Saturn Conjunct Sun Synastry

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Saturn conjunct Sun synastry is one of the most challenging and exciting you can hope to find when looking at yours and your partner’s shared synastry chart. The reasons for that are clear, once you understand how very different the energies of the Sun and Saturn really are.

Whenever two very different planetary forces are conjunct each other, their energies become synchronised and blended within the relationship. It follows that some planetary energies work better together than others.

That being said, energies don’t need to be similar to suit each other well – sometimes two wildly different but complementary energies can make for a much more interesting relationship dynamic. Saturn conjunct Sun may be an example of this. While the partners in a Sun-Saturn relationship are guaranteed to challenge each other, they are also guaranteed to help each other grow and break through some of their personal barriers to both happiness and success.

So what are the characteristics, the pros and the cons of Sun conjunct Saturn synastry aspected relationships? Keep reading if you want to dive deeper.

Saturn in synastry

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun, the second largest in the Solar system, and one of the seven classical planets of Western Astrology. Saturn is associated with the star sign Capricorn, as well as with the 10th house on the chart..

Saturn is a both interesting and challenging planetary force in and of itself, let alone in the interplay with any other planets. Saturn is all about developing discipline, maturity, responsibility and stewardship.

If you have a cursory knowledge of astrology, you are probably familiar with the concept and meaning of the Saturn Return. The Saturn Return is an astrological event which happens every 27 to 29 years. In practical terms, this means that somewhere between your 27th and 29th year of life, Saturn returns to the same astrology house in your birth chart that it fell in at the time of your birth.

The Saturn Return is associated with cataclysmic personal changes and transformations. When your Saturn Return happens, sometime in your late twenties, you are being pushed to grow and evolve, finally stepping into your true and responsible adult form. Saturn requires you and demands of you that you step up to shoulder your life’s responsibilities with willingness and grace, and that you accept the consequences of your choices and actions in life so far. For this reason alone, your Saturn Return can be a very challenging chapter.

There will be no eternal bachelors and Peter Pans on Saturn’s watch. When Saturn is at play, it pushes us to take on the tasks and responsibilities of existence – even the ones we would rather forget about or run from. It is little wonder why the Saturn Return spells difficult and dramatic years for most of us, as we are being stripped of our delusions and perhaps of some of our unrealistic dreams.

Many people become parents in their late twenties, an experience which in itself demands that you shed the carefree days of early adulthood and become a responsible parents. For others, their dramatic life change may consist in wrapping up their studies at university and throwing themselves into the fray of the marketplace or of their chosen profession. Yet others may make a dramatic career change, or decide to uproot and move to the countryside – or to a different country altogether.

Saturn, and the Saturn return, is not only about responsibility and the limitation of one’s personal freedoms and carefree attitudes, it is also about change and course-correction. During your Saturn Return, you may come to the realization that you have either painted yourself into a corner as a result of your own life choices so far, or that you have been heading down a dead-end street for some time and need to turn back. Perhaps you are in the wrong career. Perhaps you are in the wrong place. Perhaps you married the wrong person – or let the right person go.

Ultimately, the difficult experiences, revelations and choices that Saturn is associated with are all meant to push you to step up to the plate and accept the full burden of your own life, not to punish you, but to strengthen you and ensure that you are on the right path.

Saturn is much like a stern teacher or mentor; there will be no third-place trophies when Saturn is involved. Instead, Saturn pushes you to become the best, strongest, most upstanding version of yourself that you can become – even if the process of getting there is at times difficult and uncomfortable.

Saturn is an interesting planetary energy when it appears in a synastry aspect. Whichever planet Saturn is aspected to, it is going to challenge its energy to become the most mature, most responsible, most capable version of itself.

The Sun in synastry

The Sun is the centre of the solar system, the planet (technically, the star) around which all of the other planets revolve.

The Sun represents the self in all of its light and glory. The Sun is radiant, bright and as unblemished as the core of who we are. It is the Sun’s position within your birth chart that determines what your zodiac sign, also called Sun sign, is.

Your Sun can be in either of the twelve houses, each of which represents one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Your Sun sign represents your personality as well as your purpose in life. The Sun illuminates the path ahead, and points you toward your deepest source of vitality, hope, joy and meaning – all qualities associated with the Sun in astrology.

The Sun Tarot card has very similar meaning to the Sun in astrology. The Sun card depicts an infant – pure, innocent, and filled with hope for the future – riding a white hose, itself a symbol of purity and strength. When the Sun card comes up in a Tarot reading, it indicates a triumph over obstacles or adversity, healing, hope, optimism, bright prospects and a return to centre.

Similarly, our Sun sign both defines and guides us through life. Whenever we are feeling lost and confused, or like we have strayed from who we truly are, the Sun is always there to bring us back home to ourselves.

Whenever the Sun appears conjunct with another planet in Synastry, there is going to be a strong, intense and undeniable chemistry and attraction.

Sun-Saturn aspects in synastry

When you are looking at a synastry chart – or any astro chart – you are going the all of the planets scattered seemingly randomly throughout the chart’s twelve houses. However, everything means something in astrology, not only the planets and the houses, but the angles at which the planets are positioned to each other. These angles are called aspects, and just like each planet and each house has its own vibe and significance, so do the aspects.

Conjunction

A conjunction happens when two planets – in the case of synastry, planets from each of the partner’s horoscopes – are perfectly aligned and fall in the same house.

Conjunctions represent powerful interactions between the planetary energies involved, and for this reason conjunctions are generally considered to be the most potent and vital aspects to look for, particularly in synastry charts.

Whether a conjunction has a positive or negative influence on the relationship is going to depend on the two planets that are perfectly aligned with each other. Not all planets work equally harmoniously together.

This doesn’t mean that paltry energies have to be alike in order to complement each other. Sometimes two very different energies can make for a very interesting and attractive blend of energies. In fact, you want to see at leat one or two interestingly juxtaposed planets aligned with each other when you are looking at a synastry chart. A bit of tension can be a vital component in a happy and dynamic relationship.

Opposition

An opposition happens when two planets are poised directly opposite each other on the chart. This position creates a grating, friction-filled sense of tension.

Instead of blending harmoniously together, planets that are in opposition to each other are going to push against each other, each seeking to dominate. Oppositions can often be sources of negative tension and power battles within a relationship, and are rarely constructive.

Sextile

Sextile are considered flowing aspects in astrology. A sextile happens when two planets are positioned at a 60 degree (one sixth of a circle) angle to each other.

Sextiles make for harmonious and effortless interplays of energy, and wherever sextile are present in synastry, there is an easy and generous flow of energy between the two planetary aspects involved – though of course this depends somewhat on the planets in question.

Trine

A trine is when two planets are positioned at a 120 degree (or a third of a circle) angle to each other.

Trines share many similarities with sextile, and are also considered auspicious, though how beneficial they are depends on the two planets involved. The priory difference that can be felt between a sextile and a trine, is that a trine tends to involve more conscious effort. There is a positive flow of energy between the two trine aspected planets, but it isn’t quite as effortless as is the case with the sextile.

Square

In astrology, a square happens when plants appear at 90 degree angles to each other and are generally considered hard aspects, striking a note of discord between the two aspected planets.

Squares often represent energies that are challenging for the couple to deal with, energies that require quite a bit of work if they are to be integrated into the relationship as a whole. Squares create a lot of tension, if not all-out drama and conflict.

Although not the easiest synastry aspects to deal with, squares are not necessarily or inherently bad. They create some uphill friction, but this doesn’t mean that the relationship that has a square aspect is doomed. Ultimately, the fate of the relationship depends on its participants, and on how they choose to work with and deal with any challenges they may face as a couple.

What are the best aspects to have in a synastry chart?

To say that there are any inherently or entirely good or bad aspects in synastry would be a gross oversimplification.

Instead of good and bad, it makes more sense – and is more realistic – to divide astrological aspects into soft and hard, or harmonious and discordant. Sextiles and trines are soft, harmonious aspects, while oppositions and squares are hard, or discordant.

Conjunctions, however, are a bit of a wildcard. Conjunctions can be hard or soft, easy or difficult, flowing or blocked, depending on the two planets and the two people involved.

Is Sun conjunct Moon the best synastry aspect?

One partner’s Sun in conjunction with the other partner’s Moon is undeniably a positive aspect to find in a couple’s synastry chart. It is, however, impossible to say whether it is the best synastry aspect there is.

A synastry chart is composed by overlaying two people’s birth charts with each other so that they form one shared synastry chart. This enables the astrologer to see where the two lovers’ planets are placed, and how they are aspected to each other.

When looking at a synastry chart, there is almost always going to be a mix of conjunctions, oppositions, trines, squares and sextiles. In cases where the mix is lopsided, you may be looking at either a very flat and uneventful relationship, or one that is overly explosive and tension-filled.

It is impossible to pick out one aspect as better than all of the others – even if this aspect is a Sun-Moon conjunction. What you want to do instead is look at the whole, the entire picture, the sum total of the aspects that influence the relationship.

What Saturn conjunct Sun means in synastry

Now we are getting to the meaty bit: What does it mean when your Saturn is conjunct your partner’s Sun, or vice versa?

When one partner’s Saturn is conjunct the other partner’s Sun in a relationship, it mean that there is a strong interplay between these two planetary forces in the relationship.

One person’s Sun, which stands for their self, their identity and their purpose, is being influenced, inspired and galvanised by their partner’s Saturnian side. Meanwhile the Saturn person in the relationship is going to be powerfully influenced by their partner’s Sun, which may illuminate some of their own hidden desires and abilities. The Sun, after all, has tendency to bring things to light.

The Sun conjunct Saturn is always going to be an odd mix of energies, and this can poses certain challenges in the relationship. To give you an example, the Sun person may push against their Saturnian partner’s seriousness and boundary-setting influence, while the Saturn person may seek to ring-fence areas of the couple’s life or otherwise act in a manner that is too controlling for the Saturn partner’s liking.

However, if these two manage to work constructively with and around their differences, this pair have the ability to truly inspire, uplift and help each other grow.

The Saturn person in the relationship

The Saturn person in the Sun conjunct Saturn synastry relationship is going to be the one who sets boundaries and continually challenges their partner to become more responsible and mature.

In long term relationships, the Saturnian partner is the one who is the most likely to crave, expect or ask for more commitment, more mutual responsibility and a more mature approach overall. Saturn is a planetary energy that likes structure, and prefer sticking to tradition. Saturn does not appreciate the unexpected, the ill-defined or the uncertain.

The Saturn person may sometimes feel challenged and frustrated by the ease and optimism with which their Sun partner approaches life. Depending on what their partner’s Sun sign is, the contrast between the Saturnian partner’s seriousness and the other person’s lightheartedness is going to be more or less obvious.

The bright, white-hot light of the Sun also has a tendency to illuminate the Saturn partner’s self-imposed boundaries and limitations, which can be both eye-opening and humbling. If the Saturn person is able to accept what the illumination of the Sun shows them about themselves, they can use it to grow and to become more free in themselves.

The Sun person in the relationship

The Sun person in the Sun conjunct Saturn synastry relationship is likely to be the more outgoing and gregarious of the two partners. Their enthusiasm, optimism and sheer zest for life is going to sweep their more stern and serious Saturn partner along, and is most likely one of the things that draws the Saturn partner to them in the first place.

The Sun person’s role in and approach to the relationship is going to depend on which Sun sign the Sun person belongs to, as some astro signs are a better match for Saturn than others.

Let us say, for example, that the Sun person in this relationship is an earth sign, specifically a Capricorn. Capricorn is already ruled by Saturn, and so there would be a lot of Saturnian energy within the relationship – for better and for worse. While the two Saturnian forces will understand each other and work well together when they have shared goals to be working towards, they are also both incredibly stubborn and likely to lock horns, perhaps more often than the relationship can sustain.

If, on the other hand, the Sun person is a fire sign, specifically a Leo, the resulting planetary dance between Saturn and Sun becomes something entirely different. Leo, the star sign ruled by the Sun, is a very different energy to Saturn. While the two may not always see eye to eye, they would certainly complement each other by bringing very different energies into the relationship.

Characteristics of the Sun conjunct Saturn synastry relationships

Every relationship is different to any other, but when you and your partner share a Sun conjunct Sun synastry aspect, you are guaranteed to encounter these specific challenges, and blessings, in your relationship.

It feels fated

Whenever you and your partner share a Sun-Saturn aspect, the mutual attraction you feel from the moment you first meet seems fated, as if it is meant to be.

The Sun and Saturn, different as they may be, are irresistibly drawn to each other. Perhaps bot energies sense that the other has something they need in order to catapult their own personal growth forward.

Of course, there is a purely physical component to the attraction which draws the Sun and Saturn person together – the two are imminently compatible, in and out of the bedroom.

This pair tends to develop a deep bond, one that both find it very difficult to break or to forget. It is little wonder why many couples who share this synastry aspect stay together for the long haul.

There is always going to be friction between Saturn and Sun

No matter how much the pair have in common otherwise, and no matter how many of their differences the two successfully manage to work out early on in their relationship, there is inevitably always going to be a certain amount of friction between Saturn and Sun. It’s inevitable.

However, it needn’t spell disaster for the relationship. A certain amount of tension and friction may even prove one of the ingredients that ensures this relationship against boredom and inertia.

This is a relationship where the partners are always going to be challenging and keeping each other on their toes.

There’s potential for a long term relationship

This Sun-Saturn synastry aspect is surprisingly promising for the longevity of this relationship. While it may cause a bit of friction at times, it also ensures an interesting dance between the two partners.

When it comes right down to it, very few people truly want a relationship where there is no challenge and therefore no inspiration or impetus to grow.

Saturn-Sun synastry aspects practically guarantee that this couple will never tire of each other. It is not unusual, and neither is it surprising, to find this particualr synastry aspect in many married couples’ synastry charts.

Final thoughts

All in all, the Sun-Saturn pairing is one of the most interesting and dynamic aspects you can hope to come across in a synastry chart. It is no recipe for an easy ride, but rather an indication of a relationship where both adventure and commitment can be found.

Depending on what else is going on in their shared synastry chart, the Sun-Saturn couple have the makings of a successful and flourishing long-term relationship or even marriage.

When assessing the compatibility and potential of a romantic relationship, it is important to contemplate the entire chart, rather than one single synastry aspect. A relationship is influenced by the sum total of what is going on in the synastry chart, rather than by one aspect in particular.

It is also important to keep in mind that a synastry chart, although it can prove a very helpful tool when it comes to navigating your love life, is not a final verdict on your relationship, whether positive or negative.

After all, a promising-looking synastry chart is no guarantee of a happy and successful relationship, just as a chart that looks more challenging is no sure indication of disaster. Whether a relationship is fruitful or toxic is always going to depend on the two people involved and on their individual efforts and motivations.

Ultimately, you have to rely on your heart and your intuition. When it comes to making important decisions about y0ur love life or about your relationship – whether prospective or current – there is no higher authority or deeper wisdom.

Lucius Nothing

Lucius has been slinging tarot cards professionally since 2014. He’s taken the tarot to places most wouldn’t think of: His best-known patrons include Torture Garden, The Dark Circus Party, Handel & Hendrix, A Curious Invitation and The Candlelight Club, where he has been resident tarot reader for the past half-decade. His writing on divination, magic and creativity has been published in Sabbat Magazine and on Medium.

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