Saturn in Leo - Saturn Signs

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Saturn Leo makes you highly controlled with your bigness, and that persona with an edge can become your block to true self-expression.  

Your life challenge is to let go of the powerful facade, to reveal the endearing creative player-artist within.

Serious Play

With Saturn in Leo (or the Fifth House,) You are disciplined about your self-expression. Others might find you curiously restrained, but underneath there's a diva or thespian waiting for the right moment.

Leo is a very disciplined sign, and this Saturn is vulnerable to burn-out or heart ailments. Look at ways to do things just for fun, to let off steam. As you mature into your Saturn, you can become a master of play.

Leo is a fire sign, and this placement is to do with channeling your inspiration, into satisfying forms. You might even go into the leisure business in some way, or follow a passion full-time as your life's work.

Sometimes you are rigidly strictly business and bossy, which can make you come across as a killjoy. You can be overly strict with yourself and others. You are charismatic but can have hard edges of pride or willful behavior. If you learn to laugh at yourself, this is a great victory!

Saturn shows us where we're rigid, and have developed unhealthy patterns that turn into shadowy traits. The Leo Dark Side is throwing your weight around, arrogance and a selfish attitude.

Saturn's challenge is to dismantle these, and life itself forces us to, at times. You crave admiration and respect and can come to know yourself, from the reactions of others to your way. Are you being truly shiny and generous? Or are you attached to the idea of being special, above all others?  

The fixedness of Leo makes this a stubborn Saturn placement - you have to overcome epic pride that's both your gift and your potential downfall. The path of Saturn Leo is to find peace, by celebrating your uniqueness, while respecting that in others, too.  

Beyond Big Personality to True Self-Expression

Alan Oken sees tests with Saturn as karmic, and with Saturn Leo, it's to do with the release of creativity. The powerful (Leo) personality can stand in the way of real authentic self-expression.   

Have you met people that dominate the room with the bigness of their presence?  

Oken writes, "People with Saturn in Leo often tend to use personal power to control the environment. From a Soul-centered perspective, this tendency has to be transformed in such a way that personal creative power is directed towards service to the collective."

During a Saturn transit, you could find it hard or impossible to dazzle people with your charms. Or you might be called out as a fake or all show. When Saturn closes doors, it can lead to honest soul searching - and growth.  

Growing Young 

You can be a bit conservative when it comes to letting it all hang out. And Saturn’s stoic attitude shows up in your romantic life. But as you face fears and open to spontaneity, you discover your own courageous heart. A great love affair can happen for you in (relatively) older age. You grow young as you get older.

Saturn has to do with mastery, with effort. And you can become the master of spontaneity - or make leisure or play your life's work in some way. But all Saturn signs have a built-in conundrum, and here is yours, expressed by Elizabeth Rose Campbell in Intuitive Astrology.

She writes, "How can I trust that my spontaneity will find its own discipline without imposing too much order on it from the first effort?"  

You may not let on to others just how ambitious you really are. You can live your dreams by taking calculated risks and developing your considerable talents.

You shine at the right moment, like a star ready for the close-up. Find safe places and people with whom to reveal you're a natural performer.