This article is relevant for those who have natal Sun Saturn aspect (especially conjunction, square or opposition), or if you’re currently experiencing transit Saturn-Sun hard aspect.
NATAL SUN CONJUNCT SQUARE OPPOSITION SATURN
MASTERING THE POWER OF FOCUS
If Sun and Saturn form a hard aspect in your horoscope, Saturn (work, achievement) is inexorably tied to your life purpose (Sun). This means you’re here to develop Saturnian qualities such as self-discipline, integrity and focus in order to accomplish your goals.
Sun is Life Energy, and Saturn is Focus (which is a flip side of Saturn’s keyword ‘limitation’). Your power comes from focusing your energy toward a goal, or purpose.
With those who have a natal Sun Saturn aspect, there seems to be an instinctive understanding that anything worth accomplishing in life takes focused effort. Even from a young age, you may see these people display serious ability to concentrate once they find something to fascinate them.
Unless they’ve grown up in a particularly difficult environment (more on that later), Sun-Saturn people will start discovering their own power of focus, and will quietly begin to direct them toward a goal of his/her choosing – knowing full well that they have the power to accomplish what they seek.
WELL-KNOWN PEOPLE WITH NATAL SUN SATURN ASPECT
Alexander Graham Bell, who has Sun conjunct Saturn, created his first invention at age 12. He said (appropriately):
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell
Here are some more people with natal Sun Saturn aspects that succeeded in their fields through powerful ability to focus:
- Golf legend Arnold Palmer has Sun square Saturn. He said “What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”
- Paramhansa Yogananda, who wrote Autobiography of a Yogi had Sun square Saturn. He used his power of concentration to achieve his spiritual goals.
- Math genius John Nash had Sun opposition Saturn, and so did the painter Pablo Picasso – both of them were masters of their field.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger has Sun conjunct Saturn, and he’s known for his accomplishments in several fields from bodybuilding, filmmaking to politics.
Whether it’s science, business or artistic endeavor, someone who has mastered the power of their Sun Saturn aspect has inordinate amount of focus that enables them to achieve goals.
SUN – SATURN HARD ASPECT AND FATHER ISSUES
Saturn symbolizes your father, and this has been pointed out in articles on Saturn aspects with Moon, Venus and Mars. Since Sun represents who you are becoming, a hard aspect between Sun and Saturn naturally suggests the importance of your father upon your ego development.
If your natal Sun conjuncts, squares or opposes Saturn, it’s likely there was a difficult relationship with your father when you were young. You may have grown up with a remote, passive or tyrannical father – either way, a father’s love and support might have been rather scarce in your childhood.
There are exceptional cases where a father plays a central role in the Sun-Saturn person’s life development (after all, that is the higher expression of this aspect). This might have something to do with how well Saturn is placed in their horoscope (in Capricorn, for example). If you are one of these rare cases, your father might have instilled in you the Saturnian virtues of self-discipline and hard work from a young age.
In most cases, the person with this aspect grows up without having the paternal support that they needed in order to develop a healthy sense of self (symbolized by the Sun). An absent, passive or problematic father figure creates a sense of insecurity, because how a father treats you is, symbolically speaking, how the world treats you…At least until you manage to overwrite the original dysfunctional pattern.
HOW TO OVERWRITE THE DYSFUNCTIONAL PATTERN
If you struggle from a sense of inferiority or insecurity due to problematic family background, it’s important to know that you can overcome this pattern.
Each planetary archetype teaches us something we need to know, and Saturn teaches self-responsibility. Among other things, this means learning the following lessons:
1) No one is coming to save you – Not your family, not your partner, and not your soulmate. Wanting someone else to save you is the residual effect of not having the father figure that protected you and made you feel safe as a child.
The truth is, only you have the power to make you feel safe. Other people, no matter how much they care for you, cannot give you the self-assurance that comes from accepting complete responsibility for your own well-being.
2) You need to live your own life – If you accept responsibility for your own happiness, then you no longer need to measure up to someone else’s expectation. Instead of acting in order to please someone else (and seek their approval and protection), you act in order to fulfill your sense of purpose.
Your relationship gets better when you assume responsibility to make yourself happy (as opposed to expecting your partner to make you happy.) When you accept ownership of your own life, you have more to give others.
The Saturnian concept of self-responsibility extends to all areas of your life – work, business, relationship, health, finance and even spirituality. You tend to do better in the areas of your life where you accept self-responsibility (including being responsible enough to ask for help when you need it.)
TRANSIT SATURN CONJUNCT SQUARE OPPOSITION SUN
The transit of Saturn to your natal Sun tends to bring up issues of work or other important responsibilities in your life. There are several possible manifestations for this transit:
OVERWORK COULD REDUCE ENERGY LEVEL
Saturn Sun transit (especially conjunction, square or opposition) could result in reduced energy level (Sun) due to all the responsibilities (Saturn) you have in life. Sometimes there is no helping it – it’s normal to have periods where you are under pressure in multiple fronts (e.g. work and family), or you simply have a lot to do at work.
In such cases it’s important to review how well you’re handling the increased workload and stress. If you do not have a balanced routine, you may not cope very well with the stress and it may take a toll on your physical health and vitality.
As mundane as this sounds, getting enough sleep and exercise could be the best practice during this transit, as they both contribute to reducing stress.
A SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT AFFECTS CHARACTER
With Saturn, there is always a possibility of a serious development (Saturn) that challenges you and makes a mark on your character (Sun).
We need to be sensitive to the fact that Saturn’s expression changes depending on what time of life you are in. A serious family event during the formative years (e.g. parents’ divorce) could deeply impact the identity development (Sun) of a child. A same event much later in life might not have as serious an impact.
The older you get, the more tolerance you tend to acquire for the ups and downs of life. An event some people consider very stressful might be simply accepted as a fact of life for others – so how this transit affects you also depends on your maturity level and natural disposition.
REALIZATION OF GOALS & LIFE PURPOSE
Remember that Saturn also rules structure and ambition (a fact less relevant to small children, but significant for working adults). Saturn transit to your Sun could signal realization (Saturn) of your goal and purpose (Sun).
Remember that success means accepting new responsibility (Saturn). This applies to receiving a promotion or being assigned a new creative project. Such new responsibility entails challenge (Saturn) that make you grow and develop your potential (Sun).
CONCLUSION: MAKING THE BEST USE OF SUN SATURN ASPECT
Natal Sun Saturn aspects are growth inducing and suggests capacity for a strong, focused will. There is much potential for achievement.
The three examples of Saturn-Sun transit suggested above are not mutually exclusive, so saying it will be either a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ time tends to miss an important point (this is true throughout astrology – when you call something ‘good’ or ‘bad’, you stop seeing what’s really happening.)
Perhaps the best use of Sun Saturn aspect, whether natal or transit, is to view it in terms of accepting full responsibility for your own fulfillment: There is no one to blame, because you have the power to make yourself happy. So what will you do about it?
Do you have a natal Sun Saturn aspect? How do you experience it in your life? If you’ve gone through transit Saturn conjunct, square or opposition Sun, what was it like for you? Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section.