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Venus square Saturn: barriers to connection

Venus square Saturn Image by Alexander Milov.

On 17 September Venus squares Saturn which can make relationships feel somewhat arduous. Fortunately, on the same day, the Sun trines Pluto. This is a very empowering transit that levels up our magic and makes use feel capable of anything, especially if your chart is triggered. Those with planets or points between 4 and 11 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius) are likely to feel the square strongly, while those with planets or points between 21 and 27 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aires, Cancer, Libra or Cap) will feel the trine.

During Venus square Saturn duty, obligation and societal expectations will press in upon us. Our commitments to others may feel very heavy. Like the image in this article, we may experience a feeling of wanting to reach out to someone but being stuck inside yourself, unable to express your affection or ask for support. Self-doubt and inhibitions may prevent you from reaching out to others, even when you need help or support.

Venus square Saturn is exact on 17 September but will be felt for several days either side of that date. During this time we may feel hemmed in by our responsibilities and our inhibitions.

Venus square Saturn could bring you face-to-face with your nastiest personal demons, so it’s important to spend some time alone during this time in order to face them head on. Listen closely to those little whispers that say you’re unworthy or unlovable, and then firmly remind yourself that it isn’t true. Positively affirming your own strength and worth can be very powerful right now. Here’s some examples:

  • Every day I grow stronger and more determined
  • My beauty stems from the love and compassion within me
  • I am a divine being filled with creative power

How will Venus square Saturn affect you?

Those with natal planets or points between 4 and 11 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius) will feel Venus square Saturn most strongly. If you are personally affected, look also to see which houses Venus and Saturn are passing through in your chart as this will tell you which areas of your life will be most affected.

To get started applying this forecast to your own life, grab a free birth chart at and download my free ebook The Language of Astrology.

Are you feeling Venus square Saturn?

Mercury and Venus square Saturn may feel heavy and undermine your self-confidence and ability to connect with others. However the trine from the Sun to Pluto will be supportive and take some of the edge of, especially if it triggers your chart. Which of these two transits is affecting you most?

11 Comments on Venus square Saturn: barriers to connection

  1. Being close to my Venus return, this transit is replicated in my chart. And I have noticed that, indeed, you can’t be selfish and self-absorbed under a transit like this, and you need to remember that the other person is likely going through a rough patch as well, because if you take your frustration out on people or overwhelm them, it’s very easy that they react reinforcing their boundaries (Saturn), which can really put a strain on relationships. :/

  2. Having Pluto squaring my natal moon since 2013 I know how that feels for sure! And I can’t wait for it to be over within the start of 2016 where Pluto moves out of orb. Phew… rollercoaster riding can once again be fun ;-)

    The Venus/Saturn square with all the other planets in Libra has been kind of a struggle too these days, with different needs (my needs vs. the partners’ needs vs. “our” needs as a couple). Diplomacy and harmony has not been too easy and culminated around Thursday… probably around the time where the square started I guess? At least this article explains a lot of the tension that has been present for the past week ;-)

  3. You’re right Anette, the square did begin around Thursday. I find it so much easier to deal with difficulties when I know it’s just a transit. Nothing is permanent, everything is constantly changing… X

  4. I used my knowledge for this today. Thank you Faith!

  5. I have just discovered that I have Venus square Saturn and Venus trine Uranus. It would explain why I have been struggling with love. I have read somewhere that this aspect it’s a karma, which needs to be worked off. When I was reading this article, I felt as if I had been watching at myself in the mirror. I wonder what Venus trine Uranus role is in my natal chart.

    • Hi Magdalena… Challenging Venus aspects can be very hard because they undermine our ability to connect with others in healthy ways. I feel for you as I have Venus square Pluto and for a long time I really struggled with relationships. But believe me when I say that it is totally possible to wok with and overcome the difficult aspects in our charts – the energy is never static or set in stone. Becoming self-aware through the study of astrology can pay off in dramatic ways for those who are willing to put in the hard work to change their habit patterns. Good luck!

  6. Susan Buckland // April 22, 2021 at 9:39 pm // Reply

    Have Uranus square Saturn in natal chart. Curious how you find out what houses transits are going thro?

  7. I have Venus square saturn natally, and my natal venus is currently opposite transiting pluto. My moon has transiting Saturn conjunct in Aquarius. Been dealing with relationship issues all my life. No amount of inner work has helped. Waiting for big changes to happen with Pluto – at least I expect all the weird stuff to stop once Pluto is done. I don’t know if that is realistic.

  8. Oh man I’m born with Saturn Square Venus exact.
    I’m 50 now and I’ve never felt free to find the romantic love I crave so much! My venus is also in the 8th house conjunct Pluto!!!

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