Karma and Saturn in the twelve houses

In several books you will read that Saturn is good in the 3rd 6th and 11th houses. But you are a student of Jyotish so have to tally what you read with your study charts and your personal experience. Saturn is a separative force. He grants solitude, fear, dissociation, sorrow, insecurity, pain, loss and facelessness. Whenever he is placed he will bring the things to the forefront. This is the karmic script you have chosen for yourself to rebalance your outstanding karma. Saturn is always karmic duty, fear, restrictions, constrictions, budgeting yourself, making full use of what you have, etc. This post is regarding the position of your birth Saturn and how it affects you on the inner levels.

First of all you have to check out the following about your Saturn. The houses he controls, ie where is Capricorn and Aquarius in the chart. He a Yogkarak for Taurus and Libra ascendants. The house he is in and the houses/ other planets he aspects in the birth chart. Check out which planet is aspecting him. If he is combust, retrograde, exalted etc. His position in the Navamsha will give you his innermost potential and hidden results which will be more evident after you start your relationship with your loved one/ most significant partner. Analyse his power to give results using Shad-bala, Ashtakvarga etc as per your level of understanding. 


Saturn’s karmic work in the 1st house is rather typical. He has the lowest Dig-Bala in the ascendant sign. So you might be scared of expressing yourself, inhibited, learning new things is difficult, unfriendly, a lack of confidence, lack of common sense etc. This could result from a misuse of power in your past lives. So in this you are being taught this lesson of frustration and delay. You have to learn this balance in this life. Once you understand this, you will be able to systematically work for your goals in life and succeed. Avoid living in isolation as this will increase the negativity. Family problems almost always exist with this position but try to learn to resolve them. Learn to be humble, helpful but at the same time try to assert your opinion, express your will. Learn to recognise the good people around you, surround yourself by these well-wishers as you will be attracted more to bad company. Inauspicious Saturn in this critical house can give a lot of trouble as the entire personality and environment suffers under his constrictive influence. As in all Saturn related readings, the situation becomes more understandable after his maturity age of 36yrs (post here).Always remember, a lot depends on the sign. Eg one of my brothers has an exalted Yogkarak Saturn in the 1st house. He is extremely competent, well-adjusted, intelligent, hard working, spiritually inclined, materially well-off etc and most importantly willing to be happy in everything, he is pure. 

Saturn in the 2nd house will make you conscious about money. You might have faced restricted circumstances in your initial life. Naturally you will be be frugal, to save resources, to budget, save etc. And this can eventually make you greedy, acquisitive, selfish, miserly by nature, you will hoard everything. You feel that you lack wealth so chase after money and possessions. After mid-life, money etc should be comfortable. But generally life is dry, family distant, friends non-existent. Whatever may have been your past life experiences of poverty or deprivations, this time try to learn the lesson of Value. If you want to be happy you will have to learn to share. It is not about money, you have to learn to share happiness, say kind words to your family/ friends, offer respect, also sing aloud in the bathroom and go for walks in nature and try to elevate your soul. You have to learn to recognise what makes life beautiful. If you do this you will improve your sense of security and self-esteem. You will value yourself, self-validation is the most important asset. Money is necessary but these other things which make Life valuable are important.

Saturn in the 3rd house – the third house is the house of boldness, choices, brothers/sisters, extended family, neighbourhood, skills, trade, short distance travel, teammates etc. If you have Saturn in the 3rd from the ascendant or the Moon you will see these sort of results. When young, you might have not been able to express yourself adequately. Shyness, stammering, stage fright, etc are common. Learning new skills is difficult. You have to work gaining confidence in life, to learn to mingle with others, to boldly speak out on what you want, to stand equal with your siblings. Choose your friends very carefully here, you might attract more bad company than good. Always choose the ethical and moral option in life. There might be problems in hearing or speech. You prefer to not travel. This Saturn is an indication that you, in some life, have misused the powers of the 3rd house and now you will be made to work on it, understand it and then again be able to use it. The tip here is to work hard to systematically overcome at least one of the items indicated by the 3rd house. But Saturn always rewards hard work so once you do this you gain a lot of skills, fame, respect etc.


Saturn in the 4th house means that you are now required to perform more duties related to your home because you neglected or abandoned your family in a past life. So now you are restricted from emotional comfort, security, rest etc that a ‘home’ means, alienated. With time as you understand yourself better, you will come to terms with this and may develop sympathy, compassion and appreciate the value of a ‘home’. Initially in life, there will be some trouble at home, parents (esp mother) will be unavailable, cold, absent, divorced or dead. There is no emotional anchor in life and the mindset is complex. Can the Seas of the Mind be structured? You need emotional support but it is denied or you might be scared to open yourself to your loved ones. Getting genuine ‘protective shelter’ is difficult, this ‘protection’ is in the form of nurture, nutrition, spirituality, advice, etc. So later various types of problems will emerge. Most common is an intense sense of loneliness. You will have to take on the responsibility of your ancestral properties, lands etc which will be an unwelcome burden on your heart. You will have to take up some regular spiritual activity to overcome this typical placement. Also strictly follow morals and ethics in life so that Saturn remains satisfied with your behaviour.

Saturn in the 5th house makes one an introvert. Restrictions on self-love, personal genius, creativity, conscious link to the divine, expression of individuality, enthusiasm etc are all there, especially when younger. This is a karmic duty on you to rebalance some misuse of the powers of the 5th house by you in the past. You cannot actively use the auspicious benefits of your past lives so feel helpless internally. Now you are expected to learn these slowly, in a cautious and disciplined manner. Typically life is unhappy, education can be interrupted, job may be unsatisfactory and you may have to budget. You might fare better in technical work or work involving the hands. In this you have to learn to love yourself, realise that you are a precious individual and are important in your own way. Do not let your romantic partners dominate you. There will be problems in having children, so try to have a child as soon as possible after getting married and take care of it with love and discipline. Through this, gradually the real energy of the 5th house will be made accessible to you. 

Saturn in the 6th house, the maha-dusham-sthan. This means that primarily you have a fear of falling ill, getting into debt, creating enemies etc. You are scared of the turmoil represented by the 6th house keywords so take active precautions to avoid them. You generally take good care of your body, exercise, diet, take medicines in time etc so that you remain fit. You are aware of your financial status and will budget things thus avoid getting into debt. Generally you will be hard working and Saturn does not allow ego to interfere with work, so the chances of creating enemies is lowered. Generally labor intensive jobs are indicated with this position, which might be boring, repetitive or unsatisfying to your mind. Depending on the power of Saturn you might get good perks etc in your job, but the job in itself will be frustrating, restrictive and you will not be happy with it. If Saturn is auspicious then you will also have servants working for you, but you will be sympathetic towards them and treat them humanely. Here the tip is to recognise all work to be ultimately good, even if it is boring. Overall an auspicious Saturn here can give social recognition and success. But if he is inauspicious, then he will cause serious problems including loss of money, ill-health, immoral behaviour and eventual infamy.


Saturn in the 7th house is essentially a fear of having no significant partnership. You expect negative value in partnerships so are unhappy in business or marriage or spiritual practice. This mind-set makes you attract bad company. Again this is an indication of betrayal and hurt from partners in your past lives or maybe you betrayed them. You fear being alone yet cannot bring yourself to open up. So in relationships you are cold, unable to express your love or accept the love being offered. The relationship eventually becomes boring, dull, disappointing and a burden. You and your partner both fail to accommodate each other, might behave unethically, cruelly, selfishly, might get into financial trouble and finally behave in a mean minded way with each other. You want security in relationships but too much of a stability can get suffocating. You want no change in partnerships but it does not work like that. The partner evolves and so do you, relationships change with time, accept this. Also the 7th house is not just material stuff, it is the spiritual too. So if you can do some simple spiritual practice things will change for the better. Never take advantage of your partners, it will rebound on you badly.

Saturn in the 8th house (post here) is in my opinion the most difficult. He gives unpleasant results here in almost all signs, except Libra to some extent. Catastrophic events leading to self-transformation now restricted by Saturn. Irresistible force meeting an immovable object type of a scene. The auspicious benefits from your past lives are restricted. This difficult position will affect your spiritual practice also, as essentially, spiritual practice is merging with your innermost self, the deepest transformation possible. Choose your practice with due diligence (8th house is twelfth from the 9th) as you might get misguided. You will be made helpless, impotent, tossed about by your prarabdha karma. Even if you are offered genuine help, you will fail to recognise it, reject it and get into more trouble. Next, you fear intimacy. You fear the love you feel for your loved one. You feel vulnerable when your loved one tells you that he/she loves you. There will be very few genuine people like this in your life. This may be a result of an abusive family, broken family, feeling unloved, absence of love, broken heart, coldness, emotional trauma, sexual crime, abuse of the occult, etc in early childhood or past lives. Either you went through these issues or perpetrated them on others. Misuse or abuse of the power you had on others. The lesson is you have to learn to share your innermost feelings with your loved one. Intimacy is not just physical intimacy, it is also emotional. If you have someone in your life whom you love and who loves you in return, try to share yourself with him/her. Accept the help offered. Else Saturn will teach you this lesson thoroughly by making you emotionally cold, abusive, create intimacy issues, issues with inheritances etc to resolve your karma. You might face abandonment, isolation, frustration, sorrow. You owe a debt to your loved one, resolve it else you will be repeating this same painful lesson again and again. Also you have to learn more about your own psychology, your deepest feelings, motivations etc with this position. 

Saturn in the 9th house of luck and divine blessings will make you a non-believer, an atheist. You are repelled by higher learning, philosophy, belief, faith, outer trappings of organised religion etc at least when you are younger. It is possible that you were betrayed by your religious teacher, family or religious group in a past life. Or were made to suffer for your personal views on religion, faith etc. Some of these negative experiences will occur in this life too. There may be sorrow and suffering despite having all material things. But now Saturn will give you the opportunity to rectify things. These unhappy events make you think more about higher powers in life. Now you have to work on this belief aspect and come to a conclusion about your own truth and foundational philosophy. You are capable of studying systematically and might take up subjects like theology, law, where deep introspection, cross-referencing etc is necessary to arrive at a suitable conclusion. Only tip is to be true to yourself, shun hypocrisy and try to be as genuine as possible. Later in life you might become a teacher of these same subjects. You can try to learn more about different cultures, ideas, etc so that the qualities of tolerance, assimilation, acceptance are positively generated in you. All planets work well in the 9th house so this Saturn can grant you inner peace etc with time.


Saturn in the 10th house creates insecurity related to the profession, social status, salary etc. You fear failure but are ambitious, you feel that you are on a mission. The father is generally unloving or unavailable especially in the childhood thus there may be some psychological issues regarding expression of the self-ego.  You are not sure about expressing yourself, thus will encounter delays, frustrations etc in the career. You are expected to work hard and sincerely in these aspects of life. Do not use immoral or unethical means to get ahead in the profession else humiliation and public disgrace can happen for sure. However if you work with integrity you will be recognised. Saturn wants you to learn about power. Material successes will come slowly, some help may be received but there will also be setbacks. If you can think of some social cause you can participate in, this energy will be balanced. Meeting and interacting with people is helpful in this position. Try to be detached so that you can think clearly in profession. You will gain power in your profession/ society steadily and are expected to exercise it carefully. Be cautious, humble, yet stand up for yourself, eventually you will get the recognition you desire. 

Saturn in the 11th house will make you insecure about social circles. You hesitate before going to social events. It is possible that, in your past lives, you were thrown out from your society, outcaste types and thus now you are not sure about your community. You cannot make friends easily. If you have older siblings you cannot establish good relations with them. You feel emotionally insecure in society, thus prefer a more secluded life style. You have to work on your confidence and you do it. Around middle age you actively work on your social skills and confidently engage with others. You are generally hard-working and practically oriented. If this Saturn is in a good sign or auspicious you can even be a leader in your community and gain a lot. Maybe you and your friends can take up some common cause for the society you live in. One thing is that you will be made to work or take on added responsibilities because of your friend circle. You should be aware of this and not let the agents of the 11th house take advantage of you. Saturn’s way of working is through the social and material aspects of life. He will either deny them or make you work so hard because of them that they lose their charm. If the horoscope shows and evolved soul and the Saturn is auspicious then he can work as a highly spiritualising force in your life.

The 3rd 6th and 11th are all upchaya houses. So resolve the negative issues presented by them in time, before they magnify. If you resolve these in time, only then will their positives increase with time. Saturn in these houses will help you do this in a systematic manner. As always things will dramatically change after you cross 36yrs of age (Saturn’s maturity age)

Saturn in the 12th house gives an inherent fear of being imprisoned, confined, disabled, insane, helpless dependant etc. This is because you have experienced these things in your past lives and now will do anything to avoid the same pain. The early childhood can be typical (post here). Generally there is a sense of unease eg if you see an insane person roaming in the streets you strangely feel responsible. Or if someone in your family is in the hospital you feel restless. Or if someone is emotionally upset you feel guilty for no reason. You will often go out of your way to heal/ help them. The solution is to feel compassion, feel kindness but always remember that every soul makes his own choice and you are not responsible for his miserable situation. There is the higher law of Karma operating for all. Personal spiritual practice will work for you. You can learn energy healing modalities if you feel like it or take up come profession related to medicine or counselling. Help them but never feel guilty for things which happen to others. You are intuitively confident about your own ideas, thought processes and you have the perseverance to follow them up. The 12th house with an auspicious Saturn is very good for spiritual growth. However if he is inauspicious then it can get very troublesome as he restricts the positive influence of the 12th house. In this case, there will be a tendency towards ill-health, disease, separations, isolations, hospitalizations, immoral acts etc. Once you get into this loop of negativity getting out of it will be difficult.


Saturn wherever he is placed, will make you want the more material things connected to that house. You will have to work hard to get them. But he will ensure that you remain dissatisfied by these things. If the rest of the horoscope supports, ie powerful ascendant sign/lord and birth Moon, then you can learn his lesson more easily. Always try to bring kindness, gentleness, spirituality and acceptance into these things represented by Saturn, however difficult it may seem.

With Shani, there are two ways the energy can work. One you are brought face to face with some karma which requires work and you are made to work for it. Or you are completely restricted from this aspect of life, ie the positive energy of the entire house remains unavailable and things connected to it become a burden on your soul. Often what happens is that Saturn will give you the first option for a limited time depending on the Dasha/transit. And if you choose to ignore his demand for work then he will execute the second option. The window for rebalancing is closed and you will face the same combination in your next life.

This post was on the way Saturn affects the psychological emotional context in different houses. Whichever house in your chart is influenced by him, be prepared to work hard in these aspects of life. You will face restriction, trouble and humiliation here, but persevere and work. Eventually Saturn will be satisfied and ultimately give you the Gain related to this house.