Some of the highest callings of the Venus-Saturn connection in the natal chart are to have a practical love ethic – to create clear bonds and agreements with others, and to live in accordance to one’s values. Success for the Venus-Saturn person may look like manifesting into form what they value and find beautiful – whether that is through thriving connections with others or a career/lifestyle they deeply value. Some of the biggest challenges for the Venus-Saturn individual are cynicism regarding relationship, and heavily guarding the heart at a detriment. As with all planetary alignments, we can live into our placements in life-enhancing ways – discovering how to relate with ourselves and how to actualize our potentials. If you’ve found this article to learn more about yourself, I hope that the meditations below can assist you along your path.
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Venus and Saturn in aspect
Venus in the 10th house
Saturn in the 7th house
Venus in Capricorn
Saturn in Libra
Themes in this article can also be pertinent to Venus-Saturn synastry (as a relationship dynamic), or Saturn transits to natal Venus (as a quality of experience during the transit).
For the purpose of this article about Venus and Saturn as it pertains to relationships, I’m working with the Libra-side of Venus and not as much the Taurus-side of Venus (Venus rules both Taurus and Libra), so I did not include Saturn in Taurus or Saturn in the 2nd house in the list above.
Venus is of course, a planet of love, beauty, aesthetic, and relationship. Saturn is a planet of boundary, structure, authority, discipline, restriction, control, and maturity. When Venus and Saturn come together in the natal chart, it comes with accompanying archetypal trials and gifts that we’ll explore together in this article.
For an individual who is consciously aware that they have a Venus-Saturn connection in their natal chart, they can work through and transform some of the difficulties of this placement and activate some of the gifts and opportunities. That’s the gift of practicing astrology! So please consider the following points in the spirit of being a person with free will and agency. We are not born into charts that we are not equipped to live into.
Before we begin… please be discerning about how the information in this article applies to you or not. These are not laws or facts set in stone, but rather interpretations. And it’s not personalized to you but rather this article is about general trends. So if something in here resonates and empowers you great! Don’t let any of this information disempower you or disconnect you from your own truth.
What are some purposes of Venus and Saturn coming together?
Maturing through relationships or maturing one’s relationships
Forming solid bonds with other people
Getting serious about one’s values; actually committing to these values
Manifesting into physical form art, relationship, livelihood
Discovering and living by a code of ethics one places value in
Working with traditional values
Having relationships that are strong enough to endure challenges and difficulties – the opposite of fair-weathered relationships
Relationships that grow stronger with time and experience
Clear contracts: clarity about the agreements we have between ourselves and others
You may notice some of the below traits will contradict each other. That is because the way we express astrological archetypes is infinite and multivalent. Though, the resonance will feel similar. It is up to us to choose how we want to enact our planetary placements. For example, a person who is quick to sever connections with other people when a challenge arises may be the same person who is called, at a deeper level, to learn how to work through conflict in relationship and build lasting bonds. It depends on where we are at in our evolution and what values (Venus) we are working on (Saturn).
Here are some of the challenges that individuals with a Venus-Saturn connection might face (at varying degrees of challenge):
Venus-Saturn people can be very slow to open up to others. Saturn is associated with the passage of time and the wisdom/experience that is gained over time. Venus-Saturn people often like to build relationships slowly, and it may take years to go from acquaintance/colleague to friend/romantic interest. There is actually nothing wrong with this, but it may be important for an individual with this disposition to accept that this is the way that they are (perhaps of course, with exception when there is that spark that catalyzes a quicker development of relationship), and not try to force themselves to open up sooner.
If a Venus-Saturn person has experienced disappointment in the past, (and they probably are processing disappointments from prior lives as well – the soul doesn’t necessarily discriminate what baggage comes from what lifetime) they may by default build a lot of guard and barrier around their heart. This is meant to be a protection, and it can do that job – but sometimes too well. When the heart is heavily guarded and we don’t know how to de-armor or we don’t even realize how guarded we are, it’s harder to connect with others and isolation can ensue. Venus-Saturn people may have to actively relate with their baggage by seeing healers, going to therapy, taking part in a grief circle, invest time and energy in things that are fun, etc. so that they can facilitate, rather than stunt, their heart-healing process.
Venus-Saturn people at certain points in their development may be rather severe about cutting or severing relationships, especially if the relationship is in an early phase and the attachment doesn’t run too deep. Think Marie Kondo – “if it doesn’t spark joy, throw it out.” Sometimes, this may be a responsible choice. Other times, it is the Venus-Saturn person guarding themselves from being hurt, because they are already expecting that they will be. A Venus-Saturn person may want to be introspective about whether their heart is open or closed when they make decisions.
In a Venus-Saturn person’s development, they may have lessons to learn about control within relationship that is inevitably learned through experience. The Venus-Saturn person might be attracted to a controlling partner (which feels safe) or may feel the need to control another in order to feel safe in the relationship.
The Venus-Saturn person may need to be careful to not let cynicism about relationship get the best of them. They need models or examples of healthy relationships, and if these models are not readily available, such individuals may need to branch out and find ways to tune into tangible evidence that people are loving and that relationships are indeed, rewarding.
Here are some of the gifts and opportunities that come with being a Venus-Saturn person:
Venus-Saturn people have a place in their heart for what is REAL. Instead of wanting the honeymoon period to last forever, or wanting life and love to be like a fantasy, Venus-Saturn people can actually love other people in their wholeness that includes their faults and shortcomings, especially when they have already extended that kind of self-compassion to themselves.
Venus-Saturn people may possess an ability to watch other people reveal themselves, especially if they are neutrally observant without being judgmental or cynical. This means not making up stories for other people (“Oh, they said _____ but I bet they really meant (insert wishful fantasy here”), but taking people by their word and their actions.
In whatever creative way the Venus-Saturn person does want their life to take shape, they will have the wherewithal to come up with a viable plan. This could be an artist who manages to go pro, or someone who loves to travel building that into the structure of their life by getting/building a van and getting themselves into a career that allows mobility. The Venus-Saturn person is able to strategically manifest their values into form.
The Venus-Saturn person is highly capable of discovering how to facilitate growth and longevity in relationships. Whether through the counsel of wisened others, or through the school of experience, Venus-Saturn people can be full of practical wisdom on relationships.
The more clear, self-aware, and grown into oneself that a Venus-Saturn person is, the easier it will be for them to be very clear and upfront with others about their boundaries and expectations, as well as to honor the boundaries and expectations of others. They may form relationships with others where the “contracts” are very clear. By contract, we are talking about the purpose and structure of the relationship – both at the ego and the karmic/soul levels. When a Venus-Saturn person connects with people who are deeply resonant with the same or complimentary values, a shared sense of sturdiness, security and reliability can be present in the relationship.
The Venus-Saturn person may have high standards, which relate to a path of excellence. As a person deepens their character on this path of excellence, they will learn how to not be disempowered by their high standards (as in, always disappointed with themselves or others) but rather for their life to be enhanced by their impeccable taste and their willingness to commit to it.
The Venus-Saturn person may learn that the energy they put into cultivating relationships (which are enhancing and reciprocal) creates more happiness for everyone involved. This person may truly cultivate their interpersonal skills, their ability to be in community, and therefore be surrounded by people they are truly grateful to have in their life.
Do you have this placement? Share in the comments how you’ve experienced it and what supports your heart.
Sabrina Monarch is a soul-centered Evolutionary Astrologer who publishes weekly astrological forecasts, works with clients and teaches. She has been collecting astrological experience for over a decade. She is a novelist and is currently pursuing her masters in Philosophy. She also enjoys kundalini yoga, meditation and ashtanga yoga.