The Houses Impacted by Saturn
by Sandeep Giri Goswami
[This article is based upon using Whole Sign Houses and the Sidereal Zodiac with the Lahiri Ayanamsha.]
Part One: The Aspects of SaturnIt is universally understood that each planet has a profound influence upon the themes of the house it occupies. Those practicing ancient astrological methods (Hellenistic or Vedic) also know that every planet aspects the opposite house, whether that house is occupied or not, and influences it just as strongly. (These ancient approaches also apply the principle that planets which aspect a house also aspect every planet in it, regardless of orb.)
Vedic astrologers recognize that three planets, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, each have two additional "special aspects", that carry the full weight of the planet's influence.
Saturn's special aspects are on the third and tenth house from it (counting inclusively). In modern astrological terms, the forward sextile and the backwards square. In other words, Saturn's forward sextile and backwards square are as potent as Saturn occupying (or opposite to) a house, and much stronger than all of Saturn's other aspects.
[I.e. These two aspects carry so much more weight than the forward square and backwards sextile do that Vedic astrologers don't even use the latter two aspects in their work.]
The above charts depict, in Western and Vedic formats, the houses that Saturn influences.
A poignant illustration of the power of Saturn's forward sextile can be seen in the following biwheel:
Part Two: Saturn's House Placement
and the impact of it's aspects
|House Occupied||Opposite House||Forward Sextile||Backward Square|
The combined influence on the 1st and 8th suggests that one should be careful to maintain their health through good diet and exercise, to avoid developing chronic ailments.
Since the 9th and 12th houses represent long-distance travel and foreign residence respectively, Saturn can indicate difficulties during travel, and while visiting or living in other countries. One must allow enough time for journeys, be careful with foreign transactions, and watch ones health, diet, etc. when on the road.
Both houses also represent spirituality (the 9th house themes include gurus, grace, Divine intervention, and pilgrimages, and the 12th house themes include ashrams, meditation, inner journeys, and enlightenment experiences), and therefore the pursuit of higher endeavors must be done in a grounded fashion, with teachers chosen consciously, while at the same time not falling prey to disbelief and closing off to Spirit (especially if some life experiences with teachers and religion are negative).
Other Factors to Consider
1. The effects of the houses Saturn rules. (I strongly recommend using Whole Sign Houses and the Lahiri Sidereal Zodiac for evaluating this).
2. Saturn's strengths and weaknesses (dignity, directional strength, retrogradation, vargottama, combustion, planetary war, etc. Again, I highly recommend evaluating strength or weakness by sign using the Sidereal Zodiac.)
3. The planets aspecting and with Saturn. (Including, of course, yogas.)
4. The transits, dasas, progressions, directions, etc. involving Saturn.
As such, it is our greatest teacher, and once we align with its principles, it blesses us incredibly.