Saturn in Leo

Leo cannot be considered a favorable position for Saturn for there can be no real sympathy between the slow, restricting, heavy, dull rays of the planet and the frank, free, swift, generous glory of the sign. The effect of this antipathy will vary according to the dignity as usual. It may mean sorrow to the heart of the native, where he is passive to its influence, or a constriction in his own emotion. When under adverse aspects, he receives it actively. The currents of the blood are then frozen there is apt to be a critical and cold outlook on life, and the sentiment it gives is tinged with diplomacy. The native is skeptical of compliments or attentions bestowed on him by others. The greatest name we find in this position is that of Tolstoi, whose Saturn on the cusp of the sign still holds some trace of Cancer, and is also excited by the conjunction of Venus. The opposition of Uranus gives mystic sight, but the emotional nature is warped and distorted and turned to morbidity by the Saturn influence further corrupted by Venus; hence his “Kreutzer Sonata,” as well as his attitude toward his wife and family. An example of Saturn in Leo at his worst is given by Franz Josef of Austria, where the planet is afflicting a conjunction of the Sun and the Moon. The Emperor’s nature was doubtless itself somewhat callous, but the Saturnian influence is most seen in the repeated mattock-blows of fate that struck him. King Lear is a very petty figure of tragedy beside Franz Josef. In this nativity Saturn’s conjunction with the Sun and the Moon is in the eleventh, the house of hopes and of friends. That the two luminaries become the slayers seems to indicate that the conjunction of Saturn is peculiarly fatal to the Moon, and a further deadliness may be conferred by the influence of the fixed star Regulus, martial and strident, close to whom the conjunction occurs. Saturn’s only aid is a semi-sextile of Venus, quite powerless against such afflictions. We are the more inclined to attribute the catastrophes of the Emperor’s life to the Regulus influence, when we remember that the outbreak of the great war occurred when Mars was rising at the solstice in conjunction with Regulus, and the eclipse following had the Sun and Moon exactly on that spot. Wilhelm II, with a Saturn in opposition to the Sun and sextile to Jupiter, who therefore also trines the Sun, has enjoyed far better fortune, in spite of the loss of his kingdom and the downfall of all his hopes. A great example of the influence of Saturn in Leo, making its native cold and calculating in matters of the heart is found in Brigham Young, who grafted polygamy on to Mormonism for economic and political reasons and not at all from the lustful motive usually credited to him. In his case an opposition of the Moon increases the coldness of the outlook. Caesar Borgia is a case of a violent yet cold disposition, at once cynical and of ungovernable passion. Here Saturn opposed by Jupiter, is in conjunction with Mars, which is warmed by a semisextile of Venus and a sextile of the Sun. This is a most extraordinary complex, and well worth tracing out in every detail, for it shows a marvelous medley of passions. Restricting ourselves to the immediate subject, we must observe that while Saturn is strengthened by these aspects and the character is thus made more dominant, this fact only accentuates the callousness of Saturn in Leo; it in no wise mitigates it. The case of Havelock Ellis, the calm dissector of the sex problems of his fellow-creatures, next occupies our attention. Saturn, opposed by the Sun and Moon, is trine to Mars and sextile to Jupiter. It is a fortunate combination for character so far as its effective control is concerned he is indeed one of the few men that have been able to immerse themselves in the study of such subjects without the least suspicion of taint therefrom; but it is not suggestive of any great degree of warmth from the more human points of view.

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