Saturn in the First House

Focus on the Self

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With Saturn in the First House, your Saturn is showing, and some guess you're a Capricorn.

You might be saddled with responsibilities at an early age, or grapple with adult-sized concerns. This gives you a sense of carrying the world on your shoulders. 

Remember, Saturn in the birth chart has to do with overcoming - limits, insecurities and obstacles.  

You seem a wise old soul. You are ambitious, but taken too far, this crowds out lightness of being.

This is magnified if you grew up in a restrictive home, where everything you did was carefully controlled (or it seemed that way).

With Saturn in the First House, you yearn to be taken seriously, but at the same time might fear being seen. This is the House of selfies, and where you keep all your self-portraits.  

Your self-image is a big deal, and if you're overly defensive in this area, it moves into crippling inhibition. You long to simply 'Be Yourself," as everyone else seems to be doing with no problems.  

But keep in mind that old saying that I love -- 'Don't judge your insides by other peoples' outsides." Still, with this Saturn, your struggle is to feel authentic and confident in your own skin. And that takes time, and acts of courage that earn your own self-respect.  

Developing Presence

You flourish when you take control of your overall sense of Self. This includes how you move, your physical appearance, vitality, and confidence.

At the heart is backing up your right to simply Be. But getting to that freedom means breaking through your own defenses and also shedding the inauthentic bits that are "Not You." These are like masks that become prisons.  

Over time, taking risks, you come to a sense of self that's evolving, but defined in a Saturn-approved way.

It pays off for you to give thought to things like self-promotion, your online identity, and the care you take to be presentable in public.

In her book, The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology, April Elliot Kent writes on this natal Saturn, "The mentor: Teaches you to defend yourself and your boundaries, to develop a strong body and a distinctive personal 'brand' and to assert yourself appropriately."

One empowerment tip is to look to your natal Jupiter, the companion to Saturn, for ways to expand your sense of personal expression, and keep your spirits lifted. When you feel pulled together, you're a natural leader, an authority and self-directed person. Read about how Jupiter and Saturn are the Balancing Act in the Birth Chart.  

My Experience of Saturn in First House

Yes, this is my natal Saturn position, in the cardinal fire sign of Aries. I'm more able to reflect, now that I'm at a seasoned age, some ways this played out in my early life.

Since Saturn rules authority and conditioning, I see how a rigid, at times punitive Southern up bringing, crowded out my natural impulses in those first years. There was a definite sense of how a girl should behave, and as a tomboy, I was not conforming to the modern-version of the Southern Belle at all!

 I also had to say Yes Ma'am and No Sir, to adults, and was brought to task if I forgot.

There were times when I tried to meet the societal expectations, and had an extreme desire to do so. But by the time I got to college, I realized I was the equivalent of The Ugly Duckling, not fitting in to a culture that was at odds with my nature.

My best friend in college, looking back, described me as shut down, and that seems a uniquely Saturn in the First phrasing. I had created many defensive behaviors that then had to be dismantled, to get to an authentic sense of self.

I recall many painful encounters with "authority" figures, and had a general fear of the power of adults as a child. There was a pattern of doing something rebellious and risky (Aries) and then paying a heavy price for it. I did a lot of reckless, defiant things that were a response to the sense of invalidation I felt.

I'm sure I had an angel on my shoulder, because I put myself at physical risk many times.

One aspect of Saturn in Aries is taking responsibility for your actions, and the right word here is blow-back. The urge to be independent is strong with Saturn in the First or Aries, and not all that nuanced! The rebel without a cause comes to mind, though the cause is to act from impulse, but then season that with maturity over time.  

Over the years, I've become more at ease with the intensity of having Saturn, in its fall, in Aries, right at the front door. But that ease has been hard won, and comes from knowing I'm able to project that strength when I need to, and take the right risks, even if it sometimes provokes others.

Surging Ambition

Saturn's delay could mean that there's a lot of angst about simply becoming who you're meant to be.  

Luckily, this position means there's a strong will and ability to focus on singular goals. That's when the self-control of Saturn meets with a self-made man or woman, and the rewards come. And the sweetest gift of Saturn is being at ease with who you are, and knowing you're recognized by the content of your character.  

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