Saturn through the Houses: Your Biggest Life Lesson

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Get to know Saturn, the great teacher of the skies 🪐

In mythology, Saturn is associated with the Greek god Cronus. Cronus was afraid of being overthrown by his children so he literally ate all of them as a preventative measure 😳 Eventually, his youngest son Zeus (Jupiter) was able to escape and defeat him. Because of this, Saturn represents hardship, restrictions, and boundaries enforced by authority figures.

Saturn is also associated with agriculture in mythology, and he represents the virtues of slow and steady growth. The concept of reaping what you sow. In this way, Saturn represents consistency, responsibility, and planning for the future.

On your birth chart, Saturn represents your greatest challenge to overcome in life. His house tells you where this challenge shows up for you. This is the area of life where you’ll experience “tough love” so that you can learn how to become more responsible for yourself.

Your Saturn house tells you:

  • What you’re afraid of. Where you feel lonely or pessimistic
  • What is delayed in your life. Where time seems to drag. Where things get better with time
  • Where something is holding you back. Where you feel restricted
  • Where you can be very serious, responsible, and hard-working
  • Where you have the potential to be an authority figure
  • Where you have the potential to leave a lasting legacy

Although Saturn brings challenges, he also presents the opportunity to step up as a leader! Usually, Saturn challenges tend to be the most difficult before your first Saturn Return, which happens around age 27-30. During the first return, you must embrace maturity and take responsibility for your actions. This is the time to reap what you've sowed. Once that happens, you can unlock Saturn’s gifts to embrace new levels of authority and power

Read on for interpretations for your Saturn house!

🪐 Saturn in the houses... 🪐

1st House

Being too critical and hard on yourself. Being overly depressive or pessimistic. Feeling inferior. Not being able to trust yourself. Potential to be a strong, authoritative leader.


2nd House

Trouble with money & income. Trouble spending or saving. Feeling insecure. Lack of self-worth. Tying your worth to what you own. Feeling like you can’t get anything done. Potential to be a grounding and stabilizing force for others.


3rd House

Having a hard time at school. Difficulty with learning or communicating. Not having confidence in your intellect. Feeling unheard or misunderstood. Difficult relationships with your siblings. Potential to be a leader through your ideas and words.


4th House

Challenging home environment. Feeling unloved. Difficult relationship with mom or females. Not having a place to call home. Not feeling safe or emotionally stable. Lack of faith in the world. Stuck in the past. Potential to be an emotional rock and protector.


5th House

Feeling like you’re not good enough. Feeling inferior. Lack of pride in yourself. Not believing in your own talents. Having a hard time expressing yourself. Looking to others for approval. Difficulty with children. Potential to create the things you wish existed in the world.


6th House

Being a workaholic. Being too perfectionistic and nitpicky. Tying your self-worth to how much you get done. Taking care of others at the expense of yourself. Difficulty with coworkers. Difficulty with health. Potential to be an authority in work or health.


7th House

Relying on others too much. Not being able to stand on your own. Taking care of others at the expense of yourself. Not being able to work with others. Not being able to commit. Fear of rejection. Potential to lead collaborations and fight for fairness.


8th House

Feeling powerless and out of control. Experiencing intense, emotional turmoil. Being obsessive or controlling. Being possessive and demanding loyalty. Stirring up drama just for the fun of it. Fear of change. Potential to be a powerful, transformative figure for others.


9th House

A rigid or repressive upbringing. Difficulty with education. Being too dogmatic about your beliefs. Basing your beliefs off of other people. Running away from your problems. Not being able to commit. Potential to be a wise & knowledgable teacher who expands people's horizons.


10th House

Difficulty with your career. Prioritizing work over your personal life. Trouble with authority. A bad reputation. Challenging relationship with dad or males. Tying your self-worth to your career or status. Finding success as you grow older. Potential to achieve public recognition.


11th House

Difficulty with friends. Feeling like you’re not part of the group. Social awkwardness. Outsider looking in. Isolating yourself. Loner. Being cold and distant. Being overly eccentric or weird. Acting out. Rebel without a cause. Potential to be the leader of a tribe once you find your niche.


12th House

Feeling lonely or isolated. Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. Wanting to escape. Losing touch with reality. Lack of faith in the world. Challenges with health. Potential to be a transcendent & spiritual leader who connects people to the greater magic of the world.


Cho is an astrologer and spiritual mentor who helps diverse clients all around the world step in alignment with their spiritual gifts and higher calling. Follow her on Instagram @astro.forecast for regular updates!


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