Sun Square Saturn Natal and Transit

Sun square Saturn TransitSun square Saturn in the natal chart is probably the most challenging of the Sun Saturn natal aspects as both Saturn and the square aspect represent tests and challenges that have to be overcome in order to get ahead in life. This aspect may cause difficulties early in life with self-esteem as a result of criticism from people, especially authority figures like the father.

This can lead to these people being hard on themselves but the benefit here is that they strive with determination and perseverance to overcome any setbacks and become masters of self-discipline, achievement and responsibility.

Sun Square Saturn Celebrities

Astrologer Zane Stein (0°16′) faced some personal trials which led him to raise his children as a single parent. With all this extra responsibility, he has still managed to become a highly respected astrologer with many lasting achievements to his name as a pioneer in Chiron and asteroid studies.

Jason Alexander (0°38′) had many hardships as a youngster, he said he “was always scared as a kid of getting picked on or humiliated or actually beaten up by bigger kids.” He turned this around by using comedy as a defense mechanism which led to his great recognition.

Oprah Winfrey (0°03′) certainly started life with many difficult challenges, she was an illegitimate child and practically abandoned, raped and abused which of course has led to lifelong insecurities.

Salvador Dali (0°27′) had terrible Saturn responsibilities placed on him by his parents. He was named after his older brother who died as a baby, and his parents forced him to wear his clothes as a reminder that he would never replaced his dead brother.

Others include Antonio Salieri 0°05′, Robert Graves 0°07′, Azaria Chamberlain 0°11′, John Derek 0°21′, Jane Fonda 0°27′,George Harrison 0°27′, Josephine Ford 0°35′, Leon Blum 1°02′,  Helmut Kohl 1°09′, Carole King 1°09, Divine 1°10′, Evelyn Waugh 1°17′, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor 1°20′, Iggy Pop 1°31′, Alexander Fleming 1°35′, Hugo Chavez 1°42′, Benny Hill 1°56′, Charles Manson 1°56′, James Madison 2°02′, Jimmy Hoffa 2°10′.

Sun Square Saturn Transit

Transiting Sun square Saturn presents tests and challenges which can lead to pessimism and even depression. Your ego may suffer because it is so difficult to get your own way and achieve your goals. You may feel restricted or weighed down by certain duties and responsibilities. This is a test of you character, and you must strive to meet your responsibilities now or they will catch up with you in a bigger way down the track.

You should not expect to feel light heated or in a happy mood because this a time of coming under pressure through time limits or other important duties at home, school or work. Your need must be placed in the background in order to achieve the given task.

It is likely that you will come under pressure from whoever need the job done, which could be the boss, your father or some other kind of authority figure. Along the way they will not make it easy for you with criticism, rejection or even abuse.

You need to show patience, determination and a strong work ethic now. The problem is that with such a heavy feeling of responsibility and restriction, you will want to buck the system and avoid your responsibilities. As mentioned above, avoiding responsibility at the moment will lead to serious complications at a later stage. Even though you may try to ignore the consequences, your subconscious or inner voice will remember and give you a very unsettled and worried feeling. The longer you procrastinate, the worse the problem will become.

You may justifiably feel that you are being hard done by now, and you may experience rejection, isolation, sadness, discouragement and bad luck. The sooner you get down to the hard work and get it dine, the sooner you self-confidence will return. Though you probably won’t receive much in the way of praise or recognition, you will have overcome a major stumbling block and gain satisfaction. You will then be better placed the next time you face such an obstacle.

This interpretation for Sun square Saturn transit can also be read for a Solar Eclipse and New Moon square Saturn.

Sun Square Saturn Dates

March 2016
1 September 2016
17 March 2017
13 September 2017
29 March 2018
25 September 2018
10 April 2019
7 October 2019
21 April 2020
18 October 2020
3 May 2021
30 October 2021
15 May 2022
11 November 2022
28 May 2022
23 November 2022

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36 thoughts on “Sun Square Saturn Natal and Transit

  1. I can definitely relate to everything that’s been said above. My parents divorced when I was 2 (Afflicted luminaries, only stressful aspects). My father left my mother alone and she had to move to her parents who lived in the country. Then she left me with them and had to leave for a town a few miles away to work as an accountant at a plant (Heavily afflicted Moon in Aquarius). She cares about me and loves me but we have extremely tense and difficult relationships (exact Moon square Pluto). When I went to school I didn’t make any friends if any. Constantly bullied, living in fear (Mars in 12th) and having to walk home alone because no one of my classmates lived that far (at the end of the village). My father visited me once a year or so but as time went by we were becoming more and more distant (Sun square Saturn and Uranus). I haven’t ever felt comfortable around people and I’ve always been an outcast in every group I’ve been a part of (Saturn in 11th). I am constantly torn apart by a strong ambition for achievement (the square to Saturn, Mars in Capricorn) and a tendency to escape into a dream world (Sun in Pisces, Neptune in 12th). I have a good Jupiter too (2nd house, no afflictions) but Saturn has definitely made itself felt, especially in early life. I’m still struggling with Saturn issues of loneliness and my love life is a complete disaster if there’s any at all but I slowly learn to trust my destiny and believe that in the end things will turn out OK. When dealing with Saturn the phrase “Never give up” is the best possible piece of advice. Never give up, guys. Trust your destiny and believe in yourself, you all have great strength.
    Best wishes

  2. I have Saturn in Cancer in my 10th squaring a 1st house stellium in Libra (ASC, Sun & Pluto.) It’s also the apex of a yod conjunct my MC and South node with Jup & Neptune being the legs. When I was younger there was a lot of insecurity and frustration particularly within family home and issues. I definitely feel I have been forced to be very self-reliant but…I know no other way.
    I did not have a bad time with my Father – I was actually known to be his favorite when young. We have a warm (if slightly nebulous) relationship although he was gone a ton – working constantly & not tuned in to day-to-day) but he himself had no father so I had no grandfather on either side of family. I’ve actually only had one grandmother – the other died when I was 3 so in a sense, don’t know if that also falls under Saturn but I’ve not had many living “ancestors.” Many folks on both sides of family were gone by the time I was born.

    Speaking of Deb’s reference to “Spiritual Genetics…” my chart resembles my fathers in many ways. We both are Virgo ASCs w/ Sun conj ASC (both have Sun & Mercury in our 1st houses, Mars in 8th with and Saturn conj MC and I am also in business in the same real estate industry (although I NEVER intended to end up there – I was very involved in the arts early on.) So, I have taken after my father and taken on those aspects within myself (sort of parenting myself – I moved out at 13.)

    One of the most helpful things for me has been to dive into Saturn and start my own business and take on responsibilities and ironically, life loosened up quite a bit once I did. I have just passed a fairly brutal stretch of it transiting my 1st house and all 4 planets there. It’s now applying towards my Moon (& soon Venus) in the 2nd and opposing my Mars. Oof. Not the most dynamic or exciting situation, I feel muted and dulled (and dead broke to boot!) but I do think this grounding and what I am building now will likely serve me well for the rest of my life.
    I’ve had tons of relationships but never married and am finally ready. Fingers crossed! Let’s hope life begins at 40! I agree that Saturn folks age well. I look better now than I did through a large part of my 20s. That would be one aspect I wouldn’t mind sticking around. lol.

  3. I’m a natal Sun square Saturn and it HAS been tough from the word go. Numerous set backs from early childhood and very low self esteem.
    I’ve suffered with extreme anxiety, depression and paranoia and have been close to being a complete shut in.
    That being said, my moon is in my 12th house.

    It’s nice to find out that George Harrison had the same aspect 🙂

  4. I was born on january 26th 1979.

    Yesterday a was diagnosed with bone tumor in my iliac bone, I need to hve biopsy, but I know that it will be cancer.

    As i can see, I am going to have personal hell in the next 4 months. I am so scared.
    Saturn is squreing my natal sun, mars, jupiter and asc.

    Will I going to survive this?

  5. I’m sending wishes for Lu to have a perfect and speedy recovery to her medical problem.

    I’ve got 9 house Saturn square my 12house Sun. I relate to what others ave written here. I am ambitious and self-questioning.
    Saturn maybe also influences the social appearance of competence. I look as though I know what I’m doing. Maybe bc Saturn is so demanding, I actually do know what I’m doing by the time I do something. All the self-doubt, checking my work, going slow, ensure this. I often am surprised to hear how much other people believe in my abilities. Most often other people have greater confidence in me than I do.

  6. This aspect is one of the hardest in astrology because it is about appreciating yourself fully, and concentrating on your best strengths (Saturn) as your solar purpose (Sun).

  7. I have this aspect. Saturn afflicted, in Aries, in the 7th house and with nasty Lillith!. (Saturn also squares mars and mercury, midheaven I think). It has been like this. Childhood – School difficult due to poor health and crippling shyness. Father not interested, mum the boss and critical. Teens – Multiple rejections from relationships, poor self image and extreme social discomfort. Adulthood – more rejections from relationships due to limitations imposed by chronic health condition affecting intimacy, forever single. Work/education – 3 degree’s later and I’ve never really got there but I am respected in the job. How do I feel about life.. Ok actually, because you get stronger. Some say formidably so. It gets better when you become your own best friend. Play to your strengths! Hope this helps.

  8. wow, lots of negatives about saturn square the sun, good thing i never new growing up about my square, – I had tons of self esteem, was a great athlete, good friends, did well in school. of course my early teen years were sometimes difficult, and life had many ups and downs. ( i am 61 yrs now) Show me a person who doesnt have adversities and i will point out the billions past and present who did, do now.
    The best way out is a good job, and delay instant gratifications. Every time you can feel sorry for yourself, find someone who needs help and go for it. keep busy.

    • We are not all of the same blueprint. The level of childhood challenges will depend on where the Sun and Saturn are placed in the natal chart and where the ruling planets of the house placement of the Sun and Saturn are. (1) Check where the Sun and Saturn are in your natal chart. (2) locate the ruling planet of the sign of the house. Example Sun in 3rd house/Saturn in 1st house – 3rd house Aquarius with ruling planet Uranus in 8th house and 1st house Sagittarius with ruling planet Jupiter in 10th house.

  9. I think a lot has to do with the signs and houses that Saturn and the Sun occupy as to the severity or difficulties presented by that aspect. Although Oprah Winfrey has Saturn square Sun, her Saturn is in the 10th House, which is an excellent placement for high career achievement. Napoleon also had Saturn in the 10th. And her Sun is in the 2nd House, a good placement if some self-discipline is exercised regarding money. On the other hand, I have Saturn square Sun and my Sun is debilitated in the 6th House of work and health, and Saturn is not particularly well placed in the 3rd House of education, and I have had decades of chronic health problems, unfinished education, and near-constant setbacks, delays, insufficiencies, and obstacles regarding money, career, and life goals. It is said that this Saturn square blocks the Solar radiations requiring the native to work twice as hard as others in similar situations. I do not agree with the “New Age” or New Psychology” interpretation that most of the problems of Saturn square Sun come from lack of self-confidence or some problem of internal consciousness. Instead, I would say these obstacles arise from past life karma and have relatively little to do with my current state of mind. The obstacles are external situations that continually arise and present themselves to me, but it is up to me as to how to respond to them. And at age 60, I have responded to my life challenges by adopting a spartan, focused lifestyle which conserves energy for achieving the few things which are most important to me, and have sacrificed the rest until my next lifetime.

  10. This is a kinda karmical aspect, I had this transit 2 months ago( Sat Sag sq sun in Pis). Since my Sun conj Mars(1 deg), Saturn also squared Mars.
    I have Pluto squares both Sun and Mars. i had a history of misusing Pluto’s power ( manipulation, hatred etc.) to fullfill Mars and Sun. When Saturn conj my natal Pluto in Sag ( thus squaring Sun + Mars ), it felt like every single time i misused Pluto reflected back to me. When it ended, i finally learned the lesson and it’s nice since i gained insight into Pluto and how to handle it too. Saturn’s harsh, true, but worth the lesson.

  11. Thanks all of you for sharing your stories. I have Saturn (in my fourth house of Scorpio) square my Sun in Aquarius. I now live with my grandmother, a Scorpio herself. With her, I’ve had much unspoken, underlying conflict with my grandmother (Saturn in Scorpio is also square the Moon in Leo) as I suspect she loves neither I nor my mother much, as opposed to my aunt, uncle, and their children (which are my younger cousins and my mother’s younger sister and brother) which lent an element of favoritism. She along with I and my siblings were all thrown out of her house at the age of 12. Since then, she and my mother went years without speaking. I don’t believe that incident has gone easily by in my psyche, even though I am living in her house currently and she has told me many times that she loves me. They are back in communication now (which I suspect has much to do with my current living situation there) and that she uses energetic manipulation to discover my intentions while I am in my room (I can feel this stuff). Interestingly enough, I’ve had many issues with my mother during the Scorpio Saturn return (many issues, lol *whew) internally and without, but I feel it with my grandmother since I moved in last year and this year. Thanks for sharing.

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