I mean, just recently I understood the energy of Jupiter and therefore why Jupiter rules Pisces and Sagittarius, but what about Saturn?
Jupiter is like someone that wants to be optimistic and be generous. Jupiter believes that everyone should grow, that everyone should be rich and happy. This is why it's also related to justice, since Jupiter thinks that's justice. And it is. Everyone should be respected and everyone should have the same rights. Jupiter is a very progressive planet. This humanitarian side of Jupiter is related more to the Pisces energy, since Pisces is feels pity for the poverty of the world and feels compassion for everyone. So to be brief, Jupiter has two sides: Optimism and justice/being humanitarian. Optimism --> Sagittarius. Humanitarian and pity --> Pisces.
Buuut, isn't Aquarius also humanitarian? Shouldn't Jupiter rule that sign? Exactly why is Saturn in rulership when in Aquarius? Maybe it's related to the fact that Saturn wants to get to work on things and wants to slowly build its way toward high positions and therefore is serving society? I don't know... Maybe Jupiter isn't aloof like Aquarius and that's why it doesn't rule that sign.
Honestly, Uranus and Neptune seem to fit better as Aquarius and Pisces' rulers
I like to bring this picture out now and again because it perfectly illustrates the symmetry in the traditional planetary rulerships. Notice in the picture, the planets are in descending order and the signs follow one after the other. The co-rulerships are symmetrical.
^ If you take some time to really think about that, it's pretty amazing.
Some points I have against using the modern outer planets as sign rulers:
- It doesn't make sense in terms of the symmetry above
- It means Scorpio, Aquarius and Pisces must have less diversity of expression within generations. e.g. it would imply that for instance Scorpio Risings in the Pluto in Sagittarius generation would look and act more similar to eachother than other signs since their ruling planet is generational. I have found this not to be the case.
- In general, I have found in personal cases that people tend to embody their traditional ruling planet
- When you look back at when the outer planets were in their own signs, it's arguable if they are functioning more powerfully or better in them. e.g. Pluto seemed to be at it's most powerful in Leo... Neptune is in Pisces and all I'm seeing it function in a more malefic way than usual to be honest.
As for Saturn ruling Aquarius, I agree it's somewhat counter-intuitive at first. But consider these points:
- Aquarius is cold and aloof
- Aquarius is about the community (community is structured, bound by traditions and regulations)
- Aquarius is opposite Leo, the ego, ruled by the Sun. Saturn is furthest away from the Sun. Opposite to ego (communal again)
- Just like Capricorn expands materially using Saturn's laws of boundaries and structures, Aquarius does so to but more so with ideas and concepts. These signs are not stagnating in Saturn, they understand and make use of it and there is growth happening in their sphere of influence.
- Saturn is exalted in Libra. Thinking about that for awhile helps you to break loose from the typical doom and gloom associated with Saturn and might help you understand it's rulership over Aquarius.