Mars / Saturn




These planets can only be said to act harmoniously, in the full sense of the word, when they are in good aspect and also well placed in other respects.  In other circumstances they tend to produce a greater or less degree of hardship of some kind, though other good features may appear.

This combination is excellent for those who have to undergo hardship or danger.  The Martian influence is, as it were, tempered, and rendered more adaptable, ordered and controlled, while the Saturnian is energized and made more enterprising and courageous.  Such people have as a rule small regard for personal comfort or even safety, and may be excellent explorers, rulers of savage tribes or organisers of men needing firm control.  It denotes orderly and courageous action, endurance and sound practical abilities.

It tends to hardship, self-abnegation and a disciplined life.

Probably good for all occupations that bring the native into contact with rough or dirty conditions, and primitive types of men.



A very powerful and in some cases dangerous combination.  If other influences agree there may be a distinct danger of unusual psychic suffering.  It occurs in the nativities of several victims of violence (such as Don Carlos of Portugal, and Mrs. Bennett, who was strangled).  All Inharmonious combinations of these planets appear to point this way.  In the map of the Empress of Austria the two planets are in mutual reception.  In one case (Conj. In Virgo in 2nd) there was great suffering from eczematic gout with chronic irritation.  In two more instances there were severe burns, illustrating the marked tendency of this combination to cause injury to the skin, said by some to be ruled by Saturn as the significator of the limits of the body.   Blows, cuts and stabs sometimes occur, often as the result of falls.

Although this configuration must be regarded as of serious import it is necessary to judge it carefully, and to give full weight to possible counteracting influences.



These are frequently stated in text-books to be of a violent character, indicating brutality, cruelty and bloodlust.


It may at once be said that this is by no means invariably the case; in fact, the writer has at least two friends with this combination (the Square) who are conspicuously kind and in fact gentle, there being of course other indications of this nature in their maps.

It may be said that it may incline to a certain hardness and sternness, but if the rest of the horoscope is good this may be necessary to the native by reason of his occupation and the tempers of those with whom he has to deal.  Again, the severity may be turned inward and there may be an inner austerity and self-discipline.

Its chief effect on character appears to be of a quite different kind.  The Saturnian influence acts as a brake on the Martian energies, and I have certainly often noticed a sort of erraticity in these people, so that their enthusiasms are sudden and violent, but short-lasting, with alterations of “blowing hot” and “blowing cold.”  Sometimes there are spells of laziness, due to the inhibition of the Mars action; sometimes there is a restless energy without good directing common sense when Mars overcomes Saturn.  Definite purpose often seems lacking, as if the native regarded life as something of a child’s game, passing from one interest to another lightly and inconsequentially.  However much in earnest such people are (and often they seem very much so), I have noticed that they commonly forget their pursuits as soon as they cease to amuse them.  True depth is generally deficient.  In one case there was great love of starting fresh enterprises and considerable ability in this way; but the native soon lost interest in them when the initial difficulties had been surmounted, and left them to another; here Mars was also Square Uranus.

There is usually a certain amount of selfishness or egoism.  Thus, even when there is real kindness of heart, the native likes to go his own way, and will not readily turn aside from what interests him personally in order to minister to others.  There is an inclination to impatience with those who do not readily agree.

Exteriorly Mars-Saturn tends to a life of hardship and suffering, as well as to the undergoing of physical violence.

The former may occur in the way of health.  There is a danger of strain and excess; and this may be followed by the need for prolonged rest, rigid attention to dietetic and other restrictions, and otherwise “paying the price.

It seems to have a distinct affinity with enteric fever.

There is also a liability to burns and scaldings(*).

The Square is not uncommon in the horoscopes of victims of murdering, as for instance King Humbart, Willie Starchfield and Savonarola.  In all such cases other potent factors will occur in addition, for the bad aspect of two planets (as apart from Sun, Moon and Angles) cannot, however serious, destroy the life prematurely or violently.

General Charles Gordon had the two planets in Trine, but Mars was debilitated by sign.  The same occurs in the case of Alexander II of Russia (killed by bomb).

It does not by any means forbid success, though this will come late and after severe struggles.

(*)Mars-Saturn seems connected with fire in a wide sense, for Warren Leland, who lost wife and children in a great fire and died of shock in consequence, had them in Conjunction.  Also Dr. Alfred Russell Wallace, who lost his scientific collections by fire, had them in Square.  In another case communicated to me privately an officer with this aspect was recommended for the D.S.O., but never received this decoration because the papers were destroyed by fire and the recommending officer was killed at the same time.


General Observations

These planets in combination nearly always add to the energy, although, as stated, there may be great fitfulness of activity, and, in Inharmonious cases, a lack of tact and common-sense in dealing with others.




Disraeli, General Gordon, Emile Zola, Dr. Besant, C.W. Leadbeater, Mary Pickford, Ludendorff


The Conjunction

Don Carlos of Portugal, H.P. Blavatsky, Thomas Moore, James I, Mussolini, the “Young Pretender.”



Charles Dickens, Jay Gould, Pierpont Morgan, Frederick the Great, President Ebert, Swedenborg, Savonarola.