Consider the following simple chart:
1st house identity
2nd house self worth
3rd house mindset
4th house parental/family/home concerns
5th house giving love, sexual identity
6th house cooperation
7th house relationship
8th house other’s self worth
9th house education, internationalism
10th house career
11th house receiving love
12th house health issues
While you can choose to be a lot more complex, this is more than enough to get you started. If you have Saturn opposing Mars, you consider the following points:
1)the houses ruled by Saturn and Mars
2)the houses occupied by Saturn and Mars
All the houses thus involved will be under developmental tension, as Saturn stresses Mars and vice versa. If Saturn rules 5th (Virgo rising most likely) there is a developmental delay or inhibition related to giving of love – which begs you to ask the question “why?” In this case Mars most likely rules the 8th – other’s self worth (also related to sexuality) – is there competition with the partner? Does the person feel somehow inferior to one’s partner, which results in withholding behavior? How does that affect his/her sexual relationship?
If Saturn rules 7th and Mars 10th, how did the parental modeling (10th) affect one’s relationship patterns (7th)? Who taught you that work (10th) always has to get in the way of relationship (7th)?
If Saturn rules 11th and Mars 2nd, how does your not feeling worthy or lovable inhibit you from claiming or receiving what you want?
Through awareness, the archetype can begin to shift – Saturn can change into discipline or wisdom through time – Inhibited Action or Frustrated Desire becomes Disciplined or Resourceful Action. This shift is one productive result of astrological meditation.