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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The Stellar Sword: New Moon at 22° 44’ Gemini

The Gemini New Moon accentuates the fortitude of ideas and language as potent creators of reality. The renewing energy of the New Moon summons self-reflection, thriving on The Twins’ ability to view situations through boundless perception. However, at 22° 44′ of Gemini, it also heralds the final zenith of The Twins’ polarization. The scope of internal and external bifurcation demands a choice, dissolving the incessant duality of Castor and Pollux.

During this lunation, eight fixed stars Bellatrix, Mintaka, Ensis, and Alnilam, Capella, Phact, El Nath, and Al Hecka) in four constellations (Orion’s Belt, Auriga, Columba, and Taurus) join the Sun and Moon (from 21-25° Gemini). Essentially, this lunation is positioned in the most active section of the sky pertinent to fixed stars. While the New Moon remains unaspected, aside from a minor quincunx to Pluto (at over 2° orb), it perches precisely between fixed stars Mintaka and El Nath, at a mere distance of 0°10′. According to Robson, in Orion’s Belt, Mintaka is a fixed star of fortune and protection. Conjunct the Sun and Moon, Mintaka promotes enduring happiness (as well as notoriety) while influencing discretion, caution, and (an oscillating) yet sharp and alert business sense. Fixed star El Nath, positioned at the tip of The Bull’s horn, is associated with the destructive potential that either annihilates or bestows life. As noted by Brady, in paran with Luna, El Nath indicates a fighter acquainted with the violence (or ‘cruelty’) of life. The brightest of the eight stars is Capella, associated with nurture and ‘free-spirited flavour’ (Brady). Linked to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, Capella embodies action and movement. In paran with the Sun and Moon, fixed star Capella seeks freedom and independence while improving quality of life (Brady).

The Moon’s ruler, Mercury, resides with maternal Cancer in mutual reception, heightening emotional intelligence and merging depth of knowledge with cerebral analysis. In communication, tone takes precedence over content, encouraging the intuitive capacity to extrapolate the core-centered message of language. Verbal expression is best exercised compassionately and empathically, as the mutual reception of Luna and Mercury can propel defensive reactions and overt sensitivity.

Reactivity is further accentuated by Mercury’s tight square with Chiron at 2° Aries and its opposition to Saturn at 6° Capricorn (reaching exactitude on 6/15/18), constituting a tense T-Square. Mercury-Chiron can strain communications, including the use (or perception) of injurious words. Underlying doubt regarding the efficacy of problem-solving may surge, misunderstandings are probable, and the meaning of communication may be challenging to decrypt. We are wise to be conscious of the power of language to either harm or heal. There is potential for resolution of past injuries along with reclamation of personal authority if we choose to confront pain with courage. Additionally, the Mercury-Saturn opposition echoes the severity of conscientiously determined decision-making (Saturn) relative to the notion of home, family, and personal relationships (Mercury in Cancer). However, as Saturn casts its gelid cloak of fear upon potentially overt critical thinking, hesitation, and cyclical thought-patterns enshrouded in negativity, there is opportunity for awareness. Saturn’s illusory veil of impossibilities also grants freedom if the willingness, labor, and persistence exists to recognize (and rectify) destructive patterns. As Time Keeper and karmic debt collector, Saturn provides the psyche’s liberty through maturation, hard work, and perseverance.

As the chart’s final dispositor, out-of-bounds Mercury, journeying beyond its usual scope of declination (from 6/6/18-6/24/18), heralds expansion past the usual boundaries of perception. The broadening of the mind’s eye, transcending the limits of orthodox stagnation, invites visionary insights that pierce through quotidian perimeters. Energetic portals to pioneering creativity are further amplified by Mercury’s electric sextile to Uranus (at 1° Taurus). Authentically voicing the virtue of our thoughts with empathy and compassion strengthens the coupling of Mercury and Uranus through the vehicle of transcendent communication.

The New Moon at 22° Gemini is atypical via decan, triplicity, and the multitude of retrograde planets journeying during this lunation. While New Moons traditionally encourage the birth of new endeavors, this Moon focuses more on the power of discernment, nurture (or amelioration from past wounds), and preparatory measures aligning with adequate timing. Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, currently retrograde, will be followed by Neptune and Mars (on 6/18/18 and 6/26/18, respectively). Therefore, adjusting existing trajectories via internal reflection is paramount during the Gemini New Moon. As ruler by triplicity, Saturn reminds us of the severity behind choices. At decan III, The Twins’s polarity must mitigate in order to achieve unity. Proceed wisely, as Luna’s effects echo well into July’s (partial) solar eclipse.

The New Moon in Gemini occurs on June 13th, 2018, at 3:43 PM (ET)

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Earth in the Natal Chart

Bestiarius apocalypsi. Etching, dry point, mezzotint, 17x14cm, 2004

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

Earth: General Qualities and Associations

Earth is associated with the organic qualities of solidity, matter, and the terrestrial experience. It is ascribed to the feminine, nocturnal earth triplicity of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. In Plato’s Timeaus, earth is represented by the cube, and considered to be both cool and dry. Likewise, in medieval astrology, coldness and dryness, qualities of the melancholic temperament, are ascribed to the earth element.

Earth: Its Function and Expression

The earth element indicates imperviousness, stability, and affords critical resources such as food, shelter, and security. Without this core element, life would lack the fertility of the strewing soil, the transferance of decay into nourishment, the support of structures built to preserve life. The organic realm is earth’s offering: it is resilient, supportive, and provides the corporeal body with endurance and armour against threat.

Balanced Earth in the Natal Chart

Natives with sufficient earth innately connect with the physical senses and the reality of the material sphere. The earth element’s natural sense of endurance and persistance affords natives with independence, efficiency, and intuitive safety. Earth protects against the endangerment of security, ensuring that the native’s work or ‘property’ remains unthreatened. As a result, earth natives are naturally premeditative, cautionary, conservative, and dependable.

Earth-Void in the Natal Chart

Insufficient earth can propel the native to ignore the core requisites of the physical vessel, unintentionally dismissing nourishment, rest, and the enjoyment of the five senses. Earth-voids can ignore survival necessities until harshly confronted by the demands of reality. A lack of contact with the material dimension can cause isolation, physical weakness, and insufficient self-expression. The earth-void native can feel evaporable, unable to integrate the self with societal structures. Dissatisfaction with life’s work often stems from an inability to integrate the imaginative sphere with the seemingly harsh realities of material demands. This sense of alienation can manifest as a search for experience with other dimensional realities that appear more relatable, such as the active imagination or a spiritual quest. There is an ultimate impetus to eternally transcend the limitations of the physical plane. While the boundless expression of the imagination can lead to fruitful results, the earth-void native must first accept the basic requirements of terrestrial survival.

Excessive Earth in the Natal Chart

Excessive earth in the natal chart can hinder the imagination once over-emphasis is placed on preservation of existing conditions, particularly if growth is dismissed in favor of comfort and security. As a result, practical efficiency and material concerns can dominate the native at the of theoretical and ethical principles. A loss of perspective and purpose beyond the material realm can govern the native’s life. While these natives have a vast reservoir of strength and efficiency, practical affairs and work can dominate their lives, resulting in a threat of self-worth when unforeseen change interrupts vocational pursuits. Cynicism and skepticism can infiltrate the mind as a result of lacking ideals and inspiration to infuse life with depth and purpose.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

Excessive earth can flourish when integrating the imaginative realm, idealistic principles, and activities that surpass the focus on security and survival. The mind’s elasticity should be explored by learning for its singular pleasure, as opposed to its palpable applications. To afford prosperity, excessive earth requires commitment to ideals and the possibilities of existence beyond the tangible, terrestrial sphere. To prevent stagnation, these natives function best when committed to higher ideals and guidelines. Breathing exercises that focus on introducing more oxygen into the body, as simple as it sounds, helps excessive earth natives compensate for air-voids.
Poor skin tone, often associated with earth-voids, indicates that the life-force is not vitalizing the corporeal body. Insufficient earth natives can benefit from cultivating a consistent schedule and quotidian routine, defining specific periods for eating in a peaceful manner, moderately exercising, and receiving sufficient rest. By accepting the very limitations of the physical plane, the terrestrial sphere can afford the sustenance and power needed to actualize the ideas and activities generated by the remaining elements.

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