For the entire period, Saturn transits your House VII: Partnerships, relationships, and love.
This cycle challenges your partnerships, marriage, and one-to-one relationships. These are areas of your life that undergoes contraction, restriction, and necessary "slimming down" in order to test for stable foundations. Results in these areas of your life will not be as forthcoming, or with ease, as they have been in the past.
Your close personal relationships, such as marriages and other committed partnerships, long-term associations, open enemies, negotiations, agreements, and contracts are in strong focus during this transit. Depending on your age, you are urged to define, understand, and crystallize your significant relationships with others. This is a grounding energy that gets you back in touch with reality - and your significant one-to-one relationships need to be considered and understood.
If you have a partner, this is a time when any issues surrounding compromise, flexibility, and the ability to give your heart to your partner will surface. Frustrations may take the form of feeling criticized and "examined" in this area of life. Single people are likely to feel the initial pressures,too. A feeling of loneliness is possible in either situation (whether you have/had a significant partnership or not), but instead of an issue of re-committing, the single person will seriously think about commitment in general. If involved in a casual love relationship, a pressure emerges concerning the need for evaluating your commitments. Often this transit corresponds with an urge (or pressure) to make a commitment or a recommitment. For those of you who are in committed partnerships, there can be some strains on your bond.
This is a time when you may not see the especially flattering side of a partner, or of yourself in response. A partner might feel like a "heavy" in your life, and any feelings of restriction that you feel or have felt in this area of life may seem magnified in your mind now. A partner might also seem cautious, distant, critical, or defensive. You need to open your mind to the possibility that a significant other is providing you with important life lessons - about traditions, simplifying your life, and responsibilities. While this might seem difficult now, you might later look back on this time of your life as a learning experience, and it is best not to automatically discard what someone has to say. Take your time on this one - relationships are seen now as serious matters!
If, however, a partner is challenging you to the point of breaking, then steps need to be taken to improve the situation. A relationship can encounter some tests or complications, but if it is strong, it will weather the storm and you could decide to take it to another level. If not, remember that relationships "lost" during a Saturn transit to your partnership sector on some level have run their course and need to end. Some of you could be making a commitment to someone, and others may decide that a traditional partnership is not for you. This is not a period of status quo in your relationships - something is decided now. You may be seeing the sobering side of a relationship, significant person, or yourself through a relationship! If it's very uncomfortable, now is the time to make changes.
Events will occur that tests your foundations in these areas your life that require a "back to basics" approach in order to build (or rebuild) a strong foundation. There may be tests of sorts in these areas of life, as if the cosmos is checking if the foundations are strong. During this period, anything built on weak foundations may very well crack under the pressure of these tests, and fall apart - gone from your life for good. Those that are strong will endure and strengthen.
Healthy partnerships can be the outcome of this transit, whether they are new ones or strengthened existing partnerships. Saturn always brings with it a fair measure of reality and objectivity, so that whatever relationships you may have now or want to have will be defined and re-defined. The end result, as this cycle reaches its climax, you will have learned much about commitment and compromise.
Partners are no longer mirrors of the ego. Responsibilities to partners, the need to compromise, and the realities of the needs of others, become clear. You see others as individuals and feel compelled to improve the manner in which you relate to and with others. Depending on your age and life circumstances, "significant partnerships" can mean partnerships with loved ones, business partnerships, one-on-one counseling, and deep friendships. By the end of this transit this year, quantity in the relationship department will have been replaced with quality, and this process involves time, soul-searching, frustration, and eventual fulfillment.
As things start falling apart in the affected areas of your life, it is felt most strongly in the first year of this cycle that lasts approximately 2.5 years.