fact, Neptune has resisted these structures and boundaries for years while it’s visited the sign. So, Saturn’s transit can feel particularly stark at times. At other times, we can feel some relief that more clarity and realism has entered the life departments presided over by Pisces in our charts.

As Saturn works its way toward Neptune during the course of its transit of Pisces, some of our illusions or glamorous notions can fall by the wayside. People or systems we once adored may reveal their flaws, and it can be dramatic. Religious or spiritual beliefs we once fully accepted may no longer work for us. In a general way, we can see more of previously idolized people and systems fall off their pedestals in 2023-2026.

The main dangers with Saturn in Pisces and its flirtation with Neptune is the tendency to dig in our heels and resist change, or on the opposite end, strike things down too broadly and without forethought.

However, the best use of this influence is to recognize the need to mature. We should avoid clinging too tightly to ideas and dreams just because they seemed to work for us in the past.

There will be some moodiness, longing, wistfulness, or discontent to manage during this maturation process. These feelings can deplete our energy. However, it’s a time to pick up ourselves up and rebuild better, more relevant, and more mature or realistic dreams, systems, and goals. Wallowing a little may even help motivate us to get it together and fix things.

Suppose we’ve had Neptune in our sixth house for many years before Saturn shows up, and we’ve had some pretty slack routines, let our health go, or avoided eating well and organizing our daily affairs. In some of these areas, ruled by the sixth house, we’ve been avoiding confrontation and reality. Saturn enters the picture now and holds a mirror to our situation. We can no longer avoid the truth, and it’s time to clean things up. It can feel stark and even unfair at the outset, but as we go along, we begin to see the benefits of taking better care of ourselves, our routines, and our bodies.

Saturn in Pisces and Preservation

With Saturn in Capricorn, a powerful motivator was a fear of scarcity, having nothing, or losing everything. However, with Saturn in Aquarius, our focus turned to our connection to something larger, to systems, and to individuals. The power of group movements was rising. While Saturn in Capricorn was about self-preservation in many ways, Saturn in Aquarius was more focused on preserving the group.

Saturn in Pisces extends this further. We’re interested in preserving humanity! It’s not just about us or the areas of life that Pisces rules in our charts. We recognize that we’re all in this together. Seeing things more holistically is key with the Pisces sign.

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There are no shortcuts with Saturn! Patience and effort are valued, but we also want be efficient during Saturn transits.

The rewards are usually delayed, and that’s the point. The results are long-lasting. With Saturn in Pisces, we get the sense that we should work hard for our dreams if we want these conditions to last, grow, and strengthen.

While Saturn transits Pisces, there can be some frustrations achieving practical goals until we learn to integrate our material and non-material values. Neither thrives without the other.

We can feel uncomfortable with big shows of feeling or vulnerability/weakness during this period. However, by not fully allowing ourselves these very human qualities, we end up limiting ourselves. Our task is to work through this discomfort and get to a better balance.

For example, if in the Pisces areas of our charts we’ve been languishing, avoiding, and procrastinating, Saturn can come along with a reality test, and it can feel intense, even unfair at first. If this is about our work, our family life, our relationships, our mental health, or our bodies/health…whichever life department…Saturn’s reminder that we’re not doing well can feel rude.

It’s when we see Saturn as a strict authoritarian that we most resent the planet’s lessons. This perception is most likely near the beginning of Saturn’s transit. Later, when and if we begin to see Saturn as a helpful coach, it’s easier to stomach these guidelines, lessons, and rules.

While we will work hard or root for the underdog while Saturn is in Pisces, we don’t feel comfortable feeling like we are one. We should watch for subtly conveying to others that we don’t need kindnesses, compliments, and support since it can set up a pattern that’s unhealthy and lonely. People born with Saturn in Pisces struggle with these things. While Saturn transits Pisces, we all feel this energy but in a less general way and more specific to the life departments that Pisces rules in our charts.

During this trend, we can be bothered by people who seem to play the victim, or on another level, are too “out there” with their spirituality. We might see more sarcasm or criticism of these things.

It’s wise to take a closer look at Saturnian criticism and sarcasm, however, as it’s an extreme that suggests we’re dealing with Saturnine energy but not yet maturing with it. Asking ourselves if we’ve been too lax in an area is a good thing. Striking it down and making fun of it means we’re blocking it and not fixing things.

During the course of this transit, it might become more apparent that we need to set some rules or guidelines for understanding who in our society needs more assistance, and simply recognizing the need to help isn’t enough–we have to put the work in.

If we’re lacking some faith or trust in our intuition (or life itself), which is likely during this transit, we can frequently feel vaguely fearful. This is a signal that we need to dig a little deeper and figure out what we’re afraid of losing, giving up, or facing.

We may feel more comfortable offering tangible help and advice than emotional shows of support, for example, as we scrutinize or temporarily feel less natural with our compassion, empathy, and service-oriented nature.

This transit presents an excellent time to recognize how we may limit ourselves and our experiences if we deny our connection to the more vulnerable, messy, or chaotic side of ourselves. It’s a step by step, slow-but-sure process.

With Saturn in Pisces, there is some tendency to avoid scrutiny at all costs, which can lead to missed opportunities. Even if we’re strong and resilient, we can sometimes doubt that we are able to cope.

Another possible theme of this transit is persistent or formidable enemies. Sometimes, this is about our fear of others who are against us, whether or not this is the case. However, Saturn’s transit of Pisces may very well unearth situations where we’ve been blocked or limited by others without our knowledge. We might instead discover where our own self-sabotage has been working against us, and it’s a powerful reveal.

Quietly working hard can be a real strength of this transit! We’re learning to allow ourselves to be creative and imaginative, and it’s not an easy road.

We’re also capable of considerable effort and hard work in support and service. Fortunately, when Saturn in Pisces is working well, it’s easier for us to put our egos aside in order to get things done.

Reforms and efforts to strengthen, build, or rebuild structures are likely in the areas of soul growth, karma, self-undoing, hidden strengths and crutches, private or hidden matters, and spirituality. It’s time to take a harder look at which of these things are holding us back, and what we can now do to straighten these things out.

Some questions emerging during this transit, for example, may be whether or not we’re putting work into helping others who need aid, whether or not our social structures are supporting us, whether or not we’re doing the right things for our health, particularly in Pisces-ruled areas, whether or not we’ve prepared or planned ahead for our futures and for old age, and so forth.

Saturn favors quality over quantity and simplicity over chaos. Saturn in Pisces, like all positions, has its constructive and destructive potentials. This can be a time of help for the downtrodden, addicted, or victimized, for example, but this transit can reveal some serious cracks in our methods and approaches. Attempts to define things can be too stark when there are nuances and layers to consider.

Ideally, we seek ways to improve, simplify, quantify, and make practical or bring ideas down to earth. Placing restrictions can be supportive only up to a point. A harder look at problematic systems, religions, beliefs can be supportive, but with Saturn in Pisces working poorly, for example, there is always the dilemma or irony of attempts to force-feed compassion that backfire and end up limiting progress.

There is a fine line with rules-oriented Saturn in no-rules Pisces, and it’s up to us to marry the two in useful, constructive ways.

The more negative expressions of the sign of Pisces–such as avoidance, escapism, and impracticality –are things that won’t work for us now. These become glaring under Saturn’s stern eye. In some manner, we are bound to see that there is a price to pay for these behaviors, or it will become extremely clear that we have lost too much time, energy, and happiness on these things.

Even so, Saturn invokes a craving for the positive qualities of whatever sign it inhabits or planet it touches. We’re now striving towards more understanding, humanity, and tenderness, and we’re cleaning up these qualities so that we don’t use them as an excuse or a theory. We are learning to put these traits into practice.

Saturn demands definitions, structures, and commitments. But for many of us, as soon as something is defined, structured, or committed, we might feel caged, trapped, uncomfortable, or limited. Saturn in Pisces can teach us that abiding by certain rules, and through some level of self-denial, we can better put our beliefs, love, compassion, and intuition into positive practice. After all, what good is our compassion if we don’t act upon it?

This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes, particularly related to our private lives, spirituality, dreams, and mental or emotional health.

Saturn aims to cut out excessive or overdone expectations. Under good conditions and ideally, Saturn gives us a dose of realism without pessimism, essentially keeping us in line without dampening our spirits (too much).

On a body level and for better health during this transit, it will be important to pay extra attention to the feet and anklebone. The sign is also associated with the pineal gland, appendix, and lymphatic system. Health problems associated with Pisces under stress include diseases or problems related to the feet, seasonal affective disorder, and auto-immune diseases. Saturn is associated with contraction and rigidity, stressing the importance of yoga and stretching exercises. Blockages and circulation problems are possible. Saturn in Pisces can be associated with constriction related to blood flow, particularly in the feet.

Saturn teaches that freedom is not about escaping our responsibilities nor is it about breaking all the rules. Saturn shows us that we grow through our failures as much as, or perhaps more than, our successes. This is a time for letting go of self-defeating attitudes that have been holding us back, recognizing exactly where we have been overdoing our expectations, and finding new, perhaps more authentic ways to nurture our dreams and goals.

We are seeing where we’ve been overconfident, sloppy, entitled, and excessive, and how these things have ultimately contributed to stagnation, frustration, or letdown. Pisces can turn a blind eye to problem areas, and Saturn now wants us to face these things. It’s uncomfortable, yes, but can serve us very well in the long term.

This transit is about sincerity and authenticity. It’s a good time to enlist the help of mentors, elders, or authorities on matters. With Saturn, “quality over quantity” applies. We might want to use this cycle to focus on and develop one special project in the areas of our charts where Saturn is transiting in order to help add purposefulness and depth to our lives.

Dedication to one or two meaningful pursuits or undertakings can be significantly more satisfying than spreading ourselves around. In order to really benefit and learn from this period, we need to accept that some options may be limited in order to enjoy a simpler, more fulfilling life.

A green Saturn symbol beside a pink Pisces symbol.

Saturn in Pisces in business: Recognize that while everyone is different, we all share similarities, and we’re in this together. Be compassionate. However, draw boundaries – keep personal and professional life mostly separate. Be ethical and inclusive. Address concerns of people from all walks of life. 


Saturn in Pisces in relationships: Compatibility of our visions, beliefs, and spiritual or intangible values are taken into consideration more than usual while Saturn transits Pisces.

The compatibility of our material goals is important, but during this transit, we’re seeing that spiritual or intangible values can make or break a connection. In fact, we may see more breakups over how the people involve practice their beliefs and humanity.


In 2023: Saturn transits/spans the following degrees of Pisces in 2023:
0° Pisces 00′ to 7° Pisces 13′

In 2023, Saturn is retrograde from June 17th (at 7° Pisces 13′) to November 4th (at 0° Pisces 31′).

In 2024: Saturn transits/spans the following degrees of Pisces in 2024:
3º Pisces 16′ to 19º Pisces 26′

In 2024, Saturn is retrograde from June 29th (at 19° Pisces 26′) to November 15th (at 12° Pisces 42′).

In 2025: Saturn transits/spans the following degrees of Pisces in 2025:
14º Pisces 32′ to 30º Pisces 00′

In 2025, Saturn is retrograde from July 13th (at 1° Aries 56′) to November 27th (at 25° Pisces 09′).

In 2026: Saturn transits/spans the following degrees of Pisces in 2026:
26º Pisces 11′ to 30º Pisces 00′

In 2026, Saturn is retrograde in Aries, not Pisces, having left the sign on February 13th, 2026.


During its transit of Pisces, Saturn forms the following outer planet transits:

Saturn semi-square Chiron on [February 23, 2023, at 28° Aquarius 35′ (first)], August 15, 2023, at 4° Pisces 45′ (second), and November 25, 2023, at 0° Pisces 54′ (final).

Saturn semi-square Jupiter on March 21st, 2023, at 1º Pisces 35′ (final) [July 21st, 2022, at 23º Aquarius 38′ (first) and on September 21st, 2022, at 19º Aquarius 24′ (second)]

++++More coming soon, including Saturn in Pisces for each sign of the zodiac.

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