Saturn’s Boundaries — The Outer Planets


We establish boundaries by defining what separates and differentiates us from each other. In Svend Erik Larsen’s opinion, even the most basic objective border, such as a street curb, has a Janus’s face; it serves as both a barrier between and a boundary to something else. It can be perceived as either a barrier or a gate, depending on your perspective.

Saturn is the planet that regulates boundaries, restrictions, and limitations.   Considering that it acts as both a barrier and a gateway to the outer planets, Saturn is the most significant boundary of them all. Saturn, according to astrology, governs the areas of our lives where we feel confined and are more likely to experience frustration and challenges. According to Liz Greene’s book Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil, Saturn is described as follows:

Saturn…he is the Dweller at the Threshold, the keeper of the keys at the gate, and that is through him alone that we may achieve eventual freedom through self-understanding.

Saturn: Lord of Boundaries

Saturn is the lord of karma, boundaries, time, and form, whereas the outer planets symbolize the greatest movements and breakthroughs in human evolution. Saturn’s desire for things to remain the same would create the impression that the planet is opposed to evolution. However, there is a deeper message to be taught, because in order to reach the outer planets and pass through the gateway, one must have a strong sense of one’s own identity. It will be easier for an individual to cope with the transformative energies of the outer planets after they have completely evolved as an adult, matured, and with an evolving ego that is capable of dealing with the challenges of life.

The Saturnian world of boundaries has its bounds, and in order to develop, we must modify our ways.

“The moment you become predictable, you become a machine. A machine is predictable. It was the same yesterday. It is the same today, it will be the same tomorrow…The day you stop changing, in a subtle way you have died.” Osho

Personal planets interacting with the outer planetary forces of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto necessitates a transformation of some sort. The dread is that we are losing control over what is occurring, but it also pushes us to go beyond our conscious awareness, beyond anything we have ever experienced before.. The outer planets in astrology go beyond personal values, moving outside into universal meaning and unveiling the higher secrets of nature, which are revealed by the transiting planets. On a psychological level, they have a tremendous amount of motivation and may be quite destructive, causing suppressed aspects of the psyche to crumble. Dane Rudhyar, a pioneering sort of individual, frequently emphasised transpersonal psychology in his writings, and it is frequently what astrologers refer to when addressing the outer planets in the birth chart. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are universal in their essence, enlightening and expanding.

I began to use the term transpersonal in 1930, long before the movement of transpersonal psychology was started, and with a meaning quite different from the one the word has recently taken on in the field of psychology. I defined as transpersonal a process of “descent” of transcendent spiritual power and illumination through the normal consciousness, and eventually through the whole personality of a human being. The source of that power and light exists in a realm “beyond” the personal consciousness and the ego, it simply refers to expansion…universal experiences.


Following in the footsteps of Saturn, which represents safety, security and confinement, follows Uranus, who represents a threat to the established order. Introducing the planet that threw the entire field of conventional astrology into disarray: Uranus. In life, Uranian influences have a tendency to put a wrench in the works, making things less predictable and causing things to shift abruptly. It was the discovery of Uranus, dubbed “O’ brave new world,” that swept humankind out from the confines of Saturn and heralded the beginning of a major revolution. The outer planets in transit are the major movers and shakers; they are typically transiting the chart when we hear of someone who has found a life-threatening ailment, spiralled into drugs and alcohol, or had a life-changing accident, and then collapsed, awoke, and transformed. Nonetheless, it must be noted that not everyone escapes these “life changes” unscathed, and they are transformed, despite lengthy and strong opposition until forced transformation occurs. Occasionally, during outer planetary transits, a total breakdown occurs, and recovery is not always possible.

Uranus is the planet of awakening and realising one’s own potentials, as well as of freedom and truth, among other things. We find ourselves back in the role of adolescent rebelling against authority, refusing to work a 9-5 job, and choosing a different route. Uranus is telling us that life is not about being afraid of what other people will think of us; rather, it is about living the life we actually desire. In Saturn’s universe, we are frequently bound by laws, other people’s ideas, and what is expected of us, and as a result, we tend to follow the herd.

In Uranus’ evolution, technological advancement has always played a role, and these advancements have brought us closer to God, allowing us to fly through man-made machines and rocket to the stars, as well as use medicine to heal people.   It governs the ascent of the physical world (Saturn) to dizzying heights, propelling us forward into thrilling new frontiers; it governs the meeting of space (Uranus) and the bounds of the world (Saturn); and it governs the ascent of the physical world. A combination of the Latin words unus, which means “one,” and versus, which is the past particle of the verb vertere, which means “to turn,” gives us the term “universe.” Everything is converted into one, according to the original and literal sense of the word “Universe.”

Uranus signalled the beginning of a new era, which was both thrilling and invigorating. In its bits and bytes, it governs the digital era, travel, boundless internet, and information.

Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils – Alan Lightman 

Today we have become choreographers of the dance of nature, able to tweak the laws of nature here and there. By 2100, we will transition to being masters of nature. Physics of the Future 

We all agree that your theory is crazy. But is it crazy enough – Niels Bohr 


The ocean of Neptune holds fragments of collective dreams, aspirations, and hopes that have been lost to time. The meaning of this watery god in astrology is related to the transcending of limits and the crossing of boundaries, and it is symbolic of an openness that allows the swirling streams of psychic forces to take hold, sometimes quiet and sleeping, and other times rising up with great force and taking over an individual’s life and destiny. The planet Neptune is deteriorating and dissolving to limits, and while Saturn may keep us divided and alone, Neptune frees the mind from the concept of separateness.

Neptune prevents us from maturing into a distinct creature and becoming a fully functioning adult. As a result of Neptune’s willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good, the war between Saturn and Neptune begins. People with addictive personalities, as well as those who are needy and dependent, are still, in many respects, tied to a “umbilical chord” that is being sucked downward into Neptune’s whirlpools of destructiveness. Neptune’s fascination with the thought that there is significantly more to the world than what meets the eye leads to the enormous and limitless, which represents anything we may envision or perceive as being possible. However, when Neptune individuals are confronted with reality and disillusionment, they are more likely to experience the psychological blues.

Neptune is the wellspring of all life’s inspiration, and imagination is its most valuable resource. In learning about astrology, one of the first things you learn is that for every counterpart, there is always an ultimate reason behind it all, some type of greater aim. The alcoholics, drug addicts, and escapists are all aiming to approach the divine in precisely the same manner as the spiritual person and the artist are hoping to draw closer to paradise by pursuing their own escapist activities. Poetry, art, and music all rely on the imagination to establish this channel of communication. Ultimately, the nebulous planet represents the complete, deeper part of the unconscious, and there is always a spiritual hunger lurking beneath the surface of the archetypal world. Totally immersing oneself in these encounters is Neptune’s theme, and the planet is indicative of a wish to be freed from the confines of the body and the misery of being incarnated into flesh.

Neptune is seductively alluring; it may be the angel in our midst, calling the ius under its sway with its siren’s voice, which presents dazzling images and the possibility of achieving our goals. In his life’s work, Carl Jung focused on investigating the inner domain of the  Neptunian unconscious, including its archetypes and motifs. The phrase “collective emotion” was invented by him. Neptune is all about delving into the wells of knowledge and enabling the imagination to discover connections between disparate pieces of information. Neptune is most effective when reacting to pictures and interpreting life through a metaphorical lens, which is why he is the planet of imagination. We are fascinated and enchanted by the world when under the influence of the blue-hazy planet, and we will never be able to fully comprehend its mysteries, only to experience them for ourselves. The hunger we have for Neptune is usually accompanied by a desire to find more of its light. Neptune is the planet of fantasies, mirroring the realm of imaginations and also governing the feelings that exist below the level of conscious existence, which we are unaware of.


Pluto is all about metamorphosis, and this birth into a new reality always necessitates a great deal of struggle, as well as a voyage inside one’s own self. All of this entails self-confrontation, which can occasionally result in self-destruction as we become entangled in inner-violence while seeking insight into the depths of the psyche. With old anxieties, blocks, and the negative self-talk that occurs, we enter into an inner struggle, and much of what it regulates is consigned to the darkest depths of one’s own being, under the surface. We fight this energy, and as a result, the old self dies and a new person is created. This process frequently includes the repressed elements of the self, breaking through and digging far into the unconscious, resulting in immense emotional upheavals and profound experiences.

Pluto’s energy is unquestionably more obstructive than Saturn’s energy, and the two planets also share another theme in common: the dark side of the human. In addition to negative self-talk, fears and phobias may pull a person down into despair, which in turn can prevent them from moving forward in life. It is necessary to let go of old ideas, systems, and attitudes in the vast majority of situations. As the giver of riches, we achieve this level of transformation, we will receive all of the gold by bringing something from the depths of the darkness, the subconscious part of the mind, into the light and transforming emotions, feeling a new sense of rejuvenation. Pluto is the planet of transformation.

 And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom – Anais Nin

The fact that these planets are so new–after thousands of years at least during which mankind was not conscious of their presence–and that we have become conscious of the existence of our Galaxy, should make us realize that humanity, since the 18th century, is making a transition toward some far greater reality than which has subsisted up to now. It would be an error therefore to interpret the meaning of these planets in terms of established Saturnian values which dominate our consciousness. They must refer to something entirely new upsetting the Saturnine consciousness and rational logic. By Astrology Considerations