Saturn Through the Houses: Responsibility’s Knocking!

Posted on September 08, 2019
Updated on May 29, 2020

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​Saturn is very often painted as one of the bad guys. He is indeed not the most affable of the planets, yet he is fundamental in the blueprint of our lives: our birth chart.

Saturn is concerned with teaching us invaluable lessons that facilitate our growth. He rules over karma, time, structures, conditions, limitations, boundaries, customs, norms and symbolizes the father. Let’s talk about Saturn’s influence in each house.

Grab your birth chart and dive in!

Saturn in the 1st House

Here in the first house, Saturn gives a cautious, serious or stern demeanor to the personality. People with Saturn in the first house are very concerned with their responsibilities, they are very hard on themselves and may even suffer from anxiety. Success may take time, but it definitely comes as they work very hard and are very self-assertive. They are industrious and reserved, but their insecurities usually limit their self-expression which can cause them to appear cold.

Saturn in the 2nd House

In the second house, Saturn takes money matters and traditional values seriously. Here we find a person who works very hard to attain possessions as there can be difficulties in attaining them. Once secured their wealth, they are very cautious with their money to the point of being reluctant in spending it.

Saturn in the 3rd House

Communication doesn’t come spontaneously to individuals with Saturn in the third house. They are very careful and logical with their words. They are better listeners than talkers. These are the typical men or women of few words. They can be the strict teacher or the procrastinator student and they can have responsibilities related to their siblings.

Saturn in the 4th House

Saturn in the fourth house gives a conservative, strict early upbringing where authority and the father figure was prominent in some way. This childhood is usually characterized by a lack of affection and emotional nurturing. As such, expressing emotions doesn’t happen easily, so these people come off as withdrawn and unresponsive with difficulties in nurturing others.

Saturn in the 5th House

Love and romance are serious topics, and casual relationships are not for those with Saturn in the fifth house. Because of their sharp sense of responsibility, these people have difficulty in having fun as they can feel guilty about it. Their creativity does not always flow easily and at times they can encounter some blocks.

Saturn in the 6th House

People with Saturn in the sixth house can be workaholics. They take work very seriously and put a lot of effort and responsibility in their tasks. Many times, they work very hard without getting any rewards. These people can worry a lot about their diet, health and exercising. Although they are disciplined, repetitive routines can sometimes feel liming and restrictive to them.

Saturn in the 7th House

In the seventh house, Saturn can bring an older marriage partner or there is an age difference. Alternatively, the partner has strong Capricorn in their chart or Saturnine qualities about him or her: reliable, responsible, loyal and traditionalist. Marriage can come only after the first Saturn Return (around 29 years old) or even later.

Saturn in the 8th House

Those with Saturn in their eighth house are concerned with death, after-life and other occult topics, they may study to know more about them or these topics can make them uneasy. Change is not something they appreciate and Saturn here will bring lessons related to letting go of people or situations that end. There is a need to learn how to let go and to accept the necessary changes that life brings. There maybe be inhibitions in sexual relationships.

Saturn in the 9th House

Saturn in the ninth house prefers practical ways of learning and their way of thinking can be quite conservative. They don’t easily open up to new ideas. Higher education is not a walk in the park for them, but can be successfully achieved with hard work and perseverance.

Saturn in the 10th House

Saturn in the tenth house is another position for workaholics. With Saturn here, success arrives with a disciplined and devoted approach to career. Even if it takes quite a bit of time and effort, the results are usually quite long-lasting and rewarding, so all the hard-working pays off. Saturn here gives managing and organizational skills, so careers in corporations, organizations or even in a governmental position are a possibility.

Saturn in the 11th House

People with Saturn in the eleventh house are not particularly fond of socializing, so usually they don’t have many friendships, but the ones they have are good, solid and long-lasting. They usually restrict their hopes and struggle to define their goals. Social and humanitarian causes concern them.

Saturn in the 12th House

Saturn in the twelfth house is the lone wolf position. These are reserved and solitary people who spend a lot of time alone. They usually fear the unknown and try to escape life itself in many ways. They have a need to learn to surrender. Spirituality is important to these natives as well as taking responsibility for their own spiritual path, it is important for them to have a spiritual practice.

That’s it! Saturn enjoys throwing some obstacles and difficulties at us just to see us overcome them. He thrives on helping us mature, improve, and grow, and rewards us greatly when we do the necessary work and pass his tests. He is not fluffy nor loving, but he is the one that gives form and matter to things; the one that manifests dreams.

Related Article: Saturn Direct in Capricorn: Self-Discipline Tips for Each Zodiac Sign

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Patrícia Teixeira is a counselor, writer, author and astrologer from Porto, Portugal. Astrology is just one of her favorite lifelong studies, and it has been part of her life for… Learn More About The Author »

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