Saturn in Synastry: Getting Rid of Misconceptions
Saturn is often vilified to such a degree that many people fear it kills any hope of a satisfying relationship if one shows up in a synastry contact. The fact is you don’t see many long lasting relationships without a significant Saturn contact.
Saturn’s role is to create order and consistency in your life through limitation, and its function extends to your relationships. Without Saturn’s involvement, you will most likely switch partners as soon as you encounter even a tiny bit of discomfort.
Saturn in Synastry: Understanding Its Challenges and Gifts
Now that you’re becoming aware of Saturn’s importance in creating lasting relationships, we can look at some of the challenges and opportunities it represents in synastry contacts (here we’re mostly concerned with hard aspects, but it’s OK to consider soft aspects as well.)
Saturn – Sun contact: This is a vital contact for both parties. The Saturn person’s commitment may add a much needed structure and safety to the Sun person’s life, while the Sun person may provide warmth and energy to the Saturn person’s stern exterior. The danger exists if the Saturn person’s negativity proves too strong for the Sun person to break through.
Saturn – Moon contact: In contrast to the previous combination, Moon can be more vulnerable to Saturn’s restrictive pressure – but it greatly depends on the Moon’s sign. A Capricorn Moon will be able to shrug the pressure off, whereas a Moon in Sagittarius may have more of a difficulty giving up the freedom. All the same, this combination could be as significant as that of the Saturn-Sun contact, especially if the Saturn person is mature enough to be able to protect the sensitivity of the Moon person.
Saturn – Mercury contact: This contact can be excellent for a business or a mentor-student relationship. Saturn person’s wisdom or maturity can shape the Mercury person’s thought process. Or the process could reverse itself and the Mercury person’s knowledge could add to the Saturn person’s maturity – a role reversal like that tends to depend on which one is the older of the two.
Saturn – Venus contact: Similar to the Saturn-Moon interaspect, a lot hinges on the Venus’ sign placement. Venus in an Earth sign deals better with the responsibility and commitment demanded by Saturn. If both parties are mature enough, the Venus person could add the necessary social grace to the Saturn person’s life.
Saturn – Mars contact: This interaspect can breed a lot of resentment if the Mars person isn’t able to tolerate restrictions well. In a close relationship, it helps if you can work together at doing something productive. Noel Tyl said the key to handling this aspect is in realizing that energy (Mars) needs control (Saturn) in order to be channeled effectively – this seems to apply just as well in relationships (needless to say, this contact is easier to handle in a business relationship.)
Saturn – Jupiter contact: This can be a highly productive combination, as Saturn and Jupiter “get” one another and respect each other’s necessary functions (stability and expansion.) You will most likely experience great teamwork in the areas affected by this interaspect.
Saturn – Saturn contact: You will have this contact if you were born within a few months of each other (or, of course, if your ages are about 7 years apart, 14 years apart, etc.) The key point is that you will strengthen each other’s natal Saturn complex – perhaps you might even represent the Saturn figure in the other person’s life (father, mentor, boss, etc.) This then becomes a test or a learning experience to see how well you’re handling the lessons suggested in your natal chart.
Saturn – Uranus contact: The Uranus person might present the Saturn person with a shocking new idea, perhaps due to generation gap. The idea may be hard to accept, or it could be ultimately liberating. Generalization is difficult, as both planets move slowly enough to become a generational interaspect.
Saturn – Neptune contact: This could represent a spiritual or an aesthetic influence from the Neptune person, as long as the Saturn person is receptive to it. In an extreme scenario, Neptune may represent something more sinister like deception or influence of alcohol, drugs, etc, but again it’s not possible to generalize these slow moving interaspects. The Saturn person’s role may be to represent the sober but necessary truth, while the Neptune person’s role may be to open the Saturn person’s eyes to a more joyful world.
Saturn – Pluto contact: This contact is heavy and serious, and carries with it an awareness of status or power. What is the underlying motivation behind this relationship? Is it productive or destructive? The right combination of people could accomplish so much here.
Saturn – Ascendant contact: Ascendant isn’t a planet, so possibly the Saturn person could wield more influence over the formation of the Ascendant person’s identity. This may be a classic teacher-student combination. At the same time, if the age gap is reversed (i.e. Saturn person being younger than the Ascendant person), the Ascendant person’s persona could influence the maturation of the Saturn person.
Saturn – Midheaven contact: This can be a highly influential contact. The Saturn person can affect the Midheaven person as an authority figure, and could shape the future professional direction of the MC person. Here again if the Midheaven person is much older than the Saturn person, the role could be reversed and the MC person’s social status can aid the Saturn person’s professional development.
In Closing: The Necessity of Saturnian Pressure in Relationships
We need the pressure of responsibility Saturn represents to grow and accomplish things, and this includes the pressure of committed relationships (here we include a broad range of important relationships: marriage, teacher-student, even a relationship to a group or a cause. )
The existence of a challenging Saturn interaspect in your relationship does not doom your relationship – it simply makes it more real and meaningful, the longer you keep learning from it.
How do you experience the Saturn interaspects in your significant relationships? Does the experience get better or richer over time? Please feel free to share your experience through email or in the comment section.
Photo: Trey Ratcliff