Saturn in Aquarius

Aquarius is by far the best house which Saturn can occupy. The airiness of the sign lightens the heaviness of the planet, and therefore there is no such harshness as is given by the sign of the Goat. Aquarius, too, is par excellence the sign of Science; and it gives free scope to the wisdom-quality of Saturn in a way that no other sign can do, while the humanitarian impulses of the sign tend to lessen the selfishness of the planet. Even when unoccupied by Saturn, his influence tends to make its natives comprehend the true significance of the ego, tempering the crude consciousness of the self with some understanding of its cosmic importance. Of course, evil aspects are able to upset even so favorable a position. We have, for example, Ludwig II of Bavaria, whose Saturn, in conjunction with Mars and Neptune, is squared by Jupiter; this entirely unbalances the ego, loosening all the natural restraints and slackening even the cords of reason. Saturn being on the cusp of the ninth house, the attack was peculiarly severe, and we cannot be surprised that madness should have terminated the concourse of these forces. Consider however, such scholars as Sir Richard Quain, the medical lexicographer, and Picus de Mirandola. The former has Jupiter square to Saturn as in the case of the Bavarian King, but Neptune and Uranus are sextile, and Saturn is in the sixth house, where there is no menace to the mind. Moreover, the Jupiter aspect is from Scorpio, and Scorpio and Aquarius make a good, scientific combination, especially for a doctor. The Saturn of Picus de Mirandola, is in conjunction with Mercury, trine to Neptune, and square to the Moon. Such a combination gives deep penetrating insight to the mind, and an isolation which, coupled with the normal persistency of Saturn, promises a great philosophic scholar. In the starry career of Cleo de Merode, we have Saturn just above the Ascendant, trined by Mercury and opposed by Uranus; the ego is therefore selfish enough, but clear-sighted and clever; hence a resourceful and shrewd pushfulness, adroit and subtle, landed her quite early in life at the top of the ladder of success in her ancient profession. Let us now turn to Louis XIV9 one of the cleverest and most resourceful rulers that ever lived; a man as sucessful in aggrandizing his ego as was Queen Victoria. Here Saturn has a square of Jupiter from Scorpio, and an opposition of the Moon and Venus. It is a purely selfish combination, but extremely strong; for Venus and the Moon are so overpowered by Saturn that all the gracious and feminine qualities of the man are constrained to serve his selfishness as its handmaidens. A very successful type, too, was Byron, whose Saturn is trine to Jupiter and also to Neptune. Venus Is in conjunction this is always a corruption to Venus, but where Saturn is so radically strong, she cannot hinder his success, although her influence is shown in the arrogance and vanity of the poet. Sir David Wilkie in a quieter manner gained a good deal of reputation. The sextile of Jupiter exercises its beneficent influence on Saturn and the trine of Mars adds driving force, while Mercury is also sextile and gives intelligence to the assertion of the self. Small wonder, then, that of so little talent he made so considerable a fame. Bismarck, for contrast, has Saturn conjoined with Mars, sextile to the Sun and Uranus, and trine to Jupiter. The square of Venus confirms, rather than detracts from, this general broad, deep and persistent vigor of the ego, which was marred by no petty personal selfishness. There are two great mystics, Anna Kingsford and William Blake, whose Saturn is in Aquarius. The former, who was by far the more practical of the two, wrote two definitely propagandist books, and did really make, in the desert of Victorianism, a small oasis of a spiritual movement. Here Saturn is in conjunction with Neptune and Jupiter is approaching a trine. The Neptune aspect gives illumination to her wisdom, although it probably lessens her material success, by depriving her to some extent of the plain common sense which is necessary to genius, if that genius is to bear fruit in its own time. Blake’s Saturn is in opposition to Neptune, and this not only contributed to his illumination, but probably inhibited him from caring to achieve the material success that his Sun in conjunction with Jupiter should have made easy for him. Wisdom without strength crieth in the streets, and no man regardeth her; but with a proper appreciation of the value of publicity even folly can obtain a hearing! In the material affairs, Saturn in Aquarius, if free from serious affliction, gives power and good fortune, especially in connection with associations or with public affairs. Its influence is much more democratic than that in Capricorn, though the native may still be conservative and autocratic. There is an instinct for mysticism and occultism, and the native is usually widely known in his own station in life.

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