For the entire period, Saturn transits your House VIII: Joint finances, intimacy, and transformation.
This cycle challenges your support system, intimacy, sharing, and finances. These are areas of your life that undergoes contraction, restriction, and necessary "slimming down" in order to test for stable foundations. Results in these areas of your life will not be as forthcoming, or with ease, as they have been in the past.
Your deepest desires and attachments are in strong focus during this transit. Depending on your age, you are likely to be more sensitive to what appear to be outer world pressures that force you to examine some of your sexual relationships, your finances (especially with regards to debts and shared finances/support), and your need for control. This is a grounding energy that gets you back in touch with reality - and you may face dissatisfaction and frustrations getting what you want, especially concerning relationships with others and your resources.
Tests can come to your financial and intimate worlds - that urges you to organize your finances. On a psychological level, you face some of your fears that are compulsive — those concerns that lead you to believe you need certain things to survive. Taxes might be an issue during this period. Facing the realities of debt may be another. Some of you may be supporting a partner, or a partner could be earning a little less.
You may be dealing with fears of surrendering yourself, emotionally or financially, to others. Support from others may not be as forthcoming as it has been in the past. For example, a partner's income may decrease, or another form of financial support may no longer be available during this period. This requires you to assume more independence regarding making a living. For some, a line of study is coming to an end, and there is a need to take the next step.
However, it's a strong time for handling financial matters, especially debts and taxes, logically and realistically. You'll find that you waste considerably less energy by facing up to realities rather than living your life procrastinating and feeling vaguely guilty all of the time. It's an excellent time for sorting through your finances and dealing with the power dynamics in a partnership more equitably.
Events will occur that tests your foundations in these areas your life that require a "back to basics" approach in order to build (or rebuild) a strong foundation. There may be tests of sorts in these areas of life, as if the cosmos is checking if the foundations are strong. During this period, anything built on weak foundations may very well crack under the pressure of these tests, and fall apart - gone from your life for good. Those that are strong will endure and strengthen.
Emotionally, there can be a feeling that others are not quite as supportive. There can be delays or difficulties in general when it comes to getting what you want or need from others. Intimacy may seem to dry up a tad before it gets better. You may face some difficulties satisfying your libido and/or encounter problems with intimacy. These pressures are "designed" to make you more aware of your desire nature, and what exactly it is you truly want.
You may discover that previous methods of controlling your environment, and the people in your life are just not as effective anymore. You may not even be aware exactly how you have been employing power and control before. The end result, as this cycle reaches its climax, getting what you want from others can be challenging, as you ultimately are learning to rely on yourself - you are likely to feel considerably healthier on an emotional level. You will have eliminated some deep-seated habits and attachments that have been keeping you back from feeling emotionally free. You emerge healthier and stronger. When we give in to compulsive behaviors, we give up self-control, and guilt undermines our lives. We are not ourselves. By attempting to control others, we give away our own power over ourselves. Ideally, you will have nixed some of your addictions, and mastered your superstitions. You will feel more powerful because you have given up attempting to control things you cannot or should not control, and you will have gained a feeling of self-mastery instead.
As things start falling apart in the affected areas of your life, it is felt most strongly in the first year of this cycle that lasts approximately 2.5 years.