What do Saturn aspects represent in a Synastry chart?
Natal Saturn teaches us about challenges that we accumulated from past lives, as well as what we need to learn in this lifetime. This is why Saturn is also known as the ‘’Lord of Karma’’.
In synastry, Saturn aspects can reveal karmic ties between two people. Karmic relationships in synastry are often indicated by major aspects from the outer planets of one partner (Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) to the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), nodes or angles of the other.
Harmonious Saturn aspects in synastry add to the longevity of the relationship, giving it a more responsible, loyal and grounded energy.
Some Saturnian synastry aspects can be very challenging and with these, Saturn tends to act as a cold and restricting force.
When dealing with Saturn aspects in synastry, it is important to examine the Natal Saturn of both partners. This can show us what their individual Saturnian lessons are, as well how they relate to the concepts of structure, commitment and discipline in their life. It is also useful to check the Composite Saturn.
In some cases, Saturn in synastry can represent an older/more mature partner in the relationship.
What do Ascendant aspects indicate in a Synastry chart?
Natal Ascendant or ‘’Rising Sign’’ symbolizes appearance and outward identity of an individual.
On the opposite end of the axis is the Descendant- which indicates what we are subconsciously attracted to in partnerships and relationships.
In synastry, Ascendant aspects mainly deal with first impressions.
Harmonious Ascendant aspects are often felt as a magnetic pull or an instant attraction. Although they don’t influence the longevity of the relationship as much as Saturn, these aspects can be a good stepping stone in creating a deeper emotional connection.
Saturn conjunct Ascendant Aspect in Synastry:
Saturn conjunct Ascendant aspect is also Saturn opposite Descendant.
In a Saturn conjunct Ascendant dynamic, Saturn person often takes the role of a teacher, father or a critic.
This can work in some family or business connections, however, in romantic relationships- not so much.
Regardless of nature of the relationship, a lot here depends on how the Saturn person integrates their natal Saturnian energy, and how the Ascendant person relates to it.
If the Ascendant person is seeking a mentor figure in their life-someone that can bring a sense of discipline and responsibility, a partner with a self-aware and mature Saturn can be exactly what they need.
With the Saturn conjunct Ascendant in synastry,
Saturn person brings their own understanding of ‘’maturity’’ to the Ascendant person’s character and appearance.
Problem is, not every Saturn person is going to approach this dynamic with kindness and respect, and not every Ascendant person is going to respond well to someone who is trying to change them.
If the Saturn person approaches the Ascendant with harsh criticism and imposes their own rules and restrictions upon them- Saturn conjunct Ascendant most likely will bring resentment and emotional distance in the connection.
And if Saturn respects Ascendant person’s freedom of choice, both people can learn a lot from each other and grow together.
Saturn sextile/trine Ascendant Aspect in Synastry:
Generally speaking, sextiles and trines in synastry indicate an easier flow in the connection, which can tone down some of the Saturnian heaviness.
Therefore, Saturn trine/sextile Ascendant aspects can be mutually motivating and supportive. Ascendant person may feel more grounded in Saturn’s presence- there aspects can indicate a strong foundation for a long term relationship.
However, just like in the conjunction, partners still should be cautious about respecting each other’s freedom.
Saturn square Ascendant Aspect in Synastry:
Saturn square Ascendant aspect in synastry indicates that partners are learning to meet each other half way.
Square energy represents blocked energies in a synastry chart- and with this aspect, Saturn’s cold and serious nature tends to be amplified.
Both partners may feel resentment brewing in their relationship with this square. Saturn may think that the Ascendant is acting too childish or selfish, whereas the Ascendant person feels that Saturn is oppressing their self-expression and freedom.
If there are no other compatible aspects that indicate warmth and good communication in the synastry chart, Saturn square Ascendant could feel quite burdensome.
Saturn opposite Ascendant Aspect in Synastry:
Saturn opposite Ascendant in Synastry can add a layer of mutual loyalty and responsibility in the relationship. Saturn person tends to take this connection more seriously, and they may ask for a commitment from the Ascendant person.
Saturn opposite Ascendant also means Saturn conjunct Descendant. If their Descendant is comfortable with their partner’s Saturn energy sitting close to it, Saturn partner can be their rock. There is a strong potential for building a deep, long lasting connection here.
On the other hand, if the Saturn person pushes too many responsibilities to their partner, the Ascendant may feel like they constantly have to live up to Saturn’s expectations, which can trigger their insecurities.
This relationship can be transforming journey of growth for both partners if they can accept each other's differences and work together as a team.