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Meaning of Saturn’s Aspects

Today, meaning of Saturn’s aspects in Horoscope.

Let’s take a look at those things which matter here – 

Saturn’s Aspects. 
Reasons behind Special Aspects of Saturn. 
Dignity of Saturn. 
Retrograde or Combust Saturn. 
Interpretation of Aspects. 

Let’s cover all the points one after the other – 

Saturn - It is all that which we don't like in our life. Saturn is Delay, Frustration, Restriction, Limitation and Anxiety. It is people of Authority, like Boss at your Work Place or Father-Figure at Home. Saturn is our Karmic Debt from past-life. Saturn is the things we didn't treat too well in our past life. Saturn is our Challenges and Lessons of life. Saturn is Old-Age, Teeth/Bones in Human Body, Diseases, Changes etc. Saturn represents our Step-Relations, it means that wherever Saturn sits, people related with that house give us Step Treatment. Saturn is Hard Work, Efforts and most importantly Perseverance etc. Nothing comes easy and in one go with Saturn. You have to work hard continuously over the longest possible period of life. Saturn makes a person Legend as Legends have one thing in common that they choose one field and work hard in it for whole life. 

Saturn’s Aspects – In Astrology, Saturn has 3 aspects. Saturn aspects 3rd house from its position, 7th house from its position and 10th house from its position. So, if Saturn is at 3rd house, it will aspect 5th house (3rd house aspect), 9th house (7th house aspect) and 12th house (10th house aspect). So, this way Saturn aspects at 3 different houses from its place. As we know that normally planets aspect only 7th house from its place, so we can say that Saturn has 2 special aspects, i.e. 3rd house and 10th house aspects. 

Reasons behind Special Aspects of Saturn – Now, why Saturn got these 2 additional special aspects?
  • 3rd house – 3rd house is house of Efforts and Hard Work. As it is an Upachaya House, it improves with time which means that we need to put lots of efforts and hard work over a long time to gain out of it. This is exactly what Saturn is, i.e. Hard Work, Efforts and Perseverance. Hence, Saturn gets this 3rd house aspect.
  • 10th house – 10th house is house of Duties and Responsibilities. In original zodiac, Capricorn falls into 10th house. Saturn rules Capricorn. Saturn, Capricorn and 10th house all indicate towards Duties, Work and Responsibilities. Hence, Saturn gets 10th house aspect. 
Dignity of Saturn – Now, this is where Saturn is different. We have seen how dignity or Mars and Jupiter can change the impact of their aspects on a house in earlier articles. But with Saturn, everything is so easy because it is all about Hardship and Perseverance. It doesn’t make life easy in any sign but yes it can become even more harsh in some signs. Below is the list where Saturn can become more harsh for us - 
  • Saturn in Aries – Debilitated Saturn. If not supported by any other yoga or planet then person will get success only after the severest of hard work. Any reluctance or running-away from hard work here can lead to humiliation. 
  • Saturn in Leo – Saturn in Great Enemy Sign. One of the hardest placements as Saturn is not only in Fire Sign but in its greatest enemy’s sign, i.e. The Sun. 
  • Every other position will require the same hard work, effort and perseverance from person. Things can be 1% better for Saturn in Libra and Saturn in Aquarius, i.e. Exalted and Mool Trikon signs but nothing more than that. 
We need to take into consideration that Saturn gains directional strength in 7th house and loses it in 1st house. So, its position in these houses changes the interpretations of its aspects. 

Also, we need to take the energy of the houses which Saturn rules in a particular chart through its signs Capricorn and Aquarius. 

Last but not the least; the age of maturity of Saturn is 36 years. So, if someone is older than 36, result may be more favourable as it is now a matured energy. 

Retrograde or Combust Saturn – Retrograde or Combust Saturn gains its strength through years and becomes more favourable to individual from mid-30s. 

Interpretation of Aspects – Now finally, following will be the way to interpret Saturn’s aspects – 
  • 3rd house aspect – As 3rd house relates to Hard Work and Effort, Saturn’s 3rd house aspect from its position shows that where person needs to put efforts and hard work with perseverance to make any impact regarding the house where Saturn is placed and thus aspecting. Like, if Saturn is in 10th house of Career and Status, its 3rd aspect goes to 12th house of Foreign Lands/Companies and Spiritual Matters. It shows that person needs to put efforts & hard work with perseverance in matters of Foreign Lands/Companies or in matters of Spirituality to gain anything from 12th house or 10th house. 12th house also represents Hospitals and Jails etc. I am taking most common significations in examples. Likewise, Saturn is in 4th house of Home, Mother & Peace of Mind. It aspects 6th house of Daily Work, Diseases, Illness and Debts etc. So, person will have to be very diligent in his Work Place and work hard there to keep his peace of mind intact. Likewise, he has to put continuous efforts to keep his debts under control to enjoy the peace of his home environment. So, Saturn’s 3rd aspect is about putting hard work with perseverance. 
  • 7th house aspect – Saturn’s 7th house aspect is about limitations and restrictions. Wherever Saturn aspects with its 7th house aspect, it shows where results will be very limited and person would need to be very practical, matured and realistic in dealing with that house in order to gain anything. Like, if Saturn is in 1st house of Self, it aspects 7th house of Relations. It means meaningful results from relations will be very limited. Now, person needs to be very matured and realistic in his desires related with Relations, and then only he can expect some good results coming his way. 7th house also relates to Business. So, this person can’t take decisions in his Business without any proper planning or out of the blues. He has to be smart enough to study everything regarding current market trends and then he can expect some profit from Business. Saturn in 3rd house will aspect at 9th house of Higher Education and Gurus. It shows that person has to be very disciplined about his higher education to gain out of it plus, in early life, he will get Gurus who are just too strict and it will be hard dealing with them to gain any knowledge. He has to show his discipline in his higher education.
  • 10th house aspect – 10th house relates to Duties and Responsibilities of Life. Saturn’s 10th house aspect shows where we need to take duties and responsibilities in our life and we can’t ignore that for long time. Like, Saturn in 4th house aspects at 1st house of Self with 10th house aspect. It means person has to sooner or later take responsibility of his own health and physique. He can’t neglect it for a long time. Saturn in 10th house of Career aspects at 7th house of Business or Other People with its 10th house aspect. It means that sooner or later this person’s career will be about Business and Dealing/Interacting with other people.
So, this is the way aspects of Saturn can be interpreted but again, everywhere Saturn is there to make us work hard and show perseverance. 

So, this is a basic idea of how Saturn’s aspects will work in your chart. Hard Work, Effort and Perseverance will be the theme words with Saturn. 

Hope this helps. Please feel free to post comments and queries, if any. 


Vishal S Saxena – Astrologer 

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8 Comments on this post

  • SM - person needs to work hard to earn and save his money

  • Namaste sir ..for a Capricorn ascendant If Rahu is in Aquarius at 19 degrees and Saturn is in Sagittarius at 5 degrees is it good or bad for the financial position of the native!?

  • Very interesting and informative article

  • @HP - Yes.

  • I have a debilitated Saturn aspecting 7th house and mars from 4th house also aspect 7th house. Does this mean trouble in marriage.

  • @ KL - None.

  • What if a strong 4 th house Jupiter in aquarious sign is aspecting saturn in 10 th and venus in 12 th? Does it reduces the effect of saturn aspect?

  • Thank you for sharing your knowledge. A good read.

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