The planet of restriction, limitation, and responsibility in astrology is Saturn, and this planet is disciplined, practical energy. This energy is brought to your relationships when it's impacting your relationship areas.
How Natal Saturn Impacts Your Relationships
For some, Saturn can have a strong influence on your relationships via your natal chart. This can be the case if you have:
- Saturn in the 5th house (ruling love) or 7th house (ruling relationships)
- Capricorn 5th house or 7th house/Descendant (so Saturn rules the 5th or 7th house) or 5th or 7th house ruler
- Saturn conjunct (aligned with) natal Venus (planetary ruler of relationships) or the 5th or 7th house ruler
- Saturn conjunct the 1st house cusp/Ascendant (the 1st house cusp/Ascendant is on an axis with the 7th house cusp/Descendant so Saturn would be directly opposing)
When natal Saturn has a strong influence on your relationships in your natal chart, you can be someone who experiences major Saturn energy in your relationships. With the 5th house, you may be very serious when it comes to love and romance, and not someone who falls in love easily or frequently. Since Saturn is the late bloomer planet, you may not fall in love at all when you're young, and real love isn't something you learn until later in life.
You may not be a fan of dating, especially modern dating, and hate things like internet dating. You'd rather meet someone in a more traditional way, so you're likely someone who doesn't date a lot, especially when young.
When you do love, you're exceptionally committed, and you're someone who is in it for the long haul. Once you love someone, you're super committed to them. It just takes a while for you to get there!
You may not be super outwardly affectionate though, and can show affection and romance in more practical ways. When you are romantic, you may opt for traditional displays, and not care for anything too out there.
The danger is that love may become boring and stale at times, so you do need to be mindful of keeping it fresh (especially if you have a lot of air or fire in your chart).
When natal Saturn is influencing the 7th house, you can take all of your relationships very seriously, and you can be very committed to your romantic partners, business partners, and anyone you feel responsible for or with, which may be most of your close connections.
That may be an issue for you in relationships, and you may be someone who gets a lot of responsibilities heaped onto you with others. You may need to work on saying no and having better boundaries when it comes to responsibilities, and this can improve with age.
Commitment may not be something you're super comfortable with when young, though you may not be some wild dater bachelor/ette either and instead just forgo relationships and dating altogether. You can find commitment later in life, and once you do commit, you're fully committed, loyal, and want to take care of them.
How Transit Saturn Impacts Your Relationships
Transit (moving) Saturn can also bring strong Saturn energy to your relationships, but this is temporary (whereas with natalSaturn, it's your entire life). With transit Saturn, it's only going to be for the period of time the transit is in effect, which is 2-3 years for transit Saturn in a natal house and several months for Saturn aspects.
Transit Saturn can influence your relationships when it's:
- in your natal 5th or 7th house
- aspecting your natal 5th or 7th house cusp/Descendant, natal 5th or 7th house ruler, or natal Venus
Transit Saturn touring your natal 5th house can zero in on love, and you have to take stock on your love relationships. You can become much more committed to healthy love relationships that benefit you and others involved, and this can be a great time for stabilizing healthy love connections and making them more secure.
Unhealthy love connections that are rocky, well they don't get that energy! They may feel like they're on the edge, and you can opt to walk away, or try to work on improving the connection. If you can get to the heart of the it and strengthen the foundation, you can create a strong connection, but you may need to be honest with yourself about whether or not you're delaying the inevitable decline.
Transit Saturn touring your natal 7th house can focus on all of your relationships, and like with the 5th house, you can become more committed to the healthy connections you have. They can grow stronger, and this is actually a fairly common transit for taking the next step in relationships (engagement, marriage, home buying, children, etc.). But with connections that aren't healthy, the cracks in the foundation can deepen, and extra work has to be put in to fix them, otherwise they may crumble completely. It's also fairly common for people to exit your life during this transit, which may seem disturbing at the time, but eventually turns out to be for the best in the long run.
When it comes to transit Saturn aspects, beneficial aspects (sextiles and trines) can help you commit, bring stability to connections, and be more responsible in love.
Challenging aspects (conjunctions, squares, and oppositions) can bring extra restriction, responsibilities, and you feel any relationships that aren't super solid and strong can get pushed to the edge. Any that are already close can get pushed over, and this can be deeply unsettling, though you may try to put on a brave face. You need to work on improving the connections that you can, and be okay with letting go of the ones you can't.
Will Saturn in Pisces Impact My Relationships?
Saturn just entered Pisces on March 7th 2023 (until 2026), so a whole new set of people can get affected by this transit when it comes to your relationships. This can include you if you have:
- natal 5th or 7th house/Descendant in Pisces (Saturn will transit)
- natal 5th or 7th house ruler or natal Venus in Pisces (Saturn will conjunct)
- natal 5th or 7th house cusp/Descendant, natal 5th or 7th house ruler or natal Venus in Gemini, Virgo, or Sagittarius (Saturn will square or oppose)
These are the challenging positions for Saturn in Pisces, and this can bring restrictions and limitations in your relationships, and any existing issues can get a big spotlight on them, though this may not be obvious as it sometimes just makes existing problems feel so much worse to get your attention. You need to make sure you're in relationships for the right reasons, with the right people, and that they're healthy for both of you, and make changes to make that the case, otherwise relationships can break apart.
If any of these positions are instead in Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, or Capricorn, Saturn in Pisces will make beneficial aspects, and you can be more comfortable with commitment, more dedicated to those you care about, more responsible in love, and more practical about connections.
Suggested Reading: How to Survive Transit Saturn in the Houses