Saturn, Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy, 1855
Although the first house is typically considered to describe the physical stratum of the individual and one’s personal relationship with the outer environment, it also indicates, on a deeper level, the quality of sculpted experiences with which one may effectively administer one’s life. According to the strength or weakness of the Ascendant’s presentation, one is able to maintain a precarious equilibrium between the external environment and the world of one’s unconscious impetus.
If left unconscious, Saturn’s crystallization and identification with mundane values are transferred to the psychic effects of the persona, with a consequent inner vulnerability to moods. Additionally, this difficulty of self-expression becomes an impervious barricade that cannot be demolished. Therefore, it becomes imperative to decipher between the Ascendant’s mask and the inner Self.
Lack of constructive self-assertion, not unlike the healthy expression of Mars or Aries, is one of the influential components of Saturn in the first house and/ or Aries. Equally, the necessity to enforce one’s will as a method to manipulate the immediate environment is present, often as a defense mechanism stemming from fear. In essence, the coupling of urgency and fear is characteristic of this Saturnian position. Although the individual may learn to cultivate a polished, the naturally ineffectual exterior, inflexibility and reticence remains more pronounced with this placement.
There is a strong correlation, through both research and chart analysis, of a difficult birth when Saturn is conjunct the ascendant. Although this is usually manifested physically, it is likewise psychologically concurrent. Therefore, it can be deduced that the natural inclination to shield the Self from the outer world is extended to the birth process. Throughout youth and beyond, much of the native’s life is spent devising means of self-insulation from both vulnerability and attack. Furthermore, there can be an accompanying burden of physical and chronic ill-health, particularly as a child when withdrawal from harm has not yet been adequately employed. The deliberate withdrawal from the origin of the psyche generates over-identification with the ascendant’s mask.
Considered to be in its fall in Aries and/ or the first house, in this placement, Saturn has the inclination to be inhibited from both the current of outer and inner life, simultaneously, leaving the native stranded in a very limited and arid portion of the psyche. This estrangement limits the pursuit of purpose and meaning that enables productive and courageous grasp of the outer world. However, a persistent and perceptive individual, as with all challenging aspects, who endures carefully tended struggle, carries the capacity to yield insight and expansion of consciousness. With effort, Saturn in Aries or the first house holds the greatest possibility of achieving freedom: exploring unknown regions and challenges while marveling in the innate realization that one’s existence is sufficient proof of purpose.
Saturn in Aries or the first house has a tendency to emphasize the fear of powerlessness as a result of clinging to the more superfluous aspects of the persona and consequently, a loss of connection with the inner world of greater depth and richness. However, this fear can eventually propel the native into deeper exploration of consciousness and identity. Ultimately, this search can generate greater knowledge, integration, and productive use of the will.
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