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Karmic Saturn in Libra

Your karmic Saturn in Libra holds the secret to manifesting your soul purpose.

Libra symbolizes your karmic responsibilities, duties and obligations. Its shows you what you need to do, and how to structure your life to achieve your soul purpose.

It’s about facing your karmic (Libra-related) fears. Then step-by-step… living empowered Libra. Think of it another way…

Saturn in Libra is the karmic reality you need to face about yourself. And once you do that, it becomes your bridge to accomplishment in the material world: the answer to your “how”.


Fears to face:
Your inner barriers to relationship (your “mask”)

Commitment to make:
True, authentic connections (mask removed!)

Clues to “doing” your purpose in the real world

With karmic Saturn in Libra, you’re here to understand that romantic rejection from others is really a projection of the barriers around your own heart. And that your disappointment in others… is your clever, unconscious way of keeping yourself safe.

With this Saturn position, blaming others will backfire. With karmic Saturn in Libra, you must take responsibility for the state of your relationships, and turn pain, anger and resentment into compromise.

Saturn is ruled by pragmatic, uber-dependable Capricorn. In its highest sense, Capricorn is the “stable, dependable father”. But when stressed, Capricorn can also be rigid and emotionally cut off.

So Saturn always symbolizes the area of life in which you’ll feel some challenge and constriction. And where you’re being called to face reality.

In this life, you are not meant to “complete yourself” through a partner (romantic or otherwise). Your opportunity is to achieve inner balance and integration… first. And then create harmonious unions with others.

This is fantastic relationship potential! But at first, “doing” your karmic Saturn will not be easy peasy.

Especially when your Saturn is in refined, relational Libra who happily defers to others and prefers peace at any price. In fact, with Saturn in Libra, you may feel as if your experience of a mutually supportive, loving relationship – is painfully blocked.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
– Rumi

Your fate: an authentic, balanced relationship

Saturn abhors laziness. But Saturn’s earthy energies also reward effort. Your spiritual progress will be in proportion to how much effort you put in to turn your Saturn around. Progress may be slow, but don’t give up!

Libra is fair minded, elegant, naturally in relationship. Saturn is about serious business. So your karmic Saturn in Libra is asking you to take off your “social mask” and get real. And assume responsibility for the state of your relationships from the inside out.

You may have high relationship ideals… nothing wrong with that. But stop vascillating and ditch the rose-coloured glasses already! Bring your ideals down to earth, own your relationship patterns, and make conscious, disciplined relationship choices.

(whether or not you choose a formal marriage or partnership: the key is do so consciously)

If you do choose to partner, you have great potential!

In this life, you have the capacity to experience a marital union of two people with centres of their own. Two souls who choose to be together: rather than “need” to be for societal or superficial reasons. True relationship gold.

Does Libra scare you a bit?

Does the mention of dropping your “mask” and letting go of “idealistic perfection” make you feel a bit squeamish or scared? Or anger you?

That’s understandable. Saturn’s dampening influence can make anyone shy and awkward.

With karmic Saturn in Libra, there can also be a crushing feeling that you are “unworthy of love” (ouch!). And shadow Libra may create rejection, relationship chaos – or isolation.

In response, you may back off, build walls around your heart. Deep down, you may even fear that “the other” will let you down, again and again.

If this has been your experience, committing to your karmic Saturn in Libra not only helps transform your fear of vulnerability to others – it’s the key to manifesting your soul purpose. You can read my take on Saturn in karmic astrology here.

Your path is to achieve an “inner marriage”, inner wholeness, instead of relying on a partner to complete you. Yes: manifesting your Saturn in Libra will require some courage and emotional fortitude. But your efforts will be worth it.

When you manifest your Saturn in Libra, you’ll no longer see relationship as a source of suffering. You will drop the superficial platitudes: and love yourself first. And then attract the people in love and life who will offer you meaningful social and romantic exchange.

How Libra karma might show up in your life

From a karmic point of view, Saturn in Libra symbolizes past lifetimes where you didn’t “do” Libra in a healthy way, or you didn’t even try!

So instead of embracing a path of practical compromise, and inner wholeness you status seek from the outside in (and attract people who ultimately let you down, validating your mis-trust of others).

When caught up in negative Libra extremes in this (or past) lifetimes, your soul may respond in a number of ways.

  • You continue in the extremes of negative Libra: you’re superficial, indecisive, wishy washy, relying on others to give you what you lack inside, or
  • You over-compensate by focusing on judgement “what’s right” or peace at the expense of your own needs, instead of seeking a fair compromise; or
  • You project your unhealthy Libra by drawing ambivalent, status conscious people… who push your buttons! But really reflect your (soul) self that needs to be faced and healed.

Libra is a cardinal air sign. When healthy, it’s diplomatic but truthful, fair-minded but firm, elegant without being obsessed with “labels”. It seeks to understand the other side, without martyring itself in the process.

But Libra can also become stressed, depressed, anxious – and even physically ill when a relationship ends in chaos and heartbreak. Or rejection – with no appreciation of how much you gave, gave, gave…

When hurt… this is your way out

Shadow Libra defers to others – to its detriment! It goes to dizzying lengths to avoid difficult conversations. After then… concluding that “real relationships” where you reveal yourself and become vulnerable… just isn’t worth the discomfort.

You may say: that’s not me! I’m easy going. “No drama”. But here’s the thing. You’re only easy going on the surface. The truth is that you’re very hard to get close to, and don't truly let someone in (you’re actually anything but flexible down deep).

Here’s your golden lining. If you’re super honest with yourself, you have the capacity to experience what astrologer Liz Greene calls “inner alchemy”: a new centre for the soul. In other words, you can create a way to experience a meaningful life with (not through) others.

It’s true. If you have karmic Saturn in Libra, you may experience blocks, challenges to a happy relationship life – at first. You may respond to your heartbreak by becoming an awkward wallflower, inhibited in your self-expression, formal, even stand offish at times.

You may become uncomfortable with social situations, or even flatly deny your need for social interactions at all. But! You also have the potential to meet the needs of others, with firm, loving boundaries that nourish yourself. Saturn asks: are you willing to act on it?

No, you’re not “cursed” in relationship

Through your experiences, you may begin think that you’re “cursed” in relationship, or have “bad luck” with other people. Your only choice is to withdraw, right? Or the pain will just go on and on…

But the truth is more elusive. Relying on someone else for your own happiness, is not fair to you – or to them. It’s way too much pressure to put on someone else.

Often, karmic Saturn in Libra marries too young, or for the wrong reasons. Often, a divorce battle ensues, scarring you – before your Saturn Return. Or an older partner… a Daddy figure is chosen... to control you - and then blame, when the union dissolves. Did that partner assume responsibility for the practical or financial aspects of your life. There's your clue.

What about you? Where do you fit into this equation? Be honest, where did you drop the ball? Is it easier to end a relationship than confront your real issues? After all, wherever you experience, there you are.

An afflicted karmic Saturn in Libra can result in disconnection from others, but this isn’t your “sad fate” to be alone. However! It may be your carrot for growth.

Deep down, your soul wants you to experience a real relationship. And your first step, inevitably: is to own the state of your own heart and love yourself first.

And then see relationship not as the outer “bandaid” solution to your inner conflicts, but as an avenue for profound soul growth… for two sovereign souls.

In fact, your heartbreak is your gateway

When you begin to see how your patterns of hurt and rejection actually reflect your own inaccessibility, your heart begins to shift. Instead of running scared, you’ll stop and listen.

With some Saturnian discipline, you’ll develop the emotional stamina, loyalty, stick with it ness… of a great partner, while protecting your own needs.

You’ll recognize that your "dark night of the soul" kicked off an alchemical process offering you the ultimate in relationship “gold”: a beautiful partnership of two people who are complete within themselves.

And! How you experience partnership is up to you

You’ll understand that marriage is not about securing money, social status (or battle, or suffering), but a source for great, mutual growth.

This is amazing potential, right? But when you have Saturn in Libra, it’s like your thrusters are being throttled. At least at first...

You may find yourself perpetually cynical, with a castle, moat – alligators – around your heart! You may have cultivated a cool, detached, completely unapproachable façade. And it’s always someone else’s fault! But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Are you up for soulmate love? What is a soulmate

To identify “Saturnian” challenges, ask yourself…

Did you marry (divorce) young, before your Saturn return?

Have you lost significant wealth during a divorce?

Did you marry a much older partner for “security” reasons, but then your partnership felt like a prison due to control issues?

Are you suspicious of romance… seeking relationships related to security over love?

Do you always plays it safe in love… keeping your partner at arm’s length?

You get the idea. These are some of the painful symptoms of “shadow” Libra. But with focused discernment, you will be able to attract and choose partners on an equal footing, who connect on a practical – and a soul level.

The “gold” of these Saturn in Libra experiences, is to force you (through meaningful discomfort!) to look inward.

You’ll face your fears and distrust of relationships squarely: and make new choices in relating to others. You will be calm and fair-minded, without giving too much. You learn how to articulate your needs – kindly and firmly.

Finally, you realize that what you really need… is not a surface, safe, superficial union. But a partner who will fall in love with who you really are inside…

Does this resonate for you so far? If so, what’s the source and what can you do to transform your Saturn in Libra?

Possible Saturn in Libra past lives

“Psychic energy does not vanish, it just takes another channel.”
– Saturn: A new look at an Old Devil

Here are some past lifetimes that might relate to karmic Saturn in Libra. Hint: these themes may also be symptoms of present Libran challenges. Consider them soul clues…

  • A socialite “social climber” who was obsessed with money, image and status
  • A judge, whose decisions actually lead to injustice
  • An interior designer snob, who put a great deal of importance on how things looked
  • A spouse who allowed your partner to put thoughts in your head and speak for you
  • An individual who changed their mind so much in their relationships that they began to appear wishy washy and untrustworthy
  • A person whose desire to please made them a doormat
  • A relationship junkie who felt incomplete being alone – even for a short time (always having the next one lined up before leaving, “trading up”)
  • A wealthy woman obsessed with social standing and superficiality
  • Someone who experienced obsessive love affairs, as a way to avoid looking at themselves

Recognizing your karmic Saturn in Libra in your life

“What we hate in others is consciously living within us.”
– Liz Greene

Your fears, projections and overreactions in this lifetime may have their roots in past lifetimes.

Your fears

  • Irrational fear of divorce, not choosing the right partner, losing money to a partner, using it as an excuse not to marry
  • Fear of being cut out of a relationship, left high and dry… so you “over give” to keep it going
  • Fear of tarnishing your image “what will the neighbours think”
  • Fear of vulnerability within a partnership, fear of being “found out” when your socially acceptable mask is removed
  • Fear of making the wrong decision (so you flip flop and make no decision!)
  • Such a fear of conflict and confrontation, so that you constantly give up your needs “harmony at any price”
  • Fear of losing yourself in relationship, not feeling like an equal
  • Fear of speaking up, rejection, criticisim, conflict taking a stand – even diplomatically
  • Fear of judges or courts that do not make a fair, just decision, or the fear of other people’s judgement (Do you also judge yourself?)

Your projections (karmic mirrors)

  • You attract people who are frustratingly evasive, indecisive, passive aggressive – flaky! (shadow Libra)
  • Martyr relationships: “I’ve given so much and got nothing back” – but really, you didn’t share your true self, did you?
  • You attract dependent people, who rely on you for the practical aspects of life
  • You have had an older, more serious partner, possibly wealthy or high status, and who was also controlling and dismissive of your hopes and dreams
  • You have people in your life that value “what others think” over you – or themselves
  • You’ve had partners who are unfaithful, a responsibility more than a companion, a disappointment or otherwise stressed (forcing reflection)
  • You know people who are passive aggressive, wanting “no drama” (i.e. no expressing emotions, or uncomfortable conversations – ever)
  • You've said: "It’s all good in the beginning and then: “I never realized until I married him that…” Maybe it’s time to own it?

Your overreactions

  • You are a “serial monogamist”, relying on others, not being able to spend any time alone
  • You are a Don (Dawn) Juan type, appearing cool and callous, not caring, entering into relationship and remaining detached (but someone always finds their way around your walls – ouch)
  • You go to great lengths to avoid conflict and ensure “peace and harmony at any price”
  • You give yourself away to others in the extreme, not caring for yourself.
  • You are obsessed with fairness and justice (or injustice)
  • You are a loner, stand offish, rigid, suspicious, you shun deep ties – but you experience private and profound loneliness
  • You are obsessed with status, labels, looks, you are a social climber with superficial relationships
  • Or… you detest superficiality, phoniness and the idea of social status
  • Or… you hate social graces so much, that you do the opposite! Sloppy clothing, rejection of beauty, diplomacy – and elegance

Three steps to claiming empowered Libra

Keep in mind that these aren’t really a linear “process”, it’s a lifetime unfolding. But hopefully, they're a good place to start.

Step one: Read up on Libra

Read about Libra to understand its highest potential – and it’s pitfalls. Notice your emotional reactions, that's where the growth is.

Step two: Face your Libra fears

When fears come up, take that as a clue. Stay open to receiving insights on your present life or past lives that might help explain your symptoms. When you have an insight, tears mean yes.

Step three: Commit to empowered Saturn in Libra

When you’re looking for “How” to launch a venture, make a move, manage a situation: look to healthy Libra. Forge harmonious joint ventures, or relationships with others. Be a mediator. You are also here to share and appreciate beauty!

Remember: like attracts like… your choice of partner is a reflection of your own inner struggles

Activities that align with healthy Saturn in Libra

(Are you already doing some of these? Awesome!)

  • Become a Master Mediator! Help bring people together whether in business, the law – or the relationships closes to you
  • Study relationships, attachment styles, relating in a healthy manner
  • Consciously seek and find a true soulmate relationship
  • Study the art of negotiation that creates balanced, win-win outcomes (and deliver your services for clients – or on the public stage)
  • If you’re drawn to create beauty, make your business interior design, architecture, learn about harmonious colour, symmetry, sacred geometry, Feng Shui, BioGeometry
  • Study how colours can heal, study or deliver art therapy services
  • Get social for a cause! Throw parties, meaningful fund-raisers, art auctions, make important social connections that do good
  • Take up a spiritual practice that helps you create inner calm, and peace – and/or help others do the same

Last word. Karmic Saturn in Libra is not a “curse” in your love life. Or creating a relationship that’s conflict free and happy all the time.

It’s about steadfastly building a foundation of self-trust, smoothing your inner “relationship kinks” – and committing to grow in love.

It's knowing that your desire for relationship is not only a goal: but a catalyst.

It’s recognizing that when your business or romantic relationships are painful and unfulfilling … then it’s time to find balance and go within.

In this life, you are here to be whole within yourself. And after you achieve this inner balance, you will experience the kind of relationship few souls ever achieve: the tender, loving exchange of equals.

References and further reading:

  • Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil – Liz Greene
  • Discovering Your Soul Mission – Linda Brady
  • Twelve Faces of Saturn: Your Guardian Angel Planet – Bil Tierney

Want to go deeper?

If you found this helpful, why not book a private karmic astrology session with me. I work with professionals on an awakening journey who want to consciously align their personality with their soul.

By the way, practising karmic astrology is one of the ways I “do” my own Saturn in Aquarius in the 7th. Aquarius rules astrology, among other things.

Take me to:

North Node – Life-changing descriptions of the North Node, by sign and house.

Saturn in karmic astrology – Empowering perspectives on Saturn – your unique bridge to accomplishing your soul purpose in the real world.

Book a private karmic astrology session with me now (or just read about my sessions).

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