Moon Conjunct Saturn in the Natal Chart
The Natal Conjunction: Coiled Roots
The natal conjunction consists of an 8° orb between two planets, increasing or decreasing in strength relative to the orb’s exactitude (0°), or distance (8°), respectively. When planets conjoin, a merging or energetic blend occurs between both planetary influences, causing their characteristics to intertwine like coiled roots at the base of a tree. As a result, their energies form an inseparable relationship, which is partially why the natal conjunction is deemed significantly potent. Although conjunctions are generally considered challenging aspects, as is the case with the Moon-Saturn conjunction, not all conjunctions are created equal, and this is highly dependent on the planets involved in configuration. However, for the purposes of this article, the conjunction is challenging in its inability to differentiate between two energies, as a result of their significantly close proximity.
Note: Aspects should not be isolated in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.
Correspondences of the Moon in Traditional Astrology
The Moon’s nature is cold and wet. She is feminine, principally phlegmatic and of nocturnal sect. Luna is the traditional, domicile lord/ ruler of Cancer, exalted in Taurus (degree of exaltation: 3° Taurus), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Capricorn, and in its depression/ ‘fall’ in Scorpio. In traditional astrology, the Moon finds her Joy in the 3rd place. Along with the Sun, she is considered a luminary, and will have more or less significance in one’s chart relative to sect. Her taste is salty and governs silver and glass substances.
The Moon’s General Meaning and Natal Significance
Luna, or the Moon, is a receptive, mirroring luminary that usually absorbs the qualities or characteristics of other planets. In a conjunction to Saturn, for example, such is the case. The Moon is associated with the body, the mother or maternal guardian in the native’s early life, sensitivity, and intuition. She is oscillating and unstable, referred to as ‘wandering’ in traditional astrology.
The Natal Saturn
Correspondences of Saturn in Traditional Astrology
Saturn’s nature is cold and dry. He is principally melancholic, and of diurnal sect. Saturn is the traditional, domicile lord/ ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, exalted in Libra (degree of exaltation: 21° Libra), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Cancer and Leo, and in its depression/ ‘fall’ in Aries. He is considered the Greater Malefic in traditional astrology, but his energy may be more or less constructive in one’s chart relative to sect. In traditional astrology, Saturn has his Joy in the 12th place. His taste is astringent and his color is dark brown (along with grey and black). He governs substances such as lead (in part, due to its toxicity), stone, and wood.
Saturn’s General Meaning and Natal Significance
Saturn is the planet aligned with boundaries, discipline, and structure. He governs time, is associated with old age (70+), and is attributed to subjectively ‘negative’ experiences such as suffering (he has his Joy in the 12 place in traditional astrology), pain, isolation, and loneliness. Just as benefics (Jupiter and Venus) have the power to say ‘yes’, malefics are inclined to negate, or say ‘no’. Saturn’s style of denying is via restriction. His four main groups of rings, metaphors of limitation, range in temperature from -163 to -203° Celsius.
No chart is void of Saturn, regardless of dignified planets and exemplary aspects, as there can be no life without struggle.
Moon Conjunct Saturn in the Natal Chart
The conjunction between the Moon and Saturn, as a strictly isolated configuration, can indicate a native who is soberingly mature, often as the result of being denied the maternal nourishment that was necessary during childhood. The qualities of the natal Moon should be examined to understand what those specific requirements were (and likely, still are), because, more likely than not, the native continues seeking them in a seemingly directionless path. The so-called ‘inner child’ that is so easily and readily accessible to surrounding onlookers is difficult to access, as he/she was likely speedily substituted for a stern adult in the growth process. For the Moon-Saturn native, quick maturation has been an unwanted requisite in order to foster self-survival. Due to the temperament qualities attributed to the Moon and Saturn, melancholia, sadness, and even depression can be significant with this placement. Subconscious fears are deeply ingrained in the psyche, manifesting as irritability or paranoia. Additionally, there is often a notable hindrance in the ability to openly express one’s emotive nature, usually as a result of fear-based rejection. While these natives might appear cold and distant at surface level, they are, in fact, extremely sensitive and pensive.
Depending on the lack of maternal and overall parental nurture in early childhood, these natives develop insecurities, reservations, guilt, and self-esteem issues, which are often compensated for by self-exclusion from much participation with the outer world. The blackened perspective or general feeling of discontent often associated with this conjunction is the result of viewing the world through a Saturnian lens. Mental health is delicate with the Moon-Saturn conjunction, and is best remedied by developing a consistent exercise and suitably dietary regimen. Beyond this, developing a strong sense of self-value is paramount to resolving the challenges of this configuration, as is the seemingly simple act of teaching oneself how to find joy.
1. Lilly, William, Christian Astrology
2. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology
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