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Saturn in 6th House

Saturn in 6th house astrology model

The sixth house, like the sixth sign Virgo, represents the last personal stage in development, and is thus a critical one. The self-adjustment we undergo here determines our ability to relate to others on an equal footing (seventh house), and, by its success or failure, unites us with or separates us from others. This is the house of work and health or the lack of either, hygiene and nutrition, service, servants and servitude, daily routine, employment by others, and small animals and pets. Whereas fifth house activities are done for their own sake, sixth house work is done out of necessity or in support of other, more self-expressive activities. When our work becomes an end in itself, however, or we lose track of its purpose, it becomes pointless, and the result can be physical or psychological illness. The issue with planets in the sixth house is to remember what the purpose of our work is, where is it’s joy? Without this knowledge, life isn’t worth living.

With Saturn in your sixth house you have a strong work ethic, but even though your job may be burdened with responsibilities, you know how to conserve and mete out your energy. You may have difficulties in your place of work due to standing apart, being overly critical, and demanding as much from others as you do from yourself. Your critical faculties are harsh, and you may have trouble in actually employing them. Once you turn on your analytical light, you can be relentless in your judgments. You may also have trouble assimilating experiences and making them your own. You worry too much over details, and need to grow in wisdom with regard to what's worth worrying about and what's not. A well-placed Saturn in your sixth house indicates a hardy constitution, one able to withstand most diseases. An afflicted Saturn here, however, can denote a propensity towards chronic illnesses.

If Saturn is within 10° of the descendant (seventh house cusp), then it is conjunct the descendant and much of the foregoing interpretation starts to become weaker. If Saturn is in the sixth house AND within 4° or 5° of the descendant, then it is said to be on the "dark side" of the seventh house, and its influence will be felt in the seventh as well as in the sixth house. The closer a sixth house Saturn is to the descendant, the more it will be interpreted as though it were in the seventh house; when less than 3° from the descendant, a sixth house Saturn expresses itself primarily —and eventually entirely—in the seventh house.

The sixth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky just below the western horizon (see above picture) occupied by planets in the two hours after they set.

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