Mercury / Saturn





These planets have much in common, and even their less fortunate mutual aspects are productive of some degree of good.


The Trine and Sextile incline to depth of thought, sometimes along intellectual lines and sometimes in more worldly directions.  But the tendency is invariably towards what can be used practically, either by the native or by others.   It gives good powers of organisation and arrangement and is excellent for a general or politician.  Details are never overlooked and the native does not mind taking pains.  Sometimes there is marked ambition, but the native is prepared to labour for his results.


The limiting effects of Saturn may be seen in a too practical and commonplace tendency; one may find such a type as the “practical housewife” under this influence, and it may indicate something of a martinet.


There is nearly always a serious outlook, the one exception which has come to my notice being that of Charles II, in whose life the founding of the Royal Society may be considered as the fruits, from the national point of view, of this combination (in Air).


Generally speaking the mind is exceedingly methodical; all problems are, as it were, carefully sorted and arranged in their component parts, and are studied and mastered in detail.  It is as a rule a very honest configuration, and one that tends to morality and self-control – although here again one must except the monarch mentioned above, whose nativity contains heavy lunar afflictions.





This important position runs the gamut from stupidity and inertia, in cases where Saturn overcomes and stifles, so to speak, the action of Mercury, to the careful, methodical type of mind, with, possibly, great powers of taking pains, sustained highly focused concentration, and profound perceptions.


Provided that the remainder of the nativity supplies initiative and energy, this position is good for any post that calls for trouble, prudence and caution; but of itself it may incline to waste of time and lack of energy, particularly if it be in water, when mental self-confidence may be lacking.


Depression is not uncommon and there is a propensity to solitary habits.  Yet, rather strangely, this position sometimes produces great volubility and a fondness for “holding forth.”  It often makes a good teacher.


Afflictions between these planets are common in cases of suicide, wherein Mercury is also often in a sign of Saturn.


There are often checks in the career, and in some cases there is a failure to fulfill youthful promise.  Development is frequently slow and should not be forced, unless, as is sometimes the case, there is a tendency to procrastination.


There is often a good deal of self-will and obstinacy, and something of the type that argues to justify itself at all costs and will never admit its mistakes – this is common if Aries is also heavily tenanted.  On the other hand, this same tenacity, when directed reasonably, makes a very excellent fighter in adverse circumstances.





This is often said to be a very undesirable position and it has been portrayed as cunning, malicious, full of suspicion and prone to underhandedness.  This must be regarded as the worst possible side of the configuration.  At the same time it is true that there is often a tendency to plot and scheme, sometimes very unnecessarily, so that one finds the type that is often referred to as the “cunning fool” who plots when straightforwardness would not only be more honourable but also more successful.


It is a combination that inclines to hardness or at least to a hard manner, and sometimes (if Uranus is prominent) to what might be called the mannerisms of a Betsy Trotwood, abrupt and outspoken, though the disposition is perfectly kind and well-intentioned.  But afflictions between Saturn and Mercury (sometimes Saturn and the Moon) are very common in the nativities of tyrants and of narrow-minded and narrow-sympathied persons generally, who see only one rule and like to enforce it rigidly and universally, being prepared to sacrifice everything to law and order.   Even if the nature is benevolent there is sometimes a liking for disciplining people: for example, the Prince Consort inflicted a very austere upbringing on King Edward VII, and religious people with this aspect join “Orders” with strict methods, the very word “order” touching a responsive chord in their hearts.


In politics it inclines of course to Conservatism, but it is only sometimes a stupid conservatism, for, although afflictions of Saturn may produce stupid people, they often point to shrewdness and hardheadedness, which knows when to give way.


At times the position betokens uncongenial responsibilities, and it can lead to ultimate failure and downfall, with waning or eclipsed popularity.  Others achieve success by dint of very hard work, but even so the results are apt to prove disappointing or of no use.


It inclines to childlessness or to sickly and unfortunate offspring.  The native is unhappy in childhood.


There is always limitation in the life, and often there is considerable depression, but in a good nativity we may also find many of the characteristics of the harmonious aspects, such as industry, care, reliability, thrift and attention to detail.  For it must be borne in mind that the two planets have much in common, and , for purely practically purposes, it may be argued that Mercury is better in Square to Saturn than in Trine to Jupiter.  It is, however, certainly less amiable and as a rule less happy in itself.  It tends to aloof, stiff manners, or to plain and blunt behavior.  There is often a good deal of fear in the life, coming from some or other direction – the fear, sometimes, that tyrants feel and which drives them to their brutalities.  Shyness and a retiring propensity are often observable.  The native rarely has many friends.







Lewis Carroll, Tennyson, Joseph Chamberlain, Wolsly, Abbas Effendi, Alfonso XIII, W.J. Bryan.



The Conjunction


Florence Maybrick, Crown Prince of Germany, George III, Sir Rider Haggard, Lord Roberts, Rupert Brooke, Einstein.





Czar Nicholas II, Wallenstein, Lord Beaconsfield, Henry VIII, Isaac Newton.