There’s a vast amount of material written about Saturn’s position in the 7th house which focuses on blocks, frustrations, control, fears and delays.
If you’re new to Astrology, chances are you may have spent an hour on the internet researching Saturn in the 7th house and possibly come away thinking that your marriage will automatically be delayed (if you get married at ALL) or you’re destined to attract stern and controlling partners.
While I don’t totally dismiss these possibilities, I wish to elevate and expand the conversation to include the undeniable growth potential that is inherent in the Saturn archetype. In a great deal of interpretations, I see an imbalance when it comes to revealing how Saturn can operate constructively in the birth chart.
Often times, as soon as the word Saturn is uttered, you can immediately queue the moans and groans from those who only know the “grim reaper” version of the planet.
While Jupiter is cast as the beneficent one, the ringed one, Saturn is reduced to images of a cantankerous old man who hates everything life has to offer. It’s my view that this is because the energy of the planet suggests that we need to work hard and possibly do MORE than is required of us. We live in a society where the possibilities of getting something for nothing, taking shortcuts and “working smarter, not harder” is frequently sold.
When it comes to personal and business relationships, which both fall under the 7th house domain, choosing to sidestep the required effort needed to be successful, rarely if ever works.
The Saturn principle is about what’s REAL and SOLID. The planet symbolizes form and structure, as well as TIME. Anytime Saturn is involved, there’s a step by step process because whatever is being built is for the long haul and intended to stand up in the face of challenges of difficult circumstances.
In a natal chart, when Saturn is placed in the 7th house one has an opportunity to master their partnerships through living with integrity. The goal is no division in thought, word and deed. There’s potential here for a stable, enduring and mature relationship between equals. In many instances, people “don’t feel” like this, so the assume that it must not be true.
However, what we forget is that nothing comes without a price, and just because it may be hard, doesn’t mean it won’t be beneficial for us. In working with this placement, we must be willing to commit FULLY moment after moment and day after day to our relationships despite the obstacles we may encounter. We also must develop a clear sense of reality about who we are and who our partner is.
For those of us who wish to escape into a fantasy world and refuse to accept ourselves and our partners as people with flaws, frailties and shortcomings, we may have a long, frustrating road ahead.
However, If we take our relationships seriously and invest the time, energy and discipline needed to maintain them, we can be rewarded in ways which allow us to come into greater awareness of ourselves and our partners, and tap into potentials which were merely dormant before we decided to suspend doubt and cynicism and put in the necessary work that’s required for a successful partnership.
Does this take time? YES. So, if Saturn is associated with delays in this sense, we need to make room for the possibility of no instant gratification. It may be a while before we see the fruits of our labor.
We may have to monitor our progress slowly, but surely. In witnessing improvements in increments, our fears may start to diminish and all of the sudden, we’re handling responsibilities that we didn’t necessarily view ourselves as being capable of.
Saturn is also associated with wisdom. The type of insight gained through experience which is an intermingling of joy and pain. It’s hard won. If you’re going to maximize your Saturn in the 7th house, you’ll need to be prepared with a vast supply of patience, but picture the following image:
a house so solid that nothing rocks its foundation.
The potential is there.