Saturn Synastry in Relationships: Gifts and Challenges

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Saturn in Synastry: Let’s Get Rid of Misconceptions

After hearing so many astrologers talk negatively about Saturn, you may feel discouraged upon seeing Saturn in a synastry contact with your partner.  The fact is you don’t see many long lasting relationships without a significant Saturn synastry aspect.

Saturn’s role is to create stability in your relationships through commitment.  This applies to your relationships as well.  Without Saturn’s involvement, you will most likely switch partners as soon as you encounter even a tiny bit of discomfort.

Saturn Synastry Aspect: Understanding Its Challenges and Gifts

Now that you’re becoming aware of Saturn’s importance in creating lasting relationships, let’s talk about the challenges and opportunities it represents in synastry aspects (here we’re mostly concerned with “hard” aspects such as conjunction, square or opposition, but it’s OK to include other aspects as well.)

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Saturn Sun synastry aspect: “An Important Bond”

A synastry aspect between Saturn and Sun 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 gloom and negativity proves too strong for the Sun person to break through.

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A celebrity example of Sun Saturn Synastry include the British royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  His Saturn squares her Sun.

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Saturn Moon synastry aspect: “Weighty Emotions”

In contrast to the previous synastry 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.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have Saturn Moon synastry contact. His Saturn squares her Moon and her Sun.

For both royal couples, having Saturn synastry aspect makes sense. Their marriages come with acceptance of their roles and responsibilities.

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Saturn Mercury synastry contact: “Leading to Wisdom”

Synastry between Saturn and Mercury 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.

A famous Saturn Mercury synastry example: Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.  Jung’s Saturn squares Freud’s Mercury.  Freud mentored Jung until the younger psychologist developed his own theories.

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Saturn Venus synastry contact: “Maturity Adds Grace”

Like the Saturn Moon aspect, Saturn Venus synastry may depend 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.

A celebrity Saturn Venus Synastry example: Prince Harry’s Saturn trines Meghan Markle’s Venus.

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Saturn Mars synastry contact: “Controlled Energy”

Saturn Mars synastry contact 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 Saturn Mars 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. As you may imagine, this contact is easier to handle in a business relationship.

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Saturn Jupiter synastry contact: “Purpose and Progress”

Saturn Jupiter synastry can suggest a highly productive relationship, as Saturn and Jupiter “get” one another and respect each other’s necessary functions (stability and expansion.)  As long as your long term goals are aligned, you will most likely experience great teamwork in the areas affected by this contact.

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Saturn Saturn synastry contact: “Testing Your Own Complex”

You will have this synastry 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 implied in your natal chart.

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Saturn Uranus synastry contact: “Old vs New”

In Saturn Uranus synastry, the Uranus person might present the Saturn person with a shocking new idea or direction.  Such new 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.

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Saturn Neptune synastry contact: “Special Influence”

Synastry between Neptune and Saturn 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.

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Saturn Pluto synastry contact: “Powerful Duo”

Saturn Pluto synastry aspect can be heavy and serious, and carries with it an awareness of status or power.  What is the underlying motivation behind this relationship?  Is the overall tone of relationship productive or destructive?  The right combination of people could accomplish so much here.

A Famous Saturn Pluto Synastry Example: Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Jobs’ Saturn square Wozniak’s Pluto).

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Saturn Ascendant synastry contact: “The Mentor”

Since Ascendant is a point and not a planet, 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.

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Saturn Midheaven synastry contact: “Career Impact”

Saturn MC synastry can be a highly influential relationship.  The Saturn person can affect the Midheaven (MC) 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.

Summary: Saturn Synastry Aspect Builds Long Term 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 synastry aspect does not doom your relationship – it simply makes it more real and meaningful, the longer you keep learning from it.

Do you and your partner have Saturn synastry aspect? How do you experience its strengths and challenges?  Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section below.

Vocational Astrology: Moon and Work Satisfaction

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Moon in Vocational Astrology

In vocational astrology, natal Moon’s placement in your horoscope has much to do with what you need for work satisfaction (for a basic introduction on Moon signs related to your career, read Moon’s emotional need in the workplace.)

Although you’ll always want to look at the entire horoscope for a full understanding of your vocational potential, you can nevertheless learn a lot from studying your natal Moon position.Keep Reading >>

Your Natal Mars: Keys to Passionate Creativity

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Mars represents the thrill of the hunt, or the aliveness you feel when you are exerting all you have in order to win.  In your birth chart, it is your passion in motion.

Mars Symbol: Keys to Creativity and Passion

Mars symbol represents male sexual penetration.  Thus the energy Mars symbolizes is intimately tied to your creative impulse (its pursuit of Venusian beauty and ideals results in the creation of something new.)

By reflecting on this symbol, we can appreciate a few components of creativity:

1) Penetration: Digging deeply into one’s chosen field of study is a masculine quality (regardless of your gender).  The idea of penetration suggests deep involvement with a subject or a person, not just on an intellectual (Mercurial) level.  In other words, creativity comes from deep involvement.

It’s very difficult to experience passionate creativity when you are just scratching the surface of things.  If you want to experience more creativity, try going deeper into your path (work, hobby, relationship, etc) instead of jumping from one thing to another.  [Note Mars’ classic rulership of Scorpio reflects this idea of masculine depth and fixedness of purpose.]

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Relationship Astrology: Sun-Venus Aspect & Midpoint

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Sun – Venus ASPECT: Too Sweet?

In transit or solar arc, Sun-Venus contact suggests energized social and/or romantic activities.  Unless it occurs under a more serious long-term influence (e.g. Pluto, Saturn etc), we can expect this to be a pleasant period where you might spend more time enjoying other people’s company than usual.

Natal conjunction (or semisquare) of Sun-Venus often suggests a pleasant personality.  Venus function tends to help form bonds between people, so a healthy expression of this placement will be expressed as the genuine ability to attract and befriend others.

The only issue here might be that Venus’ focus tends to be a little shallow (for better or worse), so a lot of ego energy (the Sun) being focused on her sphere could starve other parts of your psyche (Mars, Uranus and Pluto, especially).  Young person with Sun-Venus aspect might refuse to see the darker side of her friends’ character, and may end up being hurt or disappointed upon finding out.

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Sun-Mercury Aspect & Midpoint in Astrology


Sun-Mercury ASPECT: Ego-Energy infusing the Thought System

Sun represents the energy of your evolving self.  Mercury represents how you need to think and communicate in order to be effective. The two ‘planets’ in aspect evoke the feel of ego’s energy infusing the thought system.

Sun conjunct Mercury: Idealization as a Defense

Traditional astrology describes the danger of Mercury “burning up” in proximity to the Sun, thereby losing objectivity.  In childhood the emerging ego could immerse itself in a web of comfortable thoughts and ideas, thus distancing itself from (and defending against) painful reality.  A tendency toward idealization is a definite possibility.

As the self matures, the combination could evolve into a strong intellectual gift of one kind or another.  The nature of sign occupied by Sun and Mercury will significantly affect this pair’s expression.  Fire and Air signs tend toward brilliant expression of thoughts, whereas Water and Earth may suggest contemplation and discernment.

Sun/Mercury MIDPOINT: The Point of Intellectual Self Expression

Here are some examples of the potential manifestation of Sun/Mercury midpoint:

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Ascendant, 1st House and the Crisis of Identity

stones1st house, representing “identity,” is the focal point of the 4 Angular (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th) houses.  Poorly defined identity makes one feel awkward in social settings, and can limit career achievement because ambition cannot form on a weak ego.  If you do not have a secure identity, it may feel as if you aren’t quite sure where your place is in society.


Identity Needs to Be Defined Through Tension

The process of identity formation is similar to developing a sculpture: Knocking off chunks of stones from a block of marble to approach a clearly defined shape.   The further the sculptor gets in his work, the more refined his tools become in order to smooth out rough edges.  The process involves a lot of force (or tension) being applied to the block of marble.  

This tension, essential for identity formation, is often defined by challenges.  Your natal chart can reveal what challenges you faced (and perhaps still do) in the process of developing and refining your identity.

How to Assess Tension in the 1st House & Ascendant

The patterns suggesting identity development concerns include the following:

1) The ruler of Ascendant is under high developmental tension (i.e. receives a hard aspect from Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto)

2) Hard aspect (conjunction, square, opposition or quindecile) to the Ascendant by the planets mentioned above, or their presence within the 1st house

Interpreting Planets on the Ascendant

If one or more of the above mentioned planets are on your Ascendant, or form a tense aspect to it, you may face following challenges in the process of identity formation:

Mars on the Ascendant suggests that your ego is challenged to grow in assertive, action oriented ways.  Often, physical activities are important to discharge energy.  Courage to display leadership, as well as a certain degree of cooperative attitude, will be necessary in order to avoid the lone-wolf tendency.

Saturn on the Ascendant suggests the need for heavy-lifting in terms of mental attitude, especially when you’re young.  Your identity is strengthened through assuming & meeting responsibility, as well as creating and accomplishing goals.  As you get accustomed to completing challenging projects and making things happen, the heaviness turns into solid self-confidence.

Uranus on the Ascendant suggests intensified ego needs, as well as the desire to somehow make a statement of one’s individuality.  There is something special and intense about you.  Channeled effectively, this energy could help you excel in your field of work.  Otherwise much of the energy might be spent on ego-aggrandizement.

Neptune on the Ascendant suggests ego suppression and bewilderment. Identity formation might have been especially challenging for you, if your special sensitivity was not recognized by your parents.  The self is challenged to grow through the integration of creative vision and aesthetic ideals.  Working with the formless, unseen dimensions of life might be pivotal in your identity development.

Pluto on the Ascendant suggests the ego’s need for assimilating depth and death concerns.  It is said that this position suggests a difficult birth, which might impact the child’s overall attitude toward life and survival.  Identity is empowered through dealing with or uncovering secrets and hidden truths.

Transits and Solar Arc to the Ascendant: Refinement of Identity through Time

As we go through different periods of life, we are continually challenged to develop and refine our identity.  During heavy transit or solar arc to the Ascendant by the planets mentioned in this article, you may want to consider whether you’ve become stagnant in your self image, and explore new activities and directions for growth suggested here.


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Planets and Positive Emotions

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When functioning normally, each planet in your horoscope helps to generate a certain set of positive emotions.  Here is a simple table to show you some of the positive emotions associated with each planet.

Planet Positive Emotions Generated By the Planet
Sun Pride, Self expression
Moon Satisfaction of Core Emotional Needs (sign-dependent)
Mercury Curiosity
Venus Pleasure, Harmony, Peace
Mars Vigor
Jupiter Hope for Reward
Saturn Control
Uranus Innovation, Authenticity
Neptune Wonder, Inspiration
Pluto Regeneration, Empowerment


Isn’t it interesting that missing even one of these planetary functions could generate feelings of unhappiness?  Consider a few scenarios:

  • Lack of healthy Mars (vigor) function means lethargy – it’s difficult to get up in the morning.
  • Jupiter’s “Hope for Reward” equals a “vision of a better future.”  If your Jupiter function isn’t working well, you might start believing that nothing better will happen in the future, and become depressed.
  • Without Saturn’s sense of necessary control, you may end up feeling victimized by life, unable to focus yourself enough to accomplish meaningful goals.
  • When Neptune is ignored, you turn your back on your dreams and inspiration.  You may end up with the sense of quiet desperation, asking yourself “Is this all there is to life?”
  • Without Pluto, you may become weighed down by burden of your past, unable to renew yourself through catharsis and elimination of toxic emotional residues.

Heavy Aspect Tension Signals Challenges to Overcome

Nothing in a horoscope can prevent a planet to function well and generate positive emotions.  However, a presence of heavy developmental tension (i.e. hard aspect by Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto) often suggests that a challenge has to be overcome before the planets involved can begin to function well.

Peregrine Planet Tends to Become Hyperactive

If a planet is peregrine (i.e. unaspected by another planet by a major aspect), its function may go into overdrive and turn excessive.  Example: Mercury peregrine could make the mind work overtime, so much so that it tends toward excessive analysis or criticism instead of (or, in addition to) generating positive emotions of curiosity.

Retrograde Planet May Require Special Effort

When a planet is retrograde, straightforward expression tends to become challenging.  You may need to make a conscious effort in order to tap into the positive emotions associated with the planet. Example: Someone with Jupiter retrograde may have to consciously cultivate a positive vision of the future in order to maintain a positive attitude.

In Closing: Horoscope as a Diagnostic Tool for Emotional Well Being

Looking at the table above, do you feel a lack of certain positive emotion?  Your natal chart may hold a clue as to why that emotion may be difficult for you to experience naturally.

If there is a heavy tension placed upon a natal planet by transiting Saturn or an outer planet, check to see if feeling the positive emotions associated with that planet suddenly became difficult (or somehow different) during the transit.

If you become aware of a blockage, you may be able to activate the missing positive emotion through conscious effort.  Examples: Mars can be invigorated through exercise; Jupiter can be lifted up through gratitude and faith.

Looking at your horoscope this way, astrology can be used as a real-time diagnostic tool for your emotional well-being.


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Neptune Aspects: Dissolving Archetypal Boundaries

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Neptune represents dissolution of boundaries, which can manifest in a thousand different ways.  Here we’ll explore the interpretation of natal or transiting Neptune aspects.

Neptune – Sun aspect: Sun represents the sense of self, so a strong contact from Neptune threatens to melt down the boundaries of the ego.  In a best case this can heighten intuition or a sense of inspiration (accessing the previously unknown psychic resource).  In other cases there may be a possibility of confusion (losing the framework of where one stands) or deception (suppression of authenticity).

Neptune – Moon aspect: Often a special sensitivity is added to emotional needs.  There could be refinement through aesthetic pursuits or spiritual studies.  There could be a strong awareness of one’s own subconscious that manifests in the form of dreams or imagination.  Being grounded becomes key.

Neptune – Mercury aspect: Mercury represents the conscious mind, whereas Neptune represents the massive sea of subconscious impressions.  In this aspect, the conscious mind could become an explorer of deep feelings and visions, communicating and accessing profound depth.  Or the mind could be prone to fantastic imaginings, not fully connecting with the here and now.

Neptune – Venus aspect: When boundaries melt away in love, often a strong romantic tendency results.  There could be a tendency to lose oneself in love (resulting in confusion), or potential for extending love to a great number of people (resulting in compassion).  Aesthetic sensitivity could be heightened dramatically.

Neptune – Mars aspect: Mars represents our methods of action. When Neptune dissolves the boundary of Mars’ procedures, an imaginative quality enters all of our actions.  Because Mars is most often associated with action, this combination has potential for inspired, visionary action.  When not grounded, vision and imagination could overwhelm and paralyze the decision-making process, resulting in loss of focus.

Neptune – Jupiter aspect: When boundaries disappear in Jupiter’s higher mental pursuits, there is no stopping the enthusiasm.  There could be grand idealism with a spiritual or philosophical bent.  Lofty philanthropic vision may require a focus of action to bring it down to earth.  If the primary focus is on having fun, extreme self-indulgence could result.

Neptune – Saturn aspect: Saturn builds order and structure in life.  When Saturn’s boundaries are dissolved, you could feel a real loss of control that may even lead to depression.  Ambition could go to sleep as you question the meaning of working so hard.  After a deep contemplation, you may emerge with a less rigid sense of goals and inspired long range plans.

Neptune – Uranus aspect: Uranus intensifies the individuation process.  When boundaries dissolve in the course of self-realization, intense creativity or spiritual sensitivity could awaken.  In a less developed ego, Neptune’s effect could result in a blurry self-image and questionable independence.

Neptune – Pluto aspect: Pluto represents the dark, primal part of our subconscious.  When Pluto’s boundaries are dissolved, our consciousness opens up to a deep and powerful undercurrent of psychic energy.  There may be unusual, supernatural experiences or sensitivities.  Interest in the occult or other realities may emerge.


In Closing: Neptune’s Gift

Neptune represents our mind at its vastest, unbounded state.  When Neptune archetype is activated, the concept of time often ceases, and ego awareness fades into the background.  Through such experience, we expand our self-awareness and become more present to all aspects of our being.

All Neptune aspects could be viewed as contacts with the unbounded sea of impressions within your subconscious.  Learning to recognize and direct Neptune’s inspirational energies can dramatically enrich your day-to-day experience.


Uranus in Astrology: Breaking Free from Old Patterns

Uranus in Astrology

Emphasized Uranus, either in natal chart or through transit & solar arc, seems to grant us the capacity to ignore rules and traditions that keep us stuck in a rut.  Uranus represents our ability to think outside of the box, as well as deviate from the unspoken code of conduct imposed on us by others or (more often) ourselves.

If some people with strong Uranus emphasis choose illegal means to get what they want, it’s not because they lack conscience – they’re merely more able to ignore rules of morality imposed upon them by society (all revolutionaries, by definition, break rules.)

Uranus Aspect in Natal Chart or Transit & Solar Arc

Uranus involved with 7th house or its ruler suggests an involvement with alternative thinkers or individualists that break rules in various ways.  The suggestion here is that such influence may be necessary in order for you to break out of your limiting patterns.

Uranus – Sun aspect suggests a drive to break free from the mold, by becoming someone different from your former self.  Reinventing the self does not always work out positively, however – some become more withdrawn and reclusive under this placement, moving into a fringe of law and society.

Uranus – Moon aspect represents emotional shock or turmoil, and the drive to escape it.  Some people shut down in order to distance themselves from the pain.  Other people renew themselves with intensity, investing all to fulfill their needs.

Uranus – Mercury aspect suggests the need to know or think of something new, as well as intense fear of boredom.  There may be nervous drive and anxiety, and an escape into the world of abstract ideas.

Uranus – Venus aspect suggests the need to extricate oneself from stifling relationships.  In both love and friendship, there tends to be a drive to seek excitement through people.

Uranus – Mars aspect may manifest as a burst of anger at any obstacles.  The feel is that of a sudden attack in order to win.  This aspect intensifies the Uranian drive for freedom and the need to extricate oneself from confining circumstance.

Uranus – Jupiter aspect suggests the drive to broaden one’s worldview.  There may be a tendency to feel constrained by one’s own culture or religion, which leads one to seek out new knowledge.  There is also a strong drive toward optimism.

Uranus – Saturn aspect represents a clash between the old and new: Valuing the old, yet seeing the need for change.  This could manifest as frustration with the world, or a patient resolve to effect change.

Uranus – Neptune aspect could lead one to reach out for new inspiration, or escape into fantasy and intoxication.  Neptune lures us with the promise of freedom from difficulty – but the easy way out tends to be costly.

Uranus – Pluto aspect suggests a deep desire to right a wrong.  There may be a need to extricate the self from negative or malicious circumstance – and perhaps a drive to help others do the same.

In Closing: When Your Old Pattern No Longer Works

Living under Saturn’s inertia, which could be thought of as “repeating what worked for us over the years,” our thinking and behavioral patterns tend to solidify and stiffen.   We stay out of trouble that way, but in exchange we may also feel stuck in the same disempowering pattern year after year.

Observing the natal or transiting Uranus’ placement could help us recognize the opportunities we have to reinvent ourselves in a certain area.  Just like a butterfly extricating itself from the cocoon of its old life, doing so could help us form a brand new identity with much more inner & outer freedom.

Share Your Experiences & Insights

If you want to add your own experiences and insights regarding Uranus in your horoscope, please feel free to do so in the comment section below this post.