The fourth house rules our personal security and it is often thought that the individual carries heavy emotional burdens for the family. It can indicate a difficult upbringing, and also describes painful feelings and emotional frustration and some kind of obstruction stemming from the individual’s roots.
The family may have been a highly structured one, and they felt deprived is some way. Sometimes emotional separations, oppression and material difficulty are felt in early childhood. Crippling feelings of personal inadequacy can make it difficult for them to receive the emotional nurturing they so desperately need, and so forgiving their parents and letting of any resentments they have about the limitations they experienced early in life is essential.
Saturn here suggests a deep lack of inner security due to early experiences, and the individual builds defence mechanisms and other psychological barriers to protect their vulnerable side. Saturn in the 4th house tends to over-analyse and examine their feelings and he or she often lacks real emotional spontaneity. As a protective measure, this person has learned to be emotionally defensive.
One of the parents was either over-controlling, strict, or the child was made to feel unwanted. When Saturn is in the fourth house it can wear the critical and rejecting face of Saturn. Sometimes the father was a physical a burden, depressed or even ill. Even if the parent was loving and kind, the child may have still felt the parent was not good enough. The parent may have placed more value on parental duty than spontaneous displays of affection.
Saturn in the 4th house can be a tremendous strength, and they can make reliable and self-sufficient people. They need to embrace their past and learn how to be vulnerable and let others nurture them. Sometimes the feeling life is completely blocked, and they fear to be let-down by their family and being imprisoned by the weight of family expectation.
The past needs to be carefully reviewed, and Saturn tests our ability to be self-sufficient and make our own way in the world. Saturn in the 4th house needs to define real inner-security. The individual may over-compensate materially, making sure the family have all the necessities they need. And physical security replaces the emotional one. They need to build their own solid foundation and invest time and energy into the home, domestic and inner life can help them form security.