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Meaning of Saturn in the Houses


Saturn is known as the planet of restriction, limitation and the enforcer of boundaries. Because no one wants to be restricted in any way, Saturn is viewed in a very negative light by many astrologers.


While it is true that Saturn in your birth chart or by transit can be hard to deal with, it is also true that Saturn is the great teacher who rewards hard work, discipline and responsibility.

As you grow and learn, Saturn’s lessons become easier and easier to deal with. As you read the descriptions below, always keep this in mind. Saturn really and truly does bring rewards. However, it does so in its own time and place. It cannot be rushed. 

Here are some of the issues you will face when Saturn is in a certain house in your birth chart (or when it transits key areas of your chart):


Saturn in the First House you need to come to terms with inferiority issues or comparing yourself to others and always feeling that you come up short in that comparison. You appear to others to be reserved, quiet and serious and some will see you as a cold person. The first house is your mask to the world so you may be very different inside than how you are perceived. You may be subject to depression and pessimism and may feel unloved or unworthy of love. Your life lesson is to learn to love yourself so you can allow others to fully love you.


Saturn in the Second House points to issues around money and values. I have read the charts of extremely wealthy people and those of very modest means with Saturn in the second house. Every single one of them has a deep fear of not having enough money. It isn’t about how much money you have, it is about how you perceive value, money and security. These money concerns cause you to be thrifty, practical and responsible with your money and other possessions. If you have Saturn in the second house, money and possessions will not come to you easily, but will come through hard work. The more you value yourself and are able to let your money flow, the more material abundance will flow to you. Those with this placement will have a comfortable money position as they get older.


Saturn in the Third House is about insecurity around your speech, your intelligence and your ability to communicate. You may compare yourself to a sibling where you always seem to come up short. You have a serious, patient and orderly mind and good organizational ability. Here again, Saturn can bring a tendency toward depression and a feeling of loneliness. Learn to accentuate the positive of this Saturn placement, which is the considerable ability of your mind. Learn to let go of the need to monitor all of your speech and communications. You are good at bringing order to ideas and concepts. You have something important to say to the world, so don’t hold back.


Saturn in the Fourth House points to issues around home, parents, ancestors or family traditions. You will often find an overly traditional or authoritarian parent or an absent parent when you have Saturn in the fourth house. You have a natural affinity for investments in land, real estate and antiques. Your tendency to worry can affect your health, particularly through digestive issues and/or ulcers. Be wary of becoming overly disciplinarian in your dealings with your own family. Some people with this placement become the caretaker for their parents at some point in their life. Learn to let go of any hurts you received from your family of origin. Your karmic goal is to become your own authority around matters of home and nurturing.


Saturn in the Fifth House shows someone who is overly cautious regarding love matters. The fifth house is the house of love given, while the eleventh house is the house of love received. This placement can leave you feeling unloved or unappreciated because you are giving too much and receiving too little. A person with Saturn in the fifth house may find it hard to relax and to have fun. A Saturn in the fifth house parent may be quite authoritarian and/or adhere to more traditional parenting methods. It is hard for this Saturn person to express their true feelings so they may be perceived as cold and unemotional by others. You would do well to learn how to project more feeling and warmth toward others. It’s not that you are cold, just that you may appear to be so.


Saturn in the Sixth House points to issues around authority on the job, working conditions, unfair pay, etc. Someone born with Saturn in the sixth house is a hard worker who takes their job duties very seriously. Others in the workplace may resent this or not understand you, which can be a source of workplace friction. This is the sign of the workaholic who doesn’t know how to leave the job at the workplace. You may be prone to illness from overwork and worry. Those with Saturn in the sixth house need to take extra good care of their teeth, bones and the general structure of their body. Your lesson is to follow your natural inclination to serve others, but to reserve some time and energy to love and nurture yourself.


Saturn in the Seventh House tells you about your close partnerships, both romantic and business, as well as your relationship to your advisors and counselors. Sometimes Saturn in the seventh house will indicate an older partner. Saturn here can show problems with close relationships due to its restrictive nature. However, it can also point to a long-term, very committed relationship. You need to look at the entire chart to determine which is true. This placement often indicates a karmic relationship in which you become teachers to each other. Someone with this placement may not marry until later in life. The lesson of Saturn in the seventh house is to be discriminating but not too restrictive in evaluating potential partners and counselers.


Saturn in the Eighth House relates to sexual matters, financial matters, crisis, taxes and insurance. It also relates to your partner’s money and money you receive that wasn’t earned income, such as loans and inheritances.  Saturn here cautions that you need to be careful about such eighth house matters. You need to stay on top of insurance matters and to not fudge on your income tax returns (including timely filing). Saturn here indicates a person who is skilled in dealing with finances. If you have Saturn in the eighth house your partner may struggle in the early years but become very successful later due to his/her hard work and business skills.  If you have this placement, learn to modulate your fears and anxieties. Every thing that happens is not a crisis.


Saturn in the Ninth House describes your philosophies, education, and religious beliefs seen through Saturn’s filter. Those of you with this Saturn may have grown up in a household with strict morals and dogmatic or traditional religious surroundings. Though the ninth house rules travel, Saturn here makes you much more likely to stay close to home rather than to travel to exotic locations. Some of you may have had to drop out of secondary school because of money issues or family responsibilities. Overall, Saturn in the ninth house quashes the normal ninth house meaning of expanding horizons. Your task with Saturn in the ninth is to let yourself be open to learning and mind expansion of all kinds. You don’t need to agree with what you learn or hear, you just need to be open to listening to it.


Saturn in the Tenth House shows someone who has to work hard to achieve public recognition and status or such recognition may be slow in coming. However, it is also true that those with Saturn in the tenth house can reach great heights in their career (in time) due to their hard work and commitment. Saturn in the tenth house gives you business management skills.  Your father is either a man of quiet dignity or someone who is so reserved that you never felt that you really knew him. This can often be due to his death or simply his absence from your life. When Saturn is in the tenth house achieving your goals in life is part of your spiritual path. Just don’t lose sight of who you really are in your competitive search for excellence.


Saturn in the Eleventh House shows a person who takes friendships seriously. Though you will have many acquaintances and only a few close friends. With Saturn here you always feel that you are different from those around you and that you never completely fit in with the group. Similarly, you need to carefully choose the groups and friends you are involved with. Use discrimination as to how much work you will do for others. Because this is also the house of “hopes and wishes” it would be good for you to not under estimate yourself. Practice thinking big as you tend to limit yourself. This is especially true regarding career matters as this house shows money gained from your career or profession.


Saturn in the Twelfth House causes feelings of fear, doubt and inferiority. Saturn here gives you strong inner discipline and the ability to sense other’s demons. Your feelings of inhibition can cause you to shrink within yourself and to withdraw from the outside world. This is the classic position for someone who is a “late bloomer.” If you have this position it is strongly recommended that you find a spiritual practice that is meaningful to you. It must be of your own choosing and not one that is the “right” one from other’s perspectives. This Saturn placement can have a healing element so long as you let yourself reach out for such healing. Similarly, Saturn in the twelfth house can indicate a person who has strong healing abilities.


The one thing to remember with all of these Saturn placements is that where ever Saturn is, you need to balance its restrictive nature with the ability to use its protective elements .  In other words, use Saturn’s cautions and limitations but overrule them when they become overly restrictive to your life.  Also, remember that where ever Saturn is in your chart you can become the star of that house because of how much effort and understanding you put into making it work.


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9 comments to Meaning of Saturn in the Houses

  • Ruby

    You may sometimes wonder why things aren’t going as well as they should. Or you may wonder why, no matter how hard you work, you can’t achieve your goals. Sometimes, the why is because of not knowing how to work with your natal Saturn. If you have any questions about your natal Saturn placement, let me know below. For security reasons it’s best if you don’t post all of your birth information.

  • seeta

    How to work with a natal saturn-kehu conjunction in 4th house? Is staying in parents house in birth town a good idea or settling in a foreign country?

    • Ruby

      Natal Saturn combined with Ketu in the 4th house places a lot of emphasis on 4th house dynamics. Saturn is there to teach you about 4th house matters (i.e. family, traditions methods of nurturing, etc.) Ketu points to your past and the ingrained patterns learned from your past, and even your past lives. Therefore with both Ketu and Saturn in the 4th house, your chart is sending a clear message abuot what you need to learn in this lifetime. You need to think about whether the choices you make in your life are your own choices or are they made because of the influence of family or traditional expectations.

      Because Rahu is in your 10th house of career and public standing making changes through career, as a separate person separate from family, would be advantageous for you. The sign and position of Rahu indicates your karmic purpose this lifetime. Notice that, because the two Nodes are opposite each other, they are pointing to two completely different paths. Moving away from the home environment to establish yourself in a career would fulfill the promise of Raho.

      I don’t have enough information to determine whether settling in a foreign country would be beneficial for you. For clues look to your 9th house, the sign on the cusp of the ninth house and any planets in the 9th house. Also, look to Jupiter and any aspects that it is making to other planets. Good luck in your quest.

      I think you know the answers to your questions, but just need validation. Good luck in your quest.


    sir, it was indeed a very good article on Saturn. I am thankful for your energy and time in bringing out the best of SATURN. I have Saturn positioned in 8th from Mesha, 12th From Dhanur Lagna and 11th from Makara Rashi. Which one placement of Saturn out of twelve you have indicated i should consider. Please note, my things from right from start up is not good and i have been a late bloomer. Please advise. thanks and regards.

    • Ruby

      Thank you for your question. I am unable to answer part of your question about Saturn, as I don’t know enough about Vedic astrology to understand the question properly. From a Western astrology perspective, your Saturn is in your 6th house of work and service tightly conjunct the Sun in that same house and opposing the Moon in your 12 house. This indicates that you are indeed a very hard worker who doesn’t get the breaks in life that come more easily to others. Because your Moon is in the 12th house in Gemini, it has been hard on you emotionally. Emotionally, communication is important to you (Moon in Gemini). The Moon’s position in the 12th has always felt thwarted and unable to express itself. You feel like you know the truth about many matters (Sun, Saturn in Sagittarius) but your attempts to communicate your knowledge is often thwarted (Moon in Gemini in the 12th). The good news is that as you grow older, especially in the last ten years, those influences have started to change and to even become beneficial. Given your chart, it is important for you to express your truth, not only for yourself, but for the sake of others. You have much wisdom to give to others.

  • prabha Mangale

    what are the effects of moon ketu in 6th house and saturn rahu in 12th house?

    • Ruby

      Without the sign of the planets in question, I can only give you a very limited answer. The Moon and South Node of the Moon in the 6th house indicates that you need to let go of some of your entrenched ideas around work and service. The 6th house is the traditional house of servants. In a past life you were called upon to always respond to duty, self sacrifice and humility. You were the one that always took care of the hard, unappreciated tasks. You may have even been a slave or indentured to another in some way. You have carried this attitude with you into the present life.

      Saturn and the North Node in the 12th house means that your spiritual purpose this lifetime is to work out issues around limitation and authority. You need to keep the thought foremost in your mind that, “I have done my duty and have given and sacrificed enough. It is now time for me to receive.” It is no longer about “doing.” It is about receiving. Saturn in the 12th will often show a person who does have serious responsibilities to others this lifetime. However, it you need to find a way to let go of those responsibilities as you are able. Always ask yourself, “Am I helping this person or keeping them weak by being overly involved in their life?” The 12th house also points to a spiritual answer. If you are not active in a spiritual practice (not necessarily religion), it would be very good for you to do so.

  • Sona

    My Ascendant is Gemini,Sun in the 1st house, Mercury & Venus in the 2nd house. Moon and Jupiter in the 9th house, Mars in the 7th house. Saturn in the 6th house. Rahu in the 11th house and ketu in the 5th house…

    Can you help me with my way forward in terms of Career (when will I get a Promotion or should I change or stay), and personal life (when will I get married and how), My family is going thru a bad phase too..

    • Ruby

      I’m sorry, but I don’t have enough information to easily determine what is going on in your life right now. For instance, you have stated that the Sun is in the 1st house in Gemini, but I do not know whether your ascendant is Gemini or Taurus and what the sign of your Midheaven is.

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