My April 11th post close to a month and a half ago was about Jupiter. It’s excellent to refer to as we discuss the ‘other side’ of luck — one’s shadow; many astrologers consider Saturn your shadow that you have to be very aware of to do something about.
Not all astrologers, though. David Cochrane, the developer of the revolutionary Vibrational Astrology (entire books can be written about it) came up with a new kind of interpretation of Saturn. He does not consider it to be a malefic at all.
Saturn, Cochrane found, “strips away all that is superficial to get to the essence. Saturn strips to the bones and the fundamentals. Saturn dislikes anything superficial and unnecessary. At heart Saturn really wants to focus on things that last past death, those things of lasting value.”
He also concluded that Saturn transits to natal planets or natal angular house cusps (1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th) were more problematic than Saturn in the natal chart. Saturn “takes away your toys” as it asks you to consider the more important stuff.
When I lived in Pittsburgh on one summer day I was walking on Walnut Street, one of the more posh retail areas in the city. I encountered a man of likely African American descent. He wasn’t necessarily a Hare Krishna, may have been some Indian practice, but he was giving out tracts pertaining to spiritual development. I talked to him for a while.
I believed he had said that he had been imprisoned in his life. For how long I don’t know. He was fairly old — maybe about 60 — and he said that for so long he had not found his path in life. What he had finally found was something that made him perhaps the most spiritual person I had ever met. He had willingly given up his “toys”, our fixation on the material world and our ever needed dopamine rush.
I would never have pegged him for someone who had lived in jail for a long time. His manner, his affect, were completely “there” in terms of being on a spiritual path and mastering it. He was impressive.
I personally find this challenging — to do away with the material world, to focus on my own spiritual development. Much earlier in my life someone I knew called me “spiritually advanced.” Many of us who are originally quite pure become corrupted by the world and end up worshiping the god of money and all it brings. We can transition back, but we have to know how. Saturn is, again, about focusing on the truly important stuff.
That’s Cochrane’s vision, anyway. Many astrologers have come up with different conclusions. I’ll try to present all this about Saturn in as balanced a way as I can, but ultimately I want to discuss Saturn through the houses and how it changes based on what house your Saturn has relocated to. That’s the ultimate purpose of this.
(Cochrane is very focused on 3-planet patterns or more than 3-planet patterns, which can get very complicated, because there are so many possible combinations of 4- or 5-planet patterns that it can get quite confusing with all those planets there, and of course there are so many combinations to remember. But defining two-planet patterns is fairly straightforward.
Sun-Saturn aspect, for example, has very much to do with career. A no-nonsense approach to a career; not distracted by what is superficial or glamorous. Moon-Saturn augurs for a need for solitude; having a few very good friends who appreciate each other, sincerity, looking beneath appearances to sense if a person is deeply sincere. Saturn-Neptune pertains to seeking sincerity in religion and cynicism and suspicion of religious authorities. And so forth).
Moving along to Saturn in the houses. One of the major reasons I moved to Colorado from Pittsburgh is because I wanted Saturn in my 7th house (instead of my 6th house). Mapping Your Travels and Relocation has it as follows:
If you want to be more sensible about relationships and put more effort into partnerships, Saturn in the relocated seventh house assists your quest. This is not an advisable placement, however, if you tend to feel blocked from love or less loved than you would like, or are subject to criticism and control from partners or close relatives.
In my 6th house, this is what I was giving up:
With Saturn in the relocated sixth house, you want more tangible results in your daily work or are looking to be more practical, responsible, dedicated, and hardworking. On the downside, health problems can be associated with this placement, as can overwork, so an emphasis on a healthy, balanced lifestyle is to your advantage.
I can definitely relate to the overwork. But in terms of having 7th house be more sensible about relationships, I noticed that immediately. Actually, I noticed that on my visit to Colorado, a year before moving here, and changes occurred to me within the space of a week. The “putting more effort into partnerships” is unclear; I haven’t been in a serious relationship, so the jury is still out on that one.
I want to discuss all 12 houses that you can be in; so there’s ten more to go.
Saturn in 1st house:
Saturn in the relocated first house is an asset if you want to work harder, learn important personal life lessons, become more responsible or practical, or deal with issues related to authority and control. However, this placement is inadvisable if you have a tendency toward health problems or are somewhat self-critical.
Saturn in 2nd house:
Moving Saturn into the relocated second house can help you become more practical and responsible in money matters, but if overdone, this placement can indicate self-denial, poverty consciousness, and lack of pleasure. The discipline indicated by Saturn must be handled with care when applied to sensuality and comfort, as it is here.
Saturn in 3rd house:
Saturn in the relocated third house aids concentration and practicality and encourages tangible mental output, such as writing. But if you tend to have a strong inner critic in intellectual matters, this placement is apt to simply increase the tendency. You may take on more responsibility for siblings or other relatives.
Saturn in 4th house:
With Saturn in the relocated fourth house, you seek more reliability and stability on the home front, and a home-based business or working with family members is possible. However, if criticism involving loved ones is more the norm than the exception, this is a placement to avoid. Parenting skills are accentuated, and you may carry more of the load with relatives.
Saturn in 5th house:
Saturn in the relocated fifth house can help you branch out personally and professionally in areas that involve more recognition, leadership, involvement with children or loved ones, the entertainment world, long-term investments, or speculation. If you doubt your creativity, however, this is probably a location to avoid.
Saturn in 8th house:
Saturn in the relocated eighth house can boost self-mastery and self-control, and be helpful if you want to stop drinking or smoking or put an end to other bad habits. On the down side, power struggles over joint resources are possible, as are sexual blockages. With this location, it is wise to avoid taking on significant debt on your own or with a partner.
Saturn in 9th house:
When Saturn is in the relocated ninth house, your career could involve more travel, education, inspiration, or involvement with high ideals or big dreams. You might adopt a more practical attitude about philosophies and religion, but an existential crisis is also a possibility.
Saturn in 10th house:
If you want more responsibility or power on the job, Saturn in the relocated tenth house can bring you closer to your goal. You may work more productively or within the establishment. If critical, harsh, or overly demanding bosses are the norm for you, this is a placement to avoid. Paternal motifs are also highlighted.
Saturn in 11th house:
When Saturn is in the relocated eleventh house, you incorporate more common sense into friendships and associations. You may initiate change and take charge in groups or use technology and new concepts in practical ways. If your originality is usually stifled, this is a placement to avoid.
Saturn in 12 house:
With Saturn in the relocated twelfth house, you seek more definition and clarity in the mystical realm, and may bring beauty, inspiration, imagination, or compassion to your profession. If you tend toward excessively high ideals or perfectionism, this placement is probably inadvisable.
All of the above information is from Mapping Your Travels and Relocation (Maritha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske, MA).
There are also the Round Art (A.T. Mann) interpretations, for all planets in every house These can often be more blunt.
1st house (or Aries):
ambition, diligence, endurance, selfishness, self-restraint, seriousness, defiance; reserved, unsympathetic, humourless, self-reliant, lonely, hard-hearted.
(I tend to think that A.T. Mann’s conception of Saturn is more of a malefic. Saturn is in fall in the 1st house)
2nd house (or Taurus):
enduring energy, application of method, economy, property, security, stability, money worries; conservative, inhibited, miserly, reliable, restricted, grasping.
3rd house (or Gemini):
logic, thoroughness, serious study, conscientiousness, awkwardness, lack of adaptibility, shyness; intellectual, abstract, cold, detached, studious, serious.
4th house (or Cancer):
repressed emotion, difficult family life, archaeology, domestic economy; dissatisfied, paranoid, guilty, jealous, independent, lonely introverted, resentful, melancholic, suspicious.
(Saturn is in detriment in the 4th house).
5th house (or Leo):
inhibited expression, underdeveloped pleasure principle, ambition, selfishness, unhappy love, overwork, loss of children; shy, loyal, simple, ungratified, determined, awkward.
(Saturn, along with Uranus, is in detriment in the 5th house).
6th house (or Virgo):
care and attention, accuracy, acting alone, misanthropy, seriousness, science; cold, humourless, overly cautious, meticulous, misunderstood, nagging, fault-finding, sedentary.
(For most of my life Saturn was in the 6th house).
7th house (or Libra):
sense of duty, older serious partners and colleagues, enmities, love difficulties, estrangements; loyal, industrious, conscientious, serious, intellectual, reliable, restrained, inhibited, honourable.
(Saturn is exalted in the 7th house. I chose to move to Saturn in my 7th house. This was not the first interpretation I read. Mapping Your Travels and Relocation was).
8th house (or Scorpio):
metaphysics, melancholy, unhappy love, transformation, poverty, long life, intrigues, occult investigations, necrophilia; self-willed, resourceful, cautious, shrewd, psychic, persistent, morose, twisted.
9th house (or Sagittarius):
dignity, devotion, asceticism, honour, seriousness, religion, the Law; easily hurt, high-minded, just, doubting, agnostic, sincere, earnest, reflective, moral.
10th house (or Capricorn):
will-power, self-restraint, concentration, paternalism, ambition, slow advance, diplomacy, money failures; melancholic, serious, cautious, strict, suspicious, acquisitive, ambitious, dissatisfied, repressed, unfeeling.
(Saturn rules the 10th house).
11th house (or Aquarius):
realization of plans, practical idealism, false friends, impressive speech, faithfulness, quiet determination; affable but detached, thoughtful, humane, reasonable, deliberate, organized.
(Saturn, along with Uranus, rules the 11th house).
12th house (or Pisces):
difficult work in seclusion, struggles, timidity, isolation, melancholia, fear of failure, inferiority complex; modest, self-underrating, depressed, ungratified, serious, retiring.
These are all from A.T. Mann’s The Round Art. The book was published in 1979, and I would say that 41 years ago, without the advances in technology and communication that we enjoy today, we were expected to have a more stoic and fatalistic view toward life. There are things that A.T. Mann wrote in that great book that I take issue with, that I’m going to write more about in the future.
Nonetheless, I do use those interpretations in my consultations, as long as I create an understanding from the client that these should be read as mostly cautionary tales that, if we do our inner work, we can overcome. It’s my responsibility to give this information sensitively (even though the material is rather insensitive) for the purpose of helping the client, not cutting them down.
The Mapping Your Travels and Relocation is less problematic, but also identifies the possible problems you might have in a location. This goes along with the purpose of relocation that I agree with and reiterate. You go to the places where you get what you want, and then deal with the problems, as long as the problems are not too difficult to deal with.
It’s important to always keep this in mind. And keep in mind also that not everybody considers Saturn to be a malefic.