Moon Conjunct Saturn

Moon Conjunct Saturn in the Natal Chart

The Natal Conjunction: Coiled Roots

Moon Conjunct Saturn

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.

 

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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

Moon Conjunct 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.

References:

1. Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

2. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

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Roaring Umbra: Partial Solar Eclipse at 18°41’ Leo

In moments of personal victory, is one’s energy guided by the blaze of creative wisdom, or is it, instead, scorched by e-motive annihilation? When “in the grip of the lion’s paw”, the process prior to triumph not only defines strength of character, but is equally symbolic of moral courage and self-restraint.

Leo, Latin for lion, is the only sign in the zodiacal sphere portrayed as a ‘beast of prey’. The Latin etymology of Leo, namely, to ‘blot out, to annihilate, to destroy’, aligns with the foundational nature of the lion. [Carey, p.130] Leo synthesizes with the fifth division of the human body via motion, energy manifesting in action, and the anatomical parts corresponding with the heart and motor nerves. Concerned with dividing, lifting, and circulating the blood, the heart’s great mass of muscular tissue receives from the inner sun in Aries the ‘divine fire’ [Carey, p.131] in order to generate both tangible and invisible activities. Therefore, in order to harmoniously labor with The Ram, all precipitated energy must be constructively wielded by The Lion.


At 18°41’ Leo, lavished via Jupitarian rulership, ample triumph spawns in The Lion’s second face. In the Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Agrippa notes “…a man on whose head is a Crown; he hath the appearance of an angry man, and one that threatneth, having in his right hand a Sword drawn out…” It emphasizes “hidden contentions, unknown victories, base men… quarrels and battels [battles]” Furthermore, multiple figures adorned with laurels emerge violently victorious, illustrated by Ezra as a man wearing “…a crown of white myrtle, and a bow in hand [who] is fierce like a lion in his anger.” This imagery is echoed in (both the Arabic and Latin) Picatrix, alongside Birhat Jakata, whose “man… with white garlands [is] fierce as a lion with a bow in the hand…” Noted is the annihilatory nature of The Lion, now lacking harmony with the inner Sun or divine spark of Aries, and, as a result, unable to constructively wield the embers of motion (versus e-motion) and creative action.

As Luna’s penumbra pierces Augustus’ solar rays, this year’s final eclipse conjoins Pallas Athena and Mercury retrograde (at 17°06’ and 14°41’ Leo, respectively). Its potent focus, propelled by the wayward waltz of Hermes’ inferior conjunction (retrograde), finalizes this year’s ecliptic impetus in the axis of The Lion and Water Bearer (until 1/20/19). In essence, the partial solar eclipse merges the necessity of mental agility in alignment with purity of creative (life-bestowing) intent.

The heightened potential of Mercury’s fiery flight through Leo’s lunar umbrage blazes thought, opinion, and events which not only digress from the main current, but merge the above and below (i.e., the conscious and unconscious/ rational and irrational vigour of the mind). This cerebral voyage molds an interface between the establishment and the more progressive social factions, while merging the spiritual and soulful modes of consciousness. The unification of this mental excursion offers cultural diversity through new options and previously unimagined perspectives. However, these benefits request mental magnification, fortitude and cerebral flexibility beyond The Greater Benefic’s (Jupiter) currently opaque lens, in order to adjust and reform antiquated views. Mercury’s square to Jupiter, the most potent aspect apart from the actual eclipse, offers a macro-perspective, encompassing broad themes, structures, and abstract thought. However, its idealism and overt generalization can dismiss important details that significantly impede the fruition of visionary goals. Fortunately, Pallas Athena (Jupiter’s parthenogenetic daughter) in Leo, functioning as one’s capacity for realization and accomplishment, invokes the wisdom of creative spontaneity that spawns new modes of unique visionary expression. Conjoining the eclipse, Pallas Athena coalesces the mental-creative principle with the emotive realm in lucidity of the feminine expression.

While Jupiter challenges our levels of realism throughout this eclipse, its harmony with Neptune bestows much-needed humanitarian and empathic qualities. Participation in altruistic work is both likely and beneficial. The Jupiter-Neptune dialogue, stimulating the esoteric realm of our personalities, potentially ushers professors, mentors, or suitable guides that foster progress in spiritual endeavors or other meaningful journies.

At 19°41’ Leo, fixed Star Merak, a pale-green star in the flank of the Great Bear, conjoins the eclipse, and is said to bestow “a love of command and domination”. According to Ebertin, it fortifies perseverance and is influenced by the potency of Mars. [Ebertin, p.49] Additionally, the eclipse finds fixed stars Acubens and Dubhe conjunct Mercury. Of Mercury-Saturn influence, Acubens is stationed on the southern claw of The Crab near the head of the Hydra constellation. Popularly termed “the sheltering of hiding place,” fixed star Acubens is said to beget “activity, malevolence and poison, making its natives liars and criminals.’ [Robson, p.116] According to Dr. Morse, Acuben’s more positive quality stems from a “sharp intellect” and seamless problem-solving capabilities, “for which one might earn public renown.” However, Dr. Morse notes the latter as resulting from covert influence of external factors. [Dr. Eric Morse, p.50] Additionally, fixed star Dubhe, a yellow star perched on the back of the Great Bear (via Ptolemy’s location) is associated with the destructive nature of Mars [Ebertin, p.43]. However, it is likewise concerned with insight, persistence, and passive strength [Brady, p. 160] Dubhe’s constructive fortitude involves the ability to apply time to problem-solving strategies, alongside its faith in life’s rhythmic patterns.

Leo’s second face is attributed to the Six of Wands, yet another affluent emblem of victory (as per the RWS tarot), mirroring the optimism of its Jupitarian rulership, and paralleling the images of conquest previously excavated (in Leo’s second decanate). A young man on a white horse, adorned by a crowning wreath (on both the head and wand), proudly greets a jovial crowd in regal triumph. The traditional meaning of this card denotes victory following prolonged perseverance, labor, and the tenacity echoed by the The Lion’s strength.

In the Epinomis and Chaldean Oracles, Leo’s second face corresponds to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of protection and magical prowess. Isis, Egyptian Aset or Eset, is considered one of the most prominent goddesses of ancient Egypt. In resonance with the regal prestige of Leo II, her name is the Greek form of an ancient Egyptian word for ‘throne’. However, in the second face of Leo, she emerges as a merciful expression invoking the potency of creative, life-bestowing action and progress.

 Eclipse Visibility 

The maximal phase of the partial eclipse will be recorded in the East Siberian Sea, near the Wrangel Island.

The Partial Solar eclipse, whose maximal phase will register in the east Siberian Sea near the Wrangel Island, retains visibility in Canada, Greenland, Scotland, most of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), Estonia, Latvia, Russia (excluding southwest of Pskov), Moscow, Penza, eastern points of the Far East, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. During sunset, the eclipse is observable in North and South Korea.

Possible Social Effects

Solar eclipses in Leo are generally intense, as its fixed mode denotes lasting duration. However, because this is a partial eclipse, it can, to a lesser extent, influence matters related to governments, rulerships, management, nuclear power, expenditure, gold, vacation and recreation industries. Leaders may either rise or fall to power, and the economy can be impacted via banking (resulting from the influence of fellow fixed signs Taurus and Scorpio). Stocks may erratically oscillate within a period of 30 days to a year of this eclipse. Finally, broad events including political demonstrations upon groups and their governments/ leaders can be expected. Again, please note that because this is a partial eclipse, these effects are both lessened and relative to the visibility in one’s location (see eclipse visibility).

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* The eclipse is exact on the day of Saturn, August 11th, at 5:57 AM ET.

Fire in the Natal Chart

Fire in the Natal Chart

Bestiarius apocalypsi (summer). Etching, dry point, mezzotint, 17x14cm, 2004

Fire in the Natal Chart: Understanding the Four Elements in Astrology

Fire in the Natal Chart

Fire: General Qualities and Associations

Agni, Sanskrit for fire, has three forms: fire, lightning and the Sun. Of the four elements, fire is said to reach the highest altitude of light. The yang, or masculine, diurnal fire triplicity includes Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. In Plato’s Timeaus, fire is represented by the tetrahedron, and considered to be both hot and dry. Likewise, in medieval astrology, heat and dryness, qualities of the choleric temperament, are ascribed to the fire element.

Fire: Its Function and Expression

Fire is the active expression of energy that provides basic comforts: warmth, protection, and nourishment. Fire, the elemental life-force, expresses strength through activity, spirit, and initiation. As an element that requires temperance, fire simultaneously severs and fuels, destroying or enriching with the warmth and vigor that activates existence. Its heat is the elemental ‘armour’ that protects against winter’s frost and decomposition. Fire is the element of motivation, courage, and stamina, it is the innate drive to achieve in the presence of light and vitality.

Fire Equilibrium in the Natal Chart

A balanced quantity of fire in the natal chart affords motivation, strength, ambition, self-reliance, and optimism. Balanced fire offers the successful initiation and promotion of new enterprises, projects, and idealistic ventures that demand a vast reservoir of dedication, courage, and vitality. The native’s strength, when steadily employed, can be endless, and is coupled with forthright honesty and enthusiasm. It is important for the fire native to be granted freedom of self-expression.

Fire-Void in the Natal Chart

The fire-void manifests as a lack of dynamism and the motivation to actualize goals, projects, and endeavors. Self-esteem can be hindered with an underlying current of apathy, resulting from the weakened primordial energy afforded by the qualities of fire. Challenges and obstacles can paralyze the fire void native, while crises may take a relatively longer time to manage and triumph. Usually, the residual psychological effects of major threatening circumstances tend to reside within the individual long after the experience has culminated. Little emphasis in fire often indicates a significant obstacle in the manner which one approaches the scope of experience. All activities, including dietary and exercise regimens, should be performed in moderation, in order to prevent extinguishing energetic reserves.

Excessive Fire in the Natal Chart

An excessive emphasis of fire in the natal chart can exhibit restlessness over-active tendencies, and the need to generate change at all costs. The native’s social interactions can become challenging as a result of unintended impulsivity, unforeseen destructiveness, insensitivity, and crudeness. Under affliction, this uncontrolled force generates extravagance, over-confidence, and self-indulgence. Primitive traits are marked, accentuated by ego-exaltation and excessive self-importance.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

The digestive system often suffers as a result of little emphasis on fire in the birth chart, resulting in debilitated food assimilation. If the individual is also lacking in earth, simultaneously, dietary intake should be carefully scrutinized since there exists a lack of digestive strength to absorb heavy, concentrated foods. Ayurvedic remediations provide a beneficial aid in ameliorating said imbalance. Additionally, the motivational impetus of fire, when weakened, can affect mood, particularly if coupled with excessive water. Therefore, a combination of moderate exercise and proper nutrition can be invaluable starting points.

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