There are plenty of connections between astrology and tarot. Among these connections is the fact that every planet which is meaningful in astrology has corresponding tarot cards associated with it.
Saturn is the planet of long-term aspects in one’s life, including ambitious goals, plans, dedication, responsibility, virtues, one’s sense of duty and commitment, career path, life path and destiny, karmic rewards (and punishments) with that it entails – limitations, restrictions, challenges, and tests –, and it involves also authorities and authority figures. Its motto is “I achieve”.
Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius and of the 10th house. The Major Arcana tarot card directly associated with Saturn is The World. As ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius though, it’s also connected to the Devil and The Star cards.
The Saturnian aspect of The World talks about completion of significant life cycles and crossing major milestones, with the consequences that it entails depending on how the road towards that completion went. It involves the process of achieving the completion, as well as the next phase once completion has been achieved and all that follows it as a direct result.
The Saturnian aspect of the Devil card talks about the sense of duty, responsibility, and commitment that can become overwhelming or feel more like a trap or chains holding one down than a privilege or joy. In also involves the choices one makes about resolving this situation and what those choices are going to attract as far as direct results are concerned.
The Saturnian aspect of The Star involves divine intervention and rewards based on choices made and the way one went through major aspects of their life.
When it comes to the Minor Arcana cards that are connected to Saturn, we have two main categories: cards linked directly to Saturn, and cards connected to it through the signs it rules over. Let’s take a look at each of them.
The Saturnian aspect of Five of Wands (Saturn in Leo) talks about being tested through tensions, within oneself or with the environment, and how one deals with that conflict. But it can also involve a test of one’s virtues and stamina through hectic times and intense action that can become overwhelming.
The Saturnian aspect of Ten of Wands (Saturn in Sagittarius) involves one’s sense of overwhelm with things going on in their life, by and large, or regarding a particular aspect, process, situation, connection and so on. Help is always within reach when the Ten of Wands comes up, but it’s also a test of not being too proud to ask for it.
The Saturnian aspect of Eight of Cups (Saturn in Pisces) involves the ability to move on from testing situations with some lessons learned and some wisdom gained. It’s the chance to grow emotionally and spiritually from whatever chapters get closed.
The Saturnian aspect of Three of Swords (Saturn in Libra) talks about the reaction to unpleasant events or situations that were unfair to someone and how they learn to manage their mental processes as a direct result. The outcome can be terribly pain inflicted upon one’s self through lingering on the unpleasant events or reliving them time and time again or learning to accept, embrace, and let go of whatever happened.
The Saturnian aspect of Seven of Pentacles (Saturn in Taurus) is an interesting test of patience and diligence when it comes to being committed and dedicated to a process that won’t happen overnight. It often involves slow and arduous growth which is gained through intense and sustained efforts, but if Saturn’s test is passed with flying colors, the rewards will be plentiful and abundant.
The Saturnian aspect of Two of Pentacles (Jupiter in Capricorn) involves one’s ability to assess their resources and skill and take on as much as they can but not go much beyond that. If one tries to juggle too many things at a time or things that are too difficult, the balancing act becomes a long series of challenges that lead to frustrating results.
The Saturnian aspect of Three of Pentacles (Mars in Capricorn) talks about the ability to act on knowledge and experience gained while still focusing on learning and growing more and more. It’s a test of one’s pride in that the process of growth involves the student’s ability to learn and their ability to choose a teacher that they then listen to in order to grow.
The Saturnian aspect of Four of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn) is a test of managing with unfair or insufficient means or resources. Does it trigger the miser aspect or does it fuel the growth through ambition and determination?
The Queen of Pentacles involves the Saturnian aspect of having plenty of resources, means, and choosing what to do with them. With great rewards and blessings also comes a great responsibility and sense of duty, which one can choose to shirk or embrace.
The Saturnian aspect of Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius) talks about the ability to face adversity head-on and act justly based on the evidence at hand. In the face of confrontation and unjust treatment, it’s one’s own duty to themselves to cut ties and end interactions in a just way.
The Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius) involves the Saturnian aspect of growth from whatever adversity has been faced by moving on from it and learning the higher lessons and gaining the higher skills that result from exercising caution, tactfulness, and diplomacy. Sometimes, winning in a situation means simply moving on from it.
The Seven of Swords (Moon in Aquarius) talks about the Saturnian aspect of finding ways to resolve or overcome situations when the odds aren’t stacked in one’s favor. But how those solutions come about can involve selfishness and being unfair to others or not, and that choice will attract karmic rewards or punishments as a result.
When it comes to the Knight of Swords, the Saturnian aspect at play is that of learning the deeper meanings and lessons and applying them to one’s own life and situations involving other people as well. With the accumulated wisdom and knowledge, will the choice be to take care of oneself and stay away from others’ issues or will one use those skills and abilities to assist others facing the same kind of problems and issues they did?
Saturn can be an exacting but fair teacher, and its aspect of testing and rewarding or punishing someone is present in plenty tarot cards.