21 Worst Case Scenarios in Your Partner’s Astrological Chart

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Some people are like that.

Sometimes I would get a call in the early morning from friends of mine who have gone out, met a guy, and wanted to know right away if he’s a good catch. Usually, I think that anyone you meet at a bar at 2 a.m. is NOT a good catch, so I was already thinking no… before yawning and asking why. But I get it, and when you have an astrologer friend, and you are seriously looking for that special someone, you want to use whatever you have to cut to the chase and find out if you should give him your number or go home and sleep the cocktails off.

However, this is not really a good way to determine if you are compatible with someone you just met. The best way to do that is simply talk to them.

There is no one awesome chart. Now, I do have some charts of men whom I would never, ever recommend to any woman I know based on their chart alone, but that is a rare thing. Every chart is a culmination of things. They are holistic and interpersonal compatibility and maturity always shows how a certain aspect in one chart will manifest in a relationship.

Now, let me preface this by saying that just because one or two of these appear in the chart doesn’t mean that you should break up with your partner. You may have one or two in your chart. I have a couple of these myself. We all have our hang-ups and issues, and we learn to work on them through our relationships. This is not an exhaustive list, and some of these are worse than others.

But still, here are a list of aspects and planetary placements and the worst manifestations that could mean someone is not a good catch. I have rarely seen these aspects actually manifest into the worst possible scenarios, but just for fun, here they are:


The worst case scenarios:

Mars conjunct, opposite, or square the Sun. Everything is a competition, and to them, everyone is a competitor, even their spouses and children. It is their way or the highway, and they are impatient. It takes a long time for them to cultivate patience. They are aggressive and sometimes seethe with it like a guard dog.  This is especially true if Mars and the Sun are in the cardinal signs or Scorpio. They have a tendency to perceive an attack where there is none, and can be especially protective of their partner when there is no need for it. Better warn Grandpa not to hug you in front of this one. Actually, they would make a much better guard dog than a romantic partner. There is a reason why everyone tells you to put that one on a leash.

Mars conjunct, opposite, or square Moon. Temper, temper! They will wish you away into the cornfield.  These people have difficulty controlling their emotions and taking responsibility for them. They may be emotionally immature and have problems with women, and they especially have problems with strong and confident women. They have difficulty nurturing others and lose their patience with children and those who depend on them. This is the kind of person who flushes their goldfish down the toilet because they hate cleaning the tank and the goldfish is grateful for it.


Astrological Tidbits II

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The 8th house describes the nature of your immune system. Everyone’s immune system is different! The sign on the cusp, the planets in them and the nature of the traditional ruler (and the modern ruler) tell you about the nature of your immune system, especially any quirks. If you have a sign with a traditional and a modern ruler, like Scorpio, Aquarius, and Pisces, you may have a more nuanced immune system.

To that end, the 8th house dealing with healing. The 6th house deals with hygiene and medicine, but the process of healing is an 8th house thing.

Modern rulerships or traditional rulerships? Traditional rulerships are best for anything that is more personal, like a medical chart or horary, whereas anything that deals with the world at large can have modern rulerships. However, for a natal chart, try taking both into account and blending the interpretations.

Gender bending fabulousness? Check for relationships between Uranus and Venus and Mars.

People with a lot of trines in their chart seem to go through life effortlessly. Unfortunately, they also tend to lack ambition, since they have always gotten what they wanted and people seem to just give it to them.

People with a lot of separate conjunctions in their chart, though rare, tend to not shine without a lot of effort, because each planet is always tied to the expression of another planet. This is someone who has probably not had to work hard in their youth and as an adult, tends to second-guess themselves. On the other hand, if they become confident as adults, they can be masters of synchronicity.

The Number One Secret to Any Successful Vocational Chart Analysis

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Let us talk again of vocational astrology. I have discussed this before, offering some hopefully different advice. However, it may very well be that one is counseling a person who already knows what they should do, or have the aptitude for something with a variety of applications. There are many majors one could take in college, and many specializations. Take business for example. There is management, marketing, analytics, accounting, finance, fundraising, human resources, advertising…the list goes on. Sure, someone may be a good businessperson, but what kind? And, if they wish to start their own company, what kind? A person may have an aptitude for the visual arts, but what kind?

This is where dispositors come in. The dispositor is the planet ruling the sign that another planet is in. For example, if Mercury is in Pisces, the dispositor is Neptune. Where is that Neptune? It is in Capricorn in the 3rd house. Oh wow. This person may have an aptitude to write about dreamy, or connections seemingly coming out of the aether, in a concrete way to inform others. I bet this person would be inspired by reading books like Freakonomics or the secret to unlocking personal creativity. This person may be quiet good at writing structured things like poetry or even opera, if they have the musical aptitude.

The traditional signs of the vocation are the ruling sign on the midheaven, planets in the 10th house, their dispositors, as well as planets in the 6th house (work and labor) and the 2nd house (personal possessions/money/earned income). The sun will also have something to say.

Venus on the midheaven means someone who is a professional who deals with beauty or harmony. Take this as you will and explore the entire chart, because Venus doesnt automatically mean things like chocolate, lingerie, or fine art. It also means diplomacy, creation of pleasing structures (like architecture, which is a lot of engineering).

So, this person may be a diplomat or an artist, and you hit the nail on the head: this person wants to be an artist. So, what kind of artist?

The next step is to step away from the traditional career indicators and figure out what is most important to this person.

You must figure out what satisfies their soul. And, just like this song, what satisfies their soul is whatever they have a completely personal love affair with. A person may live it and express it all the time, even if the job they have now doesnt reflect that. Or, it may be a clandestine love affair that they indulge in when no one is around to judge them.

It may very well be that the person is also in a career sort of related to what they should be doing. It is not uncommon for people with a native Venus in Taurus to also be working in banking or personal finance or wealth management. They could also be working in agriculture, or dealing with real estate. This is fine if there are other indicators in the chart that suggest that they are happy doing this. However, if there are other indicators that the person would rather be an artist – including a heartfelt confession that this is what they want – then you want to help them figure out what to do.

We know what they love from the condition of Venus. But what makes them move, what makes them take interest in the world outside of their basic needs?

It is a mistake to jump right into a vocational reading without analyzing the chart as a whole. I repeat: do not attempt to delineate a career for someone without knowing who they are and knowing them enough to know their soul language.  Never fret: this comes with practice, intuition, and a little bit of pixie dust. The reason for this is because we come to know a lot of what we should do for a living based on the feedback we get from other people. And the feedback we get from other people tend to come from the expression of the Ascendant and the Midheaven and how we take in information this way. However, we may not always get a chance to really express our Sun or Moon, or really find places where we are accepted for who we are. We often live double lives: there is the one that is acceptable and proper, and there is the one inside that is like a never-ending fire. As we age, we hopefully get closer to merging these so that the fire warms not just us, but the people around us. That is our vocation, our soul purpose.

No one is a job. Everyone is a soul.

The Sun wants to live a certain life. Say this person has the Sun in Aries in the 1st house. Eek! This is definite look-at-me-Mommy-watch-me-dive placement. This person will be about self-promotion and selling themselves. Whatever this person does, they must bodily inhabit it.

Now, look at the moon. The moon for this person is in the 7th house. Oh…relationships. The one-on-one stuff. This person is best either in a duo or working with a partner. But, they still want to be number one. And yes, there is a possible opposition here. This person needs to stand out but work in concert. While they have an ego need to go their own way, they have a deep emotional need to connect. A person like this, with this opposition, needs to move far from home to be appreciated. They may be a loner until they begin anew. This may very well mean personal reinvention. They may struggle to be close to others their entire life, but they also have an instinct for giving people what they need to be content.

Now, look at the rest of the chart. Who is this person? What are they good at? What are they not so good at? What do they like to do for fun? What do they like to eat? Do they like school? Do they like to travel? Are they conservative or liberal? Do they have any physical limitations or blessings?

So say we know this person. Say we figure out that on top of this opposition, this person is really good at figuring out how to utilize people, likes to travel, is terrible with money, and tends to cover up their shyness with bravado. Now, let us think of some artists this person could be. 

This could be someone who likes dance, acting, stand-up comedy, the art of clowning (which IS an art. I almost went to clown college. Seriously. Now, Im in law school, which is not too far off the mark. Maybe I should have gone to clown college instead. Maybe Ill ask Santa for classes this Christmas). They may like to work with people, and this could mean a partner or audience participation. They may actually be completely happy as a street mime.

Would you be shocked to hear yourself tell someone to be a clown or a street mime? Okay, well then, what else could this person do?

The secret to figuring out the what kind of (blank) a person wants to be or should be, or already is but waiting for a chance is to figure out who they are.

Here’s Why You’re Trying Way too Hard: Singleton Planets in the Birth Chart

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Today and tomorrow, I have to power through all of my assignments because we are celebrating my boyfriends birthday on Sunday, and I have to not have to hand in outlines or writing assignments that day. But I have been wanting to make a proper post for a while. Law school is probably going well; I cant tell hubris from performance quite yet, and I have learned that I have a ten-minute window to gtfo out of class on Thursday and on a train before they get so crowded I have to wait them out. Now, I shake with excitement on Thursdays because I can head home and do the rest of my work in my pajamas and not have to set an alarm for the next day and I can listen to Robbie Robertson on my iPod classic and pretend that Im not a grown up yet.

Im a man with a clear destination. Im a man with a broad imagination.

One of the best things about being in school is that I know that the work doesnt carry the same gravity as paid work; that I am learning and that I have a lot of time to learn. I am happy though that I am going as an adult now, and I am learning that maturity is a relative thing. I have a classmate who just turned 27 and is lamenting her old age already. I have recently come back to gratitude in having long telomeres and a general refusal to get older.

*There is a secret to not growing old, or at least, aging very slowly. Perhaps I will share this at some point, but I will give you a hint: there is a definite mind-body connection there.*

But when hyper focused on something that one feels they have to compensate for all the time, there is usually an astrological indicator. One of those is having a single planet in an element.

Happy Birthday: The Solar Return Tells You What to Expect

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Solar returns are forecasts for the upcoming year. They can be read largely like a natal return chart, but are transient and focused more on events that may shape you rather than who you are in essence. Make sense? I hope so.

Because the solar return chart is a chart of transits, there is a good chance that what you are experiencing now will carry over into the next year. I have had transiting Neptune opposing my natal Mars/North Node and recently, opposing Jupiter. This is going to remain for a few years, and will certainly show up in some manner in my solar return chart.

To cast a solar return chart, you can either use your astrology software to create a chart automatically, or you can use an ephemeris to determine when the sun will be at the exact degree and minute that it was when you were born. This creates an entirely new chart. For the sake of not having to painstakingly create a chart whole cloth, by hand (which does have its merits), make one on the computer.

This is Why You Have No Friends

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Look to the signs on the 5th house, the 7th house, and the 11th house, in that order, to figure out how you make friends. Then, look at the rulers of those houses and see what is going on with them. Usually, by the time one is an adult, they are already aware of how easily they make friends, what kinds of friends they attract and/or prefer, and under what conditions they make friends. However, some people just aren’t geared toward having a busy social life and may benefit from a deeper understanding (especially if the rulers of any of those houses is intercepted or in the 12th house).

Like many things astrological, where a person is insecure is complex. One of the first places to look at is the sun. If you consider Dane Rhudyar’s mystical work, and that the sun is bright but also casts a shadow on the other side, where you are insecure is a combination of the sign and house of the sun and also the sign and house opposite the sun.

Saturn Transit to Natal Sun: Growing Up and Other Gifts That You Want to Return for Cash

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The conjunction of transiting Saturn to the natal sun happens every 29 years. However, unlike the Saturn return, it can happen at any point in a persons life, but generally speaking the first conjunction happens before the 29th year, during our youth, and the next one happens sometime between the ages of 29 (if natal Saturn is conjunct the natal Sun), and about 56 years old. However, Saturn can conjunct the sun any time before the 30th birthday, from birth (if there is a natal conjunction) until early adulthood.

First, we must consider what Saturn represents. Saturn energy represents limitations, patience, setbacks, delayed gratification, responsibility, and being alone. It is not necessarily alienation, but it can be that, too. It is deprivation, and it is gains through losses. It also represents the family as a social unit, as it represents them in reputation or in name. Saturn can also represent the things we lack as people and the things we do to make up for it. It is our insecurities. However, it is not the devil. We must reap what we sow and therefore must be mindful what we sow. We must delay gratification, cultivate patience, and become responsible. We must not take things for granted, and we must become productive, useful people in some manner or else we will perish. There is a lot of magick in Saturns grounding energies, and to run from him is to only meet him again in the future.

The first Saturn transit over the natal Sun signals the end of innocence. Actually, it signals the end of native ignorance too, if one is willing and able. The first Saturn transit over the natal sun signifies the first time in the life of a person that he or she becomes aware that he or she occupies a space or role within the larger world, and whatever that role may be. Children who experience this may often come out wise beyond their years, or just appearing that way, if Saturn manifests as a person to whom the child unduly becomes responsible for. Teenagers may have some something manifest in their lives that suddenly robs them of their innocence, and adults who experience this transit for the first time tend to be, I think, worse off: while they may have had more childhood than others, the shock of sudden responsibility, of having to realize their limits, can be worse when they are conditioned to think otherwise.

When the first Saturn transit to the sun happens in youth, the child must deal with limiting factors outside of his or her control. For the child, what manifests is pretty much entirely out of his or her control, and depending on the nature of natal Saturn, may use that energy to work with the limitations. For example, if the father dies, the native with Saturn in Leo may decide to take over as the man of the house, or become the entertainer, or dream of making it big one day to support his mother. If the child grows up in poverty and realizes it during the Saturn transit to the natal sun, she may use her natal Saturn in Libra to try to elicit help from other people; she may seek solace in close relationships and may have an early interest in romantic relationships (Saturn in Libra sometimes, but quite often in the 7th house in any sign, tend toward Cinderella fantasies early on). The key word here is deprivation. The child becomes deprived of something that everyone else seems to have, something normative, or becomes acutely aware of deprivation. Often, children who grow up a certain way dont realize that anything is strange or different about themselves or their lives until they socialize with other children in school and become acquainted with the idea of what is normative.

My first Saturn transit over the natal Sun happened when I was in 1st grade. This was when I realized that my family was poor, and perhaps there was something unusual about my family. Other kids had all their school supplies, and they didnt carry cards to get free lunches. They didnt wear hand-me-downs from strangers or come to school unwashed and smelling like smoke. More over, I had the experience of going to the home of a friend of mine who was middle class. There was harmony in her home, and it was clean, and nobody screamed, drank, smoked, or hit anyone. Her mother didnt talk about wanting to die or run away, and my friend and her sisters ran to the door to greet her father when he came home, not hid, like we did in my home. This memory stuck with me for the rest of my life. Even more, I had invited this girl to my house once, and she was never allowed to go back. Then, slowly, no one in class would be my friend anymore. However, I excelled at reading and writing, and even wrote my own books. I won a citizenship award that year, even though I would be alienated from just about everyone until my Saturn opposition in the middle of my sophomore year of high school.

If the Saturn transit over the natal sun happens in adolescence, the native begins to wonder about adulthood, and when he or she will become an adult in the world, and how does this happen? This person may become serious about his or her future, or terrified of growing up and slack off. This teen may veer off into rebellion if Uranus is involved too, but mostly, this is a time in which the teenager will call bullshit and really stick to it. This can be especially so if this is also a time in which something changes about the family structure or fortune, forcing the teen to grow up faster or to flee from responsibility. The key word here is oppression. The native feels that he or she is not able to express whomever they are as an individual, often due to familial expectations or peer pressure, or may be kept from opportunities afforded to other people. This is a time in which bitterness can develop. While there is a still definitely a sense of deprivation, the individual has somewhat more agency than a child to do something about it, and can choose what path to begin to follow. This individual has to choose whether to take the reigns and wait out high school and become the master of his or her own life, or succumb to a life of feeling like a victim. Unlike the child with Saturn transiting the natal sun, he or she hasnt had to accept early on that life will not be handed to him or her, and now has to figure out what sort of life he or she wants.

Once such person has Saturn opposing the sun. Natally, this is a person likely to shoot herself in the foot. She has one idea about who she is and has a tendency to want to be hyper responsible and to be seen as a mature, capable adult, but has trouble reigning in her sun in order to do that. She goes from one extreme to another, and since the Sun in Cancer and Saturn in Sagittarius, you have a person who feels deprived of freedom and access to philosophy and thought, and at the same time, wouldnt know what to do with it if she had access to it. She tends toward dramatic meltdowns and snapping at people who use big words she doesnt understand. She grew up in an increasingly religious home, with her mother as the figurehead of righteousness. Then, at her Saturn transit to the natal sun at 13, her mother left the home after revealing that she had been having an affair with a neighbor for years. Everything fell apart, as did her image of herself. She was the second girl and the middle child, and not being pretty, smart, or talented, relied on the image of being kind and understanding, attempting to cut off the part of her that was bitter, jealous, and angry, even though it would come out. She made it through college after taking out a lot of loans but works as a waitress by choice, too intimidated by other workplaces to move up financially, and any help is rebuffed as disrespectful of her choices, no matter how dire her financial situation. This is her rebellion and her autonomy; and it is ironic, because she finds everything offensive and expects other people to be like her. She wants to be different and yet, be the same, but instead of wanting to conform, she wants others to conform to her. On the other hand, she could decide to conform, or to at least use the tools of conformity to create a space in which she can be herself, but she prefers to live an adolescent life. While she is more of an extreme example, and may very well have a personality disorder, she does serve as an example of someone who doesnt get over the transit.

When the Saturn transit to the natal sun happens in young adulthood, the native suddenly has to become an adult. This is usually due to the conventional things we associate with Saturn: moving out, careers, responsibility. It can be something like finding ones self laid off with tons of credit card debt, racked up because YOLO!, or leaving college bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, only to realize one is not the snowflake one thought she was. Or, one could simply realize that ones peers are outdoing them in the world of adults and that they are falling behind. The key word here is insecurity.

A note about this transit: this is not like the Saturn return. In a Saturn return, there is much more of a chance of things crumbling apart, like marriages, careers, and reputations. What was built up in the first 29 years of life is challenged, and if it is invalid, if it is not good for the soul, it will erode. However, things do also build, and what is good for the soul becomes solid.

This is insecurity on all levels: who am I, what am I doing, what do I have, what will I have? Will I ever marry, will I ever have money, will I always be doing this thing for the rest of my life? Why am I not pretty enough/smart enough/charming enough? This is a time in which someone may veer off and try to hold onto youth, or do something in order to increase ones chances of being a successful adult. One such woman had her Saturn transit to the natal sun at 23. Before that, she lived a somewhat charmed life: her parents were wealthy, though divorced, and she had a job at a clothing store and little ambition. She was a hard worker, but with little ambition. While she had wanted to get into acting and modeling, never really pursued it, and gave up on it. In reality, she always wanted to be the center of attention, but has little risk tolerance and wasnt very charismatic. She lived in the same suburb she grew up in. She had little post-secondary education and had only gone to a non-competitive school. She then enrolled in another for-profit, non-competitive school, around the time that one of her parents was losing his wealth. She graduated, and has since worked in roughly the same types of jobs that she had before. Her choice was to step down the socio-economic ladder, but perhaps with good reason: when her family was wealthy, it was also full of lies and deceit. On the other hand is another woman who had her transit in her early twenties, when she decided to also step away from the limelight her family name gave her and make it on her own, even using a different last name than the famous one she shares with the rest of her family. She has still yet to make a big name for herself, but she has continued to try. She has a similar story to the woman in the above scenario (though her family lost their money earlier in her life, and her family name was much bigger than the previous womans, and the scandal brought about by the fathers downfall much more widely known), but had innate traits that made her want to pursue greatness on her own. Though she has not found the fame and success she would like, she is still pursuing it and has, through her own effort, put herself in circles in which she can find mentors and people to help her. Both individuals have been concerned greatly with their own life, as adult life fell onto them all of a sudden, but they went about it in two different ways.

All Saturn transits to natal planets have some element of the rug being pulled out from underneath someone, at least superficially. In hindsight, however, the writing was on the wall. That is the difference between an Uranus transit, in which it is very difficult to have seen the change happening. Saturn doesnt do freak accidents; it makes the other shoe drop. What can be seen in all of these vignettes about Saturn transits to the sun is opportunity, but not of a Jupiterian type. It is an opportunity to learn, to walk away from the rubble, brush the dust from your shoulders. Jupiter opportunities, like Venus opportunities, are pleasant, and seductive. Saturn gifts a clear path. When Saturn transits the sun, it allows the person a clear path to the future. This, however, is not without sacrifice. One must work hard and focus, and one must weather many storms. Jupiter expands, but Saturn contracts. A Saturn transit may gift you an opportunity to reap major benefits years down the road; Jupiter brings the party now. Jupiter brings parties, Saturn brings lonely nights, working alone. However, Saturn transits dont have to be lonely, especially if one sees clearing the path as potential to focus on the relationships that really matter and forgo the ones that dont support your soul.

Saturn transiting the natal sun can indicate the end of associations, but often, these are good things, as they are distractions from the real work one must be doing. They do often indicate a separateness from peers or from the family name, and can either be a desire to individuate or a desire to salvage it from the rubble heap. Saturn transits to the natal sun indicate a desire not to repeat the mistakes of the people who came before us and the work to be done in order to not do that again.

When Saturn transits the natal sun again in adulthood, 28-30 years after the first one, it is a solidifying of adult life and the decisions made during the first transit, even those made my children. Now is the time to get off the fence and choose a side, to make decisions, to see what one has and what one doesnt have and go for it. Now is the time to realize that no matter what, you will never be a superlative, so you ought to become a better human in the world of humans or depart all together. It is the time to say enough, and make practical decisions. You may want to keep that person in your life who hurts you, because relationships are complicated, even if you care for them, but not to your own detriment, because you have to take care of you. This is what Saturn tries to teach us when it transits the natal sun: you are responsible for you. No one else. No one else will make a life for you, and no one is entitled to expect a life to be handed to them. No bullshit, no excuses. Sure, complain, talk it out, but then get back on the horse. Do you believe what you believe because it is the truth as revealed to you, or is it simply what you have been taught to believe? Do you worship or vote the way you do because you truly think or believe that way? Do you associate with whom you do because you actually like these people, or are they just people you have known forever, and are you two really capable of being friends? Do you believe that the devil you know is better than the one you dont? Or, are you the kind of person who tends to run off when the going gets rough, and can you tell the difference between what is worth sticking out and what is not? Can you really dig into the bedrock and reinvent yourself? For those not naturally inclined to reinvention, becoming the phoenix is a daunting task.

Can you be alone?

Saturn transits to the natal sun bring aloneness. Not loneliness so much as aloneness. To be alone is not to be lonely; and those who embrace aloneness or relish it understand well that they are different. A pensive walk in the woods is not sitting at the lunch table all alone watching others woefully socialize. Saturn teaches us that one doesnt need to approval of others to be valid; we are valid because we exist. Saturn teaches us to depart from those who no longer serve us, and to let go of people who need to travel elsewhere. It teaches us that we can weather emotional storms, as they too, pass.

For those who have a lot of Saturn emphasis in their charts, major Saturn transits can be easier or harder, as they especially reinforce Saturnian traits. A person who has a lot of Saturnian aloneness may not mind being along for a year, but they may also forgo opportunities to forge the types of Saturnian relationships they need – mentor, teacher/student, parent/child, etc. They may also not be so good at explaining their absence.

Saturnian types may also be very good at hiding in work to avoid social interaction, which can lead to social rejection. In reality, they are rejecting social relationships before they are rejected. On the other hand, they may realize that it is perfectly fine if theyre not everyones friend, and that being popularity is really just an illusion. The Saturn to natal sun transit can make a person strangely attractive in places where responsibility and being cool and collected are a bonus.

Saturn is wisdom, but it is not platitudes. Platitudes are for teenagers and people who dont know how to argue effectively. It is innate wisdom that doesnt debate at all but manifests. Time will tell, and the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Likewise, A Saturn transit to the sun shows that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. You may think one thing, and you may design a life in such a way, but the proof will be what you make of it. Suppose one spends all of her adult life chasing beauty, trying to make herself look good, trying to use her looks to get more material goods, never stopping to develop inner beauty, a personality? She ends up alone. A man who spends his life trying to impress everyone with the money he makes and the things he buys is bitten in the ass when the taxman comes for his share. Hm…could these people be husband and trophy wife? Yes: people with Saturn issues tend to seek out other people with Saturn issues. Both folks here have a deep insecurity about who they are as people and try to pile pretty things on to hide from themselves and others. This, however, cant last forever: Saturn reminds us that we get old, and we have obligations. All pretty things fade with time, and all riches eventually turn to dust. If there is nothing other than the glittery things, then all that is left is dust and ashes. However, what we dont learn – and what our culture fails to teach us – is that it is work, much harder work, to cultivate the soul that remains. Saturn, thus, is also representative (along with the moon) of our fears.

Unlike the Moon, which is our primal fears, Saturn is our acquired fears. These are the fears we have when faced with the rest of the world. A person with a 1st house Saturn may feel inadequate as a person and need to thrust themselves into positions of seriousness, or run away from obligation. They may either feel that there is no room for them in the world to shine, or there is no room to be weak and vulnerable. A person with a 7th house Saturn may fear abandonment or alienation, as they have grown to distrust other people and to find close relationships to be disappointing. Saturn is where you have tried and failed, or at least thought so. It is where you feel that no matter what you do, you cannot succeed. It is also the place where you must learn to approach that aspect of life differently. If you have a 1st house Saturn, it is a good idea to move away and reinvent yourself, to take Saturns strength of aloneness and renew yourself. If you have a 7th house Saturn, learn to approach relationships differently, and look for different partners than the ones you were conditioned to look for. For example, if you grew up with the idea that you should seek out a certain type of romantic partner because it is more moral or ideal insteadof seeking out the ones you are attracted to and the ones you want to be with, take the plunge and date someone who scares you (but not hurts or terrifies you) because they are different and see what happens. Keep your head and your heart.

Saturn transiting the sun will exacerbate your current Saturn issues. If you have the strength and maturity to allow the cards to allow all to happen to you, both beauty and dread, then you will find that Saturn strengthens and fortifies you.