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Saturn in 1st House

Saturn in first house 3D astrology model

Your first house symbolizes early childhood conditioning, and describes self-awareness and the experiences most necessary for its development. The first house is the mask you wear in relating to and projecting yourself into the world. It rules physical appearance, body type, conscious self-image, and how others see and experience you. It’s the window through which you view the world, and through which others receive their first impressions of you.

Whereas your first house is the window through which you view the world and through which others receive their first impressions of you, the sign on the cusp of your first house (your Rising sign) is the particular tint on the glass of that window, coloring and modifying all energy that passes into and out of your being. In fact, all of your personality functions (planetary energies) must eventually emerge through and be colored by your first house cusp if they are to emerge at all. Planets in the first house are parts of your self-expression. The more planets here (except Saturn and Neptune), the more you are involved with putting out your own energy rather than experiencing that of others, hence the greater your subjectivity. Thus the sign on your first house cusp conditions the way you look and how you express yourself.

Any planet in the angular first house is strongly emphasized, but when that planet is Saturn that emphasis comes with a strong set of karmic brakes. The closer Saturn is to your ascendant, the less you as a soul wanted to come in and the harder your birth was for your mother. (For this reason, very close conjunctions of Saturn to the ascendant often result in Caesarian births.) Bob Dylan's "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." could be your song. You were born old, and had a difficult life and many responsibilities as a youngster. You will be given opportunities to experience your youth as you grow older, however, and to overcome feelings of not having been loved. And as you mature into yourself and your life you will be able to give yourself some of the freedom and parenting you lacked as a child.

Capable of hard work, you need to build up your confidence and sense of self-worth. Be aware of selfishness if Saturn is also in Aries, Taurus, Cancer or Leo, and/or has hard aspects to personal planets. You've probably been shy and introverted, and are conservative when it comes to your personal appearance and communication with others. You are impartial and don't play favorites or get overly personal.

If Saturn is within 10° of the ascendant it is conjunct the ascendant, and much of the foregoing is even more strongly emphasized. If Saturn is in the twelfth house AND within 4° or 5° of the ascendant, then it is said to be on the "dark side" of the first house, and it influence will be felt in the first as well as in the twelfth house. The closer a twelfth house Saturn is to the ascendant, the more it will be interpreted as though it were in the first house; when less than 3° from the ascendant, a twelfth house Saturn expresses itself primarily—and eventually entirely—in the first house.

Astronomically speaking, your first house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky just below the eastern horizon occupied by planets two hours before they rise.

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