Jupiter / Saturn

ASPECTS OF JUPITER & SATURN

 

THE HARMONIOUS ASPECTS

This combination is commonly regarded as singularly fortunate, particularly, of course, if the signs and houses occupied are of a congenial nature.

It is the token of constructive power, the progressive energy of Jupiter taking form and permanency through Saturn.  Hence it is a common aspect in the maps of materially successful people.

The type of character engendered may be described as one of serious purposivity, the native being as a rule much in earnest, and yet cheerful and optimistic.

The constructivity tends to many forms of expression such as politics, municipal and administrative work, art and commerce: Sextiles between the two planets, especially from Libra to Sagittarius, or from that sign to Aquarius, or from Aquarius to Aries, seem very favourable to art, as, for example in the maps of Hugo, Haydon, Wilkie and Yeats.

It must be recollected that the best of any aspects between heavy planets such as these can only appear if the lighter planets are also well placed; in a sense the heavy planets depend for expression on the lighter.  Therefore too much must not be expected from this combination alone.  But few contacts possess greater potentialities.

The native will have the ability to take long views and he will work steadily towards one end in life, year after year, with the utmost patience, learning from the past and adapting its lessons for the future.

He is usually generous, but is judicious in bestowing help.

There will probably be a distinctly Jovian streak in the character or pursuits of the father, who may be a religious teacher, a sailor or lawyer or may show the less happy aspects of the planet and be feckless and irresponsible, if Jupiter is not strong.  Dickens, for example, had these planets in good aspect, but it is said that his father was the prototype of Micawber, who is a monument to the weak Jupiter-in-Pisces category.

It inclines to mould the native in Jovian ways also, as, for example to make him travel, or to follow law or some other Jovian activity; and sometimes family influences are the determining factors in this matter.

 

THE CONJUNCTION

A powerful but admittedly critical position.  It must be regarded as potentially gloomy, for it occurs sometimes in maps of suicide, especially if it falls in Virgo.  It distinctly favours a hard life, with privation, struggle or danger (Lindbergh).  The native essays difficult though sometimes glorious feats, and may acquire fame through performances of great arduousness, either mental, physical or spiritual.  It is distinctly a sign of great possibilities to be realised by hard work.

It favours great singleness of purpose and endless patience.  A case is recorded of a soldier, who, during twenty-one years’ service, unremittingly knitted socks and sold them for a trifle.  At the end of his term of military service he was able to set up in business on his savings and attained considerable success, was beaten in competition by large American stores opened opposite him, but, thanks to his abilities, succeeded in making good terms with them, obtaining a post as their manager.

The native is generally religious, favouring old and established communions.

There is often a rather eccentric tendency as regards the use of money: the native may be generous to the wrong persons and niggardly to the deserving.

Jealousy sometimes occurs.

With respect to external conditions, what has been said in the previous section under Harmonious aspects is true also here, but the elements of toil and danger are likely to be more in evidence.

 

THE INHARMONIOUS ASPECTS

These incline to melancholy and disappointment, and often to instability and a dislike of any settled condition; the native is restless and dissatisfied at heart, or, if he attains inner content, he does so at the price of considerable self-denial.  The combination does not forbid success, but it demands a heavy price of toil, self-control, hardship and self-abnegation.  It is a common feature in military nativities, indicating the privations and restrictions of military life and the constant thwarting of initiative and free expression which characterise it.

Sometimes the native never attains his aim, or does so only in part, or very late in life.  Sometimes success comes more easily but does not remain.  There may be small or belated opportunities, or when it comes the native may fail to “fill the bill” either because his abilities are too limited (though perhaps good of their sort) or because he lacks persistence – these alternatives depend on the relative strength of the two planets.  For if Jupiter predominates he will be flighty and superficial and not fond of hard work; but if Saturn is the stronger, he will lack imagination, enthusiasm and driving-force, being inclined to legalism and formalities.  In weak horoscopes this might become mere stupidity and indicate a man of routine without ideas or ambition – a “stick-in-the-mud.”  In powerful maps the aspects will externalise, and indicate obstacles and ill-fortune.

Very frequently there is a Jupiter-Saturn affliction in the maps of suicides; and although it does not follow that this tendency will appear, even in a slight degree, in all cases with this contact, yet the fact illustrates its depressive nature(*).

It would appear to be a contact best suited to positions which afford limited scope for self-expression, as, for instance, strictly executive posts without much responsibility.  A man with these planets in Square might make a good subordinate officer or official, a private secretary or customs officer, provided Saturn were otherwise well placed.  There would probably be conscientiousness without the least zeal.   If Jupiter is stronger, then there is likely to be little ability and small real conscientiousness, its place being commonly taken by fussiness and a sort of muddled kindness that makes things worse by its ineptitude.

The father is often inefficient, unfortunate, careless or imprudent; or, if Saturn is stronger, he may be harsh or narrow-minded, or there may be a lack of sympathy betwixt the native and him.  It is rare that he thrives in a worldly way.

            (*)An examination of 18 cases of suicide shows 1 Opposition, 3 cases wherein Saturn was in a Jovian sign, 7 Squares, 1 Sextile (Jupiter being otherwise very heavily afflicted), 2 minor bad aspects, 2 Conjunctions and 2 cases wherein the two planets were respectively 11 degrees and 31 degrees apart.

 

EXAMPLES FOR JUPITER/SATURN

Harmonious

Lord Brougham, Dickens, Joseph Smith, Sir Humphry Davy, Northcliffe, Rudolph Valentino, Kipling, Debs (U.S.A. Socialist leader), Bismarch, Gladstone.

 

The Conjunction

Isaac Newton, Mrs. Eddy, Wallenstein, Lindbergh, Richard Burton, Frederick the Great, Joshua Reynolds.

 

Inharmonious

Asquith, Boulanger, Edison, Roberts, Baden-Poewell, French, R.L. Stevenson, Rider Haggard, Louis XIV, Earl Stratford, G.B. Shaw, Washington.