Venus / Saturn




These planets are of so diverse a nature that any union of their action seems, in my experience, to be evil from the standpoint of ordinary happiness; and I cannot trace a very clear demarcation in this respect between the so-called good and the so-called evil aspects.  For example, in my cases of suicide there is exactly the same number of the one class as the other.  It would seem that some bodies are of a naturally antagonistic character, so that even the harmony of the Trine or Sextile cannot altogether weld their influences into concord.  Naturally this failure of the good aspects to produce good is the more noticeable when either Venus or Saturn is otherwise weak by sign or aspect.  In some fifty cases that I have tabulated it is extremely hard to differentiate the good from the bad aspects by a mere reference to the facts of the life and character of each native: some of the unhappiest have had the former, and vice versa.

Venus is naturally a light-spirited influence, and any contact of Saturn seems to quench this: “chill as a dull face frowning on a song.”  Saturn is stern reality forcing itself upon our happy moments that are born of Venus.

But with the Harmonious aspects it is probable that not only are the actual effects alleviated, even if we cannot measure this mitigation, but there is the possibility of considerable spiritual beauty, born of material hardship and the absence of the ordinary pleasures of life.  Indeed these are often willingly rejected for the sake of some ideal.  The burden is borne, but it is carried gladly.  Saturn is irradiated by Venus, and the “spiritual marriage” may be consummated.

In all cases the affections are likely to be very concentrated and of a serious character, idealistic but never passionate in an emotional sense.

In the case of women the contact often means the sacrifice of the personal desires on the altar of family ties and obligations.



This is extremely powerful, and partakes of the character of both good and evil contacts, the life, on its affectional side, being completely dominated by the sense of duty; duty and happiness become identified.

Except for its great power it is in no wise different from the Inharmonious contact.



Here there is usually a definite sacrifice of happiness, either to an ideal, to a material ambition or to duty, as in the case of soldiers and sailors, whose vocation demands the sacrifice of ordinary home comforts.

In regard to character the worst side of the configuration lies in its exacting and selfish character, which, though by no means a necessary phenomenon, occurs regularly in the lower types.  A sort of mean jealousy, unredeemed by the romance of Uranus or even the passion of Mars, may be observed, and, with Mercury-Mars afflictions, nagging may occur.   Wives may carry punctuality to such a point that lateness at a meal may mean a day of disharmony; husbands may be household tyrants waging constant battle over domestic accounts.

One may credit Venus-Saturn natives with fidelity; they are often very cold in some part of their nature, and, even with ascendants such as Taurus or Libra, may astonish one with unsuspected hardness.  Yet to a few they may be devoted and loyal beyond what is usual.  There is often a tendency to be apprehensive and to be given to forebodings; and some tend to nurse grievances and dwell on supposed slights.

The life is generally a hard one, either through poverty or worldly failure, or, if this does not occur owing to other counteracting indications, then there is usually either depression and moodiness, loneliness (often with bereavement), or ill-health.   The last is, however, the least characteristic feature of the configuration, which centres above all in the emotional and affectional spheres.

Childhood does not seem to suffer particularly, as is usually the case with Venus-Mars aspects, but one of the parents – as a rule the father – is apt to be a burden.  Frequently he is a forceful, tyrannical, exacting or dominating type, whose will allows little free development in his children.  Sometimes, though less often, he is unpractical, a failure and a financial burden to his family.  Sometimes his early death is denoted, and step-parents may occur.  He is rather likely, in some instances, to require his children to grow up too soon, to realize their responsibilities too early, and to work more strenuously than an all-round unfoldment might call for.

The mother is often affected and is as a rule strongly tinged with Saturnian characteristics, as in the way of being ambitious, worldy, snobbish or aloof.

Generally there is apt to be a condition of “fixation” in respect of one or both parents.  The child is too strongly marked with their impress and tries to grow into their likeness or that of one of them, each sex tending to assimilate itself to the parent of the opposite gender.  Sometimes the limitation is more purely external, as when the child has to deny itself to support its parents in old age.  But the general effect of the parents on the child is in the direction of increasing its seriousness and its responsibilities, and those born with this configuration are peculiarly susceptible to this sort of influence, which is none the less detrimental because often well-intentioned.

In marriage it can be easily understood that Venus-Saturn afflictions act very badly.  The good aspects are compatible with the great happiness and mutual love, but even thus bereavement and other forms of separation are possible.   Considerable differences of age, and less often of social status, are common both with good and bad aspects.

Bad aspects may delay marriage or even assist in preventing it altogether.  If it occurs, then ill-health or misfortune often befalls the partner, or gradual estrangement may ensue, in which respect the aspect (if it takes this form at all) is very deadly and far more dangerous in my experience than Venus-Mars.

It must be stated frankly that this combination is of a serious kind.  I have certainly known cases wherein a minor evil aspect has apparently been completely externalised – that is to say, the character does not seem to have suffered at all – yet one cannot but imagine that true peace and joy are difficult to attain for those who have such contacts.  As a rule either the life is exceptionally sad, or the nature is such that normal misfortunes are felt abnormally.   It is a distinct demand that happiness should not be sought in the things of Saturn and in his kingdom.




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The Conjunction

Savonarola, Chatterton, S.T. Coleridge, “Carmen Sylva,” George Washington, Archbiship Laud.



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