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