Saturn in Libra and Relationship Astrology
Saturn in Libra and Relationship Astrology
is presently moving through the last decanate (the last ten
degrees) of the sign of Virgo, and will enter Libra on
October 29, 2009, staying in the sign until October 5, 2012.
Themes we can expect while Saturn moves through the sign of
Libra, on a personal level, revolve around taking a more
serious look at our one-to-one relationships. Whether a
partnership restricts us or not comes into focus, as well as
whether or not the goals of each partner complement one
another. Treating each other fairly is a theme, and it can
take numerous negotiations and examinations in order to get
to a place we will consider fair.
Are we pleasing a partner because we are afraid to assert
ourselves, our needs, or our goals? Are we compromising our
own needs in the process?
Saturn will be looking for balance, integrity, and fairness
in the sign of Libra. We will be redesigning our definition
of "self" that includes an "other". Our ability to commit
comes into question. Our ability to play by the rules in
partnership also becomes critical. This is a time during
which we explore our personal boundaries in partnership.
Just how much a partnership limits us becomes glaringly
apparent, especially in terms of our own fear of losing
someone, or fear of rejection, and how that fear might limit
our personal freedom.
If we've been giving more than taking, or taking more than
giving, in an existing partnership, Saturn's transit through
Libra will point out the flaws in that type of arrangement.
It's all about responsibility and doing our share. If we've
been unhappy with a partner's contribution to the
relationship, Saturn's transit might magnify the problem in
Saturn does invoke a craving for whatever sign it inhabits
or planet it touches. In Libra, we will be craving balance,
but it will take some time to get there. Saturn slows things
down to a near-stall, and this can be agonizing if we are
impatient or wanting instant results. Saturn takes its time,
and this is a good thing. We can get to a healthy, balanced
decision only if we take our time doing so.
Initially we can experience reluctance to compromise
ourselves, but doing so in a balanced way brings about the
eventual realization that we need the "other" in order to
achieve. With Saturn, a desire to gain control is present,
and some of us might attempt to control an "other", and it's
a tendency we should try to avoid. Eventually and ideally,
we understand that it is only ourselves who we can control.
Many of us are at a loss for defining the relationships we
have nowadays. For example, when asked if I am single, I can
say yes, I am single because I am not married, but I am
seeing someone, so perhaps I am not single. What is the
definition of that relationship? I can't even tell you. It
might be seen as a friendship, a friendship with benefits,
can I say we're dating even though we rarely go on dates? Is
it heading towards marriage or even living together? No. Is
it exclusive? Yes and no. It's open-ended. Is it committed?
Yes and no. A friend of mine told me the other day, tongue
in cheek, that she is in a one-sided open relationship.
Saturn demands definitions, structures, and commitments. But
for many of us, as soon as something is defined, structured,
or committed, we might feel caged, trapped, or limited.
During Saturn's transit through Libra we may be called upon
to define our goals in partnership. For some of us, we might
feel pressure to commit to someone or to a relationship
lifestyle, but we must first figure out what it is that we
truly want before making any commitments. This is a time for
making clear relationship choices and decisions, for weeding
out what isn't working for us, for letting go of lost
causes, and for defining our relationships by defining what
it is we want or expect from them. We need to know where we
stand, whether we're coupled or not.
The more negative expressions of Libra are things that won't
work for us now. These become glaring under Saturn's stern
eye. Resorting to appeasement as a means of keeping the
peace is one such negative expression. Too often,
partnerships turn into "me against you". The goal in
partnership should be to work as a team rather than as
We're likely to deal with issues of blame while Saturn
transits Libra. If we are blaming an existing partner for
our unhappiness in relationship, we're going to learn that
we have to take back or re-own responsibility for our own
happiness. If problem solving is weak in our relationships,
we're going to be learning how to solve problems more
effectively now. Some of us will be dealing with the fear of
being alone, and how that fear might be undermining our
relationships or our pursuit of relationships. Saturn
reminds us to do our share in a relationship, but also to
take personal responsibility for our actions, as well as for
our own happiness in partnership. We will be learning about
our boundaries and asking for our partners to take
responsibility for their part.
Saturn's exalted position in Libra suggests perhaps easier
lessons, or lessons that are more digestible, than they were
while Saturn was in its "detriment" in Cancer and Leo, for
example, and even while Saturn has been in Virgo.
Saturn will occupy the sign of Libra from October 29, 2009
to April 7, 2010; and then from July 21, 2010 to October 5,
2012. Saturn retrogrades at 4-5 degrees Libra mid-January
2010, re-entering Virgo on April 7, 2010. Saturn then turns
direct near the end of May, 2010, and returns to Libra on
July 21, 2010.
See also Saturn
Transits to Natal Planets,
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References & suggested further
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