Moon / Saturn

ASPECTS OF THE MOON & SATURN

 

THE HARMONIOUS ASPECTS

These aspects are frequently of a basic character, influencing the fundamentals of the native’s temperament.

Provided that the map as a whole is of a good type, the nature is deepened and rendered capable of serious and responsible work, with excellent powers of organizing and controlling and a marked degree of personal dignity – that may sometimes destroy the sense of humour when the native’s self-respect appears to be in jeopardy.  There is often a large amount of matter-of-factness and a practical and limited outlook on life.  Duty plays a large part in the motives, and obligations are performed carefully and exactly.  The contact is scarcely democratic in its influence and there is an inclination to like people in their proper places.   Similarly the mental and emotional aspects of the life are organized and arranged.  The emotions are usually steady, with some tendency to depression.

There is usually affection and well-merited respect for the mother, but unless both bodies are well placed she is liable to die early or suffer misfortunes.   It seems to lessen the number of children and sometimes cause them to be a heavy responsibility.

It is favourable for business life and for practical work that calls for care and prudence rather than energy or originality – which is often defective.  It is good for work in connection with houses or land, and any sort of caretaking or management where conscientious work is called for, but it is not so good where affection is required, as in care for the young.

It is distinctly good for worldly success, or, perhaps one should rather say, for the retention and proper use of success, if the rest of the map permits of its attainment.  Sometimes rank and position result from family connections or are inherited – there is often a sort of relation between family and position, or the native assumes a place as a successor to someone else, but does not create it.  For example, a professor who occupies a seat that has been vacated by his predecessor, a minister of state, president of a society or editor of an established paper.   Thus the position is usually one of a successive line, and the native inherits some kind of tradition.  If the map is strong the native develops and improves his office and maintains the tradition with success and dignity, but even when the two bodies are technically in good aspect, other flaws in the horoscope may lead to downfall and the characteristics of the Inharmonious contacts.

Generally this combination preserves the health by influencing the native to be prudent and regular in habits, and it is particularly good in old age.  But it does not confer robust health.

 

THE CONJUNCTION

This powerful position is on the whole good, from a Saturnian point of view.   The native is extremely hard-working, and is often a self-denying Spartan.  The temperament is hard, self-seeking and critical, with few good words for anyone, though such praise as they may not grudge is usually well bestowed and their criticism is not so much actuated by envy or a carping spirit as it is an outcome of an almost inordinate craving for perfection.   In good types there is a high grade of intellect, but of a practical kind, with a distaste for abstractions.  In lower types it tends to discontent, and sometimes to a narrowness that verges towards stupidity, yet it is questionable if the native is ever stupid in that which interests him, and he is rarely frivolous or silly.  There is a rather rigid self-confidence, the native usually feeling thoroughly competent in his own work, and instinctively feeling no interest in anything else, lest his insufficiency in other domains might be apparent.

As regards occupations and pursuits the Conjunction has much the same effect as the Harmonious aspects.

 

THE INHARMONIOUS ASPECTS

The inner side of these contacts is usually inefficiency, the native being a bad leader and organizer, without set purpose or policy, often not intelligent and confused in his methods, giving himself and others unnecessary trouble.  He is careless, imprudent, weak and obstinate, cunning and silly, astute in details, but blind in main issues.  Sometimes it causes laziness; sometimes energy without persistence.  Depression and discontent are common.

With depression there is often a lack of real self-reliance and the native may be a prey to fear and foreboding, and a feeling of general inadequacy in respect of his obligations and duties.  He is apt sometimes to rely on the material supports of life rather than on character.

Shyness is common.

The entire feminine side of the nature is limited by this contact, and unless other aspects come to the assistance of the Moon, much unhappiness and emotional inhibition may occur.  Even the good aspects of the Moon and Saturn sometimes tend to dourness and rigidity, and a dislike of, or inability to partake in, pleasures, particularly if Venus be weak.

On the circumstantial side, which will be the more evident in many cases, there is a likelihood of hardship particularly in early and in late-life.  The native may easily be misunderstood, and have to endure harshness, severity and lack of emotional satisfaction.

The relations with the mother are rarely happy; she may be unfortunate, or may die young, be unhealthy or be a burden to the native; or she may be dominating and stern in her attitude.  The home is seldom imbued with a genial atmosphere such as a child needs.

In marriage it tends to unions between persons of diverse ages; sometimes there are social differences and the parents either prevent marriage or urge unsatisfactory alliances based on Saturnian considerations of duty, advantage and so forth.  There are rarely many children.

A correspondent writes from personal experience:-“The main effect is Frustration, or victory without pleasure, or unrewarded efforts, probably to teach the native selfless application to duty.  In the rare world of genius a notable example is Schubert.  The good side of the aspect seems to lie in helping to build inner strength, an ability to sense adversity before it comes, and patience to endure it when it arrives.

The native may come into contact with violence and ill-health.  The Opposition seems very potent in this respect.  Sometimes there is unpopularity, especially with women and with the masses; sometimes there is a rather senseless popularity that does not last.

 

EXAMPLES FOR MOON/SATURN

Harmonious

Kant, Mrs. Besant, Queen Victoria, Lord Balfour, W.B. Yeats.

 

The Conjunction

Jay Gould, Commander Morrison, Emperor Franz Joseph, Mussolini, Thomas Moore.

 

Inharmonious

Lord Oxford (H.H. Asquith), King Humbert, Archduke Rudolf, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Savonarola, President Harding, Marie Antoinette, Huxley, Mary Pickford, Lord Northcliffe, W.T. Stead, Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, Dr. John Dee, Petain.