In this article we provide a detailed overview of Saturn in Cancer as well as its impact in each of the 12 houses of the zodiac. Do you have Saturn in Cancer in your horoscope? If so then this article is for you.
If the sun is the king of the planets, then Saturn is the commoner. In Roman culture, Saturn was worshiped as the god of dissolution, renewal, and the passage of time. During the annual festival of Saturnalia, slaves would exchange roles with their masters. Commoners would dine like nobility, and they would freely voice any criticism or complaints they had from the previous year. In Vedic theology, Saturn, or Shani, is feared as the bestower of karmic reaction, the good or bad results of one’s past activities.
Saturn’s day of the week is — you guessed it — Saturday. Known in Latin as Saturni, and in Sanskrit as Shanivar.
Saturn is also known as Manda, or the slow one. As the slowest-moving of the planets, he travels through the zodiac only once every 29-and-a-half years. Saturn spends almost two-and-a-half years in each sign.
Note: Saturn’s movement through the zodiac creates a period known as “sade sati,” or Saturn’s Grind. This occurs whenever Saturn passes over a person’s birth sign, as well as the signs before and after it.
In an astrological reading, Saturn represents the following:
- Duty, discipline, and philosophy
- Laborers, prisoners, and the law
- Elders, ancestors, and family traditions
- Obstacles, punishment, and bondage
- Sorrow, sin, laziness, and illness
- Debt, fear, and poverty
- Wickedness, infamy, and filth
- Humility, steadiness, and one’s lifespan
- Renunciation, hard work, and death
LEARN MORE: The Puranas provide an advanced understanding of our universe, including descriptions of life on other planets. Check out our guide to Vedic Cosmology.
Cancer: The Sign of the Crab
Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac. In Vedic astrology, Cancer is known by the Sanskrit name karkata, or “the crab.” The sign of Cancer possesses a resilient, compassionate, and creative nature. Cancer is a sign of emotion. In an astrological chart, it indicates areas where you are sentimental and nurturing in your efforts.
Ruled by the Moon. The moon is known as the planet of the mind, emotions, and creativity. He brings a sensitive and oscillating energy to the house he inhabits.
A water sign. Cancer is perceptive, artistic, and sentimental.
A movable sign. Capricorn is fluid, spontaneous, and fond of change.
A feminine sign. Capricorn is receptive, sensitive, and empathetic.
Areas of Influence
Cancer influences its planetary lord in the following areas:
- Creativity and artistry
- Emotional expression and mental health
- Intuition and sensitivity
- Compassion and maternal instincts
Traits of Saturn in Cancer
The influence of Saturn in a birth chart will change depending on which house it is located in, its relative position in relation to other planets, as well as other factors. However, the following general traits are likely to be found in a native who has Saturn in Cancer:
You are physically attractive. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the moon, which lends charm, beauty, and grace. Your body is good-looking and appealing to the opposite sex.
You can attain a good position in life. This is a relatively favorable position for Saturn. You will experience many fortunate events in life, and you can amass a considerable amount of wealth and other assets.
You are restless. You do not like to sit still, and you may have a hard time focusing on a single project or task. This tendency may interfere with your work and your relationships, since others may feel you are not fully committed or present.
You can be hot-tempered. Saturn is a planet of tough lessons. You tend to let your emotions get the best of you, and you lack self-awareness. This combination leads to many outbursts that can damage your relationships. If you practice meditation, you will have a better chance at controlling your temper.
You will enjoy most in your middle-age. Your early and late periods of life may be difficult. However, you are likely to enjoy your middle-age.
Saturn in Cancer in the 12 Houses
Every natal chart is unique. It is not possible to give a fully accurate reading without considering the various elements of the chart, including planetary combinations, aspects, friendships, directional strength, and more.
The traits below are general indications which will change depending on the influence of the factors listed above.
In the First House
The first house symbolizes physique and self-expression. You have a pessimistic outlook, and you are attracted to immoral acts. Be careful not to act on your lower impulses. You will struggle with finances, but you can manage if you stick to a budget and don’t waste money on useless things.
In the Second House
The second house symbolizes wealth and cultural traditions. You can make good money, but you may suffer from a disease of the mouth or the face. You have a good relationship with your mother, but you may have strained relations with your siblings.
In the Third House
The third house symbolizes siblings, courage, and literary works. You are intelligent and courageous. You make good money, and you enjoy giving in charity. You have a good relationship with your spouse, but you may suffer on account of your children.
In the Fourth House
The fourth house symbolizes one’s mother, home, and basic beliefs. You suffer from frequent anxiety. You are likely to have difficult relationships with your parents. In general, you struggle to attain lasting happiness.
In the Fifth House
The fifth house symbolizes children, creative works, and overall success. You are not a straightforward person, and you may cheat or lie to others to obtain your personal goals. You are likely to have a difficult time bearing children.
In the Sixth House
The sixth house symbolizes debt, disease, and service. You know how to achieve your goals, and you can make good money in life. However, you and your family may suffer at the hands of opponents, whether in the workplace or the social arena.
In the Seventh House
The seventh house symbolizes the spouse, marital happiness, and sexual desire. You are restless and somewhat irritable. You have difficulty getting along with the opposite sex, and long-term partnerships are a challenge for you. You are likely to travel often, and your income is sporadic.
In the Eighth House
The eighth house symbolizes death, calamities, and interest in the occult. You are happy in your early life, but as you age you may face many obstacles to happiness. You do not readily take up initiative to pursue your own goals and projects. For this reason, you are likely to pursue an occupation in service to others.
In the Ninth House
The ninth house symbolizes religion and morality. You possess courage, but you often find yourself opposed by others. You have a philosophical outlook, and you can attain wealth and happiness in life.
In the Tenth House
The tenth house symbolizes one’s father, career, and reputation. You are intelligent, famous, and can rise to a high position in life. You can gain wealth through land, agriculture, and other business ventures. You are likely to live somewhere other than your place of birth.
In the Eleventh House
The eleventh house symbolizes gains, aspirations, and friendships. You can make good money, and you will have good health throughout life, except perhaps some illness in your childhood. You can make a successful career in trade, commerce, or artisanry.
In the Twelfth House
The twelfth house symbolizes losses, misfortune, and liberation. You are likely to incur debts, and you may suffer some damage to your reputation. You meet repeated difficulties in your professional life. This is not a strong position for Saturn.
Learn More About Vedic Astrology
Expand your knowledge of astrology! Check out our guides to Vedic Astrology and the nine planets, known collectively in Sanskrit as the nava-graha. You can also learn about the differences between Western and Vedic astrology.
The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac