Saturn in Pisces

Saturn and Jupiter represent opposite magical formulas, the intending and the extending, or the centripetal and centrifugal forces, but we have already seen from Saturn’s action in Sagittarius that the blending of the qualities of these two planets produces good results. Indeed, although the centripetal and centrifugal forces are exactly opposite, it is their balance that holds the universe together. Pisces is a mutable and receptive sign, and in these respects it is, in the element of water, very similar to what Saturn is in that of the earth. The expectation therefore is that Saturn will be somewhat softened of his asperity by the pleasing solvent in the waters of Pisces, even as we saw to be the case with regard to his position in Cancer. But there is no detriment to the force of Saturn here, as there is in Cancer, and its peculiarly psychic nature gives a modification of the worldly wisdom of Saturn by some touch of faerie and other-world gnosis. It adds imagination, if well dignified, especially by Neptune or Uranus, and we have only to mention such names as those of Newton, Ruskin and Edison to perceive the practical application. The first of these has Jupiter in conjunction with Saturn, harmonizing planet and sign; Uranus is trine, giving philosophical comprehension, and Mercury square, emphasizing the scientific spirit, while the sextile of the Sunรง assures success. The trine of Saturn and Uranus gives the essential harmony between the magical will and the personal force of bringing it into action; here then are all the elements of extraordinary greatness. The Saturn of Edison has Venus in conjunction with Jupiter square, and Mars and the Moon in sextile. In itself this is not really a very favorable combination for exceptional greatness; there is plenty of energetic application and success, but, were it not for Mercury’s conjunction with Neptune and sextile to Uranus, we would see but little of the quality of the scientific philosopher. And after all the imagination turns not so much to fundamental problems as to the adaptation to practical ends of truths already known. Ruskin’s Saturn has the square of Uranus, conjoined with Neptune, and the semi-sextile of the Sun. The constructive ability of Saturn, helped only by this very weak Sun, is not highly developed. Hence he failed as a painter; failed to a great extent even as a critic by the eccentricity and acerbity of some of his judgments, although the illumination and insight of his wisdom enabled him to write that fascinating prose which has been so highly esteemed by many of his contemporaries. A good illustration of the softening of the ego under this position is afforded by Czar Alexander II. There is a sextile of Jupiter to Saturn, a square of Uranus, and a trine of Mars. From these aspects we can analyze the emancipation of the serfs. Jupiter gave the benevolent thought, Uranus the Imagination required to perceive a method of effecting it, and Mars the executive force needed to carry out the will, against the opposition of all the bureaucracy and aristocracy that surrounded him. Contrast with this horoscope that of Robespierre ! Here we find Saturn with only the hardening square of Mercury,, rising just under the horizon, and thus enormously strong by position. We see utter selfishness unredeemed by any other quality; the Mercury aspect itself, ordinarily good, here means nothing more than the cold perspicacity which, harnessed to the plough of his egotism, and stimulated by a conjunction of Mars and Neptune square to the Sun, drove ruthlessly through the furrows of France, where, sowing only murder, he reaped terror and desolation. Two British politicians may close our study of this position of Saturn. Balfour has Saturn in trine to Mercury, approaching a trine of Venus, Jupiter and the Sun, and we get an instant picture of the amazing cleverness and success of the man, as well as the depth of his philsopohic wisdom. The semi-sextile of Uranus is enough to aid his ego by a glimpse of vision in statesmanship, but only by a glimpse. Rosebery’s Saturn has no strong aspects, except a sextile of the Sun, though Mars and Neptune are in conjunction ten degrees away from Saturn. The latter is a source of trouble, making his career episodical and confused, yet the sextile of the Sun always kept his head above water. Without that, any single one of his moods might have ruined him. Notwithstanding the softening influence of Pisces in the psychic development of the ego and its wisdom, the position is not generally a fortunate one for the material affairs. Unless Saturn is very well aspected, it is unfavorable to the occupation, public position, reputation and popularity of the native. If he occupies a high position in life, he may suffer severely from attacks of his inferiors and be subjected to much criticism from friends and enemies alike. In an inferior position he is apt to find hostility on the part of his superiors. But here it may once again be emphasized that the material trials of the world are the distillment of the wisdom of the soul, and it is particularly to that wisdom that all the benefits of Pisces for Saturn apply.

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