VENUS/SATURN – Karmic Love

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During a Venus/Saturn transit, we may find ourselves grappling with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy in our relationships. We may feel that we are unattractive, undesirable, or burdensome to others, making it difficult to form or maintain close connections. This can lead to frustration and a sense of rejection, giving the impression that happiness and contentment in relationships are out of reach.

In an effort to cope with these feelings, we may put on a facade of cynicism or engage in materialistic pursuits, often linked to a significant relationship. We may also give up on the idea of finding love or security. Our friends and social connections may disappoint us, and we may struggle with societal expectations and pressures related to femininity. We may be drawn to people and situations that others find disagreeable and may sacrifice emotional fulfilment for the sake of duty and security.

However, this transit also has a positive side. It can be a time of personal growth and development, as we learn to be more disciplined, self-controlled and prudent. We may find ourselves drawn to the arts and crafts, and take the time to learn and hone our skills. We may also develop a new appreciation for older people and gain a deeper respect for age and experience. Despite these benefits, we may still face financial challenges, low self-esteem, and relationship difficulties that may lead to separation. But why?


VENUS, the planet of beauty and love, governs the magnetic force that comes from within us. This powerfully emotional energy, generated by the Sun’s Venusian function in astrology, attracts people, things, and experiences into our lives that promise to fulfil our conscious desire for happiness and contentment.

SATURN, the planet of discipline, structure, and responsibility, governs the experiences and influences that shape our karma, such as career milestones, significant life events, authority figures, and the concept of time. It can also represent limitations, boundaries, inhibitions and the need for hard work and perseverance in order to achieve our goals. In transit through our horoscope, Saturn’s position indicates where we may face challenges and obstacles, but also where, with enough determination and discipline, we may manifest the most success and fulfilment.


The annual Venus/Saturn cycle is all about balancing our personal desire for love and comfort with the practical considerations and limitations of reality. During this cycle, we may feel exterior pressures to conform to trending societal expectations in our relationships and experiences with love and affection. This can manifest as difficulties expressing love, feeling emotionally distant, or even experiencing tension or frustration in our relationships. However, this cycle also presents opportunities for growth and self-discipline in our creative pursuits, channelling them towards practical or financially profitable ends. It’s a time when we learn to find a balance between our desires and the realities of life.

Distinguishing between what is truly worth having or working for and what should be let go of is an important aspect of our personal growth and development. The transits of Venus and Saturn in their synodic cycle can bring about experiences that test our values and priorities, and force us to make choices about what we want to keep in our lives and what we are willing to let go of. Through this process, we learn about ourselves and what truly matters to us, and this shapes our character.

For example, during a Venus-Saturn transit, we may be faced with a difficult decision about whether to pursue a career opportunity that we are passionate about, but that may require sacrificing a long-term relationship or a comfortable lifestyle. Through this process, we learn about what we value most and what we are willing to give up for it. This can be a difficult but ultimately rewarding experience, as it helps us to better understand ourselves and flesh out what we want out of life.

Similarly, when Saturn transits through a particular house in our natal chart, it coincides with experiences that challenge us to let go of certain aspects of our lives that no longer serve us. This could mean letting go of a relationship, a job, or a habit that we have outgrown. Through the process of letting go, we learn to focus on what is truly important and to prioritise our time and energy accordingly.

“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.”

~ E.A. Bucchianeri

Attracting Our Teacher

Around the conjunction at 24°♒47′ (Jan 22, 2023), something or someone may enter our world in a seemingly preordained and cosmically fated sense to help us play out the karmic implications of this cycle. Look out for this encounter, as its inception can be subtle.

This happens when we send out unique affections and preferences as magnetic pulsations (Venus), like sending out personally nuanced “heart-wave messages” to the universe, calling out for what we desire. Saturn then responds by crystallising our intentions from mere magnetic heart energy into physical matter, somehow serving up exactly what we deserve. Things, people, and situations may show up to test, measure, and evaluate whether we have what it takes to acquire, keep, or let go of what could potentially make our lives more worthwhile and pleasurable. Through this process, we learn to work to acquire those things/people/mannerisms that are important for shaping our destiny or learn to let them go if they have ceased to serve their function in “shaping our destiny”.

In typical Saturnian terms, whatever is entering our magnetic field is typically a materially transactional affair. There is often something pragmatic and practical that we must satisfy in order to qualify for the object of our desire, such as having enough money, status, age, responsibility, or the capacity to hold and secure it. Saturn can impose conditions and rules on Venus’ love, peace, and aesthetic sensibilities, making us pay a price to have something nice, and continuing to raise the bar on expectations and tightening the screws until we eventually question whether we can afford to have it any longer. Wherever Saturn’s conditionalities and rules are applied, all will eventually come to a definitive end, and it’s often when the “love runs dry”.

The current VENUS/SATURN Cycle (January 22, 2023 – March 21, 2024)

The upcoming Venus-Saturn cycle, which is set to begin on January 22, 2023, at 24°♒47′, is likely to bring about significant changes in the way we approach relationships, material acquisitions and financial matters. At the start of the cycle, Saturn will be in Aquarius, with limitations associated with progressive and unconventional ideas, social fragmentation and distancing. This may lead to a focus on aligning our desires and values with society’s new and progressive values and complying with group-minded conscientiousness. However, as the cycle progresses, Saturn will move into Pisces, bringing a shift in focus. This could lead to a greater emphasis on modesty, reserve, and a more solitary approach to our relationships. We may also experience feelings of timidity, loneliness, and depression as we navigate this cycle, and may struggle to connect emotionally with others or face obstacles.

This will be the third and final cycle to begin in Aquarius, suggesting we may find our relationships or connections have been significantly influenced or disrupted by progressive and futuristic ideas. This could manifest in a number of ways, such as a strong impact of new technologies in our relationships or a shared/disputed interest in scientific or ideological progress. Due to Aquarius’ cool, less emotional and intimate nature, we may notice that our more successful connections have been along less conventional lines of expression of love and affection, attracting those who are less interested in traditional romance and more drawn to the energy of friendship, and a unique or unconventional approach to relationships. Examples of this could be a long-distance relationship that relies heavily on technology to stay connected or a friendship that blossoms into a collegiate partnership focused on a cutting-edge idea.

It is crucial to pay attention to events that develop around the conjunction of these two planets as they often mark the beginning of a new level of relationship between entities. This transit can force individuals to slow down and evaluate the real merit of their current value system, with Saturn evaluating everything in terms of its economic or status-related value.


When we are inhibited by inexperience, feelings of inadequacy, shyness, fear or insecurity, we may develop unhealthy, immature yearnings for something that may not be meant for us. Often, timing and qualifications may play a role in determining whether or not we are suitable for a certain situation or relationship. Certainly, when the ‘time comes’, Saturn will provide the necessary lesson.

In some cases, it may be necessary to accept that certain things of beauty cannot be possessed and are best admired from afar, without attachment. This allows for a shared appreciation and enjoyment by all. Constant efforts to control and impose conditions on relationships can limit Venus’ flow of connection to the abundance of love, the source of its natural beauty.

Additionally, it is important to consider the karmic implications of this cycle, as it can bring about experiences that test our ability to acquire and maintain valuable relationships and possessions. While there may be lessons and karmic debts to complete, it is important to consider the cost of these actions and the impact they may have on one’s overall well-being. With Venus/Saturn in Aquarius, there is a marked lack of sentimentality about any aesthetic choices we make.

This cycle helps us understand what is important to us in terms of love and relationships. It encourages us to be open to new and unconventional ideas about love and relationships, but it’s important to remember not to let societal expectations control our choices in love and relationships.

As with Saturn’s tendency to preserve and control, we may be tempted to try and mould our relationships to fit into our preconceived notions of what is acceptable and desirable, rather than allowing them to naturally develop and evolve. This can lead to a suppression of true emotions and the true potential of the relationship.

Like cutting wildflowers, they will soon wilt and die when taken from their natural habitat. Saturn has this tendency to cut, place in the vessel of his own devices, create an unnaturally staged ornamental piece, and then try everything under the sun to arrest its development, and preserve its aesthetic, just to keep it from changing. In the same way, when we try to impose our own ideals and expectations on our relationships, we risk stifling their growth and true potential.

Interestingly, in an age where computer programming, algorithms and AI are increasingly playing an external part in shaping our values, it is crucial to acknowledge how these forces may influence our understanding and experience of love. The conditioned, structured nature of the Venus-Saturn cycles in cool, rational Aquarius, may be further exacerbated by the hardwired censorship, shadow-banning, and fact-checking devices implemented by Artificial machine-learning algorithms installed and programmed by government and corporate-controlled forces, limiting how we express our likes and dislikes with any emotionality. It is crucial to understand how outside forces may try to shape our understanding and experience of love, potentially hindering our ability to truly express our feelings. Whilst it’s essential to learn how to work with outside pressures, we must also resist the urge to conform to societal expectations and learn how to embrace the natural, creative, and unrestricted nature of love. Every new Venus/Saturn cycle lifts our capacity to grow in this respect.


Each Venus/Saturn cycle brings us closer to learning that true love is unconditional and free-flowing. It is not defined by stringent expectations, conditions, or obligations we have to others, or society, yet, by bringing a sense of discipline and responsibility to our relationships, love can grow and mature with trust and vulnerability.

Embracing this type of ‘self-disciplined’ love enables us to break down our inhibitions and fears with a chaotic exterior universe and transcend karmic inner blockages, allowing us to fully restore personal order and control with how we consciously experience the beauty and magic of love. By embracing this type of love, we tap into the boundless potential of our hearts, leading to more authentic, lasting connections in our relationships.

See also….

The VENUS/SATURN Archetype

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  1. Cynthia Lee Searight

    Loved it

  2. This was great reading Ang! Thank you

  3. Wonderful work…well done…thank you

  4. That is 100% reading of my current situ.

  5. So beautifully said

  6. Women are probably more oppressive to their partners thru jealousy and envy than men. As a woman with venus in Aquarius, I see more women who block the flow of love in it communal form than men. Women tend to shut their own selves up in armor along with their partner. Narrowing their world to the very margins of their relationship.