When Saturn transits the Fifth House the need for security and achievement influences your creativity and self-expression. This transit continues the process of developing self-awareness and encourages you to take responsibility for yourself as a creative person. It can manifest in various ways but will work itself out through the areas of love, romance, and creativity in the form of children or intellectual and artistic work.
The 5th house is where you take the gifts that come via your family and roots in the past, and transform them into something that expresses your uniqueness. When Saturn enters this house it throws you back on yourself and forces you to develop your own sources of love and creativity rather than depending on others to pep you up. It demands that you discipline yourself to work at creating a life that reflects the real you.
You may feel more serious about yourself in general, and your energy and vitality may be reduced. It can be hard to feel spontaneous now, and you may feel unloved and unappreciated during this transit. If this happens it’s because you’re becoming aware of fears and blockages that are interfering with your creativity and self-expression from the unconscious. Saturn brings them to the surface so you can see them and do something about them. It forces you to think more deeply about what you’re trying to create or would like to create.
Love may feel blocked too, or you may begin to take it more seriously. Now is the time to confront the fears and bad habits that make you feel frustrated, unloved, or unlovable, and cause problems in your relationships. It’s an opportunity to grow in depth and change how you express yourself so you can make a real impression on others rather than just bouncing along on the surface of life.
The quality of your relationships may change and deepen, and you might feel more attracted to Saturnian types: older, cautious and predictable. This means you’re looking for emotional stability, but you really need to find it within yourself. The Saturnian person will be able to teach you how to come home to yourself and be present in your body, but you may also feel too restricted by them. Any relationship that doesn’t reflect the real you will start to feel restrictive and deadening; if so, it may be time to move on.
You may feel insecure and unloved during this transit, and become too demanding, looking for attention and reassurance from others. But this will drive people away and you’ll end up feeling rejected on top of feeling insecure. Try to see this as an opportunity to discover your real needs in love because Saturn can help you to express your affection and loyalty in ways that are realistic and long-lasting. Real love won’t come without responsibility and effort on your part.
This transit can also mean spending more time with your children, if you have any, attending to them and learning to meet their real needs. You feel more protective of others and are willing to work hard to create a supportive environment for the people you love. But you’re unlikely to have much fun now.
Saturn in this house can make it more difficult to find the time for hobbies or other recreational activities, perhaps due to overwork or other responsibilities. Even if you take time off for a holiday you might struggle to relax because your mind is focused on more serious things. It’s also possible that a hobby or creative endeavour could become more important now, perhaps a source of income that you could turn into a business.
Possibilities with Saturn transiting the 5th:
- Ending a restrictive relationship
- Marriage or renewal of commitment
- Giving birth or having a child
- Working hard on creative projects
Watch out for:
- Using others to escape loneliness
- Losses through gambling
- Problems with children
- Work, work, work…
If you do want to create something now, Saturn will give you the discipline you need to do the necessary work. If you find yourself in a situation that seems to be holding you back, it may reflect your own self-doubt and fear, so this transit encourages you to take responsibility for facing those blockages. Perhaps you’re taking yourself too seriously or doubting your abilities. But if you’re willing to try, you may be surprised by what you can accomplish at this time. You can build more self-confidence by simply doing the work and getting yourself out of the way.
You may also change how you do your creative work or commit to a regular schedule of consistent effort that helps you to realise your creative ambitions. Saturn encourages you to take responsibility for expressing your creative juices and to understand that it’s no good waiting for inspiration to strike – you have to work at your craft regardless of how you feel, because that’s how it gets done. Real creativity takes discipline and hard work, and Saturn in this house can help you to finally give form to your ideas.
(You may also find this book helpful: Free Your Pen: Mind Training for Writers)
- Planets in Transit – Robert Hand
- Saturn in Transit – Erin Sullivan
- Astrology, Karma, & Transformation – Stephen Arroyo