For the entire period, Saturn transits your House I: Individual personality and projected self.
This cycle challenges your personality, mannerism, body, outlook, and personal image. 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 physical body and mannerisms are in strong focus during this transit. Depending on your current age, it may be a time when you feel more your age, or accept it. This is a grounding energy that gets you back in touch with reality - and although you will be very aware, negatively, about your personality and projected image - yet, the work that you do during this transit will lay a foundation for future positivity, success, and progress!
Your outlook on life is more serious and responsible - with more concern for your responsibilities and duties. You may be slower to start new things. During this cycle you are likely to be more cautious than you usually are and, at times, pessimistic or depressed.
This influence acts to rip away the superficial. Illusions, or manipulations, about the self, the body, and personal abilities will no longer be entertained. In terms of career and projects, or even life goals, outward signs of progress may not be as forthcoming.
Nothing in life will seem to be working on your favour. Do take a closer look at the areas you have allowed to slide, and listen to your feelings of disappointment - but don not let this turn into regret or resentment. Instead, focus on making improvements and keep in mind the long-term. Short-sightedness now can get you into trouble. Impatience, or "short-cuts", will not be rewarded. Think in terms of the long-term view. Simplicity, and adherence to ethics, rules, and strictures, will see you through this period of hardships.
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.
You might reach out to others in an attempt to validate yourself, looking for ways to boost your confidence. When these attempts fail, you may have feel temporarily let down and discouraged. Rest assured, these feelings shall be re-worked during this cycle, with your help of course, until you reach a point where you have a stronger sense of self. This transit acts to transform your self-confidence in such a way that you question the source of your confidence till date, and discover a more solid base for pulling up your "inner strength". The end result, as this cycle reaches its climax, is a newfound identity and a realistic understanding of your own limitations, and your capabilities as well.
Try not to come across as heavy during this period — not everyone is going through the same cycle at the same time as you. However, others are seeing you as more responsible. Self-discipline comes more naturally as well. Easier said than done, but this is an excellent time for beginning health regimens, diets, and the likes - simply because it is a time when you look in the mirror and see yourself clearly, not only what you want to see.
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. The first year will be especially challenging for you, while you are likely to face the heat with unfavourable circumstances and events occuring in your life - from around 3 months ahead.