Saturn in 11th House

The individual with Saturn in the 11th house can feel limitations, fears and inhibitions when involved in group activities. It can be the mark of the lone wolf and symbolize a person who feels uneasy in crowds. The person can look out at the crowd at the matrix of humanity and feel profoundly different. We are all social beings in the world and long to connect with others. However, with this placement they can live with the feeling of wishing to belong and knowing they are different.

They may not join groups as readily as others, and it can show difficulty in taking friendships lightly. Making friends could be difficult through shyness or coming across as being standoffish. In order to tap into the creative power of this placement the individual needs to understand that the kind of friendship they seek will not be found in the usual places. They are going to have to build trust and wait for these things to develop and potentially their most valuable friendships will not enter the life until they are much older.

One of the greatest pains of Saturn placed in the 11th house of the chart is the sense of loneliness and separateness the person feels. They have difficulty acting spontaneously in front of a community and give off a cool or stiff manner, but may not always feel welcomed into the group. Saturn here needs seriousness and depth which will only come from maturity, and they may have to develop a more self-sufficient attitude towards this area of life. It is not a placement for those that merely want to be well-liked or a favoured member of the group.
In some cultures this is made very difficult because of collective values. The American child with an 11th house Saturn may suffer more than a European child with the same placement, because extroversion is deemed to  be  the norm in American culture. A child is perceived as maladjusted or troubled  if they haven't got hundreds of friends. In Europe a child can be introverted or introspective and solitary, yet not be labelled abnormal. Here is an example of outer environment and inner nature creating a difficult chemical mix. Dark of the Soul: Psychopathology in the Horoscope
Saturn here often predicts some difficulty in forming close associations, but there are usually a few good and loyal friends that can be counted on. The individual with Saturn in this position would rather have a couple of true friends than be surrounded by a large group of people. They are looking for a solid, reliable, kind of friendship and needs others that can be depended on.

The person with Saturn in the 11th house of the horoscope may take a role of responsibility in a large organization. With above average organizational skills, and hard-working nature a career involving a group and taking on a parental role with peers is sometimes on the cards. They may also make friends with older, authoritarian, and highly influential people in the world.

Out of insecurity and fear of being alone the individual could take the opposite view and fill life with as many social activities as possible, so they never feel the cold chill of Saturn, but all the while longing to feel something more real. It can mean disappointments, letdowns, and frustrations in friendships. The individual searches for a more steady friendship and for serious kinds of groups, ones where they can develop, and eventually let down their guard.

The individual may roll their eyes at the idea of gangs, memberships and cliques and resent the general idea of team spirit. It may stem from not feeling included and they don’t always naturally want to join. They don’t enjoy others telling them to participate either. They have to be careful of not being too stuffy and narrow-minded and learn to be open, so that they don't give the impression of being uninterested.

The person often feels heavy burdens when involved with acquaintances and social circles. Saturn here may also need to overcome coldness when encountering others and learn to trust more. They fear not being accepted and are frightened of rejection, and this is frequently seen as a deep pride and a retreat back into pain, loneliness and isolation. Saturn in the 11th house can represent society's rejection, and the unlikelihood of ever belonging and so the individual needs to realize that what is perceived as different by others is something they need to make peace with.


Julie O'Mahoney

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