Saturn is a harsh critic and a harsher teacher. Just like our natal Saturn represents where we need to put our sustained effort in order to reach the next level of personal growth, in synastry aspects it symbolizes how we build our foundations, values, commitments and responsibilities in a relationship.
One of the first planets to observe karmic contracts and soulmate relationships is Saturn.
In Synastry, Saturn may represent older or more mature partner in the relationship. Harmonious Saturn aspects are commonly found in the foundations of long term relationships, marriages and soul contracts.
With more difficult aspects, relationships may feel like running into a brick wall. This is because the energy Saturn brings in love often feels limiting and restrictive. In these cases, issues such as relationship blockages, past life karma and emotional immaturity may be indicated.
Regardless, Saturn’s connection with other person’s planets will always reveal invaluable information on past karmic lessons as well as future opportunities for growth. Let’s explore them in detail:
Saturn-Sun Aspects in Synastry (conjunction, sextile, trine, opposition, square)
Saturn-Sun karmic connections represent working towards a mutual goal while respecting each other’s self expression.
A Saturn conjunct Sun relationship has a sense of growth, maturity and respect. Saturn person feels inspired to build strong foundations with the Sun and help them feel safe and secure. Sun person is the element of joy and vitality that softens Saturn’s seriousness. This aspect is often seen in fated marriages, soulmates and long term commitments.
Another excellent aspect for long term relationships is Saturn trine/sextile Sun. With trine, Saturn loses some of its rigidness which helps Sun person to express themselves more openly. Dynamic in this relationship may resemble ‘’teacher-student’’.
Opposition/square between Sun and Saturn indicates friction caused by differences in the way you prioritize your responsibilities, wants and needs. Under Saturn’s constant criticism Sun person feels restricted. To the Saturn person, Sun is a ‘’drama queen’’, whereas the Sun often gets fed up with Saturn’s gloominess.
Saturn-Moon Aspects in Synastry (conjunction, sextile, trine, opposition, square)
In all Saturn-Moon aspects, Saturn person is learning to compromise. The key karmic lesson for both is to work towards consistent and mutual understanding.
Saturn conjunct / opposite Moon aspect in a relationship feels serious and powerful right from the beginning. This is a long lasting emotional/karmic bond that may start as a friendship. It is safe for the Moon person to express their deepest emotions. Saturn feels fiercely protective and responsible over Moon, which may turn into jealousy at times.
With Sun opposite or square Saturn, despite the strong bond you both feel, there is a difference in how you process and express your emotions. With these aspects, Moon’s inner child issues are triggered by Saturn’s harsh criticism.
Saturn trine and sextile Moon aspects represent a harmonious and lasting emotional exchange. If emotions are not expressed openly, moodiness and codependency are common issues here.
Saturn-Mars Aspects in Synastry (conjunction, sextile, trine, opposition, square)
In Saturn-Mars karmic connections, both parties are learning to be considerate towards each other’s fundamental differences.
Saturn conjunct Mars has so much potential for growth if Saturn can tolerate Mars’ impulsiveness and in return, Mars tones down its aggressive nature. A karmic connection is possible here for them to learn cooperation and patience.
Saturn opposition and square Mars are hard aspects that can go from exciting to annoying really fast. Instead of a doctrinaire approach, both partners should focus on self control.
Energies flow easier with Saturn trine or sextile Mars, where Saturn acts an anchor to Mars’s impulsive nature. These aspects may feel like a ‘’mentor-young apprentice’’ dynamic. Saturn can provide planning and continuity to what Mars person wants to achieve.
Saturn-Venus Aspects in Synastry (conjunction, sextile, trine, opposition, square)
Saturn-Venus aspects can often feel karmic or fated due to the sense of deep devotion they represent. Both Saturn and Venus should be willing to make sacrifices for each other in order to get through hard times.
With Saturn conjunct Venus, love is a gentle breeze that warms Saturn’s apparent coldness. Even if it is an odd pair, Saturn follows his heart and curiosity towards Venus person. This aspect can indicate a soulmate, marriage or a long term commitment. Whether or not this relationship will be lasting is decided by Venus’s sense of integrity and loyalty.
More often than not, opposite and square aspects between Venus and Saturn represent karmic soul contracts. With these hard aspects, Saturn person with their rigid principles may deny Venus the pleasure and affection she yearns for. In many aspects this relationship may feel too burdening to continue.
Saturn trine and sextile Venus aspects are marked by a sense of commitment and mutual gain. Although a light karmic connection is possible, these aspects are good for long lasting love and friendships.