Saturn being in his own sign in Capricorn, he is naturally strong, even without help from outside sources. His quality here, however, is rather rough and crude, and this does not tend to produce the best results, in so far as the effect upon the external world is concerned. There will be no altruistic thought to soften the egotism, and opposition will be likely to infuriate. In a word, Saturn in this sign makes the native harsh and overbearing, unless there be some very strong counteracting influence to soften its asperity. The most dense form of the arrogant selfishness which Saturn in Capricorn may give is well illustrated by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. In both charts, Saturn is badly afflicted and is situated in the fourth and eighth houses respectively. Not only was this evil Saturn the moral cause of their downfall, but his house position also predicted their tragic end. Edward VII had Saturn rising in Capricorn, but with little affliction; even the semi-sextile of Mercury could save him from the stupidity of allowing such tendencies to manifest themselves, while his other planets gave him many lovable qualities which ensured his popularity. The Saturn of Sir Isaac Pitman has a conjunction of the Sun, a semi-sextile of Neptune and Venus, and a sextile of Mars, We get in this a very good astrological map of the kind of force required for proper development of the ego, a steady and vigorous push, but executed on proper lines with tact and with intelligence. In the nativity of Richard Wagner, we find no specially strong support to Saturn. In fact it is a good illustration of what the planet can do by himself. There is a great deal of brusquerie and instability, which was a serious limitation to the greatness of the man. He wasted incalculable energy in sterile and fruitless controversy, antagonizing some whose support might have been most valuable. Immanuel Kant has a much more harmonious Saturn. The Sun and Mercury are trine and Jupiter is semi-sextile; the Moon, too, is trine on the other side. There is nothing aggressive in this configuration ; it is splendidly smooth and harmonious, and at the same time perfectly strong. Consequently, without the need of strenuous effort or self-assertion, it carried him onward and upward in calm self-confidence. The general influence of Saturn in Capricorn is to give ambition, independence, power, authority or rulership to the native, according to his station in life. This may be accompanied by great selfishness and loneliness, or isolation may be characteristic of the life. It is frequently the case that this position of Saturn gives an unusual degree of melancholy to the mind.
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