Saturn / Uranus




This is an excellent practical combination, uniting common sense with initiative, will-power and nervous energy.  It is favourable for any sort of work that requires patience and prudence, combined with originality and insight.  Thus it is good for organising or for scientific work – the “marshalling of facts” in the logical upbuilding of a great theory (e.g. Newton, Wallace, Pasteur).  The same tendency is exemplified by Ulysses Grant’s remark: “I will fight it out on this line if it takes me all the summer.” This great leader had Saturn Trine Uranus-Neptune, and his determination was equally well evinced by his personal fortitude in great pain.  Note that, as so often with Saturn, success came late.

There should be concentration, mental and volitional vigour, quiet resolution, prolonged preparation and drastic final action.

It favours positions of control and administration; and, to judge by examples, it seems by no means without relation to the arts.  It is likely to make the native popular as a governor.

However, even the good aspects appear to be of little use as preventatives of injury and violence, for they often occur in maps of victims of such things, although one can scarcely suppose that they are themselves indicators of the dangers.



A powerful combination, characteristic of a person of considerable self-will, varying from the selfish and obstinate to enlightened determination.  It tends to the unusual; and those having it are rarely concerned at all to please the conventional-minded.  They are as a rule democratic in spirit, though autocratic in method; and they have considerable breadth of outlook, originality and energy of mind and body.  The temper is inclined to be masterful.

There is often bodily strength and hardihood if the appropriate houses are involved, but there is a likelihood of accidents and possibly of suffering violence.

The affairs of the houses occupied and ruled are likely to present difficult problems, and the native will require the utmost tact, patience and will-power to solve them satisfactorily, for the conditions caused by these heavy planets are not likely to be ephemeral or superficial in character, but may last for years or even be life-long.  Any good aspects to the Conjunction will indicate the direction from which help may be sought.



The contradictory character of these planets is well illustrated by the story of the Russian Czar, of whom it was said (in the time of the serfs) that he would gladly have seen all men free, if, freed, they would do exactly what he wanted!  It is characteristic of the Saturno-Uranian contacts to act in a manner exactly opposite to the native’s theories and often to alter the latter erratically, ringing all the changes between rigid autocracy and anarchic “freedom.” Consistency is not one of the virtues of this combination, and, after many changes, one may find the native as positive as ever in his conviction of being right.  A liberal amount of time may profitably be devoted by the native to the cultivation of the virtue of humility!

Violent, fitful, wayward traits of character arise; the native verges from moody and sensitive states to the reckless and defiant attitude, with little real strength of character behind, unless this can be derived from other portions of the map.  There is a love of drastic action and an inner longing for authority and a condition in which there will be no thwarting of inhibition: when this is checked there is little power of facile adjustments to circumstances, unless Venus is strong.  Sometimes there is arrogance and superciliousness towards others – there may be conceit, but this is in the main Jovian.

Occasionally there is the desire to be a reformer, but, as such, the native will probably lack clarity of vision.

The inner craving for power is pronounced in this type and will appear in many forms.  Sometimes it will manifest as a passion for ruling one’s fellows; sometimes it is directed towards the overcoming of natural obstacles (Sir Ernest Shackleton).  When this urge is defeated, neuroses may occur.

It tends to a fatalistic outlook if Saturn be the stronger, and particularly if he be in the 9th.

It is bad for positions of management, for the native is rarely tactful or patient.

Since Saturn is involved, the father is often to some extent the channel for the operations of the aspect, and he will probably be eccentric or in some respect Uranian in character or career.

It is a distinctly violent combination on the external side, and it must be regarded as capable, with other similar indications, of endangering bodily safety.  More often it is significant of a certain amount of hard struggle; indeed, it may indicate a strenuous worker and one who enjoys “laborious days.”

Its effects on the health will be via the houses and signs occupied, but if either body also afflicts the Sun there may be stone.  Natives with this contact are liable, when thwarted, to suffer a reaction of an hysterical or hypochondriacal nature.  This circumstance may easily arise, for as a general rule the limitations of Saturn, acting on Uranus as the symbol of the will, bring about a definite check or limitation that is acutely felt; this may be a physical peculiarity or nervous inhibition, or it may be due to an accident.

It cannot be denied that this configuration may bestow elements of genius, or at least of talent, and, since it lasts for some time and therefore appears in many thousands of nativities every time that it is formed, its effects are necessarily somewhat general.  They will be most noticeable in maps in which either or both bodies occupy angles, or in which other bodies are also involved.  All too often the native, even if clever, is less gifted than he supposed, and with his peculiarities of temperament he may be something of a nuisance to common-sense people.




King Humbart, Franz Ferdinand, Joseph Chamberlain, Dr. Garnett, Joshua Reynolds, W.B. Yeats, the Irish poet, Sarah Bernhardt, Hitler.


The Conjunction

Joseph Smith (Mormon), Lord Leverhulme, Disraeli, George Bidder, Amelia Earhart (flew Atlantic).



Alexander II of Russia, George Eliot, Ruskin, Goethe, Thomas Hardy, Charles I